2018 Spring, Summer & Fall FESTIVALS in the St. Augustine area

Top: The Roscolusa Songwriters Festival on April 28 at Nocatee in Ponte Vedra Beach. Photo from the Facebook page. Above: Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest photo courtesy of FloridasHistoricCoast.com


April 18-22Florida’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


April 20-21: Come one, come all and be the first to lock into the weekend of fun for the Vilano Fest 2018.  For details,tickets, or register to volunteer, go to www.vilanofest.com For vendor applications, reach out to Sallie O’Hara at SallieOHara@vilanobeachfl.com or 904-540-0402.

A seaside celebration in the Vilano Beach area will include:

  • The SEA TURTLE SOIREE event on Friday brings back for the second year the 1920s themed party on the Vilano pier complete with Ramona’s eight piece band and plenty of food, drinks and partying under covered tents!
  • The TOUR OF HOMES event on Saturday brings to the fore the great homes in our community showcased to highlight history, uniqueness and novelty no other community possesses. You will be amazed at this year’s most special treasured stop in North Beach!
  • The MUSIC FESTon Saturday now incorporates last year’s Dish n Fish, a day of the area’s finest local musicians with great food and a “slider competition” to wet your palettes!



April 21-22:  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 21; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Go to epicbh.org/flower-garden-expo/ for more details.


April 22Keepers of the Coast, a local sustainable living non-profit organization, will host its inaugural Full Circle Fest on Sunday, April 22 at Eddie Vickers Park, 399 Riberia Street in downtown St. Augustine. The festivities will take place from 11 to 6 p.m. Full Circle Fest will feature an array of events happening throughout the day including a series of speakers highlighting sustainable living ideas about alternative energy, gardening, recycling, and conservation. Admission is FREE.


April 28: 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 facebook.com/FeelTheWheels to stay updated.


April 28: This is a songwriters festival based in Ponte Vedra, Florida that takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the Nocatee Community, 232 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Hit songwriters from Nashville will share the stories behind their songs for a one-night musical event. This year, a portion of our proceeds will benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, which is a local organization with a mission to help area families tackle childhood cancer. See details on Facebook. 


April 28: A dynamic festival with activities for the KIDS and the KID-IN YOU! Live Entertainment on two stages, activities with law enforcement and military, “Be the Hamster” Snow Cones, Jumperamas, Giant Bubbles, Field Day Events, Human Stress Ball Machine, Photo Booth, Face Painting, DJ Line Dancing, Games, Golf Activities, Fire Trucks, Dunk Tank, Car Smash, Costumed Characters, Live Music Fest, Community Education, Crafts, Raffle Items, Vendors, Food Trucks and MORE!  From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Stay updated at facebook.com/StAugustineFamilyFunFest/


April 29: A Taste of St. Augustine will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29 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.


May 4-6: The Gamble Rogers Music Festival will be held May 4-6 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 


May 4-13: 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. Go to www.romanzafestivale.com for more details.


June 21-23 and June 28-30: 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


Sept. 8-10, Sept. 15-17, Sept. 22-24: The Sing Out Loud Festival, the largest free music festival ever held in St. Johns County, returns for three weekends this September — Sept. 8-10, Sept. 15-17, and Sept. 22-24. Hundreds of performances will take place at multiple music venues around St. Augustine, Florida in an epic celebration of local, regional and national singers, songwriters and musicians. Go to singoutloudfestival.com to stay updated


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.


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


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/


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


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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