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Celtics to St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Bald Eagles to The Ancient City

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: March 11-13
ST. AUGUSTINE’S CELTIC FESTIVAL

Celebrate Celtic heritage at this Romanza-sponsored festival featuring internationally-acclaimed artists and a variety of performances in intimate settings amid St. Augustine’s unparalleled beauty and charm. Some of the greatest living musicians, artists, writers and poets from Ireland, the U.S., and the Celtic region of Spain (home of St. Augustine’s founder), will converge in this wonderfully romantic city for celebration of all things Celtic. The internationally-renowned Hevia from Aviles, Spain, will perform on Friday and Saturday nights and a host of entertainers will perform throughout the weeekend and at the gigantic St. Patrick’s Day festival on March 17. These include Ireland’s own Four Men & A Dog, Benny O’Carroll’s Traditional All Ireland Band, Dublin City Ramblers, Timmy “The Brit” McCarthy, Sean Murphy and Patrick Coldrick. Outstanding American Celtic entertainers from New York and Florida will also perform. These include Black 47, Derek Coghlan, Michael Funge, 7 Nations, Rathkeltair and The Wobbly Toms. Tickets are available in advance (save $5 each) at Anne O’Malley’s and Meehan’s on Matanzas or online. Daily tickets are $30 general and $55 VIP prior to March 11 for the weekend and $15 and $30 for St. Patrick’s Day. Full Festival tickets are available for $95 general and $155 VIP. For a limited time, get 3 tickets for the price of 2 by visiting the Festival’s Facebook Wall. For complete details on performers, schedules and much more, go to www.RomanzaFL.org.

30th ANNUAL LIONS CLUB SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Get ready to eat some great seafood, shop till you drop and then tap your toes to live music! These are just a few of the highlights of the 30th St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival featuring tons of delicious seafood, outstanding music and affordable arts & crafts. With fun for all ages, you can bring the kids. The Lions Club Seafood Festival takes place at Francis Field on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Festival hours are Friday 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit Lions Club charities. Admission is $2 per person, children under 12 are free. For more information, call 904.825.0850 or visit www.lionsfestival.com.

Friday and Sunday: March 11 & 13
ST.AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA – VIOLINIST ANDREW SORDS

Enjoy the St. Augustine Community Orchestra Winter Concert performance by concert violinist Andrew Sords. Hailed as an “absolute wonder,” Sords has established himself as the preeminent new face of classical violin. Friday evening’s performance will take place at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street in St. Augustine and Sunday’s performance will take place at 3 p.m. at Switzerland Community Church, located at 2179 SR 13, Switzerland, FL. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit http://staugustineorchestra.org.

Friday: March 11
SISTER HAZEL AT THE PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL

Combining elements of acoustic rock, folk, and jangle pop, Sister Hazel has an earthy, melodic sound that highlights the band’s vocal harmonies. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $27.50 day of show. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call 904-209-0367, or visit www.pvconcerthall.com.

Saturday and Sunday: March 12 & 13
ST AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY CHORUS POPS CONCERT

Enjoy this St. Augustine Community Chorus Pops Concert — The Look of Love. The performances will take place at St. Augustine High School Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 3201 Varella Avenue in St. Augustine. Show times are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For tickets and information, visit www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org.

BALD EAGLE BIRD WATCHING TOUR
Experience something like never before…this boat tour will leave from the St. Augustine City Marina to observe wild dolphins, a variety of birds and many other marine organisms. Then, the boat make a special stop beneath an endangered Bald Eagle’s nest. This stop will provide a chance to see two eagles that have recently returned to the area. Cameras are encouraged whether you’re a novice or experienced photographer. Binoculars are provided on board as well as all the information you could ask for about the creatures and environment you see. Tours are limited to 2-6 guests, $35 for adults / $30 for kids 12 & under. Saturday and Sunday 10:00am. Call Zach for reservations and details 904-377-7245.

SPRING EQUINOX KAYAK TOURS
Experience the lengthening days of Spring and the rich colors of a North Florida sunset from the best seat in the house, a kayak! Participants will paddle among acres of quiet protected marshlands of the Guana Reserve. The tour is from 6 to 7 p.m., costs $55 per person and includes a guide, kayak and brief instruction. Some proceeds benefit the GTM. Morning bird watching tours by kayak are also available. The tours depart from the Guana Preserve, located on A1A between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call 904.347.1565.

Saturday: March 12
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Get your Celtic Saturday off to an early start with an exciting and colorful St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of historic St. Augustine. Part of the Celtic Music and Arts Festival, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of King and Cordova Streets, head east to Avenida Menendez, then north to Orange where it will travel west to Cordova and then south to King. For more information, call 904.825.1004.

MENORCAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
Come learn about this unique cultural heritage found in St. Augustine. The Menorcan Heritage Society will hold their annual celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Llambias House, located at 31 St. Francis Street in St. Augustine. There will be demonstrations of mullet net making, dance performances, and story telling by Menorcan descendents. There will be t-shirts books and foods for sale. Admission is free. For more information call 904. 826.3388.

WASHINGTON OAKS GARDENS PLANT SALE & CITRUS SHOWCASE
Join the Friends of Washington Oaks for their 2nd Saturday Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from citrus plants for the patio/lanai, Valentine’s plants for your sweetheart and many other varieties. A portion of the plants for sale were propagated and grown right there in the park by volunteers. All proceeds benefit the park for enhancement of current and new facilities. Admission is $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information, call 386.446.6783, or email Washington.Oaks.Gardens@dep.state.fl.us.

3rd ANNUAL PONTE VEDRA BEACH PLANT FESTIVAL
Welcome spring at this fun event where you can entertain the kids and purchase a variety of plants for your spring planting. Activities include hands-on children’s garden corner, a bounce house, a Master Gardner clinic and plenty of food crafters and plants for purchase. The Plant Festival takes place at THE PLAYERS General Lot, 5430 Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra Beach, ¼ mile west of A1A on CR 210. For more information, contact the Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce, 904.517.3493.

DOO-WOP MUSICAL SALUTE
Experience an exciting musical salute to The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and the Temptations at Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum. Performed by Myles Savage, former lead singer from The Platters, this salute features the all-time classic songs of these immortal groups. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 (limited time, buy one-get one free!) Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, call Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum at 904-824-8874 or visit www.oldfloridamuseum.com for more information. Fort Menendez is located at 259 San Marco Avenue St Augustine, Florida.

Sunday: March 13
FESTIVAL OF THE MUSES

Women’s History Month is recognized with a special presentation by the Tale Tellers of the St. Augustine and a performance by the Cyprian Center for Expressive Arts’ Songs in Sign Ensemble – plus award presentations by e Outstanding Women in the Arts. The event is from 4-6 p.m. at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Avenue, in St. Augustine. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For info contact the St. Johns Cultural Council at 904-471-9980 or visit: www.stjohnsculture.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 (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Spanish Military Hospital 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 Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios 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.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1.800.653.2489.

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