St. Augustine calendar of events

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

April 6 - 8: 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 Annual St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival will be serving up scrumptious barbecue and music all weekend long. Admission is between $5 and $10. www.rhythmandribs.net

April 6 - 8: 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. General admission is free. At SeaWalk Pavilion. www.springingtheblues.com

April 6: 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 pm to 9 pm, offering new art exhibits and lively receptions to the public. Free. artgalleriesofstaugustine.org

April 14: Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine. For the weekends bookending National Park Week, the city's iconic national monument will waive its admission fee. During the week, children ages 4-14 can become Junior Rangers at the Castillo to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Located on Matanzas Bay, the coquina structure is the only 17th-century fort in the U.S., with construction having begun in 1672. 8:45 am to 5:15 pm. www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm

April 14 -15: The Makery - Spring Market, Jacksonville. Quality handmade, reclaimed, and vintage items are featured with a focus on fresh, modern design and attention to detail. 11 am to 4 pm. $5 at The Glass Factory, 601 Myrtle Avenue, North Jacksonville, 32204. Pre-sale tickets available at Eventbrite.com

April 18 - 22: 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 100 birding and photography events are featured during the festival. 6 to 8 pm. Tickets range $10 to $109.95. The fest is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road. www.FloridasBirdingandPhotoFest.com

May 4-6: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, St. Augustine. This 23rd annual event celebrates the best in folk and Americana for three days with music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous. Food and drinks are available at the Colonial Quarter's restaurants and beverage sales areas, a jam area, and a children's area that features interactive music making, folk arts and crafts demonstrations, and storytelling. Tickets are $30 for the entire weekend, $20 for either Friday or Saturday alone, and $10 for just Sunday. 33 St George St, St. Augustine, 32084. 904-794-4163. www.gamblerogersfest.org

May 4-6: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Amelia Island. The 55th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival lures thousands of visitors to historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island to celebrate all things shrimp. The event features free admission, nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, children’s activities, contests, pirates and more. Dozens of food vendors will be serving up the tastiest shrimp you can find, prepared every way possible by local non-profit organizations. 102 Centre St. www.shrimpfestival.com

May 4-13: Romanza Festivale Week, St. Augustine. A celebration of art and music in the Old City featuring more than 60 productions and presentations by dozens of 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. www.Romanzafestivale.com

May 8-13: 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. Daily stadium passes start at $20. 904-285-3700. www.theplayers.com

May 18-20: 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 and prices. www.wildamelia.com

May 19: Riding Into History, St. Augustine. Riding Into History, one of America's premier motorcycle events, returns to World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The event features hundreds of classic American motorcycles along the Village's Walk of Champions. Vendors, exhibitors and entertainment included. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10, with all proceeds benefitting K9s for Warriors. 1 World Golf Place. 904-677-9452. ridingintohistory.org

May 24-27: Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jacksonville. Jazz performances in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. This year, enjoy over a dozen live performances including Sheila E and more artists, with multiple stages of entertainment, Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale, and children's educational activities. In downtown Jacksonville on West Duval Street. VIP tickets available. 904-630-3690. jacksonvillejazzfest.com

June 1: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. Held the first Friday of each month, enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at participating galleries, plus great food. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer complimentary shuttle service to most galleries. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 832-779-2781. www.visitstaugustine.com/event/first-friday-art-walk

June 1-2: Drake's Raid, St. Augustine. Sir Francis Drake and his raiders return to the Old City’s historic Colonial Quarter district in downtown St. Augustine during the 29th annual Drake's Raid. A re-creation of the 1586 sack of St. Augustine, the event features re-enactments of the battle between the privateers and the defenders of St. Augustine, a raiders’ camp with crafts and lifestyle demonstrations, and costumed interpreters. Adults $15; seniors $14; children ages 6-12 $9; free for children 5 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday with the re-creation of the sacking and burning to start at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave. 904-824-9823. visitstaugustine.com

June 9: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, the Artrageous Artwalk opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 18 N. 2nd St. 904-261-7020. www.islandart.org 

June 16: Battle of Bloody Mose Anniversary Commemoration, Fort Mose Historic State Park. To commemorate the 278th anniversary of the Battle of Bloody Mose, the Fort Mose Historic State Park invites people to enjoy a day at the park where they can watch living history demonstrations, music and two battle re-enactments. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free. 15 Fort Mose Trail. 904-823-2232. www.visitstaugustine.com

June 21-30: St. Augustine Music Festival, St. Augustine. The 11th annual St. Augustine Music Festival features classical music concerts by musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and international artists.  All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. www.staugustinemusicfestival.org

July 4: 4th of July Concert & Fireworks, St. Augustine. The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. with the All Star Orchestra performing in the Plaza de la Constitucion.  At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay.  Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions.  http://augustine.com/event/fourth-july-fireworks-and-concert

July 7-8: First Weekend Union Garrison, Amelia Island. Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park features history interpreters recreating life at the fort as it was in 1864. Activities may include powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Additionally, soldiers and civilians offer a glimpse into garrison life by taking up duty in the laundry, infirmary, barracks and kitchen. Admission is $6 per vehicle park admission plus $2 per person for entrance to the fort.  www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

July 7: First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose, St. Augustine. Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday each month from 9 tp 11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children's militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. The park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the park is free. Admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person. 15 Fort Mose Trail. 904-823-2232. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 6: First Friday Garden Walk, Palm Coast. Visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on the First Friday of every month for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens. Meet in the garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will last approximately one hour. Admission into the park is $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. 386-446-6783. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 14: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, the Artrageous Artwalk opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 18 N. 2nd St. 904-261-7020. www.islandart.org 

July 14: Bridge of Lions 5K Run, St. Augustine. The annual run across St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions starts at 7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers start at the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in downtown St. Augustine and then run over the Bridge of Lions and through Davis Shores. The race finishes at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. Registration ranges from $35-$25. Free parking is available at the fort until 10 a.m. or at the finish line in Davis Shores. 1 South Castillo Dr. 386-747-3532. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 16-21: Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, Jacksonville. On this 36th annual tournament, professional and amateur anglers and those looking for a fun, family way to spend a week gather in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sister Creek for the largest kingfish tournament in the world. www.kingfishtournament.com

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 24 & 30: Concerts in the Plaza, St. Augustine. This concert series will return for its 28th season, offering free concerts every Thursday in the gazebo of the historic Plaza de la Constitucion. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. 904-825-1004. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 3: First Friday Garden Walk, Palm Coast. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts a garden walk led by a park ranger. The walk introduces visitors to the history and variety of the formal gardens in this unique state park. 10 to 10:45 a.m. $5 per vehicle with up to eight people. 6400 N. Ocean Shore Blvd. 386-446-6783. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 4: Fort Mose Militia Muster and Training, St. Augustine. The Fort Mose Militia bring the 18th century back to life by practicing firing drills and teaching new members historic weapons use and safety. There is also a children's militia training with wooden toy muskets and uniforms. 9 to 11:30.m. Program is free, but park entry is $2 per person; children 5 and under free. 15 Fort Mose Trail. 904-823-2232.

Aug. 5: First Weekend Union Garrison, Fernandina Beach. Re-creation of daily life in 1864 at Amelia Island's Fort Clinch State Park on the first weekend of the month. Activities include artillery and medical demonstrations, soldier drills and re-enactments of daily chores all reenacted by living historians dressed in period costume. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $2.50 per person; children 6 and under free. 2601 Atlantic Ave. 904-277-7274. www.floridastateparks.org

Aug. 11: Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival, Jacksonville. This Caribbean-style fest celebrates the multiple island cultures featuring their music, crafts, foods and a street parade. Adults $10; children under 10 are free. 904-465-1989. 1096 A. Phillip Randolph Park. www.jacksonvillecarnival.com

Aug. 11: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, the Artrageous Artwalk opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 18 N. 2nd St. 904-261-7020. www.islandart.org 

Aug. 26: Sunset Moonrise Tour, St. Augustine. Once a month, the St. Augustine Lighthouse offers moonrise tours, where visitors can enjoy a view of the nation's oldest city, enhanced by the sight of the sun setting behind the city and the moon rising over the Atlantic. Begins at 7:30 p.m. $30, which includes champagne and hors d'oeuvres. 81 Lighthouse Ave. 904-829-0745. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 26: Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail, St. Augustine. Schooner Freedom offers sails on the night of the full moon each month. Visitors can glide along the moonlit waters of Matanzas Bay aboard the 19th century replica ship. Includes complimentary soda, beer and wine, as well as live music. Departs at 8:45 p.m. $40 ($5 cash discount). St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez St. 904-810-1010. www.visitstaugustine.com

Sept. 7: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at several participating galleries. 832-779-2781. artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Sept. 8: Artrageous Artwalk, Amelia Island. Held monthly on second Saturday, to open the doors of some of the island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more from 5-8 p.m. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 904-261-7020. islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk.

Sept. 4: Jerk Food Fest, Jacksonville. The festival invites jerk food lovers to enjoy a weekend with food, live entertainment, a cook-off, eating contests, kid’s zone and a variety of vendors. 2 p.m. to midnight. 2 Independent Drive. 917-301-6045. www.facebook.com/JaxJerkFoodFest

Sept. 22: The Florida Heitage Book Festival, St. Augustine. This annual festival showcases Florida's rich and diverse literary legacy, and welcomes writers and literary fans to Flagler College. Free and open to the public. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://fhbookfest.com

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