Discover a wide range of exciting events and activities happening in Gulfport and St. Pete from September 28th to October 4th.
From enjoying a free burger at Boulevard Burgers to learning about bonsai at the Gulfport Public Library, there is something for everyone.
Explore the rich history of the Cuban sandwich, test your knowledge with trivia night, or immerse yourself in the world of anime at the Anime St. Pete event.
Don’t miss out on the Oktoberfest celebrations in Gulfport and the art showcase at Suntan Arts Center.
There’s even a book talk with photographer Benjamin Dimmitt and the regional premiere of the play “Indecent.”
With an array of activities to choose from, you’re sure to find something that captures your interest and makes for a memorable experience.
Gulfport Events: Thursday, Sept. 28
Welcome to Gulfport, where there’s always something exciting happening! Whether you’re a local resident or just visiting, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained.
Here are some of the highlights for Thursday, Sept. 28.
Intro to Bonsai
Ever been curious about the art of bonsai? Well, now’s your chance to learn more! Join the Suncoast Bonsai Society for an introduction to bonsai at the Gulfport Public Library.
This session will provide an overview of what bonsai is and isn’t, including its origins, different styles, and basic care.
Whether you’re a beginner or a bonsai enthusiast, you’re sure to find this session informative and engaging. So mark your calendars for 1 p.m. and get ready to dive into the beautiful world of bonsai!
Put your knowledge to the test at Trivia Night hosted by the Gulfport Public Library. Librarian Alex has prepared a list of fun and challenging questions for players to answer.
Whether you’re a history buff, a pop culture guru, or just love trivia, this event is sure to be a blast. The player with the most questions answered correctly will be crowned the trivia champion of the night.
So gather your friends and head over to the Gulfport Public Library at 6 p.m. for an evening of friendly competition and intellectual stimulation.
Support local artists in your community at the opening reception of The Exhibiting Society of Artists (TESA) exhibit.
Featuring the work of more than 15 Tampa Bay artists, this exhibit showcases a diverse range of mediums and subjects.
From paintings to sculptures to mixed media pieces, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So come out to the DRV Gallery in Gulfport from 6-8 p.m. and immerse yourself in the vibrant local art scene.
That’s not all that Gulfport has to offer this week! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up in the days ahead.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Cuban Sandwich History
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, why not learn about the history of the iconic Cuban sandwich?
Join the discussion at The Dalí Museum’s Raymond James Community Room at 6 p.m. and discover the origins, recipes, and the ongoing debate between Tampa and Miami about who makes the best Cuban sandwich.
As an added bonus, you’ll even get to taste a delicious Cuban sandwich prepared by Chef Chuck Bandel. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to delve into the fascinating culinary heritage of the Cuban sandwich.
Treasure Island Bingo
Looking for a fun and exciting way to spend your Thursday night? Head over to the Treasure Island Community Center for a chance to win up to $200 and other great prizes at their weekly bingo event.
Not only will you have the opportunity to test your luck, but you’ll also enjoy free coffee, tea, and parking. Plus, you can satisfy your cravings with sodas and desserts available at the snack bar.
The early-bird games start at 6:30 p.m., so come early and get ready for an evening full of entertainment and friendly competition.
Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 8
Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical
Step into the magical world of Mary Poppins at the St. Petersburg City Theatre. This heartwarming and beloved story follows the adventures of the enchanting nanny who brings joy and wonder back into the lives of the Banks family.
With unforgettable songs, captivating performances, and stunning sets, this Broadway musical is a must-see for fans of all ages.
Performances run from Friday, Sept. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 8, so be sure to reserve your tickets and prepare to be swept away by the magic of Mary Poppins.
This Country: A Conversation with Navied Mahdavian
Join New Yorker cartoonist Navied Mahdavian for a captivating conversation about his extraordinary debut graphic memoir, “This Country.”
This thought-provoking memoir explores themes of belonging, identity, and making a home in the remote American West.
Local author Lorraine Monteagut will moderate the discussion, providing insights and facilitating an engaging dialogue.
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the human experience and the power of storytelling. The event takes place at Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m.
Full Moon Concert
Experience the magic of a full moon with a unique concert honoring Native American culture and music.
Painted Raven, an award-winning musical duo, will captivate you with their mesmerizing melodies created with traditional Native American flutes and modern instruments.
Not only will you be enchanted by their music, but you’ll also be supporting a good cause, as concert proceeds will benefit the Gulfport Senior Center Building Fund Campaign.
So come to the Catherine A Hickman Theater in Gulfport at 7 p.m. and let the enchanting sounds transport you to a realm of beauty and tranquility.
Saturday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 1
Anime St. Pete
Calling all anime fans and cosplayers! Get ready for a two-day celebration of all things anime at the second annual Anime St. Pete event.
Join fellow enthusiasts for a weekend filled with exciting activities, including guest appearances by anime cosplayers, performers, and voice actors.
You can even participate in the cosplay contest, TikTok film festival, and lip sync competition.
So grab your favorite costume and head over to The Coliseum in St. Petersburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a weekend of anime adventures and unforgettable memories.
ART in AUTUMN
If you’re in the mood for some art appreciation, don’t miss the ART in AUTUMN exhibition presented by Gulfport’s own Town Shores Art Guild.
This showcase features the creative works of talented local artists, offering a diverse range of styles and mediums.
From paintings to sculptures to pottery, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of art.
The exhibition runs from Sept. 30 to Nov. 1 at the Suntan Arts Center in St. Pete Beach, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ready to celebrate Oktoberfest in true Gulfport fashion? Head over to the Gulfport Casino Ballroom for the second annual Gulfport’s Oktoberfest.
Bring your friends and family and indulge in delicious food, craft brews, and an exciting lineup of live music. The event also features games, entertainment, and vendors from the Tampa Bay area.
Plus, you can explore the various bars and restaurants in Gulfport that are joining in on the festivities. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m., so don’t miss out on all the Oktoberfest fun!
Sunday, Oct. 1
Radical Self Acceptance: Redefining Beauty
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Brenda McMahon Gallery is honoring this important cause with an inspiring exhibit.
The Radical Self Acceptance exhibit showcases photographs of breast cancer survivors and their tattoos, celebrating their strength and resilience.
In support of The Affirmation Project, an organization dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors redefine their beauty, 10% of all sales proceeds will be donated.
Visit the Brenda McMahon Gallery in Gulfport throughout the month of October to witness the power of self-acceptance and embrace the true meaning of beauty.
Monday, Oct. 2
Break free from traditional bingo and immerse yourself in a fun-filled musical experience at Jolly Roger’s Grub & Pub in Tierra Verde.
Every Monday, you can test your knowledge of Billboard’s top hits with Musical Bingo. Instead of letters and numbers, the bingo cards feature song titles and artists.
Enjoy great music, compete with friends and family, and win exciting prizes as you tap into your musical expertise.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m., so bring your loved ones and get ready for a night of laughter, singing, and friendly competition.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Public Input Workshop
If you’re interested in playing a role in shaping the future of Gulfport, don’t miss the Public Input Workshop hosted by the City of Gulfport and Gulfport Arts & Heritage.
This workshop is an opportunity for community members to provide feedback and share their ideas for the city’s development and improvement.
Join the brainstorming session at the Gulfport Arts Center at 4 p.m. and contribute to the collective vision for a vibrant and inclusive Gulfport community.
Tuesdays are perfect for unwinding and having some fun, and what better way to do that than with karaoke? Zipperz Bar in Gulfport is the place to be for $5 margaritas and Tuesday night karaoke sessions with KJ Cass.
Sing your heart out and show off your vocal talent as you and your friends take turns belting out your favorite tunes.
The open dance floor allows you to groove along, making it a night of music and dancing. So grab your friends and head over to Zipperz Bar from 7-11 p.m. for an unforgettable karaoke experience.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
An Unflinching Look with Benjamin Dimmitt
Photographer Benjamin Dimmitt invites you to take an unflinching look at the unique Chassahowitza National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Join him at Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg for a book talk and gain insights into his new book, which showcases the beauty and fragility of this remarkable ecosystem.
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Matt McCarthy from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Robin O’Dell from the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
Discover the hidden wonders of the Chassahowitza National Wildlife Refuge at 7 p.m. and embark on a visual journey like no other.
American Stage presents “Indecent”, a regional premiere that delves into the controversy surrounding a lesbian kiss in the 1923 play, “God of Vengeance.”
This thought-provoking play explores the impact that the controversy had on the lives of the cast and crew. From the personal to the professional, the play delves into the complexities of identity and artistic expression.
Performances run from Wednesday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 29, with various showtimes throughout the week. Don’t miss this powerful and engaging production at American Stage in St. Petersburg.
That wraps up the exciting events happening in Gulfport and the surrounding areas from Thursday, Sept. 28 to Wednesday, Oct. 4.
We hope you find something that catches your interest and adds a touch of excitement to your week.
Remember to support local artists and businesses, enjoy the art and cultural experiences on offer, and have fun exploring all that Gulfport has to offer. See you at the next event!