Feb. 27-March 1: The 30th Annual Cathedral Festival is held on the grounds near the Mission, where the GreatÂ 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.
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS & MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
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.Â Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50. Call 904-209-0367 or go to www.staugamphitheatre.com
CHOCOLATE & BEYOND GALA
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).Â Â Call 904-547-3945 or go to rsvpstjohns.com
THE CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE
Feb. 27-28: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Bellyâ€™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 toÂ www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com
Feb. 27-28: A comedy showcase will begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Jackie Knightâ€™s Comedy Club at the Gypsy Corner Bar, 828 Anastasia Blvd., next to Gypsy Cab Restaurant.Â 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, callÂ 904-461-8843. Go toÂ thegypsycomedyclub.comÂ to view the upcoming schedule.
ANN Oâ€™MALLEYâ€™SÂ ENTERTAINMENT
WORLD SWORD SWALLOWERS DAY AT RIPLEYS
NOCHE DE GALA PROCESSION (PARADE)
NOCHE DE GALAÂ (NIGHT OF THE BALL)
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
RE-RIDING HISTORY ART EXHIBIT
Daily through Feb. 28: Curated by artists Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock, this exhibition at Flagler Collegeâ€™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 incidentÂ 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.
SUNDAY ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC
March 1:Â Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scarlett Oâ€™Haraâ€™s,Â 70 Hypolita St.Â Musicians are invited to perform during the weekly event. OnÂ Nov 23, songs from 2014 will be featured;Â Week 8 â€“ Nov 30,Â Woodstock 1969; Dec. 7 is just for fun; with awards given on Dec. 14. All musicians and singer-songwriters are invited to participate.
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 lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission. Go toÂ staugustinefm.com
EL GALEON TOURS
Through Feb. 1:Â 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. toÂ 6 p.m. daily. Tickets areÂ $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 toÂ www.elgaleon.orgÂ
COCKTAIL WORKSHOPS AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE DISTILLERY
Saturday: Each Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents workshops that explain ginâ€™s history, itâ€™s various categories, how the distilleryâ€™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 theÂ event here.Â 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 toÂ Â www.staugustinedistillery.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 toÂ www.2ghouls.com
VITTLES & VINO CARRIAGE TOURS
Friday, Saturday and Sunday:Â 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. CallÂ 904-325-3911Â or go toÂ www.thetastingtours.comÂ
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 toÂ 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 toÂ 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 10Â a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children, and FREEÂ to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go toÂ legacy.flagler.edu/Tours Â
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. CallÂ 904-810-1010 or go toÂ 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.Â Daily tours aboard aÂ 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 toÂ www.staugustineecotours.com
ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE
Daily: The Victory III sets sail Â 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 $16.75Â for adults;Â $9.75 for ages 9 to 13; $7.75 for ages 4 to 12; $13.75Â for ages 60 and older.Â Cruises are weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. Go toÂ www.scenic-cruise.comÂ or call 904-824-1806.