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Annual Events

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, 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.


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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 St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys from the San Sebastian Winery.

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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.

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Matanzas 5000 5K & Fun Run


One of Florida’s fastest 5K races on a scenic USATF-certified course.

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St. Augustine Film Festival

Presented by Flagler College, the St. Augustine Film Festival presents more than 20 outstanding films with filmmakers’ panel discussions.

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Arts and Crafts Festival at St. Augustine Beach Pier


A festive atmosphere with fine art and crafts and live music at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park. Admission is free.

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Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine


This authentic re-enactment portrays Captain Robert Searle’s 1668 attack on St. Augustine to loot the silver ingots held in the royal coffers. The re-enactment includes a Raider’s encampment at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park and an evening attack at the city’s Plaza de La Constitucion.

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Celtic Music and Heritage Festival

A St. Patrick’s Day Parade, traditional Irish music, Scottish pipes and drums, and contemporary Celtic Rock in celebration of St. Augustine’s Celtic history dating back to 1565! Located at Francis Field.

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THE PLAYERS Championship

Your Guide to THE PLAYERS

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.

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Blessing of the Fleet


This annual event has watercraft from trawlers, yachts, sailboats and motor craft all decorated to receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.

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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.

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A Taste of St. Augustine


This signature food festival at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre serves up “tastes” from over 20 local restaurants competing for the prestigious TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards, as well as the “People’s Choice”.

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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.

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Drake’s Raid


The English corsair Sir Francis Drake and his raiders return to St. Augustine in an authentic recreation of the 1586 sack of the city.

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Music by The Sea Concert Series


Every Wednesday evening through September, a free live concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

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Concerts in the Plaza


Throughout the summer months, every Thursday evening a free live concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. in St. Augustine’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion.

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Battle of Bloody Mose


This annual re-enactment 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.

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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.

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Ancient City Kingfish Challenge


This exciting competition offers cash and prizes for the biggest catch. This annual tournament takes place from the St. Augustine City Marina on the Bayfront.

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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 re-enactment 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 re-enactors and participate in activities. General admission into the Fountain of Youth is $15.

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St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival

The oldest city’s Spanish culinary heritage is celebrated with this festival that features the very best in Spanish foods and wines. The Festival offers a variety of special events at various venues and restaurants as well as a Grand Wine Tasting and the Vino Battalla.

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The Sing Out Loud Festival

One of the largest free music festivals in Florida, returns to Florida’s Historic Coast for four weekends this September. From September 1 - 23, hundreds of live performances will take place at multiple venues throughout St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra in an epic celebration of music spanning multiple genres.

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Greek Festival


Greek music, dance and food set in a virtual Greek village at St. Augustine’s Francis Field. Greek dancers and performers are featured along with an authentic Agora market, Cafenio, Taverna, Kids Center and much more.

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St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA) Food & Wine Fest

A popular food and wine sampling from 17 area restaurants at The River House from noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club.

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A Taste of the Beach


Annual ‘taste-fest’ with the crowd and judges selecting the “Best of the Beach” restaurant. Admission is free and taste tickets sell for $1 each. Noon - 5 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.

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Great St. Augustine Chowder Debate


More than 30 area restaurants compete for top honors in this tasty fundraiser for Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Tastes are $1 each and winners will be selected in New England, Minorcan, conch and/or seafood categories.

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St. Augustine Half Marathon


Put on your running shoes for a foot-race that suits your running level. 10K Run, Family 5K Run and the St Augustine’s Kids Race and a Half Marathon. Each race starts and ends at Francis Field.

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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.

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Fall Arts and Crafts Festival


More than 150 artists from around the USA are juried into this Thanksgiving weekend art festival at Francis Field.

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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.

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Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes


This annual tour showcases holiday decorations at a selection of St. Augustine’s most outstanding private homes. Enjoy a taste of nostalgia in the colorful decorations hand crafted by members of The Garden Club of St. Augustine.

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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.

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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.

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Beach Blast-Off


Kick off the New Year in seaside style at this St. Augustine Beach event! Enjoy fireworks and food at the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-off.

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