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!
Ahoy! Tampa Bay will feel a little more sky-high this week as the tall ship Lynx makes an educational stop at Harborage Marina beginning Monday afternoon! Take the adventure of a lifetime sailing under the Skyway Bridge this Sunday with family and friends! Free tours run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm before venturing at 2:00 pm complete with a tour of the bay and the life of a sailor! These are by reservation only. Don’t pass up this amazing, breathtaking opportunity!