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St. Augustine calendar of events

Travel to St. Augustine and take advantage of these great events in the surrounding area.


April 3: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. The Art Galleries of Saint Augustine founded and sponsors the award-winning First Friday Art Walk event on the first Friday of every month. Galleries open their doors from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., offering new art exhibits and lively receptions to the public.

April 5: Old City’s Easter Parade, St. Augustine. The Easter Bunny, St. Augustine’s Royal Family, marching bands, drill teams, clowns, the city’s carriage horses and floats make appearances during the Old City’s Easter Parade on April 5. The parade kicks off at the Mission of Nombre de Dios at 3 p.m. and winds its way through downtown St. Augustine. For information, visit

April 10-12: 20th Annual St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival, St. Augustine. If you are looking for a treat for your taste buds and ear candy too you may wish to check out this one: The 20th Annual St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival will be serving up scrumptious barbecue and music all weekend long on April 10-12. Admission is $5 (children 13 and under are free).

April 10-12: Jacksonville International Boat Show, Jacksonville. Largest in-water boat show in the region. The hottest boats and boating accessories will be on display along with live entertainment, fresh seafood and a riverfront tiki bar. You will also enjoy an antique boat display, Nautical Signal Flag decoding hunt and a Maritime History display. At Metropolitan Park and Marina. Adults $12 and children are free. 904-673-0093.

April 17-19: George's Music Springing the Blues, Jacksonville Beach. Bring the entire family to celebrate blues music and the arts at this three-day oceanfront event. Named one of the top 50 Music Festivals in the World by Downbeat Magazine. It features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. At SeaWalk Pavilion.

April 22-26: Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest, Ponte Vedra Beach. This annual event shines the spotlight on Northeast Florida’s abundant bird life and natural beauty. More than 110 birding and photography events are featured during the festival. The fest is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road. For details, visit

April 25: Taste of St. Augustine, St. Augustine. A Taste of St. Augustine has grown to be the city’s premiere outdoor food festival, conveniently located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on A1A South. This signature food festival serves up exciting “tastes” from over 20 of St. Augustine’s famous 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”, for more information visit


April 30-May 3: World of Nations Celebration, Jacksonville. Celebration of rich cultural traditions and unique heritage of people from around the world, where you can experience the cuisine, artistry and customs from lands near and far. At Metropolitan Park. Admission $5. 904-630-3690.

May 1-3: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach. The Pirate Parade is the kick-off event for the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Includes stage performances, putt putt tournament, blessing of the fleet, best decorated boat contest and more. In downtown area.

May 1-3: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, St. Augustine. This annual event celebrates the best in folk and Americana for three days with music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous. On Friday, during the Old City’s First Friday Art Walk downtown St. Augustine galleries will host festival performers. A stage will be set up at the city marina at the base of the Bridge of Lions, and on Saturday and Sunday performers will take the stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340 A1A South. A variety of tickets, packages and passes is available. 904-794-4163.

May 5-10: The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach. One of golf's biggest events played annually at Northeast Florida's stunning Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Tournament begins on Tuesday with practice rounds. Thursday, Round 1 of tournament play begins leading up to the big finish on Sunday to see who will take home the crystal trophy. Events, including The Players Downtown Experience, are scheduled throughout the region. Admission, parking fees. 904-543-7446.

May 8-17: Romanza Festivale Week, St. Augustine. A celebration of art and music in the Old City featuring more than 50 productions and presentations by more than 30 organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and more at locations throughout the city. Many of the events are free; admission is required for others and prices vary.

May 15-17: Wild Amelia Nature Festival, Amelia Island. Educates residents and visitors about the bioregion, and encourages stewardship of the area's natural resources. Started by a group of residents who realized that Amelia Island's unique position of being almost surrounded by State and National Parks made it the perfect place for a nature festival. Includes kids activities, live music and more. Wide variety of tours and outings offered, ranging in price.

May 21-24: Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jacksonville. Jazz performances in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. This year it is a street festival featuring a jazz club atmosphere with multiple stages of entertainment, Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale, children's educational activities and more. In downtown Jacksonville on West Duval Street. Free admission; smaller ticketed events. 904-630-3690.

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