Fairgrounds, a wild arts playground, announces grand opening

a vibrant mural leads to a projection of a road and a starry sky on a far wall.
Fairgrounds St Pete Nov 18, 2021 Photos by Bob Croslin

Fairgrounds has elevated the arts scene here in the Tampa Bay region. The immersive concept brings the lore of the Sunshine State to vibrant life inside its massive new facility.

The immersive arts playground will have its official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony with special guests St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and artist Chad Mize on Thursday, December 16 at 11 am.

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The grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will feature the unveiling of Fairgrounds St. Pete’s permanent entrance, new artworks and a mural by St. Pete-based artist, Chad Mize.

giant robotic dinosaur mouth, tall neon motel sign with a mermaid fin

Chad Mize creates a new experience inside Fairgrounds St. Pete

“We’re committed to creating new, exciting and memorable experiences for our guests through ever-evolving exhibits and installations.” said Liz Dimmitt, Fairgrounds CEO and Co-Founder “We’re excited to unveil a large mural by Chad Mize that foreshadows what guestS experience inside Fairgrounds St. Pete.”

Fairgrounds St. Pete, both a woman-and-veteran-owned business, opened for previews to the public on September 2, 2021 at The Factory St. Pete. Other tenants of The Factory St. Pete’s campus includes other locally-owned businesses such as Daddy Kool Records and Sunshine State Goods.

“The reception from the public has been both positive and encouraging. At Fairgrounds St. Pete we’re innovating in the ways in which stories are told, as well as evolving and changing our exhibits,” said Mikhail Mansion, Fairgrounds CTO and Co-Founder. “Our grand opening is certainly an exciting landmark moment for us.” 

Supporting local artists in the Tampa Bay region

“Our guests are in for a real surprise when they visit us for the grand opening weekend,” said Olivia Mansion, Director of Communications. “Chad Mize’s mural embodies what FairgroundsSt. Pete is all about… art for all, play for all, joy for all. I can’t want to see everyone’s photos with this spectacular, one-of-a-kind artwork.”

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Artists Featured and new artwork revealed in Fairgrounds St. Pete’s Grand opening weekend Include:

Chad Mize
Danielle DeGuglimo
Shane Carey

This choose-your-own-adventure installation is a timed ticketed experience with a limited number of tickets available each day. Tickets can be purchased on the art hub’s website.

This weird Florida world has been created by artists with a narrative that celebrates strange, wacky and wonderful Florida lore inside the sprawling space at 2606 Fairfield Avenue S. Combining innovative tech and original artworks to convey original stories, Fairgrounds St. Pete builds upon Florida lore to inspire new legends and encourage guests to become part of the story. 

Redefining immersive inside the arts playground

“Immersive” isn’t just a buzz word here. Guests are invited to truly engage with both the installations and narrative; Fairgrounds St. Pete has countless paths for everyone to experience a creative adventure.

“Fairgrounds St. Pete is all about pushing the boundaries of what is possible narratively, and by including creative technology as part of our foundation, we are able to continually grow and enhance the guest experience,” said Mikhail Mansion, CTO and Co-Founder. “I can’t wait to have guests come through Fairgrounds St. Pete and see how they interact with the tech throughout the exhibit.”Fairgrounds St. Pete Director of Communications and Artist Relations. “Putting together an immersive experience of this scale has truly been a labor of love, and we are excited to share it with Tampa bay.”

Follow Fairgrounds on Instagram for teasers of its current installations.

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