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Big Week in St Augustine

 

 

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       July 2, 2013
Tuesday – Sunday: July 2 – 7
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit – An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under – Free; Kids 7 – 12 – $5; Family of 4 – $20; Military in Uniform – Free; Flagler College Student with ID – Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  www.picassoartandarena.com 904-825-1000
Tours of El Galeón – El Galeón, a unique replica of the 16th century Spanish galleons that sailed to and from newly-discovered Florida, are open for tours at the St. Augustine City Marina thru July 23. Tickets are $15 for adults/$8 for children; Children 5 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets are available at Ripley’s Red Train Ticket booths and at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive.  The tours aboard El Galeón take place daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4) at the St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/view/23303
St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show – Features new works by artists who have won awards at association exhibits during the previous three years. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St., St. Augustine and is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. andSunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Dog Days Art Exhibit – Opening reception for artist Sarah Emerson’s Dog Days exhibit is from 5-11 p.m. at St. Augustine’s space:eight Gallery, 228 West King Street, St. Augustine. Dog Days refers to the belief that these days of summer inspire evil. Emerson uses a candy-like palette to depict battlefields, natural and man-made disasters, barren landscapes inhabited by forest creatures and much more. Dog Days runs thru July 26. 904-829-2838www.spaceeight.com
Ancient City Mosaic Exhibit – An artistic rendering of America’s first city is presented in 450 works of art – one for each year of St. Augustine’s lengthy history. Created by regional and local artists, this exhibition expresses the rich cultural diversity of St. Augustine. The exhibition is open Monday – Friday 3 – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 24 Cathedral Place.www.ancientcitymosaic.com
Tuesday – Thursday: July 2 – 4
Man of Steel: An IMAX 3D Experience – An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities. He sets out to use these abilities to guard his adopted world. Daily showings are at World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre, One World Golf Place, St. Augustine.904-840-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: July 2 – 4
Marineland Estuary Guided Kayak Tours – Join Ripple Effects Eco Tours, 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (Marineland) for a safe adventure touring the estuaries from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tours include professional instruction, the best equipment, certified master naturalist guides, and general admission passes to Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for 15 and younger.  904-347-1565 www.rippleeffectecotours.com
Tuesday: July 2
Tuesday Night at the Movies featuring “The Big Lebowski” – The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and WJCT’s Electro Lounge present Tuesday Night at The Movies featuring “The Big Lebowski” from 1998 with stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore. The gates at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. 904-209-0399www.pvconcerthall.com
Wednesday: July 3
Lightner Museum Curator Tours – Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays.   The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum, 75 King Street in St. Augustine. $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 904-824-2874www.lightnermuseum.org
Luncheon and Fashion Show – Join Fashion Trendsetters for a refreshing luncheon while enjoying the latest easy cotton care summer fashions at 11:30 a.m. in the 95 Cordova Restaurant at Casa Monica Hotel. Lunch includes champagne or mimosa, appetizer, entrée and dessert. Tickets are $23.75. 904-810-6810
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 – Live concert with The Falling Bones playing classic Rock and Roll takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Admission is free and local restaurant Purple Olive will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   904-347-8007www.thecivicassociation.org
Free Movies By The Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. This Wednesday’s Family Fun feature is The Sandlot. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Thursday:  July 4  “Independence Day”
St. Augustine Fireworks and Concert – Starting at 6 p.m., the All Star Orchestra performs in the Plaza de la Constitucion. At 9:30 p.m., 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. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. 904-825-1004 www.PlazaConcerts.com
Viva España! Viva St. Augustine! Wine Tastings- In celebration of Spanish culture in historic St. Augustine and the United States of America, enjoy a special tasting of refreshing flavors of imported Sangria, including non-alcoholic blends. The free tastings will take place from 11 a.m. through the afternoon at the Taberna del Caballo located at the Colonial Quarter, 37 St. George Street. This Viva event celebrates American Independence Day as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration effort to infuse Spanish culture into the city that was home to America’s first permanent European settlement. https://sites.google.com/site/staugustine450/News/viva-events
4th of July Pig Roast Aboard El Galèon – The Tasting Room presents their annual 4th of July Pig Roast. Enjoy beer, wine and swine while watching the fireworks from the deck of El Galèon which is located at the St. Augustine Marina. The pig roast takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by St. Augustine’s spectacular fireworks show. Tickets are $80 per person.  904-810-2400 http://www.tastetapas.com
4TH of July Top of The Lighthouse – Celebrate the 4th of July at the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse with a magnificent view of the skyline and fireworks. The spectacular event begins with the viewing of the sunset over the Atlantic; then fireworks when darkness sets. St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Ave. $40 per person 904.829.0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.com
Friday: July 5
Viva España! Viva St. Augustine! Wine Tasting– In celebration of Spanish culture in historic St. Augustine and the United States of America, 95 Cordova Restaurant at the Casa Monica Hotel will be featuring a taste of genuine imported Viña Luparia from the Bodegas GalanWinery in Spain. Tastings are in the hotel lobby and complimentary glasses of wine will be served with lunches and dinners in the restaurant. This Viva event celebrates American Independence Day as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration effort to infuse Spanish culture into the city that was home to America’s first permanent European settlement.https://sites.google.com/site/staugustine450/News/viva-events
World Golf Village Fireworks, Dinner and a Movie – World Golf Village celebrates Independence Day with its annual Community Fireworks-one of the largest displays in Northeast Florida. Join Fairways Cafe for a special All American BBQ from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.followed by priority seating for the IMAX showing of Man of Steel at 7:15 p.m. Fireworks begin after the movie. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids and include the buffet dinner, movie and parking. World Golf Village is located off I-95 Exit 323, St. Augustine.www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
Red, White & Boom! World Golf Village Fireworks – Renaissance World Golf Resort celebrates Independence Day with its annual American Tasting Room and special seating for the World Golf Village fireworks. The American Tasting takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the ballroom at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. Then from 8 – 10 p.m., VoicePlay, a five-piece a cappella group creating a musical masterpiece using only their voice will perform under the fireworks display with reserved seating. Family packages which include the tasting, entertainment and reserved seating for the Fireworks are $120 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Additional packages, including hotel accommodations are available. World Golf Village is located off I-95 Exit 323, St. Augustine. http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com
Free Movies By The Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.  Friday’s classic film is From Here to Eternity. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
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 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
Body of Work at Amiro Art & Found – The new Body of Work exhibit featuring works depicting the human body opens from 5-9 p.m. at Amiro Art & Found in St. Augustine. Wire sculptures, wood carvings, raku and drawings are included in the new exhibit. 9C Aviles Street, 904-824-8460, www.amiroartandfound.com
Friday and Sunday: July 5 & 7
Colonial Crew Revue – Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show debuts at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Performing on the Colonial Quarter’s stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. 1-888-991-0933www.colonialquarter.com
Saturday and Sunday: July 6 & 7
Solarium Tours – Following a $2.3 million restoration, the magnificent Solarium of Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon is now open for public tours. Closed for decades, the Solarium was one of the outstanding amenities of the hotel when it opened in 1888. Now Flagler College, the former hotel was one of the world’s most exclusive destinations during America’s Gilded Age. The Solarium is a fourth floor parlor above the Rotunda and boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.   The 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Solarium tours, which include the hourly Historical Tours of Flagler College, are $18 per person. Flagler College is located at 74 King St. Reservations are required. 904-823-3378 http://legacy.flagler.edu
Saturday: July 6
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma
Marine Biology Eco Tour – Join one St. Augustine Eco Tour’s expert naturalist on a small boat tour to learn about St. Augustine’s unique marine environment. See beautiful shorebirds, learn about dolphin behavior, and listen to the sounds of dolphin chatter from underwater microphones. Tours depart at 11am, 1 pm, & 3pm from St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Tickets are $35 per adult, $30 kids 12 and under, or $175 for private boat up to 6 guests. 904 377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
Chocolate & Wine Tasting Tour– City Walks provides a unique 2.5 hour tour to explore the history of chocolate in St. Augustine. The tour departs from 4 Granada Street at 2 p.m. $42 per person. Reservations are required. 904.825.0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
Guided Cultural Hike – From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during a guided cultural hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee.http://gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com 904-823-4500
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier, 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine.   Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free.
904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park – Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340-A A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. 904-461-2035; www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Summer Break Tour: Big Time Rush – Superstars Big Time Rush will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $68. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Sunday: July 7
Murder in The Old City – A murder mystery in the nation’s oldest city, combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at The Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 after 1 p.m.
Local Resident Specials
NOTE:
St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), theXimenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and theMission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.
For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489.
To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.

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