Things to do in St Augustine FL
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 209.0399, www.PVConcertHall.com
Feb 9 – Florida Chamber Music Project Presents “Schubert”, $25, doors 2 pm / show 3 pm
Feb 16 – Mason Jennings / Rebecca Pidgeon & The Sweetest Punch $28-$30, doors 5:30 pm / show 6:30 pm
Feb 20 – Tommy Emmanuel / Martin Taylor, $36.50-$44.50, doors 6:30 pm / show 7:30 pm
Feb 21 – Tommy Emmanuel / Martin Taylor, $36.50-$44.50, doors 6:30 pm / show 7:30 pm
Feb 22 – Delbert McClinton, $49.50-$65, doors 7 pm / show 8 pm
Feb 23 – Dark Star Orchestra, $25-$28, doors 6 pm / show 7 pm
Feb 28 – Art Garfunkle, $39.50-$490.50, doors 7 pm / show 8 pm
Mar 1 – Iron & Wine, $30-$35, doors 7 pm / show 8 pm
Mar 6 – Carolina Chocolate Drops, $40-$50, doors 7 pm / show 8 pm
Daily Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience Exhibition This comprehensive exhibition is part of an extended exhibition program called, Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America, retrospective of African-American history beginning in 1565 when both freed and enslaved Blacks landed with St. Augustine founder Pedro Menendez, through Fort Mose, the first freed Black settlement in the U.S., to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and beyond. 9 am – 5 pm daily, $5 pp (ages to 7 to 12 $3), Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, www.staugustine-450.com/journey/
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
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday C.B. Smith Show Impersonations, gospel, oldies, comedy, variety, classic country. The Smith Family has been entertaining crowds for years with their amazing talent in a variety show steeped in Southern culture and music. Charlie Bob Smith will perform his high-energy act in St. Augustine through April! $25 pp ($20 pp for groups of 20 or more), 7 pm, National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue, 877.284.8457, www.smithfamilytheater.com
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, www.nps.gov/casa
Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays Dark of the Moon After-Hours Paranormal Tour The only tour that gives guests the opportunity to climb the Lighthouse and tour the Keeper's house at night. 7:30 pm. Tickets $25 for adults, $20 for children. Call for details and reservations 829.0745, 81 Lighthouse Ave, www.StAugustineLighthouse.org
Saturdays Original Chocolate Tour Hop on board Old Town Trolley for a therapeutic field trip for chocolate addicts! Group sponsors include Peterbrooke, Aviles Restaurant at Historic Downtown Hilton, San Sebastian Winery, Raintree Restaurant, and Whetstone Chocolates. 1:30 pm, $60 pp (Buy tickets online and save $5 using promo code SACH10 Old Town Trolley Center, 27 San Marco Avenue, www.TrolleyTours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp
thru Feb 16 Butterflies Are Free This Leonard Gershe comedy classic introduces Don Baker who has been blind since birth, but that doesn't stop him from moving to San Francisco to get away from his over-protective mother. He gets close to his zany neighbor Jill and learns things that mom never would have taught him! And Jill learns from Don what growing up and being free is really all about. Preview January 23. Limelight Theatre 11 Old Mission Ave, 7:30 pm, $25, 904.825.1164, www.limelight-theatre.org
thru Jul 10 Historic Ships Tours The St. Augustine Municipal Marina is the destination of two historic ships. The Nao Victoria arrived on Dec. 23, 2013, and will depart on Feb. 1, 2014. El Galeón will arrive on Jan. 4, 2014, and will have an extended stay until July 2014. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world. El Galeón is a replica of the vessels that traveled the coasts of Florida between the 16th and 18th centuries, transporting men, goods, culture and ideas, creating ties between America and Europe. The ship will be docked and open to the public at the St. Augustine City Marina. Tours 9 am to 6 pm daily. Pricing - Nao Victoria adults $10 youth $5; El Galeón adults $15, youth $8; both ships adults $20, youth $10. www.staugustine-450.com/naogaleon
Feb 1 Sunset Celebration Vendors, music, entertainment, and the incredible sunset. Strolling encouraged, especially by dog walkers. Dine on food samples from Vilano Road businesses. 2 pm to dusk. Vilano Beach Pier and Pavilion, 260 Vilano Road, 540.0402 www.VilanoBeachFl.com
Feb 1 Limelight Theatre Gala Limelight Theatre will host its annual fundraising gala production. A pre-theatre party at the historic Lightner Museum from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm will include an open bar, heavy hors d'ouevres, and a silent auction. The party will cross the street to the elegant Flagler College Auditorium for the 8 pm performance “Best of the Limelight Cabaret”. Advance reservations required by calling the box office at 825.1164, www.limelight-theartre.org
Feb 2 Royal Family Transfer of Office Witness the official transfer of royal duties from the 2013 Royal Family to the 2014 Royal Family (heritage residents who represent the Spanish Royal Family of 1672, the year work began on the Castillo de San Marcos). Admission free, 2 pm, Isabella Gardens / corner of Hypolita and St. George streets. www.staugeasterfestival.com
Feb 2 Super Bowl Party at Mile Marker Brewing It's the last game of the NFL season, and of course, there's a party. Join the crew at Mile Marker Brewing for pitcher specials, box square game (you could win stuff), food by S.O.S. Diner, and more. Huddle with your teammates and watch the game here. That's a good play. Mile Marker Brewing, 3420 Agricultural Center Drive, 217.4294, www.milemarkerbrewing.com
Feb 2, 6, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 Raintree Restaurant Dinner Theatre Presents A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” Tracing the lifelong correspondence of the staid, dutiful lawyer, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner, the story of their bittersweet relationship gradually unfolds from what is written and what is left unsaid in their letters. $39.99 pp, dinner at 6 pm (suggested arrival time 5.30 pm), show to begin at 7 pm. Reservations required by calling 824.7211, 102 San Marco Avenue, www.raintreerestaurant.com
Feb 5 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 ages 12 and under. 10 am, 75 King Street, 2nd floor. 824.2874
Feb 7 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
Feb 7 Amiro Art & Found – heART Work The gallery walls and shelves will be filled with a Valentine’s Day-inspired eclectic and colorful array of jewelry, mosaic creations, pottery, sculpture, vintage finds, paintings, and mixed media collages all suitable as gifts for that special valentine. 5-9 pm. 9C Aviles Street, 824.8460, www.AmiroArtAndFound.com
Feb 7 St Augustine Art Association’s 90th Birthday Party / A Gala Galleón This elegant, nautical-themed evening will feature live music, culinary delights, and a premiere retrospective of paintings by the late J. Courtenay Hunt and exhibit of works from the Lost Art Colony. 6:30 pm. Tickets available at 824.2310, 22 Marine Street, www.staaaa.org
Feb 7 – 28 Butterfield Garage Art Gallery’s 15th Anniversary With common purpose, three artists have come together for the opportunity to share their individual feelings, ideas, perceptions and 'Dreamer's Dreams' toward giving a better understanding as to why they do what they do. Artists: Peter Cerreta, Painter & Sculptor; Marilyn Leverton, Sculptor; and Fay Samimi, Sculptor. Opening Reception Friday Oct 4, 5-9 pm. Daily exhibit 11 am to 5 pm. Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King Street, www.ButterfieldGarage.com
Feb 8 Flight to Freedom Join Fort Mose Historic Park re-enactors as they bring to life the southbound 18th century “underground railroad”. Every 15 minutes visitors will be taken in groups along the freedom trail from coastal Carolina to Spanish Florida – a dangerous and perilous journey made by 100s of freedom seekers from 1687 until 1763 when Britain gained control of Florida from Spain ending Florida as a sanctuary. 10 am – 3 pm, 15 Fort Mose Trail, 829.1711, www.fortmose.org
Feb 8 Emma Concert Series – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with Philippe Bianconi, Pianist As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director JoAnn Falletta performs 120 concerts annually and is heard by millions on radio broadcasts across the United States and beyond on American Public Media’s Performance Today. Founded in 1935, it makes its home in Kleinhans Music Hall, a national historic landmark with an international reputation and one of the greatest concert halls in the United States. 7:30 pm, $35, Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street, www.EmmaConcerts.com
Feb 8-9 Sea Your History Weekend Tip your teacups to the British influences of St. Augustine during Sea Your History Weekend at St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. Uncover the historical roots of Britain's reign over the Oldest City while experiencing maritime history up close. See artifacts recovered from a 1782 British shipwreck in St. Augustine and learn how traditional wooden boats were built by our ancestors. The special events are included in the regular admission price, $9.75 adults, $7.75 seniors and children 12 and under. 9 to 6 pm, 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 829.0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Feb 8 & 22 Pirate Plunder Tour On this FREE one-hour tour, kidnapped-by-a-pirate-captain tour participants, will find out what it was like to live in 17th century St. Augustine! 4:30 pm, Tour St. Augustine, 4 Granada Street, reservations required, 825.0087, www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
Feb 9 Casa Monica Fashion Show Hosted by Nancy Birchall and Fashion Trendsetters. Will feature casual attire, suiting separates, dresses, and jewelry by Jones New York. Luncheon guests will receive 20% off any $100 purchase at the store. Luncheon price of $23.75 to include choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and nonalcoholic beverage. 11:30 am, Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova Street, call 810.6810 for reservations.
Feb 9 “Walking Dead” Viewing Party The Walking Dead returns on Feb 9, and so does "Dead Sundays," The Walking Dead Viewing Party and Happy Hour. The Dead Sundays group is growing. Lights go down, TV volume goes up. Get your Zombie on with our group of watchers and have some cold Mile Marker beer. 8-10 pm, Mile Marker Brewing, 3420 Agricultural Center Drive, 217.4294, www.milemarkerbrewing.com.
Feb 14 A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra Tony Sands presents this Frank Sinatra tribute at St. Augustine’s Pioneer Bar at Fort Menendez / Old Florida Museum. 7:30 pm. $14 pp (students $12). 259 San Marco Avenue, 824.8874, www.oldfloridamuseum.com
Feb 15 Artbreakers First Annual Red Heart Dance Party / Fundraiser for Kidney Relief Fund Fun evening of music and dancing, featuring The Davita All Star Blues Band and local favorites, and Oh No "will close out the night. Complimentary appetizers, a silent auction, and specialty drinks. $5 pp, 7 pm-1 am, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Boulevard, www.artbreakers.org
Feb 15 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
Feb 15-16 St Augustine Beach Pier Art and Craft Festival Jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, photography, handmade soaps, and much more. Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard, 352.344.0657
Feb 17 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.
Feb 21 & 23 Flagler College Theatre Arts Presents Dancing at Lughnasa Winner of the 1992 Tony for Best Play, the play is set in a small Irish village in 1936, during the festival of Lughnasa (celebrating the pagan god of harvest). The play reveals the lives of five unmarried sisters, told as a nostalgic memory by Michael, son of one of the women. Dancing at Lughnasa, considered Brian Friel’s masterpiece, is a haunting tribute to the spirit and valor of Ireland’s past. 7:30 pm on Feb 21, 2 pm on Feb 23; $15 general admission, Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street, 826.8600, www.flagler.edu/our-community/events/theatre.html
Feb 22 7th Annual World Sword Swallower’s Day Celebration Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! will feature free a free performance by one of the world’s top sword swallowers, Dan Meyer. 1:30 pm, 19 San Marco Avenue, www.ripleys.com/staugustine
Feb 22 Herbal Medicine Chest Learn what natural health solutions can replace the items commonly found in your medicine cabinet. Learn to make your own herbal pain killers, antibiotics, antifungals, stomach aids, and more! 10 am – 2 pm (bring a sack lunch), $40 pp (includes all materials), Maggie’s Herb Farm, 11400 County Road 13 North, 829.0722, www.maggiesherbfarm.com
Feb 22 Chocolate & Beyond Enjoy chocolate and other culinary delights, silent auction, raffle, and a treasure hunt. Participating artisans include Whetstone Chocolates, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Savannah Sweets, Cold C ow Ice Cream, and many more. $10 pp (includes 8 tasting tickets, additional tastings $1 each), First Coast Technical College Bldg C, 2980 Collins Avenue. For ticket purchase, visit www.rsvpstjohns.com.
Feb 22 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.
Feb 22 Noche de Gala (Night of the Ball) Be a part of this 16th century ball celebrating the 495th birthday of St. Augustine’s founder, Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. A black tie affair or period attire (16th century Spanish), cocktail reception, and elegant dining experience with an evening of dancing. Sponsored by the Casa Monica Hotel. $195 per person, 6:30 pm-11pm, Lighter Museum, Lightner Museum, 75 King Street, 6:30 pm-11 pm. Contact Joni Dooley Barkley at 819.6004 for reservations and additional details.
Feb 23 Planting Your Own Herbal Dish Garden Learn growing care tips and medicinal uses of common cooking herbs; then choose your own culinary plants to create a portable lightweight garden that can easily be moved from patio to inside for an evening table centerpiece or fragrant kitchen accent . Bring garden gloves and a smile. 2 pm – 4 pm, $30 pp (includes materials and herbal care book), Maggie’s Herb Farm, 11400 County Road 13 North, 829.0722, www.maggiesherbfarm.com
Feb 26 Get Your Own 450th Commemoration Passport - Discover First America Lecture Series
- The Birthplace of Freedom: The Fort Mose Story. The story of America’s first free black settlement, Fort Mose, is presented by the Fort Mose Historical Society and Dr. Jim G. Cusick. The Flight to Freedom (the dangerous journey of enslaved Africans to freedom in Spanish Florida) will be reenacted against the backdrop of spiritual hymns. Free, St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees of this lecture. 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/
Feb 28-Mar 2 St Augustine Orchestra Presents “Someday” This concert celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act. Someday was written by composer-in-residence Bob Moore specifically for this occasion. Bill Prince will play the music of Duke Ellington. World-renowned pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. The orchestra will play the music of Beethoven and Brahms plus selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. $20 pp, Feb 28 @ 8 pm; Mar 1 @ 6:30 and 8 pm; Mar 2 @ 3 pm. Lightner Museum Antique Courtyard, 25 Granada Street, www.staugustineorchestra.org
Feb 28 – Mar 2 29th Annual Cathedral Festival BBQ, beverage, Bingo, boiled peanuts, chicken wings, corn, face painting, fireworks, French fries and onion rings, funnel cakes, hamburgers and hotdogs, pizza, rides, sausage and peppers, silent auction, super raffle. Prince of Peace Grounds, near the Giant Cross, 101 San Marco Avenue. For schedule and parking details, visit www.thecathedralfestival.com.
Be sure to check individual websites for time and date changes, and have fun!