Organizers are expecting upward of 10,000 people to cram into the neighborhood for the Historic Roser Park Art Festival.
This year's event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event will host over 70 artists and craftsmen.
A new feature this year will be a children's art station. In its fifth year, the festival is an opportunity for people to see local artists and craftsmen from across Central Florida display their work, including hand-made jewelry.
"Well I think it's huge in the community because it's the first neighborhood of downtown St. Pete," said Michele Cardinal, a festival committee member. "We have a lot history here."
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and also for preservation for the historic neighborhood. There will also be a raffle of a motorized scooter. Musical artists playing at the event are the Urban Gypsies, Maxi-Madelyn Wood, Incredible Crisis and Acho Brother.
Cardinal said that last year between 7,000 and 9,000 people turned up for the festival and that they were expecting attendance to continue to rise because of the success.
The event is being sponsored by the city of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Times, Washington Mutual Bank, Creative Loafing and Watermark.
There will be free parking at the Bayfront Medical Center parking garage, and golf carts will be available to assist people with special needs.
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