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St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts - SPF18 Returns for Fourth Year



September 19, 2018

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Contact: John Collins,, 727.518.542


St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts - SPF18 Returns for Fourth Year

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St. Pete Performs! The fourth annual St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts – SPF18 will run October 19 – 28, 2018. Celebrating St. Petersburg’s well-known reputation as a leading arts and cultural destination, SPF18 showcases the performing arts with a spectrum of special events and one-of-a-kind experiences.

From opera to surprise pop-up performances in restaurants, SPF18 features theatre, dance, music, culinary arts and family friendly events. Experience the arts in new ways and places – be ready to be surprised and inspired!  SPF18 is produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance with support from the City of St.

Petersburg, business sponsors and individual contributors.



St. Pete Performs


Oct. 19, 21, 23 St. Petersburg Opera

SPO opens their season with Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart). Three performances of world-class opera.

Oct 19 & 23, 7:30 PM; Sunday Oct 21, 2 PM The Palladium’s Hough Hall, 253 5th Ave. N. Tickets/Info:


Oct 19             The Florida Orchestra: Music of Queen Rock Concert

Fronted by a full rock band and vocalist, the orchestra performs the legendary band’s greatest hits with power and grandeur.

8 PM, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S. Tickets/Info:

Oct. 18 – 21    Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival (TBLFF)

St. Petersburg’s first ever film festival dedicated to contemporary Latin American film. The festival includes a Friday night film co-sponsored by Eckerd College’s International Film Series. TBLFF will include panel discussions and film screenings.

Various Times, Sundial AMC, 151 2nd Ave. N. Tickets/Info:


Oct. 20            The Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park

Bring a date or the whole family for free music under the stars in waterfront Vinoy Park. Fireworks finale! Food trucks and family activities available. Presented by Ashley HomeStore

Vinoy Park 701 Bayshore Dr. NE

4 pm, Community performances; 7 pm, The Florida Orchestra Free Admission. Info:


Oct. 22            An Evening of Jazz

Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz presents a special evening of St. Pete jazz. Join us for good food, beverages & great music.

Co-sponsored with The Hangar Restaurant/Go To Steve’s restaurants & catering

7 PM, The Hangar Restaurant, Albert Whitted Airport, 540 1st St. SE Free Admission. Info:


Oct. 23            La Lucha!

"Best of the Bay" trio of best friends from different parts of the world—Colombia, Mexico and the United States—creates music that transcends genres. Enjoy a diverse mixture of Latin inspired rhythms with Jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs, and original compositions. Through an engaging stage presence and high level of interaction, La Lucha brings the audience into their world.

 5-8 PM, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Avenue Tickets: $10 (includes gallery access) at door. Free for James Museum members Info:


Oct. 24            Artful Wine Pairings Dinner Benefit

The Birchwood hosts the fourth annual Artful Wine Pairings Dinner. The five-course dinner features specially selected estate wines from around the world.  Executive Chef Lee Aquino will introduce dishes inspired by local artists.  The once-a-year culinary event benefits SPF18.  Every table was filled the last two years!

6 -9 PM, The Birchwood, 340 Beach Dr. NE

Tickets: $175 p advance; $200 pp after 10/17

Purchase online at


Oct. 25            Cheek To Cheek: The songs of Fred Astaire

 An evening of songs and stories celebrating the career of America's favorite hoofer. 

 Fred Astaire was also a wonderful song stylist and a favorite of composers George    

 Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Dorothy Fields and more. 

 Performed by Paul Wilborn and Blue Roses, featuring Eugenie Bondurant.

Frank Bowman, sax and clarinet; Matt Cowley, percussion.

Benefit performance for SPF18.

8 PM Iberian Rooster Restaurant, 475 Central Ave.

Tickets: $25 – Purchase online at


Oct 25             Air-Earth-Fire-Water: Creative Collaboration

Scientists wrangling with the real world join dancers exploring imaginative movement in this joyous outdoor work. Created by playwright Sheila Cowley, choreographers Helen Hansen French and Paula Kramer, actors Eugenie Bondurant and Ned Averill-Snell, viola player A.J. Vaughan and dancers French, Erin Cardinal, Brian Fidalgo and Alex Jones. Storytelling through both words and movement.  20-minute performances at 5:30 and 6:30 pm on the steps of the Museum of Fine Arts, Beach Drive Entrance Plaza
Free Admission


Oct. 25-27       Festival Pop-Up Performances

Unexpected performances in unexpected places! Street performers, artists, singers, musicians will pop up throughout downtown and in many restaurants over the weekend.

7:30 – 9:00 PM - Various locations TBA Free Performance


Oct. 26            AS IF! (American Stage Improv Festival)

A night of laughs and spontaneous storytelling with improv teams from near and far including As Usual (St. Petersburg), FST Improv (Sarasota), and  special guest headliner, ImprovBoston (Boston).  Improvisation is truly live theatre! The plot, characters and dialogue of a scene or story are created in the moment. Every performance is new, unique, and captivating.

"Adults" only.

8 PM, Side Door Cabaret @ The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N.

Tickets $25, $45 prime reserved seats. Info:


Oct. 26, 28      Shakespeare in the City – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Studio@620 and the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival present Shakespeare in the City in conjunction with Williams Park Association. Enjoy a perfect summer evening in the park. Williams Park - between 4th & 3rd Streets N & 2nd & 1st Avenues N, St. Petersburg

7:30 PM, Contact: 727-895-6620, Free Admission


October 27      St. Pete Shares the Stage! Dance St. Pete

St. Pete’s dance vibrant dance community shares the stage to showcase the best of the best in the region for a wonderful evening of dance.  The evening featiues

d r i f t, a poignant duet with Helen Hansen French and Alex Jones; an evocative solo by Rogue Dance’s Artistic Director,Kellie Harmon; guest company Sarasota Contemporary Dance with Kristin O’Neal’s Sweet Suite; Tampa Bay Ballet’s “If I Cry”, Si Te lloro; and a world premiere by Alex Jones’ projectALCHEMY

8 PM, The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N.




October 27      Halloween Movie In the Park!

Presented by the Sunscreen Film Festival, powered by Cinema Squatch and DJ Fresh Events. An evening of Halloween fun!

6 PM, Music, trivia and party. Movie starts at dark Williams Park, 2nd Ave N & 3rd St N

Free Admission/Info:


Oct. 27            The Florida Orchestra: Evening at Bach’s Coffeehouse

Award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell leads an intimate evening featuring TFO’s strings, including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. 8 PM, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S.



Oct. 27            Take A Chance Dance Project

Actors/writers, Bob Devin Jones, Fanni Green and Maureen McDole will co-choreograph three performance pieces with Paula Kramer that infuse dance into original narratives that focus on a sense of place. The excitement lies in having a chance to make their dance debut and reveal the dancers that lie within.

2 PM, ARTS46/4, First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave N. Free Admission


Oct. 28            Sunshine City, The Musical – Concert Version

Jack Handsome single-handedly revives the St. Petersburg tourist industry with outrageous marketing stunts, but finds that winning Flora Day's heart takes more than clever words. Set in the waning years of the 1920’s land boom, Sunshine City, the Musical is a family-friendly mainstream show featuring a tap-dancing dog, singing alligators, "Sea Vamps" and a cameo appearance by Ponce de Leon himself! “Soon all America will sing this ditty: Come on down to Sunshine City!”

Written by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Tom Sivak, Sunshine City, the Musical will be presented in a concert performance by 15 local actors, and the composer at the piano.

7:00 PM, Opera Central, 2145 First Avenue South Tickets: $20,