15 fun things to do during action-packed weekend in the 'burg

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While there’s always a lot going on in St. Pete, this weekend is a cut above the rest with all of the great activities, events and cultural goings on fit for locals and travelers alike. Below is a list of just the top 15 activities going on this weekend.

  1. Concert in Williams Park with Sister HazelBackline Music Group presents another free concert in Williams Park this Saturday. Headlinging Sister Hazel along with Miggs, Junior Doctor and Hip Abdjuction will be bringing music to the venue. Food trucks will be on site with other refreshments such as beer and wine available for purchase. Th show is from 3-10pm. General admission is free with VIP tickets for $50.
  2. American Stage Theatre presents “Rocky Horror Show,” yes the cult classic! You can check this out in the park at Demens Landing, still running from Friday through Sunday. Gates open at 6pm, show at 8pm, Will Call at 5:30pm. $13-$35. Participation packs available for $5.
  3. St. Anthony’s/Meek & Mighty Triathlon where more than 5,000 amateur and professional athletes  plan to run, bike and swim through downtown St. Petersburg this weekend as part of the 2012 Meek & Mighty Triathlon on Saturday, April 28 and the St. Anthony’s Triathlon on Sunday, April 29.
  4. Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) will be out in full force Saturday in honor of National Rebuild Day. This is the organization’s national event in which all local affiliates blitz a neighborhood and utilize several hundred volunteers per city to make a greater impact on the targeted area. This year, RTTB will be targeting St. Petersburg and Gulfport.
  5. Cocktails at the Collection, an event hosted by the Morean Arts Center Ambassadors at the Chihuly Gallery to benefit the arts and arts education at the Morean Arts Center. Includes hors d’oeuvres, open bar and exclusive access to the Chihuly Collection. Guided tours available. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 6-8pm.
  6. Get Sweet at Suite Six on Central Avenue this Friday at 6:00 p.m. with Mike Lynche of American Idol and with live performances by Ywada, Benjah, Prime Daniels and Haley Hunt along with DJ Infrared & DJ Fresh on the scene. Attendees may participate in a silent auction. $20 donation, call 888 779-7426 to register.
  7. Catch Me If You Can (Until April 6th)—City Theatre presents a potent mix of potions and poisons in a sleuthy murder mystery where nothing is what it seems. Curtain is at 8pm. Tickets are $24, $10 for students at the St. Petersburg City Theatre 4025 31st St S.
  8. The Piano Men, Starring Jim Witter, showcasing the music of Billy Joel and Elton John. Witter performs classics such as “Your Song”, “Just the Way You Are”, and “Candle in the Wind.” 8pm. Friday at the Palladium Theater.
  9. Imani Woomera at Mocha Vida—In Celebration of Earth Day & National Poetry Month, Hawaii Born, Kenya Raised, Spoken Word Artist, Imani Woomera Performs Live Saturday 4/28 at 7pm at Mocha Vida. Tickets are available through: www.imanilive.eventbrite.com.
  10. Spring for the Arts—at the St. Petersburg Pier, third floor, Saturday at 7pm—a “Retrospect” Exhibit: Over 150 Paintings by the artists of Creative Clay, live music by the Whitney James Quintet, Celebrity emcee Danielle McBroom of 97X, Swing Dancing and lessons by Swing Time, Silent auction & raffle prizes valued at more than $19,000, chef stations offering light bites and a cash bar. Cocktail attire s appropriate for the occasin. Valet parking $4, Parking in the Dolphin or Pelican Lots $3, free trolley. 7pm. $35 in advance.
  11. Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale in Concert at the Palladium Theatre, 8pmIn celebration of its 10th anniversary as Tampa Bay’s premiere men’s chorus, Una Voce proudly presents “10” …a spectacular concert headlining musical selections reminiscent of the group’s ten years of concerts and performances. $25 (concert), $60 gala package (concert and reception).
  12. Green Thumb Festival (Sat and Sun)—in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day, this family fun event presents environmental and horticultural exhibits, vendors (with every kind of plant imaginable), Garden Club of St. Petersburg Flower Show, a grow and share program, a diagnostic clinic (bring soil and water samples), a recycling rally, free mulch, plant auction, more than 2,000 trees for sale for $3, free Butterfly plants (500 each day), tool sharpening booth, entertainment, children’s programs and a food court! 9am-4pm. The event is free and open to the public, located at Walter Fuller Park.
  13. The Florida Orchestra: A Musical Feast, James Tocco gives the United State’s premiere of 19th century composer Eduard Franck’s Piano Concerto No. 1 that has recently been rediscovered, as part of this musical feast of spirited overtures from Weber’s Oberon, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lortzing’s Der Waffenschmied and Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, along with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger: Prelude. 8pm. $22.80-$56.25. Mahaffey Theater,
  14. Ancient Egypt – Art and Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art at the Museum of Fine Arts. See more than 100 artifacts on display including mummy cases, tomb and temple reliefs, alabaster vessels and other rare objects, that depict the genius of ancient craftsmen, along with the objects’ magical and spiritual qualities. The exhibit departs for the afterlife on April 29. Also at the Museum of Fine Arts there is the 5th Annual Painting in the Park family day, on the Museum’s North Lawn, Sunday, April 29.  Kids can engage in wildly fun painting activities using flip-flops, tricycles, kites and more from 1 to 4 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  15. Jazz Appreciation Month—Culminating Event, this Sunday at 3pm at the Palladium Theatre. Celebrating the rich history of jazz with live music. Presented by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association. For more information, call (727) 323-1104, or e-mail [email protected] or visit www.aldowningjazz.com. Tickets are $15, $18 day of show.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.