July 25-27: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

Flamingo and other artwork by Travis Luther is on view at The Starving Artist, 28 Cuna St., downtown St. Augustine. The location carries artwork from more than 40 local artists. A Christmas in July event in ongoing this month. See details below.

Flamingo and other artwork by Travis Luther is on view at The Starving Artist, 28 Cuna St., downtown St. Augustine. The location carries artwork from more than 40 local artists. A Christmas in July event in ongoing this month. See details below.

Grandma Lee at Comedy Club

Friday and Saturday, July 25-26: Laff 4 Less at 8:30 p.m. every Friday at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club features stand-up comedians. On July 25, Grandma Lee from America’s Got Talent will be on stage, with Jeff Zenesic opening the show. The comedy club is next to Gypsy Cab Restaurant, 828 Anastasia Blvd., over the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine. For reservations, call 904-461-8843 or go to thegypsycomedyclub.com

Christmas in July at The Oasis

Friday, July 25: The annual Christmas in July event includes an appearance by Santa and other surprises at The Oasis, 4000 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach. Live music begins at 4 p.m. with local bands on stage. Call 904-471-3424 or go to worldfamousoasis.com

Christmas in July at The Starving Artist

Friday, July 25: The Starving Artist, 28 Cuna St., is celebrating Christmas in July with handmade art by more than 40 area artists. In addition to paintings, pottery and photography, the event also includes handmade Christmas ornaments and decor.

Folk Duo JOHNNYSWIM concert

Friday, July 25: The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will host husband and wife duo Amanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez who make up JOHNNYSWIM at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)  JOHNNYSWIM delivers on Diamonds, the full-length debut by the singer-songwriters that skyrocketed to the Top 30 on the Billboard 200 upon its release.  Admission for general admission standing room only is $22.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Call 904-209-0399 or go to www.pvconcerthall.com

John Legend concert

Friday, July 25: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend. “An Evening with John Legend Tour” features John in an intimate and acoustic setting highlighted by guitar/vocal accompaniment as well as a string quartet.  In a recent review, Billboard hailed the show as “one of the best concerts ever.”  The concert comes on the heels of Legend’s latest hit, “All of Me,” which recently claimed the #1 spot on Billboards Hot 100 Singles Chart. Tickets range from $49 – $99.  The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Call 904-209-0367 or go to www.staugAmphitheatre.com

A Taste of Broadway at The Raintree Restaurant

July 25, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25: The Raintree Restaurant will host Blake Michael Osner in The Upstairs Supper Club at 6:30 p.m.  Great songs form your favorite Broadway shows paired with a sumptuous meal.  Tickets are $35 + alcohol/tax/gratuity.  Reservations required by calling any day after 1 p.m. 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Call 904-824-7211

World Wide Rodeo at the Fairgrounds

Friday and Saturday, July 25-26: Big time rodeo comes to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds on State Road 207 in Elkton. Events include breakaway roping, calf roping, team roping, jr. barrel racing, open barrel racing, chute dogging and bull riding.  The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. each evening.  Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up; $7 ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Call 904-845-7492

Bridge of Lions 5K Run

Saturday, July 26: The annual run across St. Augustine’s Bridge of Lions starts at 7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers start at the historic Castillo de San Marcos (The Fort), in downtown St. Augustine, run over the Bridge of Lions, and through Davis Shores. The race finishes at Oglethorpe Park, on Anastasia Island. Advance registration is $25 & $30 and $35 day of race. Parking at the Castillo is free until 10 a.m. Go to http://bridgeoflions5k.com

Family Seining at The GTM Research Reserve

Saturday, July 26: Join GTM Research Reserve docents in the 4th Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a family seining activity. Pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting species of fish, crabs and more, and then learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. Necessary gear including waders and boots will be provided. The program takes place at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd. in South Ponte Vedra Beach. The programs are free with paid admission to the Reserve. Info: www.gtmnerr.org/index.htm. RSVP online http://gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com/ or call 904-823-4500.

5th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit

Opens Saturday, July 26: This stunning exhibition features landscapes, florals, marine life, birds, plant life and more in the St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., downtown St. Augustine. The exhibit opens with a special event on July 26 and runs through Aug. 31. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Call 904-824-2310 or go to www.staaa.org

Uptown Saturday Night

Saturday, July 26: From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shop on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. Info: 904-823-9263.

Beer Truck Wars

Saturday, July 26: Sample brews from around the state and great food from local food trucks while enjoying live and recorded music and fun games with great prizes at the first ever Beer Truck Wars in St. Augustine.  Event wristband tickets are $35 in advance $45 at the door. Designated Driver and children are $20. Each admission includes beer samples from dozens of brews and a meal ticket for your choice of meal at one of the Gourmet Food Trucks. It all takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Info@FloridaExpoServices.com 407-296-5882 or go to www.BeerTruckWars.com

The Downtown Bazaar

Saturday, July 26: The Downtown Bazaar is held on the last Saturday of every month from 6-10 p.m. on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter.  The event is open to the public and includes a free concert, art show, magician, face painters a flag raising ceremony and more.  Come check out what’s behind the walls of the Colonial Quarter…you’re sure to have an inspiring evening.  33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-315-7454 or go to www.thedowntownbazaar.com

Sara Bareilles “Little Black Dress” Tour

Saturday, July 26: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated recording artist Sara Bareilles headlining the “Little Black Dress” summer tour. The concert begins at 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.)  Tickets range from $29.50 – $55. 1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 or go to www.StAugAmphitheatre.com

Simple Gestures art sale

Saturday, July 26: The annual Ludicrous Art Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Simple Gestures, 4 White St. East, from Anastasia Boulevard on the island just over the Bridge of Lions. New artwork by local artist will be available during the e vent. Artist will include Susan Carr, Steve Ryder, April Whitt, mikewindy, Angie Ullman, Kathy Marsh, Kathryn Carr, Cathy Whitley and others. Admission is FREE. Call 904-827-9997 or follow on facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Simple-Gestures

Kayak Guana Family Days

Saturday, July 26: Bring the entire family for an exciting kayak exploration of the northern end of the GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Led by a professional kayaker and naturalist, the tour is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes tours of a variety of habitats and opportunities to see wildlife. Suitable for all levels of kayaking experience.  The cost is $50 per person and includes a pass to the Guana Education Center.  Reservations are required. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-347-1565 or go to www.RippleEffectEcotours.com

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. The flea market is the site of the Old City Music Fest, with headliner Joan Jett and other big bands on stage Nov. 7-8. 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

High Tide adoption fundraiser

Sunday, July 27:A fundraiser for Aimee and Brad Banion of High Tide Gallery will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, 51-C Cordova St., in downtown St. Augustine. The benefit will help cover adoption costs for an infant they will be adopting locally in the next two weeks. Funds raised will be for medical and legal costs for the adoption. Local artists have donated items for sale for a suggested price, including original paintings, stained glass windows, coastal pottery, mosaic windows, silk and knitted scarves, shell mirrors, fine and fun jewelry, harp CDs, whimsical pet art, natural seaglass jewelry, restaurant gift certificates and more. Gently used items such as baby and toddler boy clothes, baby gates, baby swing and other items are needed. Admission is free. For more information, please call (904) 829-6831 or email HighTideGallery@gmail.com.

Fall Out Boy Concert

Sunday, July 27: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts the Grammy-nominated band Fall Out Boy. Released in April, their latest album “Save Rock and Roll” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and No. 1 on iTunes in 27 countries. New Politics will open for Fall Out Boy.  Tickets range from $35 – $45. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 or go to www.staugamphitheatre.com

Open Mic Poetry Reading

Sunday, July 27: On the last Sunday of the month, Ancient City Poets holds an open mic poetry reading from 3 – 5 p.m. at City Coffee Company.  Free/donations are welcome.  1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine.  904-501-0043 or go to www.bodor.org

Sunday Acoustic Open Mic

Sunday, July 27: Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Johnny’s, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. Musicians are invited to perform during the weekly event. Call 904-829-8333

Reggae Sundays

Sunday, July 27: The Pili Pili Band will perform from 3 to 7 p.m. during Reggae Sundays at the Conch House Marina, 57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine. The event continues each Sunday through Sept. 28. For the full schedule, go to www.conch-house.com/reggae.html

Ongoing daily events

Historic Tours of Flagler College

July-December: 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 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $1.00 for children, and free to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go to legacy.flagler.edu/Tours

Schooner Freedom Sailing Excursions

July-December: Schooner Freedom Sailing Excursions – The Schooner Freedom sets sail daily from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina and provides guests with an unforgettable two-hour sailing adventure.   Sunlit daytime sails are $35 for adults, $25 for kids ages 2-12, free for under age 2.  Beautiful sunset sails are $45 per person and once each month there’s an amazing full moon sail for $35 per person.  All sails are weather permitting.  Call for reservations and departure times.  111 Avenida Menendez, Slip 86., St. Augustine. 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com

St. Augustine Eco Tours

Daily: Eco Tours – 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 — all in a beautiful setting of amazing scenery.  Daily tours aboard their 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 http://www.staugustineecotours.com.

St. Augustine Scenic Cruise

July-December: The Victory III sets sail from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Reservation are recommended and the cost is Adults $16.75, Junior (13-18) $9.75, Child (4 – 12) $7.75 and Seniors (60+) $13.75. 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. Cruises are weather permitting. The Marina is located at 111 Avenida Menendez. Go to www.scenic-cruise.com or call 904-824-1806

 

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