FREE summer events in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

Movies by the Bay opens June 1, 2016 and continues each Wednesday through the summer with FREE films on the St. Augustine bayfront near the Bridge of Lions. Photo shows the 2015 movie series. By Renee Unsworth

Movies by the Bay opens June 1, 2016 and continues each Wednesday through the summer with FREE films on the St. Augustine bayfront near the Bridge of Lions. Photo shows the 2015 movie series. By Renee Unsworth

Summer in St. Augustine means FREE events, such as outdoor films called Movies by the Bay near the Bridge of Lions, live music each week at St. Augustine Beach Pier and in the historic Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown. Another free movie series will be announced soon at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. See the HUGE list below. For the round-up of FREE year-round attractions, click here. To submit an event, email totallystaugustine@gmail.com

MUSIC BY THE SEA

1 beach musicThe 14th annual Music by the Sea concert series begins May 11! This is a FREE concert series that is held from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 12 at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. The series features 23 bands playing a wide variety of music including jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, reggae, disco and country. In addition to the music, guests can dine before the show with a different local restaurant each week. All items are priced at $10 or less. Bring a cooler, a beach chair, and get ready for the best entertainment in all of Northeast Florida. Dogs are permitted as long as they are leashed. Admission is always FREE. Go to www.sabca.org

MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SCHEDULE

  • May 11: Outta Sight Band with Rotageezer and Raintree Restaurant
  • May 18: Maggie Baugh Band and Smokin D’s BBQ
  • May 25: Duffy Bishop Blues Band andTerra & Acqua
  • June 1:Take Cover and Seafood Kitchen
  • June 8:Str8-Up and Amici Italian Restaurant
  • June 15: Mid-Life Crisis and By Design Catering
  • June 22: Catch the Groove and  La Strada
  • June 29: Chillula and  Mango Mangos  
  • July 6: Billy Buchanan & Free Avenue and Black Fly the Restaurant
  • July 13: Jimmy Parrish & The Waves and FA Cafe
  • July 20: Mr. Natural and Panama Hatties
  • July 27: The Grapes of Roth and La Petit Pleasures French Bakery
  • Aug. 3: The Committee and Viola’s Pizza, Pasta & More
  • Aug. 10: Spanky the Band and  Obi’s Fillin Station
  • Aug. 17: Amy Alysia & Soul Operation and Jasper’s Snack Shack
  • Aug. 24: Chillikaya and Beachcomber Restaurant
  • Aug. 31: Those Guys (25th Anniversary) and Purple Olive Restaurant
  • Sept. 7: JW Gilmore Blues Band and Coquina Beach Club
  • Sept. 14: Ain’t 2 Proud and Salt Life Food Shack
  • Sept. 21: Rob Peck & Friends and Red Frog & McToad’s Restaurant
  • Sept. 28: MBTS All Star Band and South Beach Grill
  • Oct. 5: Band To Be Announced and Datil Rooster Food Truck
  • Oct. 12: Band To Be Announced and Sunset Grille Restaurant

CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA

1 plaza concertConcerts in the Plaza, St. Augustine’s summer-long music series, returns for its 26th season with live music in a gazebo under ancient oak trees in downtown St. Augustine. The FREE concerts are held in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The schedule is below. Go to plaza concerts.com

Concerts in the Plaza 2016 Schedule

  • June 2 — The Driftwoods
  •  June 9 — Florida Brass Quintet
  • June 16 — Mike Hart’s Decoy
  • June 23 — The Rick Arcusa Band
  • June 30 — Mid-Life Crisis
  • July 7 — Bob & Joline and the Friends of Mine Band
  •  July 14 — Ancient City Slickers
  • July 21 — The Falling Bones
  •  July 28 — The Dunehoppers
  • August 4 — Triple Rock Blues Band
  • August 6 — Mike Hart’s Decoy
  • August 11 — Big Pineapple
  •  August 18 — The Grapes of Roth
  • August 25 — Rob Ellis Peck & Friends
  • September 1 — Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards

All concerts are free and attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Plaza.


MOVIES BY THE BAY

The FREE summer film series called Movies by the Bay will begin June 1 on the bayfront near the St. Augustine Municipal Marina and the downtown miniature golf course, next to the Bridge of Lions hosted by Ripley’s St. Augustine and the City of St. Augustine. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday, from June 1 through Aug. 3. All movies are rated PG, with the exception of Pixels on June 29, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Aug. 3, both rate PG-13.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs and blankets for seating. Picnic food is welcome, but alcohol is prohibited.

Complimentary shuttles will be offered by the Red Trains nightly from 7:30 p.m. until 8:20 p.m. from the Red Train stop at the Visitors Information Center (in front of the parking garage), 10 Castillo Drive. Trolleys will pick up approximately every 20 minutes and return after the film.

Admission is FREE. Stay updated at www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys

MOVIES BY THE BAY SCHEDULE

  • June 1 — Inside Out
  • June 8 — E.T.
  • June 15 — The Minions
  • June 22 — Goonies
  • June 29 — Pixels
  • July 6 — Norm of the North
  • July 13 — Goosebumps
  • July 13 — The Good Dinosaur
  • July 20 — Goosebumps
  • July 27 — Hotel Transyvania 2
  • *Aug. 3 — Star Wars: The Force Awakens

*A Star Wars Party will begin at 7 p.m., with games, free mini golf, prizes, characters, and those attending are encouraged to wear Star Wars costumes!


NIGHT OWL CINEMA: FREE MOVIES AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE

From the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

St. Augustine, FL — Community First Credit Union (Community First) and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly announce the return of the free, family-friendly Community First Night Owl Cinema Series.

Gates open at 7 p.m. and movies begin at 8 p.m. Parking at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will be FREE on movie nights. Moviegoers will enjoy special family-friendly activities inspired by the featured movie’s theme and kids of all ages are welcome to come dressed in character.

 

MOVIE SCHEDULE

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

  • DATE: Friday, June 17 
  • TIME: Gates open at 7 p.m., Movie starts at 8 p.m.
  • TICKETS: Event is free and open to the public! Ample free parking as well.
  • VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080

Minions 

  • DATE: Friday, June 24 
  • TIME: Gates open at 7 p.m., Movie starts at 8 p.m.
  • TICKETS: Event is free and open to the public! Ample free parking as well.
  • VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080

Labyrinth

  • David Bowie Plaza Dance Party hosted by DJ Hoggle, Bowie Costume Contest and Face Painting
  • DATE: Friday, July 15
  • TIME: Gates open at 7 p.m., with Plaza Dance Party and Costume Contest also starting at 7 p.m., Movie starts at 8 p.m.
  • TICKETS: Event is free and open to the public! Ample free parking as well.
  • VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080

Inside Out

  • DATE: Friday, July 22
  • TIME: Gates open at 7 p.m., with Plaza Dance Party and Costume Contest also starting at 7 p.m., Movie starts at 8 p.m.
  • TICKETS: Event is free and open to the public! Ample free parking as well.
  • VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080

The Colonial Quarter hosts free Summer Concert Series at the Colonial Oak Stage, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine.  Concerts are held Thursday through Sunday through the end of July. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with Sunday concerts beginning at 12 p.m. (noon). Admission is FREE. Beverages will be available for purchase. See the concert schedule below … Go to colonialquarter.com or call 904-342-2857

SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE

  • Friday, June 10th – The Wobbly Toms (begins at 7PM)
  • Saturday, June 11th – Dewey Via
  • Sunday, June 12th – Darrel Rae (begins at 12PM)
  • Thursday, June 16th – Rogue Tavern
  • Friday, June 17th – Stu Weaver
  • Saturday, July 18th – Ivan Smith (begins at 12PM)
  • Thursday June 23rd – The John Dickie Trio
  • Friday, June 24th – The Evans Bros.
  • Saturday, June 25th – Dewey Via
  • Sunday, June 26th – Darrel Rae
  • Thursday, June 30th – Katherine Archer
  • Friday, July 1st – Monroeville (Bluegrass Band from Gatlinburg, TN)
  • Saturday, July 2nd – Dewey Via (begins at 12PM)
  • Saturday, July 2nd – Monroeville (Bluegrass Band from Gatlinburg, TN)
  • Sunday, July 3rd – Cody J (begins at 12PM)
  • Monday, July 4th – Chillula
  • Thursday, July 7th – the John Dickie Trio
  • Friday, July 8th – Dewey Via
  • Saturday, July 9th – Dewey Via (begins at 12PM)
  • Saturday, July 9th – The Evans Bros.
  • Sunday, July 10th – Darrel Rae (begins at 12PM)
  • Friday, July 15th – The Dwayne Lipinski Band
  • Saturday, July 16th – Dewey Via (begins at 12PM)
  • Sunday, July 17th – Darrel Rae (begins at 12PM)
  • Thursday, July 21st – Rogue Tavern
  • Saturday, July 23rd – Dewey Via (begins at 12PM)
  • Saturday, July 23rd – Blood Sugar Sex Magic
  • Sunday, July 24th – Ivan Smith (begins at 12PM)
  • Thursday, July 28th – Go Get Gone
  • Friday, July 29th – The Evans Bros.
  • Saturday, July 30th – Dewey Via (begins at 12PM)
  • Saturday, July 30th – The Wobbly Toms (begins at 7PM)
  • Sunday, July 31st – Cody J (begins at 12PM)

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