March-June 2019: St. Augustine FESTIVALS and annual events!


March 2: Chocolate and Beyond, an exciting celebration of chocolate, desserts and other culinary sensations, will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at First Coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Avenue in St. Augustine. Guests will sample chocolate and other delicious creations from some of the area’s finest restaurants and specialty shops. Great items such as hotel and restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia and admission tickets for local, fun attractions will be available for bid at a silent auction.  This year marks the 26th anniversary of Chocolate and Beyond! The event is produced by TASK (Teacher’s Aid for Student Knowledge), and benefits the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Johns County. Proceeds allow RSVP to recruit, professionally train, place and recognize its nearly 150 volunteers throughout all 40 schools in St. Johns County. Tickets are $20 per person ($10 for children under 12) and can be purchased at or at Whetstone Chocolates at 139 King Street and 13 Anastasia Boulevard in St. Augustine, Florida. Tickets will also be available at the door.


March 2: Lighthouse Night Fest will grant FREE admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum on Saturday, March 2 from 4 to 8 p.m., with exhibits, activities, and the Lighthouse tower open for the public. The annual Lighthouse 5k & Fun Run will take place at 4:30 p.m. (see details below). Go to or stay updated on Facebook.


March 2: Join the Junior Service League of St. Augustine on Saturday, March 2 for the 36th Annual Lighthouse 5k & Fun Run. Managed by RaceSmith, Inc., the Lighthouse 5k is a chipped race that serves as a qualifier for the famed Gate River Run. Start time is 4:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Sign up today at to support the continued preservation of our beautiful Lighthouse. The event is hosted by the Junior Service Leaue of St. Augustine.


March 2-10: St. Augustine Fashion Week returns for Season 5 with local designers and models. The event begins with “The Lounge” on March 2 presented by St. Augustine Premium Outlets. On March 8-9, runway events featuring 20 small brand designers and 20+ Emerging Student Designers will take place at The Assembly Room Events at Art ‘n Motion, 283 San Marco Avenue, in the Fullerwood area of St. Augustine. Details at


March 8-10: The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival features world famous Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, live music on two stages, and a variety of entertainment. The festival is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The event also includes the St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9. Tickets are available at


March 9: A celebration of the Emerald Isle’s most revered saint. Northeast Florida’s ONLY St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The parade travels down Orange Street to Avenida Menendez (the bayfront), then to Cathedral Place, next on Cordova Street, then back to Orange Street. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to claim a spot along the parade route, then follow the parade to the Celtic Festival at Francis Field. See details at


March 16: The 23rd Annual Vilano Bridge 5K/10K Run, sponsored by Bob Holmquist and Charlene Garra of Watson Realty, will take place on March 16 in Vilano Beach. Get details here.  The run supports the efforts of the North Shore Improvement Association (NSIA) a non-profit organization and this year’s charity the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Sponsors also are available for local businesses. Go to for more details.


March 16-17: Barley Republic will hold the 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 16-17 with two days of Celtic rock in downtown St. Augustine. The Tullamore Dew stage features Whiskey of the Damned, St. Auggies own, The Wobbly Toms, Folk Punkers, 6’10.; Mike Sullivan, Hoist the Colors and Flatfoot 56! Details at


March 22-24: The 38th annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival is set for March 22-24 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 22; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The Arts & Crafts Village closes at sundown each day. Go to for more details.  


March 30-31: A popular spring 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, March 30; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Go to for more details.


April 5-7: The 24th Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival returns to downtown St. Augustine April 5-7 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive. Headliners include the popular Papercutt (80s cover band) on Friday, April 5; Badfish (Sublime tribute band) on Saturday, April 6; with local favorite the West King String Band and headliner Jawbone & Them Vagabonds on Sunday, April 7. Just $10 admission at the gate on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 and $5 on Rotary Family Day, all day Sunday, April 7. Age 15 and under free. No advance ticket sales, pay at the gate. Re-entry with hand stamp only. ID Required to purchase alcohol. Organized by St Augustine Sunrise Rotary, all proceeds go back into the community. Kids games wristbands are $20 Friday, $25 on Saturday, and $15 on Rotary Family Day Sunday! Details at


April 7The 136th annual St. Ambrose Catholic Church Fair is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the church, 6070 Church Road, Elkton. Follow the signs from State Roads 207 and 13. Food includes Minorcan clam chowder, chicken pilau and ham dinners, hot dogs and hamburgers, homemade desserts, ice cream and more. The Red River Band, a popular local group, will perform throughout the day. Games for kids, a garage sale, hay rides, a bake sale, silent auction and country store also will be part of the event. Guests also can take self-guided tours of the historic church building. Admission is FREE.


April 13: Hands-on fun for all ages is available at Feel the Wheels — a static display of service vehicles of all kinds — helicopters, firetrucks, boats, tractors and so much more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the St. Augustine Outlet Mall, off State Road 16 in St. Augustine. Hosted by The Junior Service League of St. Augustine, this event benefits Tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine. Go to to stay updated.


April 20-21: The St. Augustine Easter Parade will NOT be held on Easter Sunday. The event has been moved up to the Saturday before Easter. The 2019 Easter Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20 along San Marco Avenue and Avenida Menendez in downtown St. Augstine, beginning at the Old Jail Museum. The Easter committeehas commemorated the Easter holiday every year since 1956 in the nation’s oldest city.  

The Annual Easter Sunday Promenade is held at the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitución between King Street and Cathedral Place. The promenade is a spectacle of  Easter bonnets and festive Easter costumes. Awards are presented in various categories, including Most Creative Hat, Best Dressed Pet, Prettiest Hat, Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Man and Woman, Best Dressed Boy and Girl, Largest Family, and Family from Farthest Away. Prizes will be handed out at the end of the judging. Anyone is welcome to participate in the contests. The FREE event begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21.  


April 24-28Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest features more than 100 birding and outdoor photography events in St. Johns County and surrounding locations. See the schedule of speakers and workshops here. This festival is headquartered  Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia at St. Augustine Beach. Go to


April 26-27Keepers of the Coast, a local sustainable living non-profit organization, will host its inaugural Full Circle Fest 2019 on April 26-27. More details will be announced soon at and on the Facebook page.


April 27: This is a songwriters festival based in Ponte Vedra, Florida that takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Nocatee Community, 232 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Hit songwriters from Nashville will share the stories behind their songs for a one-night musical event.  See details on Facebook. 


April 27: A dynamic festival with activities for the KIDS and the KID-IN YOU! Live Entertainment on two stages, activities with law enforcement and military, “Be the Hamster” Snow Cones, Jumperamas, Giant Bubbles, Field Day Events, Human Stress Ball Machine, Photo Booth, Face Painting, DJ Line Dancing, Games, Golf Activities, Fire Trucks, Dunk Tank, Car Smash, Costumed Characters, Live Music Fest, Community Education, Crafts, Raffle Items, Vendors, Food Trucks and MORE!  From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 27 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Stay updated at


April 28: A Taste of St. Augustine will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. This signature food festival serves up tastes from St. Augustine’s well-known restaurants. Restaurants will compete for the prestigious TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards, with categories including Best Family Dining, Best Ethnic, Best Upscale and Best Dessert, as well as the ever-popular People’s Choice. Everyone gets to vote. There will be a children’s area with fun activities including crafts and face-painting as well as live music throughout the day. Admission is $5, and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1-5 tickets per taste. The annual Race to the Taste 5K is part of the event. Go to for more details.


May 5-7: The Gamble Rogers Music Festival will be held May 4-6 at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Four stages will feature local, regional and national groups. Follow the Facebook event and find details about performers. The schedule will be announced soon at 


May 3-12: The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is a celebration of art and music in America’s Most Romantic City, featuring more than 60 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city. Many events are FREE and admission is required for the others. Go to for more details.


June 20-22 and June 27-29: The largest, free classical music festival in the U.S., the St. Augustine Musical Festival includes six evenings of world-class music in the Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place, downtown St. Augustine. See more details at

Papercutt, an 80s cover band, will headline the Rhythm & Ribs Festival on Friday, April 5 from 8-10 p.m. at Francis Field, downtown St. Augustine.


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