Things to do this week in and around St. Pete

Duane White, Henry Ashwood and David Smith lead the parade as the Gumbo Boogie Band.
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Friday February 25

Sunset paddle Start the weekend with kayaking at sunset. Wandering Adventures departs from Demens Landing every Friday; the paddle takes you past the skyline of St. Petersburg. Wear water shoes and sports clothes, if possible. Demens Landing, 1st Ave. SE, St. Pete. 5:45 p.m. $30. 850-252-2481

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Sunday February 27

Opa! Taste all things grilled and delicious at this indoor/outdoor Greek food and culture festival. There’s live music, snacks, and a 20,000 square foot outdoor OPA! Party tent’. Have you ever tried Greek beer and wine? You should. St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N., St. Pete. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $3. ststefanos.org

Saturday February 26

Unleashed Beach Boulevard South is once again exploding with furry heads and tiny paws at Gulfport Get Rescued, one of Florida’s biggest rescue festivals. Canine companion or not, spend your Saturday shopping at pet-inspired vendors and learning about nonprofit rescue groups. If you are thinking of responsibly adding another addition to the family, this is the place to do it. If you like monogrammed pet hats, that’s cool too. Stick around for the next Pet Mayor of Gulfport. South Beach Boulevard. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. gulfportsgetrescued.com

Not your mother’s blueberry festival The Dallas Bohrer Peace, Love & Blueberries Festival is a celebration of art, music and the man who started it all on the patch, Dallas Bohrer. Vendors will sell handmade goods, vegetable patties will be grilled, and Hal and Liza from The Illumi-Nation project will offer live painting. As usual, the Blueberry Patch is BYOB. Blueberry Patch, 4923 20th Ave. Sat. 3-11 p.m. $15. blueberrypatch.org

It’s a battle of the bands at Jannus Live! Funky Buddha is running a free music contest that will crown a Funky Buddha Band of the Year. Pre-vote online for the band you would like to see on the Jannus Live stage. Four groups with the most votes will face off on Saturday. That evening, the winner is crowned Group of the Year. Jannus Live, 200 1st Ave. N., St. Pete. 7:30 p.m. jannuslive.com/event/funky-buddha-band-of-the-year

Sunday February 27

Mardi Gras You don’t have to be in swampy country to celebrate Mardi Gras. The Chief’s Creole Cafe is hosting a green and purple Mardi Gras party which is also the spot’s first official event since COVID-19. Traditional Creole band T Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers will play all afternoon and the cafe will serve their famous gumbo, crab and other tasty seafood. Let the good times roll, St. Pete! Chef’s Creole Cafe, 901 22nd St. S., St. Pete. 1-4pm 727-498-8979

Walk in the jungle Take a Sunday stroll through the Sacred Grounds of St. Petersburg, a private reserve home to the Tocobaga Mound, an archaeological exhibit, and a display of wandering peacocks. It’s a preserved piece of Pinellas that serves as a natural park and a marker of the history of the Tocobaga people (ancestors of the Seminole) and the Spanish conquistadors. Find out more about the visit, offered every Sunday. Hallowed Grounds, 1700 Park St. N. # 4348, St. Pete. 4 p.m. 727-347-0354

Sound bowl concert Ring in the new moon with a crystal bowl sound healing concert – no sound bowl knowledge necessary. Australian sound healer and radio personality Eluv will lead the class. It is a tune-up for your whole body, physically and mentally. Bring a journal, your precious crystals, water, an eye pillow, and a yoga mat or pillow for full effect. Hallowed Grounds, 1700 Park St. N. # 4348, St. Pete. 6:00 p.m. Sacredlandspreservation.org/upcoming-events

Tuesday, March 1

New year, new looks Bring up to five clothes to the North End Taphouse for a free clothes swap with other closet flippers. Buy $3 vouchers for extra clothing essentials; additional donations are also encouraged. All proceeds and remaining clothing benefit CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse). North End Taphouse Court, 2908 Beach Blvd. Sat. 9am-12pm mygulfport.us/recreation/calendar-of-events

Sharing of grief It’s been a difficult year. Unpack this during a 13-week grief sharing session at Cornerstone Community Church. It is an open, honest and safe space for people who have lost a loved one and need help. Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave N., St. Pete. 6 p.m. $15. 727-643-4503

Grated The Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild’s Fiber Arts Show presents “Connected by a Thread”. The exhibition focuses on yarns of all types: coarse, fine, colored and neat. St. Pete Opera Company, 2145 1st Ave. S. St. Pete. Until April 28: 1:00-5:00 p.m. surfacedesignguild.com

Aware Gulfport residents stay informed, in person or online. Join the City of Gulfport and other residents at the City Council meeting. This is the best way to keep up to date with council and city actions. Masks strongly recommended. Those wishing to avoid the crowds can attend and comment via Zoom. Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. 6 p.m. mygulfport.us/councilmeetings

Wednesday March 3

Toddlers in the library Join the Gulfport Public Library for storytelling, spinning rhymes, and singing songs every Thursday. This is a weekly event for toddlers to release their energy and learn in a positive environment. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. Sat. 10 a.m. mygulfport.us/recreation/calendar-of-events

music bingo Get your Wednesday night bingo at Caddy’s in Gulfport. Musical games take place every week and are free. Attendees receive 20% off their tabs. Caddy’s Gulfport, 3128 Beach Blvd. Sat. 7pm-9pm caddys.com

Thursday, March 4

morning drums Get on your butt and drum with Kimmy at Gulfport Nutrition. This morning class bounces back every Thursday to combine core-strengthening exercises with a fun alternative to traditional cardio. Grab a free meal replacement shake on the way out, you’ll thank yourself later. Gulfport Nutrition, 5012 Gulfport Blvd. S. 9 a.m. $9. gulfportnutrition.com

Cardio drum lessons
Participants in a dance and cardio drum class
Cardio on the beach in Madeira

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