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. 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;

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

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

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:; 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;

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 ;

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; 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;

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;

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;

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: 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.; 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. 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:; 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:

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:; 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

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;

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;

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:; 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;

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;

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 To enter the cooking competition or for more information on Night Fest, call 904-829-0745 or go to

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:; or

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.; 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 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;

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. 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 or call 1-800-653-2489

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Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau