This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches: August 3 – 5
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. http://www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
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