HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AT XIMENEZ-FATIO HOUSE MUSEUM
September 15-October 15: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Spanish audio tours at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, located on the oldest street in America, at 20 Aviles Street. Built in 1798 by Spanish merchant Andres Ximenez, this historic house also served as a general store, tavern, and billiards hall. It was converted to a boarding house in the 1800s, owned and run by women. Learn more of this story on a tour. Visit www.ximenezfatiohouse.org
ST. AUGUSTINE SCAVENGER HUNTS
Thursday-Sunday each week in fall and winter: Search for clues and solve puzzles with your very own group of family and/or friends on a St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt with The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery — and find 13 locations throughout the nation’s oldest city. Choose from a History Hunt, Haunted Hunt, or a Lovely Hunt and have a blast learning more about St. Augustine while exploring. Details at the13keys.com
FALL CANDLE-MAKING AT WHICHCRAFT CANDLE PARLOR
Thursday-Sunday September-December: The WhichCraft Candle Parlor, located at 76 Spanish Street in downtown St. Augustine, offers soy wax candle-making sessions, complete with participants creating their own custom-fragranced candles, and learning to wick and pour the wax. Book online at whichcraftcandlebars.com
GHOST WALKS & PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS
Every Thursday-Saturday this fall and winter: Real haunts. Real history. Real paranormal. A Night Among Ghosts is a fully investigative experience combining a captivating mix of deep rooted, researched histories and amazing haunted locations in St. Augustine, Florida. Group will reach beyond the history, as they attempt to communicate with those on the other side — utilizing intuitive techniques, Victorian Spiritualism practices, and modern paranormal equipment. Details at anightamongghosts.com
THE MAZE AT SYKES FAMILY FARMS
October 2-30: 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
- Play Area
- Cow Milking
- and more!
TICKETS & DETAILS: www.sycofarms.com
AN OPERATIC FEAST BY FIRST COAST OPERA
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Catered Dinner by La Cocina at St. Anastasia Catholic Church
5205 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080.
A VIP RECEPTION is offered that will include a champagne reception with hors d’oeuvres starting at 5:30 PM. Meet and visit with the evening’s performers. Includes preferred seating for dinner. $125.00 per person while seats are available.
GENERAL ADMISSION doors open at 6:00. Guests will be welcomed with wine and hors d’ oeuvres. $75.00 per person.
All guests will sit down dinner at 6:30 will include a duo of bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and baked salmon served with bread and salad. Meal includes wine and dessert. A performance of favorite operatic selections will be performed following dinner.
PSYCHIC FAIR & METAPHYSICAL MARKETPLACE
October 9-10: Experience the positive vibrations on Florida’s Historic Coast at the Psychic Fair & Metaphysical Marketplace on October 9-10 at the St. Augustine Shriner’s Club, 250 Brainard Drive
St. Augustine, Fl 32086. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 9; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 10. Spend the weekend for one low price (weekend admission only $10 with a free gemstone), with like-minded positive people. Have a reading with some of the area’s most respected Psychics and Spiritual Mediums. Get a full-color photo of your aura, or have a reiki healing. Shop in the metaphysical marketplace for crystals, gemstones, pendulums, tarot cards, and more. Sit in on the free lectures all weekend. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
GREEK FESTIVAL – in-person event canceled / order food for pick-up
Order ahead to pick up October 8-9: The Greek Festival, scheduled for October 8-9, 2021, has been changed to a food order pick-up event. Greek Fest TO GO! is back with your favorite Greek dishes – available by the plate or order the whole pan!
Here’s how to satiate all your cravings:
- Explore the authentic Greek mouth-watering online menu featuring dinners, sandwiches, à la carte dishes, grilled favorites, desserts and panned specialties.
- Pre-order your faves online now at staugustinegreekfestival.com/menu2021.
- On October 8-9, head to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to pick-up your order via drive-thru.
- While you wait for your made-to-order deliciousness, pop into the Church for a guided tour.
ST. AUGUSTINE ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
October 14 and October 17: The St. Augustine Orchestra is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Upcoming concerts will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 14 at Lightner Museum; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 17 at Anastasia Baptist Church. Details at staugustineorchestra.com
RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL
October 15-17: The Rhythm & Ribs Festival will take place October 15-17, 2021 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine, Florida with headliner Travis Tritt on stage Saturday, October 16! Live music, award-winning BBQ pit masters, artisans, a kids zone, and other activities will be part of this event, hosted by the St Augustine Sunrise Rotary. Proceeds benefit local charitable organizations. Purchase tickets in advance at rhythmandribs.net
ST. AUGUSTINE SAUNTER
October 16 and November 20: From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on September 18, October 16, and November 20, Living history interpreters from the Historic Florida Militia, Inc. will saunter through the oldest streets in period Colonial costumes and present a timeline of St. Augustine’s colonial history in the town’s historic district — from the City Gates down St. George Street to Aviles Street, the oldest street in the United States. Participants present themselves to the general public in the garb and gear of the city’s military and civilian colonial environs from 1513 to 1784 and answer questions related to St. Augustine’s rich history and pose for pictures with visitor. More details at https://hfm.club/about/events__trashed/saunter/
October 16: The St. Johns County Cracker Day will take place on Saturday, October 16 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207 in Elkton, Florida. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Farmers Market area, with local honey and datil pepper products, boutiques, woodworking, kettle corn, snow cones and ice cream, tack and customized apparel, candles, arts & crafts, blacksmithing, all days kids entertainment and games. Barrel races, pole races and whip cracking will take place all day. Horse games signup begins at 8 a.m., with the first run at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by the St. Johns County Cattlemen’s Association. Call 904-669-5157 or email email@example.com
VILANO BEACH MARKET AT AIRSTREAM ROW
October 16: The Vilano Beach Market at Airstream Row will take place from 3-8 p.m. September 18 at 190 Vilano Road, on the right just before the Vilano Beach Pier. Featuring 20+ local vendors, food trucks, and Airstream shops, the event continues on the third Saturday of each month. Free parking and admission. The October 16, November 20, and December 18 market will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ST. BENEDICT BLUES FESTIVAL
October 22-24: The St. Benedict Blues Festival will take place on the grounds of Saint Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, 86 M L King Jr Ave., in the historic Lincolnville area of downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Admission is $5 and includes parking. Food such as New Orlean’s gumbo, pulled pork, ribs, and desserts will be offered. Beverages include water, soda, and beer from local breweries. Bring lawn chairs for seating. All proceeds go toward the Catholic Mission Rectory Fund. See the music lineup below. Visit saintbensbluesfest.com
THE MUSIC LINEUP
Ken Jensen Blues Ensemble
Amy Alysia and the Soul Connection
The Warehouse Blues Band (Willie Dixon)
The Brent Byrd Band
The Snacks Blues Band
Duffy Bishop Band
JW Gilmore & The Blues Authority
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
October 22-24: Join the wild side for three nights of treats at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Guests can wear Halloween costumes and will meet eerie bugs and beasts, explore the park, and fill their bag with treats! Please Bring your Own Bag. Sure to be a spooktacular time! Visit www.alligatorfarm.com/creatures-of-the-night/
ST. AUGUSTINE SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL
October 22-24: The 4th Annual St. Augustine Songwriters Festival will take place from Friday to Sunday, Oct. 22–24, 2021, at several venues in the historic district in St. Augustine. Admission is FREE. The festival includes outstanding songwriters, ranging from legendary artists to current hit makers and budding stars, including Terri Jo Box, James McNair, Jason Duke, Jolie, Mark Irwin, Jesse Rice, Justin Wilson, Styles Haury, Tommy Cecil, Melissa Bollea, Megan Linville, Phillip White and Kaylee Rose. Please see below for the complete list of performers and the schedule for the 2021 event. Visit staugustinesongwritersfestival.com
The concerts will take place on stages at these venues in 2021:
ST. AUGUSTINE HERITAGE FESTIVAL
October 23: The 1st annual St Augustine Heritage Festival, brought to you by St Augustine Heritage Association, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trout Creek Memorial Park and Marina, 6550 State Road 13 N, Saint Augustine, FL 32092. The event will include heritage vendors, historical re-enactors such as Men of Menendez, Pirates (Drake’s Raid), St. Augustine Royal Family, Menorcans, Glorious Victorians, Geechee Gullah, British, Black Militia and more. Learn about St. Augustine’s fascinating Heritage from the Timucuan Indian Tribe to Florida’s statehood, all in one day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Facebook at staugustineheritagefestival
Fresh From Yianni’s Kitchen (Greek)
Local Pride Food Truck (Menorcan)
Captain Skallywags (British)
Skillet ( Southern)
FALL FLING AT ST. JOHNS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
October 23-24: Fall Fling is a two-day event at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 SR 207, in Elkton. This home grown festival will feature artisans, crafters, Barktoberfest, a kids zone, car show, live music, and raffles to benefit nonprofit organizations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission $10 per vehicle. Visit www.staugustinefallfling.com
ANCIENT CITY KIDS DAY
October 23: The 25th Annual Ancient City Kids Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Coordinated by EPIC and brought to the community by a committee of children organizations, Ancient City Kids Day is a day of fun-filled activities for children and families. 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. There will be free t-shirts/goody bags for kids while they last. 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. Visit epicbh.org
TRICK-OR-TREATING IN DOWNTOWN
ALL HALLOWS EVENT CHARITY BASH
October 30: The Krewe of the 13 will host the First Annual All Hallows Eve Charity Bash from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 30 in the Magnolia Room at the Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave. Music by Soul Fire, appetizers, a welcome drink, costume contest, silent auction, and a raffle. Adults only, 21 and older. Cost is $50, nonr-refundable. Tickets: www.tinyurl.com/krewe13
JAIL BREAK 5K
October 30: INK! (Investing in Kids) and Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine have announced this year’s 6th Annual Jail Break 5K run and walk fundraiser. Local activities will be held on Saturday, October 30 with race registration at 6:30 a.m. and race start at 8:00 a.m. with activities until 12 p.m. Run events begin at the Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Blvd. in St. Augustine, Florida. Family-friendly entertainment includes adult and children “jail breakers” who plan their escape from the 130-year-old historic venue and run through picturesque, historic areas of St. Augustine also known as The Nation’s Oldest City. Scenic ocean, river and Intracoastal Waterway views are featured in the run on the Francis and Mary Usina “Vilano” Bridge, and wrap up at Vilano Beach Pavilion, 20 Vilano Road. The event is a 5K USA Track & Field (USATF) Certified Course. New this year: Live bands The Grapes of Roth and Skin & Bonz. All runners will be rounded-up as “prisoners” as they begin the race and will be transported back to the Old Jail from Vilano Beach by shuttle as needed. A Halloween costume contest sponsored by Ghosts and Gravestones will include more than $1,000 in cash prizes, and other treasures. Distinctive t-shirts are available with size of shirts guaranteed and this year’s unique finishers medals to those who register by Friday, October 1. Sign up: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintAugustine/EscapeFromStAugustine
Proceeds from the race will be donated to benefit the innovative programs and classroom resources at INK! which promotes academic success for all St Johns County public school students and teachers. Visit the website at www.ink-stjohns.org.
THE SECRET BY LEE WEAVER
October 30: Lee Weaver’s play, “The Secret,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 30 at The Center for Spiritual Living, 1795 Old Moultrie Road, St. Augustine. “Stephan – The Cello Man” will prepare us at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.
“The Secret” was presented at The New York City Fringe Festival for eight performances, for a certificate for “Outstanding Solo Performance” was received.
“The Secret” is about Jose Miguel Martinez, a lawyer for The Spanish Inquisition, whose job was to find Jews, Muslims and “bad” Catholics; to report them to the authorities, that they might receive their just punishment. Jose comes to the New World with Pedro Martinez in 1565, and goes about his dastardly business for The Spanish Monarchy and The Holy Catholic Church.
HISTORIC LINCOLNVILLE FESTIVAL
November 12-14: The Historic Lincolnville Festival showcases the history of this community that was built by African American in downtown St. Augustine. The FREE event will take place November 12-14 at the Lincolnville Cultural Center & Museum, 102 ML King Ave., St. Augustine. Click here for more details or call 904-762-9338.
37th ANNUAL ANCIENT CITY AUTO SHOW
November 13: The 37th Annual Ancient City Auto Show will take place on Saturday, November 13 at Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine, 4730 Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine. Rain or shine event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Registration gates are open from 8-11 a.m.). All vehicles are welcome and the Top 30 vehicles will receive wall plaques chosen by participant voting. FREE admission for spectators. Call 904-806-4625 or visit www.ancientcity.aaca.com
ENDLESS SUMMER 10K & 5K
November 13: Presented by Don’s Friends, the Endless Summer 10K & 5K Beach Run/Walk was originally set to take place Saturday, September 11 at Anastasia State Park. The race has been postponed to November 13 and is SOLD OUT. Visit www.donsfriend.com
11th ANNUAL HALF MARATHON
November 13-14: Starting from Francis Field, the Kids Fun Run begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 13. On Sunday, the Half Marathon starts at 6:45 a.m.; the 10K Run starts at 6:50 a.m.; and the 5k run starts at 7 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Francis Field is located at 25 West Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Visit www.staugustinehalfmarathon.com
PONTE VEDRA BEACH AUTO SHOW
November 13-14: Two days of events showcasing classic and new collectors’ cars will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. November 13-14 at 245 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. FREE admission for spectators. Visit www.pvautoshow.com or call 904-994-5662
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
November 20-January 31: The 28th 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. Light-Up Night is Saturday, November 20 with music starting at 5:30 p.m., and the lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. 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 de la Constitucion 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 3 million lights on city buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2020. Visit nightsoflights.com
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS SCAVENGER HUNT
FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL
POSTPONED TO THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2022: The annual Fall Art & Craft Festival, hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association, traditionally is held on Thanksgiving weekend at Francis Field. The 2021 event is postponed and the event will take place on Thanksgiving weekend in 2022. Visit staugustineartfestival.com
ST. AUGUSTINE CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 4: The 66th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021. The parade begins at the parking lot of the Mission Nombre de Dios off San Marco Avenue and continues south on Avenida Menendez along the bayfront, west on Cathedral Place, and north on Cordova Street. For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Abbott at 904-824-4997.
LUMINARY NIGHT AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE
December 2021: A version of Luminary Night will take place at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. More details to be announced in the coming months. Visit staugustinelighthouse.org
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET
December 18-19: The Saint Augustine Ballet presents the 13th Annual Nutcracker — a timeless classic featuring professional ballet dancers and dance students around the area. This holiday favorite will be staged December 18-19, 2021 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Visit saintaugustineballet.org
ST. AUGUSTINE FILM FESTIVAL
January 20-23, 2022: The Saint Augustine Film Festival will take place January 20-23, 2022 on the Flagler College campus and at venues throughout St. Augustine. Tickets will go on sale in November 2021. Stay updated at www.staugfilmfest.com
LINCOLNVILLE PORCH FEST
February 19, 2022: Live music on 30+ porches of historic homes in the Lincolnville neighborhood of downtown St. Augustine will take place on Saturday, February 19. More details will be announced in the coming months. Stay updated at lincolnvilleporchfest.org
ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE FESTIVAL
February 25-26, 2022: Experience a weekend of events featuring Spanish wine. This tasty event connects St. Augustine to our city’s Spanish heritage through a series of special events that feature Spanish wine, cuisine and culture. For more information visit www.spanishwinefestival.com
LIGHTHOUSE 5K & FUN RUN
March 5, 2022: Join the Junior Service League of St. Augustine on Saturday, March 5 for the 38th 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. Register here
LIGHTHOUSE NIGHT FEST
March 5, 2022: Lighthouse Night Fest will grant FREE admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum on Saturday, March 4 from 4 to 8 p.m., with exhibits, activities, and the Lighthouse tower open for the public. The annual Lighthouse 5k & Fun Run will take place at 4:30 p.m. (see details below). Go to staugustinelighthouse.org or stay updated on Facebook.
ST. AUGUSTINE CELTIC MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
March 12-13, 2o22: The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival features world famous Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, live music on two stages, and a variety of entertainment. The festival is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The event also includes the St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12. Tickets are available at CelticStAugustine.com
ST. AUGUSTINE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 14, 2022: 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 12 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. Details at CelticStAugustine.com
UNIDOS EN LA MUSICA: A LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL
Wednesday Market at the St. Augustine Beach Pier
Every Wednesday: Fresh produce, arts and crafts, and prepared food from local vendors is available from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. More than 40 vendors offer a variety of items including paintings, photography and jewelry. Facebook page
Coconut Barrel Farmers Market
Every Thursday: Coconut Barrel will hold a Farmers Market on select dates at 3175 US 1, Saint Augustine, FL 32086. This artisan market opens its parking lot each week for produce vendors, food trucks, artists and artisans. Stay updated on the Facebook page
St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market
Every Saturday: Find fresh produce, plants, bread, cheese, handmade products, fine art and crafts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, just south of the lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission. Facebook page
Salt Air Farmers Market
Every Sunday: The Salt Air Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday year-round at the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, from A1A South, across the street from Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The market features locally grown produce, seafood, bread, fruit, honey, soaps, tide clocks, art and more. Free admission and parking. Go to www.saltairfarmersmarket.com or the Facebook page
Third Saturday: The Nocatee Farmers Market features more than 70 vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Saturday of the month in the Nocatee community. Free admission and parking in the Nocatee community in Ponte Vedra Beach. Go to www.nocatee.com for details.