ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown St. Pete is the central hub of local vibes and good times. Keeping with the city’s tradition of showcasing locals, the inaugural Good Vibes Festival last weekend at Williams Park spotlighted student talent all over the park, with booths featuring student art and bands playing a mix of music genres all day. Throughout the day, more than 1,000 visited the park to enjoy art and live music.
The event was a partnership between St. Petersburg College, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the City of St. Petersburg. The entire event was planned and executed by students working alongside staff members, including SPC Student Life and Leadership Coordinator Frank Jurkovic.
“The students learned a lot of skills,” Jurkovic said. “They managed the stage and the acts, oversaw the planning and coordination of the activities, and helped keep the event running smoothly. It was a big out-of-class experience for them.”
The family-friendly festival featured headlining talent CeCe Teneal & The Soul Komotion and student bands, including Frostfang, Speak Easy, Vetnough, Esque, Fall On Purpose, DJ Kyle Curtiss, RootBound Revival, Impulse, Lydia Segovia, Veronika Naumova and Jalessa Blackshear.
In addition to art and music, the public was invited to join in on creative endeavors, like a spray paint project or painting on the art bus. Food trucks lined up and scented the air with their offerings. The day was kicked off by SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams, along with USFSP’s Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock and St. Petersburg City Council Member Steve Kornell.
Jurkovic said that the partnership is expected to continue, and people should look for the event again next year.
Check out photos from the event on SPC’s Facebook page.