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OLD TOWN ART SHOW
March 24-25: The Old Town Art Show will feature more than 100 artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and from throughout the country. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Admission is FREE. Go to www.OldTownArtShow.com for more details.
BLESSING OF THE FLEET
March 25: This is an annual event dating back to St. Augustine’s earliest history, where watercraft of all types, decorated with flags and bunting, receive a 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. The Bridge of Lions closes for the Blessing of the Fleet. Sailing and tall craft from north of the bridge should plan accordingly. St. Augustine Yacht Club – 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, Florida
GREAT CHEFS AT TPC SAWGRASS
March 29: This Northeast Florida culinary competition returns to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach with the area’s best chefs. Diners are served four courses and vote for their one favorite. Guests will also be able to vote for the best cocktail and food truck. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach • Get tickets for the Northeast Florida culinary competition here.
LOVE YOUR MOTHER ECO FASHION SHOW
March 31: Coming to Ponte Vedra Beach for the first time, this fashion show at Marsh Landing Country Club features innovation, imaginative outfits made from eco-friendly and recycled materials. The VIP and sponsor reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. VIP tickets are $250, and general admission tickets are $55. 25655 Marsh Landing Parkway, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 – Visit the Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Website for tickets
ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER PARADE
April 1: The St. Augustine Easter Parade begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1 at the Mission of Nombre de Dios on San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine and heads south down Avenida Menendez. The annual parade featuring horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, and St. Augustine’s Royal Family. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and secure a spot along the downtown streets. For more details, go to www.oldestcityeaster.org/easter-parade.html
ST. AUGUSTINE RACE WEEK
April 5-8: St. Augustine Race Week features multiple sailing events, boat races and youth sailing regattas along the St. Augustine bayfront and near the Vilano bridge. Cruisers, Racers, Big Boats, and Small Boats are invited to participate. The event also include parties, live music, and local food. For more details, go to www.staugustineraceweek.com
RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL
April 6-8: The Rhythm & Ribs Festival features barbecue vendors from across the south, a BBQ competition, live music, a kids zone and Kiss the Pig, a fundraiser for Learn to Read. The festival is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 7; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Hosted by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, all proceeds go to more than 2 dozen local charities and nonprofits. With the help of nearly 200 volunteers, a total of 2,000 hours are volunteered over the weekend. The music schedule will be announced soon. Go to rhythmandribs.net to stay updated.
FLORIDA’S BIRDING & PHOTO FEST
April 18-22: Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest features more than 100 birding and outdoor photography events in St. Johns County and surrounding locations. This festival is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, located 8 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A North. Go to www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com
VILANO FEST 2018
April 20-21: Come one, come all and be the first to lock into the weekend of fun for the Vilano Fest 2018. For details,tickets, or register to volunteer, go to www.vilanofest.com For vendor applications, reach out to Sallie O’Hara at [email protected] or 904-540-0402.
A seaside celebration in the Vilano Beach area will include:
- The SEA TURTLE SOIREE event on Friday brings back for the second year the 1920s themed party on the Vilano pier complete with Ramona’s eight piece band and plenty of food, drinks and partying under covered tents!
- The TOUR OF HOMES event on Saturday brings to the fore the great homes in our community showcased to highlight history, uniqueness and novelty no other community possesses. You will be amazed at this year’s most special treasured stop in North Beach!
- The MUSIC FESTon Saturday now incorporates last year’s Dish n Fish, a day of the area’s finest local musicians with great food and a “slider competition” to wet your palettes!
EPIC FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO
April 21-22: popular event in northeast Florida, the EPIC Flower & Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries and artisans from around the state offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be. Held at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Go to epicbh.org/flower-garden-expo/ for more details.
FEEL THE WHEELS
April 28: Hands-on fun for all ages is available at Feel the Wheels — a static display of service vehicles of all kinds — helicopters, firetrucks, boats, tractors and so much more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the St. Augustine Outlet Mall, off State Road 16 in St. Augustine. Hosted by The Junior Service League of St. Augustine, this event benefits Tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine. Go to facebook.com/FeelTheWheels to stay updated.
ST. AUGUSTINE FAMILY FUN FEST
April 28: A dynamic festival with activities for the KIDS and the KID-IN YOU! Live Entertainment on two stages, activities with law enforcement and military, “Be the Hamster” Snow Cones, Jumperamas, Giant Bubbles, Field Day Events, Human Stress Ball Machine, Photo Booth, Face Painting, DJ Line Dancing, Games, Golf Activities, Fire Trucks, Dunk Tank, Car Smash, Costumed Characters, Live Music Fest, Community Education, Crafts, Raffle Items, Vendors, Food Trucks and MORE! From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Stay updated at facebook.com/StAugustineFamilyFunFest/
A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
April 29: A Taste of St. Augustine will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. This signature food festival serves up tastes from St. Augustine’s well-known restaurants. 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 a 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. The annual Race to the Taste 5K is part of the event. Go to epicbh.org/tasteofstaugustine for more details.
GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 4-6: The Gamble Rogers Music Festival will be held May 4-6 at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine. Four stages will feature local, regional and national groups. The schedule will be announced soon at www.gamblerogersfest.org
ROMANZA FESTIVALE OF THE ARTS
May 4-13: The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is a celebration of art and music in America’s Most Romantic City, featuring more than 60 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city. Many events are FREE and admission is required for the others. Go to www.romanzafestivale.com for more details.
ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 21-23 and June 28-30: The largest, free classical music festival in the U.S., the St. Augustine Musical Festival includes six evenings of world-class music in the Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place, downtown St. Augustine. See more details at www.StAugustineMusicFestival.org