First Friday Artwalk on Aviles Street

Enjoy Artwalk the First Friday of every month

Old City Farmers Market

Fun and healthy finds at the Old City Farmers Market

Concert at Plaza de la Constitucion

Enjoy free concerts in the Plaza de la Constitucion every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Music by the Sea concert

Kick back and enjoy the free Music by the Sea concert every Wednesday night

Live music under the oaks at Colonial Quarter

Take in a concert under the oaks at Colonial Quarter

Wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery

Say cheers with a free tour at the San Sebastian Winery

First Colony exhibition at Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum

First Colony exhibition at the Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum

Ladies toasting at Uptown Saturdays

Find unique shops at Uptown Saturdays

Changing of the Guard

Step back in time with the Changing of the Guard

First Friday Artwalk on Aviles Street
Old City Farmers Market
Concert at Plaza de la Constitucion
Music by the Sea concert
Live music under the oaks at Colonial Quarter
Wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery
First Colony exhibition at Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum
Ladies toasting at Uptown Saturdays
Changing of the Guard

Free Attractions and Events in St. Augustine

Make your visit to St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach even more affordable with these free things to do.

Free Attractions

St. George Street is the heart of St. Augustine, lined with quaint shops, cozy bistros, art galleries and gift shops … but no traffic. This pedestrians-only street gives you a feel for what life was like when the Old City was first settled, but it’s only the beginning. Explore what’s off the main drag of St. George Street when visiting St. Augustine.

More than 40 miles of white sandy shores line St. Augustine and its surrounding areas. A favorite is St. Augustine Beach, thanks to its laid-back feel, impressive fishing pier and nearby beachside restaurants. Visit the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier at 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, 904-209-0326.

The Spanish built Fort Matanzas, a small fortified watchtower, to guard the southern entrance to St. Augustine. Admission to the park at Fort Matanazas National Monument is free with a small fee to ride the ferry. 8635 A1A Hwy. S., St. Augustine, 904-471-0116.

Fort Mose Historic State Park is the first free African settlement in North America. Though nothing remains of the fort, the site and visitor center memorialize the slaves who fled the American colonies. There's free admission to the park grounds, which are open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 365 days a year. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, 904-823-2232.

The Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum gallery hosts free rotating exhibits. A lobby exhibit explains the rich history of the Government House and its prominent location in the St. Augustine Historic District. Open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 48 King St., St. Augustine, 904-823-2240.

Historic church tours of Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mission Nombre de Dios and Cathedral Basilica. Check church schedules for tour days and times.
  
San Sebastian Winery offers free tours and tastings daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. 157 King St., St. Augustine, 904-826-1594.

St. Augustine Distillery offers free tours and tastings daily, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 112 Riberia St., St. Augustine, 904-825-4962.

The TPC Clubhouse is the Mediterranean-style centerpiece of TPC Sawgrass, providing PGA Tour-standard hospitality to its members and visitors alike. Free daily tours are open to visitors. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-273-3235.

Free Events

Nights of Lights, the Saturday before Thanksgiving through January: The annual Nights of Lights holiday lights festival is a favorite of everyone who attends. Visit St. Augustine when more than 3 million twinkling white lights create a festive atmosphere, decorating everything from the Lightner Museum to Plaza de la Constitución. Lights display throughout St. Augustine nightly.

Music by the Sea, Wednesdays May through September: This free weekly concert series at St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park features a variety of musical genres, 7 - 9 p.m. Bring a beach chair or blanket. Starting at 6 p.m., dinner is offered to all concert-goers for $10 or less. Concert-goers are encouraged to carpool or ride the shuttle from St. Augustine Beach City Hall. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 904-347-8007, http://www.freebeachconcerts.com/.

Concerts in the Plaza, Thursdays May through August: From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through August, Concerts in the Plaza offer free live music under the oak trees in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitución. Bring a chair or blanket for seating. Visit the website for the entertainment schedule. Corner of Cathedral Pl. and King St., St. Augustine, 904-825-1004, www.citystaug.com/concerts.

First Friday Art Walk, 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month: During the monthly First Friday Art Walk, the art galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps are available at participating galleries). 832-779-2781, http://www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org/.

Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose, first Saturday of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m.: Visit Fort Mose to be transported back to the 18th century during Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons. The park is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission into the park is free; admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, 904-823-2232.

Pet Walk Pup Crawl, second Saturday of the month: Explore the timeless streets of St. Augustine with your pets during the Pet Walk Pup Crawl. This one-hour guided walking tour covers several square blocks of the downtown plaza area. All pets must be leashed and all city pet ordinances followed. Tour departs at 10 a.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine office. Reservations are required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine, 904-825-0087.

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tours, third Saturday of the month: On Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tours you can explore the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida, with burials from the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free; donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 14 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 904-257-3273.

Black Heritage & Civil Rights Walking Tour, third Saturday of the month: Join a St. Augustine Black Heritage & Civil Rights Walking Tour to see historical sites in St. Augustine, where more than 400 years of African American history live. You will also visit Lincolnville, established by freedmen following the American Civil War and now on the National Register of Historic Places. This 1.5-hour tour departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 4 p.m. Advance reservations required; individual bookings only. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine, 904-825-0087.

Uptown Saturday Night, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month: Uptown Saturday Night is the perfect event for fashionistas, art lovers and antiques shoppers, combining a festive party atmosphere with special deals in the shops along St. Augustine's San Marco Avenue. Many participating shops also serve refreshments. Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking most months. 904-829-6831.

Historic Walking Tour, fourth Saturday of the month: History comes alive as you get a personal view of the Old City’s narrow brick streets on a Historic Walking Tour. A licensed, professional guide will relate more than 400 years of St. Augustine’s past during this 1.5-hour history lesson. The tour departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 4 p.m. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine, 904-825-0087.

For more events (free and otherwise) taking place in St. Augustine, visit our Events Calendar to see what’s happening during your visit.