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A Taste of St. Augustine 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
A Taste of St. Augustine is the annual outdoor food festival featuring “tastes” from over 30 participating St. Augustine restaurants. There will also be live music all day long for the 2015 event, and a special children’s area. EPIC Behavioral Healthcare produces the event annually, and all proceeds go to this community-based non-profit organization.
This is the 20th annual “A Taste of St. Augustine,” and this event has quickly become one of the city’s premiere annual offerings. Visitors can sample delicious tastes from the area’s restaurants and then vote on their favorite one for each category from Best Ethnic, to Best Family Dining, and the coveted “People’s Choice” award.
New this year will be the Taste Academy, which will begin on Wednesday, April 20, and continue through Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Academy will offers education opportunities to learn about local food sources, St. Augustine’s rich culinary history, and local food trends. Classes and demonstrations will take place at various sites throughout St. Johns County. To learn more about the Taste Academy as details and schedules are firmed up, visit here.
Vacationers and locals can taste the day away at this fun, family-friendly outdoor festival. A specialRace to the Taste 5K will raise money for epic and give runners free access to the festival with their registration. There will be live bands performing all day long.
Details of participating restaurants and entertainment for the 2016 event are to be announced. Below are details of the participants from the 2015 event:
Participating Restaurants in Last Year’s Event (2015)
- The Raintree
- The Reef
- La Cocina
- Avilés Restaurant & Lounge
- Salt Water Cowboys
- South Beach Grill
- Scarlett O’Hara’s
- Creekside Dinery
- Growers Alliance Cafe & Bakery
- San Sebastian Winery
- Redfrog & McToad’s
- Barnacle Bill’s
- Luli’s Cupcakes
- The Hyppo Cafe
- Falafel Queen
- Toucan Tina Snack Bar
- Black & Blue Grill
- Bold City Brewery
- Bonez Smokehouse
- Casa Maria Mexican Restaurant
- Hong Kong Cafe
- Starbucks Coffee
- Villagio Italian Grille
- Papa John’s Pizza
List of Special Discounts Available at Last Year’s Event (2015)
Attendees to Taste of St. Augustine can enjoy discounts to these attractions and businesses:
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
- St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall
- Red Train Tours
- Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure
- Fort Menendez
- St. Augustine Pirate Museum
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm
- Colonial Quarter
- Ghost Tours
- City Walks Savory Food Tour and Historic Pub Crawl
Admission: $5 per person and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1 and 5 tickets per taste.
When? Saturday, April 23, 2016, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where? The St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
All proceeds from A Taste of St. Augustine benefit EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. EPIC Behavioral Healthcare was established in 1973 as a community-based non-profit organization. Licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, EPIC was created to provide substance abuse prevention, intervention, outpatient treatment and aftercare services.
14th Annual Birding & Photo Fest
April 27 – May 1, 2016 at Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR
Now in its 14th year, Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest has gained international acclaim among nature lovers and photography enthusiasts, with attendance growing every year. Headquartered at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve, the event runs from Wednesday, April 27, to Sunday, May 1, 2016, and features more than 140 events, classes, and outdoor excursions this year.
Each day is jam-packed with activities, with a variety of field workshops on birding and nature photography each day. The nature tours this year include sunrise and sunset outdoor adventures and everything in between. Specialized tours focus on photographing wildlife at beaches, from boats, and even from horseback.
Photography classes range from beginners-level lectures on digital asset management and basic Photoshop or Lightroom skills to advanced seminars on digiscoping techniques and much more.
The opening reception speaker this year will be Mac Stone, a fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and the keynote speaker will be renowned wildlife photographer Charles Glatzer.
Speakers and Presenters
There will be 20 speakers and presenters at the 14th Annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest, including Nick Athanas, Joe Brady, Pablo Cervantes, Desiree d’Sylva, Vinny Collucci, Maxis Gamez, Charles Glatzer, Roy Halpin, Glenn Hastings, Stephen Ingraham, Kevin Karlson, Jackie Kramer, Roman Kurywczak, Kevin Loughlin, Mike Matthews, Tim McEver, Jack Rogers, Mac Stone, and Brett Wells.
Numerous programs will take place throughout the festival including kayaking excursions, boating excursions, birding and walking excursions as well as several events at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Each day offers events throughout the day, beginning at dawn and continuing through the evenings. Some of the presentations are free, but classes and excursions vary in price from $20 to $125.
2016 Photo Contest
Every year, Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest sponsors a photo contest for all participants. They offer monetary prizes for 1st – 3rd places as well as a People’s Choice award. The deadline to get photos in for the contest is Friday, April 8, 2016. Please visit here for contest details. A Young Birders photo contest is also offered for anyone 17 or under. The submission deadline is the same (April 8, 2016), with a parent’s or guardian’s permission.
There is a one-time fee of $25.00 per person to register. All classes, workshops, and activities have their own cost, which is listed on the schedules. All participants are required to pay the registration fee in order to be placed on the 2016 festival guest list (any persons who have not pre-registered will be required to do so on site).
When? Wednesday, April 27 – May 1, 2016. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 27, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., and the keynote & dessert reception will be on Saturday, April 30, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Both receptions will take place at the Pioneer Barn at 259 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine FL 32084. Individual events will take place throughout the area; visit the festival website for complete information.
Where? The festival is headquartered at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve, located at 505 Guana River Rd. in Ponte Vedra Beach, about ten miles north of historic downtown St. Augustine.
For more information on this event please call (904) 209-4422 or visit here.
The GTM Research Reserve is dedicated to the preservation of an unspoiled and undeveloped natural treasure, supporting a vibrant ecosystem and subsystems. Sea turtles, land tortoises, porpoises, manatees, roseate spoonbills, North Atlantic right whales … all these and many more live here year-round or are seasonal visitors.
Gamble Rogers Music Festival
Friday thru Sunday, April 29 – May 1, 2016 at Colonial Quarter
The annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival celebrates Americana music with over 50 national, regional and local acts performing over the weekend of April 29 – May 1, 2016. The Festival is dedicated to commemorating the life and music of Gamble Rogers, and how his passion for balladry, storytelling, and the oral tradition have shaped American folk music. This is the 21st Annual Gamble Rogers Festival.
Festival details and schedule of performers for 2016 are still to be announced. Traditionally, the festival begins with a headliner concert on Friday evening, followed by two full days of great music on multiple stages, along with plenty of food and drink, a jam area, and more. A children’s area features interactive music making, folks arts and crafts demonstrations, and storytelling, making the event ideal for families.
When? The weekend-long music events takes place from Friday to Sunday, April 29 through May 1, 2016.
Where? The Colonial Quarter is located at 33 St. George Street, in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district.
For more information on this event please call (904) 794-4163.
About Gamble Rogers: Gamble was born in 1937 and was the son and grandson of prominent architects in Florida, but he chose to be a musician instead. He blended music with dialogue and storytelling to captivate any audience he came before. Gamble inspired many artists, including Jimmy Buffet, to expand their capacity for storytelling and their musical talent will follow. Gamble first gained national attention as a lead singer and guitarist, both acoustic and electric, for the band the Serendipity Singers.
He introduced and verbally set the stage for their songs when they appeared on television shows such as “The Tonight Show,” “Hootenanny,” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He soon moved to a solo career where Gamble earned much acclaim and appeared on talk shows across the country, hosted numerous music specials, and continued to play his whimsical, spellbinding music. At the age of 54 Gamble passed away trying to save a drowning man at Flagler Beach in Florida. He is remembered today through the Gamble Rogers Memorial Foundation and the Gamble Rogers Music Fest.
2016 Romanza Festivale
Friday, May 6 – 16, 2016
The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 6 – 15, 2016, the nation’s oldest city will be jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more.
The Romanza Festivale includes nearly 100 events and exhibits (many of them free) that showcase St. Augustine’s historical and cultural heritage. Performances, tours, and a variety of activities happen daily in many locations throughout the city. Romanza means romance, and this is the fifth year the Romanza Festivale will bring the talents of the arts community to the forefront to express their love affair with St. Augustine.
Highlights of this year’s Romanza Festivale include a wide variety of historic and culinary tours each day, as well as the Romanza Procession, the Changing of the Guard, and the opening Dixieland jazz concert on Saturday May 7. There will even be an opportunity (on May 2 and 15) to learn a new game — petanque, pronounced “pay-tonk,” which is one of the world’s most popular boules game and a favorite in St. Augustine’s sister city of Avilés in Spain.
This year’s Romanza Parade will be led by Chad Light, our local representative from 16th-century Spain, in his role as Pedro Menendez, and will feature dancers, re-enactors, and more, all marching to the beat of the Jaguars’ Drumline.
The First Friday Art Walk on May 6 will be the prelude to the Romanza Festivale and the first event in the visual arts category. On the first festival weekend, “Art on Aviles Street” will feature plein-air artists painting and sketching outside on this historic street on May 7 and 8. The St. Augustine Art Association will host a new exhibition entitled “Clay, Canvas, Collage, Cutting Edge,” which will also be free and open to the public on select days of the festival.
On May 10, visitors can get a closer look at the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation’s Spanish Colonial Shipyard at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
Events in the category of live theater will include dramatic performances of Lee Weaver’s “The Box” at the DOS Coffee and Wine and A Classic Theatre’s production of “Sweet Emmaline” at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center.
The Festivale’s opening musical concert will feature the River City Rhythm Kings in a free concert at Government House on the Plaza. This concert will set the stage for nine days of musical presentations, including two series of free concerts. “A Little Night Music” will feature some of St. Augustine’s finest local musicians and will take place in the evenings at the Colonial Quarter. In addition, free afternoon concerts, The Romanza Chamber Music Series, will be presented at the Ancient City Baptist Church.
On May 7, the Romanza Festivale will present an eclectic sampling of the art of dance with “The Kaleidoscope of Dance” at the Lewis Auditorium, and on May 13, the St. Augustine Orchestra will perform their signature spring concert in the Lightner Museum Courtyard.
Romanza is sponsored in part by the St. Johns Tourism Development Council, the State of Florida, the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
With almost 100 events this year, Romanza boasts a varied and tightly-packed schedule. To learn more about Romanza in general, including information on the full lineup for the ten days of the 2016 Festivale, visit here.
Great American Burgerfest
Friday – Sunday, May 20 – 22, 2016 at Francis Field
- The Great American Burgerfest 2016 will take place over the weekend of May 20 – 22, 2016, at Francis Field in St. Augustine.A celebration of the all-American burger, the festivities will include live music, best burger contests, arts and crafts, a kids zone, more than 75 exhibitors and food vendors from all over the southeast, and, of course, burgers and more burgers!This event promises to be a great addition to St. Augustine’s roster of spring festivals. Details on musicians and other activities are still to be determined. Check back here for more information, or visit the Great Amerian Burgerfest website here.Admission: $5 for adults, while kids 12 and under are free.When? Friday – Sunday, May 20 – 22, 2016.Where? Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine.
Ongoing Events in St. Augustine:
Music by the Sea 2016
Wednesdays from 6 – 9 p.m., May 11 – October 12, 2016 at St. Johns County Pier
The Music by the Sea series presents its 14th season in 2016, with concerts beginning on May 11, 2016, and continuing each Wednesday evening through October 12, 2016. This annual summer music and food celebration features local bands and performers paired with local restaurants to entertain visitors and promote St. Augustine Beach.
This exciting concert series will feature a different delicious restaurant at each concert event along with a different local performer. Music by the Sea concert series is a family-friendly event and a favorite thing to do among locals during the summer in St. Augustine. Guests can purchase a dinner plate from the sponsoring restaurant and kick back and relax while enjoying some great tunes
Music by the Sea concert series takes place every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the St. Johns County Pier on St. Augustine Beach. The live music schedule for 2016 is below. The roster of restaurants for each night is still being firmed up as of March 1, 2016. We’ll update the schedule as the information comes through.
Admission: Free entrance to the event and ticket price for meals is $10 or less per person.
Where? St. Augustine Beach Pier located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
When? Every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. from May 11 through October 12, 2016. Food is served at 6 pm and the music starts at 7 pm.
Visitors can bring beach chairs, a cooler and dancing shoes. Sponsors for the 2015 Music by the Sea Concert Series included Longstreet Auto, Reunion Bank, Camping World RV, Flagler Hospital, and Diane’s Natural Market. Sponsors for the 2016 season will be posted soon. For more information, please call (904) 347-8007 or Visit Here.
|MUSIC BY THE SEA 2016 SCHEDULE|
|May||5/11/16||Outta Sight Band with Rotageezer||Variety|
|5/18/16||Maggie Baugh Band||Country|
|5/25/16||Duffy Bishop Blues Band||Blues|
|June||6/1/16||Take Cover||80s, Rock, & Pop|
|6/15/16||Mid-Life Crisis||Oldies, Classic Rock|
|6/22/16||Catch the Groove||Jazz, R & B|
|6/29/16||Chillula||Pop, Dance, Reggae|
|July||7/6/16||Billy Buchanan & Free Avenue||R&B, Pop|
|7/13/16||Jimmy Parrish & The Waves||Trop Rock|
|7/20/15||Mr. Natural||Classic Rock, R&B|
|7/27/16||The Grapes of Roth||Rock|
|August||8/3/16||Committee?||Dance, Pop, 80s|
|8/10/16||Spanky the Band||Classic Southern Rock|
|8/17/16||Amy Alysia & Soul Operation||Motown, R&B|
|8/31/16||Those Guys (25th Anniversary)||Classic Rock|
|September||9/7/16||JW Gilmore Blues Band||Blues|
|9/14/16||Ain’t 2 Proud|
|9/21/16||Rob Peck & Friends||Southern Rock|
|9/28/16||Go Get Gone or NAVY Band — TBD||TBD|
|October||10/5/16||Music By the Sea All Star Band||Almost anything|
|10/12/15||NAVY Band or Go Get Gone — TBC||TBD|
Lightner Museum Curator’s Tour
First Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at Lightner Museum
The Lightner Museum offers special Curator Tours on the first Wednesday of every month. Led by Curator Barry Myers, the tours feature a behind-the-scenes look into some of the unique treasures in the Lightner Museum’s eclectic collection.
The tours give visitors a chance to learn more about some of the Lightner’s most unusual relics and collections and about museum curatorship in general. Topics range from new acquisitions to in-depth appraisals of particular collections. Call (904) 824-2874 to learn more about the tour offered each month.
Admission: The tour is included with regular admission, which is $10 for adults, $6 for active-duty military, $5 for college students and youth ages 12 – 18, and free for anyone under 12. Donations are appreciated and will be accepted after the tour.
When? The First Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.
Where? The Lightner Museum is located at 75 King Street in downtown St. Augustine.
First Friday Art Walk:
On the first Friday of every month, St. Augustine’s art galleries welcome visitors to browse the latest art exhibits and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment at some 30 participating galleries.
This cooperative open house showcases the amazing variety of artwork represented in St. Augustine’s fine art galleries, from contemporary to traditional and everything in between, created by local and national artists working in oils, pastels, photography, ceramics, wood, textiles,
First Saturday of Every Month:
GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike
The first Saturday of each month at 8:30am take a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The programs are free with paid admission to the reserve.
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas
From 10:30am until 3:30pm, authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish Cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration
Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier. Activities are from 4:00pm – dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Road, St. Augustine.
Last Saturday of each month – Uptown Saturday Night
Uptown Saturday Night takes place along San Marco Ave. on the last Saturday of each month. Art galleries, antique stores, and unique shops between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open to showcase their products, serve delicious refreshments and more! There’s live music, artists, special showings, and much more at this favorite, local event.When? From 5 – 9 pm on the last Saturday of each month.
Where? Up and down San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Admission: FREE event.
Parking is available streetside and at the Mission of Nombre de Dios’ parking lot. The Mission is located at 27 Ocean Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32084. Call (904) 824-3152 for additional details.
Every Wednesday: Farmer’s Art & Craft Market
Farmer’s market located at the Ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Anywhere from 70 vendors participate each Wednesday morning year round, rain or shine from 8am – 12:30pm. Join the fun and shop local!
First Wednesday: Lightner Museum Curator Tours
Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10:00am on the second floor of Lightner Museum. Regular admission is $10.00 adults, $6.00 for active duty military; $5.00 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the San Sebastian Winery
The San Sebastian Winery’s Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz and Blues Bar is a roof-top venue with exquisite views of the historic downtown area and the Matanzas River. The rooftop bar at Sebastian Winery is open every weekend, rain or shine!
The Cellar Upstairs features fantastic live music, a delicious variety of appetizers, San Sebastian wines, specialty wine cocktails and over 20 imported and domestic draft or bottled beers for the visitor’s weekend relaxation pleasure. Visitors can bring their family and friends out for a wonderful weekend at the Winery. All ages are welcome, no reservations are needed and there is no cover charge at the door.
The live music is scheduled from 7 – 11 p.m. on Fridays, from 2 – 5 p.m. and again from 7 – 11 p.m on Saturdays, and from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information on the Cellar Upstairs and the schedule of performers, call (904) 826-1594
Saturday’s – The Old City Farmer’s Market:
Offers visitors a variety of goods like local, fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, baked goods, plants directly off the farm, freshly-caught seafood (when in season), cheeses and more!The farmer’s market makes for a morning of family-friendly fun with live entertainment on select dates and more.
This market is a great way to shop the huge variety of local vendors and merchants who handcraft their wares, or cultivate the produce.Visitors can come by and experience Northeast Florida’s finest organic produce and enjoy a variety of amazing handcrafted items!
Where? St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080.
When? Every Saturday morning from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
For more information on this event please contact the Old City Farmer’s Market athttp://staugustinefm.com/ or call the Amphitheatre at (904) 209-0367