Enjoy Nights of Lights November 19 - January 31
Enjoy Nights of Lights November 19 - January 31

Annual Events

Florida’s Historic Coast has an annual calendar chock full of events that appeal to a wide variety of interests.

Editor's Note: Please call to confirm before driving long distances as some times and details may vary.

The following are just a sampling of some of the most popular events in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches.

ONGOING:

first friday artwalk event

First Friday Art Walk

www.staaa.org/art-galleries-of-st-augustine

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. Visitors can enjoy the complimentary shuttle service that runs from 6-9 p.m. provided by Old Town Trolleys. To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating AGOSA gallery.

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JANUARY

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Saint Augustine Film Festival

www.staugfilmfest.com

The St. Augustine Film Festival presents more than 20 outstanding films with filmmakers’ panel discussions.

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local marathon

Matanzas 5000 5K & Fun Run

www.ancientcityroadrunners.org/matanzas-5k

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

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FEBRUARY

Flight to Freedom

www.fortmose.org/flight-to-freedom

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.

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St. Augustine Spanish Food & Wine Festival

www.spanishwinefestival.com

Various food & wine events over two days, showcasing the Spanish influence on the culinary scene in St. Augustine.

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MARCH

Searle’s Sack of St. Augustine

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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.

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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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APRIL

Blessing of the Fleet

www.staugustineyachtclub.com/blessingofthefleet.html

904-824-9725

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.

St. Augustine Easter Parade

904-829-2333

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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Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest

www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com

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 110 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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May

Bottle and glass of wine on table with sunset, palm trees and beach view in background in St. Augustine FL

St. Augustine Food & Wine Festival

904-385-9121

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.

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Annual Craft Brewer's Fest

www.stabrewersfest.com

Great food, great music and great craft brews. What can be better? Enjoy unlimited samples from more than 25 local and regional breweries.

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Drake’s Raid

www.DrakesRaid.com

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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MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER

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Music by The Sea Concert Series

www.freebeachconcerts.com

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

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Concerts in the Plaza

www.citystaug.com/concerts

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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JUNE

St. Augustine Music Festival

www.staugustinemusicfestival.org

The St. Augustine Music Festival is a series of six free concerts held throughout two weekends in the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.

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Battle of Bloody Mose

904-823-2232

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.

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JULY

St Augustine's July 4th Celebration Firework Display over the Matanzas Bay viewed by spectators under the night sky

July 4 - St. Augustine Fireworks and Concert

904-825-1004

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

904-669-5153
www.acgfa.com

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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SEPTEMBER

st augustine founders day celebration on florida's historic coast, Saint Augustine, FL

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.

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Sing Out Loud

www.singoutloudflorida.com

One of the largest FREE music celebrations in Florida offering hundreds of live performances at multiple venues throughout St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra in an epic celebration of music spanning multiple genres.

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OCTOBER

St. Augustine Greek Festival

www.staugustinegreekfestival.com

Celebrate all things Greek - food, dancing, music and heritage - at this annual festival celebrating St. Augustine’s Greek heritage. Enjoy homemade Greek foods and pastries, shop at the outdoor market and enjoy the games and rides. The festival takes place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 2940 County Road 214, St. Augustine

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Rhythm & Ribs Festival

www.rhythmandribs.net

Non-stop music featuring popular performers and award-winning barbecue all weekend long at St. Augustine’s Francis Field.

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NOVEMBER

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife

www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife celebrates the best of St. Augustine's Vilano Beach and Florida's Historic Coast, from its culinary superstars and spectacular seafood to its artisans, musicians and cultural heritage.

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Ponte Vedra Auto Show

www.pvautoshow.com

The Ponte Vedra Auto Show showcases classic and new collectors' cars from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The auto show and parking are free and take place at 245 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra Beach

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MID-NOVEMBER THROUGH JANUARY 31

Nights of Lights in St. Augustine

Nights of Lights

www.NightsofLights.com

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 457-year history.

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DECEMBER

St. Augustine Christmas Parade

904-824-4997

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

www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org

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

www.staugustineyachtclub.com/regattaoflights.html

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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Light Up the NIGHT! New Year's Eve Firework Show

Kick off the New Year in seaside style at this St. Augustine Beach event! Enjoy fireworks, festivities and food.

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