2017 St. Augustine Fall Festivals and A&E Events


Sept. 8-10: The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival returns for the 6th year with fine Spanish wine and food, with all events benefitting local charities. All events will take place at the St. Augustine Shipyard, 117 Dockside Drive, St. Augustien. The events include the Cava Reception and Dinner; Cochinillo Asado (Spanish pig roast), the Batalla de Vino (wine fight), and the Grand Tasting. For more details and tickets, go to www.spanishwinefestival.com


Sept. 9:   Thanks to the renewed cooperation between the Mission Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, members of the Historic Florida Militia and the entire reenactment community will recreate the events that would have occurred on both of those historic properties in September 1565. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, the Landing of Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the Founding of Saint Augustine will take place at the Mission, 27 Ocean Ave., downtown St. Augustine where the Great Cross stands. The landing will be followed by Mass at 11 a.m. at the Mission. Meet the re-enactors portrayed by the Men of Menendez at 12:15 a.m., followed by a Grand Procession at 1 p.m from the Mission to the Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. The First Thanksgiving Meal re-enactment will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth. Admission is FREE for the Founder’s Day events on September 9. Go to www.fountainofyouthflorida.com


Sept. 8-10, Sept. 15-17, and Sept. 22-24: The Sing Out Loud Music Festival, the largest free music festival ever held in St. Johns County, returns for three weekends this September. Hundreds of performances will take place at multiple music venues in St. Augustine, Florida in an epic celebration of local, regional and national singers, songwriters and musicians. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, The Colonial Oak Music Park, and Lincolnville are venue locations so far. See the huge list of performers and stay updated at www.singoutloudfestival.com


Sept. 17: The 12th Annual Taste of The Beach celebrates will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the St. Johns County Pier Park & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Food from more than a dozen St. Augustine beach restaurants will be served as samples as each compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in appetizer, entree and dessert categories. Judge’s Choice, Best Booth Display and People’s Choice awards also will be part of the event. Proceeds will benefit Betty Griffin House, a shelter and service provider for victims of abuse and their families. Admission is FREE. Taste tickets can be purchased on site. See more details at www.sabca.org 


Sept. 21-October 22: The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The Full Monty is the opening show of Limelight Theatre’s 26th Season. Opening night on September 21 includes dinner at Raintree Restaurant and the show. Regular show dates are September 22-October 22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee. Reservations are encouraged. Choose your seats at limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164. Limelight is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available on site and street-side.


September 22-23: Enjoy a free celebration of writers and book lovers, a full day of free literary events in the heart of the Ancient City. Meet best selling authors, hear author’s presentations, interact with authors at book signings. Visit the author’s marketplace and be creatively inspired. All presentations take place at the Ringhaver Center of beautiful and historic Flagler College. Enjoy and learn from twenty best selling authors. Now entering its 10th successful year, the Florida Heritage Book Festival attracts a high caliber of regional and nationally-known presenters and features a variety of authors in various genres who spotlight the history, culture, and special character of Florida. Go to fhbookfest.com


September 23: This benefit event is at 5K Beach Run/Walk and 10K Cross Country Run in Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine. Don Ausman passed away in 2009. The Don Ausman Foundation is dedicated to encouraging college students to choose the alternative break, where students choose to travel on their vacations and spring breaks and help others less fortunate.  Go to  www.donsfriend.com for more details.


September 30: Investing in Kids (INK), which assists St. Johns County Public Schools, will hold the annual Boot Scootin’ BBQ Benefit event at 6:30 p.m. September 30 at the St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club, 401 Gun Club Road, St. Augustine. Barbecue from the Old City’s finest BBQ establishments will be service, along with live music, mechanical bull rides, Gold Rush and Corn Hole games, and cow plot bingo. Get ready to have good ‘ole fashioned yes-haw fun. Adults only. Tickets are $75 for general admission, and $50 for teachers. To register, go to www.ink-stjohns.org


September 30: The annual Great American Scarecrow Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 30 at Simple Gestures, 4 E. White St. and Anastasia Boulevard, on the island over the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine. The event includes scarecrow making, apple bobbing, corn hole, face painting, barbecue, pies (that benefit Pie in the Sky in Hastings), pumpkin painting, live music by Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards and other local musicians. Admission is FREE. Proceeds go to Pie in the Sky, a community outreach program in Hastings.


Oct. 4-Jan. 7: The Dressing Downton exhibit opens Oct. 4 in Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery, 75 King St., downtown St. Augustine. Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times is an exquisite exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories paired to perfection in engaging vignettes, immersed amongst Otto Lightner’s collection of turn of the century fine art and furniture. Many museum pieces in storage and others presently being restored will be on view for the first time as a part of the exhibition, masterfully displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery. Admission is $19.99 for adults, $14.99 for military/students/seniors, $9.99 ages 12-17, and free for ages 11 and younger. Go to www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton/


Oct. 7: The Pink Up The Pace 5K is a walk/run for breast cancer, with proceeds going to help local women with mammograms and treatment. On race day, registration and packet pick up will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, near the downtown parking garage. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Francis Field on Saturday, Oct. 7. A race expo will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at First coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Ave, St. Augustine. The race expo is FREE and open to the public. Visit the booths of local community business vendors as they support Pink Up The Pace. They will be sharing information, raffling prizes and giving out gifts. Race fees are $15 for ages 14 and younger in advance, $25 for adults in advance, and $30 for adults after Aug. 29. To register online, go to www.pinkupthepace.com


Oct. 7-8: The Datil Pepper Festival and Home and Garden Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 at the St. Johns County Agricutural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine. A variety of vendors, both inside and outside, will showcase unique items for sale. There will also be a food court, rain barrels for sale, and the always popular Master Gardener plant sale. Tours of the arboretum and community gardens will be conducted by our Master Gardeners throughout the weekend festivities. The festival’s famous Datil Pepper Restaurant Cook-off will be held on Saturday only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1. Local chefs will offer samples of their Datil-inspired cuisine. You will be able to purchase taste tickets for $1 per ticket starting at 11 a.m, and they sell out question. Interested in being a vendor or a sponsor for the 2016 Datil Pepper Fall Festival? Call 904-209-0430 for more information.


Oct. 22: Our Lady of Good Counsel will hold the annual Fall Festiv’All & Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 22 at the church, 5950 SR 16
St. Augustine, in the World Golf Village area. A pumpkin patch, games and inflatables, a country store, food, beer and wine, live music, a 50/50 raffle, and other fall fun will be part of this event. To enter the car show, click here.


Oct. 27-29: The Wizard of Oz will be presented by KidzfACTory students at Limelight Theatre. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Tickets will be available in September at limelight-theatre.org. Students can enroll online here. Call 904-825-1164 for more details.


Oct. 13-15: The St. Augustine Greek Festival celebrates all things Greek — food, music, dancing and heritage. The annual event is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Live music will be on stage throughout the weekend, with dance performances, a dance floor for the public, an outdoor marketplace, children’s activities and more. Admission is $5 for adults, and children age 14 and younger are admitted free with paying adults. Free admission for active military and first responders. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Go to www.stauggreekfest.com for more details.


Oct. 7-29: Nine acres of a local farm becomes Sykes & Cooper Corn Maze each year — the maze, hayrides, food and games, live animals and more at 5995 Brough Road in Elkton, off State Road 207. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $10 for ages 3 to 64; $8 for seniors and military with ID; and free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is CASH ONLY. Homeschool Day set for Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live music will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on certain Saturday nights. Go to www.sycofarms.com for more details.


Oct. 19: This annual fundraiser was designed to heighten awareness for cancer patients in the area. Bratini will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Serenata Beach Club, 3175 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd, South Ponte Vedra Beach. Local men model decorated bras and participants can bid of the bras. The event benefits the StAR Council, ArtBreakers (a local nonprofit specializing in services for cancer patients), and Pink Heals (a program that maintains fundraising dollars locally). A silent auction will feature local gift certificates, vacation packages, jewelry, art, and custom gift baskets. Get tickets at www.staugustineregionalcouncil.com/bratini/



Oct. 28: The 21st Annual Ancient City Kids Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Francis Field , 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The event is FREE for the public, and will include over 40 youth service agencies offering carnival style games and activities, arts and crafts, contests for kids, and live entertainment all day. Information about community resources will be available for parents. The only cost to the public will be for food or drinks. The event is a community outreach for Epic Behavioral Healthcare of St. Augustine. Go to epicbh.org


Oct. 28: Do you have what it takes to make a break? Formerly the Let’s Get Pedestrian 5K, VeloFest Community Initiative, along with Old Town Trolley Tours, will hosts the Jail Break 5K Escape from St. Augustine. The event begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Old St. Johns County Jail, 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Runners will enjoy a USATF Certified 5k to the Atlantic Ocean facing a treacherous climb over the Vilano Bridge as they flee from the Authentic Old Jail. We invite runners of all ages and abilities this Halloween weekend to make a break and enjoy the fun. Running not your thing, but dressing up is? Be part of the team, enjoy the fruits of no labor and donate! All escapees will be fully supported by stocked watering holes, and cuffed properly (we mean medals).  Parking, shuttles and transportation accomodations from Old Town Trolley Tours. Registration available at www.escapefromstaugustine.com


Nov. 5: Love chowder?  Want to try as many chowders as possible in St. Augustine? The 34th annual Great Chowder Debate will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at The Conch House, 57 Comares Ave. SOriginated by The Conch House in 1984, the event is one of the longest-running chowder championships in the country. Local restaurants compete for the ultimate chowder bragging rights by entering their specialty chowders in one of five categories:  Minorcan conch, Minorcan clam, New England clam, seafood, and non-Seafood.  There is also the People’s Choice, voted on by the public so patrons are encouraged to make their vote count. In addition to the delicious chowder, the main goal of the Great Chowder Debate is to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County (BBBS).  All proceeds go to this local charity. Admission is FREE. Patrons can purchase taste tickets for $1 each. Go to conch-house.com/chowder-debate or call 904-829-8646.


Nov. 17-19: The 2nd Annual Florida Tiny House Festival will be held at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5480 State Road 207, in Elkton. There will be a large assortment of tiny houses and micro homes, workshops, presentations, vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. The 2017 Florida Tiny House Festival is a charitable event with proceeds going to charities, non-profits, and the local community. Nov. 17 offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. for everyone, with free admission every day for Active & Retired Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMTs. Half off admission for ages 60 and older. Tickets and camping reservations are all available online at www.unitedtinyhouse.com/ shop/


Nov. 18-Jan. 31: The 23rd Annual Nights of Lights opens on Saturday, Nov. 18 during Light-Up Night, an event that includes live music in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. The music will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the lighting ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Each year, former St. Augustine mayors gather to flip the switch during Light Up Night. The City of St. Augustine’s giant tree in the Plaza is lit first, then all the lights come on surrounding the area. Many families start the holiday season with this tradition — going to dinner downtown and and then watching as the lights are turned on. Nights of Lights, which includes more than 2 million lights on city buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2016. Go to nightsoflights.com


Nov. 25-26: The 52nd Annual Fall Art & Craft Festival, hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association on Thanksgiving weekend, features more than 150 artists offering painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculpture, fiber art, photography and mixed media. The even takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Go to www.staugustineartfestival.com for more details.

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