March 31-April 2: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

The Rhythm & Ribs Festivals draws huge crowds each year to Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine, with the promise of award-winning barbecue and great live music.

RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL

March 31-April 2: The Rhythm & Ribs Festival features barbecue vendors from across the south, a BBQ competition, live music, a kids zone and Kiss the Pig, a fundraiser for Learn to Read. The festival is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 31; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Hosted by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, all proceeds go to more than 2 dozen local charities and nonprofits. With the help of nearly 200 volunteers, a total of 2,000 hours are volunteered over the weekend. See the music schedule below. Go to rhythmandribs.net for more details.

MUSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, March 31

5:30pm – 7:30pm Laura Reed
8:00pm – 10:00pm The Hip Abduction

Saturday, April 1

11:30am – 1:15pm Take Cover Band
1:30am – 3:15pm Go Get Gone
3:30pm – 5:15pm the kilwein family tree-o
5:30pm – 7:15pm Andy Frasco & The U.N.
8-10 p.m. Galactic

Sunday, April 2

12:00pm – 2:30pm Eager Beaver
2:45pm – 5:00pm Biscuit Miller and The Mix

This photo shows the flower gardens on the grounds of the St. Johns County Extension Service, the site of the Flower & Garden Expo on April 1-2. Photo by Renee Unsworth

EPIC FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO

April 1-2: A popular event in northeast Florida, the EPIC Flower & Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries and artisans from around the state offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be. Held at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Go to epicbh.org/flowerandgardenexpo for more details.

The St. Ambrose Fair is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2 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

April 2: The annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair at St. Ambrose Catholic Church Fair is planned from noon to 4 p.m. March 22 at the 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!

Lucas Hopper as Lady Jane and Chris MacEwan as Lady Enid Hillcrest in a scene of The Mystery of Irma Vep.

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE

March 31-April 2: This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas, recently revived Off-Broadway to raves, is a quick change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything. The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful by Charles Ludlam is on stage March 10 through April 2 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $20 for military and students, and $10 for student rush (30 minutes before each performance). Reservations can be made at limelight-theatre.org or by calling the box office at 904-825-1164. Free parking is available on site or streetside.

PROHIBITION KITCHEN LIVE MUSIC

April 1-2: It’s the cat’s meow at Prohibition Kitchen, 119 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. See the weekend lineup below. Call 904-825-4100 or stay updated at www.facebook.com/prohibitionkitchenstaugustine/

Saturday, April 1

  • The Billy Gilmore Trio 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday, April 2

ILLUSIONIST RICK THOMAS

April 1:  The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that world-renowned illusionist Rick Thomas will perform at the Concert Hall on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  As a premier illusionist, Rick Thomas has many high honors, including the coveted ‘Magician of the Year’ from the Academy of Magical Arts and ‘Stage Magician of the Year’ by the World Magic Awards. He has also performed for 15 years in his own show in Las Vegas and has been featured on numerous national television specials, including the NBC special The World’s Greatest Magic and his own special on ABC that aired throughout Asia. He has also been featured on CBS, The Discovery Channel, MTV, Animal Planet, Hallmark, and the History Channel. Tickets are available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Half-price tickets are available for children. Go to pvconcerthall.com for more details.

ANN O’MALLEY’S LIVE MUSIC

March 31-April 2: Celebrate the Irish way at Ann O’Malley’s, 23 Orange St., downtown St. Augustine. See the entertainment list below. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnOMalleys/

Friday, March 31

  • Smokin’ Joe and Kim Zielinski 8-11:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1

  • Chelsea Saddler 8:30 p.m. to midnight

COLONIAL OAK MUSIC PARK

March 31- and April 2: Hear live music by local musicians under the stars on the Colonial Oak Music Park at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Admission is FREE. See the entertainment schedule below. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecolonialoak/

  • Friday, March 31 – 7 p.m. I-Vibes
  • Saturday, April 1 – closed for private event
  • Sunday, April 2– 2 p.m. Mike Buzzard Cook

Handmade jewelry, art, furniture, grills and other items made by local artisans are available at the Collaborative District, 150 Riberia St., in the Lincolnville area of downtown St. Augustine. Art and yoga classes also are offered. See details below.

COLLABORATIVE DISTRICT ART, YOGA & SHOPPING

March 31-April 2: What’s the Collaborative District? It’s a local artist collective at 150 Riberia St., downtown St. Augustine. Shop for local art, jewelry, handmade items, and more at the Collaborative. See the weekend events below. Go to www.collaborativedistrict.com for more details and to view the calendar.

Saturday, April 1

  • Advanced Kids Art Class ($25) from 12:30-1:30 Sign up here
  • Kids Art Class will be ($20) from 2-3:30 p.m. Sign up here

Sunday, April 2

JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB AT GYPSY CAB

March 31-April 1: Comedians are on stage every Friday and Saturday night at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club at the Gypsy Corner Bar, 828 Anastasia Blvd., next to Gypsy Cab Restaurant in St. Augustine. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, and cost is $10 per person. Saturday shows begin at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12. For reservations, call 904-461-8843. Go to thegypsycomedyclub.com to view the upcoming schedule.

CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE

March 31-April 2: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Belly’s), 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.

ONGOING EVENTS

VITTLES & VINO CARRIAGE TOURS

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

OLD CITY 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

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. 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

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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