Sunrise to Sunset Central Avenue Solstice Festival Returns
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (September 23, 2016) – Everyone’s invited to experience St. Petersburg’s world-class arts and culture scene with a full day of festivities tomorrow, September 24. The day-long cultural celebration begins with sun salutations in South Straub Park at 7:20 a.m. and ends with a movie in Sunset Park 12 hours later. In between, gaze at sidewalk chalk masterpieces, go kite flying, celebrate the written word, visit the city’s world-class museums for free, blow glass with Mayor Rick Kriseman, join an arts caravan or Celebrate Sinatra.
The Central Avenue Solstice, part of the St. Petersburg Festival (SPF16), celebrates seven miles of city’s main thoroughfare with a day of yoga, live music, art, food specials and entertainment from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy live music on five stages, artist demonstrations and pop-up art studios, a craft beer tour, human Foosball with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, group bicycle rides, and tours of murals created earlier this month during SHINE, culminating with live music and an outdoor screening of Big in Sunset Park at 7:20 p.m.
In South Straub Park, marvel at brilliantly vibrant chalk art masterpieces from 10 commissioned artists during the Family Arts Festival or let your creativity soar by designing, then learning to fly your very own kite. Lovers of literature are invited to let imagination take hold by cracking open a book or putting pen to paper in the citywide Read And Write In. Or watch glass artists, including special guest artist Mayor Rick Kriseman, demonstrate glass-blowing techniques, from Noon to 4 p.m. at the DMG Mobile Glass-blowing unit; Mayor Kriseman will try his hand at glassblowing from 4 to 5 p.m.
Also on Saturday, don’t miss an opportunity to visit select St. Petersburg museums and galleries for free during ArtsAlive/Free Museum Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participating museums include the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida Holocaust Museum, Woodson African American Museum and the St. Petersburg Museum of History (Florida residents only). The Dali (Pinellas County residents only with ID) will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and offers limited free parking to guests. Other free cultural opportunities take place at the Morean Arts Center, Morean Center for Clay, Creative Clay and Florida CraftArt, which is offering 10% off all gallery purchases with no minimum. The Woodson Museum will participate in Saturday’s grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. with a livestream of ceremonies at 10 a.m. Throughout the day, visitors may enjoy African drumming, dance performances from Dundu Dole, live music, poetry readings, storytelling and food vendors.
Parking is available in any of the downtown garages; visitors are encouraged to ride the St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper or the Central Avenue Trolley for free all day; schedule information is available at www.loopertrolley.com.
ArtsAlive is produced by the city of St. Petersburg and participating arts organizations in conjunction with the national Smithsonian Free Museum Day. For more information on ArtsAlive/Free Museum Day and SPF16 events, visit www.stpete.org/artsalive or www.spfestival.com.