ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The New Year is the perfect time to dive into events and experiences celebrating St. Augustine’s vibrant art and history. Explore all the St. Augustine area has to offer with events ranging from art exhibits, concerts, food and musical festivals, and movie screenings. Here is a selection of events in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches January through May.
Ponte Vedra Artisan Market
Nov. 16, 2018 – Jan. 12
This special holiday exhibition and arts market includes many unique artists who will be showcasing their work at affordable prices. Location: The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. For more information, call (904) 280-0614 or visit https://ccpvb.org/cultural-center-exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/item/86-jcva.
History on the Streets Saunter
Join the historic reenactment community as they conduct a Saunter along Saint George Street and the historic area in Saint Augustine. The reenactors will talk about Saint Augustine’s history dating back to its founding in 1565. Location: Saint George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, visit https://hfm.club/.
Saint Augustine Film Festival
Have your imagination challenged at the 9th Annual St. Augustine Film Festival, a four-day event featuring a collection of unique international film projects from France, Italy, Denmark, Argentina and Greece. Location: 36 Granada Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (904) 461-3993 or visit www.staugfilmfest.com.
“More Like an Esplanade” Exhibition
Jan. 18 – Feb. 21
This group exhibition is at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College, and is curated by Staci Bu Shea. Location: 48 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (904) 826-8530 or visit https://www.flagler.edu/information-for/community-members/arts–culture/crisp-ellert-art-museum/.
Spectacular Seafood Supper
Come learn to cook amazing seafood, during this cooking class at Rype & Readi Golf Bistro. Location: 4900 Cypress Links Blvd., Elkton, FL 32033. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (904) 209-0360 or visit http://www.rypeandreadi.com/.
St. Augustine Black Heritage & Civil Rights Tours
Take a journey through St. Augustine’s black history on a 90-minute walking tour that showcases rich heritage and shares knowledge of over 400 years of African American History. The tour is offered free on select Saturdays, for individual public bookings. Location: 4 Granada Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (904) 825-0087 or visit http://www.staugustineblackheritagetours.com/.
Festival de San Agustin
Celebrating the 500th birthday of Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of Saint Augustine, The Historic Florida Militia hosts a weeklong celebration with reenactments, a documentary film, and a lively and colorful Paseo parade featuring large papier-mâché heads and historically clad participants. On February 9th, watch and participate in demonstrations and instruction from the Spanish colonial period of the 16th century including weapons demonstrations, artillery, armor, clothing, crafts, culinary arts, and religious practices from St. Augustine’s early history. For more information, visit www.historiccoastculture.com/event/festival-de-san-agustin/.
St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
Enjoy Spanish wine, cuisine and culture, while celebrating the 500th birthday of Pedro Menéndez, and learning about St. Augustine’s Spanish history. Location: River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (904) 460-8763 or visit https://www.spanishwinefestival.com/.
St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival
Take in the sights, sounds and tastes of centuries of European history. Celtic clans from around the world show their ancestral pride, while Highland games athletes demonstrate their mind-boggling strength. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the streets of the Oldest City’s Historic District, and vendors offer up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts. Friday, a special whiskey tasting teaches the history and facts of many varieties of whiskey. Live music and dance performed throughout the festival. Location: Francis Field, West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (904) 315-8061 or visit www.celticstaugustine.com.
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival
Mar. 22- Mar.24
St. Augustine Lions Foundation hosts the 38th annual festival featuring varieties of delicious seafood, live entertainment, family fun, and over 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. Free admission for children 15 and under. Location: Francis Field West Castillo Dr. Saint Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (904) 829-1753 or visit www.lionsfestival.com.
Opening of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop through Hastings
Celebrate the opening celebration of the 20.8-mile multi-use recreational trail through the Tri-County Agricultural Area between Vermont Heights and Palatka. Come experience the opening of the SJR2C Loop that is expected to attract 1,000 bicyclists a week. Location: North Main Street, Hastings, FL 32145. For more information, call (386) 547-0395 or visit https://sjr2c.org/.
The 23nd Annual Taste of St. Augustine Festival
This event has grown to be the city’s premier outdoor food festival, featuring exciting “tastes” from over 20 of St. Augustine’s best restaurants. A live music festival all day, special children’s area and a culinary marketplace add to the fun and excitement. Location: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080. For more information, visit http://www.epicbh.org/taste-of-st-augustine/.
Plein Air Paint Out
April 23-May 3
A 10-day citywide St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out, presented by the St. Augustine Art Association. The event is open to local, regional and national artists. “En plein air” is a French term for painting in the open air. The outdoor practice of creating art from observation was developed in the mid-19th century and flourishes today. The Plein Air Task Force, the St Augustine Art Association and the St Johns Cultural Council have published a website, www.stjohnspleinair.com, that provides information for artists on appropriate locations and any restrictions that impact plein air painting in St. Johns County. Please refer to this site. For more information, call (904) 824-2310 or visit www.staaa.org/pleinair.
St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts
An extraordinary celebration of arts and culture. The Festivale showcases St. Augustine’s music, dance, theater, art, cuisine, heritage and romance. Featured are concerts, street fairs, the Romanza Parade, plays, re-enactments, lectures, workshops, tours, exquisite dining opportunities and much more. Location: Various events at unique venues around the city. For more information, visit www.visitstaugustine.com/topics/romanza.
AGOSA’s First Friday Art Walk
First Friday of Every Month
Come see beautiful art and mingle with the artists, at the First Friday Art Walk sponsored by Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA). Location: St Augustine Downtown & Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (832) 779-2781 or visit https://www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com/.
Lightner Museum Curator Tours
First Wednesday of Each Month
The Lightner Museum offers special behind-the-scenes Curator Tours at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The themed, interactive tours give participants an opportunity to see artifacts that aren’t on public display. The tour offers guests an intimate encounter with a select few of the Lightner’s eclectic relics. Location: Lightner Museum, 75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL. For more information, call (904) 824-2874 or visit www.lightnermuseum.org.
Spring Performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Spring performances include Indigo Girls on February 9, Joan Osborne singing the songs of Bob Dylan on March 21, Edwin McCain on April 17, and many more. Location: 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082. For more information, call (904) 209-0399 or visit www.pvconcerthall.com.
Spring Concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Featured performances at the eco-friendly include Keiko Matsui: Celebrating 30 Years in Music on February 14, The Avett Brothers on March 7, Kane Brown on April 13, Santana on April 20, 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.
Spring Performances by EMMA Concert Association
Spring performances include the Chicago Tap Theatre on January 26, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on March 30, and many more. Location: Flagler College-Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (904) 797-2800 or visit www.emmaconcerts.com.
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About St. Johns Cultural Council
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.