With a boom in new apartment construction, a lot is happening as one travels south of Central Ave. in the 'Burg. Not all historic is being lost, however, and some of the best of the past is leading the way for the rejuvenation of an often overlooked portion of downtown whether it be the former funeral parlor and YWCA building, now repurposed as Rococo Steak, or the historic Tramor Cafeteria now repurposed as the Hofbrauhaus. The tour will start at the 1926 Crislip Arcade, a beautiful historic downtown arcade that was nearly lost to the demolition ball in 2008. From the arcade, the tour goers will get a chance to enjoy a loop stroll taking in the best of the past in south downtown.
Reservations recommended as tour has limited capacity.
Its the 10th Anniversary for the best small event on the waterfront - Movies in the Park! Each movie evening starts with live music at 6 pm followed by the movie on the big screen at dusk. The fun takes place in N. Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE at Beach Dr. Movies in the Park are Free!
Come early to enjoy the local band before the movie and to get your favorite spot! Bring a picnic or purchase food from some of the 'Burg's best food vendors, set up on-site. A limited number of folding chairs will be available, but better yet, bring a blanket or low seat!
Bicycling to movies is a fun way to arrive and you can do so using a Coast Bike Share bicycle (a bike station is located across the street from Movies in the Park). For those on their own bike, free bicycle valet parking will be provided by Coast.
October 24 -Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) PG – The film that started the Indiana Jones series and introduced Harrison Ford as the adventure loving archaeologist Indiana Jones. The movie won four Oscars and, for many, it is their favorite Indiana Jones movie. Evening's Music by Gloria West & the Gents. They bring old school swing jazz with a sultry twist. From classic mid-tempo swing-dancing numbers to sultry torch songs on the edge of the blues, their fast-paced high-energy and Gloria's Billie Holiday like vocals’ are guaranteed to get anyone’s foot tapping. Creative Loafing calls West, “One of the most dynamic voices working in the Tampa Bay area.”
PTB members are free. Guests and non-members are $10/person. Tour reservations are recommended
Its the 10th Anniversary for the best small event on the waterfront - Movies in the Park! The movie evening starts with live music at 6 pm followed by the movie on the big screen at dusk. NOTE: Movies in the Park is moving for Halloween a short distance south from the "regular" North Straub Park venue - The Halloween venue will be outside on the north end of the Museum of Fine Arts building and next to the big banyan tree.Don't forget, Movies in the Park are Free!
We have a fun & special event for Halloween, including a costume contest (for kids and the rest of you) with prizes for the best costumes. And, of course there will be trick or treat treats! The first movie, an animated short will be Scooby Doo and the Scary Scarecrow. This will be followed by the original 1925 silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera. Just like they did in the days of the silent flicks, we will have live music accompany the film. It promises to be a great way to spend Halloween evening for the young and not so young!
PTB is excited to have Vince Di Mura an accomplished concert jazz pianist provide the musical soundtract to accompany the film. Vince is the resident music director and
composer at Princeton University. He is also locally known for his work with American Stage.
As with other movie nights, we suggest you come early to enjoy the live music before the movie and to get your favorite spot! Bring a picnic or purchase food from some of the 'Burg's best food vendors, set up on-site. A limited number of folding chairs will be available, but better yet, bring a blanket or low seat!
November is the perfect time of year to Join PTB on a walking tour! Our "Original" downtown walking tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Petersburg and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past. Experience and see what makes downtown special as you take a stroll though a portion of the city's central business district and the Downtown National Register Historic District. Participants will see grand historic hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade and the Open Air Post Office.
You might want to come early and take a stroll through the Saturday Morning Market, it opens at 9 am and its easy to purchase a bakery treat & coffee.
St. Petersburg's waterfront helps to make the city special! Tour participants will learn about the waterfront's importance to the city's efforts to promote itself as the embodiment of the Florida dream and hear stories about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is also where baseball’s spring training got its start, was the 1914 home to the world’s first airline, the St. Petersburg - Tampa Airboat Co. and the location for the 'Burg's historic fountain of youth - those on the tour will be able to try the fountain and, no doubt, will feel younger by tour's end!
You may want to come early and stop in at the Saturday Morning Market - it opens at 9 am and it's easy to purchase a cup of coffee and bakery treat bef.ore the start of the tour
Walkng tours are free to PTB members are free. Guests and non-members are $10/person. Tour reservations are recommended.
This tour, in the heart of downtown, is typically just over an hour walk and offers a great introduction for visitors or residents to the history of the city! Tour goers will get a chance to see some of the best of what makes downtown special, including architectural favorites like the 1926 Snell Arcade and the 1916 Open Air Post Office. The tour, led by Preserve the 'Burg President & architectural historian Emily Elwyn, is sure to leave you with a new perspective on the history and growth of the ‘Burg. After the tour, you may want to pick out a local spot downtown for lunch!
PTB members are free. Guests and non-members are $10/person. Tour reservations are recommended.
Join Preserve the ‘Burg and Open Partnership Education Network for an evening with renowned urban planner, Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City.
Florida is well-known as one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. The increasing lack of walkability in American cities has led to dire health implications, economic drain, and a rapid and harmful decrease in civic engagement. Conversely, those American cities that have embraced walkable urbanism are thriving.
We invite you to join renowned urban planner Jeff Speck to discuss the importance of walkability in building an engaged, healthy, and economically viable community.
The evening will include:
6:00 PM – Patron Reception (additional ticket required)
7:00 PM – Program and Q&A
8:00 PM – Book Signing
Local bookseller Tombolo Books will be on-site for purchases of Walkable City and other books of local interest.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of The Smart-Growth Manual and the “modern classic” Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.” His latest book, Walkable City—which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work”— was the best selling city-planning book of 2013-16.
A special thank you to Preserve the 'Burg partner, Open Partnership Education Network, and to our sponsors, Duke Energy, Smith and Associates, AARP Tampa Bay, and The Palladium Theater.