By Marcia Biggs
It’s Saturday morning and downtown St. Petersburg is already bustling with activity at the popular Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Field. Soon, visitors will be dropping in at the Dali, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the galleries along Central Avenue. By the time noon rolls around, restaurants along Beach Drive will be filling with lunch patrons and an art festival will take over Vinoy Park. Later, as dusk settles, the lights will go on at American Stage Theatre and the Palladium, and live music will fill dance floors at downtown clubs.
One thing is undeniable about St. Petersburg – it is a cultural mecca on the rise. A downtown renaissance in recent years has brought new life and vitality to the quiet burg where retirees once flocked to spend their final years. Inspired by an arts scene that is growing by leaps and bounds, the urban culture is one of vibrancy and energy verging on cosmopolitan.