ST. AUGUSTINE'S ANNUAL RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL
Celebrates delicious barbecue, music and good times, with live entertainment and local chefs competing for the best BBQ. The 2017 festival will take place Friday through Sunday, March 31 – April 2, 2017, at Francis Field. Admission: Ticket prices are $10 per person on Friday or Saturday and $5 per person on Family Day Sunday. Under 16 and active military with ID are admitted free. Price for veteran with ID is $2. All tickets are available at the gate only - no advance ticket sales. Ride wristbands will be available for $20 on Friday and Saturday and for $15 on Sunday. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Francis Field is located behind the parking garage at 25 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine.
Spud Run and Cabbage Crawl
The Spud Run Challenge features a 5K, half marathon and 1-mile Cabbage Crawl that begins at 7:30 a.m. in Hastings. The event benefits opportunities and programs for agricultural education. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place in numerous age classes. The cost to register on race day is $70 for the half marathon, $35 for the 5K and free for the kids fun run. Races begin at the HHS Community Building in Hastings. For complete details including preregistration, course maps and more, visit the website.
EPIC Celebration of Spring Annual Flower & Garden Expo
Growers, educational seminars, nurseries and artisans from around the state offer gardeners everything they need to make spring bloom. The expo takes place Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center.
Miniature Marks Exhibition
This is a juried exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association. The exhibition features 2D and 3D pieces that are no larger than 12 inches, including the frame. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday noon-4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Woman’s Exchange Spring Luncheon Series
The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine’s luncheon series features shopping and lunching with friends. The history of the luncheons date back to the late 1940s when the city’s hotels and tourist homes reopened after World War II to winter visitors. The luncheons include a full meal with dessert, coffee or tea, plus a $5 gift certificate to be used for shopping that day on a $10 minimum purchase. Guests may bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with lunch. Reservations must be made by phone or in person. The cost is $30. Lunch is served at noon and shopping begins at 10:30 a.m.
Masters Weekend at the Hall of Fame
Visit the Hall of Fame during Masters weekend and enjoy learning about Hall of Fame members who are past Masters Champions. Watch the tournament throughout the museum. Snap a photo with Masters memorabilia on display and share them on social media with #GolfHOF. On Thursday through Saturday, the museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; on Sunday it is open noon-6 p.m. General admission is $20.95.
Annual Honors Show
New works by “the best of the best” are featured in this juried exhibition, which honors award-winning artists from the past three years at the St. Augustine Art Association. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday noon-4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Run for Peace 5K
This 5K race begins at 8 a.m., and the course is fast, flat and fun. The race starts in front of the St. Johns County Pier Park and takes runners through scenic beach neighborhoods and then back to the pier. This race benefits the Betty Griffin Center. Registration ranges from $15-$25.
Festival of the Chariots
The Festival of the Chariots, also known as RathaYatra, is a timeless festival that celebrates an invitation to the Lord of the Universe to enter our hearts. The festival takes place at 10 a.m. in the historic downtown area of St. Augustine. The Festival of the Chariots includes a downtown procession and festivities in the Plaza de la Constitución. Cathedral Pl. and St. George St.
Chocolate Datil Pepper Eating Contest
Head over to Hot Shot Bakery and feel the heat as locals and visitors alike compete to be this year’s star on the Wall of Flame. The Datil pepper is St. Augustine’s hot little pepper that has been a part of the local culinary scene for hundreds of years. The competition starts at 11 a.m.; contestants need to arrive by 10:30 a.m.
Dish N Fish
Dish N Fish is a new culinary tourism event in the Vilano Beach Town Center. This event is a collaborative fundraising partnership with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and Vilano Beach Main Street to raise awareness of the coastal community and area dining. The event features a chef competition among high school culinary students in a program called ProStart. Five teams from around the area will compete under the guidance of master chefs. The dish of the day will feature ceviche prepared in a variety of recipes. Ten additional restaurants will have seafood and shrimp dishes available for purchase. Samples will be offered. Area wine distributors and craft beer makers will offer tastings. The event is noon-8 p.m. There is a $5 entrance fee for adults; children under 15 are free. Tasting meals are $15.
Old Town Art Show
The Spring Old Town Art Show is a juried art and craft show consisting of artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and throughout the country at Francis Field. At the show, you’ll find jewelry, pottery, abstract sculptures, hand-woven fashions, photography, paintings, woodcarvings and many more unique treasures. Admission is free. The event is Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Blessing of the Fleet
This is an annual event dating back to St. Augustine’s earliest history, where watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft, all decorated with flags and bunting, receive this special blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine along the Plaza de la Constitución to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.
Crescent Beach Easter Sunrise Service
Greet the Easter sunrise at Crescent Beach. The program, presented by Crescent Beach Baptist Church, begins at 7 a.m. on the beach with special music and an inspiring message.
Experience the annual presentation of this famous Easter Parade featuring horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, the Easter Bunny, and St. Augustine’s Royal Family. This year’s Grand Marshals are NFL’s place kickers for the Kansas City Chiefs, Cairo Santos and Philadelphia Eagles, Caleb Sturgis. Both Santos and Sturgis graduated high school right here in St. Augustine. The parade begins at 3 p.m. at the Mission Nombre de Dios, goes down San Marco Avenue and along Avenida Menendez. The parade lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Trophies will be presented in four categories.
Taste Academy 2017
The Taste Academy offers a variety of educational opportunities to learn more about local food sources, giving guests a backstage pass to learn from local food artisans and chefs. The academy offers food enthusiasts the opportunity to delve deeper into our area’s culinary culture. Each workshop takes place at participating locations around St. Augustine. Workshop guests also receive free admission to A Taste of St. Augustine, a celebration of local food, local breweries/wineries and local music on April 22 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
VIP Gallery Art Stroll & Tasting Tour
Enjoy St. Augustine’s art and history with a licensed, professional tour guide on this intimate, entertaining VIP walking tour. During this 2.5-hour tour, you will learn how St. Augustine’s art, architecture and culture are juxtaposed to create one of the most unique old world cities. You will visit several different galleries and meet the curator. You’ll also enjoy culinary tasting stops for wine and light tapas. This exclusive tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from Tour Saint Augustine where guests will enjoy complimentary wine and chocolates at check in. Tickets are $25 per person. Advance reservations required.
5K Run for K-9s United
Join this 5K run and one-mile fun run on Saturday. This race is in its second year and is a fundraiser for K-9s United. This event is open to runners and walkers of all levels. In addition to the race, there will be post-race activities for the entire family, including a K-9 demonstration. Service Dogs only, please. The 5K starts at 8 a.m., and the fun run is at 9 a.m. The cost is $23 for the 5K and $16 for the fun run.
Earth Day Celebration
This celebration takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and features environmental exhibitors and vendors, children’s section, local dance groups, Wild About Birds display, live music featuring The Wildshiners, food, plant sales and much more.
5K Race to the Taste
This race starts and ends at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with the course going through Anastasia State Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The race begins at 10:30 a.m., and registration for the race is $25 in advance; $30 day of race. Race registration includes free admission into the Taste of St. Augustine.
A Taste of St. Augustine
This signature food festival at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre serves up tastes from St. Augustine’s famous restaurants. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the area’s best restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes. 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. Everyone gets to vote. There will be children’s area with fun activities including crafts and face-painting as well as live music throughout the day. Admission is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1-5 tickets per taste.
Changing of the Guard
At 6 p.m. see history come to life when 18th century Spanish soldiers march down St. Augustine’s St. George Street from the Colonial Quarter to the Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum where they perform authentic military drills before firing an exciting volley of musketry. The event features the St. Augustine Garrison.
4th Annual St. Jude Miracle on the Bayfront Gala
The St. Jude Miracle on the Bayfront Gala will provide a gourmet dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, live and silent auction, and an opportunity to meet local St. Jude patients and hear their stories. The event will take place at The White Room at 6 p.m. Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest
Florida’s Historic Coast is spreading its wings to present another great year of birding and outdoor photography. The 2017 Birding & Photo Fest will feature the return of festival favorites, world-class photographers along with new professionals and instructors who will offer technical training opportunities and more birding in-field programs than ever before. As always, festival participants will benefit from insights and instruction from a collection of upper echelon international nature and wildlife photographers, a group that continues to solidify Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest as one of the premier events in North America. The event takes place at the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center.
This event, benefiting the Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, celebrates fun, family and food for kids of all ages at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine. The event features food trucks, live raffle, live music and entertainment. There will also be a fire truck, police car and helicopter to climb on/in along with 12 jumperama inflatables. Admission is $5 adults; $3 seniors and military; youth 12 and under free.
Under the Sea Second Chance Prom
The Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club is hosting this event from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Sawgrass Country Club. The event features food, beverages, dancing, contests, silent auction, and, of course, the king and queen of the prom. Tickets are $60.
A Great Gatsby Affair
Escape from normality and satisfy your tender curiosities of all things magical in a magnificent evening of true luxury at A Great Gatsby Affair from 7-11 p.m. at the Lightner Museum. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest 1920s attire. The event features music, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 per couple or $55 each.
Tour de Forts Classic
The North Florida Bicycle Club brings you a one-day event designed for all road cyclists, the Tour de Forts Classic. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at St. Augustine High School; packet pick-up is available at 6:30 a.m. Ride in the footsteps of history on coastal roads past the Castillo de San Marcos to Fort Matanzas. On the longer routes ride through farmlands, the Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail and along the St. Johns River. Take your pick of five routes: 25, 37, 56, 70 and 100 miles. The club will provide pre-ride snacks, rest stops stocked with food, water and Gatorade, marked routes, maps, mechanical support, SAGs, motorcycle safety escorts and a post-ride lunch.