St. Petersburg – A Cultural Mecca on the Rise

St. Petersburg skyline. Photo by Dorian Photo Inc.

St. Petersburg skyline. Photo by Dorian Photo Inc.

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.

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St. Petersburg: An Artists' Mecca

Take a walk on the wild side during the Second Saturday Gallery Walk each month in downtown St. Petersburg. Organized by the St. Petersburg Downtown Arts Association, the walk has evolved over the years to become a popular and anticipated event for many local residents, artists and craftsmen.

Up to 20 participating galleries open their doors for extended hours on the second Saturday of every month. Many host special openings of new work featuring the artists on-site, along with wine and snacks.

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