Tag: St. Augustine Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

A- Overview:
With its old-world charm, unique attractions and delightful dining and shopping options, it’s easy to see why “The Nation’s Oldest City” is one of Florida’s top vacation destinations. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is America’s oldest permanently settled European city. Whether visitors want to explore old lifestyles and long-ago wars, marvel at unique oddities, or see reenactments of days gone by, this historical city will provide an entire vacation’s worth of activities. Many tours of the city are available by horse-drawn carriage, train or trolley. Area events are known for their pageantry and individual charm.

Visitors to this historic American city feel like they have stepped back in time as they stroll down St. George Street in St. Augustine’s historical district. Hundreds of shops, landmarks and specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods and wooden crafts, or resort and beach wear, and await the vacationer. With more than 35 antique shops and 20 art galleries, a bounty of treasures – from original creations by local artisans to valuable heirlooms – await discovery throughout 144 blocks of historic homes and sites.

Popular golf and tennis facilities are nearby, as well as boating and fishing. World Golf Village features two world-class resorts, two championship golf courses, unique shopping and dining and is the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. A few minutes away across the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine Beach, with its smooth, sandy shores, is a popular seaside destination. Nearby Ponte Vedra Beach is home to some of the most outstanding resorts in the country, with first-class golf and tennis facilities.

Families will find much to see and do in the nation’s oldest city. From popular attractions, such as 3D World and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, to water-based activities, including jet skiing, sailing and fishing, kids of all ages will delight in St. Augustine.

This coastal city also affords its visitors virtually perfect weather, year round. Winter tends to be the busiest time of year; however, due to it’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and historic significance, virtually anytime of year can be wonderful for visitors. In the winter, with the daytime temperatures reaching the high 60’s F to the low 70’s F, it’s a perfect time to explore the many historic sites throughout the city. Spring brings warmer temperatures and additional sunshine making it a good time for a nice meal followed by a walk through any of the areas dotted with historical buildings. Summer can be warm with the temperature often exceeding 90 F, but with a warm breeze coming off the Atlantic, it is quite comfortable. Fall is ideal for taking advantage of the numerous events taking place, or just relaxing with a good book. Whatever the season and whatever the reason for a visit, historic St. Augustine is waiting with a warm breeze.

B- City Information:
Population: 11,592

Elevation: 5 feet above sea level

Land Area: 8.4 square miles

Location: Located in the northeastern section of Florida, near the Georgia border

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in St. Augustine, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). St. Augustine observes daylight savings time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
55.5
57.3
62.4
67.8
74.0
78.8
80.8
80.1
78.2
71.9
64.7
58.0

High temperature (°F)
65.5
67.5
72.0
77.5
82.6
86.8
89.0
87.6
85.0
79.5
73.4
67.2

Low temperature (°F)
45.6
47.1
52.9
58.0
65.3
70.8
72.5
72.6
71.4
64.3
56.1
48.7

Precipitation (in)
3.2
2.9
3.9
2.6
3.1
5.3
4.5
5.9
6.5
4.5
2.3
2.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
8
7
8
6
8
14
14
15
13
9
7
7

Wind speed (mph)
7.8
8.4
8.8
8.3
7.8
7.2
6.6
6.3
7.0
7.5
7.3
7.2

Morning humidity (%)
89
88
88
88
88
88
89
91
93
91
91
89

Afternoon humidity (%)
59
55
52
50
52
58
60
62
64
61
59
60

Sunshine (%)
58
62
68
73
70
66
65
64
58
60
60
54

Days clear of clouds
9
9
9
10
9
5
5
5
5
10
10
9

Partly cloudy days
8
7
9
10
12
13
14
15
12
9
9
8

Cloudy days
14
12
13
9
10
12
12
11
13
12
11
14

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Winter tends to be the busiest time of year in this historic Florida coastal city. However, due to it’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and historic significance, virtually anytime of year can be wonderful for visitors. In the winter, with the daytime temperatures reaching the high 60’s F to the low 70’s F, it’s a perfect time to explore the many historic sites throughout the city. Spring brings warmer temperatures and additional sunshine making it a good time for a nice meal followed by a walk through any of the areas dotted with historical buildings. Summer can be warm with the temperature often exceeding 90 F, but with a warm breeze coming off the Atlantic, it is quite comfortable. Fall is ideal for taking advantage of the numerous events taking place, or just relaxing with a good book. Whatever the season and whatever the reason for a visit, historic St. Augustine is waiting with a warm breeze.

How to Get There:

By Air

The closest airport to St. Augustine is Jacksonville International Airport

2400 Yankee Clipper Dr,

Jacksonville FL 32218

904-630-3080

The airport is located approximately 40 miles south of St. Augustine and is served by many of the nationally known airlines as well as certain international, local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus service are available at the airport.

By Car

The major route into St. Augustine from the north and south is Interstate 95. Scenic Highway, U.S. 1 is also convenient.

By Train

Amtrak

The closest Amtrak station is located in Jacksonville, approximately 40 miles from St. Augustine. Rental car service is available near the depot.

3570 Clifford Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32209

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

1711 Dobbs Road

St Augustine, FL 32084

904-829-6401

How to Get Around:

When visiting the downtown area, the easiest way to get around is to walk. For all other areas, a car is by far the best means of transportation. There is also a sightseeing train available at a cost for visiting the main landmarks. There is no public transportation.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Colonial Spanish Quarter

53 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32085
904-825-6830

Hours: Open Year-Round, daily 9am – 5:30pm

Admission Charged

This living history museum brings to life the world of the early Spanish colonists in a military town. Visit with the soldiers and their families and learn about their daily lives. You may also meet various craftspeople, such as a candle maker, leatherworker, herbalist, blacksmith or carpenter.

Ghost Tours of St. Augustine

4 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-461-1009

Hours: Open Year-Round; Tours: Sun. – Thurs. 8pm, Fri. – Sat. 8pm and 9:30pm; Memorial Day – Labor Day: 8pm and 9:30pm

Admission Charged

St. Augustine’s original ghost tour company, offering 4 great tours. “A Ghostly Experience” evening walking tour that started it all; “Haunted Lighthouse” eerie walk at the lighthouse; “Ghosts of the Matanzas” entertaining cruise aboard the 72′ Schooner Freedom – “there be pirates here”; and “Shadows of the Past,” a ride aboard the Grey Ghost Train and entry to the Haunted Castle and Old Schoolhouse.

Harbor Shuttle of St. Augustine

Oyster Creek Marina
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-501-4249
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Scenic harbor cruises and water transportation service features evening pirate treasure hunt cruises and eco-tours.

Lightner Museum

75 King St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-2874
Hours: Open Year-Round except Christmas day; daily, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Exhibits of diverse 19th century decorative arts and fine arts are found in the Lightner Museum. Featured are collections of glass, porcelain, toys, natural history, Victorian collectibles and mechanical musical instruments. The museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, an 1888 National Register Building.

Museum of Weapons & Early American History

81-C King St.
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3727

Admission Charged

The Museum of Weapons & Early American History exhibits swords, rifles, muskets, pistols, and unusual firearms. See shipwreck artifacts, Native American artifacts and various curiosities of the 16th through 19th centuries. View President Tylers piano and one of Florida’s finest Civil War exhibit. Everything is authentic! The Museum is a harmonious blend of historically significant items and a moving reminder of the past.

Old Florida Museum

254 D San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-8874
Hours: Open year round, 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Old Florida Museum – St. Augustine’s “hands-on” museum. What better way to compare one period of history to another than through the daily living activities, everyday objects, and recreational pastimes of its people? Games, food, weapons and tools convey the story of how life changed – and how it remained the same from Indian to Pioneer times in old Florida. Old Florida Museum also specializes in Educational programs. Visit the Old Florida General Store specializing in old fashioned gifts and toys.

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine

167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-829-3800

Hours: Open year round, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The tour covers over 100 sights of interest and has 20 stops where you can hop on or off to sightsee, shop or dine. The tour includes a three-day pass onboard the trolley, free tickets to the Florida Heritage Museum, and a free pass on the St. Augustine Beach Bus for all of your transportation needs. “See the best first” onboard a green and orange trolley. Board at the Old Jail complex located at 167 San Marco Avenue. Free parking available.

Oldest House Museum Complex

14 St. Francis St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-2872

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Oldest House Museum Complex features the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, Florida’s oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling. The complex also includes the Manucy Museum, the only exhibit in St. Augustine covering 400 years of the city’s history; the Museum of Florida’s Military, an exhibition gallery with rotating exhibits, an ornamental garden, picnic tables, and the Museum Store, which carries unique items and an outstanding selection of books relating to the history of the area.

The Oldest Wooden School House in the USA

14 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-0192

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Let your first lesson in history begin at The Oldest Wooden School House. The Professor invites you into his classroom to teach you what school life was like over 200 years ago. Compare your school days with those of the old days. The wooden building is one of St. Augustine’s oldest surviving structures. Originally built as a home in the 1700’s, antique furnishings from that period are displayed in the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Enjoy the beautiful garden. Free Diploma upon Graduation.

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth

11 Magnolia Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3168
Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Nation’s first chapter in history begins at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. Observe foundations and artifacts of the first St. Augustine mission and colony. Discover navigational techniques used by early explorers in their Planetarium. View the first 100 years of Spanish Exploration during the Discovery Globe presentation. Witness Indian Life in their Timucuan 1580 Exhibit. Enjoy a drink from the fabled Fountain of Youth Spring as you stroll about the beautiful gardens.

Potter’s Wax Museum

17 King St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-9056
Hours: Open Year-Round; Sun. – Thurs. 9am – 5pm, Fri. – Sat. 9am – 9pm

Admission Charged

George L. Potter’s famous collection of lifelike wax figures awaits you. Fun and educational, you’ll interact with over 160 “cool” wax stars. New additions all the time. See the comical theater show and working artist’s studio.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum

19 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-1606

Hours: Open daily, 9am – 8pm

Admission Charged
The original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum features over 800 exhibits of unique and unusual oddities and curiosities, many from Robert Ripley’s private collection. Ripley’s St. Augustine is in the “Castle Warden,” an 1887 historic Moorish Revival-style mansion located at the edge of St. Augustine’s historic district. Explore our interactive galleries and cultural artifacts then stop in the new Cargo Hold Gift Shop featuring exciting merchandise from around the world.

Scenic & Historic A1A Scenic Highway

St. Augustine, FL 32085
904-823-2519

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Approx. 52 mi. along A1A from the Duval County/St. Johns County line to the St. Johns/Flagler County line.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

999 Anastasia Blvd. (S. A1A Hwy.)
St. Augustine, FL 32080
904-824-3337

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

One of Florida’s oldest and finest attractions featuring the rare white alligator. See all 23 species of crocodilians from around the world, and an array of exotic birds and animals. The natural bird rookery is considered one of the best viewing spots for wading and nesting birds in the country.

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

81 Lighthouse Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
904-829-0745

Hours: Open daily, 9am – 6pm

Admission Charged

Discover St. Augustine’s rich maritime history at the site of Florida’s first lighthouse. Climb the 165-foot tall tower for a breathtaking view of historic downtown and the beaches. Enjoy living history activities, shipwreck artifacts and interactive exhibits in the beautifully restored Victorian keepers’ house museum. New in 2004 – “From Beans to Bullets” features artifacts from the 1874 shipwreck of the British supply sloop “Industry.”

St. Augustine Scenic Cruise

St. Augustine Municipal Marina
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-1806

Hours: Open year round, except Christmas Day; Cruises: 11am, 1pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:30pm. Extended summer hours.

Admission Charged

Relax and enjoy a one hour and fifteen minute cruise aboard the Victory III. Departs daily from the Municipal Marina, in downtown St. Augustine. Enjoy a unique view of St. Augustine available only from the water. Narrated tours provide an incomparable way to enjoy St. Augustine’s historic landmarks and natural sites of interest.

St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains

170 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-6545

Hours: Open year round except Christmas Day, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

A narrated tour with stops at all major attractions, historical sites, restaurants and shopping. Choose from seven optional tour plans. Regular tour ticket includes conducted seven-mile train tour of Old City with unlimited on and off privileges at over 20 stops for three consecutive days. Minimum time, one hour. Package tours with discounted attraction tickets included. Call for complimentary shuttle to and from your hotel. Plenty of free parking.

The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

41 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-8205

Hours: Open daily except Christmas Day and Eastern Sunday; 9am – 5pm

Admission Free

The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is a living memorial to the first Greek settlers on the American continent and to all the Greek Orthodox pioneers whose love of freedom and desire for a better life for themselves and their children brought them to this new world.

Whetstone Chocolates Factory Tour

2 Coke Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32086

904-825-1700
Hours: Open year round except major holidays, call for exact hours

Admission Free and Free Sample

Tours are free, everyone receives a free sample. Self-guided tour includes a 15-minute DVD and a walk through the factory where you’ll see chocolates being made. Guided tours available for groups of 15 or more, call 904-825-1700 x 24. Allow one hour for tour and shopping in outlet store.

World Gold Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater

One World Golf Pl.
St. Augustine, FL 32092
904-940-4123

Open Year-Round except Christmas and Thanksgiving

Hours: Hall of Fame: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 6pm; Sun. noon – 6pm. Call for IMAX show times: 904-940-IMAX

Admission Charged

Celebrating the game, its history and its players, the World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the greatest contributors and players in the game. The Hall features historical and interactive exhibits that enable visitors to experience some of golf’s most exciting moments. Several special exhibits open each year. The adjacent IMAX Theater is a larger-than-life adventure where the visitor becomes part of the experience.

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

20 Aviles St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3575

Hours: Open year round except major holidays, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

X-perience one of St. Augustine’s most authentic historic sites, a 19th Century haven for sea captains and soldiers, writers and rebels, tourists and travelers. Fragrant orange trees introduce visitors to this remarkably preserved inn. Learn about Seminoles and statehood, food and fashion, bathing and bed bugs. Displays include a rare ca. 1650 Caravaca Cross. A National Historic Landmark, south of the Plaza.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Ghost Tours of St. Augustine

4 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-461-1009

Hours: Open Year-Round; Tours: Sun. – Thurs. 8pm, Fri. – Sat. 8pm and 9:30pm; Memorial Day – Labor Day: 8pm and 9:30pm

Admission Charged

St. Augustine’s original ghost tour company offers 4 great tours. “A Ghostly Experience” evening walking tour that started it all; “Haunted Lighthouse” eerie walk at the lighthouse; “Ghosts of the Matanzas” entertaining cruise aboard the 72′ Schooner Freedom – “there be pirates here”; and “Shadows of the Past,” a ride aboard the Grey Ghost Train and entry to the Haunted Castle and Old Schoolhouse.

Harbor Shuttle of St. Augustine

Oyster Creek Marina
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-501-4249
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Scenic harbor cruises and water transportation service featuring evening pirate treasure hunt cruises and eco-tours.

Museum of Weapons & Early American History

81-C King St.
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3727

Admission Charged

The Museum of Weapons & Early American History exhibits swords, rifles, muskets, pistols, and unusual firearms. See shipwreck artifacts, Native American artifacts and various curiosities of the 16th through 19th centuries. View President Tylers piano and one of Florida’s finest Civil War exhibit. Everything is authentic! The museum is a harmonious blend of historically significant items and a moving reminder of the past.

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine

167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

904-829-3800

Hours: Open year round, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The tour covers over 100 sights of interest and has 20 stops where you can hop on or off to sightsee, shop or dine. The tour includes a three-day pass onboard the trolley, free tickets to the Florida Heritage Museum, and a free pass on the St. Augustine Beach Bus for all of your transportation needs. “See the best first” onboard a green and orange trolley. Board at the Old Jail complex located at 167 San Marco Avenue. Free parking available.

The Oldest Wooden School House in the USA

14 St. George St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-0192

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Let your first lesson in history begin at The Oldest Wooden School House. The Professor invites you into his classroom to teach you what school life was like over 200 years ago. Compare your school days with those of the old days. The wooden building is one of St. Augustine’s oldest surviving structures. Originally built as a home in the 1700’s, antique furnishings from that period are displayed in the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Enjoy the beautiful garden. Free Diploma upon Graduation.

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth

11 Magnolia Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-3168
Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Nation’s first chapter in history begins at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. Observe foundations and artifacts of the first St. Augustine mission and colony. Discover navigational techniques used by early explorers in their Planetarium. View the first 100 years of Spanish Exploration during the Discovery Globe presentation. Witness Indian Life in the Timucuan 1580 Exhibit. Enjoy a drink from the fabled Fountain of Youth Spring as you stroll about the beautiful gardens.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum

19 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-1606

Hours: Open daily, 9am – 8pm

Admission Charged
The original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum features over 800 exhibits of unique and unusual oddities and curiosities, many from Robert Ripley’s private collection. Ripley’s St. Augustine is in the “Castle Warden,” an 1887 historic Moorish Revival-style mansion located at the edge of St. Augustine’s historic district. Explore the interactive galleries and cultural artifacts then stop in the new Cargo Hold Gift Shop featuring exciting merchandise from around the world.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

999 Anastasia Blvd. (S. A1A Hwy.)
St. Augustine, FL 32080
904-824-3337

Hours: Open year round, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

One of Florida’s oldest and finest attractions featuring the rare white alligator. See all 23 species of crocodilians from around the world, and an array of exotic birds and animals. The natural bird rookery is considered one of the best viewing spots for wading and nesting birds in the country.

St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains

170 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-6545

Hours: Open year round except Christmas Day, 8:30am – 5pm

Admission Charged

A narrated tour with stops at all major attractions, historical sites, restaurants and shopping. Tours operate between 8:30 am – 5 pm. Choose from seven optional tour plans. Regular tour ticket includes conducted seven-mile train tour of Old City with unlimited on and off privileges at over 20 stops for three consecutive days. Minimum time, one hour. Package tours with discounted attraction tickets included. Call for complimentary shuttle to and from your hotel. Plenty of free parking.

Whetstone Chocolates Factory Tour

2 Coke Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32086

904-825-1700
Hours: Open year round except major holidays, call for exact hours

Admission Free and Free Sample

Tours are free, everyone receives a free sample. Self-guided tour includes a 15-minute DVD and a walk through the factory where you’ll see chocolates being made. Guided tours available for groups of 15 or more, call 904-825-1700 x 24. Allow one hour for tour and shopping in outlet store.

World Gold Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater

One World Golf Pl.
St. Augustine, FL 32092
904-940-4123

Open Year-Round except Christmas and Thanksgiving

Hours: Hall of Fame: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 6pm; Sun. noon – 6pm. Call for IMAX show times: 904-940-IMAX

Admission Charged

Celebrating the game, its history and its players, the World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the greatest contributors and players in the game. The Hall features historical and interactive exhibits that enable visitors to experience some of golf’s most exciting moments. Several special exhibits open each year. The adjacent IMAX Theater is a larger-than-life adventure where the visitor becomes part of the experience.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Annual Matanzas 5K & Fun Run

Held in late January

Location: Swing Park and Bayfront

904-797-7575

Take the lead, just keep pace or cheer from the sidelines one of St. Augustine’s most popular races. This 5K run begins from Swing Park and continues downtown along the bay front. Race begins at 9:00 a.m. and is followed by an awards ceremony.

Lighthouse Challenge

Held in late January – early February

Location: Lighthouse & Museum, Anastasia Island

904-829-0745

Test your endurance and ability with an obstacle course for visitors of all ages at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. In conjunction with Super Sunday, find out if football fans of today are as rough and ready as the lighthouse keepers of bygone days. Join a host of celebrities, football personalities and fans in tying a sailor’s knot to retrieve a key, climbing the tower to unlock instructions for the next task, finding clues hidden among the museum’s exhibits, toting oil to a waiting ship, and performing a variety of football-related tasks.

Colonial Town

Held in late January – early February

Location: Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

904-825-6830

Step back in time and see what life was like in the 1700’s with soldiers, tradesmen, artisans, and their families going through typical daily activities. Includes extended activities in the Colonial Spanish Quarter and costumed “townsfolk” at large in the city ready to answer questions.

Annual Saint Photios National Shrine Pilgrimage

Held in late January

Location: St. Photios Shrine

904-829-8205

Join the annual pilgrimage celebrating the feast of the patron of the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine. Religious services will be conducted on Saturday evening and Sunday morning at the Saint Photios Chapel on St. George Street, followed by the National Shrine Day Luncheon at the Casa Monica Hotel.

St. Augustine Bed Race

Held in late January

Location: Cathedral Place

904-829-0745

Laugh at the representatives of St. Augustine Historic Inns indulging in hilarity pushing, pulling and rolling their beds on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. along Cathedral Place in historic downtown turned into a riotous race course.

February

Changing of the Guard

Held in early February

Location: Government House

904-825-1004

Relive an evening in 1740 in this reenactment of the Spanish garrison securing the town for the night. Ceremony includes a march along St. George Street and a military drill, with commands in Spanish, ending with a musket volley. Afterwards, the soldiers will interact with the public, answering questions and posing for photos.

Annual San Sebastian Winefest

Held in late February

Location: San Sebastian Winery

904-826-1594

Celebrate the new wine releases at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street. Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered. Local artists will display and sell their original work. Listen to live music in ‘The Cellar Upstairs’ Wine and Jazz Bar throughout the entire weekend on the open-air deck. A selection of San Sebastian wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers are available for purchase.

March

Native American Indian Festival

Held in early March

Location: Francis Field

888-277-0188

Sample buffalo stew, roasted corn and other Indian food at this annual outdoor event that features the food, music, art and craftsmanship of Native Americans.

Menorcan Heritage Celebration

Held in early March

Location: Oldest House Complex

904-824-2872

Celebrate Menorcan culture with mullet net making, weavers, children’s games, Menorcan family photos, story telling, real Menorcan clam chowder, rice pilaf, fromajardes cakes and more.

The Sack of St. Augustine: Captain Robert Searle’s Raid of 1668

Held in early March

Location: Fountain of Youth Park

904-829-9792

Relive a calamitous day in history as the Historic Florida Militia reenacts the Sack of St. Augustine in 1668. From their encampment at Fountain of Youth Park, where visitors can see, examine and photograph 17th century arms, equipment and even food, the buccaneers travel by boat and land on the bay side of the Downtown Plaza. Spanish troops and frightened citizens flee up St. George Street to the Santo Domingo Redoubt at Cordova and Orange Streets, where a battle commences. Unable to capture the Redoubt, the buccaneers.

Annual Lions Club Seafood Festival

Held in mid March

Location: Francis Field on Castillo Drive

904-829-1753

Sample seafood prepared by culinary lions. The festival also includes an RV show, hot air balloon rides, Bluegrass music, and an arts & crafts show. All proceeds benefit Lions Club charities.

Annual Lighthouse Festival & Michelob Ultra 5K

Held in mid March

Location: St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

904-829-0745

The historic Light Station will offer something for everyone, including living history activities, live entertainment, pony rides, children’s games and crafts, a variety of refreshments, and even a baked goods contest. The Annual Michelob Ultra Twilight 5K Run begins at 4:30 p.m. on the road in front of the Keeper’s House. Advance registration is required to take part in the 5K Run.

Rhythm and Ribs Festival

Held in mid March

Location: St. Francis Field on Castillo Drive

904-797-7924

Stomp your feet and smack your lips at this annual festival featuring championship BBQ dishes from around the country. A variety of outstanding entertainment throughout the weekend at St. Francis Field on Castillo Drive. Shuttles from Downtown and San Sebastian Winery.

Blessing of the Fleet

Held in mid March

Location: City Marina

904-825-1004

Witness a ceremony that dates back hundreds of years as those that take to the sea, in commercial and pleasure craft alike, receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The event draws thousands each Palm Sunday to watch as watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft, all decorated with flags and bunting, receive this special blessing. Ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica to the City Marina.

St. Augustine Easter Parade

Held on Easter Sunday

Location: Downtown

904-824-7722

Join the parade of marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, Royal Family and the city’s carriage horses wearing hats donated by nationally recognized women. Begins at 3:00 p.m. and winds through downtown St. Augustine. Trophies presented in four categories.

April

Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

Held in early April

Location: Francis Field on Castillo Drive

904-824-2310

Admission Free

Look for something new to please your taste when more than 130 artists display their creations at the Special Events Field on Castillo Drive during this two-day festival. Opens at 10:00 a.m. with a free shuttle running between the Downtown Plaza and the event field until 5:00 p.m. each day. Food and beverages available.

Epic Celebration of Spring

Held in mid April

Location: Varies

904-829-2273

Call for additional information regarding individual events

Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Nation’s oldest city. An EPIC Celebration of Spring consists of four different activities focusing on food and gardening.

Annual Cabbage and Potato Festival

Held in late April

Location: Hastings Recreational Field

904-692-1420

Dig into the good and abundant food as Florida’s cabbage and potato capital celebrates its spring bounty with games and rides, arts and crafts, exhibitors, and entertainment.

May

Regalos Festival

Held in early May

Location: Varies throughout St. Augustine

904-449-1694

Liven up the weekend with a fiesta of events that feature Spanish treasures of the Americas and include visual arts, music, crafts and culture. There will be walking tours of the art present in St. Augustine’s architecture. Outdoor events include a juried art display, free jazz and folkloric performances, and more. Events sites include the Downtown Plaza, Flagler College and Café Habana.

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival

Held in early May

Location: St. Augustine Amphitheater

904-819-8700

Come and enjoy music and song at this 10th annual festival designated as a National Music and Storytelling Festival. For the general public, from Friday through Sunday, it is a non-stop musical party, complete with children’s booths, rides, food booths, a fish fry, craft demonstrators, dance floor, stories, pickin’, singing, contests, “jammin’ tent,” and more.

Annual San Sebastian Fine Art & Jazz Show

Held in early May

Location: San Sebastian Winery

888-352-9463

See and hear art when the music sounds and artists display their original works including sculpture, photography, oil paintings and watercolor. The grand-prize winner of the Fine Art Show has their work purchased by the winery for use on a commemorative and collectors’ label. One hundred cases of a San Sebastian Reserve Wine will be set aside for the special Artist Series label. Complimentary tours and wine tasting offered throughout the entire weekend. Listen to live music in ‘The Cellar Upstairs’ Wine and Jazz Bar on the open-air deck. A selection of San Sebastian wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers are available for purchase.

First Coast Birding & Nature Festival

Held in mid May

Location: St. Augustine Amphitheater

800-653-2489

Hands-on seminars and in-the-field photography workshops with noted photographers. View otherwise inaccessible North Island shore birds. Private access tour through 72,000 acre Camp Blanding’s restricted rare bird sites. Boat trips to undisturbed bird habitats. Kayak excursions. Butterfly tent with 1,000 butterflies. Nature seminars and field photography workshops. Photo tour of St. Augustine.

Annual Ponte Vedra Car Show

Held in mid May

Location: Varies

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Admission Free

View a collection of cars, with the oldest dating back to 1913, on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sawgrass Village.

Annual Memorial Weekend Cathedral Festival

Held in late May

Location: Grounds of Mission of Nombre de Dios

904-824-2806

Entertain the whole family viewing and buying arts & crafts, a flea market tent, games, rides, food court, and daily performances. Fireworks on Sunday.

Annual ‘Brass’ Community Concert

Held in late May

Location: TPC – Ponte Vedra Beach

904-285-3948

Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the music under the open sky. BRASS stands for Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra responds with this concert.

June

Drake’s Raid

Held in early June

Location: Fountain of Youth Park and Historic District

904-829-9792

Relive history as the English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, and his raiders return to St. Augustine in an authentic annual re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city. The raiders’ camp featuring displays of the arms and armor, craft skills, and lifestyle — explained by costumed interpreters — will be open to the public at the Fountain of Youth Park. In the late afternoon, Drake and his followers will descend on the city’s historic district. Early evening will witness the English attack on St. Augustine, the Spanish residents’ defense with pike and musket skirmishes and simulated destruction of the town by the invaders.

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

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Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

July

St. Augustine’s Fourth of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions

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Have a blast at one of the East Coast’s largest fireworks shows! The spectacular fireworks burst above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflect in the waters of Matanzas Bay. The 20-minute show includes a stirring soundtrack of great patriotic music.

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

904-825-1004

Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

Kingfish Challenge

Held in late July

Location: City Marina

904-824-8322

Chase the big ones in this exciting competition that offers cash and prizes for the biggest catch. Registration limited to 400 boats. It all begins at the St. Augustine City Marina located at Avenida Menendez and the Bridge of Lions.

Summer Sizzler

Held in late July

Location: St. Augustine Beach Pier Park and St. Augustine Beach

904-808-8544

Soak up the sun during a full weekend of sizzlin’ fun at the St. Augustine Beach Pavilion. Event highlights include Hobie catamaran regatta and races, sand sculpture contests, children’s carnival and water slide, Frisbee dogs, crafts, food and retail vendors, and a kite flying competition, cheered by live music! Proceeds benefit the Betty Griffin House.

August

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

904-825-1004

Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

Annual San Sebastian Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp

Held in late August

Location: San Sebastian Winery

904-826-1594

Admission Free

Get purple feet at this special festival celebrating the San Sebastian Winery’s grape harvest. Grape Stomping competitions run throughout the entire weekend with prizes awarded to the winners. Complimentary tours and wine tasting included! Listen to live music in ‘The Cellar Upstairs’ Wine and Jazz Bar on the open-air deck and enjoy a great view of St. Augustine. A selection of San Sebastian wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers are available for purchase.

September

St. Augustine Birthday Celebration

Held in early September

Location: Mission of Nombre de Dios

904-825-1004

Admission Free

Put on your 16th century party hats and help celebrate the birthday of the City of St. Augustine! The day’s events begin with a reenactment of the landing by the city’s founder, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, at the Mission of Nombre de Dios – the exact landing point of the Spanish colonists in 1565. The event ends with Mass on the site where it was first performed in what is now the United States. The day concludes with a variety of musical entertainment and birthday cake for all at the Colonial Spanish Quarter on St. George Street.

Changing of the Guard

Held late June – early September, Fridays and Saturdays

904-825-1004

Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to deploy guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts them through a rigorous inspection drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers, relieved of their duties, are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard had taken place and the town would be safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military changing of the guard takes place Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer in front of St. Augustine’s Government House.

October

Annual Greek Festival

Held in early October

Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

904-829-0504

A delicious assortment of Greek foods, pastries and beverages will be served. Enjoy nonstop entertainment with live Greek music by the Grecian Strings and dancing by colorfully costumed Greek dance troupes, and lots of authentic Greek food and drink to enjoy.

Annual St. Augustine Colonial Folk Arts & Crafts Festival

Held in early October

Location: Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

904-810-5587

Admission Free

See colonial craftspeople from throughout Florida demonstrate “Lost Arts” such as spinning, weaving, basket making, blacksmithing, pottery making and many other arts and crafts. Historical musical performances, puppetry, storytelling and much more show how entertaining the old days could be. The event takes place each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum.

November

Annual Great Chowder Debate

Held in early November

Location: Conch House Marina

904- 829-8646

Chowders of conch, clams, lobster, scallops and crab are laced with concoctions of secret spices, all leading to temptation and satisfaction at the Conch House Marina at 12:30 p.m.

Night of Lights

Held mid November – late January

Location: Along the ancient streets and historic buildings of St. Augustine

800-653-2489

Share in the holiday glow when more than two million tiny white lights will shine along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation’s oldest city. The Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting in St. Augustine reflects the city’s history while creating a beautiful setting for the holidays.

December

Grande Illumination

Held in early December

Location: St. George and Cuna Streets

904-460-9368

Carry a candle and follow the torchlight parade from the Government House to the Plaza to hear the governor’s proclamation, watch soldiers fire their muskets in salute to the season and sing Christmas carols at the Plaza. The Grande Illumination Ceremony is an impressive pageant of color and light that reflects the customs of the British when they occupied the city in the Eighteenth Century. At 3:30 p.m., all descendants of participants in the time when St. Augustine was a bastion of Tory sympathizers, as well as the offspring of the Sons of Liberty, citizens of the United States, and representatives of foreign dominions, not to mention officers and enlisted men of the British Regular Army and their ladies, are invited to partake of refreshing beverages and satisfying victuals on the North Green of Fort St. Marks (site subject to change, but ye shall find, if ye shall look). Colonial music and dancing after the tea. The British Night Watch Parade is Yuletide celebration from the American War of Independence.

Night of Lights

Held mid November – late January

Location: Along the ancient streets and historic buildings of St. Augustine

800-653-2489

Share in the holiday glow when more than two million tiny white lights shine along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation’s oldest city. The Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting in St. Augustine reflects the city’s history while creating a beautiful setting for the holidays.

St. Augustine Christmas Parade

Held in early December

Location: Downtown Plaza

904-829-5681

The annual Christmas Parade has grown to be one of the largest parades in north Florida. Features all the things a parade has to offer, including bands, cars, horses, tigers, and the arrival of Santa.

Regatta of Lights

Held in mid December

Location: Matanzas Bay

904-824-9725

Regale your eyes with a holiday parade of boats from 15 to 85 feet in length – sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and many other vessels aglitter with brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical.

St. Augustine’s Las Posadas Celebration

Held in mid December

Location: San Marco Avenue

904-826-0209

Las Posadas, a traditional Spanish candlelight procession. Participants are encouraged to bring their own candles. The procession led by Mary and Joseph parades up San Marco Ave. ending at the Mission of Nombre De Dios with a live nativity scene, live music, free refreshments, and family activities. Transportation back to the Cathedral is provided for free.

Entertainment

Limelight Theatre

11 Old Mission Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-825-1164

Call for performance schedule

Professional theater in an intimate setting. Open year ’round. See comedy, dramas, musicals and many additional productions.

Murer Watch Mystery Theatre

4320 A1A S. (at the Garden Eatery Restaurant in Ocean Gate Plaza)
St. Augustine, FL 32086
904-471-2691

Call for additional information

Enjoy music, comedy, mystery, and intrigue as professional actors perform among you as you dine. See this mystery unfold and play detective as you try to solve the crimes. Show and menu are suitable for ALL ages. Shows schedules vary; call for show dates & times. Reservations required.

St. Augustine Opera

904-797-6820

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Northeast Florida’s resident repertory opera company