This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

July 2-8, 2018
Monday & Friday, July 2&6 
 
Sunset Kayak Tour
Paddle into the setting sun on one of Florida’s most natural coastal waterways with Ripple Effect Ecotours. Gain an appreciation for the serenity of the area as one of our knowledgeable guides shows you the importance of this estuarine habitat. The tour starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. No experience is required. Each of our tours starts with full paddling and safety protocol on the beach before we ever get on the water. The cost of this trip is $55 for adults and $45 for youth ages 15 years and under. This cost includes passes to Marineland Dolphin Adventure and use of top-of-the-line kayaking equipment. 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine 904-347-1565 www.rippleeffectecotours.com
Monday – Thursday, July 2 – 5
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. This film will be showing at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame through July 5. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

 
Monday – Saturday, July 2-7 
Water Exhibition by Eileen Corse
This exhibition by Eileen Corse is on display at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. This exhibition will be on display through July 7.  Admission to the exhibition is free. The center is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Rooms with a View Exhibition
This exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach features paintings from advanced acrylic students of Ellen Diamond. This exhibition will be on display through July 7. Admission to the exhibition is free. The center is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday, July 3
Red, White & Boom at Renaissance World Golf Village Resort
The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort will host the annual Red, White & Boom celebration. Tickets are available for the VIP La Terrazza Party from 7-10 p.m. or the Villagio Dinner Buffet from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy the World Golf Village fireworks display. Tickets for the VIP La Terrazza, which are $95 for adults and $35 for youth ages 6-12, will be sold from June 29-July 1 between 2-5 p.m. at the Navigator Desk in the hotel lobby area. Tickets for the Villagio Dinner Buffet are $45 for adults and $20 for youth ages 6-12. Call with questions or to make a reservation. 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine 904-940-8696 www.worldgolfvillage.com
World Golf Village Fireworks
World Golf Village will celebrate Independence Day with its annual community fireworks. The stunning fireworks display will take place over the lake in the heart of World Golf Village at approximately 9:15 p.m. Tickets are not required to view the fireworks. The museum cafe will be open from noon-9 p.m. Additional food and beverages will be on sale throughout the grounds. The parking cost is $10 per vehicle. Movie and fireworks packages are sold out, but those interested in the event can still view the fireworks show. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, July 3, 5 & 6
In the Mood Harry McCormick Art Exhibition
World-renowned artist Harry McCormick will display his artwork through September 20 at the St. Johns County Administration Building’s Rotunda.  McCormick is noted for his realistic paintings with a focus on light and shadow, and he has been called a painter of “interiors” and “genre”‘ – such as ordinary people doing ordinary things like a series of people looking at paintings in museums and galleries. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome during normal business hours on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine 904-209-0530 www.mccormickstudios.com
 
 
Wednesday, July 4
 
Lightner Museum Educator’s Tour
Educator’s Tours will be offered during the summer months at the Lightner Museum. This tour will feature a 45-minute interactive tour presented by Lightner Museum’s Educator and Program Coordinator Ellen Morfit at 10 a.m. Guests will be invited to look at specific museum artifacts and guess their use. The tour highlights different parts of the collection and what can be learned from them. Admission into the museum ranges from $15-$8. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
Fireworks Over the Matanzas 
The Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks in St. Augustine start at 6 p.m. with music by The All Star Orchestra in the Plaza de la Constitución. 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 the Matanzas Bay. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. Parking is available in the parking garage. For other available parking, visit www.parkstaug.com. 904-825-1004   www.citystaug.com/fireworks
Live Performances by Captain and Maybelle
Stop by after the fireworks to catch live performances by circus performers Captain and Maybelle from 9:30 p.m.-midnight at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine. Guests who visit after 9:30 p.m. will receive 25 percent off admission. General admission is $15.99. 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-824-1606 www.ripleys.com/staugustine
 
 
Wednesday – Saturday, July 4-7
 
Oakfest III
Colonial Oak Music Park is celebrating its third anniversary. This event features 12 music performances. The event takes place at the Colonial Oak Music Park at the Colonial Quarter. The performances start at 2 p.m. each day. Admission is free. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine 904-342-2857 www.saseafoodco.com/events
 
 
Thursday, July 5
 
Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic
The Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic takes place at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost is $20. Reservations are required and can be made by phone. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783 www.washingtonoaks.org
Throwback Thursday: The Women at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe
The Corazon Cinema and Cafe summer series of movies from 1939, the greatest year in Hollywood history, as part of its Throwback Thursdays. The movie will be introduced by local author and film historian Thomas Hischak. This week’s film is MGM’s acerbic comedy The Women. The film is a look at the world of upper class New York females and is hilarious and biting. The film shows at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe at noon. The cost is $10, which includes a meal, popcorn, small drink and showing of the movie. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com
9th Annual Day After Beach Cleanup
Keepers of the Coast, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting coastal stewardship and the conservation of coastal habitat, is hosting the 9th Annual Day After Beach Cleanup from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The purpose of the cleanup is to restore the coastline following the impacts of Fourth of July, traditionally one of the busiest beach days of the year. This community-wide effort will be held at several different beach access points throughout St. Johns County. Pre-registration is not required, and volunteers may show up at any of the locations. All participants will be given a bag for trash, a bag for recycling and a bag for cigarette butts. Visit the website for a list of locations to participate. 904-814-2172 www.keepersofthecoast.org
Free Speaker Series: 500 Years of Maritime Florida
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum hosts this free speaker series. The speaker is Andrea White, whose talk is titled Archaeology in St. Augustine. The event is at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.com
Concert in The Plaza
Returning for its 28th season in 2018, this popular weekly free concert takes place every Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 7-9 p.m. in the Plaza de la Constitucion. This week’s performance is by  Doug Carn & The Lincolnville Brass Band. Corner of Cathedral Place and King St., St. Augustine 904-825-1004 www.citystaug.com/concerts
Sip & Explore the Upstairs/Downstairs Tour
Join the Lightner Museum for a special summer evening Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar Tour from 7-9 p.m. This interactive tour will discuss what it was like to stay and work at the Alcazar Hotel during the Gilded Age. Guests will have the opportunity to see behind-the-scenes areas such as where staff lived and the museum’s fascinating storage facilities. The tour begins in the Lightner Museum’s lobby. Tickets are $25 and $20 and can be purchased through the website. The tour is recommended for adults only. Guests will be walking up several flights of stairs and will stand throughout. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org/alcazarsummertour
Dan & Phil Interactive Introverts World Tour 2018 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Dan and Phil present their new stage show, Interactive Introverts World Tour 2018. The show features two internet dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want, an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, cringe and put the audience in control unlike anything before. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $104-$61. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 
 
Thursday – Sunday, July 5-8
 
Ancient City Game Fish Challenge  
The Ancient City Game Fish Challenge in St. Augustine presented by the Ancient City Game Fish Association includes three divisions: Kingfish Challenge, Back Water Challenge and Junior Challenge. Thursday evening is youth registration and a youth clinic, and Friday is the youth tournament. Also on Friday, adult registration will be open from 4-7:30 p.m., and there will be a captains meeting at 7:30 p.m. The adult tournament is on Saturday and Sunday with music on both days. The event is based out of Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and Northeast Florida Marlin Association Clubhouse. Registration is $320, $75 and $25. 3070 Harbor Dr., St. Augustine 904-580-7010 www.acgfa.com
Sunset Kayak Trip
You’re invited for this kayak trip hosted by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation. The trip begins at McCullough Creek Soft Launch and is from 6:30-9 p.m. each day. Learn about the history and wildlife of the area. The cost ranges from $50-$20. Call or email to register. 2310 C.R. 13 South, Elkton 904-209-0335 kussia@sjcfl.uswww.sjcfl.us/recreation
Ant-Man and The Wasp at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame
As Scott Lang balances being both a super hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. This film will play through July 19 at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
 
 
Friday, July 6
 
Youth Saltwater Fishing Clinic
The Youth Saltwater Fishing Clinic takes place at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park from 9 a.m.-noon for youth ages 8 and up. The cost is $20. Reservations are required and can be made by phone. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783 www.washingtonoaks.org
First Friday Garden Walk
Visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on the first Friday of every month for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens. Meet in the garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will last approximately one hour. Admission into the park ranges from $5-2. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783 www.washingtonoaks.org
First Friday Art Walk
From 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine features new exhibits, refreshments and live music at many participating galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. Tour maps are available at participating galleries or on the website. Free Art Walk trains and trolleys are provided by Ripley’s Red Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 832-779-2781 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Art Camp Exhibition
Hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association, this exhibition features youth artwork created during the summer camp program. The exhibition is free and open to the public and is available to view during First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5 p.m. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
First Friday Art Walk Recital
The music department of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine presents the First Friday Art Walk Recital featuring Carina Sturdy playing the organ. In addition to playing numerous solo concerts up and down the east coast, Carina has placed in both regional and national music competitions. The performance begins at 6 p.m. There will be a free-will offering. 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine 904-824-2806 www.thefirstparish.org
Barenaked Ladies at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes the return of alternative-pop act Barenaked Ladies and their Last Summer on Earth 2018 Tour featuring special guests Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $84-$44. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 
 
Saturday, July 7
 
Coastal Conservation and Clean Up
This special event will start at 8 a.m. with an interpretive hike down to the beach to discuss the natural resources all around you on our beautiful coastline. After the talk, guests will be provided with tools for a beach cleanup session. If you have your own set of gloves or five-gallon bucket, please bring them so we can reduce our own waste. It can be hot, so please dress appropriately for the weather and bring sunscreen, bug spray and any other items that will make your hike more enjoyable. To join, please meet at the Hilltop Picnic Area where you will sign in to participate in the program. Park entry is free for participating volunteers. 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
GTM Research Reserve Guided Exploration Hike
Take a guided exploration hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. This 1.5-mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam at 9 a.m.. The program is free. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerr.org
Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose
Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday each month from 9-11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children’s militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. The park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the park is free. Admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/park/fort-mose
Cannon Firing at Fort Matanzas National Monument
Join British Navy re-enactors to learn a little history and watch the fort’s cannons fire. Boat tours complete with cannon firings will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stop in the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center to collect your free boarding pass prior to the tour. Each tour will last about 45 minutes. This event is weather permitting. Admission is free. 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma
Mermaids at the Aquarium
Meet mermaids Merina and Serina at the St. Augustine Aquarium at 11 a.m., and swim with the mermaids at 1 p.m. Call for reservations. General admission into the aquarium for adults is $8 and for youth is $5. There is an additional cost to swim with the mermaids. 2045 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-429-9777 www.saaquarium.com
Drum Runner Series Barrel Racing at St. Johns County Fairgrounds
Saddle up and head over to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds for monthly barrel, pole and other timed speed horse events. The event is open to the public and free for spectators. Awards will be presented for each age group in each event. The races begin at 5 p.m. at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton 904-588-8017 www.sjchc.org
Rebirth Brass Band on the Front Porch at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
New Orleans brass band revivalists the Rebirth Brass Band will perform live on the Front Porch of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets needed. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Dancing Stars of St. Johns County
This event, similar to the TV show, features local celebrities teaming up with professional dance instructors to perform in front of a panel of judges. The event takes place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7 p.m. VIP seating is $50, and general admission is $25. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-824-0664 www.dancingstarsofsjc.com
Dancing Stars of St. Johns County After Party
Enjoy a Dancing with the Stars After Party at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is free. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com
Sunday, July 8
 
Ride the Tide
Join Ocean Extreme Sports for a fun stand-up paddleboard ride on the tide. The paddle will depart from Aunt Kate’s at 9 a.m. to Beaches at Vilano. The group will stay at Beaches at Vilano for lunch. When the tide changes, the group will paddle back along the Intracoastal to Aunt Kate’s. The cost is $60 if rental equipment is required and $25 if you have your own equipment. All participants must have a life jacket, whistle and leash. There will be a mandatory safety meeting 15 minutes prior to launch. Advance registration is required. 612 Euclid Ave., St. Augustine 912-441-2391 www.oceanextremesports.com
Art & Architecture Walking Tour
The St. Augustine Art Association offers its popular Art and Architecture Walking Tour that focuses on the iconic art, architecture and history of the St. Augustine community. In this 90-minute tour, the art historian guide will point out paintings and examples of Spanish, Colonial and Victorian architecture, monuments, murals, public sculptures and stained glass. The tour starts at the St. Augustine Art Association at 10 a.m. The cost is $20. Reserve your space by phone by Friday at 3 p.m. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Family Art Workshop
Vilano Beach Art Programs offers an instructional art session for the entire family at the North Shore Improvement Association Community Center on Vilano Beach. From 2-4 p.m., local artist Sarah Carrigan provides individuals and families with art project instruction to take home. Painting to tie dying, each month a different type of art is featured. Some art supplies are provided. The family rate is $40 for non-members or $25 for members. For individuals, the cost is $20 for non-members and $10 for members, plus the cost of materials (depending on the art). 120 Meadow Ave., St. Augustine 847-899-0808 www.vilanobeachfl.com/a1a-multi-use-trail/14-events/49-art-program
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