Florida’s Historic Coast has an annual calendar chock full of events that appeal to a wide variety of interests.
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways, accommodations and to plan your vacation in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.
The following are just a sampling of some of the most popular events in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches.
First Friday Art Walk
From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 galleries in St. Augustine. A complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by Red Express Tours and Old Town Trolleys from the San Sebastian Winery.
Uptown Saturday Night
From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, shopping and much more on St. Augustine’s San Marco Ave., between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios.
Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine
This authentic reenactment portrays Captain Robert Searle’s 1668 attack on St. Augustine to loot the silver ingots held in the royal coffers. The reenactment includes a Raider’s encampment at the Colonial Quarter and an evening attack at the city’s Plaza de La Constitucion.
THE PLAYERS Championship
Come see your favorite golf pros compete at the world-famous PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Recognized by PGA TOUR members as “their” championship tournament, THE PLAYERS features one of the most coveted titles in professional golf, the strongest field of competitors and the richest purse.
St. Augustine Easter Parade
St. Augustine’s Easter Parade features marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, and the St. Augustine Royal Family with the city’s carriage horses wearing special hand-made bonnets. The parade begins at the Mission Nombre de Dios and winds through downtown St. Augustine.
Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest
One of the most popular events among birding, nature, and photography enthusiasts in the southeast will take place on Florida’s Historic Coast – St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches. With more than 130 birding and photography field workshops and classroom sessions led by acclaimed photographers, Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest has something for everyone.
MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Battle of Bloody Mose
This annual reenactment of the June 26, 1740, Battle of Bloody Mose, a pivotal battle between the British and the Spanish militia composed of former British slaves granted freedom by the Spanish.
July 4 - St. Augustine Fireworks and Concert
The All Star Orchestra performs in the Plaza de la Constitucion then one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay.
St. Augustine Founder’s Day Celebration
This day honors the founding of America’s First Parish, the Cathedral of St. Augustine, and St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Both were founded together 453 years ago on Sept. 8, 1565, by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Enjoy a historical reenactment of the Spanish landing followed by a Mass at the rustic altar on the mission grounds. The event will continue at the Fountain of Youth, which will feature an afternoon with opportunities for children and families to meet the historical reenactors and participate in activities. General admission into the Fountain of Youth is $15.
MID-NOVEMBER THROUGH JANUARY 31
Nights of Lights
Selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine glows with more than 3 million white lights. The Nights of Lights spectacular lighting display reflects the city’s 450-year history.
St. Augustine Christmas Parade
St. Augustine’s Annual Christmas Parade, the largest in North Florida, includes floats, marching bands, horses and the arrival of Santa. The parade starts 10 a.m. at Mission of Nombre De Dios and continues through historic downtown St. Augustine.
Regatta of Lights
Brilliantly lighted boats glide through St. Augustine’s Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos during this annual holiday parade of sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and other vessels. Hosted by the St. Augustine Yacht Club.
Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour “Christmas Around the World”
This annual Christmas tour features 24 inns throughout historic St. Augustine. Each inn is paired with a distinguished St. Augustine restaurant offering savory nibbles, sweet treats and other refreshments.