Nov. 27-29: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

Art Festival

50th ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FEST

Nov. 28-29: View 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 to www.staaa.org

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

Nov. 28: 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 Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. Free admission and free parking (street side and at the Mission Nombre de Dios parking lot). Stay updated at www.facebook.com/UptownStAugustine

A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER EVENTS

Nov. 28-Dec. 12: Community First Credit Union and the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division proudly announce the return of Community First Credit Union’s A December To Remember to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This year’s December To Remember lineup of events features two major concert events that will be free and open to the public — with concerts, family movie nights, Santa appearances, train rides, and several other family-friendly, community-based holiday festivities.

FREE EVENTS

  • Saturday, November 28 – Food Trucks, Elf Workshops & A Movie featuring “Elf” — 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, November 29 – The Blind Boys of Alabama Talkin’ Christmas
    Doors open at 5pm with Santa Visits, Train Rides, Face Painting, Nightly Snowfall and Bounce House. The Blind Boys of Alabama present “Talkin’ Christmas” at 8pm @ The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 1340 C A1A South St. Augustine, FL

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 21-Jan. 31: 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 run Nov. 22 through the first week of January (see listings below).

HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY TROLLEY

Nov. 22-Jan. 3: Hope on the 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- minute tour of the oldest city. Cost is $12 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Tours leave from the Visitors Information Center, 10 Castillo Drive. Call 904-829-3800 or go to www.trolleytours.com

BIG RED CHRISTMAS TRAIN

Nov. 22-Jan. 5: All aboard Ripley’s Red Trains for an amazing “lightseeing” 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 through December 19 (SEE Winter Carnival details below). Go to www.ripleys.com/redtrains for tickets.

RED TRAIN HOURS & COST
Sundays – Thursdays, 6 pm – 8 pm;
Fridays – Saturdays, 6 pm – 10 pm 
Cost – $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and older

PRANCERS PUTT-PUTT (GOLF)

Nov. 22-Jan. 5: 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. Tickets can be purchased at www.ripleys.com/redtrains

RIPLEY’S WINTER CARNIVAL

Nov. 27-Dec. 19: On Friday and Saturday nights, the whole family can enjoy 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 to www.ripleys.com/redtrains or call 904-824-1606.

COMEDY CLUB AT GYPSY CAB

Nov. 27-28: 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

Nov. 27-29: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Belly’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.  Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com  

SUNDAY ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC

Nov. 29: Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scarlett O’Hara’s, 70 Hypolita St. 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.  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. Concert admission is $5 and goes to the musicians. Refreshments including wine, beer, soda, water, and snacks are also available in the lobby.


ONGOING EVENTS

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

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 to www.2ghouls.com

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 

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 1740′s. 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 — 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. 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. 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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