Historic Tours of America’s Hometown Pass Month
All residents of St. Johns County and the city of Palm Coast and the Villages can ride the Old Town Trolley for free during the month of September. Also included: Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum Experience, Potter’s Wax Museum and the St. Augustine History Museum. Sign up for free at Hometownpass.com. Must present proof of residency of St. Johns County, Palm Coast or the Villages. Offer excludes Labor Day Weekend.
Parent’s Night Out at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Let the Alligator Farm entertain your kids in a safe and educational environment while you and yours have a night on the town. The event at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park takes place 6-10 p.m. for youth ages 5-12. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $30 for non-members and $25 for members.
St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival returns for its 6th year with fine Spanish wine and food to benefit local charities. All events of this year’s festival take place at the St. Augustine Shipyard. The events include the Cava Reception and Dinner Friday at 6 p.m., Cochinillo Asado, Spanish pig roast Saturday at 5 p.m., Batalla de Vino, wine fight Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and Grand Tasting Sunday at 2 p.m.
Feel the Love 5K
The Feel the Love 5K starts at the St. Johns County Pier at 8 a.m. The race route takes runners on a flat course through St. Augustine Beach neighborhoods and ends at the pier. Registration ranges from $25-$35. Proceeds from the race benefit Swamp Haven Rescue.
This day honors the 452nd anniversary of the Pedro Menéndez landing in St. Augustine. The event will take place at the Nombre de Diós Mission grounds, 27 Ocean Ave., and Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave. At 10 a.m. at the mission, a re-enactment of the landing will take place. Then, a Catholic Mass will be held on the mission grounds. Next, there will be a re-enactment of the First Thanksgiving at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. From 1-5 p.m., there will be living history demonstrations at the park. General admission into the Fountain of Youth is $15.
Ponte Vedra Auto Show
The annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show returns to Nocatee Town Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring collectors’ cars competing to win prestigious trophies. Local food trucks will be at the show serving lunch and beverages. Admission and parking are free.
The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs in partnership with Florida Living History’s volunteer historical re-enactors commemorate the 452nd anniversary of the first militia mustering of America’s original citizen soldiers in 1565 and the birthday of the U.S. National Guard. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Florida National Guard’s headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks. Admission is free.
This free event celebrates the Lincolnville community, established in 1866, and features live music and dancing, food and drinks, local vendors and fun activities for youth. Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Taste of the Beach
This year’s Taste of the Beach takes place noon-6 p.m. at the St. Johns County Pier Park. More than a dozen local restaurants will compete for prizes in four categories - best appetizer, best entree, best dessert and people’s choice. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available. Also, there will be live music. Satellite parking is available at City Hall and Ron Parker Park in St. Augustine Beach along with a free shuttle for event patrons.
Changing of the Guard
See history come to life when 18th century Spanish soldiers march down 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.
National Public Lands Day
To commemorate National Public Lands Day, a day that promotes enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands, admission into the Castillo de San Marcos is free. The park is open from 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.