Things To Do in St Augustine FL
That are not holiday related!
thru Dec 31 Celebrating the Legacy Exhibit at Flagler College A commemorative exhibit celebrating the 125th anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine. Daily 8 am to 8 pm. 74 King Street, www.ponce125.com
thru Jan 5 New World in the Eyes of Explorers Exhibit When European explorers touched the shores of the New World, they had no idea people were living there, nor did Native Americans know that an Old World culture existed. This epic event changed the world forever. Images of the New World and its indigenous peoples and animals are some of the most fascinating documents of this cultural collision and exchange. See this and more at the New World in the Eyes of Explorers exhibition. Free, daily 9 am - 5 pm, St. Augustine Visitors Information Center,10 West Castillo Drive, StAugustine-450.com
Mondays/Fridays Lost Ships Tour Multimedia presentation presented by marine archaeologists. Visit areas of the historic light station that are off-limits for general admission visitors. See recovered artifacts that are undergoing tedious cleaning and stabilization procedures by conservators. Free time will be available to see museum exhibits in the historic Keeper's House and to also climb the 165' lighthouse. 10 am and 3 pm, $24 pp, advance reservations required, 81 Lighthouse Avenue, 829.0745, www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays Historic Weapons Demonstrations National Parks Service personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in the 1740s. 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm. $7 for adults, children 15 and under free. Castillo de San Marcos, Avenida Menendez, https://nps.gov/casa
thru Dec 31 Viva Florida Exhibit at St Augustine Art Association Florida's 500th Anniversary year concludes with this popular exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association celebrating the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida. Free, Tuesday-Saturday noon - 4 pm, Sunday 2-5 pm. 22 Marine Street, 824.2310, www.staaa.org
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday thru Dec 17 Wooden Boatbuilding Demonstrations Traditional wooden boatbuilding techniques are demonstrated Boatworks volunteers. 9 am-noon, $9.75 adults, $7.75 seniors, children under 12 free (price includes admission to Lighthouse and Museum also). 81 Lighthouse Avenue, 829.0745, www.StAugustineLighthouse.com
Dec 4 Lightner Museum Curator Tours On the first Wednesday of each month, enjoy a Lightner Museum curator exclusive encounter with some of the museum's eclectic relics. Different tour each month, included in the regular admission price of $10 adults; active duty military $6; $5 college students and young people ages 12-18; free for under 12. 10 am. 75 King Street, 2nd floor. 824.2874, www.lightnermuseum.org
Dec 5 Discover First America Lecture Series "Calling All Tories and Patriots, Too! Towne Meeting" The Brits will take over Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the beginning of British rule in Florida and the eve of St. Augustine's annual British Nightwatch. Jesse Fish, a British Colonial entrepreneur and opportunist, will keep the audience on its toes with his unique mannerisms and wit. Daniel Schafer, British Colonial scholar and professor emeritus at the University of North Florida, will recount life and politics in British St. Augustine. The evening will conclude with colonial dance and demonstrations. Free, St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees. Doors open at 6 pm for seating, lobby displays, information and book signings; lecture begins at 7 pm. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, http://staugustine-450.com/discover-first-america-adventure-program-returns-nov-6-2013/
Dec 6 First Friday Art Walk Enjoy exhibits, musical entertainment, and refreshments at 20+ St Augustine art galleries. Free parking at San Sebastian Winery/157 King Street. Free trains and trolleys to the art district. 5-9 pm. 829.0065 www.ArtGalleriesOfStAugustine.com
Dec 7 39th Annual British Night Watch: Encampment and Grande Illumination The British Night Watch is an historic reenactment commemorating the British Period of St Augustine. The main feature of the event is the British Night Watch--a Grande Illumination Parade. Experience an encampment of British Troops, period Sutlers (vendors), and various historic persons at Francis Field. There will be a day full of activities, and at 7 pm, you’ll want to head to the West Garden of the Basilica Cathedral to get your candles (available by way of your donation); at 7:30 the Fife & Drum Corps concert will set the stage as you prepare to march behind the British Redcoats at 8 pm as they secure St Augustine (or you can just watch). The parade will conclude at Government House with muskets firing and volleys of joy and then caroling in the Plaza. Visit www.britishnightwatch.org for the full event schedule.
Dec 7 Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park Park rangers or volunteers present programs on topics ranging from bird watching to star-gazing. Admission to the park $8 per vehicle. 461.2033, 1340 A1A South, www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Dec 8 Free Live Music at St Augustine Beach Sculpture Garden Bring a picnic and enjoy free music by local band Lonesome Bert and The Skinny Lizards, 4 to 6 pm, Lakeside Park, 2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, 824.4493, www.st-augustine-sculpture-garden.org
Dec 10 Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: Money, Power, and the New Woman in the Gilded Age Dr. Judith Burdan presents this lecture as part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125th Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler's Ponce de Leon Hotel. Reservations required, space limited. $5 pp, 10 am, the lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception. Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King Street. 923.3378 www.flagler.edu/our-community/events/community-lecture-series/index.html
Dec 13-27 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves to reclaim Erebor.$13 pp, World Golf Hall of Fame 3D IMAX Theater, One World Golf Place, 940.4133, www.WorldGolfIMAX.com
Dec 14 Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument Authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. 10:30 am-3:30 pm, 471.0116, 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine, https://nps.gov/foma
Dec 14 Changing of the Guard Ceremony The St. Augustine Spanish Garrison conducts a 1740 Changing of the Guard Ceremony in the city's Plaza de la Constitucion. Soldiers will march from the Spanish Bakery to the City Gate and to the Governor's House where they will demonstrate Spanish military arts and explain the purpose of the Changing of the Guard. 5:30, http://historic-florida-militia.org/upcoming-events/
Dec 15 Third Monday Beach Art & Merchant Walk on the Boulevard Free Trolley from FA Café at 303 A1A Beach Blvd to The Sunshine Shop at 645 A1A Beach Blvd, with stops in between so you can get to your favorite shop. Local artists and live music in the Parklets and in many shops. 5-7 pm.
Dec 16 Sunset Moonrise Tour St Augustine Lighthouse presents this special event to include a champagne toast provided by San Sebastian Winery and light hors d'oeuvres by The Reef. Tickets: Nonmembers $25, museum members $20. 4:45 pm, reservations required, 829.0745, www.StAugustineLighthouse.org
Dec 21 Tolomato Cemetery Tour This is the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida, with burials starting during the First Spanish Period. This historic cemetery has more than 1,000 burials (the last in 1884) and is one of the most significant cultural sites of St. Augustine. Admission is free but donations for the preservation and restoration of the cemetery are appreciated. 11 am-3pm, Cordova Street (next to the Love Tree) www.TolomatoCemetery.com
Dec 21 Castillo de San Marcos by Candlelight Enjoy night tours by candlelight at Castillo de San Marcos as you revisit the events of the second Seminole war from the perspective of a U.S. Army Sergeant. Advance tickets required, $8 pp. Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive, 829.6506, https://nps.gov/casa
Dec 28 Uptown Saturday Night Book signings, live music, refreshments, and so much more at the uniquely charming galleries, antique stores, and shops on St Augustine’s San Marcos Avenue. 5 to 9 pm. Free parking at the Mission. San Marcos Ave (between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios), 823.9263.