Adult Programs

In addition to the recurring monthly programs listed, the MFA offers special lectures, gallery talks, music concerts, cinema screenings and seasonal events. Our support groups, such as the Contemporaries, Marly Music, Friends of Decorative Arts (FODA), Collectors Circle and Friends of Photography (FOP) all help to create additional unique programs for the public. The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society also hosts a variety of participatory events such as Wine Weekend, Art in Bloom and SMartLY Dressed. General docent tours are available daily.

Support for educational programs is provided in part by The Stuart Society, the MFA Education Committee, an anonymous donor, and the City of St. Petersburg. Check the MFA’s events calendar online or the Mosaic for program details.

“5 AFTER 5!”

Every Thursday

Museum galleries are open until 8 pm, and admission is only $5 after 5 pm.


Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30–7 pm.

Join us for drinks and delicious food on the best porch in St. Petersburg!  Special discounts are available for new members to join during the Porch Party. Inquire at the member table or visitor services desk during the event. Open to the public. No RSVP required.

Food is complimentary, drink coupons for members, cash bar for non-members.

Sponsored by Coastal-Christies


Every 3rd Thursday of the month, program times vary

Following the Porch Party, migrate inside the Museum and gather with fellow movers, makers and forward thinkers to get an offbeat art fix or to pick up a new creative craft. It’s a random dose of the unexpected! Cash bar and delectable bites available.

Free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted

Sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida


Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 am.

Refreshments at 10 am, performance at 10:30 am, and a docent tour at 11:15 am. The Museum’s popular performing artist-in-residence, Nan Colton, continues her wonderful interactive presentations. An experienced actress and director, she writes her own scripts, inspired by special exhibitions, the Museum collection and themes, and people related to both.

Free with Museum admission. Refreshments included

Sponsored by Westminster Communities of St. Petersburg


Lectures take place the Thursday before the second Saturday and the Sunday after the second Saturday on a monthly basis.

Start your Sunday off at a pre-lecture brunch at 1 pm with a complimentary mimosa and “meet and greet” the visiting lecture artists. As a special thank you for attending the lecture, we offer a 15% discount on the cost of the brunch (use the code “HotShop”). Then at 3 pm, listen to the artists lecture about their specific work and inspiration. An Artists’ Reception and glass blowing demonstration at the Duncan McClellan Gallery will follow.

A DMG Visiting Glass Artist Series sponsored by The DMG School Project


Periodic film series that connects with the Museum’s collection or special exhibition


Second Thursday of the month @ 6:30 pm.

Join Keep St. Pete Lit, a local organization that supports the literary community, for a book club connecting the visual and literary arts. Each month’s featured book will relate to the MFA’s collection or special exhibitions.

Free with Museum admission, which is only $5 after 5 pm on Thursdays.