Florida’s always-artful St. Petersburg hosts event-packed arts-and-culture month – “SPF” – with different arts themes every week this September

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 7, 2016) -- September is Arts Month in St. Petersburg, Florida. The second annual SPF brings dozens of wide-ranging arts events, covering a spectrum of creations and experiences, showcasing a diverse array of local and national artists, organizations, and St. Pete style. 

From renowned street art to surprise pop-up performances, SPF involves and is not nearly limited to: galleries, music, robots, fashion, culinary, photography, ballet, comedy, glassblowing, art-in-business, magic, literature, drum circles, chalk art, parties, openings, several festivals throughout the month, family friendly events, adult friendly events, and many free activities. 

Several events are simultaneous or ongoing. And several events are mobile – dotting St. Pete’s mix of historic and modern backdrops and venues, across the City’s five unique arts districts, all comprising the “Open-Air Museum” that is St. Petersburg. Just a few specific events (further details available):  

  • "Shine" Mural Festival
  • Pop-up Performing Arts in area restaurants 
  • Gallery tours 
  • Art-biz collaborations
  • Abbreviated Shakespeare 
  • Graffiti exhibitions  
  • Read and Write-in
  • Robot Exchange 
  • Arts Caravans
  • Mobile Hot Glass Shop
  • Mobile Dance Tour 

Music events range from jazz to opera, orchestras to tributes, encompassing copious notable musicians. 

Central Avenue Solstice is another highlight. St. Pete’s coast-to-coast Central Avenue, with several themed districts and attractions, will hold this eight mile-long street festival along the only road in St. Petersburg that hosts both sunrise and sunset (all-day events begin at dawn, with the finale at dusk). 

Over a hundred St. Pete museums, venues, and art-minded business will host activities – such as:

  • Florida Holocaust Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Dali Museum
  • Morean Arts Center
  • African-American Museum 
  • Museum of History
  • Florida CraftArt
  • American Stage
  • Palladium Theater 
  • Studio @620
  • USFSP campus 
  • Creative Clay

St. Petersburg has a long/storied and rapidly evolving reputation as a top arts and cultural destination. 

The arts and creative-mindedness are widely recognized as critical components of a thriving city. 

The month-long SPF is presented by the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, and produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance with support from the City of St. Petersburg.

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About SPFestival

Experience the Arts and Culture of St. Petersburg, FL during the St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts. Discover artistic creators and creations at dozens o​​f events and venues around St. Pete over three weekends in September 2017.

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