Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:47am
St. Pete/Clearwater (Oct. 23, 2014) - As temperatures plummet around the country, St. Pete/Clearwater's 70-degree fall is heating up with a long list of area events.
This weekend marks one of the year's busiest with exciting annual events and first-time happenings stretching from downtown St. Pete to north of the Bay in Oldsmar, Florida.
Leading the way are a pair of first-time sporting events on Clearwater and St. Pete Beaches. The RS:X Youth World Championships for wind surfing, which is being hosted in the United States for the first time, sails on through Sunday off Pier 60 in Clearwater. Meanwhile, the world's best stand up paddleboarders are racing the World Paddle Association 2014 championships all weekend in the Gulf of Mexico off Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. It's the first time this event has ever been held on the East Coast.
For foodies, there's the area's preeminent seafood bash with the John's Pass Seafood Festival in Madeira Beach. With more than 100 seafood selections and live music, the 33rd annual event starts today and culminates on Sunday.
The creative crowd should check out Clearwater Beach as its Chalk Art Festival brings Beach Walk to life. Artists begin creating the sophisticated 3D and interactive chalk masterpieces today and can be seen all weekend. In between, beach goers can treat themselves to stone crab as Cooters and Frenchy's are throwing their annual shindig for their favorite crab.
Completing the busy weekend with music and culture are Folkfest St. Pete and the Annual Top of the Bay Oktoberfest in Oldsmar. Folkfest has 12 different music acts across Saturday and Sunday at Creative Clay on Central Ave. in St. Pete. In Oldsmar, the area's biggest Oktoberfest celebration combines old Bavaria and new Florida for three days of German food, drink, music and dancing.
For a complete list of events happening in St. Pete/Clearwater, click here.