Reenactors, craftsmen bring colonial St. Augustine to life at one-day holiday event
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Join Spanish, British, French, and Native American reenactors and historians as they bring Colonial St. Augustine to life with remarkable reenactments, authentic period costumes, and traditional crafts. The day begins at Castillo de San Marcos with a 9 a.m. flag raising and a musket and weapons check at 9:30 on the Castillo lawn. The event continues into the historic Colonial Quarter, St. Augustine’s home for all-day fun, before culminating in a torchlight parade down one of the oldest streets in the United States.
Watch as soldiers perform military drills, cannon and musket firings at the Castillo and the Colonial Quarter. Explore the Colonial Quarter Museum and find blacksmithing, leatherwork, loom weaving, cooking demonstrations and more. Plus, take part in making traditional Native American cornhusk dolls, trade bead bracelets and necklaces.
The Historic Florida Militia is a non-profit organization supporting re-created historic interpretive units and representing a number of cultures and time periods.
This annual event is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season on the Historic Coast.
Who should attend:
This event will be fun for the whole family, with crafting and entertainment available for children and rich historical activities for adults.
This event is held on the first Saturday in December and all events of the day are free and open to the public. Doors at the Colonial Quarter open at 10 a.m.
The Colonial Quarter, St. Augustine – 33 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit https://hfm.club/about/events/night-watch-for-visitors/.
About St. Johns Cultural Council
The St. Johns Cultural Council is a 501(c)(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.
About the Historic Florida Militia
The Historic Florida Militia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit umbrella organization supporting re-created historic interpretive units and representing a number of cultures and time periods. As such, all HFM member companies are non-for-profit also. For more information, visit https://hfm.club.