Feb. 5-7: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

First Friday Art Walk is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 in St. Augustine galleries. Admission is FREE. See more details in the event listing below. Photo by Renee Unsworth

First Friday Art Walk is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 in St. Augustine galleries. Admission is FREE. See more details in the event listing below. Photo by Renee Unsworth


Feb. 5: Art Galleries of St. Augustine, an organization of area galleries, sponsors the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Galleries offer new exhibits and meet-the-artist receptions during this event. Start your free self-guided tours at any gallery and hop on the free trolleys to get to locations that are just a short ride away. Ripley’s Red trains and Old Town Trolleys provide complimentary transportation during the art walk. Shuttles run every 20-30 minutes on a continuous loop. See the art walk map here. Call 1-832-779-2781 or go to www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org for more details.


Feb. 5-6: See cast members for the Tony-Award winning Jersey Boys and other musicals live in concert performing as members of Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest vocal group — two performances are at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. They perform an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook from the 1950s through 1970. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 5-6, with door opening at 7 p.m.Tickets are $59 for the first 8 rows and $49 for all remaining rows. Call 904-209-0399 or go to www.pvconcerthall.com


Feb. 5-7 and Feb. 11-14: The Grapes of Wrath is on the Matuza Main Stage of Limelight Theatre through Feb. 14. A classic by John Steinbeck, the play is adapted by Frank Galati. Directed by Dave Alan Thomas, it features 27 local actors and musicians in the cast. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $20 for military and students, and a free ticket for children 12 and younger with a full paid adult ticket. Go to limelight-theatre.org  or call 904-825-1164. Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available on site and street-side.


Feb. 6: The Character Counts 6K & 3K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Palencia Elementary School, 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine. Register at racesmith.com 


Feb. 6: Americana music by Brother Brother will be on stage Saturday, Feb. 6 at Lohman Auditorium, located behind the Whitney Lab at Marineland, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., from A1A south. Local musician Michael Lagassewill open the show. Lagasse performs with the Wild Shiners and was seen in September in Ring of Fire at Limelight Theatre. This concert is part of the Gamble Rogers Music Festival series. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the music will begin at 7 p.m. General admission seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Brother Brother is an independent group comprised of brothers Bradly and Brett Anderson. Their music is a mix of folk, alternative, bluegrass, and roots infused original music played on acoustic instruments. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are on sale at www.gamblerogersfest.org and locally in St. Augustine at Music Matters (196 State Road 312), Simple Gestures (4 White Street, on the island over the Bridge of Lions), The Bead Chick (78 San Marco Ave.), or by calling Paul at 904-794-4163 or 904-377-4163.


Feb. 6: Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez during a fun filled evening that features great food including Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, King Cake accompanied by live entertainment. The celebration takes place from 6 TO 9 p.m. and is a benefit for the St. Augustine Easter Committee Celebrations. Tickets are $40 per person. The Pioneer Barn is located at 259 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. Call 904-824-8874 or go to www.oldestcityeaster.org/events.htm


Feb. 6: In observance of Black History Month, walk with a licensed, professional tour guide to locations in St. Augustine that were significant in the city’s civil rights movement. Hear stories stories of the struggle for civil rights while walking in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andrew Young. This free, 1.5-hour tour departs at 4 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. Reservations are required. Call 904-825-0087 or go to www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com


Feb. 6: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park steps back in time as the Historic Florida Militia’s Men of Menendez teach visitors a wide array of 16th century life skills. Learn how to fire crossbows, muskets and cannon. Find out all about clothing, cooking and other domestic tasks. Learn the importance of religion by practicing a small portion of the rosary in Spanish. (Instruction in useful Spanish insults also included.) Plus, soap making, rowing, sword fighting and much more! Admission to the 16th century encampment is free. Admission to the park is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, $9 for children 6 to 12 (and 50 percent off for St. Augustine and St. Johns County residents with I.D.). The park is located at 11 Magnolia Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Call 904-829-3168 or go to www.fountainofyouthflorida.com


Feb. 6: This documentary about the Sisters of St. Joseph’s 150 year anniversary in St. Augustine tells the story of the role the Sisters have played in the foundation and growth of the Roman Catholic Church in 19th century Florida and Georgia. With their Motherhouse in St. Augustine, Florida, the Sisters of St. Joseph are women who, seized by God’s love, work in collaboration with others to bring union and reconciliation to our world. WJCT proudly presents the premier of this documentary at 7 pm. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is $10 per adult or 2 for $15; 3 for $20 and 4 for $25. Family pass for 5 to 12 guests is $25. Call 904-824-9100 or g to www.ssjfl.org


Feb. 6: The first Saturday of each month features a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. The 8:30-10:30 a.m. hike departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. On the second Saturday of each month, a 1.5 mile guided trail hike departs at 8:30 a.m. from the same location. (There is a $3 parking fee.) On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon, a “more than you wanted to know” presentation about various habitats within the Reserve takes place at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, in South Ponte Vedra Beach. Required reservations may be made for any of these programs by calling 904-823-4500. The programs are free with paid admission to the Reserve. Go to gtmnerr.org


Feb. 5-7: 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


Feb. 5-28: The St. Augustine Art Association presents its annual figurative exhibit, “Poetry of the Body.”  The show runs through February 28.  This juried show highlights interpretations of the human form rendered in any style or media to lend personality to this expressive exhibit.” Admission is FREE. The gallery reception is 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St., downtown St. Augustine. Call 904-824-2310 or go to www.staaa.org 



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


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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