Performing Arts and Live Music Guide
The performing arts are one of the many ways to experience the arts and culture of St. Augustine, from award-winning classical performers and community theater to a thriving live music scene. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine arts or looking to unwind, with this guide you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.
The Amp - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
This 4,000-seat Amphitheater is seated in the beautiful Anastasia State Park, where it hosts world-renowned musicians, events and farmers markets.
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Formerly serving as a community church, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall has since been restored and serves the community in a new way. The venue hosts concerts, orchestras, comedy shows and more.
Don’t forget to check out these great venues while you’re in town!
Romanza Festivale of the Arts | May
With the tagline: “It’s not one thing, it’s everything!” They couldn’t be more honest! At this two-week festival, held in early May, you’ll experience more art than you thought possible. Live music, dance performances, theater, cuisine, and displays of heritage and culture from the guest talent.
INSIDER'S TIP:Don’t miss the Gamble Rogers Festival! This weekend-long festival typically falls on the opening of the Romanza Festival, so make it a day and see what both have to offer!
Roscolusa Songwriters Festival | April/May
Roscolusa brings hit singer/songwriters from Nashville to sunny Florida, where visitors can see pop music performed by the original songwriters themselves. Hear songs written for stars like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, and learn the stories behind them.
St. Augustine Music Festival | June
Spend two weeks experiencing classical music in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Not only is the Basilica a national landmark, but also home to the oldest congregation in the United States. Experience music and historic architecture at the nation’s largest free classical music festival.
Sing Out Loud Festival | September
St. Augustine’s growing community of songwriters and musicians needed a way to showcase their talent in a big way. And the Sing Out Loud Festival was born. Every weekend in September, on stages throughout the city, this music festival brings together both national and local musicians and songwriters.
Live Music in Historic Downtown
Live music thrives on any given night in St. Augustine, thanks to a tight network of talented local musicians, many with national and international acclaim.
Prohibition Kitchen’s speakeasy atmosphere complements nightly live jazz, folk and big band sounds. O.C. White’s historic home setting offers a relaxing brunch, lunch or dinner with waterfront views and live music on the patio. For the trendy cocktail aficionado, Odd Birds is a watering hole with rare spirits, small bites and live music with a focus on jazz, Latin and tropical beats. Situated in an old house, Stogies Jazz Club and Cigar Bar features music every night, with upstairs and downstairs lounges and premiere cigars for unwinding. A hidden gem, Colonial Oak Music Park is nestled along St. George Street with free weekly concerts and serves as the largest outdoor music venue in downtown.
For the self-proclaimed night owls, these local spots keep the drinks flowing and the good times rolling until 2 a.m.: Scarlett O’hara’s, Tradewinds Lounge, Barley Republic Public House, Meehan’s Irish Pub, and Bar with No Name. Find out about more live music here.
Live Music at the Beaches
For a chic evening in Ponte Vedra Beach, enjoy live music at Nona Blue or visit Restaurant Medure after sampling from their extensive wine list and menu featuring global cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Or on Anastasia Island, get funky at Sarbez!, an eclectic café famous for its gourmet grilled cheeses, craft beer, zany spirit and local live music until 2 a.m.
Local Performing Arts
From Cabaret to Oklahoma, Limelight produces eight shows a season in its intimate black box theater. Limelight is St. Augustine’s only year-round theater, known for its flamboyant musicals and comedies. Paired with dinner at The Raintree nearby, it’s an evening sure to make you smile.
First Coast Opera
First Coast Opera is the premier opera company in Northeast Florida, known for its balance of unwavering commitment to artistic excellence while developing local and regional talent. Typically running four shows from October to March, they also run family opera events during the season.
St. Augustine Orchestra
See this 80-member orchestra perform in what was once the bottom of the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. The St. Augustine Orchestra is one of the longest running cultural entities in St. Augustine.
EMMA Concert Association
The EMMA Concert Association brings a variety of classical concerts and events to St. Augustine throughout the year. From the Gainesville Orchestra to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the organization offers a variety of musical and dance performances for every age range.
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The performing arts are one of the many ways to experience the arts and culture of St. Augustine, from award-winning classical performers and community theater to a thriving live music scene. Whether you're a connoisseur of fine arts or looking to unwind, with this guide you're sure to find something to suit your tastes.
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