Through August 11: Picasso: Art and Arena
St. Augustine’s Spanish history, culture and artistic traditions will be celebrated with an impressive exhibit of the works of Picasso at the city’s Visitor Information Center. Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets $10 adult, $8 seniors, $5 kids 7-12. Visitor’s Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Dr. St. Augustine, FL 32084. www.picassoartandarena.com
Through August 10: Ancient City Mosaic Exhibition An artistic rendering of America’s first city is presented in 450 works of art – one for each year of St. Augustine’s lengthy history. Created by regional and local artists, this exhibit expresses the rich cultural diversity of St. Augustine. Presented by Michaels Stores, these unique creations are on exhibit Monday - Friday 3 - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 24 Cathedral Pl. Info: www.ancientcitymosaic.com
Through July 23: El Galeón: 16th Century Spanish Replica Ship Tours
As the final destination in Florida during its Viva Florida 500 Voyage, El Galeon, a 170 foot, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet, will be in St. Augustine conducting tours as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s claim to La Florida. Tickets are available at all Red Train Tour ticket booths in St. Augustine.
August 3; Septmber 7; October 5; November 2 & December 7: Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument
From 10:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info: www.nps.gov/foma; 904-471-0116.
July 27; September 28; October 26; & November 30: Living History Days at Fort Mose
From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., volunteers in period clothing offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past at the site of the first, legally-sanctioned, free black community in the United States. Program is weather permitting. Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists.Info: 904-823-2232; www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.
August 15 – October 15: Alligators: Ordinary People
This exhibit at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr., is a colorful, folksy presentation featuring some of St. Augustine’s first colonists. The exhibit will be open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr.
August 16 - 17: Sea Your History Weekend: Historic Lighthouses: Navigation, Defense and Hauntings
Navigation, maritime defenses and hauntings are the themes for the weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave.. Friday from 3-6 p.m. visitors can help Lighthouse archaeologists unlock the secrets of long-lost shipwrecks. Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with traditional wooden boatbuilding as they build a boat from centuries gone by. At 11 a.m., a Smithsonian Presentation gives visitors an opportunity to meet some of the people who make the Smithsonian the world’s leader in research and exploration. Weekend value pack which includes all 3 events and 2 days at the Lighthouse is $25. www.staugustinelighhouse.org 904-829-0745
August 24: Second Seminole War Commemoration
Ceremony honors the memory of U.S. soldiers who died in the Second Seminole War and whose bodies were collected and buried beneath pyramids in St. Augustine’s National Cemetery. Presented by the West Point Society, Florida National Guard and the Veterans Society of St. Johns County, the event is from 9 a.m. to noon at the national cemetery on Marine St. just south of the Florida National Guard Barracks. www.450military.org
August 25 Free Entrance Day: Castillo de San Marcos
In honor of the National Park Service’s Birthday, the National Park Service is offering free admission to Castillo de San Marcos. Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. Friday through Saturday visitors can experience living history during Spanish Military cannon firings. The Castillo de San Marcos is located on Avenida Menendez, overlooking Matanzas Bay in historic St. Augustine. Info: www.NPS.gov/casa
September 7: First Thanksgiving Dinner
Sixteenth century reenactors present an accurate portrayal of the First Thanksgiving Dinner, which occurred in 1565 on the present site of the Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. Fifty-five years before the arrival of the Pilgrims in New England, Spanish colonists sat down with Native American for a Feast of Thanksgiving. Admission is $12 adults; $8 children (6-12). 904-829-3168
September 7: Re-enactment And Special Mass Commemorating The 448th Anniversary Of Menendez Founding Of St. Augustine
Dozens of authentic re-enactors portray the first Spanish settlement of the oldest city in the nation. Ceremonies and presentations are followed by a special mass at the Mission Nombre De Dios outdoor altar located at 27 Ocean Avenue in St. Augustine. The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free. www.missionandshrine.org
September 20 - 21: Sea Your History Weekend: Living Close to the Earth: Slow Food and our Ancestors
Learn about Northeast Florida’s indigenous people, what they ate and how they lived at this weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Friday from 3-6 p.m. visitors can help Lighthouse archaeologists unlock the secrets of long-lost shipwrecks. Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with traditional wooden boatbuilding as they build a boat from centuries gone by. At 11 a.m., see cooking demonstrations by award winning Executive Chef Richard Hetzler of the National Museum of the American Indian’s Mitsitam Café. The $25 weekend value packs include all 3 events and 2 days at the Lighthouse. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighhouse.org
October 15– January 5: New World in the Eyes of Explorers Exhibition
When European explorers touched the shores of the New World, they had no idea people were living there, nor did Native Americans know that an Old World culture existed. Images of the New World and its indigenous peoples and animals are part of the exhibition at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center. www.StAugustine-450.com
October 21 – 26: Spanish Wine and Food Festival
St. Augustine’s outstanding Spanish culinary heritage will be celebrated with a City of St. Augustine 450th Celebration Legacy Event. The festival features the very best in Spanish foods and wines presented at variety of special events and restaurants. Oct. 21: VIP kickoff luncheon at First Coast Technical College; Oct. 22: Blessing of the Wine at the Cathedral Basilica’s West Courtyard; Oct. 23 & 24: Private wine tastings at outstanding St. Augustine restaurants; Oct. 25: Cava Reception and Wine Dinner at the beautiful River House; and Oct. 26: Grand Tasting at the Visitor Information Center. www.StAugustine-450.com
November 16 – 17: St. Augustine Half Marathon
A 5K, 10K and fun run will take place on Saturday, November 16, and the half marathon will be Sunday, November 17. The routes take runners on a tour of St. Augustine. The winner captures the Ponce de Leon Grail of Endurance. www.staugustine-450.com
November 23 - January 31, 2014: Nights of Lights
Selected by National Geographic in 2011 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Night of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 448-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. Info: www.NightofLights.com
November 30: Around the World Voyage
This event will begin as Stanley Paris, the founding president and chairman of the University of St. Augustine, launches his high-tech sailing vessel on a voyage around the world. On this voyage, Paris will attempt to break the world record by sailing around the world unassisted in 150 days or less. He will also be the oldest skipper to attempt this mission at the age of 76. www.staugustine-450.com
TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, & THURSDAYS
WOODEN BOATBUILDING DEMONSTRATIONS
Traditional wooden boatbuilding techniques are demonstrated at The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum by the LAMP Boatworks volunteers. The Boatworks are open 9 a.m. - noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Participation is free with admission to St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, located at 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. Admission is $9.75 adults and $7.75 for seniors and children under 12. Info: 904-829-0745; http://www.StAugustineLighthouse.com.
FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, & SUNDAYS
HISTORIC WEAPONS DEMONSTRATIONS AT CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS
National Parks Service personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in 1740’s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. throughout the year. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability. The Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S., was built by the Spanish in 1672 to help protect their empire in the New World. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 15 and under are free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. daily. Info: www.nps.gov/casa.
MUSKET FIRING DEMONSTRATIONS
Re-enactors fire flintlock muskets at Fort Matanzas National Monument at 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. tours. Weather and staff permitting. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info: www.nps.gov/foma; 904-471-0116
THIRD SATURDAY CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS BY CANDLELIGHT
Night tours by candlelight will be at the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive. Revisit the events of the Second Seminole War from the eyes of a United States Army Sergeant. Advance tickets are $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 - 15; and free for children 4 and younger. Info: www.nps.gov/casa or 904-829-6506, ext. 233.