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Taste of Pinellas 2009

The waterfront Vinoy Park in downtown St Petersburg is the site for the 2009 Taste of Pinellas, a fundraiser for All Children’s Hospital.It runs from noon to 10 pm today and from noon to 7 pm on Sunday. Admission is free, then you buy tickets at 8 for $5 which you can use for food and drinks from over 40 restaurants. Selections range from 2 to 12 tickets. There’s live music, games, and even fireworks after dark.

Lots of local restaurants are supporting this event and providing favorite foods: Pacific Wave, the Hurricane, Parkshore Grill, Red Mesa, The Pub, Pepins, Snappers and more. Even the soon to open 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House is there, offering Seafood Louie salad and King Crab tails. There’s enough to make your mouth water, from fried chicken to grouper, from jambalaya to vanilla bean creme brulee.

All Children’s Hospital will open their new building later this year.  All Children’s is a regional facility which includes a 97-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a vardiovascular intensive care unit, and a pediatric cancer and blood disorders center. You can watch the progress on this webcam.

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Downtown St Petersburg Florida – busy Saturday, April 18, 2009

The 34th anual Mainsail Arts Festival is this weekend at Vinoy Park in downtown St Petersburg Florida (Bayshore Drive and 7th Ave NE, on the waterfront just east of the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and the Vinoy Place condominiums.

 Saturday, April 18th, 2009  from 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 19th, 2009 from 10 am to 5 pm

This juried art show generally attracts about 100,000 visitors.

It’s within walking distance of our ALVA office at 238 Beach Drive NE.

Also this weekend in downtown St Petersburg are events from the Festival of States.

The Harvey’s 5K Festival Run starts at North Straub Park at 8 am
The Festival of States Day Parade starts at Central and 5th St at 10 am and ends at North Straub Park at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel.
The Festival Familyfest is from noon to 4:30 pm in North Straub Park. Games and live entertainment.
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Show.

North Straub Park is between Beach Drive and Bayshore, just south of 5th Avenue North.

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Big Weekend in downtown St Petersburg Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida, April 21, 2007

This beautiful weekend, sunny and with highs in the 80s and evening lows in the 60s, is a perfect time for the annual Mainsail Arts Festival. Over 100,000 people are expected at waterside Vinoy Park to see – and hopefully buy – artworks from some 270 artists, chosen from over 1,000 applicants from around the U.S.  You’ll see paintings, photography, wood carvings, jewelry and sculpture; enjoy lots of food; and listen to music, including the blues.

At the end of the day, bring a picnic basket and add wine, then enjoy Little Shop of Horrors, which is being produced by American Stage in the Demens Landing waterfront park.

The day started with the weekly Saturday Morning Market on Central Avenue, from 9-2. Fresh and prepared food, plants, artwork, and gifts are offered by various vendors.

Today you could even stop by Marine Quest 2007, presented by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, on the south end of downtown.

Such a busy day in downtown St Pete – you may not have time to visit the Gulfport Art Walk in Gulfport or the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Clearwater.

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