Annual Events in St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra

Events in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra transport you from sparkling city streets to wildlife-rich natural spaces

October 3, 2013
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An exciting lineup of annual events in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra celebrates heritage, food, music, art, wildlife and more. Happenings include Nights of Lights, Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest, THE PLAYERS Championship and many others. Read on to learn about trip-worthy annual events along Florida’s Historic Coast.

Nights of Lights

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights is one of the top holiday lighting displays in the world, according to National Geographic magazine. After sunset, more than 3 million white lights illuminate the historic district, including the former Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College) and the Hotel Alcazar (now the Lightner Museum and City Hall). Experience the holiday glow on foot, by open-air trolley or on a romantic carriage ride. Festivities take place throughout the historic district, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and St. Augustine Beach from mid-November through the end of January.

Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest

Each spring nature lovers can study the area’s wildlife habitats while photography buffs can improve techniques for capturing images during the Annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest. Birders and photographers observe and photograph avian species that call the area home. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy bird walks, kayak and boat tours, and photography workshops.

Fireworks Over Matanzas

The annual fireworks display over Matanzas Bay in the St. Augustine historic district draws thousands of patriotic revelers each year. But before Florida’s Historic Coast lights up the sky, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself on July 4 in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. Learn more about our 4th of July festivities.

THE PLAYERS Championship

Golf fans can watch some of the sport’s biggest names vie for the title during THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Previous winners include Tiger Woods, Matt Kurchar, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson. Moving to March in 2019, practice rounds, community events and the championship competition make for a week of great golf.

Food & Wine Festivals

Celebrate St. Augustine’s Spanish roots during the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival. Wine tastings, a wine blessing and dinner are scheduled for the weeklong fest every September. November brings about a contest like no other: The Annual Great Chowder Debate. Compete against other chowder cooks or sample the recipes at this tasty fundraiser at Conch House Marina Resort benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children. Enjoy award-winning barbecue and live music at the Rhythm and Ribs Festival held in April at Francis Field. Pick up some fresh, local produce and other goodies during the Wednesday Farmers’ Arts and Crafts Market at St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park in St. Augustine Beach. The market is open year-round from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. Call 904-315-0952.

Art Events

Enjoy the works of more than 150 artists during the fall St. Augustine Arts and Crafts Festival, held Thanksgiving weekend at Francis Field. You can also tour 20 galleries during the monthly First Friday Art Walks, starting at San Sebastian Winery.

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