Full Schedule

Wednesday, April 17

7 - 9 p.m
A Visual History of Creative Loafing
Tempus Projects and Creative Loafing present a visual celebration of the last quarter century of CL. PLUS: Flip through 25 years of CL archives.
CL Space; Ybor City; Free

Thursday, April 18

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Scholars and Stories (Smithsonian Exhibit)
Florida scholars explore local and regional immigration — and tell their own journey stories, including Gary Mormino (Ybor City), Ray Arsenault (African Americans), Jose Fernandez (Cubans), Jeff Klinkenberg (Northerners), Tina Bucuvalas (Greeks). Part of Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the Florida Humanities Council, Smithsonian Institution, and communities statewide.
Center for Gulf Coast Folklife Gallery, Tarpon Springs; FREE
** Currents restaurant would like to offer a Complimentary Homemade Sangria on April 18 for anyone who attends this event. Simply mention “CL Festival.” Currents is located at 200 E. Tarpon Drive Tarpon Springs.

6 - 7 p.m.
Merl Reagle: The Art of the Crossword
Acclaimed wordsmith Merl Reagle shares his passion for crosswords and shows us what goes into creating an award-winning puzzle on a weekly basis. Presentation followed by Q&A. Also, bring the completed April 11 puzzle to be entered for a special prize!
Studio @ 620; St. Petersburg; $10 (suggested donation)

7 - 10 p.m.
Foodie Tour: St. Petersburg
Join Creative Loafing food and drink editor Arielle Stevenson for a walking tour of select St. Petersburg restaurants, cafes and eateries. Get the scoop on some of her favorite spots.
Marchand’s, La V, Ale and the Witch, Mandarin Hide and 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House; St. Petersburg; $25

7 - 9 p.m.
News of the Weird: LIVE
"News of the Weird: Live" is an improv comedy show based on Chuck Shepherd's nationally syndicated column seen weekly in Creative Loafing. Performed by Hawk and Wayne, this is a one-time Ybor City performance of this show, which usually runs every first Sunday at American Stage.
CL Space; Ybor City; $10 (suggested donation)

Friday, April 19

6 -7 p.m.
Straw Into Gold: The Alchemy of Architecture
Yann Weymouth, Albert Alfonso, James Moore and Taryn Sabia discuss the meaning of community and how to build a better city. Moderator: Linda Saul-Sena.
Studio @ 620; St. Petersburg; $5 (suggested donation)

7-9:30 pm
Warehouse Arts District Tour
ART: Warehouse Arts District Guided Trolley Tour
Many of the galleries in the Warehouse Arts district are staying open this evening just for the CL Festival. If you’d like a closer look, CL is offering a special guided trolley tour of select galleries from 7-9:30 p.m., led by CL's Visual Art Critic Megan Voeller.
GALLERIES ON THE TOUR: Craftsman House, Nuance Galleries, Charlie Parker Pottery, Neverne Covington, Zen Glass Studios, U562, MGA Sculpture Studio and Soft Water Studios, The Train Station Center for Clay, The Clay Center, Duncan McClellan Glass.
7 p.m.: Studio@620
7:15 p.m.: Craftsman House

Friday continued

8 p.m. - After Midnight
MUSIC: Warehouse Arts District Block Party
High-quality acts from the Bay area and beyond, kicking off at 8 p.m. at three venues — Zen Glass, Dan’s Place (formerly Inside the Gates) and U562 -- all within walking distance of each other. Hosted by CL Music Editor Leilani Polk & musician Mark Etherington. Performers include: Luxury Mane (the Billy-Summer led band formerly known as The Stone Eagles), RedFeather, Jensen Serf Company, The Mother Machine, Touch the Sky, Auto!Automatic!!, Jun, Hunter: Gatherer, Early Forms, Alexander & the Grapes, The Happiness Machine, Reina Collins and Sean Hartley, The Send Offs, Brazos the Rat, Empire Cinema, The Other Ryan Willis, Serotonic, Bard and Mustache.
Zen Glass Studio, U562, Dan's Place
Music Pass: $13.50
All-Night-Long Pass (includes trolley tour, bands and “Straw into Gold” architecture panel): $25

8 - 10 p.m.
Story Time: Birthday Edition
Story Time invites guest speakers and local celebrities to take the stage and tell their best story. This month's theme ties into Creative Loafing's 25th Birthday and is all about birthday and birth stories!
CL Space; Ybor City; $5 (suggested donation)

Saturday, April 20

10 a.m. - Noon
The View from the River
Explore the built and natural environment from the Hillsborough River. Ticket includes 1-1/2 hour boat ride, mimosas and bagels, and a floating architecture tour with Linda Saul-Sena and Phil Compton (Sierra Club).
Marjorie Park Marina; Davis Island; $25

4 p.m. - Midnight
Creative Loafing 25th Birthday Bash
It's all about us! The official closing night party of the Creative Loafing Festival. Join us as we celebrate 25 years in Tampa Bay with a special birthday proclamation from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, live music from Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter, NBC’s “The Voice” Season 2), The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Win Win Winter (reunion), Sons of Hippies, Camille Dupree and Broken Fetters, Zulu Wave, Dynasty, Types, The Gita (reunion) with Infinite Skillz, Jensen Serf Co., The Dead Popes, Jeremy Gloff, The Northwest, Luxury Mane, Florida Night Heat, DJs: The Soft Rock Renegades, Deacon, Casper and LeSage (Ol’ Dirty Sundays), Mr. Marley and MORE. Also fashions by La Violette and Spathose, curated by Vertical; a special CL edition of Radio Theatre Project’s “Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective” with Paul Wilborn; a visual history of CL from the past 25 years; signature cocktails; a big ol’ birthday cake and more surprises!
The Ritz Ybor; Ybor City
General Admission Tickets: $15 at The Ritz
VIP Tickets: Includes exclusive DJ performances, complimentary beer and wine from 7 - 11 p.m., special product sampling from our sponsors, hors d'oeuvres, and balcony access; $75 at The Ritz

Sunday, April 21

Noon - 5 p.m.
Alchemy Fest 8
An all ages, family-friendly festival celebrating music, art, magic and Mother Earth. Live music by The Gita (reunion), Rise of Saturn, Sons of Hippies, Red Feather, Geri X. Those who participate in games and activities and create arts and crafts will be entered for raffle prizes! Plus, this year, the festival will include a vendor marketplace, including organic produce and a seed share.
First Unity Campus; St. Petersburg; $10 / $8 ADV

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