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The Wild Side of St. Augustine

Friday: May 7

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 participating St. Augustine 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. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

ANASTASIA STATE PARK HISTORY PROGRAM
Join Park Ranger Stephen Carter for a fun and informative program about the park’s history. Meet at the Windsurf Pavilion at 7 p.m. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle, up to 8 people, $4 for single occupant admission, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.461.2035, or visit www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia.

NIGHTOWL CINEMA AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
See the movie Rocky at the beautiful St. Augustine Amphitheatre-for free! Showtime is 8 p.m. and concessions are available. For more information call 904.471.1965 or visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com.

Friday and Sunday: May 7 & 8
WILD DREAMS – DISCOVERING HENRY FLAGLER
See Henry Flagler brought to life in this critically-acclaimed performance by Paul Jellinek. In Wild Dreams, Henry Flagler tells the story of his development of St. Augustine as a world class resort destination, his work with John D. Rockefeller, the expansion of his empire to the Keys – even the story of his three marriages. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the San Marco Theater across from Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in St. Augustine. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 children. For more information, call 904.429.0280.

Saturday: May 8
HASTINGS POTATO AND CABBAGE FESTIVAL
Come help celebrate this year’s harvest season as this annual event returns to St. Johns County. Known as the Potato Capital of Florida, the town of Hastings will host a fun- filled day with entertainment of all kinds, kids’ activities, art and history exhibits and a Farmer’s Market. It all take place at the Hastings Recreational Field, 150 Main Street off SR 207 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.692.3655.

NATION’S OLDEST PORT TOURS
Immerse yourself in history during this exciting tour that includes stops at four of St. Augustine’s nautical landmarks, including the Castillo de San Marcos, the Fountain of Youth, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and Fort Mose Historic State Park. Old Town Trolley’s will pick-up and drop off at The Oldest Jail at 10:45a.m., noon and 1p.m. for this tour. Tickets are $6 for ages 13-55, free for younger or older. For more information, contact Old Town Trolleys at (904) 829-3800.

16th ANNUAL DINE ON THE WILD SIDE
Explore the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and enjoy a complete BBQ or vegetarian dinner and lively entertainment! This annual event helps raise funds for HAWKE, a not-for-profit organization that rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles including endangered species. Come early to enjoy the park, then stay all evening to participate in a guided tour of the bird rookery to view thousands of birds including endangered wood storks. Bring your camera for unique photographic opportunities! Once the park closes to the general public, the wild fun begins. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard in St. Augustine Dine on the Wild Side is from 6 to 9 p.m., but your come early and enjoy the park. Tickets are $35 kids 5 to 11 are $20. For more information, call 904.692.1777 or visit www.hawkewildlife.org.

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, 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 Pena-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.

Entertainment

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Books

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Art

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Real Estate

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Outdoors

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Sports

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Business

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Travel

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Green Living

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