2024 Festivals in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

2024 FESTIVALS in St. Augustine & St. Johns County:

Feb. 1-3: Flight to Freedom at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Visitors take guided tours on the Flight to Freedom Trails guided by re-enactors at Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, FL. An immersive telling of the story of the people that affected the freedom seeker’s precarious journey from enslavement on the Carolina plantations to freedom in Spanish Florida. Free admission and free parking. Free shuttles on Saturday, Feb. 3. Learn more at fortmose.org

SCHEDULE

Tours every 15 minutes

9-11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m.

11-12 Sat, Feb. 3 only — African drumming

Feb. 3: Old City Pirate Fest

A full day of Pirate-themed fun from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St, St. Augustine, Florida. Activities for all ages from 10-6, then adult food, live music and more from 6-9:30 p.m.

🌟 Feb. 8-17: Discover Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series

The Discover Fort Mose Jazz and Blues Series features concerts by national recording artists February 8-17 at Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine, Florida. @fortmosejazzandblues

CONCERT LINEUP
🎸 Feb. 8: @common
🎺 Feb. 9: @preshallband
🎸 Feb. 10: @wyntonmarsalis
🎺 Feb. 16: @callmekingfish
🎸 Feb. 17: @kebmomusic

Feb. 10: Hastings Boulevard Car Show & Artisans Pop-Up Market

Events on Main Street in Hastings, Florida on Saturday, February 10

  • Car Show – 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Pop Up Market – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Celebration of Black History Month art exhibit by local black artists – 9 AM til …
  • Mutts on Main Pet Adoption, sponsored by Putnam County Animal Control and Chewy – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Painting demonstration by original Florida Highwaymen artist, R. L. Lewis – 11 AM
  • Choir performances by local churches – 1 PM

Feb. 17: Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run on Anastasia Island

REGISTER NOW for the Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run on February 17! Hosted by The Junior Service League of St. Augustine, the group of volunteers who saved the Keepers’ House! Register here: https://jslofstaugustine.org/events/lighthouse-5k/

The inaugural race in 1983 was originally titled the “Bud Light Twilight Lighthouse Run.” The Lighthouse 5K is a chipped race that serves as a qualifier for the famed Gate River Run. The Fun Run is a true treat for the little runners!

Feb. 17: School of the 16th Century at the Oldest House Museum Complex

Travel back in time to colonial St. Augustine and learn about the 16th century with re-enactors from Historic Florida Militia. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oldest House Museum Complex, 14 St. Francis St, St. Augustine, Florida. Admission is free.

Feb. 17-18: St. Augustine Beach Pier Art & Craft Festival at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park

Artists and fine craftsmen will converge at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park Pavilion in St. Augustine Beach. 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, stained glass, photography, wood and much, much more. Admission is free. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. www.tnteventsinc.com

Feb. 23-25: Cathedral Festival on the Mission Grounds

The 39th Annual Cathedral Festival will take place Friday, February 23 5-10:30 p.m., Saturday, February 24 noon-10:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 25 noon-9 p.m. offering exciting rides, games, raffles, food, live music, fireworks and more. $5 for adults, $3 for kids aged 11-17 and seniors over 65, and free for active-duty military and kids 10 and under. Located at Mission Nombre de Dios. 21 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine. www.thecathedralfestival.com

🌟Feb. 24: The Florida Man Games at Francis Field

Have you heard? The The 904 Now is organizing the first ever The Florida Man Games on Saturday, February 24 at Francis Field in St. Augustine, Florida! 🎟️TICKETS & DETAILS: www.thefloridamangames.com

🌀Mike Boylan from Mike’s Weather Page will be a judge for the Mullet Contest and the Cat 5 Cash Grab!

Other special guests include:

😂 Omgitswicks
the event host
💪Former American Gladiators:
Dan Nitro Clark
Lori.Ice.Fetrick
🇺🇸 Lane Pittman singing the National Anthem

GAMES

😂Weaponized Pool Noodle Mud Duel
🚔Evading Arrest Obstacle Course
🌀Category 5 Cash Grab
🚲 Race Against Time: A catalytic converter, 2 bikes, and a handful of copper pipes
🤼 Florida Sumo

ENTERTAINMENT

🐊Mechanical gator ride
🤣Mullet Contest

👙Florida Ma’am Pin-up Contest
🐓 Chicken Coop Bingo
🥊 911 Fight Night — Brawl of the Badges

OTHER FUN
📸🐊 Selfies with alligators
🍗 BBQ
🌶️ Cultural Demonstrations:
Alligator shows, datil pepper (St. Augustine, Florida’s famous pepper) vendors, SWAT vehicles and more!

📍 www.thefloridamangames.com

🌟 Feb. 24: Gill Fest at Marina Munch — 70th Anniversary of the Creature of the Black Lagoon!

Gill Fest at Marina Munch Food Truck Park will feature live music by the Kilted Creature and Kreepy Tikis, Costume Contest, Vendors, a raffle with fun prizes, food trucks, the cantina, and other fun. The free event is for all ages, located at 509 S. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida.

🌟 Feb. 24-25: Ancient City Cat Show at Solomon Calhoun Center

The 8th Annual Cat Show resembles a beauty pageant, with feline contestants evaluated against Breed Standards. Expect over 150 cats and kittens to undergo six rounds of judging daily. Alongside the event, you’ll find cat vendors, the local animal rescue group Feline Canopy of Care featuring adoptable felines, and a daily food truck offering breakfast and lunch. Tickets for this yearly All Breed Cat and Household Pets Cat Show are priced at $5 for General Admission and $3 for seniors, college students, and youth. Don’t miss out on the action, as it all unfolds from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine.

🌟Feb. 29-March 2: St. Augustine Spanish Food & Wine Festival

🍷🥖🧀St. Augustine Spanish Food & Wine Festival events:

🍷Feb. 29: Tapas, Wine, and Spirits from 6-8 pm in the Radzinski Family Garden at Lightner Museum

🍷 March 1: Cava Reception & Wine Pairing Dinner from 6-10 pm in the Solarium & Flagler Room

Sponsored by Treasury on the Plaza, featuring a carefully curated five-course Spanish menu created by Chef Michael Lugo – from the locally owned Michael’s St. Augustine, paired with top-shelf authentic Spanish wines.

🍷March 2: Grand Tasting from 2-5 pm at Markland House

The Grand Tasting event, sponsored by Michael’s, is the longest-standing festival tradition. Knowledgeable professionals will offer an immersive wine-tasting experience featuring more than 100 authentic Spanish wines originating from regions including Rioja, Penedès, and Catalonia, with grape varieties like Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Albariño.

🎟️🍷 RSVP: www.spanishwinefestival.com/events

The event benefits the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program at Flagler College.

🌟March 1-2: Women’s History Month — Lunch & Learn at the Peña-Peck House: The St. Augustine Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

During Women’s History Month, The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine will hold a special exhibit, a trolley tour, and two Lunch & Learn events.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 | $35 on Eventbrite

Ticketed Tour, Buffet Lunch, and Learn starting at 11:30 am

Author Anna Lillios be the featured speaker for the afternoon. Crossing the Creek is the first book to examine the productive and complex relationship between Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Zora Neale Hurston.

143 St. George Street, St. Augustine 32084

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 | $35 on Eventbrite

Ticketed Event: Trolley Tour – Journey Back to 1942 St. Augustine

Narrated by: David Nolan, Historian

Time: 10 am to 11:30 am

Ticketed Lunch Event: Friendships and Enlightenment

Tour, Buffet Lunch and Learn starting at 11:30 am

Author Anne McCutchan will be the featured speaker for the afternoon. McCutchan’s sixth book, The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, was released on May 11, 2021.

🌟 March 2: Menorcan Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Llambias House

The Menorcan Heritage Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 on the grounds of the historic Llambias House, 31 St. Francis Street, in historic St. Augustine, Florida. Admission is free. The event is hosted by the Menorcan Cultural Society.

🌟 March 9: St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Parade

Celebrating the anniversary of The First St. Patrick Day celebration in America -1600, and the first recorded St. Patrick Parade in the WORLD, right here in 1601! And the ONLY St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northeast Florida! The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Francis Field, heads East on Orange Street, turns South on Avenida Menendez and winds south along the bayfront, it then turns West on Cathedral Place, and back North on Cordova Street to finish at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility. www.celticstaugustine.com/parade

🌟March 9-10: St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival at Francis Field

🌟March 10: St. Ambrose Fair

The 141st St. Ambrose Fair will take place Sunday, March 10 from 12-4 PM on the grounds of the historic St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Elkton, Florida.

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. Mary Ellen’s Minorcan roots trace back to 1777 when the Minorcans arrived in St. Augustine!

She and her crew will make 190 gallons this year — and it will SELL OUT!

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

Live music by local band Money for Nothing will be on stage. 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. Ambrose Parish will celebrate 150 years in 2025!

FREE admission and free parking. Arrive early to get in the chowder line.

🌟 March 16-17: EPIC Flower & Garden Show at Sykes Family Farms

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. There is a $5 admission fee per person, which is valid for both days of the Expo (Children are admitted for free)!

Event is Saturday, March 16th 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, March 17th 10 AM to 3 PM at Sykes Family Farms, 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton. www.epicbh.org/flower-garden-expo/

🌟March 23: Pup-a-Pawlooza by St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds

St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary and Rhythm & Ribs Presents Pup-A-Pawlooza on Saturday, March 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds benefiting the St. Augustine Humane Society.

Music, food trucks, FUN dog competition categories, agility and training demos with My Pet Camp, vendors, and family fun! All pets attending must be on a leash and under the owner’s control at all times.

Admission is $10 per person, kids 15 and under free. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pup-a-pawlooza-tickets-778203516667 or pay $15 at the gate.

Sponsorship and vendor spaces are now available for vendors with products and/or services geared toward pet owners, the St. Johns County community at large, and health-related individuals. Fill out the application at pupapawlooza.org

The event will benefit the St. Augustine Humane Society. The Dash to the Dogs 5K will benefit the Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County. Sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Elkton/DashToTheDogs5K

🌟March 23-24: Old Town Art Show at Francis Field

Artists and fine craftsmen from the Northeast Florida and around the country will once again converge at the Old Town Art Show at Francis Field in St. Augustine. 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. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 25 Castillo Dr., St. Augustine www.OldTownArtShow.com

🌟March 30: St. Augustine Easter Parade at 9 am

The St. Augustine Easter Week Festival is excited to host the 65th Annual Easter Parade. It’s family fun for all ages. Enjoy watching beautifully decorated floats, marching bands, dance troupes, horses and so much more! And of course, the star of the parade… the Easter Bunny! The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Old Jail, down San Marco Ave., onto Cathedral Place, and ends on Cordova St. before the Visitors Center. www.oldestcityeaster.org

🌟April 6-7: St Augustine Lions Seafood Festival

The 41st annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival returns to Francis Field with seafood delicacies and all kinds of cuisine and county fair foods, live entertainment for the whole family, kids rides and 100 craft artisans. Enjoy two days of great food and fun including a live music lineup featuring regional and local favorites.

As always, the festival will serve up traditional fish and shrimp, lobster rolls and Cajun specialties but this year, there’s way more food selections to please all palates.

Festival hours are Saturday, April 6th from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 7th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Arts & Crafts village closes at sundown. No pets allowed except service animals.

🌟April 11-13: St. Augustine PoetFest

Poets and poetry lovers will gather for the 3rd annual St. Augustine PoetFest on April 11-13. The festival, a National Poetry Month celebration of creative writing and reciting, is presented by St. Johns Cultural Council, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College, and Ancient City Poets. sjcc@historiccoastculture.com

🌟April 12-14: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds

Join Gamble Rogers this spring for a fun festival featuring four stages, camping, food trucks, local artisans, vendors, and more all at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds!

2024 Headliners

Headlining the festival is AJ Lee & Blue Summit and the John Jorgenson Quintet, with supporting acts including Verlon Thompson, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Remedy Tree, The Krickets, Red and Christopher Henry & Their All Star Band, Wyatt Ellis, and more.

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival event is made possible with support from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council and the St. Johns Cultural Council. 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton. www.gamblerogersfest.org

🌟 April 13-14: St. Augustine Beach Pier Art & Craft Festival at St. Augustine Beach Pier Park

Artists and fine craftsmen will converge at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park Pavilion in St. Augustine Beach. 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, stained glass, photography, wood and much, much more. Admission is free. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. www.tnteventsinc.com

🌟April 24-28: Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest

Experience more than 100 events over five days in America’s Most Photogenic City®. Florida’s Historic Coast is spreading its wings to present another year of birding and outdoor photography where participants benefit from insights and instruction from a collection of upper-echelon international nature and wildlife photographers at multiple venues.

The event is headquartered at the Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach 904-885-0043www.floridasbirdingandphotofest.com

🌟April 27: Roscolusa Songwriters Festival in Nocatee/Ponte Vedra Beach

At this festival, songwriters from Nashville perform and share the stories behind their songs. Enjoy an evening of popular music. Plus, there will be local food trucks and vendors. The event will also have a Kids Corner. The show is from 5-10 p.m., and gates open at 4 p.m. at Nocatee. General admission is $25. VIP tickets are available for $100. 232 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra. www.roscolusa.com

🌟April 27-28: Cabbage, Potato and Bacon Festival in Hastings, Florida

Immerse yourself in a weekend of agricultural celebration right in the heart of downtown Hastings! This historic festival revives the essence of Hastings and its neighboring communities. Enjoy the finest Farm to Table culinary demonstrations, an exclusive Chef Tasting event with Host Chef Hari Pulapaka and an ACF-sanctioned cooking competition. Reminisce with beloved local traditions like the Great Hastings Mow Down Lawn Mower races, the scenic Spud Run 5K & 10K, the Miss Potato Queen Beauty Pageant. And it wouldn’t be a festival without an outdoor artisans’ market, live music and a kids zone! This free event takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a special ticketed “Taste of Hastings” event from 5:30- 9 p.m. ($35) and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 301 N. Main St., Hastings. www.hastingsfl.org

🌟 April 28: The Taste of St. Augustine at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

This signature food festival at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre serves up tastes from St. Augustine’s famous restaurants. The area’s best restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes. 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 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. 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. 904-829-3295 www.epicbh.org

🌟May 3-19: Romanza Festivale of Music + Arts

This annual arts and culture festival is presented by the St. Augustine and St. Johns County community. Cultural organizations and businesses come together once a year to showcase the community’s talents. Join in for dozens of concerts and other arts events in St. Augustine’s premiere local Arts Festival spanning 3 weekends! Visit the website for a schedule of events at various locations in St. Augustine. 904-315-8061www.romanzafestivale.com

🌟May 4: STA Brewers’ Fest

Visit the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park from 1-5 p.m. (general admission tickets) to enjoy unlimited samples from over 25 regional and local breweries, live music and food trucks!

Proceeds benefit Brewing a Community, a nonprofit distributing all proceeds to various organizations in need throughout the St. Augustine and St. Johns County community.

General admission is $45/VIP tickets are $100. VIP tickets include guaranteed on-site parking, access to the climate-controlled pavilion, private restrooms, a catered buffet, a festival tasting glass, and full festival access an hour early. 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine www.stabrewersfest.com

🌟 May 4: Unidos En La Música: A Lati American Festival at Francis Field
🌟May 8-12: St. Augustine History Festival
🌟 May 8-12: St. Augustine Food & Wine Festival
🌟 May 11: Sunflower & Tomato Festival at Wesley Wells Farms
🌟May 18: As If 90s Fest at Francis Field

 

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