2021 Spring Festivals & Events in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

Festivals, outdoor events and markets in St. Augustine & St. Johns County. To submit an event, please email totallystaugustine@gmail.com

American Impressionism exhibit at Lightner Museum

April 8-July 5: Lightner Museum presents American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection, featuring forty-one paintings from the acclaimed collection of the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia. The paintings featured embody the evocative, timeless beauty of late 19th and early 20th century American art. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum general admission is $15. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Art in Public Spaces “Experience and Expression”

May 4-July 5: The St. Johns Cultural Council and the St. Johns County Foster Care community present “Experience and Expression” in the Rotunda of the St. Johns County Administration Building. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This exhibit is free.  St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine For more information, call 904-808-7330.

10th annual Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts

May 1-15: Free concerts and arts events will take place over three weeks in different venues throughout St. Augustine during the Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts,  celebrating its 10th year and including 35 events and exhibits by dozens of independent nonprofit organizations and talent. From Saturday, May 1 until Saturday, May 15, daily concerts, plays, dance showcases, art exhibits, opera, wine events, and more will be featured. Romanza Festivale is the only local event which showcases the arts, culture and heritage. It is an annual collaboration by dozens of organizations and businesses in St. Augustine. For general information, schedules and locations, visit  www.romanzafestivale.com.

British Farce Operettas: Cox and Box and Penelope Ann’s Revenge

May 4-9: First Coast Opera and A Classic Theatre are collaborating to bring northeast Florida audiences an exciting new production which includes a world premiere! The two companies will present seven performances of Cox and Box and Penelope Ann’s Revenge, two British farce operettas, during the Romanza Festivale of the Arts in May. Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 4-8; and 2 p.m. May 8-9 at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center in historic St. Augustine, Florida. Tickets can be purchased online at www.aclassictheatre.org/tickets

Flight to Freedom at Fort Mose

May 6-8: Flight to Freedom tells the story of the journey of freedom seekers beginning from 1687 through 1763. Learn about Spanish, African and Native American food traditions and culture from guest speakers and demonstrators. Musket and cannon demonstrations by the Fort Mose militia. In 1738 the Spanish governor of Florida chartered a settlement named Fort Mose in St. Augustine for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. That site is now Fort Mose Historic State Park with Flight to Freedom re-enactments and Freedom Trail journeys taking place May 6-8 from 9 am to 3 pm. The public can attend, with masks and social distancing required. Learn more at fortmose.org

St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival

May 6-9: A world-class culinary and beverage celebration will take place on Florida’s Historic Coast, May 6-9, 2021 at the World Golf Hall of Fame. The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival will be a showcase of culinary, beverage and culture that highlights celebrity guest chefs, local chefs, celebrity winemakers/proprietors, artisans, farmers, local craft spirits and beers, along with renowned wine, spirits and beer brands from around the globe. The inaugural festival offers a wide variety of events for all tastebuds and budgets, from wine dinners and tasting events, to master classes and more. More details at www.staugustinefoodandwinefestival.com

Book Signing at St. Augustine Art Association

May 7: Get your copy of Veggin in St. Augustine signed by author Jennifer Jordan during First Friday Art Walk from 5-7:30 p.m., at the St. Augustine Art Association. Take in fresh artwork from the Plein Air show, The Great Outdoors and be inspired by the breathtaking city of St. Augustine the book and exhibition represent. Books will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. Books will be sold by the St. Augustine Art Association for $25 and will partially benefit the St. Augustine Art Association. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-860-8844

First Friday Art Walk

May 7: Join Art Galleries of St. Augustine the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. for new exhibits, refreshments and live music at many participating galleries. Tour maps are available at participating galleries or online. 904-373-8697 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

St. Augustine Shrine Club BBQ & Barrel Jackpot

May 8: The St. Augustine Shrine Club will hold an event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5480 State Road 207, in Elkton. The event will include a BBQ, Car Show, Corn Hole Tournament and Barrel Jackpot. BBQ meals will be $10 and available at 11 a.m., with pulled pork, coleslaw and baked beans. The barrel racing begins at 8 a.m. with sign ups, and a 9 a.m. exhibition, with cash prizes, and games to follow. A Corn Hole Tournament starts at 11 a.m., with $10 entry and a 50% payback. A car show also begins at 11 a.m. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/247209220286832

STA Brewers Fest (SOLD OUT)

May 8: The beautiful Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine will be the host venue for the second annual St. Augustine Craft Brewers’ Festival from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021. This event will feature more than 20 local and regional craft breweries, including St. Augustine’s own BOG Brewing Company, Dog Rose Brewing Co., Old Coast Ales, and Ancient City Brewing. Food trucks, and live music will be part of the event. Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2021. For more information about the St. Augustine Craft Brewers Fest, visit www.stabrewersfest.com

St. Augustine Shimmy Mob

May 8: Creating change one shimmy at a time — this is a global bellydancing movement, on World Bellydance Day (the second Saturday in May), where teams of belly dancers around the world dance a Shimmy Mob, a belly dance flash mob held annually to raise awareness of domestic abuse.. The local St. Augustine Shimmy Mob will perform at the following locations, with donations going to the Betty Griffin Center in St. Augustine.
  • 12 pm: Woodpeckers BBQ: 4930 FL-16A
  • 12:30 pm: Blue Hen Café: 117 M L King Ave.
  • 2 pm – Delish Kabobs, 12 Cathedral Place
  • 3 pm: Betty Griffin Thrift Shoppe: 1961 A1A South
  • 4 pm: Dog Rose Brewing Company: 77 Bridge Street
  • 5 pm: Ancient City Brewing: 3420 Agricultural Center Drive
  • 7 pm: Marina Munch – 509 South Ponce de Leon Blvd.
  • 8 pm: 904 Churros: 164 State Road 312
  • 8:40 pm: Arnold’s Lounge: 3912 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.

First Look: The Artisan’s Market Outdoor Bougie Market

May 9: First Look: The Artisan’s Market is featuring local art and handmade items, home decor,  free coffee, music, aromatherapy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Free parking available. Come and get your Sunday groove on! First Look The Artisan’s Market is located across from the Old Jail at 162 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.firstlookartisans.com

St. Augustine Community Chorus — How Did We Keep from Singing?

May 11: The St. Augustine Community Chorus will perform a concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Details and tickets here.

Always…Patsy Cline at Limelight Theatre

May 14-30: From the moment Texas housewife Louise Seger first heard Patsy Cline’s voice, she was hooked. After quickly becoming Cline’s biggest fan, Louise met her idol before a show one surprising evening in Houston. That night sparked a deep friendship between the two women which continued through the years, writing letters to each other as Cline’s fame skyrocketed. Years after Cline’s tragic death, Louise reminisces on their friendship and her love for the singer. Based on a true story, the musical features all of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits and a heartfelt, down home good time. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., in uptown St. Augustine. Free parking streetside and in the theatre parking lot. For tickets, visit limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164.

15th Annual Bartram Bash

May 15: Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of St. Johns County at the 15th Annual Bartram Bash on Saturday, May 15 at Alpine Groves 2060 State Road 13, Switzerland, Florida — northwest St. Johns County. Tours of the Harris-Bennett House will be offered, along with a Porch Talk by Mike Adams, a local William Bartram historian. A concert by The Ashley Gang will be from 1-2 p.m., featuring Americana and folk music. This family-oriented event is a birthday celebration for American naturalist William Bartram, who explored the St. Johns River extensively in the late 18th century. Admission is free. RSVP in advance online at www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/

AS IF! The 90s Fest

May 15: On Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine, AS IF! The 90’s Fest will raise funds for ACE Alliance, the nonprofit chapter of Ancient City Entertainment committed to supporting St. Johns and Putnam County’s “movers and shakers” who dedicate their craft and livelihood to the culture of tourism, entertainment, and hospitality. ACE Alliance provides fellow artists and industry members disaster relief and wellness impact.Headliner Eve 6, who rocked the 1990s with hit singles like “Inside Out,” “Here’s to the Night,” and “Promise,” will take the stage as well as bands like Spider Monkey, Ramona + the Riot, The Space Heaters, NKO Nerd Kill Overdrive, Bad Dog Mama, Chillula, The Swell Acoustics, and Salt and Pine.AS IF! The 90’s Fest will be held on Saturday, May 15, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Francis Field, 25 West Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine. This action-packed, family-oriented, one-day event will feature live music, games, slime zone, a Lisa Frank selfie station, a 27-foot water slide, food trucks, and more. General Admission tickets are $15. Children under 5 are free and children ages 5-13 are $5. VIP tickets are available for $30 and include a lounge area and VIP bar access. Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still available! Contact Monika Bernthal at asif90sfest@gmail.com for more information. Buy your tickets here: www.asifthe90sfest.com

Vilano Beach Artisans Market

May 15: The Vilano Beach Artisan Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at Vilano Beach Airstream Row, 190 Vilano Road, on the right just before Beaches at Vilano. Artisans and vendors will be spread out on the grounds. Vendors include Merry Tate’s (airstream shop featuring fashions and accessories), Ginger and Herbs (soaps, bath bombs, etc.), Fae’s BBQ (food truck), Crochet with Passion (crocheted items such as purses, clothing, etc.), Datil Bloody Mary Mix, Kristen’s Cupcake Cafe, Island Soul Designs (jewelry), Noelle Alexandra Home (handcrafted home decor), The Plant Moms, Mindful Eyes Artistry (natural artwork), Off Her Head Hat Shop, and many other vendors. Admission is FREE. Other market dates are March 20, April 17, and May 15. Details at www.facebook.com/VilanoBeachMainStreet

Wizard of Oz by Saint Augustine Ballet

May 22: Follow the yellow brick road! Saint Augustine Ballet presents the Wizard of Oz during two performances on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Show times are 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at saintaugustineballet.com, with social distanced seating.   Young Dorothy Gale, played by local high school student Jolynne Waldner, and her dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas farm and plopped down in an otherworldly place called Oz. She offends one witch, is befriended by another and, after collecting a trio of oddball sidekicks, heads off to the Emerald City so that the all-powerful Wizard of Oz can help her go home. Luis Abella, Artistic Director of Saint Augustine Ballet, selected the cast of local dancers who attend schools throughout St. Augustine and St. Johns County, from ages 8 to 18.  Tickets are $35, $45 to $50, available at saintaugustineballet.com or by calling 855-222-2849.  Seating is safely socially distanced, with a limited number of tickets available in advance for each performance.

Rhythm & Ribs Festival

Oct. 15-17: The Rhythm & Ribs Festival will take place October 15-17, 2021 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. 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. More details at rhythmandribs.net


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

Nocatee Market

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.

STA City Market

Select Saturdays: STA City Market runs 10 an. to 3 p.m. select Saturday at Eddie Vickers Park, 399 Riberia St., in the Lincolnville area of downtown St. Augustine. Food trucks, live music, organic produce, coffee, locally made soaps, artists offering paintings and photography, hot sauces and more are offered. More details at stafarmersmarket.com or on the Facebook page 


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