Sept.-Nov.: St. Augustine Fall Festivals & Events

ST. AUGUSTINE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL

Sept. 29-30: Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College will be the site of the inaugural St. Augustine International Dance Festival. A performance, featuring local, regional and international dancers is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. The festival also includes two workshop sessions with master class instruction provided by Andy Valladon, Aranza Flores and Herman Ramos. Classes will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. Both sessions will be conducted at Abella’s School of Dance at 1711 Lakeside Ave. (across from Cobblestone) with registration costing $50. Tickets for the Saturday evening performance are $15 and will be available one hour before the performance at Lewis Auditorium. Advance tickets can be purchased at Abella’s School of Dance from 3:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 27-29, 2017. For more information call 904-824-1746.

THE FULL MONTY AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE

Sept. 21-October 22: The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The Full Monty is the opening show of Limelight Theatre’s 26th Season. Opening night on September 21 includes dinner at Raintree Restaurant and the show. Regular show dates are September 22-October 22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee. Reservations are encouraged. Choose your seats at limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164. Limelight is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available on site and street-side.

 

BOOT SCOOTIN’ BBQ BENEFIT

September 30: Investing in Kids (INK), which assists St. Johns County Public Schools, will hold the annual Boot Scootin’ BBQ Benefit event at 6:30 p.m. September 30 at the St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club, 401 Gun Club Road, St. Augustine. Barbecue from the Old City’s finest BBQ establishments will be service, along with live music, mechanical bull rides, Gold Rush and Corn Hole games, and cow plot bingo. Get ready to have good ‘ole fashioned yes-haw fun. Adults only. Tickets are $75 for general admission, and $50 for teachers. To register, go to www.ink-stjohns.org

THE GREAT AMERICAN SCARECROW FESTIVAL

September 30: The annual Great American Scarecrow Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 30 at Simple Gestures, 4 E. White St. and Anastasia Boulevard, on the island over the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine. The event includes scarecrow making, apple bobbing, corn hole, face painting, barbecue, pies (that benefit Pie in the Sky in Hastings), pumpkin painting, live music by Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards and other local musicians. Admission is FREE. Proceeds go to Pie in the Sky, a community outreach program in Hastings.

DRESSING DOWNTON AT LIGHTNER MUSEUM

Oct. 4-Jan. 7: The Dressing Downton exhibit opens Oct. 4 in Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery, 75 King St., downtown St. Augustine. Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times is an exquisite exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories paired to perfection in engaging vignettes, immersed amongst Otto Lightner’s collection of turn of the century fine art and furniture. Many museum pieces in storage and others presently being restored will be on view for the first time as a part of the exhibition, masterfully displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery. Admission is $19.99 for adults, $14.99 for military/students/seniors, $9.99 ages 12-17, and free for ages 11 and younger. Go to www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton/

PINK UP THE PACE 5K

Oct. 7: The Pink Up The Pace 5K is a walk/run for breast cancer, with proceeds going to help local women with mammograms and treatment. On race day, registration and packet pick up will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, near the downtown parking garage. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Francis Field on Saturday, Oct. 7. A race expo will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at First coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Ave, St. Augustine. The race expo is FREE and open to the public. Visit the booths of local community business vendors as they support Pink Up The Pace. They will be sharing information, raffling prizes and giving out gifts. Race fees are $15 for ages 14 and younger in advance, $25 for adults in advance, and $30 for adults after Aug. 29. To register online, go to www.pinkupthepace.com

CORN MAZE & MORE

Oct. 7-29: Nine acres of a local farm becomes Sykes & Cooper Corn Maze each year — the maze, hayrides, food and games, live animals and more at 5995 Brough Road in Elkton, off State Road 207. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $10 for ages 3 to 64; $8 for seniors and military with ID; and free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is CASH ONLY. Homeschool Day set for Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live music will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on certain Saturday nights. Go to www.sycofarms.com for more details.

DATIL PEPPER FESTIVAL

Oct. 7-8: The Datil Pepper Festival and Home and Garden Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 at the St. Johns County Agricutural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine. A variety of vendors, both inside and outside, will showcase unique items for sale. There will also be a food court, rain barrels for sale, and the always popular Master Gardener plant sale. Tours of the arboretum and community gardens will be conducted by our Master Gardeners throughout the weekend festivities. The festival’s famous Datil Pepper Restaurant Cook-off will be held on Saturday only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1. Local chefs will offer samples of their Datil-inspired cuisine. You will be able to purchase taste tickets for $1 per ticket starting at 11 a.m, and they sell out question. Interested in being a vendor or a sponsor for the 2016 Datil Pepper Fall Festival? Call 904-209-0430 for more information.

ST. AMBROSE FALL FAIR

Oct. 8: The annual St. Ambrose Fall Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 6070 Church Road, in Elkton, from State Road 207. The most popular item at the fair is the Minorcan clam chowder, prepared by Mary Ellen Masters and her chowder crew, which features the famous Datil pepper and a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. More than 100 gallons are made for each fair in the spring and in the fall — and it all sells out every time! Hay rides, children’s games, tours of the historic church (built in 1907), live music by The Red River Band, face painting, a bake sale, a yard sale, a 50/50 drawing, and silent auction also are part of the event. Other food includes barbecued pork sandwiches, french fries, chicken wings, hot dogs, handmade desserts, ice cream, and assorted beverages including beer. Admission is FREE.

ST. AUGUSTINE ORCHESTRA

Oct. 13:  To kick off the 2017-2018 season, the St. Augustine Orchestra (SAO) will feature seven American composers whose rich sound is proof that classical music also has strong roots in the United States – and that composers can be highly interesting too! Their homes are on the National Historic Register. They were at the Pentagon in Military Intelligence. They’ve won Best Original Score Academy Awards. Their songs have become American Standards. And they wrote the most famous baseball poem ever written. This concert will be held at Anastasia Baptist Church: 1650 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 on October 13th at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are: Adults $20; students $5 with ID, and children under age 12 are free. Tickets will be available at the door. Go to staugustineorchestra.org

Composers and their pieces that will be featured include:

Casey at the Bat, by Bill Holcomb; Blue Tango, by Leroy Anderson; selections from The Music Man, by Meredith Willson; selections from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein; and Boston Pops March, by Ernest Gold. Also featured are several works by Aaron Copland, including An Outdoor Overture, Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring, and selections from Rodeo, including Corral Nocturne, Saturday Night Waltz, and Hoe Down. 

ST. AUGUSTINE GREEK FESTIVAL

Oct. 13-15: The St. Augustine Greek Festival celebrates all things Greek — food, music, dancing and heritage. The annual event is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Live music will be on stage throughout the weekend, with dance performances, a dance floor for the public, an outdoor marketplace, children’s activities and more. Admission is $5 for adults, and children age 14 and younger are admitted free with paying adults. Free admission for active military and first responders. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Go to www.stauggreekfest.com for more details.

ST. AUGUSTINE CHILDREN’S ARTS FESTIVAL

Oct. 15: Mark your calendars and bring the kids to FOSAA’s Fourth Annual Children’s Arts Festival, Sunday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. This is a free event and is open to the public!
Artists and organizations have donated their time and talents to make this an incredibly exciting day of interactive arts activities. Children can sing, dance, play instruments, engage in a variety of art projects, make a puppet, tell stories, play theatre games, frolic with pirates, learn magic tricks, get a library card, join a drum circle, and lots, lots more. Area organizations with information for families, and a select group of non-food vendors will also be on hand. Concession stands will be open all day.  FOSAA (Friends of the St Augustine Amphitheatre) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing usage of the Amphitheatre by the community. FOSAA sponsors two summer music and arts camps, performances and special projects for children. FOSAA also awards grants to schools and non-profits who wish to use the Amphitheatre for their own events. For further information please email Carol Gladstone, grambini1@comcast.net

OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL FALL FESTIV’ALL

Oct. 22: Our Lady of Good Counsel will hold the annual Fall Festiv’All & Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 22 at the church, 5950 SR 16
St. Augustine, in the World Golf Village area. A pumpkin patch, games and inflatables, a country store, food, beer and wine, live music, a 50/50 raffle, and other fall fun will be part of this event. To enter the car show, click here.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Oct. 27-29: The Wizard of Oz will be presented by KidzfACTory students at Limelight Theatre. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Tickets will be available in September at limelight-theatre.org. Students can enroll online here. Call 904-825-1164 for more details.

BRATINI BENEFIT

Oct. 19: This annual fundraiser was designed to heighten awareness for cancer patients in the area. Bratini will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Serenata Beach Club, 3175 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd, South Ponte Vedra Beach. Local men model decorated bras and participants can bid of the bras. The event benefits the StAR Council, ArtBreakers (a local nonprofit specializing in services for cancer patients), and Pink Heals (a program that maintains fundraising dollars locally). A silent auction will feature local gift certificates, vacation packages, jewelry, art, and custom gift baskets. Get tickets at www.staugustineregionalcouncil.com/bratini/

ANCIENT CITY KIDS DAY

Oct. 28: The 21st Annual Ancient City Kids Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Francis Field , 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The event is FREE for the public, and will include over 40 youth service agencies offering carnival style games and activities, arts and crafts, contests for kids, and live entertainment all day. Information about community resources will be available for parents. The only cost to the public will be for food or drinks. The event is a community outreach for Epic Behavioral Healthcare of St. Augustine. Go to epicbh.org

VELO FEST JAIL BREAK 5K

Oct. 28: Do you have what it takes to make a break? Formerly the Let’s Get Pedestrian 5K, VeloFest Community Initiative, along with Old Town Trolley Tours, will hosts the Jail Break 5K Escape from St. Augustine. The event begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Old St. Johns County Jail, 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Runners will enjoy a USATF Certified 5k to the Atlantic Ocean facing a treacherous climb over the Vilano Bridge as they flee from the Authentic Old Jail. We invite runners of all ages and abilities this Halloween weekend to make a break and enjoy the fun. Running not your thing, but dressing up is? Be part of the team, enjoy the fruits of no labor and donate! All escapees will be fully supported by stocked watering holes, and cuffed properly (we mean medals).  Parking, shuttles and transportation accomodations from Old Town Trolley Tours. Registration available at www.escapefromstaugustine.com

GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE

Nov. 5: Love chowder?  Want to try as many chowders as possible in St. Augustine? The 34th annual Great Chowder Debate will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at The Conch House, 57 Comares Ave. SOriginated by The Conch House in 1984, the event is one of the longest-running chowder championships in the country. Local restaurants compete for the ultimate chowder bragging rights by entering their specialty chowders in one of five categories:  Minorcan conch, Minorcan clam, New England clam, seafood, and non-Seafood.  There is also the People’s Choice, voted on by the public so patrons are encouraged to make their vote count. In addition to the delicious chowder, the main goal of the Great Chowder Debate is to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County (BBBS).  All proceeds go to this local charity. Admission is FREE. Patrons can purchase taste tickets for $1 each. Go to conch-house.com/chowder-debate or call 904-829-8646.

FLORIDA TINY HOUSE FESTIVAL

Nov. 17-19: The 2nd Annual Florida Tiny House Festival will be held at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5480 State Road 207, in Elkton. There will be a large assortment of tiny houses and micro homes, workshops, presentations, vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. The 2017 Florida Tiny House Festival is a charitable event with proceeds going to charities, non-profits, and the local community. Nov. 17 offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. for everyone, with free admission every day for Active & Retired Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMTs. Half off admission for ages 60 and older. Tickets and camping reservations are all available online at www.unitedtinyhouse.com/ shop/

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Nov. 18-Jan. 31: The 23rd Annual Nights of Lights opens on Saturday, Nov. 18 during Light-Up Night, an event that includes live music in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. The music will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the lighting ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Each year, former St. Augustine mayors gather to flip the switch during Light Up Night. The City of St. Augustine’s giant tree in the Plaza is lit first, then all the lights come on surrounding the area. Many families start the holiday season with this tradition — going to dinner downtown and and then watching as the lights are turned on. Nights of Lights, which includes more than 2 million lights on city buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2016. Go to nightsoflights.com

FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL

Nov. 25-26: The 52nd Annual Fall Art & Craft Festival, hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association on Thanksgiving weekend, features more than 150 artists offering painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculpture, fiber art, photography and mixed media. The even takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Go to www.staugustineartfestival.com for more details.


PUMPKIN PATCHES

First United Methodist Church

  • Opening Sept. 28: First United Methodist Church, 118 King St., offers pumpkins of all sizes, available this month in downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Prices range from 50 cents to $35. Call 904-829-3459.

Rype & Readi Farm Market

  • September and October: Pumpkins, squash and gourds of all shapes and sizes are available at Rype and Readi, 115 La Quinta Place, off Riberia St., in downtown St. Augustine. Heirloom pumpkin varieties, baking pumpkins and squash, ornamental gourds, and carving pumpkins are on site. Call 904-429-3070, go to www.rypeandreadi.com, or stay updated on facebook.

River of Life United Methodist Church

  • Oct. 1-31: The pumpkins have arrived at River of Life United Methodist Church, 2600 Race Track Road, in the Julington Creek area. A portion of proceeds from pumpkin patch sales benefit the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home and other ministries in the church each year. The patch is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Call 904-230-2955 or go to www.rolumc.com

Our Lady of Good Counsel

  • Oct. 1-31: The patch is open at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 5950 State Road 16. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will share the patch with free hayrides, photo ops and ghostly spooks until Halloween. Proceeds benefit the church’s ministries. Call 904-824-8688 or go to olgc-church.org

Shores United Methodist Church

  • The pumpkins will arrive Oct. 7 at Shores United Methodist Church, 724 Shores Blvd. Pumpkin prices vary depending on size of the pumpkin. Patch hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, with weekdays hours from 2 to 7 p.m. Call 904-797-4416 or go to www.shoresumc.org.

Corn Maze & More

  • Oct. 7-29: Nine acres of a local farm becomes Sykes & Cooper Corn Maze each year — with live music, the maze, games such as a corn cannon, live animals and more at 5995 Brough Road in Elkton, just off State Road 207. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $10 for ages 3 to 64; $7 for seniors and military with ID; and free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is CASH ONLY.  Live music will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on certain Saturday nights. Go to www.sycofarms.com for more details.

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