Celebrating St. Petersburg’s well known reputation as a leading arts and cultural destination, a celebration of the arts shines a light on St. Petersburg’s arts and cultural offerings. This year’s festival focuses on three weekends of arts, including fine arts, performing arts, and a family arts festival.
WEEKEND 1 will feature the Visual Arts. Second Saturday ArtWalk (9/9) kicks off SPF17 along with a Creative Pinellas presentation of Nobuho Nagasawa “Conversations in Art+Innovations” on 9/7 followed by more conversations in art at the Morean on 9/9. Weekend highlights will include Opera on Tap @ the Iberian Rooster. (9/10). AARP will also present Art of Remembrance – Day of Service Honoring 9/11 (9/9) at the Veterans Arts Center of Tampa Bay.
WEEKEND 2 will highlight Performing Arts. SPF17’s Pop-Up Performances (9/14-9/16) will present artists spontaneously performing in 17 St. Petersburg restaurants between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. WEBB’S CITY “The Musical” (9/14-9/17) is about St. Pete’s famous drug store and returns to the Palladium in a concert format, produced by the American Stage Theater Company and The Palladium at St. Pete College. The St. Pete Arts and Fashion Week Annual Runway Show (9/16) will be held at One Progress Plaza.
WEEKEND 3 is all about Family Arts. Arts Alive! Free Museum Day (9/23) will be at nine museums throughout St. Petersburg. Florida Bjorkestra: BUFFYFEST at the Palladium (9/23) is an inspired multimedia event with musicians, artists, makers and cosplayers all cleverly rallying around the iconic Buffy The Vampire Slayer theme. A Florida Orchestra Sampler(9/24) will present two short free programs: Horn Quintet and The Science of Sound plus, a String Quartet at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg Jazz Experience 2017 at Vinoy Park (9/23-9/24) is billed as the #1 Jazz Festival in Tampa Bay! This event provides a platform for our city’s aspiring musicians who may not have the means or opportunity to showcase their talent to larger audiences.
St Petersburg Festival of the Arts is produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance with sponsorship from Suncoasters of St. Petersburg and the City of St. Petersburg Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information visit http://www.stpetefest.com