4th Annual LOCALTOPIA, “A Community Celebration of All Things Local”
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm (Rain Date: February 25, 2017)
Williams Park, 330 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Plus Streets Closed for Festival: 3rd Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues North / 2nd Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets North / “old bus lane” on 4th Street North
FREE* family-friendly festival *[$5 Suggested (Minimum) Donation]
The Independent Business Alliance, Keep Saint Petersburg Local, is proud to bring back LOCALTOPIA to Williams Park for its 4th year and it will be bigger and better than ever! LOCALTOPIA is St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” showcasing over 200 of our city’s favorite independent businesses and community organizations. The family-friendly festival also commemorates KSPL’s 5-Year Anniversary!
Festival Sponsors: Presented by Happy Feet Plus | Platinum Sponsor: The Carpet Store | Gold Sponsor: Mazzaro’s Italian Market | Silver Sponsors: Freedom Bank / Tampa Bay Rowdies | Restaurant Row Sponsor: FOODNOW | Stage Sponsor: Hideaway Cafe | Family Village Sponsor: NOMAD Art Bus (NOMAD’s New Art Bus will be making its debut at LOCALTOPIA) | City of St. Petersburg Co-Sponsored Event
• MAKERS & MERCHANTS Selling Art & Artisanal Goods including: Bath & Body, Boating, Clothing & Accessories, Gifts, Home, Pet, Plants, Vinyl & Much More! (Find all the Vendors HERE)
• VILLAGES: Arts Village | Family Village | Health & Wellness Village | Skate Village | St. Pete Indie Market Village (Learn more about the Villages HERE) • EAT & DRINK LOCAL: Food Truck Rally Alley on 4th Street with 12+ Trucks | On 2nd Avenue: Restaurant Row + Local Breweries Pouring Their Own Brews (Find all the Vendors HERE)
• 3RD STREET: Vendors on Wheels + New “Neighbors & Nomads” + Street Fun (Bus Painting, Free Books, Sports)
• ENGAGING ACTIVITIES for All Ages including 3D Art Maze, Free Demos, Raffle Prizes, Live Screen Printing and More Surprises!
About Keep Saint Petersburg Local:
Keep Saint Petersburg Local is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance, working to build a thriving local economy and a unique community. The Alliance does this by nurturing connections for and acting as the voice of locally-owned, independent businesses and by raising awareness of the importance of buying local.
About Local Businesses:
Independent, locally-owned businesses are essential to a vital local economy and community character. They use the goods and services of other local businesses. They’re owned by our friends and neighbors, or maybe even you (they employ our friends and neighbors too). Community-serving businesses are the backbone of local economies, civic life, local charities and wealth creation for millions of citizens, as well as a training ground for future generations of entrepreneurs.
The problem is that today, independent businesses face unprecedented competition from larger chain competitors, internet merchants and franchises that enjoy national or international branding power and major economies of scale. As a result, community-based businesses comprise a smaller portion of our economy than ever before. We’ll lose much more than places to shop, dine or do business if we allow current trends to continue.