Events and Festivals in St. Pete Clearwater

Events and Festivals in St. Pete Clearwater

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Events & Festivals

There’s always something amazing happening here in St. Pete/Clearwater. From major annual festivals to concerts by national touring acts, the action is nonstop. Explore some of our best events, and start counting down the days till your next ultra-fun outing.


Enjoy concerts and music festivals in parks, elite sporting event tournaments, Pride celebrations, sandsculpting competitions and so much more. There are always events happening in St. Pete/Clearwater. Check out the upcoming events below and keep reading below for some of our featured annual happenings. Editor’s note: Some events and festivals may adjust their dates, please check before planning travel.

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St. Pete/Clearwater has amazing events, exhibits and festivals all year round. Use the filtering features below to find an event that interests you!

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Unique and Exciting Events

There are plenty of events to get excited - find one to plan a vacation around!
A sand sculpture of two monkeys hugging each other looking scared.

Each fall, Treasure Island celebrates all things beach with Sanding Ovations, an international sand-sculpting competition on the beach with live music, food and more.

 

Don't Miss Sanding Ovations or Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

America's best beaches is more than just great sand between the toes - it also means great sand sculptures on the beach! Sanding Ovations annual Master's Cup brings master sculptors from throughout the world to Treasure Island for a competition of the best of the best for som outSANDing works of art. The exhibition and competition has roots dating back to 1985, when Florida Governor Jeb Bush proclaimed Treasure Island as the Sand Sculpture Capital of Florida. The annual event takes place every November.

Meanwhile in spring, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival features 17 days of fun, with more than 1,000 tons of sand in a 21,000 square-foot exhibit. The festival features a children's play area, street performers, artisans and weekend fireworks. You can even attend a sand-sculpting class!

 

Clearwater Jazz Festival overview of crowd and bridge at Coachman Park during sunset

Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park draws national acts over a magical weekend.

 

Listen to the Music

Experience music weekly at concert halls and music venues such as Jannus Live, Bilmar Capital Theatre, Mahaffey Theatre and the Floridian Social Club. For a concert experience, listen to live jazz at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in October, when internationally renowned musician's perform on the city's waterfront or the Reggae Rise Up festival in Vinoy Park during the spring.  Don't forget about the original Tampa Bay Blues Festival, which also takes place at Vinoy Park in April.

 

An artist stands in front of a mural that reads "Hello Sunshine"

Muralist Leo Gomez has a passion for lettering styles. Spot his work throughout St. Pete and beyond.

 

Art in the Streets

St. Pete/Clearwater is itself a canvas for local and internationally-renowned artists to leave their mark and social commentary on the destination and world. Each year in the fall, The SHINE St. Pete Mural festival features a lineup of some of the worlds best muralists, who contribute over a dozen fresh art installations on the buildings of St. Pete. 

 

 

a happy lady dressed in colorful outfit wearing colorful sunglasses holding a LGBTQ+ flag stands out from the crowd during Pride parade.

St. Pete Pride is the biggest Pride celebration in Florida.

 

Proud and We Show It

St Pete Pride Festival is a month (plus) long celebration each June since 2003. Events during the Pride festival include a beauty pageant, a kick-off party, a parade, a family day and many more. St Pete Pride is Florida's largest Pride celebration and ranked in the top 40 largest Pride celebrations in the world!