Remember when the Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Petersburg was a charming little thing, just a stroll along Beach Drive and a block or two of Central Avenue? Now, it's an exciting big thing. Saturday's "mARTi gras" walk features more than 35 galleries and studios in the ever-expanding arts corridor that begins on Beach and is spreading ever west as well as expanding north and south to encompass the Central Arts, Grand Central, Edge and Warehouse districts. It's too big to walk, so trolleys are deployed to shuttle everyone around. Two of them loop from the roundabout at 10th Street and Central Avenue to the Warehouse District, and the Central Avenue Trolley (50 cents) takes you along the avenue. Free parking is available in several areas near trolley stops. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m., and many have refreshments available for a small donation. There are also lots of good restaurants along the route (Bodega and Il Ritorno are among our favorites), as well as cool craft beer options. Go to stpeteartsalliance.org for more information.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic