2019 Fall & Winter Festivals in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

SING OUT LOUD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sept. 6-29: The Sing Out Loud Festival is the largest free music festival in Florida, with more than 300 performers on stage in multiple venues throughout St. Augustine. See the full story here with the list of performers. Go to singoutloudfestival.com to stay updated and view the huge music lineup.

HISPANIC CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL

Oct. 3-6: The Hispanic Culture Film Festival will feature Hispanic films at Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. See the Facebook event here. From the website: With its magical scenery deeply rooted in Hispanic history, Saint Augustine is the perfect place for a festival celebrating Hispanic culture and films to take place. Founded in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, a visionary Spaniard, Saint Augustine is renown as the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the US and has grown to become a major tourist attraction. It now has an infrastructure that is ready to welcome large numbers of visitors and make this film festival a world class nexus that will attract film makers and film lovers from all over the world. Spain, Guest Country of Honor in 2019, will bring major cultural events to the HCFF, which, along with the featured Hispanic films, will attract more than 4,000 visitors to this year’s Hispanic Culture Film Festival. Go to www.hcff.online to learn more.

THE MAZE AT SYKES FAMILY FARMS

Oct. 5-27: Nine acres of a local farm becomes The 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.

From the website: With over 50 years of farming experience, Sykes Family Farms continues to grow. Providing folks of all ages with a FARMtastic family tradition that they can look forward to each Fall. Since 2010, Sykes Family Farms has been providing folks of all ages with “Agritainment”! You may wonder what this means… We combine a 9-acre corn maze full of “cornfusing” twists and turns.. Mix it all together and you have “Agritainment!”

  • 9-acre maze
  • Animals
  • Hayride
  • Play Area
  • Cow Milking
  • and more!

TICKETS & DETIALS: www.sycofarms.com  

GREEK FESTIVAL

Oct. 11-13: The 22nd Annual 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. 11; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Go to stauggreekfest.com for more details.

ST. AMBROSE FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 13: The 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.  Admission is FREE.

ANCIENT CITY KIDS DAY

Oct. 26: 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

NOCTOBERFEST

Oct. 26-27: There’s a new fall festival called Noctoberfest that will take place October 26-27, 2019 in the Nocatee community, just north of St. Augustine in Ponte Vedra! And the band Sister Hazel will headline on Saturday, October 26! From noctoberfest.org: NOCtoberfest is an Oktoberfest style event being held in Nocatee (Ponte Vedra) Florida.  Live music, with headliner Sister Hazel, will take place during the entire festival.  The festival will have several German cities with different selections of German beer.  There will be 10+ food trucks, 40 vendors, a kids’ zone with inflatables, bounce houses, rock climbing walls and a 110 foot ferris wheel.  Also taking place, a Stein Hoisting Competition, a Cornhole Tournament, and other fun activities. The complete music lineup will be announced soon. Tickets and details at noctoberfest.org

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 23-Jan. 31: The 25th 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. 23, 2019. 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, 2020. Go to nightsoflights.com

FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL

Nov. 30-Dec.1: The 54th Annual Fall Art & Craft Festival, hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association, 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. 30; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Go to staugustineartfestival.com for more details.

LUMINARY NIGHT AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE

Dec. 4: The 22nd Annual Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a family-friendly tradition during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. On the evening of Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the Museum grounds will open for an evening celebration that will delight both young and old.  This popular event is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a taste of the holidays, St. Augustine style. The event takes place from 6 PM to 9 PM. This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry. Holiday music, Santa visits, seasonal treats, and other activities are planned. Stay updated in this Facebook event.

WINTER CROC FEST AT THE ALLIGATOR FARM

Dec. 7: Winter CrocFest 2019 will take place from 1-9 p.m. December 7, 2019 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Funds raised will support research and conservation projects for the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Belize, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica. All of the projects aim to preserve in-country C. acutus, and propose various means by which to minimize or avoid human-crocodile conflict. Join the rest of the Florida-based crocodile, reptile and conservation community as we gather together to enjoy visiting the sensational exhibits at The Farm. Take advantage of special up-close opportunities and marvel at the abilities of the crocodile (and other) inhabitants there. After dinner, you won’t want to miss the evening finale – a rousing live auction. Whether you bid or just look on, you will be amazed at how our croc-centric attendees come together to support crocodile conservation. Go to alligatorfarm.com

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