20 Memorial Day weekend events

City offices closed on Memorial Day

Offices for the City of St. Augustine will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day, but solid waste and recycling pick-up schedules will not be affected.

Beer samples at Mile Marker Brewing in St. Augustine.

Beer samples at Mile Marker Brewing in St. Augustine.

Mile Marker Memorial Day pre-party

MAY 24: Mile Marker Brewing, 3420 Agricultural Center Drive, will hold a Memorial Day pre-party from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 24. A DJ, new beer taps, games and prizes and food from the SOS Diner food truck will be part of the event. From noon to 3 p.m., it’s Happy Hour with$1 off all beer and wine. From 2 to 3 p.m., a cornhole contest will take place; from 4 to 5 p.m. Honey Nut and Session Ale will be featured. At 5 p.m. a hot dog eating contest will take place (must be signed up by 4:30 p.m.); and DJ Jay Sensi will be in the house at 8 p.m. 

Old City Farmers Market

MAY 24: This market is held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Find fresh produce, plants, bread, cheese, handmade products, fine art and crafts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Also at the market, take art classes, hear live bluegrass music, and eat breakfast or lunch on site. Free parking and admission.

D-Day 3D: Normandy on IMAX

THROUGH JULY 15: The Documentary Film “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” opens at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame.  Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, this film pays tribute to the men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 year ago during World War II.   This IMAX theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 http://www.WorldGolfIMAX.com

Memorial Day weekend at Arnold’s

MAY 23-26: Live music will be featured at Arnold’s, 3912 N Ponce De Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1 North).On May 23-24, The Hooch will perform a southern and country rock show at 9:30 p.m. each night. On May 25, an all-American cookout will feature burgers and dogs, potato salad and apple pie, and cornhole games in the parking lot. On Memorial Day, it’s Service Industry Hospitality Night from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Cellar Six entertainment

MAY 23-24: The TJ Brown Band will perform from 9 p.m. to close May 23 at Cellar Six, 6 Aviles St., in downtown St. Augustine. On May 24, The Jesse Cruce Band features musician Jesse Cruce, with Josh Berlin on drums and Dorian Lopez on percussion. Special guest Rob Ellis Peck on harmonica later on in the evening.

Blue Crab Festival in Palatka

MAY 23-26: Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, tHE Blue Crab Festival will feature carnival rides, live music, arts and crafts, commercial display vendors, and more along the riverfront in downtown Palatka. Arts and crafts booths will stand along St. Johns Avenue, and food booths will be on either side of the entertainment tent. Carnival rides will feature a ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, a merry-go-round, bumper cars, a giant slide, funhouse, a train, and other rides. The “kid zone” will include inflatables, children’s rides and pony rides, face painting and a petting zoo. Admission is free. Go to www.bluecrabfestival.com

Styx and Foreigner Concert

MAY 23: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts legendary rock bands Styx and Foreigner in concert.  The monumental hits created by these two bands made them rock icons of the 1970s and 1980s.  For this performance, they will be joined on stage by former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Tickets are $99.50, $89.50, $75, $49.50 and $39.50. The concert starts at 8 p.m. (gates open 7 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com

Andy McKee tickets on sale

MAY 23:  Andy McKee will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Thursday, Oct. 23. Tickets for this event will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, available at the box offices of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Go to pvconcerthall.com for more details.

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Dark of the Moon Paranormal Tour

MAY 23-26: St. Augustine’s Only All Ghosts, No Gimmicks Paranormal Tour at 8:30 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun. & Mon. Guides share paranormal history and experiences of people who have visited, lived, or worked at the Lighthouse. Then you are given time to investigate on your own, with only a glow stick lighting your way. Dark of the Moon is the only tour that gets you in the Lighthouse and the Keepers’ House at night. Call 904-829-0745 to make a reservation.

The Secret

MAY 23: “The Secret” will be performed by Lee Weaver this Friday night at Memorial Lutheran Church; 3375 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine; 904-797-4377. Admission is $10.

Veteran Herb Griffin fundraiser

MAY 25: A fundraiser will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 25 at Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 23 Orange St. Hosted by the St. Johns County Firefighters, proceeds will go to WWII veteran Herb Griffin, who wants to return to Normandy after his unit landed there in the second waver of the D-Day invasion 70 years ago.

River Blessing

MAY 24: For millennia, the slow moving currents of the Julington Creek have fed the broader waters of the St. Johns River.  In honor and celebration of the active living retirement community’s 50th anniversary and the inspiration these waters have instilled upon those who’ve lived here, both the St. Johns and the Matanzas River Keepers will participate in a Blessing of the River at 10 a.m. May 24  at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek. The public is invited to attend the special ceremony. Ayolane Halusky will lead the blessing under the direction of Basil Braveheart, an elder of the Lakota Sioux Indian tribe. Braveheart led a river blessing in 2008 at the Marywood Retreat Center.

Memorial Day ceremony

MAY 26: The Military Officers Association of America, the Florida National Guard, and the Veterans Council present a Memorial Day ceremony featuring a massing of colors, field music by pipes and drums, and remarks. The event will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the St. Augustine National Cemetery, 104 Marine St.

War memorial dedication

MAY 26: The Pilot Club of St. Augustine will dedicate the relocated war memorial at 11:15 a.m. in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place. This event will follow the Memorial Day ceremony in the National Cemetery.

Lincolnville Photography Exhibit

DAILY:  An exhibit of Lincolnville photographs by Richard Aloysius Twine are on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Oldest House Museum Complex, 14 St. Francis St. Twine, St. Augustine’s first known African-American photographer, captured the essence of Lincolnville, an African-American community in St. Augustine, through his photographs. Twine’s images tell of events, happy and sad, ceremonial and personal, in lives otherwise often unrecorded. In 1988, glass plate negatives of 103 of Twine’s photographs were found in the attic of his house on Kings Ferry Way and salvaged. The display is in The Tovar House at the Oldest House Museum Complex.  Admission is free to Journey Passport holders, St. Augustine Historical Society members, and St. Johns County residents or with purchase of a ticket to the Oldest House Museum Complex. Call 904-824-2872 or email sahsresearch@bellsouth.net.

Harlem Wizards Basketball Show

MAY 23: The Harlem Wizards bring their amazing basketball talent and hilarious comedy to the Pacetti Bay Middle School.  This two-hour event is filled with family fun and excitement.  The show begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets sold at the door are $12 for students and $17 for adults ($15 purchased in advance).  For more information and advance ticket purchases, go to www.harlemwizards.com.  245 Meadowlark Lane, St. Augustine.  904-377-6099

The Old Crow Medicine Show will perform May 25 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

The Old Crow Medicine Show will perform May 25 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Old Crow Medicine Show Concert

MAY 25: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts Grammy Award winner Old Crow Medicine Show in concert.  Inducted last year into the historic Grand Ole Opry, the band’s classic single “Wagon Wheel” was certified platinum with sales of more than 1 million copies.  They have sold more than 800,000 albums worldwide. Tickets range from $29.75 to $39.75. The concert starts at 7 p.m. (gates open 5:30 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com

Lucinda Williams Concert

MAY 25: The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall hosts three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams at 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.)   Her Grammys include Best Country Song in 1993 for Passionate Kisses; Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1999 for Car Wheels on a Gravel Road; and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 2002 for Get Right With God.  General Admission is $38 for standing room only.   1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com

Poetry Gathering

MAY 25: Join the Ancient City Poets and the staff of A.C. Papa Literary Magazine for the Mother of All Poetry readings at City Coffee Company (1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd, near the Village Inn). Share a poem about an inspirational mother with a warm and supportive crowd, our just listen and soak in the spoken word scene. There is no charge to enjoy these readings held on the last Sunday of each month. They start at 3:00 pm and are held “renga style” with no emcee or sign-up sheet. The events conclude when all presenters have had an opportunity to share. For more info like the group on Facebook, go to their website www.bodor.org, or call Chris at (904) 501.0043

Ancient City Poets workshop

The Ancient City Poets will hold a Mother of All Workshops on Sunday, May 25 at the Gallery Cafe of St. Augustine (located at 1974 US-1, in the OLD Staples Plaza.) Dotty Loop will lead this fun and engaging hour-long event. Please register at 1:45. The ACP Plant-A-Poem is from2:00 to 3:00 pm. A fee of $10 is requested to participate which provides for bottomless coffee and sweet treats. Dotty will present info on “Inspired Mothers”. Using the styles of these famous poets, she will encourage you to experiment with your own. Bring pen and paper.

42nd Annual National Beach Paddle Tennis Tournament

MAY 24-25: More than 100 men and women from California, New York, the Carolinas, Virginia and Florida compete for top honors in seven divisions — $1000 in prize money awarded to winning teams in the top pro divisions.  Entry fee for amateurs is $45 per player and includes tournament shirt and admission to parties.  The main beach venue is Butler Beach, eight miles south of St. Augustine on A1A.  800-727-4656, e-mail paddletennissa@gmail.com


CD release party at Local Heroes

MAY 23: Jacksonville-based band Be Easy will perform from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, May 23 at Local Heroes, 18 St. George St., in downtown St. Augustine. The performance will be part of the band’s CD release party. Frontman and vocal phenom Aaron Grigsby brings a soulful passion to the microphone, reminiscent of the classic Motown hitmakers he was raised on, his honeyed tone brings to mind Al Green and Gregg Allman. Frontman and vocal phenom Aaron Grigsby brings a soulful passion to the microphone, reminiscent of the classic Motown hitmakers he was raised on, his honeyed tone brings to mind Al Green and Gregg Allman. Doors open at 9 p.m.; no cover charge for ages 21 and older. CDs will be on sale. DJ HU will fill in during set breaks and will finish out the night.



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