Art lovers rejoice! One of the premier fine art and design shows in the United States is returning to Vanoy Park in Downtown St Petersburg this April. Our guests here at Travel Resort Services (TRS) are always looking for new experiences, free events, and live music, which is where the annual Mainsail Art Festival comes into the picture. This free event was recently named one of the top 20 art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magainze, capturing the attention of locals and tourists alike. Pristine Vanoy Park is only nine miles from our contemporary yet affordable St Pete Beach condo rentals, and the Mainsail Art Festival is the perfect midday activity in-between stints on the gorgeous shores of Upham Beach Park.

The Art

Every April, hundreds of artists from across the Gulf Coast (and far beyond) convene for one of the largest fine art and design shows in the country. This free event will feature some of the best up-and-coming artists (as well as several proven virtuosi) in the Southern United States. This year, the Mainsail Art Festival will welcome painters, photographers, sculptors, metalsmiths, woodworkers, graphic designers, glassblowers, jewelers, and potters who are all vying for $60,000 worth of prizes. These artists are also, of course, selling their unique works to prospective collectors or spontaneous buyers. With over 100,000 visitors expected again this year, there’s no denying that this event is an important weekend for these talented artists.

The Festivities

Besides the wide array of artworks, you’ll also be able to partake in the festivities by dancing to live music all weekend long. The event planners typically book a variety of local R&B, country, and jazz acts, who will perform inside a sizable music tent. Keep an ear to the ground as musical guests have yet to be announced. There will be tap beer, ice-cold beverages, cool treats, and a plethora of hand-held delicacies from local vendors. Families are encouraged to bring their children – they can learn to create several types of art in the “Kid’s Create Tent.”

Vanoy Park / Downtown St Petersburg

st pete beach condo rentalsBefore or after your visit to the Mainsail Art Festival, we highly encourage our guests to explore Vanoy Park and Downtown St Petersburg. The Duncan McClellan Gallery, The Dali Museum, and the American Stage Theatre Company are three popular stops in St Petersburg, all of which are only a short drive from our oceanfront St Pete Beach condo rentals. Downtown St Petersburg also has its fair share of craft breweries and award-winning restaurants – we recommend Cycle Brewing Company, Mazzaro’s Italian Market, and Brick & Mortar. Cycle Brewing is one of the top 50 breweries in the United States according to Untappd’s extensive beer community.

St Pete Beach Condo Rentals

TRS has hundreds of Florida condo rentals that are within minutes of the best family-friendly things to do in St Pete Beach, including deepsea fishing with Hubbard’s Marina, snorkeling adventures, dolphin cruises, and craft ales at Mastry’s Brewing. When you stay at one of TRS’ Florida Gulf resorts, you’ll always be a handful of steps from beach activities overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-237-6586 to book a well-deserved family vacation to beautiful St Pete Beach!