Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America is the signature exhibit for St. Augustine’s 450th Commemoration. As a major component in the celebrations planned for St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary this year. The exhibit opens at the Visitor Information Center on April 4 and runs through October 4, 2015.The Tapestry exhibit explores the impact and interweaving of the three diverse cultures (Hispanic, African, and Native American) on the growth of St. Augustine as a blended society - the very first “melting pot” in America.
Historic Tours of Flagler College
Historic Tours of Flagler College highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, built by Henry M. Flagler in 1888 and listed as a National Historic Landmark. Daily tours are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Extended hours December 15 - 30 have tours departing on the hour from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 active military & seniors (60+), $1 Children (4 -12), under 4 free. Students and St. John County residents are free with ID. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-823-3378.
Mondays thru Fridays
ACCORD Civil Rights Museum
Discover St. Augustine’s role in the struggle for civil rights and the city’s pivotal influence in the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Housed in the former offices of Dr. Robert Hayling who was instrumental in getting Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. to personally participate in the efforts to desegregate the Oldest City, the museum features numerous artifacts and documents relating to the local civil rights movement. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free (donations accepted). 79 Bridge St., St. Augustine. 904-347-1382.
Monday thru Friday
City Walks History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder Tour
Journey through the city’s darkest history and explore the true stories behind bizarre legends on this historic walking tour. Bloody pirate raids & plunders, brutal massacres, deathly plagues, notorious criminals, unsolved murders; this is not a ghost tour. Tickets are $13 (children 6 and under are free). Tours depart at 8:30 p.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
City Walks Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour (21+)
This pub crawl led by your ghost-hunting guide takes you on a spine-tingling crawl not only to enjoy drinks and local lore, but also to explore the bizarre tales of the various haunts along the way. You can even do an investigation of your own with EMF meters & professional ghost-hunting equipment. Tickets are $17 per person; you will receive special discounts and drink specials at each of the haunted pubs visited along the way. Tours depart at 7 p.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087.
Lost Ships Tour at Lighthouse
Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour includes a multi-media presentation with a Lighthouse marine archaeologist and access to areas of the Light Station that are off-limits for general admission visitors. Tours at noon and 2 p.m. daily. Tickets are $19.95 and advance reservations are required. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745.
GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture
This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 - 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office. The series is designed to inform the public about the coastal natural world. The lectures are free and reservations are requested. 9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland. 904-823-4500.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Wooden Boat-building Demonstrations
Traditional wooden boat-building techniques are demonstrated at The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum by the LAMP Boatworks volunteers. Open 9 a.m. - noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Participation is free with admission to St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745.
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market
Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side of St. Johns County Pier Park features 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.
Movies by the Bayfront
Ripley’s brings back their Free Movies on the Bayfront series showing family-friendly movies throughout the summer. The series continues this year starting June 10 until August 5, 2015. Every Wednesday come to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina and enjoy the free movies! Bring a chair or blanket and come out and enjoy this special showing of movies. The Free Movies on the Bayfront series officially begins on Wednesday, June 10 and ends August 5.
Lightner Museum Curator Tours
Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour for participants to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The tour, 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.
Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Plaza will return for its 25th season, offering free summer concerts every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Local and regional musicians perform in the gazebo of St. Augustine's historic Plaza de la Constitucion. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to relax on the Plaza lawn and enjoy these summer evenings filled with music in the heart of historic St. Augustine. Picnic dinners are allowed but alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Plaza. The free concerts begin on Thursday, May 28, 2015, and then continue all summer long on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., concluding on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Admission: Free. Plaza de la Constitucion is located between Cathedral and King Streets in the center of historic downtown. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
The Original City Walks Savory Faire Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Eat, drink and taste your way through St. Augustine’s delicious historic culinary influences on the Original Savory Faire Food Tour. Your Culinary Guide explains how certain foods made their way to the New World as you are presented with a special
selection from the chef at each hot-spot for food, friends and fun. $49 per person; additional boutique wine pairing package available for $19 per person. Tours depart at 1:30 p.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Sunset Cruise on the Osprey (Adults Only 21+)
Take a 90-minute cruise aboard the Osprey and get a from-the water perspective of St. Augustine landmarks. BYOB and snacks or get an appetizer from the Kingfish Grill. Tour departs from Dock A-19 behind the Kingfish Grill. Tickets are $39 per person. 252 Yacht Club Drive, St. Augustine. 904-322-7194.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Dolphin Safari - Eco & Scenic Tour on the Osprey
Cruise along the wetlands for 90 minutes aboard the Osprey and watch for coastal birds, manatees, dolphins and much more! Tour departs from Dock A-19 behind the Kingfish Grill. Cruise is for ages 3 and up. Tickets are $34 per person. 252 Yacht Club Drive, St. Augustine. 904-322-7194.
West African Drum Circles
On the third Thursday of every month at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, the West African Drum Circles of St. Augustine welcomes guests to an evening of music and community. The goal of the West African Drum Circles of St. Augustine is to promote unity through rhythm and music. People of all musical interests and of every skill level are welcome to attend and play on whatever percussion instrument they choose. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and lots of enthusiasm. Dancer-hoopers and fire spinners are welcome at the event. The group supplies additional drums and other hand-held percussion instruments for anyone who wants to join in. Admission: FREE. From 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. The St. Augustine Beach Pier is located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach.
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 Old Town Trolley Tours provides transportation throughout downtown for the art walk. 832-779-2781.
Every Friday and Saturday
Paranormal Investigations: Inside the Old Jail
10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
The Old Jail has been featured on the Sci-Fi Channel series Ghost Hunters and is listed on the Florida and National Registers of Haunted Places. Guided paranormal investigations take place every Friday and Saturday night from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Jail is located at 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. For more information and to make reservations, call (904) 671-5010.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Through the Keyhole
Victorian spiritualism immersion. Learn to read tea leaves, master pendulum dowsing with angel cards and talking spirit board. Afternoon sessions at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday are $35 per person. Keyhole After Dark is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday priced at $40 per person. Sessions take place above the Spice and Tea Exchange, 59 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 904-671-5010.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Historic Weapon Demonstrations at Castillo de San Marcos
National Parks Service volunteers and personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in the 1740s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; Children 15 and under are free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. daily.
Every Third Saturday
Nocatee Farmer's Market
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This free family-friendly event has over 80 local vendors selling everything from produce, crafts, jewelry, herbs, unique foods and more. Free face painting will be available for the little ones, along with bounce house. 245 Little River Rd., Ponte Vedra.
Old City Farmers’ Market
Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733.
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour
St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. offers a free historic walking tour at 4 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine’s historic role in black history and events leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087.
GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike
The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. take 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 with paid admission to the Reserve. 904-823-4500.
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas
From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116.
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration
Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier. Activities are from 3 p.m. - dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402.
GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike
Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC). There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500.
City Walks Pet Friendly Tours
Bring Fido to join City Walks for a free Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine’s office. Pets must be leashed and reservations are required. 4 Granada, St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087.
Second Saturday Plant Sale
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts their monthly plant sale from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Regular park entrance fee 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.
Guided Beach Exploration Guana South Beach
Join GTM Research Reserve Docents from 8:30 - 10 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee. 1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500.
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour
Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine.
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 seine 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.
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 Ave., between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking. 904-823-9263.