April 15-17: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

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ARBOR DAY AT ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH

April 15: An Arbor Day celebration will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 at St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach. The event will include live music, free food, educational activities for kids and adults, such as live sea creatures in touch tanks, the Sea Turtle Patrol, Smokey the Bear, a bee exhibit, a live alligator, butterflies, a GTM NERR Ocean Display, and other displays. Admission is FREE.

BILLY CURRINGTON CONCERT

April 15: Country music star Billy Currington and his Summer Forever tour featuring Kelsea Ballerini will perform at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Possessing one of the most smooth, distinct voices in any genre of music, Currington is equally skilled at delivering upbeat summertime anthems and exploring the complexities of life and love with a poignant ballad. Kelsea Ballerini’s record-breaking, Gold-certified single “Love Me Like You Mean It” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Tickets to see these two country greats perform are $45 for general admission/standing pit, level 100 & 200 seats and $35 for level 300 and obstructed view seats. 1340 C A1A South, St. Augustine. Call 904-209-0367 or go to www.staugamphitheatre.com

DEREK COGHLAN’S HITCHIKING (STORYTELLING SHOW)

April 15 and April 17: Derek Coghlan performs “Hitchhicking” at The Pioneer Barn on April 15, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on April 17, 2016, at 2 p.m. Coghlan spent his formative years growing up in a small town in the middle of nowhere in Ireland before coming to America in 1990. “Hitchhiking” is a show written and performed by Coghlan that examines the great, ordinary lunacy of growing up in Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s. He explores the dysfunctional mania of a traditional Irish Catholic family, the pure magic and freedom of traveling by thumb, the glorious majesty of pubs, and all the passionate eccentricities of that blasted, sun-starved North Atlantic rock. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students. 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Go to oldfloridamuseum.com

MINDSPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL

April 15-16: MindSpring Music Festival — MindSpring is a two-day independent North Florida music festival featuring more than 60 live bands and DJs spanning the full spectrum of sonic stylings, on stage at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207, in Elkton. From Rock to Reggae, Funk to Punk, Hip-Hop to Jamtronica, Americana, EMD, and more… MindSpring was curated with the intention of presenting a unique and diverse line-up that has something for everyone’s musical tastes and preferences but at the same time strives to expose attendees to new and exciting artists and sounds. The event is at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $40 each. Kids under age 12 are free. Go to www.mmfest.com

NOCATEE FARMERS MARKET

April 16: 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.

DATIL PEPPER EATING CONTEST AT HOT SHOT BAKERY

April 16: The 6th annual Chocolate-covered Datil Pepper Eating Contest will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Hot Shot Bakery, 8 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. In the past 5 years, the most datil peppers eaten is 54! Sign up by 10:30 a.m. to compete. Winner gets a $50 cash prize, lunch for two at Hot Shot, and a Keepsake Gold Fire Extinguisher. Follow Hot Shot Bakery at  www.facebook.com/hotshotbakery

FOR THE BIRDS

April 16: For The Birds features decorated bird houses by the community, all to support Pie in the Sky, a community outreach program in Hastings. The annual event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Simple Gestures, 4 E. White St., off Anastasia Boulevard, on the island just over the Bridge of Lions. Local bands Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards and The Skinny (Taylor & Pamela Fausset) will perform during the event. Food, handmade pies, a silent auction art, and fun are part of the family-friendly event. WFCF DJs will be the judges for the decorated bird house contest. Proceeds will benefit Pie in the Sky. Call 904-827-9997

FIRST COAST OPERA – PARISIAN WORKS

April 16: First Coast Opera presents an exploration of Parisian nightlife via the cabaret songs of Edith Piaf and lighter Parisian works for the stage.  A fun and festive evening stars 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at The Mark Lance Armory. Tickets are $35.  190 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Call 904-417-5555 or go to www.firstcoastopera.com

ANASTASIA CATHOLIC CHURCH MUSIC SERIES

April 16: After hosting a season of nationally and internationally known performers, it’s time for the locals to shine in the final concert of the 2015-16 St. Anastasia Catholic Church concert series. The free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16, will feature the church’s director of music and organist Peter Morin, and his wife, violinist Helen Morin. The couple will be joined by musical friends including pianist Scott Watkins, violinist Marguerite Richardson and cellist Brittany Maroney in an evening of classical music which will include two movements of Josef Rheinberger’s Suite of Organ and Violin, a Bach solo ‘cello sonata, a Vivaldi concerto for 2 violins and some Dvorak. St. Anastasia Catholic Church is located at 5205 A1A South on Anastasia Island. The concert and parking are free. Those who wish may contribute to a free will offering to assist in covering artist and concert expenses. For information call 904-471-5364.

VILANO DISH N FISH

April 16: Vilano Beach Main Street, Inc. will host the first Dish N Fish culinary event in the Vilano Beach Town Center on April 16 from 2 to 8 p.m. Dish N Fish is a new culinary tourism event which is a collaborative fundraising partnership with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), and Vilano Beach Main Street to raise awareness of the coastal community and area dining benefits for visitors and residents. From 3 to 5 pm a Chef Competition among High School Culinary students (ProStart Program) will be featured. Meals from chef stations will be available for $15. Culinary demonstrators also will offer samplings. The music line-up of entertainment for afternoon listening includes Amy Hendrickson (2 pm), Dewey Via (3 pm), Sam Pacetti (4 pm), Katherine Archer (5 pm), Smokin’ Joe Schauer (6 pm), and Crawford Boyd (7 pm). The event begins at 2 pm under a large tent in Vilano Beach Town Center across from Publix at 145 Vilano Road. Entry to the event is a $5 donation benefitting FRLA High School Culinary Grants for ProStart students and Vilano Beach Main Street improvement projects. Sponsorships and sponsor tables are available. Children under 15 enter free. For advance tickets, register at www.vilanobeachfl.com/dishnfish.

FORD MUSTANG CLUB CAR SHOW

April 16-17: The Mustang Club of America’s first national show of 2016 takes place at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 17, Ford Mustang owners from all over the country display their 1964 to 2016 Mustangs. Awards based on judging by nationally- certified MCA judges presented at noon on Sunday. 207 N San Marco Blvd., St. Augustine.

BETTY GRIFFIN HOUSE 5K

April 16: Betty Griffin House 5K — Novice or expert, there’s a place for you in the 5K Run & Walk-A-Thon, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at St. Augustine Beach Pier. Race as an individual or create a team of wild and crazy friends, family or co-workers. “Run with a purpose” and raise awareness and funds to help end domestic and sexual violence in our community. Pack Pick-up is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the Betty Griffin House Thrift Shoppe, 1961 A1A South, St. Augustine, or on Race Day, April 16 beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier near the start/finish line. Go to bettygriffinhouse5k.org

EPIC FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO

April 16-17: EPIC Flower & Garden Expo — A popular event in northeast Florida, the Flower and 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 16; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Use your Expo pass to receive free admission to the Taste of St. Augustine on April 23! Go to epicbh.org/flowerandgardenexpo or at www.facebook.com/EPIC-Flower-and-Garden-Expo

LOCAL BAND THE PEMBERWICKS AT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

April 16:  As part of the Fountain of Youth’s continuing first and third Saturdays program, hear  local band The Pemberwicks play al fresco in concert on the third Saturday from April to September (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in April and May; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in June to September) by the Trolley and Train stop at the Fountain of Youth. Enjoy delicious food, beer and wine, available at the Five Flags Cafe. Limited seating is available, so bring your own chairs for this fun free event. Parking is free while on the Fountain of Youth property. Go to http://www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

FREE ADMISSION TO THE FORT

April 16-24: Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos — In recognition of the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary, the Castillo de San Marcos offers free admission throughout the week. Built 1672-1695, the massive fortress provided protection for Spanish Florida, Spain’s famous treasure fleets and the people of St. Augustine. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. daily with the last ticket issued at 5 p.m. 1 Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Call 904-829-6506 or go to www.nps.gov/casa

FIND YOUR PARK PLEIN AIR ART

April 16-24:Artists, regardless of residency, who love parks, history and The Great Outdoors are invited to participate in Find Your Park Plein Air. Find Your Park Plein Air, coordinated by the National Park Service and St. Johns Cultural Council, features the actual creation of art in plein air, which is a French term meaning “in the open air.” This art form is when an artist creates outside with the subject in view. Therefore, the program, during National Park Week, offers two places of inspiration and beauty for artists to create masterpieces in the fresh air of historic St. Johns County – the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas. For those wishing to participate in Find Your Park Plein Air, the cost is free. For artists wanting to submit artwork created during Find Your Park Plein Air into the juried show, the cost is $30 to submit up to two works. Go to www.findyourparkpleinair.com

THE WEDDING SINGER AT PONTE VEDRA HIGH

April 15-16: Following last year’s school-record-breaking smash hit musical Hairspray,Ponte Vedra High School announces its 2016 Spring Musical Wedding Singer. Directed by Joe Kemper, with senior student Anna Scheckenback as Assistant Director. The Wedding Singer runs at 7 p.m. April 14–15, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 16 in the auditorium at Ponte Vedra High School, 460 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Student tickets are $10 and general admission is $15.

THE 39 STEPS AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE

April 15-May8: Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, and add a dash of Monty Python — this whodunit will keep you on your toes and roaring in your seat!  The 39 Steps is on stage April 13-May 8 on the Matuza Main Stage at Limelight Theatre in uptown St. Augustine. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $26 for adults; $24 for seniors; $20 for military and students; $10 student rush (30 minutes prior to show); and a FREE child ticket is available with full paid adult ticket. Patrons can choose their seats online at limelight-theatre.org or by calling 904-825-1164.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS AT ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH

April 15-23: A cast of forty talented performing arts students at St. Augustine High School will take the stage for a seven-day run of this family-friendly musical comedy about a window-washer turned business mogul and the captivating secretary who catches his eye. Directed by Jeff Dodd. Show times are below. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. St. Augustine High School is located at 3205 Varella Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
• Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm
• Friday, April 15, 7:00 pm
• Saturday, April 16, 7:00 pm
• Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm
• Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm
• Friday, April 22, 7:00 pm
• Saturday, April 23, 7:00 pm

PETER PAN AT CHRIST EPISCOPAL IN PONTE VEDRA BEACH

April 15-24: From writer/director Jason Woods comes a new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.  Follow beloved characters Peter Pan and Captain Hook in this timeless story newly adapted for the stage, featuring hilarious new songs, captivating music, new choreography by Ashley Yarham, and one very large crocodile… get #readyforneverland! Performances are April 13-April 24 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach.

TICKETS: www.readyforneverland.ticketleap.com

WEBSITE: www.readyforneverland.com

APRIL 14 – 24
Evening performance times: 7:30pm
Matinee performance times: 3:00pm
Wednesday, April 13th: Preview Night
Thursday, April 14th, Premiere Party

THE CRUCIBLE AT NEASE HIGH SCHOOL

April 15-16: The Crucible will be staged by students in the drama department at Nease High School. The Crucible is a 1953 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. The show is directed by Drama Instructor Maria Helfrich. Show times are 7 p.m. April 14-16 at Allen D. Nease Performing Arts Center, 10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $10 for adults and children.

TILLY THE TRICKSTER AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE

April 16, April 23, and April 30: A scene from Tilly the Trickster, on stage at Limelight Thaetre. From left, Flagler College student Rylee Kuberra as Tilly; Flagler College student Alison Zador as Mom; Morgan Kelly, with Teddy the puppet; and Craig Wickless as Dad. A family-friendly show is featured on Saturdays at Limelight Theatre, written by Molly Shannon. The musical Tilly the Trickster is on stage 11 a.m. April 16, April 23, and April 30. Molly Shannon has created numerous unforgettable characters on Saturday Night Live and in movies such as SUPERSTAR and NEVER BEEN KISSED and now introduces young readers to her latest hilarious creation, TILLY THE TRICKSTER. TICKETS —$26 for adult with FREE child ticket (use code jrpatron when ordering the tickets online); $10 for additional child ticket. Go to limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164.

JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB AT GYPSY CAB

April 15-16: Comedians are on stage every Friday and Saturday night at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club at the Gypsy Corner Bar, 828 Anastasia Blvd., next to Gypsy Cab Restaurant in St. Augustine. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, and cost is $10 per person. Saturday shows begin at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12. For reservations, call 904-461-8843. Go to thegypsycomedyclub.com to view the upcoming schedule.

CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE

April 15-17: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Belly’s), will screen movies throughout the weekend. Movies begin at 7 and 8 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays.  Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com  

ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD FAIR AT THE AMPHITHEATER

April 17: The Spring 2016 St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by local record store ToneVendor and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, will be held Sunday, March  13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The biannual St. Augustine Record Fair is a FREE, family-friendly event and is open to the public. Music lovers and collectors are invited to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to shop thousands of music-related items including new and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, turntable equipment and supplies, memorabilia, collectibles and more. Music fans will find nearly every type of music genre represented. Due to the popularity of the event, the Spring Record Fair has expanded to include 60 dealer tables, representing dealers from across the Southeast. Live music and DJ sets by Jake Brown will take place throughout the day plus children’s activities including a bounce house, face painting and more will keep the entire family entertained. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from several on-site food trucks as well as the Amphitheatre Concessions. Ample free parking will also be available.

REGGAE SUNDAY

 April 17: Live reggae music will be on stage from 3 to 7 p.m. every Sunday beginning through October at The Conch House, 57 Comares Ave., on the island over the Bridge of Lions. Go to conch-house.com/lounge/reggae-sunday to view the entire schedule.

ONGOING EVENTS

OLD CITY 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 St. Augustine Lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission. Go to staugustinefm.com

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Victorian spiritualism immersion. Learn to read tea leaves, master pendulum dowsing with angel cards and talking spirit board. Afternoon sessions at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday are $35 per person. Keyhole After Dark is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is priced at $40 per person. Sessions take place above the Spice and Tea Exchange, 59 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 904-671-5010 or go to www.2ghouls.com

VITTLES & VINO CARRIAGE TOURS

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: VIP tours featuring more than 3 hours of carriage travel in St. Augustine with 4-5 food tasting stops, stops at 3-4 wine sampling venues and a bottle of wine to enjoy on the ride. The tours are presented by The Tasting Tours. The Vittles and Vino tour is $109. Call 904-325-3911 or go to www.thetastingtours.com 

HISTORIC WEAPONS DEMONSTRATIONS

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: National Parks Service personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in 1740′s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability. The Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S., was built by the Spanish in 1672 to help protect their empire in the New World. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 15 and under are admitted free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. daily. For details, go to www.nps.gov/casa

ST. AUGUSTINE FLEA MARKET

Saturdays and Sundays: The St. Augustine Flea Market, 2495 State Road 207, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 vendors offer a variety of items including fresh produce, datil pepper sauce, prepared foods, antiques and collectibles, instruments, cell phones, jewelry, art and everything in between. Free admission and parking. On the third Sunday of each month, a motorcycle swap meet is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 904-824-4210 or go to staugustinefleamarket.com

FLAGLER COLLEGE TOURS

Daily: Take a tour of Flagler College that highlights the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. Built by millionaire developer, Henry Flagler, in 1888, the hotel is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and houses the largest collection of in use Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. Located at 74 King Street, tours depart from the Rotunda at the top of each hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children, and FREE to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go to legacy.flagler.edu/Tours  

SCHOONER FREEDOM SAILING

Daily: The Schooner Freedom sets sail daily from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. The tour provides guests with an unforgettable two-hour sailing adventure. Daytime sails are $35 for adults, $25 for kids ages 2-12, free for under age 2. Sunset sails are $45 per person and once each month there’s a full moon sail for $35 per person. All sails are weather permitting. Call for reservations and departure times. Call 904-810-1010 or go to www.schoonerfreedom.com

ST. AUGUSTINE ECO TOURS

Daily: St. Augustine Eco Tours take nature enthusiasts of all ages on guided tours of the waters and salt marshes surrounding the Oldest City. See coastal birds like ospreys and herons, marine mammals including bottlenose dolphin and an occasional manatee. Daily tours aboard a special explorer vessel take 2-6 guests through 12 miles of tidal creeks and coastal waters — listen for dolphin conversations using the vessel’s underwater microphones. Call 904-377-7245 or go to www.staugustineecotours.com

ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE

Daily: The Victory III sets sail  at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Since the 1900′s St. Augustine Scenic Cruise family have been giving visitors to St. Augustine a unique view of the city and a way to enjoy historic landmarks and natural beauty by water. Cost is $16.75 for adults; $9.75 for ages 9 to 13; $7.75 for ages 4 to 12; $13.75 for ages 60 and older. Cruises are weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. Go to www.scenic-cruise.com or call 904-824-1806.

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