Reggae Rise Up Music Festival
Firestone Grand Prix!
March 9-11, 2018
14 Turn, 1.8 Mile Waterfront Track
The 14th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St.Petersburg is a series of races along a 14 turn, 1.8 mile temporary track. A diverse racing lineup featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge and the entire Mazda Road to Indy ladder series, which includes Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, along with the excitement of Stadium Super Trucks.
THE ARTS – Along the streets of St. Petersburg, discover one of the highest ranked arts destinations in America — from world class museums like The Dali, Museum of Fine Arts or the Chihuly Collection, to eclectic galleries along the 600 Block of Central Avenue traveling west to Grand Central and the Warehouse Arts District.
RESTAURANTS & BARS – From fashionable restaurant row along Beach Drive and the upscale offerings at nearby Sundial to ethnic eateries, bistros and cafes, sample food and drinks at more than 100 establishments downtown.
CRAFT BEER SCENE – Think of it as the Sunshine City’s answer to California’s wine country. Along St.Pete’s Central Avenue and downtown corridor visit an array of small, independent breweries crafting fresh beers unavailable anywhere else. Join other beer enthusiasts and sample them right on the spot, take a tour, meet the brewer and cart some beer home with you.
RETAIL – The recently opened shops at Sundial welcome you long with unique boutiques, antique shops, and galleries throughout Downtown, the Edge and Grand Central districts. They’re all within reach aboard the St. Petersburg Trolley.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – St. Petersburg rocks after dark at listening rooms such as the Hideaway or dozens of venues where live music and entertainment abounds. Check out the side door jazz offerings at the Palladium or the visiting acts at Jannus Live or the State Theater.
Parking and Transportation Information
Park Downtown: City parking garages are a $5-all-day event rate on Friday and a $15-all-day event rate on Saturday and Sunday. Private lots, garages and on-street parking are also be available. Observe all posted parking regulations.
- South Core
(enter from the north side of First Avenue S. between Second and First Streets)
- MidCore/Sundial Garage
(enter from Second Street between First and Second Avenues N.)
Park and Ride Shuttle from the Trop: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. there is a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Park in Lots 1 and 2 at Tropicana Field, the cost will be $10. The shuttle picks passengers up on 16th Street S. and drops off passengers at Second Street S. and Fifth Avenue S. The shuttle operates all three race days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Take the St. Petersburg Trolley: The Looper Downtown Trolley and Central Avenue Shuttle (St. Pete’s trolley system) offers rides throughout Grand Prix weekend for .50 per person. The Looper provides a circular route between the city’s parking facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Parking for persons with disabilities: All permanent on-street accessible spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge — some have time limits but most are available for all-day parking. City garages, the USF St. Petersburg garage and Tropicana Field provide accessible parking at the prevailing rate. The USF St. Petersburg garage is recommended for those with limited mobility wishing to enter the 5th Avenue S. gate, while the SouthCore garage is recommended for those wishing to enter the First Avenue S. gate. The Looper is wheelchair accessible and the Tropicana shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair accessible trolleys. Disabled parking at Tropicana Field is located just inside the gate at 10th Street.
Entry Gates: There are two entry gates to the race course. Both gates offered wheelchair access. There is intermittent time when wheelchairs can cross the actual racetrack, with estimated crossing times posted on-site and at gpstpete.com .
- Gate 1: First Avenue S. and First Street S.
- Wheelchair access
- Ticket booth
- Gate 5: Fifth Avenue S. and Second Street S.
- Wheelchair access
- Ticket booth
- Will call
Motorcycle Parking: Special motorcycle parking is available utilizing “motorcycle corrals” on the west sides of First Street between First Avenue S. and Central Avenue and Central Avenue and First Avenue N. on Saturday and Sunday only. Spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis for $5.
Ride Your Bike: A large number of temporary bicycle racks are available outside each entry gate in addition to the more than 75 permanent bicycle rack locations throughout the downtown area.
Taxi: Taxi stands are located at the designated areas and offer a variety of taxi services for race days.
- Southwest Stand – Third Street S. and Fifth Avenue S.
- Southeast Stand – Second Street S. and Fourth Avenue S.
The following downtown streets are closed or have limited access to traffic through race weekend:
Closed – Beach Dr. from Central Avenue to First Avenue S.
Closed – First Street from First Avenue S. to Fifth Avenue S.
Closed – Albert Whitted Park, motorized and pedestrian traffic
Limited Access – On Second Avenue S. from First to Second Street S.
Limited Access – First Street S. from Fifth Avenue S to Eighth Avenue S.
Limited Access – Sixth Avenue S. from Second Street to First Street
After you’ve seen the races, dash over to The Courtney at Bay Pines for a tour of our luxury community!
Cited sources: http://www.stpete.org/grand_prix/index.php
Music and Seafood Festival!
Vinoy Park, 500 Bayshore Drive NE
The St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival is created like a great meal: incorporating and mixing the finest ingredients. They offer freshly-cooked dishes prepared onsite by top local restaurants and food purveyors incorporating a variety of fresh ingredients (seafood, meat and vegetarian). Note that seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable resources from Florida’s coastal waters. Select from a diverse menu of both alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks, a diversity of side dishes and scrumptious desserts to accompany your meal!
Musical entertainment consists of live on-stage performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit. Genres of music vary from soul, rock, R&B, and jazz to Caribbean and big band sounds. Visit the event website as the event nears to see the musical lineup and performance times. On the website, you will also be able to watch videos of live performances by each musician. Last, the event features a Marketplace showcasing arts, crafts and fine products with a nautical theme, along with gourmet food products and specialty items.
There is so much to see and enjoy – this is a ‘cannot be missed’ event!
After you’ve had good eats, swing by The Courtney at Bay Pines for a tour of our luxury community! Offering one, two and the three bedrooms! Our location is less than two miles from the beach. You won’t ever want to leave The Courtney!
Every year, on the third Monday in February, US citizens enjoy a three-day weekend to mark the federal holiday. The tradition began in honor of President Washington, the country’s first leader whose birthday falls on 22 February.
How is it marked?
Every year, carnivals and parades take place across the country.
It is also a big shopping day, as Americans hit the sales that take place over the bank holiday weekend.
The day is popularly viewed as an opportunity to celebrate all US presidents past and present.
Stop by The Courtney at Bay Pines to check out our one, two and three bedroom layouts! We wish everyone a Happy Presidents Day!
ARGH you ready for the pirate invasion?
On Saturday, January 27, at 11:30 a.m., the world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, will magically appear at the south end of Hillsborough Bay. A variety of pleasure crafts, all intent on defending the city, will boldly sail forth to meet the ship. But quickly seeing the error of their ways, they turn to join forces with the Captain and his Krewe’s flotilla. The colorful Gasparilla Flotilla then makes its way north across Hillsborough Bay and into Seddon Channel (channel between Davis Island & Harbour Island). The Gasparilla Invasion has begun!
In this annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion, the Gasparilla Flotilla – led by the Jose Gasparilla teeming from bow to stern and capstan to crow’s nest with swashbuckling YMKG pirates – creates a spectacular sight as she heads up Seddon Channel towards downtown Tampa. When the Jose Gasparilla docks at the Tampa Convention Center (at 1 p.m.), the Mayor will surrender the Key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
With the Key to the City in their hands, the jolly Krewe will launch their victory celebration in the Parade of the Pirates down Bayshore Boulevard.
The invasion portion is free to the public. Tickets are available for Gasparilla Brunch at Gasparilla Treasures™.
Walk the plank over to The Courtney at Bay Pines to see the wonderful treasures we have to offer! We are open on Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm so bring your pirate patches and swing by for a tour!
Be the first to see new affordable works of art! ArtWalk is Opening Night for more than 40 galleries and studios to premiere new works. It’s impossible to take in the entire ArtWalk in one night. Plan to walk, drive or take a trolley to explore different neighborhoods.
Free ArtWalk trolleys circle the arts districts – a trolley stops near each gallery every half hour.
Free parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St to 30th St, The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
Download the map and list of galleries to plan your festive art evening at www.stpeteartsalliance.org.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization serving this vibrant arts and cultural community. Join us in advocating for the arts, facilitating the growth of out arts community and driving arts-related economic development in St. Petersburg.
Swing by The Courtney at Bay Pines before the art walk for a tour of our beautiful community! We are open from 10am-5pm!
Where can I buy tickets?
$35.95 (gratuity included), plus tax
Are you a WWE fan? We have the event for you!
On December 30th, 2017, World Wrestling Entertainment will be in Tampa for their Holiday Tour! See some of your favorites like Randy Orton, John Cena, AJ Styles and more! The Event will be held at the Amalie Arena on December 30th at 7:30 PM. Purchase tickets here!
Never heard of WWE? No problem! WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. Most stunts and perfomances are choreographed for entertainment purposes, and each performance has a story line. WWE was first invented by Roderick James McMahon in the 1950’s and the business has since been passed down through the generations. The current owner of WWE is Vincent K. McMahon. You can learn more about WWE by clicking here!
Before you head over to the arena, come see us at The Courtney for a tour of our beautiful community! A new home is the perfect way to ring in the new year! We are open from 10 AM- 5 PM on Saturday.
We are less than two miles from the beach and we are pet friendly! Tell your friends!
Get down to the Mahaffey Theater to see the Great Russian Nutcracker!
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Critics praise the Great Russian Nutcracker danced by a company of 40 world-class Russian artists, with nine lush, awe-inspiring sets and elaborately detailed costumes! Exclusive to the Moscow Ballet are 10-foot-tall silk puppets, life-sized Matrushka dolls and the “Dove of Peace,” in which two dancers balance and leverage with each other to form a soaring white bird with a 20-foot wingspan.
VIP ticket packages: $191 ticket – includes a premium Nutcracker doll and a Moscow Ballet book, plus a Meet & Greet with the cast. $143 ticket – includes a premium Nutcracker doll and a Moscow Ballet book.