2018 FALL EVENTS & FESTIVALS IN THE ST. AUGUSTINE AREA

Fall is finally here! Below is a huge list of fall events, theatre, festivals, and arts happenings. Click here for the pumpkin patch list …

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Oct. 5: First Friday Art Walk features more than 2o St. Augustine art galleries from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. New exhibits, live music, wine and refreshments are featured. Admission is free. Complimentary trolleys are available along the art walk route. Get more details at artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

CABARET

Through Oct. 21: Limelight Theatre stages Cabaret through October 21, on the Main Stage at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine.  Welcome to the dazzling, provocative world of the Kit Kat Club, a fictional nightclub in pre-World War II Berlin.

  • Showtimes: 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays
  • limelight-theatre.org
  • 904-825-1164
  • Advance reservations are suggested
  • During the run of Cabaret, we are able to offer select seating onstage during the show. This opportunity offers an intimate perspective to the show as well as possible interaction with the actors. We have limited seating for these placements so please call our box office today at 904-825-1164 to learn more. There is no upgrade charge for these seats.

CORN MAZE & MORE 

Oct. 6-Nov. 4: Nine acres of a local farm becomes Sykes & Cooper Corn Maze each year — with live music, the maze, games such as a corn cannon, live animals and more at 5995 Brough Road in Elkton, just off State Road 207. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $13 for ages 3 to 64; $11 for seniors and military with ID; and free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is CASH ONLY. Theme days are included, with Homeschool Day set for Oct. 5. Live music will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on certain Saturday nights. Go to www.sycofarms.com for more details.

BERNSTEIN’S BROADWAY BY FIRST COAST OPERA

Oct. 11: First Coast Opera kicks off its 2018-19 season with Bernstein’s Broadway, a concert highlighting the musical legacy of iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.  Part of the international Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, Bernstein’s Broadway will feature hit tunes from his wildly successful Broadway musicals performed by guest artists in the Lightner Museum former swimming pool area, 25 Granada St., in downtown St. Augustine. The program will feature selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, and Wonderful Town. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for students. Get tickets and details at firstcoastopera.com

GREEK FESTIVAL

Oct. 12-14: 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. 12; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Go to www.stauggreekfest.com for more details.

LIGHTHOUSE 144TH ANNIVERSARY

Oct. 13: The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will celebrate the 144th Anniversary of the Lighthouse on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration will include cake at 2 p.m., photos with Keeper Cain, and games on front lawn. Regular admission fees apply. See more details at staugustinelighthouse.org

ST. AUGUSTINE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Oct. 14: Feast on flavorful foods from locally-owned restaurants in the area at the 8th Annual St. Augustine Food and Wine Festival, set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at The River House, 179 Marine St., downtown St. Augustine. Savor Spirits from St. Augustine Distillery Co., sample over 100 wines, enjoy a beer garden, and bid on exciting silent auction items. See details at staugustinerestaurants.com. Proceeds will benefit the The Boys & Girls Club of St. Augustine.

ST. AMBROSE FALL FAIR

Oct. 14The annual St. Ambrose Fall Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 6070 Church Road, in Elkton, from State Road 207. The most popular item at the fair is the Minorcan clam chowder, prepared by Mary Ellen Masters and her chowder crew, which features the famous Datil pepper and a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. More than 100 gallons are made for each fair in the spring and in the fall — and it all sells out every time! Hay rides, children’s games, tours of the historic church (built in 1907), live music by The Red River Band, face painting, a bake sale, a yard sale, a 50/50 drawing, and silent auction also are part of the event. Other food includes barbecued pork sandwiches, french fries, chicken wings, hot dogs, handmade desserts, ice cream, and assorted beverages including beer. Admission is FREE!

SIXTH ANNUAL SAINT BENEDICT BLUES FESTIVAL

Oct. 19-20: Hear live blues music from local performers and feast on food such as New Orlean’s gumbo, pulled pork, ribs, and desserts. Beverages include water, soda, and beer from Ancient City Brewing. Hours are 4-10 p.m. October 19 and 12-10 p.m. October 20 at St. Benedict The Moor Catholic Church, 86 MLK Blvd., in the Lincolnville area of St. Augustine. Admission is $5 and includes parking. See the schedule and stay updated here: http://www.stbensbluesfest.com/schedule/

BLUES PERFORMERS

  • Gene Johnson Road Blues Band
  • Night Hawks
  • Str8 Up
  • Parish Singers w/ Alexandra Richman Soltow
  • The Warehouse Boys (Willie Dixon)
  • John Allison Band
  • Tony Martin Band
  • JW Gilmore & The Blues Authority
  • Duffey Bishop Band

THE GREAT AMERICAN SCARECROW FESTIVAL

Oct. 20: This annual event is a fundraiser for Pie in the Sky, helping Hastings residents in need, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Simple Gestures, 4 E. White St., off Anastasia Blvd., on the island. The community is invited to make their own scarecrows … bring your own clothing, or used donated items. Pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, food, drinks, live music, and other activities take place throughout the day. Donations go to Pie in the Sky. See the Facebook event here.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY YOUNG@PART

Oct. 25-27: KidzfACTory at Limelight Theatre stages The Addams Family Young@Part® at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27; and at 2 p.m. Oct 28 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults. Tickets are available at limelight-theatre.org or by calling 904-825-1164.

Hundreds of years ago, the Addams family ancestors came from the old country and settled on a plot of land in what is now New York’s Central Park. This was, of course, long before it was a park, when it was still wilderness and garbage. The family flourished for many generations, and eventually, a huge house was built where a great Spanish oak, the Addams Family Tree, had been planted to protect the ancestral graves from such annoyances as sunlight and tourists. As the curtain rises, the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Family Tree, and all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. They’ve gathered – where else? – in the family graveyard, to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual to connect with their past and ensure their future.

  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27; and at 2 p.m. Oct 28
  • limelight-theatre.org
  • 904-825-1164

ANCIENT CITY KIDS DAY

Oct. 27: 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

bobrauschenbergamerica

Nov. 1-4: Students from the St. Johns County Center for the Arts Theater Program will stage bobrauschenbergamerica Nov. 1-4 at St. Augustine High School. A summary from talkinbroadway.com:
Robert Rauschenberg: American artist, known for his “combines,” in which he incorporated found objects into his work. Claimed that he worked “in the gap between art and life.”

bobrauschenbergamerica: A play by Charles L. Mee in the spirit of Rauschenberg’s art. A collage of disparate plot threads, bizarre events, stand-alone monologues, and ridiculous non-sequiturs, jumbled together to bridge the gap between art and life.

  • 7 p.m. Nov. 1-3; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4
  • St. Augustine High School auditorium, 3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine
  • $10 for students
  • $15 for adults
  • Tickets also will be available at the door prior to each performance

SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE JR.

Nov. 6: Join the whole Schoolhouse Rock gang as we sing and dance our way through the curriculum November 6 at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The Murray Performing Arts Department will have you dancing in the aisles with Schoolhouse Rock favorites like I’m Just a Bill, Three is a Magic Number, Conjunction Junction, Inter-planet Janet and so many more. This interactive 60 minute show is appropriate for and sure to please all ages.

  • One day ONLY! November 6, 2018 at 7 PM
    (School Field Trip show: 10:30 am Nov. 6)
  • $10.00 ADULTS, $5.00 STUDENTS
  • Advanced tickets  
  • SJCCA at Murray Middle School Performing Arts Department
  • Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Jr
  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine

THE HAUNTED FLYING CIRCUS & MEDICINE SHOW

Nov. 9-10: The Haunted Flying Circus are a group time traveling performers from different cultures and periods of history — a motley mix of ghosts, immortals and mythical magic creatures. Performances are 8 p.m. Nov. 9-10 at the Willie Galimore Recreation Center, 399 Riberia Street, St. Augustine. Presale tickets are $13, and tickets are $15 at the door (cash only). Doors open at 7 p.m. Get tickets here.

LINCOLNVILLE PORCH FEST 

Nov. 10: The 2018 Lincolnville Porch Fest will feature local musicians on front porches in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood in downtown St. Augustine. Stay updated at www.facebook.com/Lincolnvilleporchfest/

FLORIDA TINY HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Nov. 16-18: The FIRST EVER 3-Day Music Festival set around Tiny Houses! This event takes places at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207, in Elkton, Florida — just miles from St. Augustine. Tiny homes, live music, artisans, vendors, food, a beer & wine garden, camping, and more! Get tickets here

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 17-Jan. 31: The 24th Annual Nights of Lights opens on Saturday, Nov. 17 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. 17, 2018. 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

FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL

Nov. 24-25: The 53rd 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. 24; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Go to staugustineartfestival.com for more details. 

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