Oct. 7-9: Fiesta de Avilés in downtown St. Augustine features Spanish heritage, art, music and more

Running of Bulls

This photos shows the Running of the Bulls in 2015 during Fiesta de Aviles on Aviles Street in downtown St. Augustine. The 2016 Running of the Bulls will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Photo by Renee Unsworth

St. Augustine’s favorite annual street party returns this fall on Aviles Street.  Fiesta de Avilés will take place from Friday through Sunday, October 7-9 on Avilés Street, the oldest street in the nation’s oldest city and the heart of St. Augustine’s original art district.

With three days of live music, art exhibits, music, dancing, costumes, and a special “Running of the Bulls,” the Fiesta is a celebration of St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage. Admission is FREE to all events.

Please note: Aviles Street will be closed to traffic on Friday evening, Oct. 7; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.


Friday, Oct. 7
The Fiesta de Avilés begins with First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. With 7 art galleries, Aviles Street has become a hub for the art community to share and appreciate the wealth of local talent. The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum also will participate, with artisans and artists in the gardens.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Events will include live music on the Avilés Street Stage from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Music and dancing includes First Coast Flamenco, followed by local music favorite Luis Mario and his Latin Jazz Band.

The annual Running of the Bulls begins at 3 p.m. with a children’s race at 3 p.m. and the adult race at 3:30 p.m. This event is a twist on the Spanish custom — in St. Augustine, participants are chased by special guests in “bull” costumes in a sprint down Avilés Street. Everyone is invited to participate, and prizes are offered by the Aviles Street merchants for the winners.

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will be hosting local artisans and artists in their garden throughout the day.

Sunday, Oct. 9
Photographer Rick McAllister will be giving a special presentation and photo exhibit titled ‘Walking Across Spain on the Camino de Santiago’ at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 in Trinity Hall meeting room at Trinity Episcopal Church, 215 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustie. Rick walked the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela over a 7- week period. He traveled through some of Spain’s most beautiful areas, from the Pyrenees, through the vineyards of the wine country and finally to Galicia.

The Fiesta de Avilés is presented by the Aviles Street Merchants Association, which works to preserve and celebrate the vibrant history of St. Augustine’s original art district on Aviles Street.Aviles Street Festival

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