Florida’s autumn is almost here. That means Pumpkin Spice flavored everything, Halloween, and slightly less humid days. While our city doesn’t see much of fall and winter, there seems to be a completely different mood in the city when October is upon us and it brings out the best of what St. Petersburg has become in the past few years.
If you do a Google search for some of the up and coming cities in America, St. Pete will probably pop up on more than a few. The city has continued to transform into an appealing spot for young couples to settle down and natives to stay put. And the best time of the year to see what the city really has to offer starts in the beginning of the “fall” months.
While Snowbirds start to flock to their condos and time-shares, the bustle of the surrounding area starts to pick up. Not to mention the local events that attract both residents and vacationers every year. The Saturday Morning Market is the perfect place to start getting to know St. Pete.
The local food and services trend that launched out of the East Coast and the Northeast regions of the country has trickled down to Florida. The impact has generated more visitors to open air markets and local boutique shops that are very popular in the downtown district.
Many of the local bars and restaurants host parties for beer runs and more family friendly gatherings, like St. Petersburg Preservation’s “Movies in the Park” at North Straub Park. Films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Blues Brothers, and Young Frankenstein are all on the roster to be shown this season. The Florida Orchestra also puts on “Pops in the Park” at Vinoy Park in October which can quickly become a family tradition to attend. Both of these events are free and extremely popular. They’re the perfect venue to get to know your neighbors and find out about other upcoming events.
Even though Florida doesn’t experience seasons like most other states in the country, St. Petersburg still makes it a point to emphasize what time of year it is. Trick-or-Treating in Old Northeast is always a must do on Halloween. The neighborhood is always full of spooky decorations and kid friendly block parties around every corner. There’s even a house that makes cotton candy!
When November rolls around, most communities and schools host canned food drives for local nonprofit organizations. Many art galleries and boutique shops organize galas to raise money for All Children’s Hospital. The events are usually themed and with the purchase of your ticket, sit down dinners and live music can be enjoyed on your night out for a good cause.
There hasn’t been snow in Florida in a few years but that doesn’t stop St. Pete from getting into the Christmas spirit. A yearly boat parade is one of the most
popular events in winter along with North Straub Park’s ice rink and giant Christmas tree that’s a perfect photo op for next year’s holiday cards.
With so many events and activities planned in the fall and winter months, it’s no wonder young families and couples are gravitating toward St. Petersburg to plant their roots. If you want to know what’s going on in St. Pete, visit ILoveTheBurg.com. They have a constantly updated calendar of daily events and reviews on local plays, musicals, comedy and art shows.