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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches

Following are some interesting weekend events in the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches as September’s first week closes.

Friday: September 7

First Friday Art Walk

The latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Old Town Trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district from the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street – or go on your own self-guided art walk. This month’s highlights include – meet photographer Lowell Beyer and see his impressive “Slice of Time” exhibit at 233 West King; sample the local Native American “Black Drink” and view the exhibit of photos, drawings and artifacts representing local tribes at the Crisp-Ellert Museum, 48 Sevilla Street; see an showcase of wedding images from 22 artists ant renew your wedding vows at 7 p.m. at Amiro Art & Found, 9C Aviles Street; see artist Tiffany Beasi demonstrate how she creates colorful surfers, dogs and more at High Tide Gallery, 51 Cordova Street. . Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. 904.829.0065. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Big River at the Limelight Theatre

St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre brings the world of Huckleberry Finn to the stage in the multi-Tony Award-winning musical Big River.  Located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, performances will take place through October 7 on Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.  All tickets are $25 each. This Friday only, kick off the opening with a Hoedown beginning at 6 p.m. featuring tasty vittles, a DJ, dancing , wine and desserts. Huck Finn-inspired attire is encouraged. Tickets to the hoedown and show are $50 each. www.limelight-theatre.org.l 904-825-1164

Raid the Village

From 7-9 p.m., join The Tasting Tours on the patio of the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Fairway Café for a Raid the Village Happy Hour Event! Music, free food included with great wine and beer prices.   It’s also the opening night for the newly-digitized Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Hall of Fame’s massive IMAX theatre screen. Happy hour participants get a ticket to the opening of Raiders for only $9 – plus you tray your luck at the Hall of Fame’s Challenge Hole. For more information, call 904-386-5482.

Parents Night Out

Take the evening off and let the St. Augustine Alligator Farm entertain your kids in a safe and educational environment. The event is 6-10 p.m. and is priced at $30 per child (ages 5-12) – include pizza, drinks, hands-on animal presentation, twilight zoo tour, crafts, nocturnal games and fun! For reservations, call Katie at 904-824-3337, x29.

S. Barre Barrett and Khamil Ojoyo Exhibit

Featuring art by S. Barre Barrett and Khamil Ojoyo at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, 50 Executive Way. Free to the public. Exhibition hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from September 7 – October 20.904-280-0614. www.ccpvb.org

Friday thru Sunday: September 7-9

447th Menendez Founder’s Day Events

A full weekend of re-enactments and events commemorating the 1565 founding of St. Augustine by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles on the original colony site at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the birthplace of St. Augustine and Colonial European America. The Fountain of Youth is located at 11 Magnolia Drive in St. Augustine. www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

Saturday: September 8

Re-enactment And Special Mass Commemorating The 447th Anniversary of the Founding Of St. Augustine

Dozens of authentic re-enactors portray the Sept. 8, 1565 founding of St. Augustine by Spanish forces under the command of Admiral don Pedro Menendez de Aviles.  Ceremonies and presentations are followed by a special mass at the Mission Nombre De Dios outdoor altar located at 27 Ocean Avenue in St. Augustine. The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free.www.missionandshrine.org

A Taste of Spain

From 6-8 p.m., The Tasting Room and Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth (11 Magnolia Avenue) celebrate the 1565 founding of St. Augustine with a special Taste of Spain event featuring paella, charcuterie, cheeses, Spanish wines and more. The Fountain of Youth grounds feature the location of the original Spanish settlement of St. Augustine established on this date 447 years ago.Admission is $30 per person and reservations may be made by call 904.599.2113.

GTM Research Reserve 2nd Saturday Trail Hike

A GTM Research Reserve staff and/or volunteer led 1.5 mile walk that the entire family will enjoy.

Meet at the Trailhead Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

Anastasia State Park Bird Walk

See the fabulous birds found on Anastasia Island on this special ranger-led walk. . The tour is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and is free with paid park admission. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, sunscreen, and a field guide. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 A A1A in St. Augustine. 904-461-2033

Saturday & Sunday: September 8 & 9

Catamaran Excursions

Celebrate Saturday thru Monday with a relaxing excursion aboard St. Augustine Eco Tour’s catamaran. Traverse Matanzas Bay and learn about manatees, dolphins and more! Perfect for the entire family. Departures are at 12:15; 2:45; and 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children. For reservations, call 904-377-7245.www.StAugstineEcoTours.com

Sunday: September 9

Anastasia State Park Bird Walk

See the fabulous birds found on Anastasia Island on this special ranger-led walk. . The tour is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and is free with paid park admission. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, sunscreen, and a field guide. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 A A1A in St. Augustine. 904-461-2033

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), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden SchoolhouseSpanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are freeto everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug StoreFort 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).

NEW:  St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year!  The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on  Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

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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