High-energy weekend in the ‘Burg: 97X BBQ, Rowdies and Kerouac bike tour

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St. Petersburg celebrates an energy-filled weekend with an daylong outdoor music festival, fun in and on the water, Rowdies soccer, and an unconventional tribute to one of the ‘Burg’s most well-known residents.

Relay for Life

Take a lap to save a life when the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life begins Friday night in a new location — Albert Whitted Park. The event, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., will raise funds and awareness toward a cure for cancer.

To secure a spot or to walk the Survivor Lap, visit www.relayforlife.org.

Puppy Love

Spend Friday night with the animals during the 12th annual Puppy Love Benefit in support of the PetPal Animal Shelter. A Night at the Theater features live entertainment, silent and live auctions, food and special four-legged shelter guests will be on hand beginning at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater.

Tickets are at www.themahaffey.com.

Daylong 97X BBQ

On Saturday, the 97X BBQ licks off summer in St. Petersburg in Vinoy Park. This year’s all-day music fest gives fans 10 bands, including The Orwells, Sleeper Agent, the 1975, headliner Bastille and more.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and admission is free, but tickets are required.

Learn more at www.97xonline.com.

Roads around Vinoy Park will be closed and parking restrictions in place for the event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, including Second Avenue NE to Bayshore Drive NE; Fifth Avenue NE to Bayshore Drive NE; Seventh Avenue NE to Bayshore Drive NE, as well as Seventh Avenue NE to North Shore Drive NE.

Residents and guests of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Vinoy Place may access both locations via cone lines but traffic will not be permitted east of Vinoy Place until the event concludes.

Parking will be restricted on both sides of Fifth Avenue NE from the east and west offsets of Bayshore Drive; both sides of Bayshore Drive NE from Fifth to Seventh Avenues NE; on the south side of Fifth Avenue NE from Beach Drive NE to Bayshore Drive NE; and on the east side of North Shore Drive NE from Seventh to 11th Avenues NE.

Owners of vehicles displaying Residential Parking Permits must find alternate parking places during the festival to avoid receiving a parking citation or face possible towing. Residential Parking Permits do not exempt vehicles from citations or relocation during special events.

Fans are encouraged to park in one of the two city-owned parking garages – Sundial (formerly BayWalk) at 117 Second St. N., or SouthCore, 100 First Avenue S., for an all-day rate of $5 and ride the free 97X BBQ shuttle to Vinoy Park.

Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. with stops approximately every 15 minutes. Stops are located on the east side of First Street, south of First Avenue S. near the Al Lang Stadium lot; on the east side of First Street, mid-block between First and Second Aves. N; and on the south side of Fifth Avenue NE, west of Bayshore Drive near the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Shuttles are equipped with wheelchair lifts.

For more information on festival shuttles, visit http://www.stpetetrolley.com/Events.html.

Get Rowdy with the Rowdies

The Tampa Bay Rowdies hope for another win as they host the New York Cosmos at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks, at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.

Get tickets at www.rowdiessoccer.com.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks

The Florida Orchestra winds down its 2013/2014 Masterworks season with Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique, among other selections, at the Mahaffey Theater at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at www.themahaffey.com or www.floridaorchestra.org.

Other Saturday Events in the ‘Burg

Other Saturday activities include St. Petersburg Parks & Rec’s free Summer Fun and Water Safety Day at Fossil Park Pool; the grand opening of Street Petersburg’s newest play space, Riviera Bay Park, at 8131 Macoma Drive NE, and the annual U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Pete Open House.

Visit www.stpete.org/events for information.

Cycling with Jack Kerouac

On Sunday, cyclists will be touring locations frequented by one of St. Petersburg’s most famous residents — Beat generation author Jack Kerouac

Proceeds from “Kerouac in Paradise: A Literary Bike Tour of St. Petersburg” will help the Friends of the Jack Kerouac House, Inc. maintain and preserve his St. Petersburg home.

Register for the ride at www.kerouachouse.com.

Sunday Fun

Other Sunday events include the Deuces Live Soulful Sunday Market from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sid the Science Kid at the Mahaffey Theater.

Details are at www.stpete.org/events.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.