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November EVENTS in the Area

November 1: SPAA Wine Pairings Benefit Dinner. Enjoy a special evening celebrating visual, literary and performing arts. Gather at The Birchwood in downtown St. Pete for an exclusive five-course wine pairings dinner to benefit the Arts Alliance. Each course will be complimented by a special wine from around the world. The delicious meal will draw inspiration from painter Jim Rolston, glass artist Duncan McClellan, dancer Helen Hansen French, playwright Sheila Cowley and cabaret musicians Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant. Tickets are $175 – last year's event sold out so reserve your spot now!

November 2: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers. The Tampa Bay Lightning are back for the 2017-2018 hockey season. With team captain Steven Stamkos healed and back in action, along with a strong line up of both experienced players and new talent, expectations are very high for the Bolts. Catch them at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. They will be at home again on 11/4 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 11/16 vs. Dallas Stars, 11/18 vs. New York Rangers, and 11/22 vs. Chicago Blackhawks. For tickets, visit the Amalie Arena website. November 3: First Friday St. Pete. Celebrate every First Friday of the month in St. Pete with a free block party complete with live music and dancing! The action goes down between 2nd and 3rd streets on Central Ave. from 5:30-10 p.m. November 3: Gavin DeGraw at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Multi-platinum selling singer, perform and songwriter, Gavin DeGraw is taking his RAW TOUR to Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This concert is taking place Friday, Nov 3 at 8 pm and tickets can be purchased here. November 3: Loretta Lynn at The Mahaffey. In a career that's included 60 albums, 16 No. 1 songs and dozens of awards (including four Grammys), Loretta Lynn is the most honored woman in country music history. Experience the incredible Queen of Country on Friday, November 3 at The Mahaffey at 8 pm. Tickets are $35.50 - $65.50 and can be purchased online at The Mahaffey or via phone by calling (727) 893-7832. November 3: St. Pete Asian Lantern Fest. Join the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association for food, fun and live entertainment as they host the inaugural St. Pete Asian Lantern Festival at Albert Whitted Park! Gourmet food trucks will be serving up special Asian inspired dishes as well as offering their normal cuisine. Enjoy live music, good eats, and activities the whole family will enjoy! Checkout the Facebook event page for more information. November 3: St. Pete Craft Beer & Bites Tour. Craft beer enthusiasts, upscale fine dining, Florida casual… there's a tour for everyone! Experience the food and beer scene in St. Pete during a 3 hour walking tour that will offer you the opportunity to meet the chefs and owners of one of a kind restaurants, breweries and shops. St. Pete Craft Beer & Bites Tours available every Friday 1 pm – 4 pm between now and March 2018. Limited tickets available, book your tour now. November 4: A Celebration of Art and Architecture Home Tour. Get an inside look of some of St. Pete's most charming homes in Historic Kenwood! This year's exciting inside /outside experience explores architectural diversity and showcases 11 homes spotlighting St. Pete's urban rebirth and the phenomenon of living large in small spaces. Craftsman Bungalows, Tudor, Four Square and Mid-Century Modern homes are all featured. The tour additionally includes the neighborhoods first Public Art Installation of the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood and local artists with painted benches in the park! The tour goes from 10 am – 4 pm and home tour tickets can be purchasedhere. November 4: Night Blow. Head to the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop for a night of glow-in-the-dark fun! Watch live glass-blowing demonstrations featuring artists David Spurgeon, Jeremiah Jacobs and Pauli Maiville. Jam to rockin' beats by DJ Rich Ranck and enjoy food, beverage & glow-in-the-dark accessories along with some exciting glass-blowing in the dark from 7-10 p.m. Reserve your spot! November 4: St. Petersburg Preservation Society Historical Downtown Walking Tour. This tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Pete and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past. Learn about and see what makes downtown St. Pete 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. 10 am - 12 pm. Reservations are recommended. Take a peek atthe calendar for St. Pete Preservation Society - they offer a variety of tours throughout the month! November 5: Fall Out Boy at Amalie Arena. Grammy-nominated Chicago band, Fall Out Boy, will make a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on November 5 at 7 pm, as part of their 'Mania Tour.' For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Amalie Arena for tickets. November 5: TFO - Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Watch as the Florida Orchestra perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 at Ruth Eckerd HallSunday, Nov 5 at 7:30 pm. Click here to purchase tickets. November 5: Tracy Morgan at The Mahaffey. Tracy Morgan, one of the most respected comedians in his field, will bring a night of comedy to St. Petersburg and the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater onSunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $39 - $69 and can be purchased here. November 10: Red Cloud Indian Arts 30th Anniversary Celebration & Art Show Opening. Red Cloud Indian Arts celebrates its 30th year in St. Petersburg with a new solo show by D YaeL Kelley titled "Spiral Focus – The Calm in the Chaos" and a performance of the play "White Raven Speaks- Second Horizon" by Playwright Elizabeth Brincklow. Opening Friday, November 10th at 6PM – 10PM with the 15 minute play at 7PM at Red Cloud Gallery. Visit their website for more information. November 10-12: Ribfest. We're kicking off a full weekend of rockin' ribs and helpin' kids at11:00 a.m. Let the sweet smell of BBQ and live music draw you to the waterfront at Vinoy Park for the first full day of Fall fun in the sun. Get ready to rock with featured headliners, Huey Lewis & The News! On Day Two, featured bands will include Whiskey Myers, Blackberry Smoke, The Doobie Brothers and more. On Day Three, it will be a country-style Sunday Funday with many musical guests, including Chris Young. November 11, 17 and 18: St. Petersburg Opera Company Presents Pinocchio. The wooden boy learns the value of telling the truth in this classic story, set to music of Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Offenbach, and more. Bring the whole family to this one-hour performance. Suitable for all ages. Presented at Opera Central in Preis Hall with a cast of wonderful singers and a chamber orchestra. Tickets are just $5-$10, and performances will be at Opera Central, 2145 First Ave S., St. Petersburg. For more information, please visit the website. November 11-12: Kite Festival on Treasure Island Beach to Honor Veterans. Bring out your best Red, White and Blue and share the freedom of kite flying. This free, family-oriented event will feature general kite flying, kite games, stunt kite lessons & demos as well as a chance to honor Veterans by flying a kite. The kite festival will launch the morning of Saturday, November 11thand continue thru the weekend. November 11 - April 1: Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Take a unique journey into the Star Wars universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of the Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of Star Wars series---from Queen Amidala's lavish gowns to Darth Vader's imposing black armor. Tickets go on sale to the public on Oct. 19 and are $25. November 15-19: Bert's St. Pete Beach BikeFest, St Pete Beach. Calling all motorcycle lovers! Over the course of three days, enjoy free nightly beach parties and concerts. Other special events will include the "Baddest Bagger" Competition, "Builder's Row" Showcase with custom bike viewing, Bikini Contest, Daily Poker Run, Nightly Beach Bar Crawl, and more. Hotel room packages are also available at TradeWinds Island Resorts offering exclusive VIP access to beach the concerts. For more information, please visit thewebsite. November 15-19: El Cultura. St. Pete's five day Festival of Creative Culture brings film, music, art, makers and innovators together. This multi-day culturally immersive event will spotlight Florida-based talent alongside national/international artists. Join the celebration of the arts - often referred to as the heart of St. Pete. Click here to purchase your tickets. November 17-19: Suncoast Jazz Classic. Celebrate the only true American art form on beautiful Clearwater Beach! This 27th annual event features both professional and aspiring jazz musicians in genres ranging from Swing Dance to Traditional Jazz to Pianorama. Single day tickets and full weekend packages available. For more details go to the website. November 18: Shopapalooza. The seventh year for the Black Friday alternative event brings double the fun with two days of shopping local at more than 100 independent vendors and galleries with specials, food, children's entertainment, a gift wrapping area, beer tent, raffles and special surprises. Shop til you drop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Straub Park in St. Pete. Part 2 takes place Nov. 25. November 18-19: St. Pete Run Fest. This two-day running festival features the St. Pete Half Marathon, Sunshine City 5K, Kids Run and a Health & Fitness Market, which includes live music, local craft beer and food, artisans and entertainers. The St. Pete Half Marathon course begins near The Dali Musueum, heads up Central Avenue, past Tropicana Field and through the Grand Central, Edge and Warehouse Arts districts. Register at the website. November 24 - December 31: Holiday Lights in the Gardens. The annual "Holiday Lights in the Gardens" is a seasonal escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment. Over 1 million LED lights shining throughout our Botanical Gardens highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. This is a family-friendly event with nightly entertainment, including visits with Santa. Refreshments are available, as well as Holiday-themed gifts at the Botanical Bounty Gift Shop. The event begins at 5:30 pm and a $4 suggested donation is encouraged for entry. For more information, visit the website.

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