Local Events



Saturday, April 2 – Spring Salute Car & Truck Show Benefit
8 am – 5:30 pm. Free to attend, $25 entry fee. Treasure Island Community Park, 1 Park Place and Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Enjoy an afternoon of classic and souped up cars, live entertainment and food vendors. www.mytreasureisland.org


Sunday, April 3 – Gardens by the Sea Tour – Centennial Celebration
1 – 5 pm. $20 day of. $15 in advance. Vina del Mar Park, across from 291 South Isle Drive, St Pete Beach (PAG). There will be two guided tours of eleven delightful garden homes at 1-3 and 3 – 5 pm. The event will include a party in the park with representatives from area garden clubs and several other gardening vendors and experts. Pork sliders and salad will be available for $10. This years celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Pass A Grille Women’s Club, the longest running social club on the Pinellas beaches. www.paradisenewsfl.com/events


Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10 – Tampa Bay Blues Festival
12 noon – 10 pm. $60, VIP available for Sunday only $250, other days sold out. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Enjoy a weekend of blues at it’s best. For the full lineup of entertainers visit www.tampabaybluesfest.com


Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 – Pinellas Pepper Fest
10 am – 6 pm Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm Sunday. Free to attend, free to park. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. The ultimate Hot & Spicy food festival with Bands, Beer, BBQ, Sauces, Salsa & Spicy Foods! There will be vendors, axe throwing and entertainment throughout the weekend. www.pinellaspepperfest.com


Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 24 – Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival “SANDimals”
$12, under 3 free. Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. This is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year with 21,000 square feet of amazement! This years theme brings the animals to life at the hands of the sculptors. Vendors, entertainment and fireworks. Special guests for the Alligator & Discovery Center. www.sugarsandfestival.com


Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 – 47th Mainsail Art Festival
9 am – 6 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Ranked as the 14th Top Art Festival in the country, this show brings together over 250 artists vying for the $10, 000 top prize. Artists of all mediums are welcome. Entertainment throughout the event. www.mailsailart.org


Sunday, April 17 – Sunrise Easter Services Pass A Grille
6:30 am. Free to attend. Pass-A-Grille Park, 10th Ave & Gulf Way. Easter services outdoors along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico as the sun rises over the Bay.   www.pagchurch.org


Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 – Green Thumb Festival
9 am – 4 pm. Free. Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Hundreds upon hundreds of unique plants for sale with children’s activities, butterfly tent, environmental speakers and free pine seedlings. www.stpeteparksrec.org/greenthumb



Pinellas County Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora, fauna, and natural resources in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques. Step right next door to Heritage Village which has many historic buildings and reenactments for the whole family. Bring the family and spend the day. The Gardens and Heritage Village are open almost every day of the year and admission is free! Click here for more info

Clearwater Marine Aquarium See Winter and Hope, our local stars from “A Dolphin Tale” movie! You can wonder the Aquarium or take part in the many activities learning about our wild life and our wildlife rescue. There is even a boat tour! Sharks, turtles, dolphins and otters…what more can you ask for. Great fun for the whole family! Also check out their LIVE web cam of Winter and Hope. Click here for more info

Busch Gardens Head to Busch Gardens for some great thrill rides and animal experiences. Click here for more info

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo The most popular zoo in the Southeastern U.S. with over 1 million visitors annually. 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos. Also, there NEW RIDE Roaring Springs is opening soon! Click here for more info


The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum was Voted #6 Trip Advisor’s 20 Things to do in St. Pete Beach. The museum is located in a former church built in 1917 and has a large collection of photographs, maps, and yearbooks, a Don CeSar display, and World War II exhibit. The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon and again from 1-4 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Visit Gulf Beaches Historical Museum | (gulfbeachesmuseum.org) for more information.


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