GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 29-May 1:Â 21st Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival â€”Â Three days of live music on four stage at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., in downtown St. Augustine. More than 50 local, regional and national musicians will perform, with a Youth Competiton on Saturday, April 30. Tickets are $15 for the entire weekend.Â Go toÂ www.gamblerogersfest.org
FLORIDA’S BIRDING & PHOTO FEST
April 27-May 1:Â 13th Annual Floridaâ€™s Birding and Photo FestÂ â€” More than 110 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 toÂ www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com
TOMMY EMMANUEL & THE LOWHILLS CONCERT
April 28-29: Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. The Lowhills will be open the show at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Go toÂ www.pvconcerthall.com
RODEO AT THE ST. JOHNS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
April 30: Uptown Saturday Night â€” Enjoy extended shopping, art exhibits, live music and more from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30Â in shops along San Marco Avenue in Uptown St. Augustine. FREE parking street-side and at the Mission Nombre de Dios. Free admission.
ALABAMA SHAKES CONCERT
April 30:Â The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes the return of southern rock group Alabama Shakes with guest Dylan LeBlanc at 8 p.m. (gates open 7 p.m.)Â Saturday, April 30.Â Nominated for three Grammy Awards, their “Sound & Color” album is a follow-up to the Shakes’ 2012 debut “Boys & Girls,” which also earned the group three Grammy nominations. Tickets range from $30.50Â toÂ $50.50. The Amphitheatre is located atÂ 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Call 904-209-0367 or go toÂ www.staugamphitheatre.com
THE 39 STEPS AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE
April 29-May 8: Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, and add a dash of Monty Python â€” 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.
TILLY THE TRICKSTER AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE
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 â€”$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.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
April 30: See history come to life when 18th century Spanish soldiers march down St. Augustine’s Saint George Street to the Government House where they perform authentic military drills before firing an exciting volley of musketry.Â The ceremony is conducted by the St. Augustine Garrison, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30Â at the Government House,Â 48 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine. FREE for spectators. Go toÂ hfm.club/garrison/cog/
LABOR OF LOVE FAMILY FEST
JACKIE KNIGHTâ€™S COMEDY CLUB AT GYPSY CAB
April 29-30: Comedians are on stage every Friday and Saturday night at Jackie Knightâ€™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 29-30: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Bellyâ€™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
May 1: 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.
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
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 1740â€²s. 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 thereâ€™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 â€” listen for dolphin conversations using the vesselâ€™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 1900â€²s 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.