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A Small Business Saturday festival in St. Petersburg is bigger than ever this year

Shopapalooza returns to St. Petersburg this Thanksgiving weekend with 300 vendors.

Written by Bernadette Berdychowski with the Tampa Bay Times

The Shopapalooza Festival is coming back in full force.

The St. Petersburg outdoor event, which began in 2010 support local shops during the holiday shopping season, will feature more than 300 vendors, live music, a Santa station, a Christmas village with a life-size gingerbread house and more this year.

This Small Business Saturday, or the Saturday immediately following Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, is a chance for local businesses who were limited last year during the pandemic to reach out to the community again, said Ester Venouziou, the event organizer and founder of LocalShops1. For some, the festival is their first event since the pandemic began.
Shopapalooza will run Nov. 27-28 at Vinoy Park and is free for attendees.
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