Feb. 19: Featuring FIVE beautiful porches in Lincolnville (sponsored by area venues), and closing at St. Benedict the Moor, the Lincolnville Porch Fest will showcase more than 30 local bands from the historic Lincolville community in St. Augustine. See the SCHEDULE below. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/694542244017295/
Parking and shuttle: (From the organizers) We are encouraging our neighbors and nearby residents to walk or bike if possible, but there will be parking at Eddie Vickers park for $2 and shuttles running from the Galimore Center to all of the porches. Thanks to Explore Tours & Pickups and Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine for providing shuttle service. For the evening event at St. Benedict, there will be some parking available there as well. Please respect our neighbors by parking in designated and areas do not block driveways or park on yellow curbs.
Food & Drinks: Corner Market Food Mart, 97 Martin Luther King Ave., will have food and drinks available for purchase throughout the event, with Growers Alliance Cafe and Gift Shop offering coffee and treats at the Corner Market starting at 2 p.m.
Feb. 24-26: Fireworks, live music, midway rides and more will be offered Feb. 24-26 during the 32nd Annual Cathedral Festival! Music headliner the Red River Band performs each year, along with local musicians on the schedule throughout the three-day event. Held on the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios, the fundraiser is one of the area’s largest festivals featuring rides, games, bingo, a silent auction and a fireworks spectacular show. Proceeds go to the private Cathedral Parish School and the Cathedral Parish Early Education Center. A fireworks show will light up the sky at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 over the water near the grounds. A silent auction will begin at noon Feb. 26, featuring vacation packages, gift baskets, gift certificates, sports memorabilia, art, jewelry and other items from area businesses and the community. Parking is available in the Mission parking lot, and 500 parking spaces are available each day in the parking garage. Hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 26. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children 11-17 and adults 65 and older; with free admission for active duty military and children 10 and younger. Go to thecathedralfestival.com to stay updated.
ST. AUGUSTINE LIONS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
March 3-5: The 36th annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival is set for March 3-5 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Children 12 and younger are admitted FREE with a paying adult (only $5 for adults at the gate). The Seafood Festival features dozens of seafood vendors and other fair foods, adult beverages, more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, live music on the main stage, and kids rides and games. Festival hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 4; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5. The Arts & Crafts Village closes at sundown each day. Go to www.lionsfestival.com for more details.
ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE NIGHT FEST & 5K /FUN RUN
March 4: The St. Augustine Lighthouse Fest will grant FREE admission to the Lighthouse and grounds on Saturday, March 4 from 4 to 8:30 p.m., with exhibits, activities, and the Lighthouse open for the public. The Junior Service League of St. Augustine celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run. The 5k Race starts at 4:30 p.m. and the mile Fun Run follows. Go to www.staugustinelighthouse.org or stay updated at https://www.facebook.com/events/1730593053927953/
MENORCAN HERITAGE FEST
March 4: The annual Menorcan Heritage Fest presented by the Menorcan Cultural Society will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the Llambias House, 31 Saint Francis St., downtown St. Augustine. The event will include traditional Menorcan foods, guest speakers and story tellers, living history and arts/culture demonstrations (Menorcan cast net demos), hot dogs for the kids, Datil pepper hot sauces and jellies, Menorcan t-shirts, caps and other items. Admission is FREE!
ST. AUGUSTINE CELTIC MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
March 10-12: The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival features eight premier Celtic bands, including Albannach, Dublin City Ramblers, Emish, Emmet Cahill, Jig to a Milestone, Seven Nations, The Real McKenzies, and Whiskey of the Damned. The festival is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The event also includes a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic shopping and food, live music on two stages, a variety of entertainment — and the ONLY St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11. Tickets are available at CelticStAugustine.com. Festival tickets may also be purchased at Ann O’Malley’s 23 Orange St., downtown St. Augustine.
ST. AUGUSTINE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 11: A celebration of the Emerald Isle’s most revered saint. Northeast Florida’s ONLY St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The parade travels down Orange Street to Avenida Menendez (the bayfront), then to Cathedral Place, next on Cordova Street, then back to Orange Street. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to claim a spot along the parade route, then follow the parade to the Celtic Festival at Francis Field. See details at CelticStAugustine.com
ANASTASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 16-18: The Anastasia Music Festival is an epic 3-day celebration of bluegrass music featuring some of today’s brightest traditional and modern bluegrass stars including The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush, The Travelin’ McCourys, Mandolin Orange, Elephant Revival, and other Bluegrass performers. This festival will take place March 16-18 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, nestled within the Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine. Go to www.anastasiamusicfestival.com for the full lineup and tickets.
ST. AUGUSTINE RACE WEEK
March 23-25: St. Augustine Race Week features multiple sailing events, boat races and youth sailing regattas along the St. Augustine bayfront and near the Vilano bridge. Cruisers, Racers, Big Boats, and Small Boats are invited to participate. The event also include parties, live music, and local food. For more details, go to www.staugustineraceweek.com
SPRING ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD FAIR
March 26: The Spring 2017 St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by local record store ToneVendor and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. This event is FREE, family-friendly and open to the public. Music lovers and collectors can shop over 25 music dealers featuring thousands of new and used vinyl records, CDs, music memorabilia, collectibles, turntable supplies, posters and other unique music-related items. The event also includes children’s activities, live music, DJs, and food trucks. Go to www.staugamphitheatre.com or www.tonevendor.com
RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL
March 31-April 2: The Rhythm & Ribs Festival features barbecue vendors from across the south, a BBQ competition, live music, a kids zone and Kiss the Pig, a fundraiser for Learn to Read. The festival is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 31; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Hosted by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, all proceeds go to more than 2 dozen local charities and nonprofits. With the help of nearly 200 volunteers, a total of 2,000 hours are volunteered over the weekend. The music schedule will be announced soon. Go to rhythmandribs.net to stay updated.
EPIC FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO
April 1-2: popular event in northeast Florida, the EPIC Flower & Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries and artisans from around the state offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be. Held at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Go to epicbh.org/flowerandgardenexpo for more details.
ST. AMBROSE SPRING FAIR
April 2: The annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair at St. Ambrose Catholic Church Fair is planned from noon to 4 p.m. March 22 at the church, 6070 Church Road, Elkton, from State Road 207. Follow the signs from State Roads 207 and 13. Minorcan food, kids activities, live entertainment and more. Admission is FREE!
OLD TOWN ART SHOW
April 8-9: The Old Town Art Show will feature more than 100 artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and from throughout the country. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Admission is FREE. Go to www.OldTownArtShow.com for more details
ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER PARADE
April 16: The St. Augustine Easter Parade begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at the Mission of Nombre de Dios on San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine and heads south down Avenida Menendez. The annual parade featuring horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, and St. Augustine’s Royal Family. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and secure a spot along the downtown streets. For more details, go to www.oldestcityeaster.org/easter-parade.html
A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
April 22: A Taste of St. Augustine will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. This signature food festival serves up tastes from St. Augustine’s well-known restaurants. Restaurants will compete for the prestigious TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards, with categories including Best Family Dining, Best Ethnic, Best Upscale and Best Dessert, as well as the ever-popular People’s Choice. Everyone gets to vote. There will be a children’s area with fun activities including crafts and face-painting as well as live music throughout the day. Admission is $5, and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1-5 tickets per taste. The annual Race to the Taste 5K is part of the event. Go to epicbh.org/tasteofstaugustine for more details.
FEEL THE WHEELS
April 22: Hands-on fun for all ages is available at Feel the Wheels — a static display of service vehicles of all kinds — helicopters, firetrucks, boats, tractors and so much more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the St. Augustine Outlet Mall, off State Road 16 in St. Augustine. Hosted by The Junior Service League of St. Augustine, this event benefits Tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine. Go to https://www.facebook.com/FeelTheWheels to stay updated.
FLORIDA’S BIRDING & PHOTO FEST
April 26-30: Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest features more than 100 birding and outdoor photography events in St. Johns County and surrounding locations. This festival is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, located 8 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A North. Go to www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com
GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 5-7: The Gamble Rogers Music Festival will be held May 5-7 at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Four stages will feature local, regional and national groups. The schedule will be announced soon at www.gamblerogersfest.org
HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL
May 13: The Harry Potter Festival debuts in 2017, featuring Wizard-themed FUN, a quidditch match and other games, and other activities. More details will be announced soon.
ROMANZA FESTIVALE OF THE ARTS
May 5-14: The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is a celebration of art and music in America’s Most Romantic City, featuring more than 60 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city. Many events are free and admission is required for the others. This year, a Harry Potter Festival debuts, featuring Wizard-themed FUN. Go to www.romanzafestivale.com for more details.
ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 15-17 and June 22-22: The largest, free classical music festival in the U.S., the St. Augustine Musical Festival includes six evenings of world-class music in the Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place, downtown St. Augustine. See more details at www.StAugustineMusicFestival.org
PAST 2017 FESTIVALS
ST. AUGUSTINE FILM FESTIVAL
Jan. 19-22: The 7th Annual Saint Augustine Film Festival will run January 19-22, featuring more than 30 films created all over the world. The movies will be shown at Flagler College and at Corazon Cinema & Cafe, both in downtown St. Augustine. See the list of films and the schedule at www.staugfilmfest.com. An All Access pass allows film-goers to preview the films on January 19. The festival is open to the public Jan. 20-22, with individual tickets available throughout the weekend. In addition, the festival includes a Friday Night Opening Gala, a Saturday Night Party, and the Sunday Night Closing Gala — all with opportunities to meet the filmmakers. For more details and tickets, go to www.staugfilmfest.com
OLD CITY PIRATE FEST
Jan. 27-29: Do you long for the days when Pirates roamed the streets of St. Augustine? Would you like to walk the streets of the city where Famous Pirates once raided their fortunes? Join the St. Augustine Swashbucklers as they host the First Annual Old City Pirate Fest from Jan. 27-29 in the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Blacksmithing, Sword-fighting & Black Powder Weaponry Demonstrations, Musicians, Gypsies, Dancers, Magicians, Mermaids and other performers. Stay updated at https://www.facebook.com/events/1162040940576424/
See the schedule below …
- Friday, Jan. 27: 8 p.m., Festival supporters, vendors, performers and workers of the event. $5 admission for non-festival personnel.
- Saturday, Jan. 28: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. — Step back in time and enjoy a full day of activities in the Historic Colonial Quarter. Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers concert at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Jan. 29: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Last day to take in the sights and sounds of Piracy in the Oldest City. Make sure to visit the vendors and take home some prized booty to remember your adventure.