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April arts events keep it local

Bill DeYoung



The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s monthly Second Saturday ArtWalk officially welcomes Spring to our area April 14. As always, it’s a self-guided walking tour, this time with more than 40 artist studios and galleries with open doors and homegrown visuals for warm-weather walkabouts and public perusals.

Special parking areas will be available, and there’ll be regularly-circling trolleys to take visitors in and around the Grand Central District, along with the Edge, Central Arts, Warehouse and Waterfront districts.

It’s from 5 to 9 p.m., it’s all free, and there’s a map and additional information at

Best of the West

Keep St. Petersburg Local’s WestFest returns April 19 to the campus of freeFall Theater Company and the neighboring Reading Room restaurant. The festival celebrates the “local flavor” of St. Pete’s western area, with food for sale from local restaurants, along with locally-created jewelry, crafts, plants, home goods and other cool stuff.

It’s a kid- and pet-friendly free event. Find out more at the official Facebook page.

Riches from the Gulf

New for 2018 is the Tampa Bay Seafood and Music Festival, April 21 and 22 at Curtis Hixon Park, along the Riverwalk in Tampa. The St. Pete Arts Alliance is one of the beneficiaries of the inaugural event, which promises all locally-sourced seafood, prepared on site by local restaurants.

There’ll be two days of local music, too, from the likes of the Black Honkeys, the Gregg Billings Band and others. Advance tickets are $5 here.




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