Here’s Totallystaugustine.com’s picks for the Top 10 spring 2016 events in St. Augustine and St. Johns County. To see the full list of spring events, click here. To submit an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org (Photo from Sleeping Beauty by Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, on stage April 23 in St. Augustine)
April 16-24: Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos â€” In recognition of the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary, the Castillo de San Marcos offers free admission throughout the week. Built 1672-1695, the massive fortress provided protection for Spanish Florida, Spain’s famous treasure fleets and the people of St. Augustine. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. daily with the last ticket issued at 5 p.m. 1 Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Call 904-829-6506Â or go toÂ www.nps.gov/casa
April 22: Earth Day at Anastasia State Park â€” Celebrate earth day at Anastasia State Park and find out about the great ways to give back and get involved. Enjoy free s’mores and hot dogs while learning fun facts about the ecosystem and local environment. Join a ranger for a guided hike through the nature trail or make fun crafts with park volunteers. This event is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park, 300 Anastasia Park Road, St. Augustine (off Anastasia Blvd., on the island over the Bridge of Lions). Meet at the Sea Turtle Pavilion near Island Beach Grill in the beach parking lot. Park admission is $8 per vehicle (2-8 people); $4 single-occupant vehicle; $2 per pedestrian, bicyclist or extra passenger. Go toÂ www.floridastateparks.org/park/anastasia
April 23:Â A Taste of St. AugustineÂ â€” The 19th annual event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Taste samples from more than 20 St. Augustine restaurants and vote for â€œPeopleâ€™s Choice.â€ Live music and the annual Race to the Taste 5K are part of the event. Go toÂ epicbh.org/tasteofstaugustineÂ orÂ www.facebook.com/ATasteOfStAugustine
- April 23:Â Feel the WheelsÂ â€” Hands-on fun for all ages during a static display of service vehicles of all kinds â€” helicopters, firetrucks, boats, tractors and so much more â€” 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 byÂ Tag! Childrenâ€™s MuseumÂ of St. Augustine (www.tagmuseum.orgÂ andÂ www.facebook.com/tagmuseum)
- April 23:Â Uptown Saturday Night â€”Â Enjoy extended shopping, art exhibits, live music and more from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23 in shops along San Marco Avenue in Uptown St. Augustine.Â FREEÂ parking street-side and at theÂ Mission Nombre de Dios. Free admission.
April 23:Â Sleeping Beauty by Canada’s Ballet JorgenÂ â€” EMMA Concert Association presents the Canada’s Ballet Jorgen in a performance of the beloved Sleeping Beauty at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium,Â 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humor and beauty, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen was formed in 1987 by Bengt Jorgen and Susan Bodie, is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire comprised exclusively of original works. Tickets are $40 ($5 for students) and may be purchased in advance atÂ www.emmaconcerts.comÂ or by callingÂ 904-797-2800.
- April 27-May 1:Â 13th Annual Floridaâ€™s Birding and Photo FestÂ â€” More than 110 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 toÂ www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com
- April 29-May 1:Â 21st Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival â€”Â Three days of live music at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., in downtown St. Augustine and at area venues in downtown.Â Go toÂ www.gamblerogersfest.org
- May 6-15:Â Romanza Festivale of the ArtsÂ â€” 10 days of the arts in St. Augustine â€” concerts, art exhibits, live theatre shows, dance, street festivals and a parade, historical celebrations and so much more! Go toÂ www.romanzafestivale.com
- May 14-15:Â Peter Pan by Saint Augustine Ballet â€” Tap dancing pirates, beautiful mermaids, a revenge filled crocodile, a one handed pirate, and a mischievous boy who doesnâ€™t want to grow up will all be on the Lewis Auditorium stage whenÂ Saint Augustine BalletÂ presents an encore of last yearâ€™s performances ofÂ PeterÂ Pan.Â The show will be performed on at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday,Â May 14,Â and 2 p.m.Â Sunday,Â May 15Â inÂ Lewis Auditorium,Â 14 Granada Street,Â downtown St. Augustine.Â All tickets are $25 with reserved seating and may be purchased atÂ www.saintaugustineballet.comÂ or by callingÂ 855-222-2849.