Feb. 18-20: Weekend Events in St. Augustine & St. Johns County

I Lived Here, As Well: A Woman’s Story — Ximenez-Fatio House Tour

February 3-March 12, 2022:  St. Augustine’s Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is featuring I Lived Here, As Well: A Woman’s Story, told by the women who may have spent their entire lives in this house, yet never used the front door. Guests will be introduced to several women whose lives were restricted due to the color of their skin. Some are enslaved, yet some are free. Some have hopes for freedom and some see no hope at all. For guests who had the opportunity to experience the first “I Lived Here, As Well” series told from an enslaved man’s point of view in Spring 2021, the new program continues the story of urban slavery from the woman’s perspective. The tour is open to the public, led by costumed historical actors and will last approximately 60 minutes. The program will include stories and accounts not heard during the traditional museum tour and guests will also have access to the newly opened Servants Hall exhibit. Regularly scheduled performances will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. February 3 through March 12. Tickets: www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/ILHAW

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

Discover Fort Mose concert series

February 18: The Count Basie Orchestra will be kicking off the Discover Fort Mose: Jazz & Blues Series on Friday, February 18th at Fort Mose at 7 PM. Tickets start at $65 and all proceeds from this event will support the construction of an on-site fort representation and the development of interpretive resources. 

In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold-out concerts all over the world for over 30 years after his passing. Pianist, bandleader, and founder of the orchestra in 1935, William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of Jazz.

Directed by Scotty Barnhart today, the Count Basie Orchestra has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for global Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and concert hall in the world. TICKETS: www.ticketmaster.com/event/22005B62C018C580

February 19: Breakout Americana and roots singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah will perform Saturday, February 19 at Fort Mose Historic State Park. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/event/22005B62B8D5C4AB

School of the 16th Century

February 18-19: The Oldest House Museum Complex has partnered with the Historic Florida Militia, Inc. to host The School of the Sixteenth Century at the Oldest House Museum Complex, 14 St. Francis St., in historic St. Augustine, Florida. This is a new location for this living history event. FREE admission.

Visitors can meet with the living history interpreters and take in all the sights of the encampment — Colonial cooking and weapons demonstrations will be held on the grounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 pm, with FREE museum admission.
“Classes” will be held at the encampment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will be FREE and open to the public. See what 16th Century life was like in Saint Augustine. Witness demonstrations of historic weapons, including the crossbow, the matchlock musket, pikes, and edged weapons. See the clothing, crafts, culinary techniques, and the military and religious practices of that time.
From 6:30-9 p.m., a birthday celebration will be held for St. Augustine founder Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who would have been 503 years old on February 15. Re-enactors will be in Spanish Court attire. FREE cake is available at 6:30 p.m. to anyone in attendance!

Resilience Family Fest

February 19, 2022: The St. Augustine Archival Society presents Resilience Family Fes, a celebration of St. Augustine’s Black history and culture, held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine, Florida. The event will feature dance and musical performances, food trucks, historical reenactments, pop-up exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and much more. Performances will include Melvin Smith Jazz Ensemble, Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance 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. All are welcome to the free community event; young and old, individuals and families, residents and visitors. Masks and social distancing are recommended; free masks will be available while supplies last. The event is a part of “Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine,” a collaborative project between cultural and academic institutions that began in 2021 as a celebration of the history and culture of Black St. Augustinians. More details at resilienceblackheritageinstaugustine.wordpress.com

Performances include:
+ Melvin Smith Jazz Ensemble
+ Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble
+ St. Augustine High School Jazz Band
+ Storytellers James Bullock and Charmin Russell of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum “I Lived Here, As Well” program
Food by:
+ Verdells Total Package
+ James Gang Food Truck
All are welcome to the FREE community event; young and old, individuals and families, residents and visitors. Masks and social distancing are recommended; free masks will be available while supplies last.  

St. Augustine Beach Pier Art & Craft Festival

February 19-20 & March 12-13, 2022: This arts and crafts festival features handmade items such as ceramics, stained glass, photography, soaps and more at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Hours are  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. www.tnteventsinc.com

Papercutt concert

February 19: St. Augustine 80s hair band, Papercutt, will be on stage Saturday, February 19 at Colonial Oak Music Park. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at Panama Hat Company, 46 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets will be available at the door only if the concert is not sold out in advance.

Tolomato Cemetery Tours

February 19: Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida with burials from the First Spanish Period, 1565-1763. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 14 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-257-3273 www.tolomatocemetery.com

Hugeunot Cemetery Tours

February 19: Tour the first cemetery in St. Augustine dedicated for Anglo-American civilians. The Huguenot Cemetery was a Protestant burial ground from 1821-1884. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-829-6451 www.memorialpcusa.org/visitors/huguenot-cemetery

Vilano Beach  Market

February 19: The Vilano Beach Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 20 at Vilano Beach Airstream Row, 190 Vilano Road, on the right just before Beaches at Vilano. Artisans and vendors will be spread out on the grounds. FREE admission and parking. Details at www.facebook.com/VilanoBeachMainStreet

St. Augustine Cruisers Cruise-In

February 19: Cruise in and check out the classics during St. Augustine Cruisers Car Club Cruise-In. Held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine, 4370 Dixie Hwy South, St. Augustine. There will be music, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing! Cruise in and check it out!

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

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