St. Pete Magazine illuminates the best bets for dance, theater and other performing arts. St. Petersburg’s thriving arts and culture scene is one of the best in the U.S. with outstanding museums,  independent galleries, hundreds of working artists and crafts-people, and a stellar performing arts community.

Artwalks in Grand Central and other neighborhoods as well as the Shine Mural Project and film festivals give the arts and culture scene more recognition beyond St. Pete.

  • The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance has partnered with the city to preserve its arts and cultural community, ensure a strong arts-related economic presence, and foster growth in all seven arts districts.
  • Accolades include the No. 1 ranking as America’s Arts Destination for mid-sized cities, surpassing Charleston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and more, by AmericanStyle Magazine since 2010; selection as one of America’s top arts places by ArtPlace America, a collaboration of arts foundations and the nation’s largest banks

St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5 – 9 pm: The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for this anticipated monthly event.  You can visit 40 artists’ studios and galleries, enjoy local fare and meet new friends. Ride the trolley or take advantage of the free parking (1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St. to 30th St., The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum) Download the map and list of ArtWalk participants.

Photo courtest of the Museum of Fine Arts

Museums & Cultural Attractions: Salvador Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Museum of History,  the new Imagine Museum featuring American Studio Glass, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Morean Arts Center, Florida CraftArt, Sunken Gardens, Great Explorations, and more. 

Coming Soon: The Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement and the Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.

Working Artists Love It Here: The city offers seven distinct arts districts where artists may live, work and create, offering their unique talent to residents and visitors alike. 

Performing Arts Venues: The Palladium, American Stage, Mahaffey Theater (home to the Florida Orchestra), the St. Petersburg Opera Company, St. Petersburg City Theatre, freeFall Theatre and A Simple Theatre Company at Eckerd College.