Our Welcome Center, Stop 20, is temporarily closed. The St. Augustine Ghosts & Gravestones boarding location has changed temporarily to the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 1305 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. These changes will remain until the construction of our new Welcome Center at 27 San Marco is complete (Spring 2019).
Let us help get your friends and family acquainted with your town. St. Johns County residents can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest with Hometown Pass!
The annual event that re-creates the famous bloody pirate raid on St. Augustine in 1668. This deadly raid was led by Robert Searle when he and his crew laid siege upon the city and its inhabitants. The procession that commemorates the arrival of the raiding pirates and introduces this annual event will begin at the Cathedral Basilica at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and will proceed north on St. George Street to the Santo Domingo Redoubt on Orange Street. The Searle’s Sack encampment will take place on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Visitors can see colonial St. Augustine in action at this living-history camp, where there will be period demonstrations with weapons, clothing, and equipment, as well as reenactments of camp life and social activities.Events in the historic district are free. The encampment at the Fountain of Youth is free with regular park admission: $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (60+), $9 for children ages 6-12, and free for toddlers 5 and under.The event begins with a downtown procession at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2. The encampment at the Fountain of Youth is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. On Saturday at 4:30 p.m., the reenactment of the battle takes place in the historic district.The procession on Friday and the battle reenactment on Saturday begin around the Plaza de la Constitución in the center of St. Augustine’s historic district and proceed north on St. George Street, ending at the Santo Domingo Redoubt on Orange Ave., just across from Potter’s Wax Museum. The encampment during the day on Saturday is at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, which is located at 11 Magnolia Ave. in St. Augustine.
2018 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival
This heritage three-day festival celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and the sights, sounds and tastes of the ancient Celtic peoples of Scotland and Ireland. Celtic clans from around the world come to show their ancestral pride, athletes demonstrate their strength at the Highland Games, and Celtic music rings out throughout the weekend. Vendors as well as local downtown restaurants offer up Celtic cuisine and handmade crafts, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the streets of the nation’s oldest city. Friday, March 9: Whiskey Tasting at 7:00 p.m. in the VIP Tent at Francis Field. The tasting event is $45 per person and features seven premium brands of Irish and Scotch whiskeys for visitors to sample. Saturday, March 10: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday at 10:00 am. The St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual celebration of the Emerald Isle’s most revered saint. Festival gates at Francis Field open at 11:00 am and live entertainment begins at 12:00 pm. Entertainment will be held on two stages. Sunday, March 11: Gates open at 10:00 am and the festival ends at 7:00 pm. Throughout the day, live entertainment will be on the main stage at Francis Field as well as on a secondary stage.
8th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
The parade route follows the bayfront to the Bridge of Lions, takes a right down Cathedral Place, and returns to its origin via Cordova Street. The parade is a spectacle of floats, marching bands, pipes and drums, horse-drawn carriages, military units, local community groups, and more. This is the only St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida. The parade marshals for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be announced as we get closer to the holiday. This event is part of the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival.
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South
Brad Paisley will take the stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with special guest Chase Bryant. Paisley is touring as a continuation of his “Weekend Warrior World Tour.” With 11 studio albums and 24 No. 1 singles under his belt, Brad Paisley is well known in country music circles. Paisley’s 2017 album, Love and War, debuted at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The album’s lead single is “Today” which peaked at number three on the Hot Country charts. Paisley has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001 and has won three GRAMMY awards for his work. Chase Bryant grew up around country music with family members having worked with top acts in the country music scene. One of his most well-known tracks is “Take It On Back.” His latest single is “Hell If I Know.” Admission: $134.49 for Seated Pit, $104.49 for Level 100, $74.25 for Level 200, $64.49 for Level 300, and $34.49 for Obstructed view. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Mike and the Mechanics
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents English pop/rock group Mike + The Mechanics in concert on Wednesday.Mike Rutherford, guitarist, bass player, and songwriter with Genesis, formed Mike + The Mechanics in the mid ‘80s, along with Paul Young of Sad Cafe and Paul Carrack of Ace. Their self-titled debut album in 1985 included two Top Ten hit singles: “Silent Running” and “All I Need Is A Miracle.” In 1988, Mike + The Mechanics released The Living Years, followed by Word of Mouth in 1991, Beggar on a Beach of Gold in 1995, and M6 in 1999. In 2014, the group celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of The Living Years. With the addition of vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, guitarist Anthony Drennan, keyboardist Luke Juby, and drummer Gary Wallis, Mike + The Mechanics released Let Me Fly in March of 2017.Ticket prices are $73.00 for Rows A through M and $63.00 for all remaining rows. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.