Upcoming Events in St. Augustine
Whether you live in the St. Augustine area, visiting or just curious about what to do in St. Augustine here is a list of fun events to consider for the next two months.
Through April 30th: Riverside Homes Annual March into Literacy book drive for the Early Learning Coalition. Collection new or “gently” used Children’s books for ages 0 – 5. Drop off locations: Riverside Homes St. Augustine area models with Ocean Ridge St. Augustine Beach the main location. Drop off locations at local real estate offices: Downtown St. Augustine: Century 21 Salt Water Properties, St Augustine Beach: Watson Realty, Lighthouse Realty. St. Augustine South: RE/MAX 100 Realty, Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage, Century 21 St. Augustine Properties, Watson Realty. World Golf Village: Coldwell Banker Premier Properties, Davidson Realty.
April 14: Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine. For the weekends bookending National Park Week, the city's iconic national monument will waive its admission fee. During the week, children ages 4-14 can become Junior Rangers at the Castillo to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Located on Matanzas Bay, the coquina structure is the only 17th-century fort in the U.S., with construction having begun in 1672. 8:45 am to 5:15 pm. www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm
April 14 -15:The Makery - Spring Market, Jacksonville. Quality handmade, reclaimed, and vintage items are featured with a focus on fresh, modern design and attention to detail. 11 am to 4 pm. $5 at The Glass Factory, 601 Myrtle Avenue, North Jacksonville, 32204. Pre-sale tickets available at Eventbrite.com
April 18 - 22:Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest, Ponte Vedra Beach. This annual event shines the spotlight on Northeast Florida’s abundant bird life and natural beauty. More than 100 birding and photography events are featured during the festival. 6 to 8 pm. Tickets range $10 to $109.95. The fest is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road. www.FloridasBirdingandPhotoFest.com
May 4-6: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, St. Augustine. This 23rd annual event celebrates the best in folk and Americana for three days with music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous. Food and drinks are available at the Colonial Quarter's restaurants and beverage sales areas, a jam area, and a children's area that features interactive music making, folk arts and crafts demonstrations, and storytelling. Tickets are $30 for the entire weekend, $20 for either Friday or Saturday alone, and $10 for just Sunday. 33 St George St, St. Augustine, 32084. 904-794-4163. www.gamblerogersfest.org
May 4-6: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Amelia Island. The 55th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival lures thousands of visitors to historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island to celebrate all things shrimp. The event features free admission, nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, children’s activities, contests, pirates and more. Dozens of food vendors will be serving up the tastiest shrimp you can find, prepared every way possible by local non-profit organizations. 102 Centre St. www.shrimpfestival.com
May 4-13:Romanza Festivale Week, St. Augustine. A celebration of art and music in the Old City featuring more than 60 productions and presentations by dozens of organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and more at locations throughout the city. Many of the events are free; admission is required for others and prices vary. www.Romanzafestivale.com
May 8-13:The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach. One of golf's biggest events played annually at Northeast Florida's stunning Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Tournament begins on Tuesday with practice rounds. Thursday, Round 1 of tournament play begins leading up to the big finish on Sunday to see who will take home the crystal trophy. Events, including The Players Downtown Experience, are scheduled throughout the region. Daily stadium passes start at $20. 904-285-3700. www.theplayers.com
May 18-20: Wild Amelia Nature Festival, Amelia Island. Educates residents and visitors about the bioregion, and encourages stewardship of the area's natural resources. Started by a group of residents who realized that Amelia Island's unique position of being almost surrounded by State and National Parks made it the perfect place for a nature festival. Includes kids’ activities, live music and more. Wide variety of tours and outings and prices. www.wildamelia.com
May 19: Riding Into History, St. Augustine. Riding Into History, one of America's premier motorcycle events, returns to World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The event features hundreds of classic American motorcycles along the Village's Walk of Champions. Vendors, exhibitors and entertainment included. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10, with all proceeds benefitting K9s for Warriors. 1 World Golf Place. 904-677-9452. ridingintohistory.org
May 24-27:Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jacksonville. Jazz performances in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. This year, enjoy over a dozen live performances including Sheila E and more artists, with multiple stages of entertainment, Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale, and children's educational activities. In downtown Jacksonville on West Duval Street. VIP tickets available. 904-630-3690. jacksonvillejazzfest.com