Florida’s Historic Coast has an annual calendar chock full of events that appeal to a wide variety of interests.
COVID-19 Update: Some community events have been postponed or canceled. Please check with individual event organizers for more details.
The following are just a sampling of some of the most popular events in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & 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.
Flight to Freedom
This event has been rescheduled for May 6-8 2021.
Flight to Freedom recreates the experience of the hundreds of slaves who traveled to Fort Mose in search of freedom in America’s first Underground Railroad.
Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine
This event is canceled in 2021.
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
This event is canceled for 2021.
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
This event is canceled for 2021.
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 & 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.
St. Augustine Food & Wine Festival
A culinary weekend celebration at World Golf Village with celebrity guest chefs, winemakers and beverage experts in spirits and beers, for adults 21 and over only.
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 455 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.
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.
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 455-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.
St. Augustine Historic Inns Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour
This annual tour features more than 20 inns throughout historic St. Augustine. Each inn is paired with a distinguished St. Augustine restaurant offering savory nibbles, sweet treats and other refreshments.
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.