ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER PARADE
April 16: The St. Augustine Easter Parade begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at the Mission of Nombre de Dios on San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine and heads south down Avenida Menendez. The annual parade featuring horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, and St. Augustine’s Royal Family. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and secure a spot along the downtown streets. For more details, go to www.oldestcityeaster.org/easter-parade.html
A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
April 22: A Taste of St. Augustine will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22 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 epicbh.org/tasteofstaugustine for more details.
FEEL THE WHEELS
April 22: 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 9 a.m. to 4 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 https://www.facebook.com/FeelTheWheels to stay updated.
FLORIDA’S BIRDING & PHOTO FEST
April 26-30: Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest features more than 100 birding and outdoor photography events in St. Johns County and surrounding locations. This festival is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, located 8 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A North. Go to www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com
ST. AUGUSTINE FAMILY FUN FEST
April 29: A dynamic all day festival with activities for the kids and the kid-in-you — the St. Augustine Family Fun Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. 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! Admission is $5 adults; $3 seniors and military; youth 12 and under free. Pre-Sale Kid zone wrist band tickets and admission tickets available at http://www.aomh.org/
This event is a fundraiser for Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, which offers supportive housing to young mothers, their children, and senior women. AOMH also offers community-wide outreach through our year-round Diaper Bank, Alpha-Omega Thrift Stores, Adoption Assistance Services, and an annual Shoes of Hope event.
GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 5-7: The Gamble Rogers Music Festival will be held May 5-7 at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Four stages will feature local, regional and national groups. The schedule will be announced soon at www.gamblerogersfest.org
HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL
May 13: The Harry Potter Festival debuts in 2017, featuring Wizard-themed FUN, a quidditch match and other games, and other activities. More details will be announced soon.
ROMANZA FESTIVALE OF THE ARTS
May 5-14: 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. This year, a Harry Potter Festival debuts, featuring Wizard-themed FUN. Go to www.romanzafestivale.com for more details.
ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 15-17 and June 22-22: 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 www.StAugustineMusicFestival.org
SPRING & SUMMER THEATRE SHOWS
Back to the 80s at Nease High School
April 18-19: Join the class of 1985 as they experience the fun and heartbreak of growing up in a totally awesome decade. Back to the 80’s is on stage at 7 p.m. April 18-19 at Nease High School, 10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Corey Palmer SR/Billy Arnold – Grant Burmeister
- Corey Palmer – Parker Tenney
- Alf Bueller – Tanner Wroten
- Kirk Keaton – Bryce McClure
- Tiffany Houston – Alexis Gilliard
- Cyndi Gibson – Grace Lewis
- Mel Easton – Baylie McClafferty
- Kim Easton – Abbey Riddle
- Michael Feldman – Kyle Thompson
- Huey Jackson – Tobias Brown
- Feargal McFerrin III – Tucker Albritton
- Eileen Reagan – Jasmin Surridge
- Laura Wilde – Emory Thomas
- Debbie Fox – Emma Frank
- Sheena Brannigan – Katie Logue
- Steven “Steve” Cocker – Zachary Morris
I Ought to be In Pictures at Limelight Theatre
April 20-May 14: I Ought to be in Pictures, a comedy by Neil Simon, was Limelight Theatre’s FIRST show, on stage 25 years ago! The play tells the story of a 19-year-old New Yorker who moves to Hollywood to become an actress and find her father, a screenwriter. Directed by Bob Pritchard, the cast includes Stephanie Santiago as Libby, rancesca Bellavista as Steffy, and Roger Lowe as Herb. Preview night with $15 tickets is Thursday, April 20. Opening night is Friday, April 21 with complimentary pre-show champagne and a meet-the-cast party following the performances. The play runs through May 14. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $26 for adults,
$24 for seniors, $20 for military and students, and $15 for preview night. For tickets, go to limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164.
Legally Blonde The Musical at St. Augustine High School
April 20, April 22-23: A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Directed by Jeff Dodd, this musical features roles played by students in the musical theatre program at St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School. Show dates are 7 p.m. April 20 and April 22, and 2 p.m. April 23 in the school auditorium, 3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/children. Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to each performance. Seating is general admission. Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable, from start to finish.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Expedition
April 26-May 7: The School of the Arts at Christ Episcopal Church’ — Ponte Vedra will present Mr. Toad’s Wild Expedition – a witty musical romp for the entire family. Adapted by writer / director Jason Woods from Kenneth Grahame’s enchanting classic, “The Wind in the Willows.” The church is at 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. For tickets, go to www.christepiscopalchurch.org
Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.
April 28-29: The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Apex Theatre, proudly announces that Apex Theatre Studio’s Junior Musical Theater workshop will present Disney’s The Lion King Jr. on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, and 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Tickets for Apex Theatre presents Disney’s The Lion King Jr. are on sale now at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Go to pvconcerthall.com or www.apextheatrejax.com.
Love Letters stage by A Classic Theatre, Inc.
May 7-9: A Classic Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” starring Annie Gaybis and Peter Gutierrez.vA perfect romantic offering for the Romanza Festival of the Arts, “Love Letters” has been lauded as “one of the four or five best American plays of the ‘80s.” (William A Henry III, Time) A finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Drama, “Love Letters” chronicles the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats – that have passed between them throughout the 50 years of their separated lives. Directed by Anne Kraft, “Love Letters” will have four performances. — 2 p.m. May 7; and 7:30 p.m. May 8-10 at the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla Street, downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Students and are available online at www.aclassictheatre.org. For reservations and information, call 904-501-5093.