2018 St. Augustine area FESTIVALS!

St. Augustine, Florida is known for it’s great lineup of festivals throughout the year. Here’s a roundup of 2018 festivals so far. More will be added in the coming weeks. To submit an event, email totallystaugustine@gmail.com


Jan. 18-21: The 8th Annual Saint Augustine Film Festival will run January 18-21, 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, and get tickets at www.staugfilmfest.com or follow on Facebook page:


Jan. 26-28: 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 Second Annual Old City Pirate Fest  from Jan. 26-28 in the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Two concerts include the band Tuatha Dea from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Tom Mason & the Blue Bucaneers from Nashville. Stroll through the historic Colonial Quarter for a trip back through 16oo-1800 St. Augustine history.  Blacksmithing, Sword-fighting & Black Powder Weaponry Demonstrations, Musicians, Gypsies, Dancers, Magicians, Mermaids and other performers.  Shop the vendors, sample some rum, and the kids can dress up in the ‘Lil Pirates area. Stay updated on the Facebook page.


Feb. 11: Made in St. Augustine® is the culmination of all things local. This handcrafted festival will celebrate everything in the nation’s oldest city, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 11 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. This curated event showcases those who create, craft, construct, grow, produce, educate, cook and bake in St. Augustine. The one-day annual festival features artisans, builders, craftspeople, chefs, bakers, farmers, brewers, historians, educators and absolutely anyone who creates products, services and opportunities in St. Augustine. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Made in St. Augustine®. The festival provides attendees a one-stop opportunity to experience everything in the nation’s oldest city while supporting the local community. Admission is $5, and kids 5 and under are admitted free. Go to www.madeinstaugustinefest.com to learn about participating vendors, sign-up for expert-led workshops, find out about the festival’s activities, and to view schedules for culinary demonstrations and musical performances.


Feb. 23-25: Fireworks, live music, midway rides and more will be offered Feb. 24-26 during the 32nd Annual Cathedral Festival, held on the grounds of the Mission of Nombre de Dios, off San Marco Avenue in uptown St. Augustine. Music headliner the Red River Band performs each year, along with local musicians on the schedule throughout the three-day event. 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. 24 over the water near the grounds. A silent auction will begin at noon Feb. 25, 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. 23; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24; and noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 25. 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 or stay updated on Facebook.


March 3: The St. Augustine Lighthouse Fest will grant FREE admission to the Lighthouse and grounds on Saturday, March 3 from 4 to 8:30 p.m., with exhibits, activities, and the Lighthouse open for the public. The annual 5k & Fun Run will take place at 4:30 p.m. (see details below). Go to  www.staugustinelighthouse.org or stay updated at


Join the Junior Service League of St. Augustine on Saturday, March 3, 2018 for the 35th Annual Lighthouse 5k & Fun Run. Managed by RaceSmith, Inc., the Lighthouse 5k is a chipped race that serves as a qualifier for the famed Gate River Run. Start time is 4:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Sign up today at Lighthouse5krun.com to support the continued preservation of our beautiful Lighthouse. The event is hosted by the Junior Service Leaue of St. Augustine.


March 3: The annual Menorcan Heritage Fest presented by the Menorcan Cultural Society will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3 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!


March 9-11: The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival features world famous Celtic bands, including the Dublin City Ramblers, Seven Nations, Albannach, Rathkeltair, and Emish. Emmet Cahill and Enter the Haggis are headliners, and new bands are House of Hamill and the Steel City Rovers. 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 artisans 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 10. Tickets are available at CelticStAugustine.com


March 10: 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 10 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


March 16-18: The 37th annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival is set for March 16-18 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 16; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 17; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Arts & Crafts Village closes at sundown each day. Go to www.lionsfestival.com for more details.


March 18: The annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair takes place each year at St. Ambrose Catholic 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!  


March 18The Spring 2017 St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by local record store ToneVendor and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Stay updated at www.staugamphitheatre.com or www.tonevendor.com


March 24-25: 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



April 1: The St. Augustine Easter Parade begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1 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


April 5-8St. 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


April 6-8: 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, April 6; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 7; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8. 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.


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 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: 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 29A 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


TBA: We area awaiting a festival announcement. The 2017 Lincolnville Porch Fest featuring local musicians on porches in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood in downtown St. Augustine. Stay updated: https://www.facebook.com/Lincolnvilleporchfest/


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