February is Heating Up in Clearwater St. Pete and Beyond
It may be cold in the rest of the country. Still, February is really heating up in the Clearwater St. Pete’s and Indian Rocks Beach region. As January comes to an end and February gets off to a roaring start, you will have plenty of chances to experience the best in romantic adventures, musical happenings, and family fun.
Whether you are vacationing with your sweetheart, enjoying the fun and sun with your kids, or just hanging out, you will find a new adventure at every turn. Here are some of the events that will make the month sizzle all February long.
St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival
St. Pete has a prime spot right on the water, and that means the freshest seafood around. If you want to check out the catch of the day and hear some great tunes in the process, just head down to the St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival.
The fun gets underway on January 31 and runs through February 2. That is when Corey Avenue in Downtown St. Pete becomes seafood central, and best of all, admission to this great event is totally free. Hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, so you have plenty of time to fill your ears with great music and your mouth with fantastic seafood.
Tampa Bay Great Books Conference
The Tampa region has plenty of outdoor activities, but there are plenty of opportunities for indoor fun as well. If you love to read, the Tampa Bay Great Books Conference is your number one destination.
The Tampa Bay Great Books Conference runs from January 31 through February 2 at the Hilton at the St. Petersburg Bayfront, so bring your reading glasses and get ready for some great shopping.
Florida Food and Brews Festival
This part of the country is known for its great food and drink, and you will find plenty in abundance at the Florida Food and Brews Festival. This celebration of all things culinary is sure to delight, so circle February 1 on your calendar.
The Florida Food and Brews Festival takes place at beautiful England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park, Fl, so make your plans now. If Mother Nature does not cooperate, the rain date for the festival is February 8.
World-class drivers push perfectly engineered Monster Jam trucks to their limits and promise to put onlookers on the edge of their seats in this unscripted, unexpected, and unforgettable event. Enjoy the adrenaline-charged family entertainment featuring the most famous trucks in the world on February 1, 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Best Damn Race
If your New Year’s resolution is to lose a few pounds and get in shape, you can get a jump start on that promise at the Best Damn Race in Safety Harbor. Just put on your running shoes and get ready to challenge yourself.
Runners from throughout the region can choose from a variety of race formats, including 5K, 10K, and half marathon. There is also a double and triple challenge, so you can choose your own adventure. The fun gets underway on February 1 and 2 at Waterfront Park in Safety Harbor, and the race action runs from 6 a.m. to noon.
Tapestry: A Tribute to Carol King
If you are a Carol King Fan, you will want to mark February 5 on your calendar. That is when the fantastic Tapestry: A Tribute to Carol King comes to the St. Pete Mahaffey Theatre. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m., but you will want to go early to meet your fellow Carol King aficionados.
Florida State Fair
No one does a state fair quite like Florida, and plenty of natives are looking forward to the annual incarnation of the Florida State Fair. This year’s version runs from February 6 through February 17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, and now is the time to make your plans.
The Florida State Fair is known for being family-friendly, so feel free to bring the kids. You will want to make several trips, so mark your calendar and get ready to have some fun.
If you are looking for some indoor fun this February, Stampfest Winter is the perfect place for you. Stampfest Winter takes place on February 8 at the spectacular Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater, and it celebrates all manner of papercrafts.
Whether you are into scrapbooking, stamp collecting, or any other type of paper crafts, you are sure to enjoy the chance to talk to fellow enthusiasts and learn about the latest changes to this age-old hobby. Admission is $8.00.
Tampa Riverwalk “SWEET N SPICY” Festival
The Tampa Riverwalk is always a picturesque place to be, but things are really heating up on February 8. That is when the Tampa Riverwalk will play host to the aptly named SWEET N SPICY Festival.
Whether you like your food sweet, spicy, or a little bit of both, you will find plenty of treats to tickle your taste buds and wake up your inner gourmet. Come hungry and get ready to enjoy some spicy sweetness.
Mutts Gone Nuts
If you love dogs, Ruth Eckerd Hall is the place to be this February 9 at 1 p.m. So, mark that date on your calendar, bring the kids and get ready to be amazed.
Mutts Gone Nuts features tons of wonderful performances, all the canine variety. This is the place to be for dog lovers of all ages.
St. Petersburg Distance Classic
Whether you love to run or just watch some amazing athletes, you will want to check out the St. Petersburg Distance Classic. Featuring marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K races, this celebration of racing in all its forms is one of the most popular events in February.
The St. Petersburg Distance Classic gets underway at 6 a.m. sharp, so come early and lace up your running shoes. The event takes place in Northshore Park in Downtown St. Pete, and whether you participate or just cheer on the runners, you are sure to have a great time.
The month of February is filled with great music, but it would be hard to beat a performance by Los Lobos. The date is February 13, the place is Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, and the setting is downtown Clearwater. You will want to get your tickets early – Los Lobos is sure to sell out.
St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational
If you are a softball fan, the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational is the place to be. Sponsored by Wilson and taking place from February 13 through February 16, the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational showcases the best teams and players in the sport, so fans can cheer on their favorites in the warm February sun.
From February 13 to February 16, the Eddie C Moore Complex in Clearwater will play host to teams from Northwestern, Florida State University, the University of Alabama, and many others, all vying for prizes and bragging rights.
This February, Shen Yun celebrates 5,000 years of civilization, all reborn and reimagined for a new generation. This fantastic performance must be seen to be believed, and you can see it in all its glory from February 14 through February 20.
With both nighttime and matinee performances, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore Shen Yun and see what it is all about. But you will want to get your tickets early; plenty of Floridians are already making their plans.
Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ
Culinary adventures abound in February, but for beer lovers and BBQ aficionados, none compares to the aptly named Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ. Taking place on February 15 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, this celebration of all things culinary and bourbon flavored is sure to delight your senses, so come hungry (and thirsty) and get ready to have your fill.
From local microbrews and specialty bourbons to the best BBQ the state has to offer, you will find it all at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ celebration. Hours are from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. but come early for the best selection.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival
A trip to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival means a chance to channel your inner knight, so let down your inhibitions and get ready to have some fun. This celebration of all things medieval is sure to delight everyone, from the youngest kids to the oldest adults.
The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is not just a one-time event; the celebration takes place every weekend from February 15 through March 29. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the venue is located at 11315 N. 46th Street in Tampa. When you go, you will have a “knight” to remember.
Les Ballet Trockadero
If you are craving a bit of culture during February, the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre has your back. On February 15 at 8 p.m., the curtain rises on Les Ballet Trockadero, a celebration of this classic art form and ancient custom.
When you go, you can marvel at the fantastic athleticism of this beautiful performers, and you can get lost in the dance and the timeless story. So make your plans now and get your tickets early – this one could be a sellout.
Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival
Shopping for crafts is always fun, and the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival is one of the finest venues around. This yearly event is still a big affair, and this year’s version rolls into town on February 15 and 16.
Hours for the Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but you will want to come early for the best selection. When you go, you can enjoy great shopping, amazing crafts, and lots of fun with your fellow craft enthusiasts.
St. Pete Super Greek Festival
Greek Culture is among the oldest in the world, and you can celebrate all things Greek right in downtown St. Pete this February. That is when the St. Pete Super Greek Festival rolls into town, with mouthwatering food, impressive demonstrations, cultural activities, and lots of fun for the whole family.
The St. Pete Super Greek Festival takes place the weekend of February 21-23, so head for 3600 76th Street N in St. Pete. You will want to start making your plans now; the date will be here before you know it.
Gasparilla Classic Gymnastics Championship
If you are a fan of gymnastics, you do not have to buy a ticket to the Olympics to enjoy the sport you love. All you need to do is go to Tropicana Field from February 21-23 for the Gasparilla Classic Gymnastics Championship.
This highly competitive event brings together some of the most talented men and women in the sport, all hoping to win gold. You can cheer on your favorites and marvel at their athletic feats, all at beautiful Tropicana Field.
Safety Harbor Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day
Vintage clothing is all the rage these days, and you can shop till you drop at the Safety Harbor Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day. Whether you are a bargain hunter, a fashionista, or a bit of both, you can find the vintage clothing and accessories you need to create the perfect look.
This unique market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 9 in Safety Harbor. Still, you will want to come early for the best selection of vintage fashions. So, grab your wallet and circle February 9 on your calendar.
Gregory Porter and Ledisi
If you are a fan of Gregory Porter and Ledisi, you will want to mark February 21 on your calendar. This is when Gregory and Ledisi bring their popular show to the St. Pete Mahaffey Theatre.
The curtain rises at 7 p.m. sharp, but you will want to arrive early to chat with your fellow fans. This one could be a sellout, so shop early for the best seats.
7th Annual Localtopia
The St. Pete region is a great place to do business, and you can meet more than 250 of the best business people, as well as representatives from local organizations, at the annual Localtopia.
Now in its 7th season, this yearly event brings together local businesses and organizations, giving lifelong residents and recent transplants a chance to learn about the surrounding community and all the great things it has to offer. The event takes place at Williams Park on February 22, and the hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. Still, just in case the rain date is February 29.
Safety Harbor Seafood and Art on the Waterfront
Waterfront Park in Safety Harbor is one of the most beautiful spots around, especially when it is filled with exquisite seafood and fantastic art. This February 22, Waterfront Park will come alive with the smells of delicious seafood and the beauty of local and regional artistic creations, so come early and get ready to get your fill.
The hours for the Safety Harbor Seafood and Art on the Waterfront celebration are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mark February 22 on your calendar and start making your plans now.
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
If you love the blues, you are sure to enjoy the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival. Taking place the weekend of February 22-23 at Coachman Park in Downtown Clearwater, this great event is free to the public, so you can bring the whole family for a day of entertaining music, great food, and lots of camaraderie with your fellow blues fanatics.
Seafood festivals are frequent throughout the St. Pete Clearwater region, but SeafoodFest offers even more. In addition to the fantastic seafood, SeafoodFest boasts a variety of beer and wine tastings, so you can try out various pairings while you tickle your taste buds.
SeafoodFest takes place on February 29 at Tampa Bay Downs. Hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., but you will want to arrive early and come hungry (and thirsty).
Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training
Baseball players look forward to spring training all winter long, and this annual rite gets underway on February 22 and runs through the end of the month on February 29. That is when spring training brings the Philadelphia Phillies to town, and you can catch the excitement in Tampa, Lakeland, Clearwater, Bradenton, and beyond. So, check the schedule, grab your baseball cap, and get ready for some family-friendly fun in the February sun.
Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training
Philadelphia is not the only team to make its winter home in Florida. The area is also the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and you can catch all the spring training action in Dunedin, Clearwater, and Tampa. Circle the week of February 22 through February 29 on your calendar and get ready to indulge your inner baseball fan.
In addition to these fantastic February events, area residents will find plenty of ongoing activities to keep them entertained all month long. Here is our pick for some of the best ongoing events in the St. Pete Clearwater region and beyond.
Brocante Vintage Market
This St. Pete institution is a dream come true for lovers of all things vintage. Taking place on the first weekend of every month, the Brocante Vintage Market is a haven for buyers and sellers of vintage clothing, accessories, and more.
Mimosas and Masterpieces
St. Pete is home to the breathtaking Dali Museum, and art lovers can combine their love of surrealism and adult beverages at the Mimosas and Masterpieces brunch. Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 2, 9, 16, and 23, this event is always a lot of fun.
Market on Main
Every Sunday, John Wilson Park in Safety Harbor transforms itself into an open-air market, and you can shop till you drop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday Morning Fresh Market
If you are looking for the freshest ingredients, you can find them all on Tuesday Morning, Fresh Market. This February, the shopping takes place on February 4, 11, 18, and 25 in beautiful Gulfport.
Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey
Hockey fans delight when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town, and their home games at Amalie Arena are always a thrill. During February, you can watch the Lightning take on the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders, the Edmonton Oilers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames.
Thursday Evenings at the Dali
Every Thursday evening in February features reduced admission and lots of fun at the Dali Museum. This St. Pete institution is filled with masterpieces from the master of surrealism, and you can enjoy it all for a lower price.
Thursday evenings at the Dali also features extended hours at the gallery and store, as well as special events at the Avant-gardens and café.
St. Pete Shuffle Fridays
If you are looking for some friendly competition and gentle exercise, just head down to St. Pete for Shuffle Fridays. The fun gets underway at 7 p.m. and runs till 10 p.m., and the event is both kid and dog-friendly.
Games take place on a first-come, first-served basis, and no glass bottles are permitted. A donation is requested for those playing, and there is even a unique Learner’s Bootcamp on February 6 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk
Gulfport is a haven for art lovers, and you can enjoy the best the region has to offer at the Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk. This year-round festival takes place on the first Friday and third Saturday of every month, including February 7 and 15.
St. Pete 2nd Saturday Art Walk
On the second Saturday of every month, the streets of St. Pete come alive for the Art Walk, where walkers can meet local artists, gallery owners, and enjoy the company of their fellow art lovers.
Moonlight Canopy Tours
If you want to see the region in a whole new light, just head to Oldsmar on select Friday and Saturday nights for the sought-after Moonlight Canopy Tours. Reservations are required, so make your plans early and get ready to indulge your inner thrill-seeker.
Enjoy the ultimate adventure with family and friends by taking an LED Illuminated glass-bottom kayak ride in the SunCoast area. No other watersports company offers Sharkey’s Watersport experience in the USA! Enjoy the day and night rentals and tours, fishing, dolphin, manatee tours, and much more! This activity, weather permitting, is perfect for families, groups, or an unforgettable date night! Call 813-527-5822 to make your reservation today.
Guerilla Art Market
If you love art, you will want to make St. Pete, your destination the 2nd Saturday of every month. This month the Guerilla Art Market takes place on February 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Side Lot in St. Pete, right in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District.
Safety Harbor’s 3rd Friday Music Series
On the 3rd Friday of every month, Main Street in Safety Harbor closes to traffic, but the excitement is just heating up. The Friday Music Series is one of the most popular events in Safety Harbor, with lots of shopping, dining, and entertainment for the whole family. Proceeds from this event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., benefit a different local charity each month, so you can feel good while you have fun.
Local residents look forward to the Dunedin Market every week, and this popular event takes place every Friday and Saturday. In February, the dates are February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29, so you have plenty of chances to get out and enjoy it.
Whether you are craving the most excellent seafood, the most delicious beer, the best BBQ, or the most engaging music, you can find it all in the St. Pete Clearwater and Indian Rocks region this February. The month of February is really heating up, and you will want to start making your plans right away.