Friday: November 6
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. At 6 p.m., Rodney Cleveland, organist and choirmaster of Lakewood Presbyterian Church will present a free organ recital at the Cathedral Basilica. For more information about the Art Walk, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 6-8
8TH ANNUAL PONTE VEDRA FOOD AND WINEFEST
Experience the transformation of Ponte Vedra Beach into a Wine Country of world-class distinction. This three-day celebration of food and wine offers unparalleled opportunities to taste hundreds of wines from around the world and to savor dishes prepared by some of the area’s finest chefs and restaurants. Friday’s Una Noche Especial takes place from 6:30-10:30 p.m. (tickets $95 each); Saturday features the Grand Tasting from 3-6 p.m. (tickets $45); and the Sunday Champagne Brunch is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (tickets $65). A special combo ticket for all three events is available for $175. All events take place at the Sawgrass Golf Resort and Spa, A Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach. For tickets and more information, call 904.285.2004 or visit www.pontevedrawinefest.com.
Celebrate St. Augustine’s rich African-American heritage at this festive event! Live musical entertainment (Gospel, Jazz and Blues), food, arts & crafts and narrated tours of the historic Lincolnville district are featured. Not only was Lincolnville the setting for momentous Civil Rights events in the 1960’s, more than half of its buildings date from a black community established in the late 19thcentury. Funds raised from the festival will be used for exhibits at the Fort Mose Museum. Lincolnville Festival is free to the public and takes place Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. at Francis Field on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.501.8299.
Friday & Saturday: November 6-7
Other Words: A Conference of Literary Magazines, Independent Publishers, and Writers
Be a part of the literary scene during this conference for writers and publishers. On Friday, Michael Waters and University of Tampa Press writers: Jordan Smith, Jenny Browne, and Peter Meinke will lead a panel discussion. On Saturday, Jud Mitcham and Diana Abu-Jaber will present. The presentations and discussions take place each night at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Ponce Hall, Flagler College Main building located at 74 King Street in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.819.6339 or visit www.Flagler.edu/writers.
Saturday: November 7
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Bring the family to enjoy a day of seaside fun. Participate in the day-long Sand Sculpture Contest then spend the evening filled with fun, food, music, dancing in the streets, volley ball, pirates and more during this festive atmosphere as the City Celebrate 50 years of family fun. It all takes place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, located on A1A at St. Augustine Beach. For more information, call 904.501.1253 or visit www.50thBeachBirthday.com.
EMMA CONCERT – DIE FLEDERMAUS (THE BAT)
Enjoy a performance of Jacksonville Lyric Opera’s production of this lighthearted 19th century operetta based on the comedy, Das Gefangnis (The Prison) about misunderstandings and comical revenge. A cast of leading artists from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala, among other international opera companies, will perform in Die Fledermaus at 8 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, call 904.797.2800 or visit www.EmmaConcerts.com.
TRANSFORMERS AT THE AMPHITHEATRE
See the blockbuster movie Transformers at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre -for free! Sponsored by Summerset Apartments as part of the Amphitheatre’s popular Night Owl Cinema series, the movie begins at 8 p.m. For more information, go to: www.staugamphitheatre.com.
HISTORIC WEAPONS FIRING DEMONSTRATION
Take the National Park Service’s ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas – the 18thcentury Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort. Admission is free. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.471.0116 or visit www.nps.gov/foma.
FORT MOSE GUIDED TOURS
Come learn about some of America’s most important cultural history in a fascinating setting on a ranger-led guided tour of Fort Mose. The tour begins with a short film on the history of Fort Mose and a tour the exhibits. Then, experience the history of Fort Mose, learn about the archaeology of the site, see remnants of daily life in Colonial Spanish Florida, and stroll along the boardwalk through a pristine salt water marsh. The tour begins at 11 a.m. and ends at noon. The guided tour takes place every Saturday in November and is free. However, park admission is $4 per vehicle (up to 8 passengers) and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information call 904.823.2232 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.
Sunday: November 8
A VETERANS CELEBRATION
Celebrate America’s Veterans at the viewing of the locally produced documentary, “Korea: Forgotten War, Remembered Heroes” featuring the stories of five local First Coast Korean War Veterans. This entertaining event will also have patriotic singing, dancing, comedy and the stories of our local veteran heroes. The Veterans Celebration takes place beginning at 3 p.m. at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Admission is free and a free shuttle from the Historic Downtown Parking Facility to Flagler College Auditorium will be provided by Old Town Trolley Tours. For more information, call Michael Rothfeld at904.829.0381.
Create your own scarecrow from free straw and supplies provided by Vilano Town Center businesses. Bring your own scarecrow attire – all of the creations will be photographed and entered in a contest with a grand prize winner to be announced on November 29. Scarecrows can be crafted from noon to 4 p.m. each Sunday in November at the Sunday Market at the Vilano Beach Pier. The Market features fresh produce, refreshments, music and art. For more information, call 904.540.8797 or go to: www.thesundaymarket.com.
NOTE:St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to Government House Museum, the Lightner Museum, the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, the Fountain of Youth, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, the Spanish Military Hospital Museum and the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Peña-Peck House and the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum. (donations are welcomed).
For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.Getaway4Florida.com or call 1.800.653.2489.