Posts tagged Anastasia State Park

This Week: February 18 – 24

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Monday through Sunday: February 25 -March 3

Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. PicassoBoth famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting. The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under – Free; Kids 7 – 12 – $5; Family of 4 – $20; Military in Uniform – Free; Flagler College Student with ID – Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.picassoartandarena.com 904-825-1000

Coalition for the Visual Arts Exhibition -The showcase of works of the Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts will be displayed at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. The exhibition runs through March 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. The gallery is free and open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 904-280-0614; www.ccpvb.org

Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum – The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings will be featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John’s County residents are free. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Asian Vignettes Photographs by John Roppolo – Through Feb. 28, “An Asian Vignette” features photographs from a recent trip to Southeast Asia, where Roppolo spent six weeks traveling throughout Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, experiencing the cultures and lifestyles of the people. The Pasta Art Gallery, 214 Charlotte St. is open noon – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday. 904-824-0251 www.pastaartgallery.net

Monday February 25

Sunset/Moonrise at The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine – the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Advance ticket purchase required.
Info: www.staugustinelighthouse.org; 904-829-0745.

Tuesday: February 26

Ecology Boat Ride
Explore the Matanzas River aboard St. Augustine Eco tour’s Explorer boat while a certified Naturalist provides fascinating details about local marine wildlife. The tour departs from the City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $40 per person. Info: 904-377-7245;
www.staugustineecotours.com

Wednesday: February 27

Eco Geek Series at the GTM Research Reserve
These 3-4 p.m. presentations focus on the latest technology used in environmental research. Feb. 27: How To Assess the Value of the Environment. The presentations take place at the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd. in South Ponte Vedra. Participation is free with $3 per vehicle reserve admission. For more information and reservations, call 904-823-4500 ;
www.gtmnerr.org/index.htm

Jesse Cook Concert
Award-winning Toronto guitarist Jesse Cook performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $33.50 and $38.50 www.pvconcerthall.com; 904-209-0399

Friday: March 1

First Friday Art Walk
Join one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events from 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes.
Info: 904-829-0065; www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com/

Swamp Stories
Return to the cracker days of old Florida with musician and entertainer Steven Shanholtzer, as he share his grandfather’s tales of Volusia and St. Johns Counties when wild hog hunts were common, and life was harder but so much simpler. His tales will bring laughter and learning. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and will be presented at the Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St. at 2 p.m. Info: 904-209-3730; www.sjcpls.org.

Estuary Kayak Tour
Guided 2-hour eco tour provides an opportunity to paddle into one of the most productive habitats on earth, the salt marsh. Shorebirds foraging and resting, the nostalgic Castillo Fort, and a myriad of marsh grasses are just some of the sights along the way. No experience necessary. Stable tandem kayaks make the paddle enjoyable for all. The tour departs from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $40/paddler. For reservations call 904-377-7245; www.staugustineecotours.com

Daryl Hall and John Oates Concert
Named the most successful duo of the Rock Era by Billboard Magazine, Hall and Oates have seven platinum and six gold albums to their credit. Theyperform at 8 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets priced at $79.50, $59.50, $49.50 & $34.50. Info: www.StAugAmphitheatre.com 904-471-1965

Loudon Wainwright Concert
Grammy Award-winner Loudon Wainwright performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $35 and $30. www.pvconcerthall.com; 904-209-0399

Friday and Saturday: March 1-2

Sea Your History Weekend: Oh My Stars!

How mariners navigate their ships by using the location of celestial bodies is the theme of a special weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Friday from 3-6 p.m. visitors can help Lighthouse archaeologists unlock the secrets of long-lost shipwrecks. Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with traditional wooden boatbuilding as they build a boat from centuries gone by. At 11 a.m., a Smithsonian Presentation gives visitors an opportunity to meet some of the people who make the Smithsonian the world’s leader in research and exploration. Weekend value pack which includes all 3 events and 2 days at the Lighthouse is $25. www.staugustinelighthouse.org 904-829-0745

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: March 1-3

‘As You Like It’
The Flagler College Department of Theatre Arts brings one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays to the stage of the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and March 8-9; and 2 p.m. on March 3 and March 10. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the auditorium box office from noon – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 904-826-8600.

“Negro Y Blanco” Art Exhibit at Space Eight
Exhibition of black and white creations by artist Anthony Ausgang. Titled “Negro Y Blanco,” through March 29 at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. Info: www.spaceeight.com; 904-829-2838

What Could Be Exhibition
Artist Anna von Mertens’ What Could Be exhibition at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., in St. Augustine. The artist meticulously translates empirical data about subjects as far ranging as energy in nuclear explosions to auras in historical paintings into paintings and hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabrics. The gallery will host the exhibition through April 12. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Mon. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Info: www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Art Exhibit: Global Latitudes: Travels Near & Far
Through March 30, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a visual travelogue of the places and diverse cultures lost and found on planet Earth. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Info: http://www.staaa.org; 904-824-2310

32nd Annual Lions Club Seafood & Music Festival
This northeast Florida favorite features tons of delicious seafood, affordable arts and crafts, outstanding live bluegrass, country and folk music. Open Friday 3 – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Francis Field, 29 Castillo Dr. Info: 904-829-1753 www.lionsfestival.com

Saturday: March 2

First Saturday Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration
Features a spectacular sunset across the bay — plus, dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. Info: 904-540-0402; www.vilanobeachfl.com

First Saturday Nature Program at Anastasia State Park
Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035; http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument
From 10:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info: www.nps.gov/foma; 904-471-0116

Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park
Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035; http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine
Authentic re-enactment of Captain Robert Searle’s 1668 attack on St. Augustine. Searle and his privateers sailed from Jamaica to loot the silver ingots held in the royal coffers at St. Augustine. During the day, the Raiders will have an encampment set up at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the evening re-enactors will attack the city’s Spanish soldiers and colonial citizens. Beginning at the Plaza at 5 p.m. townspeople and soldiers will flee up St. George St. to the City’s historic gate at Orange and Cordova Streets where the skirmish continues. Info: 904.534.6168; www.Searlesbucs.com.

Night Fest at The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
A celebration of historic preservation, community gatherings and family outings from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Night Fest begins at 4:30 p.m. with the 5k Walk and Fun Run starting at 5:30 p.m.. Then, at dusk, the French lens comes alive with light at the top of the tower. A special presentation on navigating by the stars will be presented via the Smithsonian Institutions Affiliates Program. A local cooking contest will also be featured with voting from attendees. Plus, there will be boatbuilding, a crafts tent and a new shipyard play area for children. Admission to Night Fest is only $5 per adults and $3 per child. Runners, museum members and holders of local Annual Pass will be admitted free. To register for the fun run/walk, go to www.jslofstaugustine.org To enter the cooking competition or for more information on Night Fest, call 904-829-0745 or go to www.staugustinelighthouse.org

5k Run at The St. Augustine Lighthouse
The Junior Service League’s 5K Run begins at 4:30 p.m. and the Fun Run follows at 5:30 p.m. Both runs begin and end at the Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave. This is the annual fundraising event for the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Night Fest will follow this event on the Lighthouse grounds. Info: www.jslofstaugustine.org; or www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Keb’ Mo’ Concert
American blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Keb’ Mo’performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $57.50 and $47.50. www.pvconcerthall.com; 904-209-0399

Tribute Extravanganza – Vegas Nights
Internationally-acclaimed celebrity tribute artists present a live concert tribute to famous musicians and celebrities of yesterday and today including Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Elvis Presley, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers, Garth Brooks, The Temptations, Rod Stewart, and many more. The giant show takes place at The Elks Lodge #829, 1420 A1A South in St. Augustine. General Admission is $35; VIP Front Seating $50. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets available by calling 904-377-0995; or www.showclix.com/events/VegasNights. Info:

Sunday: March 3

Hot Foods N’ Spicy Blues Festival
This 3rd annual festival hosted by The Florida Agricultural Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will open with Linda Cole whose unique blend of blues and jazz was shaped by some of the artists she has performed with including the Count Basie Orchestra, Spyro Gryra, and Chuck Mangione. Miss Cole will be on state from noon – 1:30 p.m. Then from 2 – 4 p.m. Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton and the Ingredients on stage playing his signature Florida Slide Guitar Blues. Hot & spicy foods from area restaurants will be featured. The program benefits Feed Flagler Organization and donations of canned goods are welcomed. Admission is $5 per person. The Museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Rd. in Palm Coast. Info: 386-446-7630; www.MyAgMuseum.com.

Bruce Cockburn Concert
Canadian folk/rock guitarist Bruce Cockburn performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 day of concert. www.pvconcerthall.com 904-209-0399

Murder in The Old City
A murder mystery in the nation’s oldest city combined with great dining creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95. Dinner served at 6 p.m., show begins 7 p.m. Raintree Restuarant is located at 102 San Marco Ave. For reservations call 904-824-7211 after 1 p.m.

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), theXimenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission isfree to everyone at theAuthentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, thePena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489

To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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This Week, January 1 – 7

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Tuesday through Monday: January 1 – 7

Nights of Lights – St. Augustine’s famed Nights of Lightsnights-of-lights illuminate the nation’s oldest city’s historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31. www.NightsofLights.com

2013 Annual Figure & Portrait Show – Through Jan. 27, expressions of the human form and face lend personality to this exhibit. Artworks may include gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits or busts and people in groups rendered in any style or material. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day. Admission is Free. www.staaa.org

Dressing of the Palms – Complimenting Nights of Lights, the Dressing of the Palms in the Town Center at Vilano Beach features holiday decorations adorning over 200 palm trees along Vilano Road and Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach. Through January. Free. Vilano Beach Town Center 260 Vilano Road, St Augustine Phone: 904-540-0402 www.VilanoBeachFL.com

Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train – Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train transports riders through St. Augustine’s magical Nights of Lights. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season while viewing a magical holiday illusion through your free Magic viewing glasses. Nightly tours are from 6 to 8 p.m. (till 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) and begin at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 19 San Marco Avenue On Friday and Saturday, there will be entertainment in the lines and FREE admission to Santa’s Village! 904-824-1606 http://www.ripleys.com/redtrains/category/holiday-event

Electric Bus Nights of Lights Tours – See the City lights on a 7-seat comfortable all-electric vehicle with a fully narrated 45-minute tour covering all the downtown city lights and sights, tour covers both the narrow and main streets. Nightly departures from parking lot at rear of Love Tree Café, 31 Orange Street at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. Adults $12 Child under 12 $10. 904-325-0547 www.staugustinegoldtours.com

“The Meanies” Art Exhibit at Space Eight
Exhibition of mixed-media creations by artist Jordie Hudson. Titled “The Meanies,” the exhibit takes place at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. Info: www.spaceeight.com; 904-829-2838

Water Taxi Nights of Lights Tours – Board the Horizons II for a relaxing Nights of Lights tour from the water. Tickets are $39 on weeknights and $49 on weekends. Tours depart from Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 298 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach. www.jaxwatertaxi.com 904-733-7782

Sundancer Yacht Nights of Lights – Tour Sundancer Yacht is providing special sightseeing and Nights of Lights cruises through the holidays. Cruises aboard this beautiful 117 foot luxury yacht are full of holiday spirit with decorations, lights, and music. Daytime sightseeing cruises are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 – 6. The special Nights of Lights Cruises depart at 5:15, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Cruises are $16 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 – 6. All cruises depart from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 877-446-6465

Monday: January 1

First Day Hike Anastasia State Park – Leisurely one-mile, guided hike featuring birds, butterflies, flowering vegetation and a scavenger hunt using GPS. Participants will need a smart phone with GPS or some other type of GPS. Binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, bug spray and water are also recommended. The hike begins at 2 p.m. from the Ancient Dunes Trail trailhead and is included in admission ($8 per vehicle) to the park located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Info: 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

First Day Hike-Dykes State Park – Ranger-guided nature hike along the beautiful, 2.6-mile Hiram-Faver Trail. The hike through oak hammocks and pine flatwoods provides opportunities to learn about the plants, wildlife and history of the area. Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, bug spray and water. The hike begins at 1 p.m. at the Ranger Station. Hike is included in admission ($5 per vehicle) to the park located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine. Info: 904-794-0997www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes

Tuesday through Sunday: January 1-6

Winter Wonderland – The 6th Annual Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is hosted by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division. Winter Wonderland features North Florida’s premiere outdoor ice skating rink, along with a brand new Ice Chute, RC Race Track and Kid’s Room and visits with Santa! St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Event Pricing: Each activity priced separately. Phone: 904-209-0367 winterwonderlandflorida.com

Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley – Explore St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights in the cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Guests of all ages delight at the festive glittering lights throughout St. Augustine’s historic area while enjoying caroling, hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Tours depart from St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. www.TrolleyTours.com

Thursday: January 5

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument
From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info:www.nps.gov/foma; 904-471-0116

St. Augustine Chocolate Tour
Guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine. Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries, and gooey delights. The 2 hours tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave. The tour cost is $60. For reservations and more information: 904-829-3800; www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration
Features a spectacular sunset across the bay — plus, dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. Info: 904-540-0402; www.vilanobeachfl.com

Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park
Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035; http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

EMMA Concert Series: Inspirata
Acclaimed vocal and stage artists perform at 8 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College,14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 per person.
Info: 904-797-2800; www.EmmaConcerts.com

Thursday through Sunday: January 3-6

Limelight Theatre Presents Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
Through January 6, Christmas classics delight as well as audience favorites featuring the Rockettes and the Chipmunks! This holiday show is truly heaven-sent! Located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $20 for students and active-duty military. www.limelight-theatre.org 904-825-1164

Friday: January 4

First Friday Art Walk
Experience one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events from 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes.
Info: 904-829-0065; www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: January 4-6

The Secret: The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine
Could Jews, fleeing for their lives from Spain, have arrived with Pedro Menendez in 1565 when he founded the City of St. Augustine? This stunning new play by Lee Weaver features this possibility, along with the drama of an ocean crossing, Indian and pirate attacks, religious intolerance and an unforgettable love story. This one-person show covers 50 years in St. Augustine as one family struggles with both survival in the New World and the betrayal, secrecy and bigotry of the Spanish Inquisition. Performances times at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for students and groups of 15 or more. Info:www.OldFloridaMuseum.com or 904-824-8874

School of the 16th Century
A three-day course titled “How To Survive in the 16th Century” provides an in-depth look at the clothing, weapons, food, history, resources and more at the 1565 Menendez settlement site. The school takes place on the grounds of Ponce de Leon’s Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave. St. Augustine. Tuition is $100 which includes Friday reception and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Info: FOYexplorer@gmail.com or 904-599-2113.

Local Resident Specials
NOTE:
St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission isfree to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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This weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the beaches, November 22 – 25

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Thursday: November 22

Click here for a List of Florida’s Historic Coast Restaurants open Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Kayak Adventure!
Small groups, great guides, and safe equipment make this tour a hit with the whole family! St. Augustine Eco Tours special Thanksgiving Day paddling adventure departs from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez at 10 a.m. The cost is $35 per person. (904) 377 -7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

Thursday through Saturday: November 22-24

Homes for the Holidays
A lantern-lit guided tour through St. Augustine’s Dow Museum of Historic Homes, 149 Cordova Street, decorated as they would have been in their first Christmases. Participants enter the houses and hear the stories of the folks who lived in and visited these precious old buildings. Tour starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and children under 12 are $12. 904-823-9722 904-501-1253.

Thursday through Sunday: November 21 -25

Nights of Lights Tours:

Electric Bus Nights of Lights Tour
See the City lights on a 7-seat silent comfortable all-electric vehicle for a fully narrated 45 minute tour of St. Augustine’s lights and sights. Travelling down both the narrow and main streets, this tour goes where others do not! Nightly departures are from parking lot at rear of Love Tree Café, 31 Orange Street, are on the hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Adults $12, Child under 12 $10. 904-325-0547 www.staugustinegoldtours.com

Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train
Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train transports riders through St. Augustine’s magical Nights of Lights highlighting the sights and sounds of the season while viewing a magical holiday illusion through free Magic viewing glasses. Nightly tours take place from 6 to 8 p.m. (till 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tours start at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 19 San Marco Avenue. 904-824-1606 www.RedTrains.com

Holly Jolly Holiday Tour
Explore St. Augustine’s famous Night of Lights in the cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Caroling, hot cider, and homemade cookies add to the magic of your evening. Guests will receive complimentary magical viewing glasses, exclusively handcrafted by Santa’s elves. Tours depart regularly between 6 and 8 p.m. from the Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $4 for children ages 6 – 12. http://www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine.

Friday: November 23

Fun Boat Trip!
St. Augustine Eco Tour’s 1.5 hour adventurous tour departs from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez – providing passengers with a front row seat and the opportunity to learn about marine wildlife, see beautiful birds, and take in the fresh, salty breeze. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

Tree Lighting at TPC Sawgrass
A ceremonial lighting of the tree on the lawn of the impressive Mediterranean-style TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse! Enjoy holiday music and hot cocoa at this FREE fun family event that takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. TPC Sawgrass is located at 110 Champions Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. http://www.tpc.com

Friday and Saturday: November 24 & 25

Candle Light Tours of Villa Zorayda
Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the Holiday season, featuring a Christmas tree in the “Court of Lions”, decorated in the Villa’s traditional red and gold and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930′s. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy refreshments of cookies and punch. The docent led candlelight tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 7 -12, children 4 -6 are free. Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are suggested. www.VillaZoryada.com 904.829.9887

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 23 – 25

Tour of Trees at TPC
A complimentary Tour the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse spectacular holiday decorations! The tours of the clubhouse are led by PGA storytellers and take place daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and beverage are available in the clubhouse. www.tpc.com

Winter Wonderland Opens
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre transforms into a family-fun winter wonderland with ice skating, an ice slide, sleigh rides, an elf village and more. Open 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday until December 21, then 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through January 6. Admission is free and activities costs vary. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340C A1A in St. Augustine winterwonderlandflorida.com

Marineland Twilight Kayaking Tours
You won’t believe what you are seeing as you paddle into the sunset on Ripple Effect Eco Tours. These 2-hour tours depart at 4 p.m. from 10 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (Marineland) The cost is $55 for adults that include guide service, and the finest kayaking equipment.
904-347-1565 www.RippleEffectEcotours.com

Saturday: November 24

St. Augustine Eco Tour Sailing Tour
Traverse the picturesque waterways of St. Augustine aboard an ultra-stable 27′ catamaran sailboat. Built for small groups, this boat provides the ultimate experience in authentic sailing. Departing from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, tickets are $45 per person or $250 for the entire boat up to 6 passengers. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park
A 2.5 mile Ranger-led walk that starts at 9 a.m. is a leisurely stroll through the Maritime Hammock, marsh, dunes and shore line at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A, St. Augustine. Participation is free with paid park admission. For more information, call 904-461-2033.

Living History Days at Fort Mose
Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Program is weather permitting. The demonstrations take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

Emma Concert Series: The Merling Trio
A truly international ensemble, The Merling Trio brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. Their performance will take place at 8 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-797-2800 or visit EmmaConcerts.com.

Uptown Saturday Night
From 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

Saturday and Sunday: November 24 & 25

Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
See art created from lace to limestone and crayons to crystal. More than 150 artists from around the USA are juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival. It all takes place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation. staugustineartfestival.com 904.824.2310

Vittles and Vino VIP Carriage Tour
This three-hour food and wine tour makes stops at 4 to 5 food tasting and 3 to 4 wine venues, including a bottle of wine for the tour. Tours depart at 2 p.m. from Isabella’s Cuba Bar at 19 Cuna Street in Historic St. Augustine Tickets are $99 per person. www.thetastingtours.com.

CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS.

NOTE: Do you have a 2013 event that will bring visitors to Florida’s Historic Coast?
email details to: fhceventlist@gmail.com

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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City of St. Augustine news

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Veterans Day holiday closings for the City of St. Augustine

Offices for the City of St. Augustine will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday, but the solid waste pick-up schedule will remain unchanged.

For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at 904.825.1004.

Community readies for start of Nights of Lights – 19th season begins on November 17

With the start of the Night of Lights just days away, there is a noticeable increase in activity as city crews are joined by residents and business owners starting to inspect their lighting displays and their inventory of bulbs. Reason is simple: No one wants to be in the dark when the Nights of Lights begins its 19th season on Saturday, November 17.

It all begins with one of the city’s biggest events, Light-Up! Night, when thousands crowd into the heart of the historic downtown to countdown together for the lighting of the city. “3…2…1!” and in the blink of an eye, the Ancient City instantly dazzles in the brilliance of holiday light.

What started as a suggestion by a city commissioner as a way to distinguish St. Augustine for an extended holiday season by decorating it with white lights, has become one of the Southeast’s most recognized holiday events. Running annually from the Saturday before Thanksgiving through the end of January, Night of Lights was named by AAA as one of its 12 Favorite Places to Catch the Holiday Spirit in the USA and Canada, recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the nation’s top 100 events several times, and was identified by National Geographic magazine as one of the top 10 places to see holiday lights.

Light-Up! Night takes place in the Plaza de la Constitución on Saturday, November 17 at 6:30pm. Pre-light-up entertainment includes Showtime USA at 4:00pm in front of City Hall/Lightner Museum, followed by holiday and big band sounds of The All Star Orchestra performing from The Gazebo in the Plaza. The lighting ceremony starts at 6:30pm with light-up set for 6:45pm.

“It makes a special place more special”

Recognized as one of the Southeast’s major seasonal events, the Nights of Lights has brought holiday excitement to the Nation’s Oldest City annually since 1994. The 10-week long event begins with a simple flip of switch that magically fills every corner of the city with brilliant white lights, transforming the Nation’s Oldest City into an enchanted city of light.

Certainly there is pleasure enough walking St. Augustine’s old world streets anytime of the year, but during the Nights of Lights when historic buildings, downtown parks and the city’s historic Bayfront and Bridge of Lions sparkle with over two million individual lights, the delight is greater than ever. As is often overheard by visitors during the Nights of Lights, “It makes a special place more special.”

St. Augustine’s success with the Nights of Lights lies partially in the fact that the city has such a large volume of unique historic structures in a very compact area. When outlined in light, the sweeping Bridge of Lions, the many arched doorways of Spanish Colonial homes, the sturdy towers of the 19th Century hotels together with the huge oaks in the parks and the tall straight palms that line the streets all contribute to what is a seamless display of light.

More than something to see…it’s something to do

But Nights of Lights is more than something to see; it is something to do. Boasting a full calendar with a wide array of special events and activities visitors will find things to do day and night. Truly it is one of the most festive times of year for a city that thrives on festivals.

Night-time tours of ancient buildings and inns led by storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and trolley tours through the narrow brick streets, art walks featuring more than 30 galleries serving free holiday refreshments on the First Friday in December and January, special Saturday night antique shopping events, a dazzling regatta, Florida ice skating, holiday concerts, even a Christmas parade, are among the special events to be added to the memory books of visitors and residents alike.

For complete visitor information including a calendar of upcoming events during the Nights of Lights visit. St. Augustine-Ponte Vedra on Florida’s Historic Coast.

It begins with Light-Up! Night

As it has since its initial season, the Nights of Lights begins with a spectacular lighting ceremony appropriately called Light-Up! Night staged in the city’s historic Plaza de la Constitución located in the heart of the historic district.

The program begins at 4:00pm with a spirited holiday performance by Showtime USA, a high energy fun filled singing and dancing troupe of children and teens that has delighted audiences at Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Six Flags Over Georgia. For the Light-Up! Night, Showtime USA will deliver a wide variety of holiday musical favorites. Showtime will perform in front of City Hall/Lightner Museum.

Then at 5:30pm, the All Star Orchestra, under the direction of Gary Strohminger, returns yet another year, now being as much of a tradition as the lighting ceremony itself. The popular 16-piece band, performing from the Gazebo, will fill the Plaza with great swing and big band sounds all in grand holiday style.

The most exciting moment on Light-Up! Night is the light-up itself and has been since Nights of Lights began. In the early years of the event, governmental officials were called upon to flip-the-switch, then later the honor was given to members of the community identified as unsung heroes, those who contributed to the betterment of the community often without recognition.

Current Mayor Joe Boles took the best of both traditions and created a new one by recognizing those who have given of themselves as public servants to the city but who may have been forgotten. Mayor Boles has invited all former St. Augustine Mayors to join him in Light-Up! Night ceremonies and then each year one of those present has the honor of flipping the switch to light the city.

Mayor Boles is St. Augustine’s 118th Mayor since the city became part of the United States in 1821. Currently there are 11 living former mayors. They and their years of service are: John Bailey (1965-1967), Arthur Runk (1973-1975), Edward Mussallem (1975-1979), Fred Brinkhoff (1979-1981), V. Noel Helmly (1981), Ramelle Petroglou (1981-1982, 1983-1985), Tracy Upchurch (1990-1992), Greg Baker (1992-1995), Len Weeks (1995-2000), Mark Alexander (2000-2002), and George Gardner (2002-2006).

For more information

Nights of Lights is funded by the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. The City of St. Augustine manages the installation and maintenance of displays at over 100 locations, including buildings, parks, and gardens throughout the city, but credit for the success of the Nights of Lights is shared with area businesses and residents who voluntarily participate at their own expense truly making the city a city of light.

For visitor information including dining, shopping, lodging, attractions, and tours, visit St. Augustine-Ponte Vedra on Florida’s Historic Coast at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 800.653.2489.

Additional information regarding the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center and adjacent Historic Downtown Parking Facility visit www.vicparking.com.

For general questions regarding Light-Up! Night and the Nights of Lights, call the city’s Public Affairs Department at 904.825.1004 or email info@citystaug.com

Light-Up! Night and running events necessitate traffic disruptions
Events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18

Activities related to Light-Up! Night, the start of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, and running events associated with the St. Augustine Half Marathon will necessitate several disruptions of traffic in St. Augustine on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18.

On Saturday, November 17, the Plaza de Constitución will be the site of Light-Up! Night, the kick-off ceremony for the 19th annual Nights of Lights. The annual event draws thousands into the downtown, necessitating street closures and detours in the area surrounding the plaza. The lighting ceremony starts at 6:30pm. All streets are expected to reopen by 9:00pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, running events associated with the St. Augustine Half Marathon will necessitate traffic restrictions and detours along the route. Those areas include: the Bayfront north of the Bridge of Lions, the bridge itself, Anastasia Blvd./State Rd. A1A, State Rd. 312 east of Sgt. Tutten Dr. A1A Beach Blvd., and the Lighthouse Park area. Traffic restrictions will be in effect on Saturday from 6:00am until 1:00pm and on Sunday from 5:00am until 1:00pm.

Law enforcement agencies from the City of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County and Anastasia State Park have worked diligently with Miami Tri-Events, sponsor of the event, to provide a safe environment for participants while minimizing disruptions to residents and businesses in the area.

Details regarding street closures and detours are below. The City of St. Augustine encourages residents, businesses and visitors to plan accordingly so as to enjoy these events as much as possible while being inconvenienced as little as possible.

For information on Light-Up! Night, visit www.lightupnight.info.

For information regarding the running events visit www.staugustinemarathon.com.

Nights of Lights Light-Up! Night – Saturday, Nov 17 / 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Closed to traffic
• Cathedral Pl., St. George St. from Cathedral Pl. to King St., Charlotte St. and Ponce Cir. from Cathedral Pl. to King St.
Detours
• Bridge of Lions westbound traffic will turn north on Avenida Menendez.
• King St. eastbound by the Plaza will be restricted to one lane.

St. Augustine Half Marathon / 5K and 10K races – Saturday, Nov 17 / 6:00am – 11:00am
Race course for 5K and 10K
• Start at Francis Field on W. Castillo Dr., continue south on S. Castillo Dr./Avenida Menendez, over the Bridge of Lions, continue on Anastasia Blvd. to White St. for the 5K and on into Anastasia State Park for the 10K, then north on Anastasia Blvd. over the Bridge of Lions, west on Orange St., north on Cordova St. to the starting point at Francis Field.
Closed to all traffic
• W. Castillo Dr.
• Northbound lanes of S. Castillo Dr./Avenida Menendez from the Bridge of Lions to the City Gate.
• Westbound lane of the Bridge of Lions.
• Inside lanes, northbound and southbound of Anastasia Blvd. from the Bridge of Lions to Anastasia Park Road.
Detours
• The Bridge of Lions – two-way traffic alternated using eastbound lane only.
• Anastasia Blvd. from the Bridge of Lions to Anastasia Park Road – all traffic restricted to outside lanes.

St. Augustine Half Marathon – Sunday, Nov 18 / 5:00am-1:00pm
Race course for half and full marathon
• Start at Francis Field on W. Castillo Dr., continue south on S. Castillo Dr./Avenida Menendez, over the Bridge of Lions, south on Anastasia Blvd., west on State Road 312, make a u-turn at Sgt Tutten Rd., continue east on State Rd. 312, south on State Rd. A1A, east on Pope Rd., north on A1A Beach Blvd., north on Santander St., east on San Juan Ext. into Anastasia State Park, then north on Lew Blvd., north on Red Cox Dr., east on Carver St. E., north on Lighthouse Ave., west on White St., north on Anastasia Blvd. over the Bridge of Lions, and north on Avenida Menendez ending near the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.
Closed to all traffic
• W. Castillo Dr.,
• Northbound lanes of S. Castillo Dr./Avenida Menendez north of the Bridge of Lions.
• Westbound lane of the Bridge of Lions.
• Inside lanes, northbound and southbound of Anastasia Blvd./State Road A1A from the Bridge of Lions to State Rd. 206 and along State Rd. 312 from State Rd. A1A to Sgt. Tutten Rd.
Detours
• Bridge of Lions – two-way traffic alternated using eastbound lane only.
• Anastasia Blvd./State Road A1A from the Bridge of Lions to State Rd. 206, and State Rd. 312 from State Rd. A1A to Sgt. Tutten Rd. – all traffic restricted to outside lanes.

Thanksgiving holiday closings for the City of St. Augustine

Offices for the City of St. Augustine will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, but the solid waste pick-up schedule will remain unchanged.

For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at 904.825.1004.

City and County offer post-Thanksgiving
cooking oil collection for second year

Two locations for cooking oil drop off on Monday, November 26

The City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County Utilities have joined together for the second year to collect used cooking oil and grease following the Thanksgiving holiday.

The recycling collection is set for Monday, November 26, 7:30am–3:30pm at two recycling drop points: 25 W. Castillo Drive (Francis Field downtown); and 840 West 16th Street on Anastasia Island.

This opportunity allows residents to properly dispose of large amounts of used cooking oil to be recycled into usable products such as biodiesel fuel. Participants are asked to allow used cooking grease to cool prior to delivering it in a safe container that will not melt or shatter. Also, to help in collecting oil in the future, each participant will receive a free funnel for future recycling efforts.

When cooking oil is improperly disposed of down the drain, it can clog sewer pipes and create environmental and public health hazards. Problems with sewer lines typically increase around the holidays when people are washing a lot of greasy and fatty foods down the drain. The fats, oils and greases build up inside sewer pipes and can cause raw sewage to back up and overflow into homes, businesses and the environment.

Used cooking oil may be dropped off throughout the year at six other locations: St. Johns County Fleet Maintenance Biodiesel Dept., 2730 Industry Center Rd.; St. Johns County Solid Waste transfer stations, 250 North Stratton Rd. and 3005 Allen Nease Rd.; St. Johns County Utilities, 860 West 16th St.; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 13 South Dixie Hwy.; and the City of St. Augustine Wastewater Treatment Plant, 501 Riberia St.

For more information on the collection and other cooking oil recycling efforts, contact Glabra Skipp, City of St. Augustine at 904.209.4284 or Stacy Kowlsen, St. Johns County at 904.209.2662.

Source: City of St. Augustine

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This weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the beaches, November 9 – 11

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Friday: November 9

Rickie Lee Jones Performs at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Rickie Lee Jones will entertain with her musical style, a unique blend fusion of folk, jazz, and R&B,at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, located at 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $46 and $56. PVConcertHall.com

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: November 9, 10 & 11

5th Annual Pirate Gathering
Three days of jollification and history in the nation’s oldest city. Celebrate the “Golden Age of Piracy” through exhibits, living history demonstrations, a privateer parade, theives market, pirate battles and a Buccaneer Bash Ball. Admission for the encampment is “a buck-an-ear”. The Pirate Gathering encampment and main activites take place at Francis Filed, located on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. pirategathering.com

Veterans Day at the World Golf Hall of Fame
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will celebrate Veterans Day when veterans and their dependents will receive free admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame. All guests will be able to enjoy a special scavenger hunt. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at 1 World Golf Place, located at I 95 Exit 323. WorldGolfHallofFame.org

Saturday: November 10

Sixth Annual Compassion 5K Run /Walk
The “Compassion 5K” is an “out-and-back” style course with rolling changes in topography. This event will raise money to help ease the financial burden of families living with crisis. This 5K starts at 8 a.m. from 49 Shores Boulevard in St. Augustine. Registration is $25. compassion5k.org

The Dressing of the Palms
Be there when dozens of Vilano Beach palms will be judged on the basis of the holiday decorations they display. Palms have been “adopted” by local businesses and residents who then use their imagination to come up with entertaining holiday decorations for each. The judging takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Vilano Beach Town Center. For details, call 904.910.8386.

Washington Oaks State Gardens Plant Sale
The Friends of Washington Oaks will hold their Second Saturday plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Oaks State Gardens, 6400 Oceanshore Blvd. (A1A) in Palm Coast. Visitors can also enjoy a garden tour of the park at 1 p.m. Regular park entrance fees apply during the event. 386-446-6780

Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang Concert
Blues legends Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 to $69.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 904-209-0367 or 800-745-3000. staugamphitheatre.com

Steve Forbert and Carrie Rodriguez
As part of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall “Saucer Series”,, Steve Forbert and Carrie Rodriguez will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $30 and $35. pvconcerthall.com 904-209-0399

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: November 10, 11 & 12

Veterans Day Weekend at Castillo de San Marcos
In honor of those that have served the US military, the National Parks Service is offering free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos.Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. Friday through Sunday visitors can experience living history during Spanish Military cannon firings. The Castillo de San Marcos is located on Avenida Menendez, overlooking Matanzas Bay in historic St. Augustine. NPS.gov/casa

Sunday: November 11

Old City Music Fest
The St. Augustine Market Place, located at 2495 SR 207 at I-95 in St. Augustine, will host a fun-filled day of relaxation and musical performances featuring Country and Southern Rock legends, Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special, Gloriana, Craig Morgan and many more. This exciting day of great southern music, food and people will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project in their mission to honor and empower wounded service members. The Festival will take place from 1 to 10 p.m. (Market opens at 10 a.m.) Advance tickets are $29 – $89 per person. http://www.oldcitymusicfest.com

Meet & Greet at Anastasia State Park to Honor Veterans
To honor our nation’s Veterans, the Florida Park Service is granting free entry to all visitors for the day. Activities for the day include complimentary grilled hot dogs, roving displays about the Friends of Anastasia State Park and the park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and a guided bird walk from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340A A1A in St. Augustine 904-461-2033
FriendsofAnastasia.org

Free Admission to St. Augustine Lighthouse for Veterans and Active Duty Military
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, 81 Lighthouse Avenue, will offer FREE admission to all Veterans & Active Duty Military from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be a Ceremony to Honor Veterans from 3 to 4 p.m. http://www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

Do you have a 2013 event that will bring visitors to Florida’s Historic Coast?
email details to: fhceventlist@gmail.com

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LISTING OF EVENTS

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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This weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the beaches, October 26-28

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Friday: October 26

Arturo Sandoval Concert
Grammy award-winning Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall located at 1050 A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $46 and $56 www.PVConcertHall.com.

Brett Waller Exhibition
Featuring art by Brett Waller at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, 50 Executive Way. Free to the public. Exhibition hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through December 1. 904-280-0614. http://www.ccpvb.org

Friday and Saturday: October 26 & 27

Kiteboards and Paddleboards
Ocean Extreme Sports will conduct kiteboarding and standup paddleboard demos from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Depending on conditions, demos will be either at the A Street or Ocean Trace beach access ramps. Call for details and location. 904.461.9415

A Children’s Halloween
Halloween fun for the little ones in costume! A milder version of Ghost Tours of St. Augustine’s award-winning walking ghost tour! Goodies will be provided for each participant! This tour rated G for “Goosebumps”! For ages 2 – 7, must be accompanied by an adult. Tours depart from 2 St. George Street at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. 904-829-1122. www.ghosttoursofstaugustine.com

Florida’s Haunted Trails
Activities include a family-friendly haunted house, storytelling, magic shows, a haunted farm, wagon rides, carnival games and a headless horseman. It all takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8, children under 5 are free. Florida Agricultural Museum is located at the corner of Old Kings Road and US 1 in Palm Coast. 386.446.7630. www.MyAgMuseum.com

Old Town Trolleys: Nightmare In The Museum
Take a riding ghost tour through the darkened streets of Old St. Augustine, including a stop at Potter’s House of Wax which has been darkly rumored as a portal between the living and the dead. Tours start 8 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. 904-829-3800 www.trustedtours.com.

A Ghostly Experience Halloween 2012
A Ghostly Experience tour guides lead a walking tour through the haunted streets of the Nation’s Oldest City, for encounters with crazed, feisty, and swash-buckling spirits that linger around to tell their tales of their mysterious, warranted, and fitting deaths. Tickets are $15 per person. The tours depart every 30 minutes starting at 8 p.m. from 2 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Reservations are required, and space is limited. 904- 829-1122 www.GhostToursofStAugustine.com

Zombieville
This is an interactive paintball experience of horrific proprotions! Load up and take aim at the undead, enjoy tales told in the hut of the ancient Zombie, King Motumbo and take a ride on the Zombie Express. Tickets are on sale at Ripley’s or at the door. Zombieville can be found at 254 San Marco Ave, at the old Sugar Mill. Doors open at 7:30 every Friday and Saturday night through October. Prices are $10 at the door, or $15 for the Zombie Express leaving from the original Ripley’s.Believe It or Not Museum at 19 San Marco Avenue. You can also purchase Zombieville tickets for only $5 with the purchase of a Ghost Train Adventure ticket. For more information, call 904.377.2607.

Ghost Hunt
Get trained to be a ghost hunter by professional investigators! Spend three hours using paranormal-detecting equipment inside the Old Jail and learn about the amazing amount of paranormal activity that has been observed in the building. The tour is from 10:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $80 per person; $35 for children under 12 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For reservations (required), call 904.829.3800.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 26, 27 & 28

Boeing-Boeing at the Limelight Theatre
High-flying fun comes to St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre with this production of the classic 1960′s farce Boeing Boeing. Located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, performances will take place through November 18 on Thursdays, through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $20 for students and active-duty military. www.limelight-theatre.org 904-825-1164

Fall Eco Tours
Enjoy the fall weather on one of St. Augustine Eco-Tours’ guided nature outings. On Friday, there’s a student holiday special from 10 a.m. until noon – a 2-hour kayak adventure with safe equipment and guide. Saturday and Sunday feature 12-mile boat trips aboard a stable, ridged-hulled inflatable boat – dolphins, ospreys and beautiful scenery are featured. Tours depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. each day. Tours, including guide, are priced at $35 per person. Call (904) 377 -7245 for reservations or visit www.staugustineecotours.com to learn more.

Premium Outlets Pink Event
Throughout October, St. Augustine Premium Outlet shoppers who stop by the Information Center and donate $10 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure will receive a special savings card filled with “25% off one single item” redeemable at Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, J.Crew, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. www.premiumoutlets.com

Sea Monsters!
Venom! Ultra Vision! Glow in the Dark! These are some of the fascinating “monster” characteristics of some sea animals. Daily in October, the Sea Monsters Traveling Exhibit engages visitors in these mysterious and intriguing attributes, and explains how they are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. Learn about animals that use these special survival strategies. Included in General Admission Price, $9.75 Adult General Admission, $7.75 Child General Admission
www.staugustinelighthouse.org

St. Augustine Lighthouse Dark of the Moon Tours
Go on the only tour that takes participants to the top of the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and into the eerie Keeper’s House. Find out why the Syfy Network’s Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the “Mona Lisa of paranormal sites.” Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults ($35 on Halloween) and $20 for children ages 7-11($30 on Halloween). Reservations are required. (Private 90-minute, 3-hour and 5-hour tours are also available.) Call 904.829.0745

Halloween Corn Maze
Get hopelessly lost in a nine-acre maze! Fun for the entire family! This third annual maze is at the Sykes and Cooper Farms off SR 207 in Elkton, Florida (about five miles east of I-95 Exit 311). Plus, don’t miss Jack the braying donkey, the awesome pumpkin slingshot and the cow train! Tickets (cash only) are $8 per person (children under 2 are free). The maze is open on Fridays 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For more information, go to www.sycofarms.com or call 904.692.1084.

Friday and Sunday: October 26 & 28

St. Augustine Community Orchestra Concert
Experience the first concert of the new season when the orchestra performs on Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum, 75 King Street and on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, in Ponte Vedra Beach. www.staugustineorchestra.org 904-669-0194

Saturday: October 27

Children’s Chocolate Spook-tacular
Let your Ghosts and Goblins transform into chocolatiers and make their own spooky chocolate treats at Peterbooke Chocolate, 1011 A1A Beach Blvd, #3 in St. Augustine Beach. All children in costume receive a free treat — $20 per child for this memorable chocolate-making experience. Call to reserve a time and date. (904) 471-2830

Black Raven Halloween Cruise
Join the crew of the Black Raven as she battles the Black Queen on special Halloween cruise! This special Halloween Eve production will feature a battle between two ships, trivia contests, music, songs and a big party! Departure time from the St. Augustine Marina is 8:15 p.m. Return time: depends. There’s a cash bar onboard and finger foods will be served. Adults Only! $44.95 per person, plus tax. For reservations, call 877-578-5050.

Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park
A 2.5 mile Ranger-led walk that starts at 9 a.m. is a leisurely stroll through the Maritime Hammock, marsh, dunes and shore line at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A, St. Augustine. Participation is free with paid park admission. For more information, call 904-461-2033.

Living History Days At Fort Mose
Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Program is weather permitting.The demonstrations take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

Uptown Saturday Night
Live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more from 5 to 9 p.m. at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. Free parking at the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Avenue. 904.823.9263.

Sunday: October 28

Blues Traveler at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Blues Traveler, best known for their single Run-Around, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $36.50 in advance; $40 day of show. For more information, visit www.PVConcertHall.com

Jill Scott Performs at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott will perform cuts from her #1 album “The Light Of The Sun”. The gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $85. St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A South in St. Augustine.www.StAugAmphitheatre.com

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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This weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the beaches: September 21 – 23

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Friday: September 21

Jethro Tull at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Thick as a Brick in its entirety performed by Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull (the first time since 1972), plus cuts from their latest release, Thick as a Brick 2. The show takes place at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1640 A A1A in St. Augustine. The gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $69.50. StAugAmphitheatre.com.

Friday and Saturday: September 21 & 22

GTM NERR Celebrates National Estuaries Day
Beginning Friday evening with the screening of film-maker Emily Dricscoll’s new documentary “Shell Shocked” at 5 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College in historic St. Augustine and continuing Saturday with a day of fun and educational activities from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. at the GTM Research Reserve, located at 505 Guana River Road in Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about life in Florida’s estuaries through hands-on activities, lectures and demonstrations. All events are free and open to the public. 904-823-4500 GTMNERR.org

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: September 21 – 23

Children’s International Film Festival
A kaleidoscopic collection of the absolute best multi-cultural films from around the world that will encourage children to explore cultures, language studies, creative arts, social studies, history, literature and more. Family Premier Night is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person or $50 for family of 4. Film showings are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Film ticket prices vary. It all takes place at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way in Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 ccpvb.org

Saturday: September 22

Endless Summer Run 10K XC And 5K Walk
This 10k (6.2 mile) run through Anastasia State Park’s beautiful beach, hammock, and saltmarsh. The 5k beach walk starts and ends on Anastasia State Park’s most beautiful beach. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 Florida A1A. Registration is $25. 904-461-2035

Sandy Forsyth Memorial Surf Contest
Aqua East Surf Shop will sponsor this surf contest from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the beach just north of the St. Johns County Beach Pier, 350 A1A Bach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach. For details, call
904-246-2550, ext. 110.

North Florida Folk Fest
A full day of concerts featuring 15 local and touring folk acts on four stages and a special honor to the “dean of Florida folk music”, Frank Thomas. It all takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum, located off I-95 Exit 298 at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast. Admission is $15 per person. myagmuseum.com

The Mariners Ball
A Costumed Ball celebrating 450 years of Maritime History in St Augustine Florida, Set in the magical grounds of the incredible Fort Menendez, located at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. There will be Scavenger Hunt, live music and plenty of food and drink. Tickets are $40 per person. TheMarinersBall.com 904-823-9852

Blondie and Devo Concert at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Classic rock hall of famers Blondie and Devo will perform live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22nd. Ticket prices are $31.50 to $122.00 each.
904-209-3751. StAugAmphitheatre.com

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches: August 24 – 26

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Saturday: August 25
Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park

A 2.5 mile Ranger-led walk that starts at 9 a.m. is a leisurely stroll through the Maritime Hammock, marsh, dunes and shore line at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A, St. Augustine. Participation is free with paid park admission. For more information, call 904-461-2033

Marineland Guided Kayaking Ecotour

All levels of experience are welcome on this guided kayaking adventure through the peaceful estuary of Marineland. Cost is $55/adults, $45/children 15 and younger. Price includes free general admission to Marineland Dolphin Adventure! Tour starts at 9 a.m. at 101 Tolstoy Lane in St. Augustine, directly across the street from Marineland. 904-347-1965.  www.rippleeffectecotours.com

 

6th Annual Papa Jim Dinghy Regatta

A family fun SPAR Sailing event In memory of lifelong St. Augustine sailor Jim Hartley that benefits SPARS Youth Sailing Programs. All ages and all classes of boats welcome! The Captain’s meeting is at 3 p.m. and the race starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Pavilion on Salt Run at Anastasia State Park on A1A in St. Augustine. An oyster roast and pot luck follows. Entry fee is by donation. www.SparsSailing.org

 

Mark Allen Performs at the Pioneer Barn

Comedian/magician Mark Allen performs at the Fort Matanzas Pioneer Barn, located at 259 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. The show is rated “G” and starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. 904-824-8874.

 

Uptown Saturday Night

Live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more from 5 to 9 p.m. at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios.  Free parking at the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Avenue.904.823.9263.
Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band Concert

Preschoolers can sing and dance along as they help Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist solve everyday challenges at this live performance. The show will take place at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50. For more information, visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com

 

 

Saturday & Sunday: August 25-26
Dolphin Boat Trip  

See dolphins in their natural habitat by joining the Naturalists of St. Augustine Eco Tours on a 1.5-hour boat ride. This 12-mile voyage features dolphins – you might even get to hear the sounds they make – and other amazing sights including shorebirds, salt marsh habitats, and more! Special rate: $35/adults and $30/kids ages 3-12. Call 904-377-7245 to make reservations or visit www.staugustineecotours.com  to learn more.

 

Sunday: August 26
Shaken, Not Stirred, James Bond 50th Anniversary Party

The Tini Martini Bar at Casablanca Inn will host a James Bond 50th Anniversary Party. Watch Bond movies, mingle on the verandah, sip signature ‘Bond’ martinis, dine on complimentary hors d’oeuvres and consider wearing a Bond costume that might win first prize – a weekend at the Casablanca Inn! Shaken Not Stirred takes place from 5 p.m. at the Casablanca Inn, 24 Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine. Admission is free. 904-829-0928 www.CasablancaInn.com

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Concert:

Young blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37.50 in advance and $40 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. 904-209-0367www.pvconcerthall.com

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden SchoolhouseSpanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are freeto everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug StoreFort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW:  St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year!  The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on  Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

 

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

 

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches: August 10 – 12

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Friday – Sunday: August 10, 11, 12

PGA Championship at World Golf Hall of Fame
Learn about golfers who have won the PGA Championship, as you take a special scavenger hunt through the Hall of Fame located at 21 World Golf Place in St. Augustine. There will also be a photo opportunity with the Wanamaker Trophy Thursday – Sunday. The broadcast will be shown throughout the museum during the week during business hours. All South Carolina residents and PGA Professionals receive free admission with ID. http://www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org 904-940-4123

Swamp Hattie’s Lair at Worley Faver Gallery
Entertain the children this weekend with a visit to Swamp Hattie’s Lair at Worley Faver Gallery, 11-A Aviles Street in St. Augustine. A literary critic recently wrote: “Now that there are no more new Harry Potter books on the horizon, Swamp Hattie can provide you with your supernatural fix. Dennis’ books have elements of The Lord of the Rings and the original Star Wars movies, and, like both of those trilogies, the second Swamp Hattie book concludes with a dark cliffhanger… every single line of these books rhymes with another line, and that’s no small feat. With Chris Armstrong’s vivid and intricate illustrations, these books are the sort that you’ll want to pass along to your grandchildren.” Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 904-304-2310

Saturday: August 11

GTM Research Reserve 2nd Saturday Trail Hike
A GTM Research Reserve staff and/or volunteer-led 1.5 mile walk that the entire family will enjoy. Meet at the Trailhead Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

Sunday: August 12

PACT Triathlon
Triathlon in support of PACT Prevention. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A South, St. Augustine. http://www.PactPrevention.org

Birding for Kids
Anastasia State Park invites families with children ages 8-12 to participate in a free kid’s birding class from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The program will begin with an outdoor classroom session on how to identify birds, followed by a scavenger hunt to find a list of target birds in the park. Must pay regular park admission of $8 per vehicle to participate. Anastasia State Park is located at 1030 A A1A S in St. Augustine. http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 904-461-2033

Marineland Guided Kayaking Ecotour
All levels of experience are welcome on this guided kayaking adventure through the peaceful estuary of Marineland. Cost is $55/adults, $45/children 15 and younger. Price includes free general admission to Marineland Dolphine Adventure! Tour starts at 9 a.m. at 101 Tolstoy Lane in St. Augustine, directly across the street from Marineland. http://www.rippleeffectecotours.com 904-347-1965

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches: August 3 – 5

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Friday: August 3

First Friday Art Walk
Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 downtown St. Augustine art galleries from 5 – 9 p.m. Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk.

Saturday: August 4

Sunset Celebration at Vilano Beach Town Center
Food, artist performers, local arts and crafts, and genuine Old Florida surprises from 3 p.m. to dusk at the Vilano Beach Pier & Pavilion, 115 Vilano Rd #A in St. Augustine. Floating docks near the pier allow for waterway transport from the mainland to the island – just as in the early Henry Flagler days. 904- 540-0420. http://www.vilanobeachfl.com

Campfire Program at Anastasia State Park
Free presentation on different topics from bird watching to star-gazing around the campfire. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 Florida A1A in St. Augustine. Admission to the park is $8.00 per vehicle or $2.00 per pedestrian or bicyclist. 904-461-2033. http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Historic Weapons Demonstation at Fort Matanzas
Take the National Park Service’s ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas – the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort. Admission is free. Located at 8635 A1A S in St. Augustine. 904-471-0116. http://www.nps.gov/foma

Marineland Guided Kayaking Ecotours
All levels of experience are welcome on this guided kayaking adventure through the peaceful estuary of Marineland. Cost is $55/adults, $45/children 15 and younger. Price includes free general admission to Marineland Dolphine Adventure! Tour starts at 9 a.m. at 101 Tolstoy Lane in St. Augustine, directly across the street from Marineland. 904-347-1965. http://www.rippleeffectecotours.com

Hands Across the Sand
Hold hands across the sand at the St. Johns County Pier and Pavillion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd in St. Augustine, Saturday, August 4th from 11:30 a.m. to noon to protest off-shore oil drilling. 904-806-5151. http://www.handsacrossthesand.com
Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

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