Mother’s Day weekend in the ‘Burg: Taste of Pinellas, Rays, art & more

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Mother’s Day weekend in the ‘Burg is filled with sounds — and flavors — with Taste of Pinellas, the Florida Orchestra, an Second Saturday arts excursion,  a day at the Trop and more.

Taste of Pinellas 2014

Enjoy the sounds and flavors of spring when Taste of Pinellas 2014 returns to St. Petersburg Friday and Saturday in a new location – Albert Whitted Park.

Sample menu items from some of the city’s hottest restaurants along with performances by Pat Benatar, Bruce Hornsby, Dan Ackroyd and Jim Belushi as The Blues Brothers and more starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Family-friendly entertainment will also include the free Family Fun Zone. Taste of Pinellas is presented by Bill Edwards and proceeds benefit All Children’s Hospital.

Find tickets and information at www.tasteofpinellas.com.

Taste of Pinellas parking is available in either the Sundial (formerly BayWalk) parking garage at 117 Second Ave. N., in the South Core garage at 100 First Ave. S. or the Al Lang Stadium parking lot for a $5 special event rate.

Due to a performance, the Mahaffey Theater garage will not be available for parking tomorrow; however, festivalgoers may park in the garage Saturday for $5.

A free festival shuttle will run throughout the weekend from downtown parking locations to Albert Whitted Park.  Shuttles will run from 3 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and from 2:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday with service approximately every 10 minutes.

Festival shuttle stops are located:

  • East side of First Street, just south of First Avenue S near the Al Lang Stadium parking lot
  • East side of First Street, mid-block between First Avenue N and Second Avenue N outside the Sundial (formerly BayWalk) parking garage
  • West side of Bayshore Drive, just north of Mahaffey Theater

Downtown visitors should note Bayshore Dr. is closed from First Avenue SE to just east of the museum entrance on Dali Boulevard through midday Monday. Local traffic may access The Dali parking lot during museum hours from the west.

Tampa Bay Rays Home Games

The Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Friday with Cleveland at Tropicana Field. Game times are 7:10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 1:40 p.m. on Sunday. Fans may park at the stadium, in one of the parking lots within a half-mile walk of Tropicana Field, or along the waterfront and ride the free baseball shuttle to the stadium.

Tickets are available for all three games at www.raysbaseball.com.

Taking It Easy

Re-visit the soaring sounds of one of America’s most celebrated rock groups when the Florida Orchestra brings The Music of the Eagles to St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater tomorrow at 8 p.m. Enjoy crowd favorites as Desperado, Witchy Woman, Hotel California and more from one of today’s best
tribute bands.

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

Give Mom the Perfect Gift – Art!

Show Mom why St. Petersburg is number one in the arts and pick up a last-minute gift during the Mother’s Day Second Saturday Art Walk & Warehouse District Trolley Tour. Independent galleries and artist studios will be open starting at 5:30 p.m. for browsing and conversation.

For more info, visit www.artswalkstpete or www.facebook.com/WarehouseArtsDistrictStPete.

Or Give Mom the Day Off

Mom is the guest of honor during Sunday’s Museum of Fine Arts’ annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the MFA Cafe. Dine on the waterfront or in the Conservatory and enjoy everything from omelets and French toast to veal and Peking duck from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reservations are available at 727-822-1032 or by email: MFACafe@verizon.net.

Then get a glimpse of New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment during its final day on display or hear artist Richard Logan discuss his storied career during the Hot Gatherings Cool Conversations series at 3 p.m. Visit www.fine-arts.org for information.

Fresh to Deuces Market

The perfect last-minute gift (with a little soul) can be found the Deuces Live Soulful Sunday Market from 1 to 6 p.m. Or bring Mom along for fresh flowers, delicious desserts or handmade gifts and celebrate her special day with live entertainment and fellowship on the corner of 9th Avenue and 22nd Street S.

For more weekend events in and around St. Petersburg, visit 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.