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

See all the exciting events this weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and The Beaches.

Friday: May 4

First Friday Art Walk

Exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries!  Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk.  Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m.  For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

Born of the Sun

This new exhibit featuring the works of Mark and Phillip Estlund opens at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College. The opening features a reception from 5-9 p.m. Born of the Sun will remain on exhibit through June 22. The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is located at 48 Sevilla Street, For more information, call 904.826.8530.

Amiro Art & Found

One of the newest galleries on St. Augustine’s Aviles Street, Amiro Art & Found will feature a free opening reception from 5-9 p.m. Located at 9C Aviles Street, the gallery’s opening will feature Mary Jo Snell, a Primitive Folk Art doll designer and maker. For more information, call 904-824-8460 or go towww.amiroartandfound.com

The Fray in Concert

The Fray performs hits from their February 2012 album release Scars and Stories. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets range from $28.50 to $59.50. For more information, visit St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: May 4-6

Culturally La Florida: Spain’s New World Legacy

Experience this city-wide cultural exposition with demonstrations, traditions, folklore, music, lectures, and performances. As part of the educational and cultural programming to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s 1513 discovery of La Florida, Flagler College, Florida Humanities Council, Florida’s Historic Coast and the City of St. Augustine will host this exciting celebration that commemorates and educates about the cultural and heritage influences since the time of Florida’s earliest Spanish settlements. Presentations include archeology; culture and art, religion, maritime history, cattle ranching, cannon firings, early settlements, food ways, folk life and many other topics. Admission is FREE to all of the events, but when seating is limited, access will be decided on the basis of first-come, first-served. For a complete list of presentations, go to www.CulturallyLaFlorida.com

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival

The very best in folk and Americana music will be presented at this annual three-day celebration of the music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous.  This year, Gamble Rogers Folk Festival performances will take place at a St. Augustine Amphitheatre. On Friday evening enjoy First Friday Art Walk, where various galleries in downtown St. Augustine will host festival performers and there will be a stage set up at the city marina located at the base of the Bridge of Lions. Then on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. performers will take to several stages throughout the day at the Amphitheatre. Tickets will be available for single venue shows and in a variety of packages including an all-access weekend pass. For more information, call 904.794.4163 or visit www.gamblerogersfest.org.

Saturday: May 5

Kentucky Derby Social

Wooden sculpture artist, Phillipe Guillerm hosts “Derby and Dinner” at Casa Monica Hotel. Hat contests, art exhibit and Mint Juleps are part of the fare. The social is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova Street, St. Augustine. Tickets are $25. For more details, call 904-819-6006 o

Culturally La Florida – Great Southern Cracker Roadshow

Have a foot-stomping, knee-slapping good time at the South’s sensational Great Southern Cracker Roadshow! This lives stage performance feature homegrown Crackers, pure picking bluegrass music, homespun folklore and a mess of surprises. Admission is FREE! The roadshow is from 5-7p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. www.CrackerRoadshow.com

Culturally La Florida – Native and Heritage Foodways Seminar

This engaging seminar explores how Henry Flagler ensured a broad and artistic culinary experience for his guests at the Hotel Ponce de Leon by incorporating local foods, customs, and unique recipes.  Illustrates how the Farm-to-Table movement provides opportunities for area farmers. The Foodways seminar takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Flagler College Dining Room, 74 King Street, St. Augustine. Seating is limited.

Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse

Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine – the top of the Lighthouse!  This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station.  The tour is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue.  Check for times. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit www.StAugustineLighthouse.org, or to reserve a spot, call904.829.0745.

Full Moon Sail

Sail beneath the huge, silvery moon aboard the beautiful Schooner Freedom. This special moonlit cruise will depart the St. Augustine City Marina at 8:45 p.m. and return at 10 p.m. Live guitar music, complimentary sodas, wine and been included in the $35 ticket. Day ($35) and sunset ($45) sails on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. For reservations, call 904.810.1010.

Treasure Chest Quest

Yield to your inner pirate and go sailing with the crew of the Black Raven on a quest to capture Blackbeard’s Treasure Chest. The Black Raven will exchange cannon fire with Queen Anne’s Revenge while children learn proper sword play techniques in anticipation of a boarding. If you’re brave enough, there will booty for all! And if you’re not, you’re sure to capture a lifetime of memories.  The Black Raven sails from St. Augustine Marina on this quest at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 for adults and seniors, $24.95 for children. For more information, call 877-578-5050 or go towww.PirateShipBlackRaven.com

Saturday and Sunday: May 5 & 6

Catamaran Eco Tour

Set Sail on the Sirenia! Hop aboard the 27-foot catamaran named after Florida’s official state marine mammal – the manatee. 2 hours is the perfect amount of time to cruise the estuary in search of wildlife and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Matanzas River. Lay on the trampoline to catch some rays or watch the Captain work the sails – the choice is yours! 3:45 and 6:15pm departure times. $45/adult and $35/kids. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations at (904) 377-7245.

Sunday: May 6

Music For Miracles

Join Haven Horse from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. at the St Augustine Beach Pier and Pavilion for Music for Miracles, a free event benefiting the children at Haven Horse Ranch. This fun day at the Beach includes Live Music (Rosco Caine, Danger Mouse, Collapsible B, The Dirty Gringos, TJ, Smokin Joe and the Play It Forward Band and Chelsea Sadler), Great Food (The Kingfish Grill and The Purple Olive) fun activities for the kids, silent auctions, raffles, and more. Admission is free. Bring your chair and stay the day. All proceeds benefit therapy for Special Needs Children at Haven Horse Ranch. For more information, 904-813-5710 or ric1@havenhorseranch.org 

2012 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Forum

Attend this special public event the day before the Class of 2012 receives “Golf’s Highest Honor.” Learn the stories behind the careers of noted British commentator Peter Alliss, legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins, Masters champion Sandy Lyle and LPGA star Hollis Stacy during a lively moderated panel discussion in the museum at Shell Hall. In addition to a general admission seat at the Forum, tickets include all day museum admission, the opportunity to view the inductees’ special exhibits, and a Class of 2012 commemorative Induction poster. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of event. A limited number of tickets are available and advance purchase is suggested. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at 1 World Golf Place, just off I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine.www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org

EMMA Concert Series – Bella Voce

Imagine being transported to the canals of Venice, flown to the Paris Opera House and then off to Broadway all in one magical journey, when Bella Voce, Beautiful Voices, cast performs musical classics ranging from Neapolitan songs to opera, to Broadway hits and jazz, in cabaret style.  The performance takes place at 2 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Admission is Free. For more information, visit www.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904-797-2800.

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Lightner 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 StoreFort Matanzas National MonumentGovernment House Museum,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.

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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