What’s Happening On Florida’s Historic Coast

This Week in St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra, Florida Fun, events, tours, concerts, theatre, farmer's market

February 1, 2016
Monday – Wednesday, February 1 -3
Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens at the IMAX Theater
The IMAX at World Golf Village presents the latest Hollywood film “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.” A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983). 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
Monday – Friday, February 1 – 5 
Krysten Cunningham Exhibit at Crisp Ellert Art Museum
LA-based artist Krysten Cunningham’s art explores woven textiles as a sculptural subject. This new exhibit, titled “Layout,” probes the relationship between text and textile and includes sets of over-sized industrial fabricated bookends paired with hand-woven textiles. The exhibit is open during regular museum hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530
Tuesday, February 2
Marineland GTM Beach Walk
The GTM Research Reserve presents a free, guided walk along the beach at Marineland. The hike focuses on where the restless sand comes from and where it’s going in its refusal to just stay put. Learn about coquina rocks, dune flowers, seabirds, shells and the humble gopher tortoise. The 90-minute hike begins at 9 a.m. Watch for the temporary event sign posted on the west side of A1A at the south end of Marineland. Reservations requested. 9741 Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland. 904-823-4500
Villa Zorayda Behind the Scenes Audio Guide Tours
Every Tuesday morning at 9 and 9:30 a.m., experience a special docent “Behind the Scenes” and self-guided audio tour of St. Augustine’s Villa Zorayda. Participants get to visit rarely seen areas of the museum and learn about both the past and future of Villa Zorayda. Highlight of the tour is the never-before-seen “Tower of the Princesses” located on the third floor. Reservations are suggested. Adult admission is $19.95; children ages 8-12, $9; (not recommended for children under age 7). St. Johns County residents receive a $5 discount. 83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887
Theater of the Mind: Storytelling – St. Augustine’s Scots-Irish Heritage
Theater of the Mind: Storytelling presents a plethora of tales and tunes concerning kilts, bagpipes, shillelaghs and the wearing O’ the Green in St. Augustine. The Backintyme, the musical duo of Frank and Mary Lee Sweet, are sure to please music and story lovers alike.  The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Limelight Studio Theatre.  General admission is $10. Free off-street parking. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-471-0179
Moon Taxi at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Alternative rock band Moon Taxi performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Hailing from Nashville, the five piece group formed in 2006 and has since amassed more than one thousand shows, released two albums and appeared on late-night TV shows including Conan and the Late Show with David Letterman. The show begins at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7. Tickets are $17 advance general admission standing room only; $22 day of show. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399

Tuesday – Saturday, February 2 – 6
Stephen D. Anderson Artwork at Limelight Theatre
Visually-impaired artist Stephen D. Anderson exhibits his rendering of St. Augustine’s architectural heritage with unique perspective and vibrant, brilliant, unexpected color at the Matuza Main Stage area inside Limelight Theatre.  His works may be viewed from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 – 5 p.m. Saturday. Show-goers also can view his works during performances of “The Grapes of Wrath. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164
Wednesday, February 3 
Coquina Rock Beach Walk
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the beachside parking lot of Washington Oaks State Park for a guided tour of the second largest outcropping of coquina rock on the Atlantic Coast – birds, plants and shells included. Tour included in regular park admission of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783
Lightner Museum Curator Tour
Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum. Regular admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874
Thursday – Saturday, February 4 – 6
Hal Higdon: The Running Life Artist Exhibition
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts “This Running Life”, a solo exhibition with works by artist member Hal Higdon. The exhibition will be held at the Cultural Center Annex Gallery located at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Admission is free. Open Thursday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed daily from 1 – 2 p.m. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399
Thursday – Sunday, February 4 – 7  
The Grapes of Wrath at Limelight Theatre
Enjoy this production of John Steinbeck’s family classic The Grapes of Wrath. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $26; $24 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164
Friday, February 5  
First Friday Garden Walk
Join a park ranger for a walking tour exploring the history and beauty of the formal gardens at Washington  Oaks Gardens State Park.   The 10 a.m. tour is included in the regular park admission of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783
First Friday Art Walk
From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries). Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk. 832-779-2781
Warm Winter Wonders at Plum Gallery
A new collection called Warm Winter Wonders opens at St. Augustine’s Plum Gallery. Featuring artists Cindy Capehart, Joe Segal, Jeanne Hollington, and Reed Dixon, the newly-displayed works include wonderfully colorful paintings and wood sculptures focusing largely on the natural world. The opening is 5 – 10 p.m. 10 Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0069
Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6
Under the Streetlamp at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
See cast members for the Tony-Award winning Jersey Boys and other musicals live in concert performing as members of Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest vocal group. They perform an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook from the 1950s through 1970.The show begins each evening at 8 p.m., doors open at 7. Tickets are $59 for the first 8 rows and $49 for all remaining rows. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399
Friday – Sunday, February 5 – 7
Poetry of the Body; Figures and Faces Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association
The St. Augustine Art Association presents its annual figurative exhibit, “Poetry of the Body.” The show runs through February 28. This juried show highlights interpretations of the human form rendered in any style or media to lend personality to this expressive exhibit.” Admission is free. The gallery reception is 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday. Gallery hours are noon – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 2 – 5 p.m. Sundays. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310
Saturday, February 6
GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike
The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. features a Guided Cultural 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. The programs are free. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500
School of the 16th Century
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park steps back in time as the Historic Florida Militia’s Men of Menendez teach visitors a wide array of 16th century life skills. Learn how to fire crossbows, muskets and cannons. Find out all about clothing, cooking and other domestic tasks. Learn the importance of religion by practicing a small portion of the rosary in Spanish. (Instruction in useful Spanish insults also included.) Plus, soap making, rowing, sword fighting and much more! Admission to the 16th century encampment is free. Admission to the park is $15 adults, $14 seniors, $9 children 6 – 12 applies (local discount available). 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168
VIP All Things Chocolate Tasting Tour
Take an indulgent walking tour of St. Augustine’s historic district and experience the most unique chocolate selections that the oldest city has to offer. Led by a licensed, professional guide, the tour explores delicious chocolate in all forms including wine, sauces, toppings, dips, desserts and much more at culinary venues and “foodie” hot spots. This 2-hour tour departs at 1 p.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine office. $79 per person, reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087
Premier of A Legacy of Faith: The Sisters of St. Josephs St. Augustine 
This documentary about the Sisters of St. Joseph’s 150 year anniversary in St. Augustine tells the story of the role the Sisters have played in the foundation and growth of the Roman Catholic Church in 19th century Florida and Georgia. With their Motherhouse in St. Augustine, Florida, the Sisters of St. Joseph are women who, seized by God’s love, work in collaboration with others to bring union and reconciliation to our world. WJCT proudly presents the premier of this documentary at 7 pm. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is $10 per adult or 2 for $15/ 3 for $20 and 4 for $25. Family pass for 5 to 12 guests is $25 904-824-9100
Mardi Gras Party at the Pioneer Barn
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez during a fun filled evening that features great food including Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken Andouille Gumbo and King Cake accompanied by live entertainment. The celebration takes place from 6 – 9 p.m. and is a benefit for the St. Augustine Easter Celebrations. Tickets are $40 per person. 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.
Astronomy Program at Washington Oaks
Join a park ranger at 6:30 p.m. for a fascinating look at the night sky. Observe stars, planets and satellites from the beach at Washington Oaks State Park. Bring binoculars for a better look, but no telescopes needed. Program included in regular park admission of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783
Gamble Rogers Concert Series: Brother Brother and Mike Lagasse
The Gamble Rogers Concert Series hosts Brother Brother with Mike Lagasse at the Loman Auditorium at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).  Enjoy a mix of alternative, bluegrass, and roots infused original music played on acoustic instruments. Tickets are $20 at the door (if available) or $15 in advance. Purchase online at, or at Music Matters, Simple Gestures, The Bead Chick or by calling 904-794-4163. 9505 Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland.
Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7 
Fountain of Youth: Cherokee History Presentations
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., native Cherokee historians describe how their people interacted with the local Timucua for centuries before the arrival of Europeans. The presentations take place in the living history village of Seloy at the Fountain of Youth Park. Park admission is $15 Adults, $14 seniors, $9 Children 6 – 12 applies (local discount available). 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168
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