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 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 Colonial Quarter oaks

Wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery

Say cheers with a free tour at the San Sebastian Winery

First Colony exhibition at the 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 the Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum
Ladies toasting at Uptown Saturdays
Changing of the Guard

It’s So Easy, It’s Free!

From music to history, tours and attractions, there’s plenty of free things to do on Florida's Historic Coast to make your visit in August and September easy and affordable.

Free Daily

Fort Matanzas National Monument. The Spanish built Fort Matanzas, a small fortified watchtower, to guard the southern entrance to St. Augustine. 8635 A1A Hwy. S., St. Augustine, 904-471-0116, www.nps.gov/foma.

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. Admission to the park grounds is free. The grounds are open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 365 days a year. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, 904-823-2232, www.FloridaStateParks.org/fortmose.

The Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum gallery hosts rotating exhibits that are free and open during regular business hours. A lobby exhibit explains the rich history of 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, www.staugustine.ufl.edu.

Historic church tours, including Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mission Nombre de Dios and Cathedra 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, www.sansebastianwinery.com.

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

The TPC Clubhouse is a Mediterranean-style clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, the majestic centerpiece for the club, 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, www.tpc.com.
 
Each Wednesday through Labor Day - Music by the Sea Concert
Celebrating its 17th season, this free weekly concert series at the St. Johns County 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 as an option for concertgoers. All dinners are priced at $10 or less. Concertgoers are encouraged to car pool or ride the shuttle from St. Augustine Beach City Hall. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 904-347-8007, www.freebeachconcerts.com.

Each Thursday through August 31 - Concert in the Plaza
From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through August 31, enjoy a live free concert 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
From 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, 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, www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org.
 
First Saturday - Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose
Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. 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, www.floridastateparks.org/park/fort-mose.

Second Saturday - Free St. Augustine Pet Walk Pup Crawl
Explore the timeless streets of St. Augustine with your beloved pets. This free, 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 Tour Saint Augustine office. Reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine, 904-825-0087, www.staugcitywalks.com.
 
Third Saturday - Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour
Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida, with burials starting during 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, www.tolomatocemetery.com.

Third Saturday - Black Heritage & Civil Rights Free Walking Tour
Join St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours for a free walking tour of 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, which is 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, www.staugustineblackheritagetours.com.

Last Saturday - Uptown Saturday
Uptown Saturday is the perfect event for fashionistas, art lovers and antiques shoppers, held 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. Uptown Saturday combines a festive party atmosphere with special deals in the unique shops on St. Augustine's San Marco Avenue. Many participating shops also serve refreshments. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking most months. 904-829-6831, www.facebook.com/uptownstaugustine.

Fourth Saturday - Free Historic Walking Tour
History comes alive as you saunter through the narrow brick streets for an up close and personal view of the city. Our licensed, professional guide will relate more than 400 years of St. Augustine’s past during this all-encompassing 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, www.staugcitywalks.com.

 

Free Events By Date

August 13
WOMEN Unite: A Conversation with Dorothy Pitman Hughes
Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a feminist, child-welfare advocate, African-American activist and author, will be in attendance at the Women’s March St. Augustine meeting at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 2-3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. 102 Martin Luther King Ave., St. Augustine, 904-891-0956, www.facebook.com/womensmarchfloridastaugustine.

August 17
Concert in the Plaza

From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through August 31, enjoy a live free concert under the oak trees in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitución. This week’s band is Ancient City Slickers. 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.

August 24
Concert in the Plaza

From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through August 31, enjoy a live free concert under the oak trees in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitución. This week’s band is The Gatorbone Band. 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.

August 25
Happy Birthday National Park Service

It’s the National Park Service’s birthday! Help us celebrate with a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos. Admission is free to the Castillo and all national parks throughout the country. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 904-829-6506, www.nps.gov/casa.

August 25-September 29
David Nackashi and Jim Benedict Exhibition
Experience this exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, which showcases works of David Nackashi and Jim Benedict. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-280-0614, www.ccpvb.org.

August 25-September 29
Society of Mixed Media Artists Exhibition
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts this exhibition, which showcases works of the Society of Mixed Media Artists. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-280-0614, www.ccpvb.org.

August 31
Concert in the Plaza

From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through August 31, enjoy a live free concert under the oak trees in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitución. This week’s band is Lonesome Burt and The Skinny Lizards. 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.

September 1-October 21
Gamaliel Rodriguez Exhibition

This exhibition at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum features works by Gamaliel Rodriguez. Admission is free. The museum’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m - 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 904-826-8530, www.flagler.edu/crispellert.

September 2
Music in the Park: Summer Concert Series

Anastasia State Park hosts Music in the Park on select Saturdays May through September. This month, Matt Fowler performs at 6 p.m. at the Island Beach Grill located at the end of the park. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Admission into the park ranges from $2 to $8. 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine, 904-461-2033, www.floridastateparks.org/park/anastasia.

September 7
Concert in the Plaza

From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through August 31, enjoy a live free concert under the oak trees in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitución. This week’s band is The Driftwoods. 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.

September 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24
Sing Out Loud Music Festival

The Sing Out Loud Music Festival, the largest free music festival ever held in St. Johns County, returns for three weekends this September. Hundreds of performances will take place at multiple music venues throughout St. Augustine. In a convergence of musical genres as wide ranging as Texas Outlaw Country, New Orleans Brass and Funk, Alternative Indie Rock, Americana, Bluegrass, Neo-Soul, Folk, Punk and more, this year’s Sing Out Loud Music Festival features an eclectic mix of local, national and regional singers, songwriters and musicians. The initial artist lineup includes performances by Steve Earle, Lake Street Dive, Wolf Parade, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Los Lobos, Lucero, Deer Tick, The Infamous Stringdusters, Justin Townes Earle, Langhorne Slim, John Moreland, Lydia Loveless, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Dave Simonett, Joe Pug, Blackfoot Gypsies, Mariee Sioux, Wax Wings, Shelley Short, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Darren Hanlon and more. Visit the website to see a full schedule of performances and events. 904-209-0367, www.singoutloudfestival.com.

September 15
First Muster

The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs in partnership with Florida Living History’s volunteer historical re-enactors commemorate the 452nd anniversary of the first militia mustering of America’s original citizen soldiers in 1565 and the birthday of the U.S. National Guard. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Florida National Guard’s headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks. Admission is free. 82 Marine St., St. Augustine, 877-352-4478, www.floridalivinghistory.org.

September 16
International Coastal Cleanup

Join the Ocean Conservancy, Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway on this international initiative to help clean up the beaches from Flagler Beach to St. Augustine Beach. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate to make a positive impact on the beaches everywhere. 904-425-8055, www.scenica1a.org.

September 16-17
Lincolnville Festival

This free event celebrates the Lincolnville community, established in 1866, and features live music and dancing, food and drinks, local vendors and fun activities for youth. The event is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday at Eddie Vickers Park. 399 Riberia St., St. Augustine, 904-829-3918, www.mylincolnville.com.

September 19
Third Tuesday - GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture

This free lecture series is held 10-11 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The series is designed to inform the public about their coastal natural world. The lectures are free. Tickets must be purchased online. Please bring ticket to the Marineland gift shop on the day of the scheduled presentation to gain entry. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. at the gift shop to be escorted to the classroom. 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland, 904-823-4500, www.gtmnerr.org.

September 23
Saturday - Old City Farmers Market

The Old City Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, seafood, handcrafted items and plants plus live entertainment. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Admission is free. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine, 904-209-0367, www.staugustinefm.com.

September 23
Florida Heritage Book Festival

The Florida Heritage Book Festival annual free day, with approximately 20 authors of fiction, nonfiction and youth books, will be held at the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College. The festival is open to the public, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. One-hour presentations with authors who write about or live in Florida will include lively commentary on their books, followed by question-and-answer periods with their audiences. Book signings will follow all presentations. A literary-centric marketplace is also open during the day. The Florida Heritage Book Festival is a non-profit corporation that promotes Florida's literary heritage and a love of reading. 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, [email protected], www.floridaheritagebookfestival.com.

September 23
Changing of the Guard

At 6 p.m., see history come to life when 18th-century Spanish soldiers march down St. George Street from the Colonial Quarter to the Governor's House Cultural Center & Museum, then perform authentic military drills before firing an exciting volley of musketry. The event features the St. Augustine Garrison. 48 King St., St. Augustine, 616-990-5456, www.hfm.club/garrison/cog.

September 30
National Public Lands Day

To commemorate National Public Lands Day, a day that promotes enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands, admission into the Castillo de San Marcos is free. The park is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 904-829-6506, www.nps.gov/casa.