Top 10 October FALL EVENTS in St. Augustine

CORN MAZE & MORE

Oct. 3-25: 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 in Elkton. 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 $9 for ages 3 to 64; $7 for seniors; and free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is CASH ONLY. Theme days are included, with Homeschool Day set for Oct. 7. Live music will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on certain Saturday nights. Go to www.sycofarms.com for more details.

DOES THE SLIPPER FIT?

Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 18: Journey into a world of enchantment as Nease High School’s Performing Arts Center transforms into a fairy tale kingdom as student performers explore a world full of glass slippers, a fairy godmother and true love. Nease High School presents this classic tale of a handsome prince searching far and wide to find the perfect bride which is revived by sassy new dialogue based upon the 1997 telecast starring Whitney Houston. The soaring melodies of the original show are joined with several additional musical numbers and a grand finale dance tune mashup  with spectacular choreography. Show times are 5 p.m. Oct. 15-16, and 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Nease High School, 10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). All tickets can be purchased at the door via cash or check. There will be a Princess and Friends Tea Party following the Sunday show in which guests will enjoy cake, tea and favors. This charming event is geared toward young prince and princesses and their families. Tea Party Tickets are an additional $5 for children (12 and under) and adults are free with a paying child. For advanced ticket orders to be placed under will call at the door, please email
Neaseshows@gmail.com to make arrangements. To view the cast list, go to www.neaseshows.wix.com/shows.

ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

Oct. 15-25: A tale of magic, poetry, and cake, this rollicking adventure for the whole family reminds us that gallant knights, fair maidens, and fearsome dragons may not be what they seem — and we all might be a little braver than we ever imagined. Written and directed by Jason Woods, this show will be stage at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, in Ponte Vedra Beach. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Show dates are Oct. 15-16, Oct. 18, Oct. 22-23, and Oct. 24-25. The Oct. 15 ticket include the Premiere Party! For tickets, go to www.ComeFaceYourDragons.com

BLUES FEST

Oct. 16-17: Live blues music will be on stage Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17 at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, 86 ML King St., in the historic Lincolnville area of downtown St. Augustine. Headliner Willie Green (on Saturday, Oct. 17) will celebrate his 80th birthday during the event. BBQ ribs, pulled pork, gumbo, beer, and other refreshments will be available for a donation. See the music schedule below.

Friday, Oct. 16

  • 4 p.m. Gene Johnson Road Blues
  • 6 p.m. Willie Dixon & Bubba Browning
  • 8 p.m. Little Mike and the Tornados

Friday, Oct. 16

  • 12 p.m. Amy Hendrickson & Friends
  • 2 p.m. John Allison
  • 4:30 p.m. Music Break
  • 5 p.m. Fats Lewis
  • 7 p.m. Willie Green Blues Band

THE GREAT AMERICAN SCARECROW FESTIVAL

Oct. 17: The annual Great American Scarecrow Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 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 bobbin’, 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.

CRACKER DAY

Oct. 17: The 56th Annual Cracker Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207, in Elkton. The event is hosted by St. Johns County Cattlemen’s Association.   Cracker Day celebrates cracker horses, which were brought to the Americas by the Spanish. This family-friendly event includes horse and cattle games, such as the popular barrel roll. There will also be a whip-cracking contest and games for children. Admission is $5 per car. Call 904-669-4241.

OKTOBERFEST AT FRANCIS FIELD

Oct. 18: The Sertoma Club of St. Augustine will hold the first Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine, next to the parking garage. Oktoberfest will feature traditional food including bratwurst,  sauerkraut, pretzels, as well as German and domestic beers and even desserts. The event also will include a stage within a biergarten tent where bands will entertain throughout the day. A wide range of arts and crafts with local and regional significance will be offered, as well as child-related activities including a bounce house, face painting and other activities for families. Admission is $5 per person, with children age 2 and younger admitted free.

TASTE OF THE BEACH

Oct. 18: The 10th Annual Taste of The Beach celebrates will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 18 at the St. Johns County Pier Park & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Food from 14 beach restaurants will be served as samples — as each compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in appetizer, entree and dessert categories. Judge’s Choice, Best Booth Display and People’s Choice awards also will be part of the event. Proceeds will benefit Betty Griffin House, a shelter and service provider for victims of abuse and their families. Admission is FREE. Taste tickets can be purchased on site. See more details at www.thecivicassociation.org.

ANCIENT CITY KIDS DAY

Oct. 24: The 20th Annual Ancient City Kids Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 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, and contests for the 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 www.epicbh.org 

PIRATE GATHERING

Nov. 6-8: The 8th Annual Pirate Gathering will be held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine.  Pirates, mermaids, sword battles, black powder demonstrations, Blackbeard’s kids show, pirate stunt shows and so much more. The gathering is hosted by The Ancient City Privateers. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children 12 and younger; $3 for active duty and military veterans $3. Hours are Hours 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Funds will support the St. Augustine Lighthouse Summer Camp. Go to www.thepirategathering.com

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