St. Petersburg’s City Hall turns 75 next week. To commemorate its birthday, city officials are hosting an anniversary extravaganza December 1 at the historic downtown building on Fifth Street North between First and Second Avenues. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.
The open house will feature walking tours of City Hall and other iconic St. Pete spots hosted by St. Petersburg Preservation. There are two tours beginning on the steps of City Hall. One kicks off at 10:15 a.m. and the other starts at 1:30 p.m.
There will also be an opportunity to gorge on some yummy food truck treats. Maggie on the Move and Enjoi Sweets & Co. will be serving chicken salad sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches and peach cobbler all for $0.50 each. The sandwiches are even served with chips. Enjoy that while it lasts, as a bag of chips in a convenient store is more expensive than one of these entire meals.
The open house will also feature a host of St. Pete-centric activities. There will be a meet and greet with St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and one of the city council members from 1939, Ian V. Boyer. A video presentation will be playing in City Council chambers throughout the day and there will be a photo exhibit focused on the city around the late ’30s and early ’40s on display.
Officials will cut and serve cake at 12:30 for those who haven’t already had their fill of peach cobbler. Building and art tours will be given throughout the day and the company Tangible Labs will give 3D printing demos.
In addition to all the other festivities, entertainment from the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Suzuki Strings of St. Petersburg and the Florida Music Institute will play throughout the day. The event is free (except the insanely cheap lunch and dessert) and open to the public.