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6/21/2016 Member News
Second Annual Central Avenue Solstice Kicks Off August 5th with Preview Party

Second Annual Central Avenue Solstice Kicks Off August 5th with Preview Party

On September 24, 2016, the Central Avenue Solstice will return for its second year. This all-day event is held from sunrise to sunset, along the entire 7-mile length of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, and is one of the featured events of the St. Pete Arts Fest.

A special preview of the event will be held on August 5, when event planners host a Kickoff Party at Green Bench Brewing Co. from 6-10 pm. They will reveal specific details about the event schedule, including a video presentation and guest speakers. In addition to live music by the Florida Folk Scene, local songwriter Rebekah Pulley will perform, and will reveal the Central Avenue Solstice theme song. Signup information will also be on hand for volunteers and others interested in participating, and as an added bonus, all volunteers signing up will receive discounted beer tickets courtesy of Green Bench Brewing Co.

The Central Avenue Solstice celebrates the day the sun rises and sets on Central Avenue, which is the main artery or “zipper” of The Sunshine City, and home to 14% of the City’s businesses. To commemorate the day, visitors can explore a large array of activities along the Avenue, while the sun journeys from East to West directly overhead. It is a full-day celebration of art, culture, music, food, shopping and all the things that make Central Avenue and St. Petersburg a great place to be.

Event activities will begin on the east end of Central Avenue at sunrise, followed by art demonstrations, family activities, markets, restaurant specials, music and other live performances scheduled throughout the day at more than three dozen Central Avenue locations, and finally closing with a sunset celebration on the west end of the Avenue. Even more robust than last year, this year’s schedule adds contests, group activities, and other features to broaden public participation. And, significantly, event activities are free, as is the Central Avenue Trolley, which will be running free all day.

"This is a great, fun-filled event on the only street that brings both sides of the City together as one," said Leslie Curran, former St. Petersburg City Council Chair and long-time Central Avenue business owner. “There is so much more to Central Avenue than even long-time residents realize. This event is truly a great way to discover all these bright spots in the heart of our City." Jeff Schorr, another Central Avenue business owner, is hosting a pottery demonstration area in front of his business for the event, as he did last year. He looks forward to the interaction, excited to be a part of the expanded list of demonstrations this year that also include blown glass, stained glass, woodworking, and painting, among others. “People really enjoy seeing the art making process, especially when it’s so accessible right along Central Avenue for this event.”

Sponsorship opportunities for the Central Avenue Solstice are still available for this event, as well as opportunities for businesses and artists to participate. For more information, go to

This event is organized and hosted by the Central Avenue Council, consisting of the Downtown, Central Arts, EDGE, Grand Central, Warehouse Arts, Professional, and West Central Village districts.