March 16-18: St. Augustine Weekend Events

ST. AUGUSTINE LIONS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

March 16-18: The 37th annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival is set for March 16-18 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Children 12 and younger are admitted FREE with a paying adult (only $5 for adults at the gate). The Seafood Festival features dozens of seafood vendors and other fair foods, adult beverages, more than 100 arts & crafts vendors, live music on the main stage, and kids rides and games. Festival hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 16; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 17; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Arts & Crafts Village closes at sundown each day. Go to www.lionsfestival.com for more details.

AN EVENING WITH GUITARIST RICHARD SMITH

Guitar virtuoso Richard Smith will perform Saturday, March 17 as part of the Gamble Rogers Music Festival concert series. Contributed image

March 17: World-renowned fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith  will perform at 7 p.m. March 17 at Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium near Marineland. With fretboard fireworks and lyrical endeavours he will melt your heartstrings, make your toes tapping and your jaws hanging open. Richard’s ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop. It includes Scott Joplin Rags just like Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention his intriguing originals. He delivers both, lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with vocals. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available in St. Augustine at Simple Gestures, and Music Matters and in Palm Coast at the Hammock Wine and Cheese café. Advance tickets are also available online at www.gamblerogersfest.org or by calling Paul at 904-794-4163.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTIES

March 17: There are St. Patrick’s Day parties including Irish food and music at the following St. Augustine area locations:

The St. Ambrose Fair is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Elkton. This photo shows the crowd in front of the historic church at a previous fair. Photo by Renee Unsworth

ST. AMBROSE SPRING FAIR

March 18: The annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair takes place each year at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 6070 Church Road, Elkton, from State Road 207. Follow the signs from State Roads 207 and 13. Minorcan food, kids activities, live entertainment and more. Admission is FREE!  

Chris MacEwan plays twins Evelyn and Rupert Farrant in Corpse! at Limelight Theatre. Photos by Renee Unsworth

CORPSE! MURDER MYSTERY AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE

March 9-31: Corpse!, set in London in 1936, is not so much a whodunnit as a whodunnit to whom! As with most fool proof plans, things do not go as they should and people are not what they seem. Corpse! is on stage March 8-31 on Limelight Theatre’s Matuza Main Stage, 11 Old Mission Ave., in uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available on site and street-side. For tickets, go to limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164.Directed by Matthew Whaley and sponsored by CycleHere Media, the cast includes Chris MacEwan playing the lead roles of Evelyn and Rupert. MacEwan’s early acting career included work on All My Children, One Life to Live, and Saturday Night Live. The cast also includes James “Dez” Desmond as Powell; Francesca Bellavista as Mrs. McGee; and Andy Nance as Hawkins. 

ONGOING WEEKEND EVENTS

ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE 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 St. Augustine Lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission. Go to staugustinefm.com

Florida produce is available every Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market.

CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE

Weekends: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St., will screen movies throughout the weekend. Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com to see movie times and listings.

SALT AIR FARMERS MARKET

Every SundayThe Salt Air Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday year-round at the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, from A1A South, across the street from Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The market features locally grown produce, seafood, bread, fruit, honey, soaps, tide clocks, art and more. Free admission and parking. Go to www.saltairfarmersmarket.com

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 1740s. 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. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. daily. For details, go to 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 to 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 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

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 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

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. Daily tours aboard a special explorer vessel take 2-6 guests through 12 miles of tidal creeks and coastal waters to listen for dolphin conversations using the vessel’s underwater microphones. Call 904-377-7245 or go to www.staugustineecotours.com

ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE

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. The 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 since the early 1900s. 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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