Running of the Bulls participants on Aviles Street race in the 2013 event. Contributed image
From the Aviles Street Merchantâ€™s Association
Itâ€™s time for the 5th AnnualÂ FiestaÂ de Aviles â€” sponsored by the Aviles Street Merchantâ€™s Association. The oldest street in the United States will celebrate its Spanish heritage and showcase the galleries, shops and museums alongÂ Aviles Street. See the complete schedule below the story.
TheÂ FiestaÂ de Aviles will be held Friday, Saturday andÂ Sunday, Oct. 3-5.Â Working in conjunction with the City of St. Augustine, the Merchant’s Association will observe this yearâ€™sÂ FiestaÂ in the spirit of St. Augustineâ€™s upcoming 450thÂ anniversary. This year’s event will lead the way to an expanded celebration next year.
First Friday Art Walk on Oct. 3 will kick things off.Â Meet the artists at their respective galleries during extended hours (5 to 9 p.m.) and feel the ambiance that has made Aviles Street â€œtheâ€ place to be in the evening.
On Saturday, Oct.Â 4, anÂ opening ceremony will include aÂ the Blessing of the Street, a military recognition event, and the annualÂ Running of the Bulls (4 to 4:30 p.m.). Separate races for childrenÂ and adults will pit the speed and savvy of our participants against our most famous â€œcostumedâ€ bull. We promise no goring! You are invited to spend the day enjoy Latin music, Flamenco dancers andÂ other activities.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, Sangria Sunday is a competition for the best sangria.Â Merchants will competeÂ by serving samples of signature sangria recipes, including non-alcoholic sangria for the kids. Judging is by the general public, so bring your taste buds.
Admission is FREE for all Fiesta de Aviles activities.
Friday, Oct. 3: 5 to 9 p.m. First Friday Art Walk
Saturday, Oct. 4
11 to 11:30 p.m. Opening ceremony
11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Larry Nader Band
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Flamenco dancers
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Luis Mario Band
4 to 4:30 p.m. Running of the Bulls
6:30 to 9 p.m. Music by Jim Kalal
Sunday, Oct. 5
12 to 3 p.m. Sangria Sunday (samples served along Aviles Street)
2 to 5 p.m. Music by John Alison