ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Music. History. Culture. Experience the unique atmosphere that St. Augustine has to offer for a weekend getaway or throughout the summer. Festivals, concerts and living history reenactments await around every corner. Here is a selection of summer events presented by the St. Johns Cultural Council:
Music by the Sea
Recurring Wednesday Evenings
May 24 – Sept. 13
Twenty three different bands playing a wide variety of music, from jazz, pop, R & B, oldies, classic rock and country. Each week a local restaurant offers dinner for sale beginning at 6 p.m. with all items priced at $10 or less. At 7 p.m., a free two-hour concert takes place in the pavilion. Location: St Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 32080. For more information, call (904) 347-8007 or visit http://www.sabca.org/?page_id=8
Concerts in the Plaza
Recurring Thursday Evenings
June 1 – Aug. 31
Visitors to the historic district will delight in the sounds of an outdoor concert. This free summer concert series features local and regional bands. Concerts begin June 1 and continue all summer long on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Location: Plaza de la Constitución’s Gazebo, between Cathedral Place and King Street, just to the west of the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (904) 825-1004, or visit www.citystaug.com/concerts/index.php.
Presented at the only year-round community theatre in St. Augustine, “The Nance” recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. Location: 11 Old Mission Ave, St Augustine, 32084. For more information, call 904-825-1164 or visit http://www.oldcity.com/events/the-nance-at-limelight-theatre/2017-06-23/ .
First Friday Art Walk
Recurring on the first Friday of every month
June 2-Dec 1
Experience one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events from 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. Held rain or shine, the event is a wonderful way to explore the unique artistic side of the Nation’s Oldest City. Location: Historic Area, 80 Markland Pl, St Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (832)779-2781 or visit http://www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org/firstfridayartwalk.html .
The St. Augustine Music Festival
June 15-17 and 22-24
The St. Augustine Music Festival has gathered national attention as the largest free classical music festival in the country, attracting more than 5,000 attendees over two weekends to the historic Cathedral venue. Programs bring audiences everything from intimate solo recitals and chamber music ensembles, to full orchestral works. Performances begin each night at 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, visit www.staugustinemusicfestival.org.
The Battle of Bloody Mose
This battle, re-enacted by volunteers from Florida Living History, led to the British lifting their bloody siege and ending their attack against St. Augustine in 1740. The event will take place at Fort Mose Historic State Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be two battle re-enactments, one at noon and the other at 2 p.m. At the event, visitors can witness the live-action battle, weapons demonstrations and interact with re-enactors portraying the lives of the Spanish, British, African and Native Americans who were present in St. Augustine and Fort Mose during this period. Location: Fort Mose, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (904) 823-2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fort-Mose
Literary Lions Book Club- Author Elizabeth Randall Presents “Murder in St. Augustine”
Join friends and fellow book lovers at the June Literary Lions Book Club featuring author Elizabeth Randall. “Murder in St. Augustine” tells the tale of the mysterious murder of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley, who was allegedly attacked by a man with a machete in broad daylight on the front steps of her white mansion on Marine Street in St. Augustine. Meet the author at the St. Johns County Public Library – Main Branch, 1960 North Ponce De Leon Blvd., St Augustine, 32084. For more information call (904)827-6940 or visit http://www.sjcpls.org/branches/main-library/ .
8th Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit
July 23- August 27
Nature in all its beautiful forms and the wildlife that inhabit the great outdoors are celebrated in this dynamic gallery-wide exhibition. Top national and local artists’ works are sold for the benefit of conservation and art education efforts. Location: St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (904) 824-2310 or visit http://staaa.org.
Chad Calek presents “Sir NoFace Lives!”
Award-winning filmmaker and paranormal investigator Chad Calek will present his paranormal documentary “Sir NoFace Lives!” onscreen at 7:30 p.m. Calek claims to have finally discovered the footage that definitively proves the existence of ghosts. Get spooked at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082. For more information, call (904) 209-0399 or visit www.pvconcerthall.com.
Happy 101St Birthday National Park Service!
Celebrate the anniversary of the National Park Service with free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos. Location: 1 S Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (904) 829-6506 or visit www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm.
St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
Celebrate Spanish history in one of the nation’s oldest cities. The festival features Spanish foods and wines presented at a variety of special events and restaurants. The festival includes Vino Veritas – learn the secrets of authentic Spanish recipes and Spanish wine pairings from Spanish food and wine experts; the Grand Tasting – sample more than 100 different types of wines made in Spain; and the Batalla de Vinos – participants spray one another with wine for charity, as well as other events. Location: St. Augustine Shipyard, 117 Dockside Dr., St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, visit www.SpanishWineFestival.com.
The Founding of St. Augustine
Florida Living History, Inc., Mission Nombre de Dios and the Diocese of St. Augustine present the free, annual, historical re-enactment of the Admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles’ landing and founding of the city of St. Augustine in the year 1565. Location: Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (877) 352-4478 or visit www.floridalivinghistory.org.
Sing Out Loud Festival
Sept. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24
Lineup, Schedule and Venues TBD
See more than 130 local musicians and other national acts showcase their talent in the Sing Out Loud Festival, spanning three weekends in September. At this free event, music fans can attend over 100 performances and 150 hours of music in Downtown St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, St. Augustine Amphitheatre and more! For more information, visit www.singoutloudfestival.com.
Florida Heritage Book Festival
Each year The Florida Heritage Book Festival showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy with author presentations which promise to delight book lovers and provide inspiration for aspiring authors. Location: Flagler College, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, visit www.fhbookfest.com.
Performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Experience the captivating showmanship of Zosos – The Ultimate Led Zepplin Experience on June 8, Grammy nominated comedian Tig Notaro on June 15, legendary British rocker Dave Mason on June 16 and many more. Location: 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082. For more information, call (904) 209-0399 or visit www.pvconcerthall.com.
Concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Featured performances at the eco-friendly venue include Dirty Heads and SOJA on June 10, Reel Big Fish “The Beer Run” with The Expendable on June 12, The Gipsy Kings on June 15, Slightly Stoopid on June 22, John Mellencamp on June 24, Slayer on July 21, 311 with guests New Politics and Passafire on Aug. 2, Widespread Panic on Sept. 15-17 and many more. Location: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, 32080. For more information, call (904) 209-0367 or visit http://staugamp.sjcvenues.com.
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The St. Johns Cultural Council is a 501© (3) not-for-profit agency. Under agreement with the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, the SJCC provides arts, culture and heritage tourism destination marketing services to the county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC). Funding for marketing services comes from a portion of the county’s bed tax. For more information, call (904) 808-7330 or visit www.stjohnsculture.com.