Fall & Winter events in St. Augustine & St. Johns County, Florida

Cafe Eleven concerts at St. Augustine Beach

September-December 2023: Cafe Eleven at St. Augustine Beach features regional and national recording artists in an intimate listening room! See the concert lineup here. GET TICKETS: originalcafe11.com

St. Augustine Amphitheatre concerts  

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets are available at the box office on site or ticketmaster. See the concert lineup here. Learn more at theamp.com

Threading the Margins Textile Arts Exhibition features 17 local artists

On view through November 30:  Threading the Margins, an Art in Public Spaces exhibition, will be on display from September 5 through November 30 at the St. Johns County Administration Building, Rotunda Gallery, 500 San Sebastian View in St. Augustine. Seventeen local artists were selected following an open call to participate in the exhibition which also includes antique garments and samplers from the collections of the Peña-Peck House and Ximenez-Fatio House museums. Participating artists include Kathryn Arango, Sherry Buckingham Peck, Susan Cockerham, Gretchen Crawford, Amy Hemphill Dove, Deborah Hossbach, Jenny Keyser, Courtney Krug,  An Marshall, Melissa May, Laura Mongiovi, Elizabeth Odiorne, Linda Schultz, Juanelle Strickland Marshall, Diane Thompson Cortese, Laura Towne, and Cindy Wilson. Admission is free.

Lenny Foster’s In the Spirit of Lincolnville at Crisp-Ellert Art Museum

November 3-December 2: Flagler College and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum are pleased to announce St. Augustine-based photographer Lenny Foster’s upcoming exhibition, In the Spirit of Lincolnville,
which will include a selection of the artist’s photographs that celebrate the history and culture of St. Augustine’s Historic Black neighborhood, Lincolnville. Foster will give a walkthrough of the exhibition at 5 p.m. Friday, November 3 in the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla Street in downtown St. Augustine, followed by an opening reception until 8 p.m. in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on view through December 2. Learn more at www.flagler.edu/ceam

The Triumph of Nature: Art Nouveau from the Chrysler Museum of Art at Lightner Museum

November 17-March 15: The Lightner Museum is excited to announce the opening of a major touring exhibition, The Triumph of Nature: Art Nouveau from the Chrysler Museum of Art. The exhibition marks the culmination of the Lightner’s 75th anniversary celebration and will be on view from November 17, 2023 through March 15, 2024. 

The Lightner Museum will celebrate the opening of this landmark exhibition from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 17 with a spectacular soirée inspired by all things Art Nouveau. Guests will get an exclusive first look at the exhibition while enjoying craft cocktails curated by The Treasury on the Plaza, delicious hors d’oeuvres served by Chef’s Garden, and live music by Miami’s French Horn Collective, all while immersed in lavish decor inspired by the era in our historic Alcazar Casino. Tickets for the event are available on lightnermuseum.org

Nights of Pints 

November 17-December 31: The 2023 Nights of Pints kicks off November 17 at three craft breweries in St. Augustine, Florida! The event coincides with Nights of Lights. Shirts are available through January 31. Beer cards are honored after January 31! You will be able to purchase your $35 shirt and punch card good for one free pint at each of the three participating breweries:

🍺 Dog Rose Brewing Co.
🍺 Ancient City Brewing
🍺Bootlegger Beach Brewing Jack’s BBQ
The event benefits the following local organizations:
✨Fish Island Community Alliance
✨THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club

Ximenez-Fatio House Nights of Lights Holiday Art Tour

November 18-January 5: View artwork by area artists who have decorated 14 fireplaces at the circa 1798 Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, 20 Aviles Street, historic St. Augustine, Florida. This art exhibition is held during the Nights of Lights holiday season, with the 225-year-old history house decorated with holiday finery. The event is a collaboration with the St. Augustine Art Association. TICKETS: ximenezfatiohouse.org

✨Tours Monday-Saturday from 10 AM-5 PM

✨Tickets: $15 for Adults; $12 for Seniors, Military, and Teachers; $8 for children 17 and younger. 

“This effort has been inspired by the beautiful Christmas Extravaganza at Stetson Mansion in Deland, Florida and supported by its designer, J. T. Thompson. We do not believe this has ever been done in St. Augustine, and it provides a unique opportunity to celebrate our partner relationship with the St. Augustine Art Association, which had its beginnings at the Ximenez Fatio House in 1924,” explained Payson Tilden, Executive Director at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum.   

Jordan Tice concert — Gamble Rogers Live from The Waterworks  

November 18: For 25+ years, the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival has celebrated the indelible mark that Gamble Rogers left on folk music. Now in its second year, the “Live From The Waterworks” Concert Series celebrates Rogers’ legacy by showcasing musicians that echo his hallmark talents – fingerstyle guitar artistry and storytelling. The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and the St. Johns Cultural Council co-present this monthly series of Saturday concerts from October 21, 2023 through June 22, 2024, with support from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. The next performance is Saturday, November 18 from 7pm to 9pm at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine, and features singer and guitarist Jordan Tice. Get tickets on eventbrite here. Learn more at gamblerogersfest.org

Patriot Remembrance Ceremony  

November 18: The Daughters of the American Revolution will hold Patriot Remembrance Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 18 in the Tolomato Cemetery in downtown St. Augustine. This event will honor the Patriots of the American Revolution. All are welcome to attend the free event. 

Nights of Lights 

November 18-January 28: Nights of Lights begins November 18, 2023 and continues nightly through January 31, 2024. Nights of Lights has been listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic, During this festival of lights, downtown St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s Oldest City. Admission is free. Tour companies offer tours by trolley, boat, bus, golf cart and more. Details at nightsoflights.com

Old Town Trolley’s Nights of Lights Tour

November 19-January 28: In its 30th year, St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights is admired by a global audience and is well known as one of the “10 Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World” by National Geographic Traveler. Take an Old Town Trolley Tour, complete with 3D glasses, to view the lights throughout St. Augustine, Florida. TICKETS: www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/nights-of-lights

The Boardwalk Bazaar at Marina Munch

November 24: Held on the last Friday of each month, the Boardwalk Bazaar at Marina Munch Food Truck Park will feature live music and local artisans from 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 24. Food trucks and The Marina Munch Cantina  will offer dinner and drinks. Marina Munch is located at English Landing Marina, 509 S Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. 

Hastings Main Street Fall Festival of Art

November 25: Hastings Main Street will hold at Fall Festival from 10 a.m. a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 25 at the Historic Stanton Ford Building, 301 N. Main Street and surrounding areas in downtown Hastings, Florida. Discover creativity and culture at the inaugural Main Street Fall Festival of Art, a collaboration between Hastings Main Street and the St. Augustine Art Association. Explore diverse art forms like painting, glasswork, pottery, fiber, photography, and jewelry within the Historic Stanton Ford Building. Downtown Hastings will come alive with live music, vendors, food trucks, and a kids zone. Esteemed guest speaker Dr. Seth Bramson will be sharing insights, while original Highwaymen artists enchant with live demonstrations, infusing history into this artistic spectacle. For more details, visit www.hastingsfl.org/festival-of-art

First Friday Art Walk

December 1: Hosted by Art Galleries of St. Augustine, Friday Friday Art Walk will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday, December 1 in 20+ St. Augustine art galleries! View new art exhibits and enjoy refreshments, cash bars at some galleries, and live entertainment. There are over 20 member galleries, each with its own style, located in and around the downtown area and over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island and St. Augustine Beach. Many of the Galleries introduce their featured artist for the month and they are often on hand to answer questions about their work. First Friday Art Walk is FREE to attend and patrons can start at any participating gallery. Parking for First Friday Art Walk is free downtown at the City of St Augustine meters and parking lots after 5 PM, with additional parking available at the San Sebastian Winery and the City Parking Garage ($). Self-Driving to participating galleries with onsite parking is recommended. For easy mobility downtown, gallery patrons and visitors can enjoy the FREE shuttle service that runs from 6-9 p.m. (February-November) provided by Old Town Trolley Tours St. Augustine. To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating gallery. The shuttle may be boarded at any of the following stops; in front of Butterfield Garage and ArtBox, the Lightner Museum, as well as on Treasury Street in the Plaza. The latest map of all member galleries, with parking zones, can be downloaded from our website: https://www.staaa.org/art-galleries-of-st-augustine/

Vilano Holiday Village – Elf on the Shelf author event

December 2-January 2: Vilano Beach will come alive and share in a one-of-a-kind Christmas VIBE with its visitors. While more than 3 million lights sparkle during Nights of Lights in downtown St. Augustine, the Vilano Holiday Village will shine with an 18-foot-tall Christmas Tree serving as the center of festive celebrations. Get your glow on every Saturday in December with holiday happenings, including a tree lighting, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, meet-the-authors event, holiday shopping with local artisans, dining at the all-new Pesca at Hyatt Place and other restaurants, Cirque Adventure’s high-flying Elf Circus Show, live music, hot chocolate and specialty coffee drinks, hotel packages, and other festive fun along Vilano Road in Vilano Beach, Florida. The biggest news of all? Elf on the Shelf author Carol Aebersold will make an appearance and read her book on Saturday, December 9. Stay updated at vilanobeachfl.com/vilanoholidayvillage

St. Augustine Community Chorus concerts – 75th Season

December 9-10 and December 17: The St. Augustine Community Chorus will perform a concert called Christmas Joy at 7:30 p.m. December 9, and at 2 p.m. December 10 in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. On December 17 from 3-4 p.m., the chorus will perform the annual Messiah sing-a-long at Memorial Lutheran Church, 3375 US-1 South. TICKETS: www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org

Kidz Entrepreneur Holiday Market

December 10: The Kidz Entrepreneur Holiday Market is happening from noon-4 p.m. at The Tringali Bar, 7310 US 1, St. Augustine. More than 40 youth vendors (ages 4-17) will offer seasonal gifts. Enjoy live music by the band Chillula, Santa & Mrs. Claus, food trucks, a DJ, and other seasonal family fun. Parents can register kid vendors by emailing weeventinc@gmail.com (limited spaces available). The Saucey Pig & Sonny’s BBQ will be there, with proceeds from The Saucey Pig supporting a local charity, and Sonny’s BBQ providing lunch to kid vendors. Admission is free.  

Jacksonville Symphony Holiday Pops

December 12: The annual Holiday Pops concert by the Jacksonville Symphony will take place on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., in downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $40 for adults and $5 for students/children. Tickets include free parking at the St. Johns County COA, with complimentary shuttle to and from the venue. Those who ride the shuttle will experience beautiful views of Nights of Lights! TICKETS: emmaconcerts.com

Nutcracker Ballet – 15th annual

December 15-17: The Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, the Mouse King all the favorite Nutcracker characters will return to the St. Augustine stage this holiday season. Saint Augustine Ballet presents the 15th Annual Nutcracker to the community — a timeless classic featuring professional ballet dancers and dance students from St. Augustine and surrounding areas. This holiday favorite will be staged December 15-17, 2023 with four performances in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine, Florida. TICKETS: saintaugustineballet.org

La Bohème by First Coast Opera

December 30-31: First Coast Opera’s New Year’s Eve opera — La Bohème, on stage December 30-31 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Experience the timeless passion of Puccini’s masterpiece while ringing in the New Year. Prepare to laugh, weep, and feel the full range of human emotions as Puccini’s lush and evocative music takes you on a journey of love and loss! TICKETS: firstcoastopera.com



Tour the circa 1798 Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Monday-Saturday: 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

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

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

Every Monday and Wednesday-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

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