The best thing about Florida is sipping cool drinks on the beach, so kick off summer with the Catalina Cocktail Mixer. Hosted at St. Pete’s Albert Whitted Park on the water May 11 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. this mixer invites you to grab your finest sport coat or classiest cocktail dress and step out into the sun for an afternoon of great drinks and delicious bites. It won’t be all food and drinks though, there’ll be plenty of games like giant Jenga, corn hole, and beer pong to keep you busy. There’s not party without music, so expect plenty of tunes to rock out to. If all of that doesn’t sound like enough fun to make you get out of the house, the mixer is also supporting The Gasparilla Film Festival.

There will be more than 30 cocktails to taste from local vendors all around the bay. Enjoy drinks from Gaspar’s Rum, Mermaid Vodka, Original Jel Shot Co., Touch Vodka, and Flying Boat Brewing among many others along with frozen margaritas and daiquiris. To pair with your drinks, local food trucks will provide all of their best grub. You’ll have to stop by the Bacon Boss, and pair your bacon with Tornado Potato, then sweeten the deal with Craving Donuts or Not You Mama’s Pancakes.

and the source of the name.

Catalina Cocktail Mixer is made possible by Brewed Life Festivals. They started in 2011 hosting a festival in Lakewood Ranch, FL and have only grown in the past eight years to host major events in Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Sarasota and Bradenton. They focus on creating amazing festivals for their guests and helping charities raise money for worthy causes.

So get your tickets for the Catalina Cocktail mixer now and enjoy a day in paradise. General admission includes entry into the event for $15. Drink Sampling includes entry into the event from 2 – 8 p.m. and a special drink sampling session from 4 – 8 p.m. which includes unlimited samples from the craft cocktails, spirits, beer and wine for $39. VIP tickets include entry into the event and VIP Tented Lounge, a complimentary open cocktail bar and beer in the lounge, unlimited cocktails and beer in the general sampling area from after 4 p.m., appetizers and complimentary soft drinks and water in the lounge, free parking and the VIP Draw String Bag for $89. There are a very limited number of VIP tickets, so buy yours early. Tickets will be available at the gate day of for an increased price.

Keep checking in with events in St Petes for more fun this to do this summer. Be sure to register at for free to keep up with everything happening in the bay.

Cover photo courtesy of Brewed Life Festivals Facebook