Feb. 27-March 1: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

A group of musicians come together every Saturday during the Old City Farmers Market at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. See event details in the list below. Photo by Renee Unsworth

A group of musicians come together every Saturday during the Old City Farmers Market at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. See event details in the list below. Photo by Renee Unsworth


Feb. 27-March 1: The 30th Annual Cathedral Festival is held on the grounds near the Mission, where the Great  Cross stands, off San Marco Avenue in uptown St. Augustine. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; and noon to 9 p.m. March 1. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children 11-17 and adults 65 and older; with free admission for active duty military and children 10 and younger. Go to thecathedralfestival.com for more details. NOTE: Fireworks could be canceled due to rain on Saturday night, and would be rescheduled for Sunday. There will be no advance announcement about the cancellation.


Feb. 27: Four-time Grammy winning band The Doobie Brothers & The Marshall Tucker Band open the St. Augustine Amphitheatre 2015 concert season. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.  Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50. Call 904-209-0367 or go to www.staugamphitheatre.com


Feb. 27: The Chocolate & Beyond 2015 Gala will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at First Coast Technical College, Bldg. C, 2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine. The benefit event is hosted each year by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Johns County. Tickets are $10 per person (includes 8 tasting tickets; additional tickets are $1 each).  Call 904-547-3945 or go to rsvpstjohns.com


Feb. 27-28: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Belly’s), will screen movies throughout the weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and matinees at 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily. Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com


Feb. 27-28: A comedy showcase will begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club at the Gypsy Corner Bar, 828 Anastasia Blvd., next to Gypsy Cab Restaurant. Tickets are $10 for the Friday show. The Saturday, Feb. 28 show will feature headliner Roy Harber. Comedian Chris Z will open the show. For reservations, call 904-461-8843. Go to thegypsycomedyclub.com to view the upcoming schedule.


Feb. 27-March 1: Live music by Tony Kippesbegins at 8 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 23 Orange St., downtown St. Augustine. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Scuttered the Bruce will perform Celtic & Irish music beginning at 8 p.m. On Sunday, March 1 Beef on Weck will be served and Denny Blue and the Shakers will perform Americana music. Go to annomalleys.com


Feb. 28: Celebrate the 8th Annual World Sword Swallower’s Day at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in St. Augustine. Death-defying sword swallowers begin performing at 2 p.m. and at 2:28 p.m. an official worldwide “swallow” takes place.  The free sword swallowing performances occur outside the museum. Regular admission is required to tour the Odditorium. Call 904-824-1606 or go to www.ripleys.com/staugustine/


Feb. 28: Led by re-enactors portraying 16th century Spaniards, this annual procession is a colorful band of soldiers, musicians, actors, singers, artists and cabuzedos (giant paper mache heads), many waving red and gold pennants or banners depicting the provinces of Spain. The procession, which is part of the celebration of the 496th birthday of St. Augustine’s founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, starts at 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, 10 W Castillo Drive, and winds down St. George Street and around the Plaza de la Constitución. Shouts of “Viva Menendez!” “Viva St. Augustine” and “Viva Spain” ring out to the crowd to announce the birthday of Menendez. Go to www.staugustine-450.com


Feb. 28: This evening celebrates the 496th birthday of Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés — the founder of the City of St. Augustine. The sixteenth century masked ball, Noche de Gala, features a cocktail reception and  a full four-course dinner. Guests will be entertained by a full troupe of 16th century revelers performing in the pool floor area.  An open bar and dancing to a live band completes the festivities. Gala attire is black tie or 16th century costume. Noche de Gala takes place from 6:30 p.m. to midnight in the Lightner Museum Ballroom, 75 King St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $195 per person. All proceeds go toward the restoration of Lightner Museum. Reservations are required. Call 904-825-1053 or go to www.staugustine-450.com


Feb. 28: From 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, and extended shopping in galleries, antique stores and unique shops along  San Marco Avenue in uptown St. Augustine, between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. FREE admission and FREE parking (streetside). WARNING: This weekend is the Cathedral Festival at the Mission. There will be minimal parking due to this event.


Daily through Feb. 28: Curated by artists Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock, this exhibition at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum metaphorically retraces the history of 72 American Indians who were forcibly taken from their homes in Oklahoma and imprisoned in St. Augustine. Held at the Castillo (then known as Fort Marion) from 1875 to 1878, Indian oral history and art have preserved the cultural memory of this incident  In addition to these prisoners, an additional 530 Chiricahua Apache men, women and children were imprisoned in Fort Marion. The artwork in this exhibition was created by 72 invited artists who are Native American, non-Native and descendants of the prisoners. On Feb. 12, an exhibition symposium will take place next door at the Ringhaver Student Center. Admission is FREE to both the exhibition and symposium. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is on the Flagler College campus, 48 Sevilla St., downtown St. Augustine. Call 904-826-8530, go to www.flagler.edu/crispellert or www.reridinghistory.org


March 1: Live reggae music will be on stage from 3 to 7 p.m. every Sunday beginning March 1 through Oct. 25 at The Conch House, 57 Comares Ave., on the island over the Bridge of Lions. The 418 Band will perform on March 1. Go to conch-house.com/lounge/reggae-sunday/ to view the entire schedule.


March 1: Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scarlett O’Hara’s, 70 Hypolita St. Musicians are invited to perform during the weekly event. On Nov 23, songs from 2014 will be featured; Week 8 – Nov 30, Woodstock 1969; Dec. 7 is just for fun; with awards given on Dec. 14. All musicians and singer-songwriters are invited to participate.



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. Go to staugustinefm.com


Through Feb. 1: The full-sized replica of a 16th century Spanish ship, El Galeon is open for tours at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. Named Andalucia, it is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played such an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. It is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The ship is available for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children 5-12 and free for those younger than 5. Veterans and St. Johns County residents receive a $2 discount per ticket. The replica is docked at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Call 904-824-1606 or go to www.elgaleon.org 


Saturday: Each Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents workshops that explain gin’s history, it’s various categories, how the distillery’s New World Gin is created and show participants how to create their own gin cocktails. Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event here. Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily. The St. Augustine Distillery is at 112 Riberia St., downtown St. Augustine. Call 904-825-4962 or go to  www.staugustinedistillery.com


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


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 


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


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


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  


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


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


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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