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Eckerd College is proud to be part of the Tampa Bay community. We encourage the public to join us on campus and in St. Petersburg to take advantage of our events, programs and offerings.

Art Offerings

Art Exhibits

Eckerd is an art lover’s paradise. Three galleries offer many shows a year featuring works from the College’s collection, student and alumni art, and exhibits from nationally and internationally known artists. View the Visual Arts events calendar.

Met Opera and National Theatre Live

Enjoy some of the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world through live or recorded HD simulcasts in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus. All operas are presented with English subtitles. Buy tickets online.


The International Cinema Series offers screenings of critically acclaimed international and art house films. Each February the College hosts the Environmental Film Festival: Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature, which features films that raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. All are free and open to the public.


Hear a concert on our Flentrop organ in Wireman Chapel. Listen to our student choir led by Music faculty.


Featuring works from Shakespeare to playwrights of today, Eckerd’s performing arts faculty and students stage at least two major productions a year. Fans of the unpredictable should drop in to catch a performance of Another Man’s Trash, Eckerd’s student improv group, which was featured at the acclaimed Chicago improv Festival.

Writers’ Conference

Each January, some of the world’s best-known writers participate in the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise, eight days of intimate workshops, roundtables and panel discussions. Founded in 2005 by Sterling Watson and Dennis Lehane, the conference includes the Evening Reading Series, free and open to the public.

Writings and Readings

Eckerd Creative Writing faculty and students share their work, as do visiting authors and poets, during public readings and discussions. Students also publish Eckerd Review, an annual collection of the best literature and art from Eckerd College. The Review is released free to the public each May at a reading and art party.

Community Events


Eckerd College offers opportunities to see competitive NCAA Division II athletes, the Tritons, perform in various sports. Bring the family to see men’s baseball, women’s indoor and beach volleyball and softball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, sailing, soccer and tennis.

St. Petersburg Science Festival

Eckerd College co-sponsors and provides off-campus exhibits for the annual St. Petersburg Science Festival in October. The whole family can experience fun hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact

The Eckerd College St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact sponsors public lectures, events and special programs that advance work in the four areas of impact of our mission.

Men's basketball

Meeting space

Conference and event space rentals

Eckerd College offers a number of different facilities, both indoor and outdoor, and hosts a wide variety of visitors including corporate retreats and meetings, community events and training, writing conferences, educational groups, marching bands, youth camps and more. Catering and housing also available. Learn more about hosting your event at Eckerd.

Conference in James Center lobby

Open Your Home

ELS Homestay Program

Got extra space at home? Interested in hosting an international student? ELS Language Services, a language-immersion school for international students, has been on the Eckerd College campus since 1976. This outstanding program attracts students from as many as 30 countries at a time. Consider opening your home to a student for four weeks or longer.

Public lectures

Join us for stimulating lectures by our world-class faculty as well as artists, experts, activists and visiting professors from across the country. Check out our Public Events Calendar for the current listing.

Piper Kerman speaking to audience in McCarthur Gym

Summer Camps

Athletics Camps

Most summers, our coaches coordinate several types of sports camps for youth. Some focus specifically on baseball, basketball, soccer or volleyball.

Middle School Summer Science Splash Camp

Our one-week Science Splash residential camps, made possible by the ii-Vi Foundation, connect future scientists with Eckerd College faculty and certified teachers from middle and high schools. Students work by day in the state-of-the-art James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences and by night enjoy activities around the campus.

High School Pre-College Program

Students entering 11th or 12th grade can immerse themselves in philosophy, literature, rhetoric and film studies during this one-week, residential Pre-College experience led by Eckerd College professors.

Watersports Summer Camps

Children ages 5 to 17 enjoy fishing, sailing, kayaking and wakeboarding and more at the Eckerd Waterfront watersports camps during summer.

Summer camp instructor and camper