February-May 2023 Events in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

Concerts at Cafe Eleven

February-May: Cafe Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine Beach. TICKETS: originalcafe11.com/upcoming-events/
Upcoming Concerts
March 14: Popa Chubby  
April 1: Will Evans
April 8: Comedian Demetrius Fields
April 16: Mean Mary
April 28: Joanna Connor
May 5: Damon Fowler

In Our Glory: Black Joy in Jim Crow St. Augustine exhibit at Oldest House Museum Complex

Daily through March 6: Organized by students of Flagler College, In Our Glory: Black Joy in Jim Crow St. Augustine explores the spaces of resistance and opposition, inspired by photography. This exhibition is on view January 30 through March 6 in the Tovar House at the Oldest House Museum Complex. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Learn more at staughs.com 

Some photographers featured:
  • Richard A. Twine, who captured scenes of Lincolnville during the 1920s, St. Augustine’s historic Black neighborhood.
  • Lenny Foster, artwork from “Where We Stand” series, depicting African American and Civil Rights history in St. Augustine.

The Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series

February 10-19: The Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series will return to Fort Mose Historic State Park, the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States, from February 10 to February 19, 2023. The second installment of the series will comprise of six unforgettable performances by some of the most recognized jazz, blues, R&B, and soul artists in the industry. In a continued effort to honor the history and historical significance of the site, the Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series 2023 will welcome 10-time Grammy Award-winner, and “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, three-time Grammy Awardwinning soul, gospel, and R&B national treasure Mavis Staples, eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader Christian McBride’s New Jawn, the “future of blues” Mississippi-born, and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, two-time Grammy Award-winning eclectic folk singer, songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, and the critically-acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated Americana singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June. Collectively, the artists performing in the 2023 series have won 24 Grammy Awards, and earned a total of 72 Grammy nominations. Tickets for the Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series in February 2023 go on sale this Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m. via The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com and DiscoverFortMose.com

School of the 16th Century – Re-enactors and Encampment at the Oldest House Museum Complex

February 17-18: The Historical Florida Militia will present the School of the 16th Century on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Oldest House Museum Complex, 14 St. Francis St., downtown St. Augustine. The public can participate in displays, demonstrations and instruction in and of the 16th Century (1513-1586). The re-enactors will feature historic weapons, artillery, armor, equipment and accessories, clothing, crafts, culinary arts and more. 

Grease (School Edition) by Limelight Theatre Education

February 17-19: Grease (School Edition) will be staged by Limelight Theatre Education February 17-19 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Tickets: limelight-theatre.org

Resilience Family Fest

February 18: The St. Augustine Archival Society presents Resilience Family Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St, St. Augustine, FL 32084. This is a celebration of St. Augustine’s Black history and culture. The event will feature musical performances, food trucks, historical reenactments, pop-up exhibits, and arts and crafts activities. In addition, UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will conduct oral history interviews about Solomon Calhoun and the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. Performances will include Melvin Smith Jazz Ensemble, UF Afro Pop Ensemble, St. Augustine High School Jazz Band, and storytellers James Bullock and Charmin Russell of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum “I Lived Here, As Well” program. The community and its visitors are welcome to attend this FREE event. Information about specific events and initiatives can be found at http://resilienceblackheritageinstaugustine.wordpress.com or on the Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/resilienceblackheritagestaugustine
● 12:30 PM: UF Afro Pop Music Ensemble
● 2:30 PM: Melvin Smith Jazz Ensemble
● 3:25 PM: St. Augustine High School Jazz Band

Vilano Beach Market

February 18: The Vilano Beach Market Walk takes place from 4-8 p.m. along the sidewalks near the Vilano Beach Pier. Local artisan-made items, plants, home décor, datil pepper sauces, and much more. Free parking and admission. Vilano Beach Pier area, 259 Vilano Road. More details at https://www.facebook.com/vilanobeachofficial

Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run and Night Fest

February 18: The Junior Service League of St. Augustine (JSL) announces that the Lighthouse 5k Run/Walk & Fun Run on Saturday, February 18. The 5K will begin at 3 p.m. and the Fun Run will start at 4 p.m.  The Lighthouse 5K is a chipped race that serves as a qualifier for the famed Gate River Run. Proceeds from the Lighthouse 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run benefit numerous JSL service projects and provide financial support for local nonprofit organizations in St. Augustine and the St. Johns County community. Night Fest will be from 3-7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse will be part of this event, which includes free admission to the lighthouse grounds, climbing the tower, exhibits, and children’s activities. Sign up here: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/StAugustine/Lighthouse5KRunWalkandFunRun

Spectacular Seakeasy Casino Night to benefit Epic-Cure

February 18: Join Epic-Cure for the inaugural Spectacular Speakeasy Casino Night, A benefit for Epic-Cure at the historic Treasury on Plaza, located downtown St. Augustine. The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, February 19, featuring Roulette, Craps, Black Jack Tables, funny money, a 50/50 drawing, appetizers, cocktails, beer and wine. By attending this special event, you’re directly helping the St. Johns community and positioning Epic-Cure to continue their critical mission. Learn more about the organization at www.epic-cure.org TICKETS for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spectacular-speakeasy-casino-night-a-benefit-for-epic-cure-tickets-494457524767

St. Augustine Spanish Food & Wine Festival

February 23 and February 25: The St. Augustine Spanish Food & Wine Festival will benefit the Flagler College Hospitality & Tourism Management Program. The Tapas, Wine & Spirits event will take place Thursday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the Lightner Museum Radzinski Family Garden. The Grand Tasting will be Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 2-5 p.m. at Flagler College’s Markland House. Tickets and details: www.spanishwinefestival.com

38th annual Cathedral Festival

February 24-26: The 38th annual Cathedral Festival will take place Feb. 24-26 on grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios, off San Marco Avenue in uptown St. Augustine.The fundraiser is one of the area’s largest festivals featuring rides, games, bingo, a silent auction and a fireworks spectacular show. Proceeds go to the private Cathedral Parish School. A fireworks show will light up the sky at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 over the water near the grounds. Visit thecathedralfestival.com or stay updated on Facebook.

Ancient City Cat Show

February 25-26: The Ancient City Cat Club presents the annual Ancient City Cat Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 25-26 at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors and children. All breeds of cats, including household pets, will be at the show — featuring 150 cats and kittens. 

904 Beer Run .5K

February 25: The 904 Now will host the inaugural 904 Beer Run .5K on February 25 along Saint George Street in downtown St. Augustine — complete with beer, swag, and surprises along the way.A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Jimmy Jam Outreach, a 501(C)3 nonprofit that helps those in need in our community and surrounding communities.  Jimmy Jam Outreach has helped over 500 St. Johns County residents get through tough times this year. The organization aims to help people quickly with every day needs. From a tank of gas, to repairing household appliances, they step up quickly when people in our community need help. TICKETS: the904now.com/race

Chocolate & Beyond: Supporting volunteers and teachers

February 25: The 30th anniversary of Chocolate and Beyond, a celebration of chocolate, desserts, and other delectable culinary treats, will be held from 2-4 p.m.Saturday, February 25 at The Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine. Guests will sample tasty treats from some of the area’s finest restaurants and specialty shops, and tickets will include a tour of the museum.  A silent auction and contests will also be part of this fun and exciting afternoon. This event is hosted by TASK – Teacher’s Aid for Student Knowledge.  Proceeds from Chocolate and Beyond are utilized to support RSVP of St. Johns County as they recruit, train, and recognize senior volunteers, as well as local teachers as they receive special project grants. Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/delicious2023 and will also be available at the door.

The Diviners at Limelight Theatre

Through March 19: Limelight Theatre stages The Diviners February 24-March 19. This play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young he almost drowned. This trauma, and the loss of his mother in the same accident, has left him deathly afraid of water. When the preacher finally gets the boy in the river to wash him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism. What unfolds is a harrowing event that rocks the town forever. TICKETS: limelight-theatre.org

Sylvia by A Classic Theatre

March 3-11: A Classic Theatre presents Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, a very human comedy involving a man in mid-life crisis, his beleaguered wife and the sassy, lively and insightful dog he rescues. Or does she rescue him? Sylvia is a funny, poignant, reflective look at ourselves and the importance of the bonds that keep us grounded. Since Sylvia is a rescued dog, it seemed a good fit to collaborate with the local rescue organization SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) to highlight the need for saving animals from dire circumstances. Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 3-4 and March 10-11; and 2 p.m. March 5 and March 12 at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., uptown St. Augustine. TICKETS: www.aclassictheatre.org

Searle’s Raid Encampment & Re-enactment

March 3-4: Experience a reenactment of the bloody pirate raid led by Robert Searle against the city and inhabitants of St. Augustine in 1668. On Friday, March 3 the encampment will begin set up at the Oldest House Museum Complex, 14 St. Francis St., St. Augustine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 4; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, with historic 17th-century encampment with activities and demonstrations. The battle reenactment takes place from 4-6 p.m. at the field near the Visitors Center, on Orange St. across from Ann O’Malley’s.

Saint Augustine Film Festival – Part Deux

March 3-5: The 13th Annual Saint Augustine Film Festival: Part Deux will run March 3-5 in Lewis Auditorium and Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. 32 films will screen over those three days. Special Guests: SAFF Part Deux welcomes several filmmakers who will introduce their films. Hope Madden, writer/director of OBSTACLE CORPSE will be joined by producer George Wolf. The writer/producer of DOG WHISPERER, Melissa Jo Peltier, will follow the screening with a talk on producing documentaries. Flagler College grad Ryan Buffa, now a producer of THE WALKING DEAD, will show her film SWEETHEART and will appear by Zoom to talk about Making It In The Biz After College. Admission to the films is $10 per film, and free for Film Fest Pass Holders, Flagler students, faculty and staff. Learn more at staugfilmfest.com

Saint Augustine Film Festival: Part Deux

March 3-5: The 13th Annual Saint Augustine Film Festival: Part Deux will run March 3-5, 2023 in Lewis Auditorium and Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. 32 films will screen over those three days. Admission to the films is $10 per film, and free for Film Fest Pass Holders, Flagler students, faculty and staff. Learn more at staugfilmfest.com

Special Guests: SAFF Part Deux welcomes several filmmakers who will introduce their films. Hope Madden, writer/director of OBSTACLE CORPSE will be joined by producer George Wolf. The writer/producer of DOG WHISPERER, Melissa Jo Peltier, will follow the screening with a talk on producing documentaries.

Flagler College grad Ryan Buffa, now a producer of THE WALKING DEAD, will show her film Sweetheart and will appear by Zoom to talk about Making It In The Biz After College.

Menorcan Heritage Celebration

March 4: Join the Menorcan Cultural Society from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the Oldest House Museum Complex to commemorate the 246th anniversary of the Menorcans arriving in Florida. Live music by Sam Pacetti, along with heritage events such as mullet net-making and cast net demonstrations by Mike Usina; Menorcan merchandise such as T-shirts, bumper stickers, and flags; Datil pepper sauces, jellies, and mustard by Kenny & Sylvia Johns; and Datil pepper plants for sale by Leslie Baker Case. Menorcan family displays including photos and articles will be on view. At 1 p.m., the Poet Laureate of St. Augustine’s Menorcan Cultural Society will be introduced, followed by the cake cutting. Food available for purchase will include Minorcan clam chowder; sausage, chicken and shrimp pilau; baked goods and soft drinks. Admission is free. Parking will be available at the Cathedral Parish School, 259 St. George Street. More details about this event at www.menorcansociety.net or call 904-540-3067.

Minorcan Art Exhibit by The Minorcan Experience

March 4:  The Minorcan Experience will host an art exhibit on Saturday, March 4 at the Oldest House Museum Complex during the Menorcan Heritage Celebration. Meet artists and view their artwork, and take an original masterpiece home with you — with many items available for purchase! In conjunction, the Menorcan Heritage Celebration will take place from 11 AM to 3 PM Saturday, March 4 on the grounds of the Oldest House Museum Complex. Admission is free.

3K Raptor Run at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

March 5: Run or walk to help save native wildlife species in Florida! All proceeds from this all-ages race will benefit a conservation organization to aid in the conservation and research of native wildlife. All participants will receive a Raptor Run 3K t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, post-race refreshments, and a free child’s admission ticket to the Alligator Farm for every adult ticket purchase. Register here: https://alligatorfarm.com/events-programs/community-events/3k-raptor-run/

San Lorenzo Cemetery Tour 

March 11The Minorcan Experience will also host other FREE community events in March, including the a walking tour of the San Lorenzo Cemetery on March 11. This Minorcan burials tour will be led by Elizabeth Duran Gesser, the Florida Humanities Council grant historian. Please email theminorcanexperience@gmail.com to register.

An Evening of Arias: Diva Edition!

March 11: First Coast Opera presents An Evening of Arias: Diva Edition! Featuring sopranos Raquel Rubi, Lisa Lockhart, and McKenna Slack accompanied by pianist Keith Teepen. This event will take place from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Marsh Creek Country Club, 169 Marshside Dr, St. Augustine. Heavy hors d’oeuvres from Chef Will Swank and a complimentary glass of bubbly. Silent auction. Cash bar. TICKETS: firstcoastopera.com

 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

March 11-12The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is held in America’s Oldest Celtic City with multi-award-winning cultural events to be held on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12.

Top international and U.S. Celtic bands, Highland Games, workshops, lectures, Celtic food and artisan crafts will be feature. The St. Patrick Day parade will be featured on Saturday, March 11 and a special whiskey tasting event will be held Friday, March 10. The Celtic Music & Heritage Festival and activities will be held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Dr. in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida. The events are produced by Romanza-St. Augustine, Inc.

Tickets for the festival may be purchased online at www.celticstaugustine.com/tickets or at Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 23 Orange Street in St. Augustine, and during the festival at the gate. The Whiskey Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a variety of offerings and acoustic music by The Steel City Rovers. Whiskey Tasting limited-seating tickets are available online only.

The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 11; and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

Top touring bands from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the U.S. will play traditional songs and Celtic rock throughout the two-day festival. An extensive music line-up includes Albannach, Dublin City Ramblers, Seven Nations, Steel City Rovers, La Unica, Syr, Jamison, and Dragonfly. Chad Light is the main stage host and emcee. Additional entertainment, lectures and workshops will be on the second stage with host Robert Burns.

Dance Alive National Ballet

March 18: The Minorcan Experience celebrates Minorcan Heritage Month at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, March18. Hear the story of Ryan Brennan’s recent 3-day walk from New Smyrna to St. Augustine — the same walk taken in 1777 by Minorcan, Greek and Italian indentured settlers. Admission is free. 

Dance Alive National Ballet

March 18: Dance Alive National Ballet is presented by EMMA Concert Association on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida. A romantic mixed repertoire inspired by the “Sonnets from the Portuguese” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Dance Alive National Ballet features an international roster of award-winning dancers, performing classic to contemporary ballet. Tickets include free parking at the St. Johns County COA, with a complimentary shuttle to and from the venue. TICKETS: emmaconcerts.com

Minorcan author talk and book signing

March 25 The Minorcan Experience will host a Minorcan Heritage Month event at the Anastasia Island Branch Library at 2 p.m. March 25 with author Ryan Saxon, who will discuss his books, “A Tour of St. Augustine: History, Food and Culture, A Minorcan Perspective” and “Maria’s Secret Ingredient,” a Minorcan children’s book. Both books will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free. 

St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival

March 25-26: The St. Augustine Lions Club is proud to announce the dates for the 40th Annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, which will be held March 25-26 at Francis Field. The beloved festival is the primary fundraising event for the St. Augustine Lions Foundation each year since 1981 – generating funds for charitable needs and services to the community, with a focus on youth, the deaf and the blind, disaster relief, veterans, and more.The primary draw of the festival is its abundance of great food and live music. There will be seafood offered, of course, with the addition of more cuisines and county fair dishes. Other fun activities include kids rides, family shows, and Arts & Crafts vendors.


  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26

The Arts & Crafts village closes at sundown. No pets allowed.


Shuttles will pick up and drop off visitors on Saturday, March 25 at three shuttle locations provided by the City of St. Augustine. More information on parking and shuttles will be posted on the websites lionsfestival.com and citystaug.com as well as at Facebook.com/staugustinelionsfestival

EPIC Flower & Garden Expo

March 25-26: The 27th Annual Flower & Garden Expo hosted by EPIC Behavioral Services will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM March 25-26 at Sykes Family Farm in Elkton. A popular event in NE Florida, the Flower and Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries, and artisans from around the state, offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be! Every year, this show features a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture, including olive trees, aquatic plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, citrus, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants, and more, plus gardening accessories and art. A $5 admission fee per person is valid for both days of the Expo (children are admitted for free)! Save your Expo ticket for FREE admission to Taste of St. Augustine on April 30. 

140th St. Ambrose Spring Fair

March 26: The 140th annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2023 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church and grounds, 6070 Church Road, in Elkton, from State Road 207. This is St. Johns County’s oldest fair! St. Ambrose Catholic Church will celebrate 150 years in 2024.

HISTORY: Catholic Mass was first celebrated with settlers in a barn on this site in the early 1800s. In 1875, St. Ambrose Parish was established when a small wood frame church was built by Father Stephen Langlade, a skilled carpenter from France. By 1907 he had also built a rectory, school, convent, and a larger church.

The organizers will be preparing extra food since they sold out last year to record crowds!

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 160 gallons are made for each fair in the spring and in the fall — and it all sells out every time!

Other menu items include pulled pork dinners, French fries, hot dogs and hamburgers, cheeseburgers, boiled peanuts, homemade desserts, ice cream, soda, water, and beer. An ATM will be on site. Admission is FREE.

Live music by local band Chillula, hay rides, antique cars by the St. Augustine Cruisers, children’s games, tours of the historic church, a bake sale, a yard sale, a 50/50 drawing, and silent auction also are part of the event.

St. Augustine Orchestra –Debussy and Sibelius

March 30-31: The St. Augustine Orchestra will perform works by composers Debussy and Sibelius from 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Lightner Museum, 75 King St., in downtown St. Augustine. The orchestra will give an encore performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Tocoi High School, 11200 St. Johns Parkway, in the World Golf Village area of St. Augustine. Tickets: staugustineorchestra.ticketleap.com

Old Town Art Show

April 1-2: Old Town Art Show will feature wow by artisans on April 1-2 at Francis Field in St. Augustine, 25 Castillo Drive. The show will feature showcase nearly 100 juried artisans and master craftsmen who will be exhibiting their carefully created jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber art, glass art, sculpture, photography, wood and much, much more. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 1; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 2.  Visit www.OldTownArtShow.com

Florida Ma’am Music Festival

April 1-2: Florida Ma’am Music Festival is presented by Ancient City Entertainment at Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St. George St., St. Augustine. This 2-day festival features female artists. Headliners are Kaylee Rose and Lera Lynn, with Bad Dog Mama, Ramona + the Riot, Amy Hendrickson, Jolie, Sailor Jane, Chelsea Sadler, Kalani Rose and the Vibe, Annie Dukes and others. Woman-owned swag and mini pop-up shops will be on the grounds. Food and drink available for purchase. The festival is 2-10 p.m. Saturday, April 1; 3-9 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Tickets are $25 for one day, $40 for a weekend pass. Get tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-maam-a-festival-of-fresh-squeezed-music-from-the-women-of-florida-tickets-527995598047

St. Augustine Easter Parade

April 8: The St. Augustine Royal Family will host the 64th Annual St. Augustine Easter Parade at 9 AM Saturday, April 8 in St. Augustine, Florida. The parade starts at the Oldest Jail and winds through downtown. This Easter tradition started in 1958 and featured horses wearing Easter bonnet and hats by well-known women. Floats, marching bands, community groups and other unite will be part of the parade. Register for the parade here. Spectators should arrive early to find a good spot for parade viewing.  

PoetFest 2023 

April 14-15: “Beat Poetry: Florida and Beyond” will be the theme of the 2nd Annual St. Augustine PoetFest scheduled for April 14-15. A kickoff open mic will be held the night at 7 PM April 14. Jack Kerouac, a pioneer of the Beat Generation, was living in College Park when he found out that his novel “On the Road” had become a bestseller. A decade later, in 1969, Kerouac died in a St. Petersburg hospital, located in the same city where he owned a home. At press time, Lucas County Poet Laureate Jonie McIntire (Toledo, Ohio) will attend the St. Augustine PoetFest, where she will present a seminar titled “The Feminine Voice.”

Not only did Jonie McIntire act in Toledo, Ohio, for nearly ten years in an annual reader’s theater presentation of “Back to Jack”, written completely from the words and works of Jack Kerouac, but she is not afraid to hit the road to connect the Midwest to the East Coast. “I believe, like Jack did, that the road must eventually lead to the whole world,” said McIntire, about traveling to St. Augustine in April.

Saturday’s day-long festival on the campus of Flagler College will begin at 8 AM with a guided meditation walk at the CEAM labyrinth to get everyone in the “write mood.”

See the full schedule with details here: https://ancientcitypoets.wordpress.com

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival

April 14-15: The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and the St. Johns Cultural Council will host the 27th annual festival celebrating the legacy of legendary troubadour Gamble Rogers, whose balladry and storytelling helped shape American folk music. The event will take place April 14-16 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds — with four stages featuring performers including headliners Iris DeMent, Bill and the Belles, Robin and Linda Williams, Richard Smith, Annie & the Hot Club, and Red and Chris Henry and Their All-Star Band. TICKETS & CAMPING PASSES: gamblerogersfest.org

Florida Birding & Photo Fest

April 19-23: The 20th annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest provides opportunities to see some of the world’s best outdoor photographers at work – live, in nature where they share their secrets for taking amazing photos. Plus, their workshops provide in-depth instructions on mastering techniques that transform point-and-shoot photographers into pros. And if you’re more of a birdwatcher or nature lover than a photographer, the festival offers dozens of bird walks along nature trails, kayak trips and boat tours throughout the spectacular outdoors of Florida’s Historic Coast. This year’s edition of the Birding & Photo Fest is headquartered at the new St. Jude Celebration Hall on Anastasia Island. This 22,000-square-foot meeting facility comfortably seats up to 300 and features a state-of-the art sound system for use in workshop presentations. More details at www.floridasbirdingandphotofest.com

Lullaby of the Rivers

April 21-23: The third annual Lullaby of the Rivers Festival takes place on Earth Day weekend, April 21, 22 & 23, 2023. The festival is held in Vilano Beach at North Shores Community Park, 120 Meadow Avenue, St. Augustine. Bob Patterson, well-known activist and legendary in the Florida music community, has lined up some of the region’s most talented musicians to come and play at the Lullaby of the Rivers Festival. Music, storytelling and Open Mics happen throughout the weekend on the outdoor Rivers Stage at North Shores Community Park in Vilano Beach, and the Springs Stage inside the North Shores Community Center, where people can eat while enjoying performances. Food trucks and vendors are located nearby. The Lullaby of the Rivers Festival is an Earth Day event with an Earth Day Fair and an extraordinary lineup of performers playing music and telling stories. TICKETS & DETAILS: www.lullabyoftherivers.com

Romanza Festivale of the Arts

April 28-May 14: St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of music and the arts is two weeks of daily events featuring dozens concerts, shows, exhibits and much more at locations throughout the city. Showcasing productions by dozens of St. Augustine’s talented Arts and Cultural nonprofit organizations. Most events are free. Details at www.romanzafestivale.com

The Trailblazer Country Music & Craft Beer Festival

April 28-30:The Trailblazer Country Music & Craft Beer Festival will take place April 28-20 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds in Elkton. This event will feature more than 30 hours of country music, the St. Augustine Craft Beer Festival, a BBQ Showdown, and 200 Arts & Craft vendors, glamping and camping, a kids corner, and free parking.  DETAILS & TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trailblazer-country-music-festival-tickets-403703446877

Festival, April 28 — opens at 2 p.m.

Music Lineup




Saturday, April 29 — opens at 11 a.m.

Music Lineup

TIFFANY — THE Tiffany performing artist from the 1980s! 


Saturday, April 30 — opens at 10 a.m.

Music Lineup




Taste of St. Augustine

April 30: The 26th Annual Taste of St. Augustine will take place Sunday, April 30 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The popular event features samples from some of St. Augustine’s best and most favorite restaurants. The event is a major fundraiser for EPIC Behavioral Healthcare.
Guests can enjoy great food and live music … and vote for their favorite vendor to win the People’s Choice Award! Proceeds from the Taste allow EPIC to continue offering mental health and substance use counseling in our community. 

EPIC Race to the Taste 5K

April 30: The 13th annual Race to the Taste 5K begins and ends at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. A 5K race for runners and walkers, is a scenic course through the beautiful Anastasia State Park and surrounding neighborhoods. All proceeds benefit EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, allowing us to continue helping people on their recovery journey and those dealing with the disease of addiction. Call 904-829-3295 or more information or register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/StAugustine/RacetotheTaste5K



Tour the circa 1798 Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Daily: Located on the oldest street in America, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum was built in 1798 by and Spanish merchant and his Minorcan wife. The house was then owned and run by women throughout the 1800s as a boarding house. Self-guided audio tours and guided tours are available Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Step back in time when you stroll through the historic house, detached colonial kitchen, gardens and grounds. More details at www.ximenezfatiohouse.org

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market

Every Saturday: Find fresh produce, plants, bread, cheese, handmade products, fine art and crafts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, just south of the lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission.  Stay updated at facebook.com/staugampmarket/ 

Kayaking St. Augustine 

Daily: Experience the beautiful aquatic landscape of St Augustine! Kayaking St. Augustine provides Eco and History Kayak Tours and Stand Up Paddle tours. SUP lessons and kayak/SUP rentals also are available and can be delivered to any boat ramp in the St Augustine area. Delivery fees may apply. Reservations are required. Guides are CPR certified and all equipment is Coast Guard certified. Call 904-315-8442 or visit kayakingstaugustine.com

Madness + Malice True Crime Tour

Every Wednesday-Friday: The Madness + Malice True Crime Tour is a new tour for mature audiences was developed with the help of a retired law enforcement professional — giving a gripping, gritty, and accurate insight into some of St. Augustine’s chilling crimes and murders! Book your adventure at anightamongghosts.com

St. Augustine Scavenger Hunts

Thursday-Sunday each week:  Search for clues and solve puzzles with your very own group of family and/or friends on a St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt with The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery — and find 13 locations throughout the nation’s oldest city. Choose from a History Hunt, Haunted Hunt, or a Lovely Hunt and have a blast learning more about St. Augustine while exploring. Details at the13keys.com

Candle-Making at WhichCraft Candle Parlor

Thursday-Sunday each week: The WhichCraft Candle Parlor, located at 76 Spanish Street in downtown St. Augustine, offers soy wax candle-making sessions, complete with participants creating their own custom-fragranced candles, and learning to wick and pour the wax. Book online at whichcraftcandlebars.com

Ghost Walks & Paranormal Investigations

Thursday-Sunday each week: Real haunts. Real history. Real paranormal.  A Night Among Ghosts is a fully investigative experience combining a captivating mix of deep rooted, researched histories and amazing haunted locations in St. Augustine, Florida. Group will reach beyond the history, as they attempt to communicate with those on the other side — utilizing intuitive techniques, Victorian Spiritualism practices, and modern paranormal equipment. Details at anightamongghosts.com

Oldest House Museum Complex

Daily: Tour the oldest house in Florida and other historic buildings at the Oldest House Museum Complex, 14 St. Francis Street, downtown St. Augustine. This museum and grounds is maintained by the St. Augustine Historical Society. Visit staughs.com to learn more. 

Old Town Cycle Cruise

Thursday-Sunday each week: See St. Augustine from the water on this boat cruise that allows passengers to cycle their way from Vilano Beach to the historic downtown bayfront and beyond. For those who don’t want to cycle, just choose your favorite songs and BYOB! This cycle cruise becomes for adults only at night and is the perfect way to see Nights of Lights. Details at oldtowncyclecruise.com

Classic Movie Night at Lions & Lanterns

Every Friday: Classic Movie Nights are held at 8:30 p.m. every Friday in the beautiful garden at Lions and Lanterns, a bed and breakfast inn located at 34 Saragossa Street, in downtown St. Augustine. Beer and popcorn is available. Please bring chairs for seating. Visit lionsandlanterns.com

Live music at O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits 

Every Monday and Wednedsay-Sunday: O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits, 118 Avenida Menendez, features a great lineup of talented local musicians each week, performing on the beautiful outdoor patio area! Free parking is available in a lot across the street while you dine. 

Monday: Bill Sabo
Wednesday: Gary Campbell
Thursday: Bob Patterson
Friday: Trevor Compton
Saturday: Amy Hendrickson
Sunday: Damon Slaughter

Magic Hideaway – Magic Experience

Every Friday & Saturday through January: Magic Hideaway, a boutique two-hour magic experience, is offered by Magician Bill Abbott each Saturday evening at the iconic Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection. Once guests have arrived at the Casa Monica, they choose from a menu of complimentary magic-themed welcome cocktails to enjoy in the opulent Cobalt Lounge with exclusive access to the VIP area where Bill Abbott will entertain with pre-show sleight of hand magic before everyone is ushered by House Manager Rebecca Abbott into the Magic Hideaway showroom. Styled after a vintage jazz club, the showroom is a 22-seat venue featuring glowing crystal balls, Moroccan chandelier, majestic palms, and carefully-arranged seating so everyone is within touching distance of the magic. Once the house lights dim, Bill Abbott takes the stage to perform one of the most intimate magic shows in the world featuring interactive, mind-bending illusions. Tickets and additional info are available at magichideaway.com

2023 Festivals & Events

  • February 3-12: Opera Mystique by First Coast Opera
  • February 4: Ocala Symphony Orchestra hosted by EMMA Concert Association
  • February 10-19: The Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series
  • February 18: Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run
  • February 23-25: St. Augustine Spanish Food & Wine Festival 
  • February 24-26: 38th annual Cathedral Festival
  • February 25: The 904 Beer Run .5K
  • March 5: 3K Raptor Run at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  • March 11-12: Celtic Fest – Francis Field
  • March 24-25: Lions Spring Festival – Francis Field
  • March 25-26: 27th Annual Flower & Garden Expo – Sykes Family Farm
  • March 26: St. Ambrose Spring Fair
  • April 1-2: Old Town Art Show – Francis Field
  • April 1-2: Florida Ma’am Music Festival – Colonial Oak Music Park
  • April 8: St. Augustine Easter Parade
  • April 14-15: PoetFest 2023 – Flagler College
  • April 14-16: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival at St. Johns County Fairgrounds
  • April 22: Lullaby of the Rivers – Vilano Beach
  • April 19-23: Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest
  • April 28-30: The Trailblazer Country Music Festival – St. Johns County Fairgrounds
  • April 29: The Trailblazer Craft Beer Festival  – St. Johns County Fairgrounds
  • April 29: Family Fun Fest by Alpha Omega – Francis Field
  • April 30: 26th Annual Taste of St. Augustine – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • April 30: 13th Annual Race to the Taste 5K -S t. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • April 28-May 14: Romanza Festivale
  • May 3-7, 2023: St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival — World Golf Village
  • May 13: Snow White by Saint Augustine Ballet
  • May 13-14: Tomato Festival at Wesley Wells Farm
  • May 6: Unidos En La Musica: A Latin American Festival — Francis Field
  • May 6: St. Augustine Brewers’ Festival — Fountain of Youth
  • May 11-14: St. Augustine History Festival – Multiple venues/attractions
  • May 20: As If! The 90s Fest with headliners Vanilla Ice & Spin Doctors at Francis Field

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