Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife Festival: November 3-5, 2023

It’s all happening next fall on Vilano Beach!

November 15, 2022
Dolphin archway at Vilano Pier during sunset

Don’t you just love a good cause that lets you experience great things? That’s the idea behind this exciting weekend celebration benefiting Vilano Beach Main Street and the GTM Reserve.

At the Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife Festival, guests will get to savor renowned whiskeys, spirits, wines and beers, indulge in some of the finest cuisine by the best chefs in Northeast Florida and local culinary superstars, and top it off with a unique opportunity to experience coastal wildlife up-close. And it’s all taking place oceanside and riverfront with live music and that famously relaxed Vilano vibe.

Highlights of festival include Whiskey Inspired on the Pier, Master Class Pours, Cooking Demonstrations, Wine & Cheese Pairings, Silent Auction, Pier Block Party and more!

If you haven’t been to Vilano Beach, here’s your chance to discover everything this hidden gem has to offer. From pristine beaches for sunning, surfing and skimboarding, to retro motels and new state-of-the-art hotels boasting stunning views, restaurants and amenities, Vilano Beach is a little paradise just 10 minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine.

Just up the road about six miles north on the Scenic A1A Highway another hidden gem awaits at the GTM Reserve, a national estuarine research reserve, whose research and education experts will provide guided tours and interactive experiences with sea turtles and alligators and other wildlife that thrive in its 11,000 acres of preservation land.

Of course every trip to Vilano Beach starts at the Vilano Beach Pier where visitors get to greet and take selfies with the Bluebird of Happiness. Located on the river side of the Matanzas, it’s arguably one of the best spots to watch the sunset over downtown St. Augustine. And what better spot to serve as the focal point for this spectacular weekend event?

For tickets and schedule of events, visit here. See you at the pier!

With parking limited at Vilano Beach, satellite parking and Old Town Trolley stops will be available for Friday night and Saturday’s Main Event, FREE for festival guests. Check the festival website for shuttle schedule and water taxi services from St. Augustine to be announced soon.