This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches April 27-29
Rise Against in Concert
Enjoy an alternative music performance by Rise Against in St. Augustine during their Spring 2012 Tour. This show promises great performances, including special appearances by A Day to Remember and Title Fight. The show takes place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340C A1A S. on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Advance tickets are $39.50 and $31.50. Day of show tickets are $42.50 and $34.50.
For more information, visit St. Augustine Amphitheatre or call 904-209-0366.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: April 27-29
17TH Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival
Enjoy non-stop music and award-winning scrumptious barbecue all weekend long, plus a Saturday night performance by JJ Grey and Mofro! Other activities include lots of tasty ribs and barbecue, vendors and plenty of children’s activities. Rhythm & Ribs takes place at Francis Field, located behind the historic Downtown Parking Facility on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, except Saturday evening, when it is $5. Kids 12 and under are free.
HMS Bounty Visits St. Augustine
Visit the replica of The Bounty, built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando, when it stops at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina for dockside tours. Plus, get a discount ticket to experience both the Bounty and St. Augustine’s Pirate and Treasure Museum. Guests can learn how the ship works today from the crew members who sail her, as well as see how sailors lived and worked 200 years ago. In addition to being skilled sailors, the Bounty crew is knowledgeable in maritime history and movies. A discount ticket to visit both the Bounty and The Pirate Museum are available at the Museum or from their website and are priced at $18.99 for adults (a $22.99 value) and children ages 5-12 $9.99 (a $11.99 value) Tickets to tour the Bounty only are available at the City Marina and are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Bounty will be docked at the City Marina in historic St. Augustine and available for tours each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Pirate and Treasure Museum will be opendaily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Pirate Museum and Tall Ship Bounty
Florida’s Birding and PhotoFest
Experience northeast Florida’s abundant bird life and photogenic natural beauty by stopping by the 2012 Florida’s Birding & PhotoFest! The festival is headquartered at the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience at Marineland, located 15 miles south of St. Augustine on A1A. Discover the region’s phenomenal bird life and the abundant natural habitats that sustain them. This Festival is guaranteed to excite nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. For more information, visit Florida’s Birding and Photo Festival
Children of a Lesser God at Limelight Theatre
See this dramatic performance about a renegade teacher at a school for the deaf challenges a bitter young deaf woman who works there to learn to talk, romance-and conflict-develops. But will their strong wills tear them apart or be the very glue that binds them together? Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 730 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 13, All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military. For more information,
Saturday: April 28
Beach Walk at GTM Reserve
Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers Rick and Roz Edwards from 8:30 am to 10:30 a.m. on for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location. Learn about the animals that call the beach their home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a “Beaches 101″ experience that the entire family will enjoy. There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee. This event is FREE however, due to limited spacing reservations are requested. South Beach Parking lot located at 1640-1798 Ponte Vedra Blvd. (A1A), Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call 904-823-4500 or Register Online
Living History Days at Fort Mose
Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into 18th Century live at Fort Mose Historic State Park, the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The Living history program is weather permitting and takes 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.
Taste of St. Augustine
Savor the unique tastes of St. Augustine during this flavorful event that showcases more than 30 area restaurants’ signature dishes. All the fun takes place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S, which will be transformed into a culinary marketplace offering the participating restaurants “signature tastes” as well as cookbooks, cooking equipment and other specialty food items. Throughout the afternoon and evening restaurants are judged for the “best of” ‘upscale dining’, ‘ethnic tastes’, ‘family dining’, ‘desserts’, and ‘The People’s Choice Award’. This tasty event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Admission to the Taste of St. Augustine is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1 and 5 tickets per taste. Admission tickets also include discounts to several St. Augustine area attractions. Call 904.829.3295 or visit EPIC Community Services.
Race to the Taste
Lace up your running shoes and walk/run in this chip timed out and back race. All proceeds from Race to the Taste will benefit EPIC Community Services. The walk/run is from noon to 4 p.m., starts and ends at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340C, A1A in St. Augustine. Pre-race registration is $25 per person, includes discounts to several St. Augustine area attractions. Day of race registration is $30. Prices will be awarded in all age categories. For more information
Treasure Chest Quest
Yield to your inner pirate and go sailing with the crew of the Black Raven on a quest to capture Blackbeard’s Treasure Chest. The Black Raven will exchange cannon fire with Queen Anne’s Revenge while children learn proper sword play techniques in anticipation of a boarding. If you’re brave enough, there will booty for all! And if you’re not, you’re sure to capture a lifetime of memories. The Black Raven sails from St. Augustine Marina on this quest at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m
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.
Sam Cooke Tribute
Get nostalgic with the songs of Sam Cooke performed by Patric Robinson – You Send Me; Chain Gang; Twistin’ the Night Away and many more immortal tunes will be featured. Tickets are only $10 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Matanzas, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.824.8874
Star Party at GTM Reserve
Come gaze at the night sky and learn about our viewable star system at the GTM Research Reserve. Aclassroom presentation will begin promptly at 7p.m. followed by stargazing at the viewing stations at 8:00 p.m. It is encouraged to bring snacks, limited refreshments will be provided. Please be prepared and wear insect repellent. Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no cost for this program but a donation of $5 is suggested. THE GTM Research Resever is located at 500 Guana River Road in Ponte Vedra Beach. Space is limited so please RSVP by calling (904) 823-4500.
Saturday and Sunday: April 28 & 29
Salt Marsh Ecology Adventure
Join the Naturalists of St. Augustine Eco Tours for a fantastic 2-hour kayak program from 10am-12pm. Explore a quiet tidal creek north of historic St. Augustine in search of interesting shorebirds and elusive sea turtles. $35/paddler w/ mention of this ad. Small groups, great Guides, and safe equipment make this tour a hit with the whole family! Call (904) 377 -7245 for reservations or visit St. Augustine Eco Tours to learn more.
Annual Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibit
Stop in the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery to see this exciting juried exhibit. The exhibit, on display through May 27, represents nature in all of its beautiful forms and the wildlife that inhabit the great outdoors. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery is located at 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit call 904-824-2310.
From Farm to Table…A Cultural Experience
This week-long (through May 4) experience will educate and entertain guests with private tours of 4 local farms, cooking classes specially designed for children and adults featuring how to grow, prepare and enjoy fresh vegetables, fruits and meats, a wine-pairing class, and a fabulous dinner pairing local farms with chefs at Nocatee Community Park in Ponte Vedra on Frida, May 4. For more information, visit the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach .
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, and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. 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, Government House Museum,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.