April & May 2022: St. Augustine Spring Festivals & Events

Messiah on the Frigidaire at Limelight Theatre

April 1-24: The small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into the evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. The discovery by Lou Ann Hightower, her husband Dwayne, and her best friend Betsy, sets into motion a frenzy of conflict, communion and good old fashioned commerce. When the National Investigator turns the appearance into front-page headlines, their trailer park becomes a Mecca for miracle seekers, soul searchers and disciples with a decidedly political agenda. At the urging of the town’s business leaders, Betsy pretends to get messages from the appliance-based apparition, and the crowds multiply like loaves and fishes.This comedy is on stage April 1-24 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Tickets are available at https://limelight-theatre.org/messiah-on-the-frigidaire/

Madness + Malice True Crime Tour

April 20-July: The Madness + Malice True Crime Tour begins April 20 and continues through this summer! This 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
April 20-21 at 8 PM
April 28-29 at 8 PM
May 4-6 at 8 PM
May 11-13 at 8 PM
May 18-21 at 8 PM
May 25-28 at 8 PM

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

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

Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest

April 20-24Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest features more than 130 birding and outdoor photography events in St. Johns County and surrounding locations. See the schedule of speakers and workshops here. Go to FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com

The Greek Tragedy Medea at St. Augustine High School

April 21-24: St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) at St. Augustine High School will stage the Greek Tragedy, Medea, on stage in the school auditorium, 3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23; and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The plot centers on the actions of Medea, a former princess of the kingdom of Colchis, and the wife of Jason. Medea finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth. She takes vengeance on Jason by murdering his new wife as well as her own two sons. SJCCA provides artistically gifted students with a pre-professional program of study designed to develop their unique talents in the performing and visual arts. The school is known for staging incredible musicals and plays. Tickets are available on eventbrite and will be available one hour prior to each performance at the auditorium. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medea-tickets-289510201807

Ayla’s Acres Thriftique New Location Open House

April 23: Ayla’s Acres Thrifttique has a new location at 413 Anastasia Blvd., on Anastasia Island! An open house will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Celebratory cake will be served from 1-3 p.m., along with dog and cat adoptions, raffle drawings at 3 p.m., special in-store sales throughout the day, and a backyard sale.  

Lullaby of the Rivers Earth Day & Live Music Festival 

April 23: In celebration of Earth Day, award-winning St. Augustine musician, storyteller and author Bob Patterson has planned a one-day music festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at North Shores Community Park, 120 Meadow Avenue, in Vilano Beach. Live music by regional performers and an Earth Day Resource Fair are part of the event. The performer lineup includes The DuneHoppers, Acoustic Anomaly, John Dickie and Collapsible B, Doug Spears, Michael Jordan, The Carpetbaggers, Sam Pacetti, Bad Dog Momma, Bear and Robert, Lonesome Bert’s Thick and Thin String Band, Bob Patterson, The Duffy Bishop Band, and Tale Tellers of St. Augustine. Patterson is an award-winning singer/songwriter and environmentalist whose achievements include two Best of Florida songs, the Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award for storytelling, and The Mother Earth and Fellow Man Award from The Stetson Kennedy Foundation. In addition, he is a founding member of the Gamble Rogers Music Festival (May 6-8 at Colonial Oak Music Park). Free shuttle service will be available from Vilano Beach parking lots, with stops to include Magic Beach Motel, North Beach Park, Mussalem Beachfront Park and Nease Beachfront Park. Admission is $10 for adults; and free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available on eventbrite, as well as www.vilanobeachfl.com and www.taletellers.org

Earth Day Celebration at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

April 23: Hosted by the Friends of Washington Oaks, the annual Earth Day Celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.Palm Coast. Activities for all ages will be offered, including live entertainment, prize drawings, arts and crafts vendors, plant sales, and plenty of food and drink. Several environmental groups will be on hand to provide educational displays and talks. There also will be a children’s section that includes a painting wall, games, live animal displays and a potting project. Nature programs are ongoing throughout the day, covering such topics as butterflies, Florida-friendly landscaping, dolphins and raptors. Admission is a $5 donation. Visit www.washingtonoaks.org or call 386-446-6783. 

Free film event at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine

April 23: “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” the third episode of this film, will be on screen  at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine. This award-winning documentary series discusses the origins, beliefs and consequences of what we call race. Guest speakers and a Q&A session will follow the screening. The event is hosted by: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; St. Augustine Film Society; The Golden Way: Films That Make a Difference; and Compassionate St. Augustine. Doors open at 1:30 pm. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 2487 A1A South, St. Augustine. Visit www.uufsa.org

Roscolusa Songwriters Festival

April 23: Hear the stories behind hit songs performed by the original songwriters at the 10th annual Roscolusa Songwriters Festival on Saturday, April 23 in the Nocatee area, 232 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Hear songs recorded by Aerosmith, Eddie Rabbit to Carrie Underwood and many others! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, helping local families tackle childhood cancer. Get tickets to the 10 year anniversary of Roscolusa Songwriters Festival, presented by Flagler Health+ atroscolusa.com

Oldest City Surf Celebration at Oldest House Museum Complex

April 24: The Oldest City Surf Celebration will be held Sunday, April 24 from 1-4 p.m. at the Saint Augustine Historical Society – Oldest House Museum Complex, hosted by Surf Culture Museum (on view in the Tovar House), 14 St. Francis Street, downtown St. Augustine. The event will feature live music by the Kicking Dandelions, along these local vendors: The Surf Station St Augustine FL, Mangrove Surf + Supply, Surfearnegra, St. Augustine Board Riders Club, Sisters of the Sea, Tremblay Art & Design, and Sun Groove. Admission is $5, which includes non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers. Bring cash for beer and sangria. Visit staughs.com to learn more about the Oldest House Museum Complex.

Taste of St. Augustine 

April 24: The 25th annual Taste of St. Augustine, a signature food festival, will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, serving 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 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 event benefits  EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. The annual Race to the Taste 5K is part of the event. Go to www.epicbh.org/taste-of-st-augustine for more details.

Plein Air Paint Out 

April 27-May 29: Artists will be painting outdoors at the 6th annual Plein Air Paint Out, hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association. Artists will be inspired by the Spanish architecture, coastal environment, small-town streets, and Old World charm of the nation’s oldest city. See dates and events below. More information at www.staaa.org/plein-air-paint-out

APRIL 27 – May 1: Plein Air Paint Out
APRIL 27: Painting with St. Augustine Fashion Week designers at the Villa Zorayda & STAAA Gallery
APRIL 28: Happy Hour en Plein Air at the Lightner Museum Gardens
APRIL 29: Presentation & Painting Demos: History of Plein Air in St. Augustine | 12:00pm (REGISTER HERE)
MAY 1: Plein Air Party & Art Sale at Dog Rose Brewing Co., 12:00 – 2:30pm
MAY 6-29: Plein Air Exhibit | First Friday Art Walk 5:00 – 8:00pm

Books to Broadway Musical Revue at Murray Middle School

April 28-29: Books to Broadway Musical Revue will be staged by musical theatre students at R.J. Murray Middle School, 150 N. Holmes Blvd., St. Augustine. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 28-29. Scenes from Newsies, Into the Woods, James and the Giant Peach and Mary Poppins will be featured. Get your tickets: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/64123

Lend Me a Tenor at Tocoi Creek High School

April 28-May 1: Lend Me A Tenor is onstage April 28-May 1 at Tocoi Creek High School, 11200 St Johns Parkway, in the World Golf Village area of St. Augustine. Join this talented cast of young actors in a fun filled night of mistaken identity, overwhelming disasters, and passion…. ohhh the passion! This staple of the American stage comes to life with a cast that includes Peter Leone, Ernest Kacsala, Shea Meyer, Kiley Delaney, Gracia Romaine, Lydia Mills, Chiara Naro, and Kai Fuata, under the director of Mike Beaman. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults, available in advance on eventbrite or one hour prior to each performance at the auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. April 28-30; and 2 p.m. May 1TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tocoi-creek-theatre-presents-lend-me-a-tenor-tickets-322457899257

Fort Mose — Flight to Freedom

April 28-30: Fort Mose Historic State Park will host Flight to Freedom on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-30 at the park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. Attendees will learn first-hand from talented re-enactors, the experiences of Freedom Seekers that fled the slavery of the Carolinas and took America’s first Underground Railroad south, to reach the freedom of Fort Mose. Flight to Freedom tours begin every 15 minutes daily, during these times: 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. In addition to the tours, visitors can walk the park’s 40-acre site and view the saltwater marshes amidst the park’s increasingly rare natural ecology that includes some of Florida’s best bird nesting areas. Admission is FREE. For more details, visit fortmose.org/flight-to-freedom 

The Mountaintop by Flagler College Theatre Arts

April 29-May 1: The Mountaintop is a fictional depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29-30; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets are available in advance at flagler.universitytickets.com or one hour prior to each show in the auditorium box office.

Romanza Festival of the Arts

April 29-May 15: 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. Learn more at www.romanzafestivale.com

Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show

April 30: The Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show is BACK! Organized each year by Panache (salon and spa), this benefit event will take place from 7-11 p.m. April 30 at Blue Water Jewelers, 500 Anastasia Blvd., on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Proceeds will benefit Matanzas Riverkeeper, a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to ensuring that the Guana, Tolomato, Matanzas watershed remain clean and healthy through advocacy, education, and engagement. GET TICKETS on eventbrite here. This fashion show fuses trash and fashion to create an epic runway show.This event gives back to the community by raising awareness of the importance of conservation and brings everyone together to accomplish one mutual goal. Follow on social media on Facebook at www.facebook.com/loveyourmotherstaug or Instagram @loveyourmotherstaug

St. Augustine Fashion Week Season 8

May 1-7: St. Augustine Fashion Week Season 8 will take place May 1-7, 2022, with the runway show on May 5 at Lightner Museum. STAFW is a registered non-profit 501c3 that seeks to educate the local community by increasing awareness about the art of fashion, and giving small brand designers a platform to present their fashion collections and grow their brand. STAFW donates a portion of proceeds from each event to non-profit organizations in our area who serve the community by providing arts programs, education opportunities, or services to vulnerable populations. Learn more at www.stafashionweek.com

St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival

May 4-8: The second annual St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival, recently named “One of Florida’s Top 10 Food & Wine Festivals” by USA Today, will take place on Florida’s Historic Coast, May 4-8, 2022 at World Golf Village. The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival, presented by PublixGreenWise Market, will once again be a showcase of culinary, beverage and culture that highlights celebrity guest chefs, local chefs, celebrity winemakers/proprietors, artisans, farmers, local craft spirits and beers, along with renowned wine, spirits and beer brands from around the globe. The inaugural festival offers a wide variety of events for all tastebuds and budgets, from wine dinners and tasting events, to master classes and more. Tickets: staugustinefoodandwinefestival.com

Wesley Wells Farms Spring Festival

May 6-7:  A Spring Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6-7 at Wesley Wells Farms, 2680 Ada Arnold Road Saint Augustine, FL 32092. This event will feature fresh produce, food trucks, vendors, farm animals and other activities. Stay updated at www.wesleywellsfarm.com

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

May 6-8:  The 25th Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival will celebrate Folk and Americana music May 6-8, 2022 at Colonial Oak Music Park, on Saint George Street in downtown St. Augustine. The Gamble Rogers Festival is dedicated to commemorating the life and music of Gamble Rogers, whose passion for balladry, storytelling, and the oral tradition have shaped American folk music. Along with three full days of great music, the Gamble Rogers Festival offers plenty of food and drink available at the Colonial Quarter’s restaurants. A children’s area features interactive music making, folk arts and crafts demonstrations, and storytelling, making the event ideal for families. Details at gamblerogersfest.org

Unidos en La Musica: A Latin American Festival  

May 7: In 2019, this event made history by bringing the firstt Latin American Festival ever to America’s Oldest City — St Augustine, Florida. The festival is kid-friendly, so bring your whole family to experience a day filled with Latin Music, Dance, Workshops, Art, Games, Food & Adult Beverages! Performances, activities, workshops, and schedules will be announced throughout the year. We have limited space so Purchase your tickets today!!! Event is Rain or Shine. Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $60 for VIP.  Musical & Dance groups will be performing on and off the main stage throughout the day with a mixture of styles ranging from across Latin America. Cultural Exhibitions will be an exciting way to learn about various Latin American Cultures. Five artists will participate in the Mural Exhibition. The VIP section in 2019 sold out with with 350 passionate fans that enjoyed performer meet & greets, front of stage access, private seated and standing tables under the canopy, private bathrooms with A/C, private access to the VIP Bar, and creative Latin American Inspired Hors d’ oeuvre supplied by a Local Chef. For 2022, the VIP area will be expanded to 500 with more activities and private performances,  which will be announced. Visit unidosenlamusica.com

St. Augustine Brewers’ Fest (SOLD OUT!)

May 7: The 3rd annual Sta Brewer’s Fest will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth, featuring craft beer samples from 25+ Florida craft breweries, live music, and more. Tickets and details at stabrewersfest.com

St. Augustine History Festival

May 11-15, 2022: The St. Augustine History Festival was created and conceived by the University of Florida Historic St. Augustine, Inc. and the Lastinger Family Foundation for the purpose of generating excitement about the history of America’s oldest city. The goal is to showcase every era of St. Augustine’s long and storied past, from our founding in 1565 to the most advanced technology available in 2022 to research and study every year in-between. American history began here. Details at www.staugustinehistoryfestival.com 

Tour 20+ historic properties in St. Augustine, Florida from May 11-15, 2022 — many of which will showcase special events.
Participating venues:
  • Castillo de San Marcos
  • Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine / Mission Nombre de Dios
  • City of St. Augustine
  • The Colonial Quarter
  • Flagler College (Ponce de Leon Hotel)
  • Fort Mose State Park and Museum
  • Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
  • Governor’s House
  • St. Augustine Historical Society / Oldest House Museum Complex
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
  • Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center
  • Peña-Peck House
  • Spanish Military Hospital
  • Florida National Guard Museum and National Cemetery
  • Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Peter & The Wolf and Don Quixote Suite by Saint Augustine Ballet

May 21, 2022: Saint Augustine Ballet presents Peter and the Wolf and Don Quixote Suite on Saturday, May 21 with two performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. TICKETS: https://www.etix.com/ticket/o/6455/saint-augustine-ballet

ACT 1: 30 minutes — Peter and the Wolf:Subtitled a “symphonic fairy tale” by the composer Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and The Wolf the ballet features a narrator and a young boy named Peter who lives with his grandfather in a small country house surrounded by meadows, a pond and the woods. Peter’s three best friends are a little bird who has a nest near Peter’s home, a duck who likes to splash in the nearby pond at the edge of the woods, and a playful cat who is forever chasing his own tail! This is the perfect ballet for all ages.
ACT 2: 30 minutes — Don Quixote Suite – The Dream: Don Quixote is a ballet based on episodes taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. We will be performing Act II, Scene 2: The Dream: Don Quixote has an enchanted dream about beautiful maidens in which the image of Kitri symbolizes his Dulcinea.

As If 90s Fest

May 21, 2022: As If! 90s Fest is back for its second year! The event will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Francis Field in St. Augustine. The full-day concert lineup featuring national headliners and regional musicians drops January 20. Prior to the big reveal, take advantage of Early Birdticket pricing now through January 18th with general admission only $15, kids 10 and under $5, and VIP only $50. VIP sold out last year and we’re selling 200 fewer tickets than last year, so get ‘em while you can. TICKETS & DETAILS: www.asifthe90sfest.com


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. Facebook page

Salt Air Farmers Market

Every Sunday: The Salt Air Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday year-round at the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, from A1A South, across the street from Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The market features locally grown produce, seafood, bread, fruit, honey, soaps, tide clocks, art and more. Free admission and parking. Go to www.saltairfarmersmarket.com or the Facebook page

Wednesday Pier Farmers Market

Every Wednesday: Fresh produce, arts and crafts, and prepared food from local vendors is available from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. More than 40 vendors offer a variety of items including paintings, photography and jewelry.  Click here to follow the Facebook page.

Coconut Barrel Farmers Market

Select Thursdays: Coconut Barrel hold a Farmers Market from 5 to 8 PM every Thursday at 3175 US 1, Saint Augustine, FL 32086. This artisan market opens its parking lot each week for produce vendors, food trucks, artists and artisans.

Nocatee Market

Third Saturday of the month:The Nocatee Farmers Market features more than 70 vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Saturday of the month in the Nocatee community. Free admission and parking in the Nocatee community in Ponte Vedra Beach. Go to www.nocatee.com for details.

County Line Produce

Seasonal hours:Produce straight from local farms is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days each week at County Line Produce, 848 State Road 207, in Hastings. The market is located next to fields which grow produce such as cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, green beans, corn, cauliflower, squash, and other vegetables on St. Johns County farmland. Stay updated on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/countylineproduce/


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