The St. Augustine Amphitheatre was built in 1965 to commemorate St. Augustine’s 400th Anniversary as our nation’s oldest permanent European settlement. The 16-acre section of Anastasia State Park that makes up the amphitheatre grounds includes an old quarry where coquina rock was obtained to build early St. Augustine homes and commercial buildings, as well as the fort, Castillo de San Marcos. In 2002, St. Johns County made the decision to invest in refurbishing the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. After 5 years of construction and a sizeable investment, the Amphitheatre is a state of the art performing arts venue with the capacity to hold up to 4100 concert goers. A brand new conference room, 4 concession stands, a merchandise area, a large plaza, and an elaborate arboretum of walking trails make up the new facility.
The St. Johns County Cultural Events Division is proud to present its newest venue to the community: The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (PVCH), a multipurpose performing arts facility located in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach. The first phase of construction completed in Spring 2011 and successfully converted the main floor of the former Cornerstone Baptist Church into a modern performing arts facility with the flexibility to house multiple events, varying from a 450 person theatre style layout, or up to a 900 person standing room only concert hall.
Formerly the Alcazar Hotel, the Lightner Museum is located in historic downtown St. Augustine and continues the tradition of providing unique spaces for special events. Chicago publisher Otto C. Lightner opened this museum in 1948 which features a collection of mostly American “Gilded Age” artwork, antiques, curios, items of Victoriana, as well as a stained glass room by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in theCarolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area’s attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or…
Craig Thorn designed the auditorium in Spanish Renaissance style. Completed in 1991, the auditorium has a total seating capacity of 795. The revolving stage will hold up to 25,000 pounds and complete scene changes can be made in 20 seconds. The building has been sound engineered, with a state-of-the-art system with multiple amplifiers. Special effects speakers can be located anywhere in the auditorium. The upper level includes a rehearsal hall, wardrobe storage and men’s dressing room. The ground level includes a women’s dressing room, actors’ waiting room and scenery shop. Call for availability and rates.
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