50th ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FEST
Nov. 28-29: ViewÂ art created from lace to limestone and crayons to crystal. More than 150 artists from around the USA will exhibit works this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival that takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, next to the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility. The festival is hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Admission is a $1 donation. Call 904-824-2310 or go toÂ www.staaa.org
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
Nov. 28:Â From 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, extended shopping, live music, refreshments and new art exhibits are featured in galleries, antique stores and boutiques along San Marco Avenue in Uptown St. Augustine, between Ripleyâ€™s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios.Â FreeÂ admission andÂ freeÂ parking (street side and at the Mission Nombre de Dios parking lot). Stay updated atÂ www.facebook.com/UptownStAugustine
A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER EVENTS
Nov. 28-Dec. 12:Â Community First Credit Union and the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division proudly announce the return of Community First Credit Unionâ€™sÂ A December To RememberÂ to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This yearâ€™s December To Remember lineup of events features two major concert events that will be free and open to the public â€” with concerts, family movie nights, Santa appearances, train rides, and several other family-friendly, community-based holiday festivities.
- Saturday,Â November 28Â â€“Â Food Trucks, Elf Workshops & A Movie featuring â€œElfâ€Â â€” Doors open at 4pm with Santa Visits, Train Rides, Face Painting, Nightly Snowfall and Bounce House; Movie Feature at 6pm @ The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 1340 C A1A South St. Augustine, FL
- Sunday,Â November 29Â â€“Â The Blind Boys of Alabama Talkinâ€™ Christmas
Doors open at 5pm with Santa Visits, Train Rides, Face Painting, Nightly Snowfall and Bounce House.Â The Blind Boys of Alabama present â€œTalkinâ€™ Christmasâ€ at 8pm @ The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 1340 C A1A South St. Augustine, FL
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
Nov. 21-Jan. 31:Â Nights of Lights, which includes more than 2 million lights on City of St. Augustine buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2016. The switched was flipped on Nov. 21, and the trolleys runÂ Nov. 22 through the first week of January (see listings below).
HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY
Nov. 22-Jan. 3: Hope on theÂ Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley to view the Nights of Lights. The trolleys depart from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 through Jan. 3 for a 30-Â minute tour of the oldest city. Cost is $12 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Tours leave fromÂ the Visitors Information Center, 10 Castillo Drive. Call 904-829-3800 or go toÂ www.trolleytours.com
BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN
Nov. 22-Jan. 5:Â All aboardÂ Ripleyâ€™s Red Trains for an amazing â€œlightseeingâ€ tour of the Oldest City, decked out with millions of white lights. All guests get a free pair of magic glasses guaranteed to make holiday magic appear before their very eyes. New this year: no-wait VIP tickets on Friday and Saturday nights that include a FREE carousel ride and allow guests to skip the lines and hop on the train at the time they reserved, and a winter carnival every Friday and Saturday night throughÂ December 19 (SEE Winter Carnival details below). Go toÂ www.ripleys.com/redtrainsÂ for tickets.
Cost â€“ $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and older
PRANCERS PUTT-PUTT (GOLF)
Nov. 22-Jan.Â 5:Â Nights of Lights ticket holders can play a round of mini golf for just a buck! The miniature golf course is located near the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Agenda Menendez.Â Tickets can be purchased atÂ www.ripleys.com/redtrains
RIPLEYâ€™S WINTER CARNIVAL
Nov. 27-Dec. 19: On Friday and Saturday nights,Â the whole family can enjoyÂ carousel rides, carnival games, and a host of free activities including, family movies, visits with Santa, stage shows, balloon art, popcorn and SNOW. For more details, go toÂ www.ripleys.com/redtrainsÂ or call 904-824-1606.
COMEDY CLUB AT GYPSY CAB
Nov. 27-28:Â Comedians are on stage every Friday and Saturday night at Jackie Knightâ€™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, callÂ 904-461-8843. Go toÂ thegypsycomedyclub.comÂ to view the upcoming schedule.
CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE
Nov. 27-29: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Bellyâ€™s), will screen movies throughout the weekend. Movies begin at 7 and 8 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays.Â Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Go toÂ www.corazoncinemaandcafe.comÂ Â
SUNDAY ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC
Nov. 29: Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scarlett Oâ€™Haraâ€™s,Â 70 Hypolita St.Â Musicians are invited to perform during the weekly event. All musicians and singer-songwriters are invited to participate.
ECLIPSE STUDIOS CHRISTMAS CD CONCERT
Nov. 29: Eclipse Studios in St. Augustine produces a Christmas CD each year featuring local musicians. All proceeds from the CD goes to the St. Augustine Record’s Empty Stocking Fund, providing local families gift certificates for food and other holiday items. Â This year’s CD is titled 1565 America’s First Christmas, and features dozens of local singers, songwriters, and musicians performing 23 holiday-themed songs. CDs are available at the event. A concert featuring the local artists will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 during Music in the Box at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Limelight provides free parking street-side and onsite. PeRformers include Oh No; Myles Savage from The Platters; The Island Duet; John Dickie and Collapsible B; Frankie Urzetta; Ernie Evans; Walt Kulwicki from Those Guys; Ty Cowell; Neil Dixon and Rick “Hurricane” Johnson from Lynyrd Skynyrd; and Fre Gordon.Â Concert admission is $5 and goes to the musicians. Refreshments including wine, beer, soda, water, and snacks are also available in the lobby.
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 toÂ staugustinefm.com
THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Victorian spiritualism immersion. Learn to read tea leaves, master pendulum dowsing with angel cards and talking spirit board. Afternoon sessions at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday are $35 per person. Keyhole After Dark is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is priced at $40 per person. Sessions take place above the Spice and Tea Exchange, 59 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 904-671-5010 or go toÂ www.2ghouls.com
VITTLES & VINO CARRIAGE TOURS
Friday, Saturday and Sunday:Â 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. CallÂ 904-325-3911Â or go toÂ www.thetastingtours.comÂ
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 1740â€²s. 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 toÂ 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 toÂ 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 10Â a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children, and FREEÂ to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go toÂ legacy.flagler.edu/Tours Â
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 thereâ€™s a full moon sail for $35 per person. All sails are weather permitting. Call for reservations and departure times. CallÂ 904-810-1010 or go toÂ 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.Â Daily tours aboard aÂ special explorer vessel take 2-6 guests through 12 miles of tidal creeks and coastal waters â€” listen for dolphin conversations using the vesselâ€™s underwater microphones. Call 904-377-7245 or go toÂ www.staugustineecotours.com
ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE
Daily: The Victory III sets sail Â 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. Since the 1900â€²s 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. Cost is $16.75Â for adults;Â $9.75 for ages 9 to 13; $7.75 for ages 4 to 12; $13.75Â for ages 60 and older.Â Cruises are weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. Go toÂ www.scenic-cruise.comÂ or call 904-824-1806.