This Week in St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra

    April 21, 2014
Monday – Sunday : April 21-27

Jerusalem at the IMAX Theater - The documentary film “Jerusalem” plays each day through  May 30 at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. This film explores how this small city became such a pivotal part of human history.  Jerusalem is home to some of the most sacred sites in the world for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This IMAX theater features the largest 3D screen in the Southeast.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123

Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience - Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.


El Galeón and Nao Victoria Tour - Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606

“The Colors of Spring” Exhibit - Lost Art Gallery features the colorful works of Darwin Chaves.  Rainbows are the pallet of this Peruvian-born artist.  Rich in color and texture, Chavez paints his favorite beach scenes, streetscapes and gardens in acrylic on canvas. Through April 30. 210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800

Spring Members Show – The St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Spring Members Show features a broad array of artistic styles, media and subjects through April 27. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310

For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast this week, visit Florida’

Tuesday:  April 22

Economic Freedom and Civil Rights – Flagler College Economics Professor Dr. Felix Livingston discusses the economic consequences of discrimination.  Part of the Community Lecture Series, the talk begins at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room of Flagler College.  It will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.  Tickets are $5 each (free for active duty military) and reservations are required.  74 King Street. St. Augustine   904-819-6282

Wednesday:  April 23

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer’s Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007


Todd Snider Live – At 8 p.m. Todd Snider will bring a multi-media show starring the wit, honesty and spontaneity for which he is best known. The event begins with a 30-minute preview of the film East Nashville Tonight — a stoner musical.  Next, Snider will read from his new book “I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like (Mostly True Tall Tales)” to be released April 29th.   He will then take questions and song requests from the audience followed by hits from his Hard Working Americans album and an after show dance party. Tickets are $35 for the 1st six rows and $30 for all remaining rows. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399

Thursday:  April 24

Native American Flute Workshop -  At 7 p.m., Amiro Art & Found hosts Dean Allan Slickis, Director of OM Studios,presenting “The Native American Flute: A Beautiful Experience in Balance and Harmony.” The workshop is designed for the absolute beginner and is limited ton 10 participants.  Advance registration and payment of $40 is required.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine  904-824-8460

Saturday:  April 26

Old City Farmer’s Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheater.  Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733


Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a sein net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500


Fort Mose: The Black Experience in Saint Augustine - Re-enactors present compelling depictions of the black experience in St. Augustine from 1687, when runaway slaves found freedom here, through the dramatic days of 1964-65 when the town’s black residents played a key role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act.  The event is free.  15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine 904-823-2232

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park 25th Annual Earth Day Celebration – Celebrate Earth Day at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy live entertainment, living history re-enactors, environmental group displays, arts and crafts, food and a plant sale. Cast your vote for Best of Show in the photo contest. Earth Day admission to the park is $10 per car. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL 32137   386-446-6780 


A Taste of St. Augustine – This signature food festival at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre serves up exciting “tastes” from over 20 of St. Augustine’s restaurants.  Throughout the afternoon and evening, restaurants will compete for the prestigious TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards, with categories including Best Family Dining, Best Ethnic, Best Upscale and Best Dessert, as well as the ever-popular “People’s Choice,” so make your vote count!  This tasty event takes place from noon – 8 p.m.  Admission to the Taste of St. Augustine is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1 and 5 tickets per taste.  1340C A1A South, St. Augustine 904-829-3295


EPIC Race to the Taste -  Chip-timed walk/run starts at 4:30 the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Pre-race registration is $25 per person. Day of race registration is $30. All proceeds from the Race to the Taste will benefit EPIC Community Services.  Prizes awarded in all age categories. Free admission for runners to A Taste of St. Augustine and the exclusive Runners Village.  1340 A1A, St. Augustine


Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking.  904-823-9263.


The Downtown Bazaar Grand Opening – From 6 – 10 p.m., the Colonial Quarter courtyard hosts an evening filled with fine art, unique artisan crafts, local authors sharing their stories of local lore, live music by studio recording musicians and mystifying magic.  Take a stroll through the quarter or enjoy fabulous food and beverages by the Taberna Del Caballo.  The event is free, including your pets.  33 St. George St., St. Augustine  904-315-7454

Saturday & Sunday: April 26 & 27

Bacon Nation Food Festival – Twenty-five food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and a children’s area featuring a rock wall climb, bungee jump, and face painting are among the attractions at this two-day food festival.  Bacon-related foods featured! The event is from noon to 8 p.m each day at Francis Field in St. Augustine.  29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine  877-963-2529


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Ballet – St. Augustine Ballet in partnership with the Cultural Events Division of St. Johns County presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 2 & 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall or St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399

Sunday: April 27

Lincolnville Farmers Market – Eddie Vickers Park hosts this farmer’s market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! Live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.


23rd Annual Tour de Forts Ride – The North Florida Bicycle Club will host a wonderful bike ride (23-100 miles) on country and coastal roads and along the St. Johns River.  There are both ocean-side and river-side rest stops.  Pre-ride snacks, a post-ride lunch, well stocked rest stops w/mechanical support, motorcycle escorts and roving SAGs are provided. The events and packet pickup will be at Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pky., St. Johns.  Cost of the ride is Members $25; Non-members $40; Weekend-of-Ride $55.   Register online.  904-287-6204


Fromajardis Serenade and Royal Family Tea - Enjoy traditional Menorcan festivities with the Fromajardis Serenade event at 2 p.m. and the Royal Family Tea at 3 p.m.  The Serenade is an ancient tradition brought to St. Augustine by the Menorcans who immigrated here in the late 1700s. Young people sing in hopes of receiving fromajardis — Spanish cheese pastries – in recognition of their talents. The Royal Family Tea offers guests the opportunity to enjoy tea and pastries with the Royal Family– Queen Marianna, King Carlos and Princess Margarita Maria – portrayed by local heritage residents.   Admission is free. Location to be announced. For information call 904-829-2333.


American Girl Doll Tea Party – The Pioneer Barn at the Old Florida Museum hosts an American Girl (TM) Tea Party from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Bring your favorite doll friend for a fun time going back in history.  Experience 3 different historical Florida adventures–Native American, Colonial Spanish, and Florida Cracker Pioneer learning about local history while making a special craft.   Afternoon tea will be served with tea, lemonade and a variety of tea treats.  Children’s Tea Party tickets are $25; tea with a custom historical doll outfit is $40.  Adult tickets for the tea party are $12.  Adults are free if not participating in the tea.  259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine.  904-824-8874


Open Mic Poetry Reading – On the last Sunday of the month, Ancient City Poets hold an open mic poetry reading from 3 – 5 p.m. at City Coffee Company.  Free with donations welcome.  1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine.  904-501-0043


Carlos Santana Concert – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts Carlos Santana, one of the world’s best-known musical signatures and a 10-time Grammy Award winner.  A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights. Tickets range from $59.50 – $139.50. The concert starts at 7 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367


Scott Kirby at the Kingfish Grill – A favorite of Parrotheads everywhere, Scott Kirby is consistently near the top of “most requested performers” on Radio Margaritaville.  His 5 p.m. concert (weather permitting) takes place at Kingfish Grill, 252 Yacht Club Drive, St. Augustine.  904-824-2111

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 Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience Exhibit, and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the 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). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.

For a current list of Florida resident specials, Mid-week vacation packages and other Hot Deals on Florida’s Historic Coast, visit

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at or call 1-800-653-2489.

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