5th Annual Fiesta de Aviles, First Friday Art Walk, Sunset Celebration, Datil Pepper Festival – and MORE

October 1, 2014

October 1 – 31

Shop Pink – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the St. Augustine Outlets will sell $2 Shop Pink and Save cards offering discounts of up to 30% at participating merchants. All proceeds from the sale of cards will go to local charitable women’s organizations. 500 Outlet Blvd., I-95 & SR 16, St. Augustine. 904-826-1052 www.staugoutlets.com

 

Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast – More than 20 outstanding restaurants offer “Chef’s Choice prix fixe three course dining showcasing their chef’s talents and the rich culinary heritage of Florida’s Historic Coast. Intriguing lodging options and enticing cultural events combine with this special dining promotion to make October an exciting and flavorful time to visit St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. www.HistoricCoastFlavors.com

Wednesday – Sunday: October 1- October 5

Educator Appreciation Days at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – The original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! hosts Educator Appreciation days for teachers from Sept. 2 – Oct. 19. Teachers are admitted free of charge and guests receive a 50% discount on tickets at this popular St. Augustine attraction. 19 San Marco Avenue. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
 

Wednesday – Saturday: October 1 – October 4

Courtney Asztalos: Bourbon Street Exhibition – From 6 – 9 p.m., the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College hosts the opening of artist Courtney Asztalos’ exhibition titled “Bourbon Street.” The exhibit features photographs, screen grabs and an artists’ book that explores the mysterious histories and alluring tourism of New Orleans. The exhibit will be open through October 18. The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellerthttp://bit.ly/1sLlQZc
Hand, Voice and Vision Exhibition – Artists’ books by 36 artists published over 30 years by the Women’s Studio Workshop are featured at the new exhibit at The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College. The exhibit, open through October 18, is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential book artists in America. The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530   www.flagler.edu/crispellert 

Wednesday:  October 1 

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the oceanside St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007
 
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 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum.   Regular admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 

Thursday:  October 2 

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum “An Evening with the Harns” – at 7 p.m.,The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum hosts an evening of Victorian culture at the grand opening of their newest exhibit “At Home with the Harns.” Indulge in a delicious meal re-created from the January 1888 menu at the Hotel Ponce de Leon. History comes alive with keynote speaker, Ed Bearss, and an exciting silent auction is included. Tickets $125 non members; $100 members and can be purchased on the Lighthouse website. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

 
Author Larry Baker at Flagler College – St. Augustine resident and award-winning author Larry Baker discusses his latest book, “The Education of Nancy Adams.” His presentation is part of Flagler College’s Writers-in-Residence program. The author of four novels, Baker is best known for his “Flamingo Rising” that was adapted as a Hallmark TV movie. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at the college.   Admission is free. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8582  

Thursday – Sunday:  October 2 – 5 

The Addams Family at The Limelight Theatre – The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family at the Limelight Theatre.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164  www.limelight-theatre.org  

Friday:  October 3 

First Friday Art Walk  – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries). Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys, provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk. 832-779-2781  www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org 

Meet the Treasure Hunters – From 6 – 8 p.m., The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Mark Anthony, a treasure diver and collector known worldwide, and founder of St. Augustine’s ‘Treasures by Mark Anthony’. To have an item appraised by Anthony, send a photo of it along with a brief description to tracy@thepiratementmuseum.com in advance. The event is free. 12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 877-467-5863  www.thepiratemuseum.com 
First Friday at High Tide Gallery – As part of St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk, meet coastal artist and surfing legend Patrick Madden and copper metalsmith Cristina Zandomenego from 5 – 9 p.m. at High Tide Gallery.   Patrick shows and discusses his work while Cristina displays and answers questions about her popular jewelry line. Refreshments served and the evening includes a raffle of a large Steve Ryder painting. 51-A & B Cordova St., St. Augustine. 904-829-6831 www.TheHighTideGallery.com

Friday – Sunday: October 3 – 5

5th Annual Fiesta De Aviles – Celebrate St. Augustine’s Old Town Spanish heritage and art on Aviles Street — the oldest street in the nation. The event kicks off on Friday evening with a special First Friday Art Walk featuring Aviles Street artists. The Fiesta features live music, costumes, art exhibits and a special running of the “bulls” along Aviles Street on Saturday. The next day is Sangria Sunday featuring a sangria competition with the public voting for their favorites. Activities are from 4 – 10 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Aviles Street Merchants Association. 904-377-0198.  

 

13th Annual Tactile Art Show & Thread to the Past: 1855 St. Augustine Bayfront Quilt – First Friday Art Walk grand opening reception for this popular show at the St. Augustine Art Association features “touchable” art created in partnership with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Exhibit runs through November 2. Plus, The Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild rolls out a panoramic interpretation of St. Augustine’s 19th century harbor. This collaborative quilt celebrates St. Augustine’s 450-year old artisan traditions. The free gallery reception is 5 – 9 p.m. on the 3rd. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

Undisclosed: Photographs from the Hidden Lightner Hidden Exhibition – For the past two years, photographer Theresa Segal has explored the historic Lightner Museum’s restricted fourth floor: 44 small rooms that were the servants quarters of the Alcazar Hotel, but now make up “the best attic in the world,” says Segal. This new exhibition, which runs through January 2, features a selection of 20 of her photographs that chronicle the museum’s hidden, stored collections.   Regular museum admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4 p.m.) 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874  www.lightnermuseum.org 

Saturday:  October 4 

First Saturday Living History Day at Ft Matanzas – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., 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. 904-471-0116  www.nps.gov/foma
 
5K Pink Up the Pace 5K Walk/Run – Pink Up the Pace raises money to assist local uninsured and underinsured residents in the early detection of breast cancer and to increase public awareness of teh importance of early detection. The St. Augustine 5K Walk/Run and the age 14 and under 5K Walk/Run start at 8 a.m. from Francis Field located behind the Downtown Historic Parking Facility. Awards presented to the top three finishers in nearly 20 age categories, plus awards for first place male and female. Registration is $25 each for adults and $20 age 14 and under — register online via the event website. 10 South Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.   www.pinkupthepace.com
 
Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

First Saturdays GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike – The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. features 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.   There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500  http://gtmnerr.org 

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – A celebration of a spectacular sunset across the bay featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway.   Activities are from 4 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402  www.vilanobeachfl.com

 
World Golf Village Golf Festival – Celebrate everything that makes the game of golf great at this inaugural event at World Golf Village. This free event is from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and includes free admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame, free golf movies (Caddyshack, Happy Gilmore and Tin Cup) at the IMAX Theatre and opportunities to meet Hall of Fame members Gene Littler and Doug Ford. Throughout the day, a Closest to the Pin contest with prizes takes place at the Hall of Fame Challenge Hole. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests can play Wii Golf on the Museum’s big screen and kids can enjoy activities based on the Science of Golf. The free Demo Day at the Slammer & Squire begins at 10 a.m. and includes representatives from PING, Nike, Titleist, Callaway, Oakley and TaylorMade. From noon to 1 p.m., the Grand Champions will conduct an interactive golf clinic at the driving range followed from 2 – 5 p.m. with a free golf experience at the Slammer & Squire with advanced tee boxes and expanded (8-inch wide) golf holes. (Tee times are free, but space is limited and must be reserved in advance.) The PGA Tour Academy will be onsite with a series of free, unique golf challenges. From 3 – 6 p.m., The Academy will host a Women’s Clinic featuring instructor Anne Cain, women’s golf fashions and a wine tasting. Plus, the day will feature live music, food trucks, bounce houses and beginner golf activities. One World Golf Place, off I-95 exit 323, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123  www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

Saturday – Sunday: October 4-5
Datil Pepper Festival and Cook Off with Home & Garden Show – Annual celebration of the spicy little Datil Pepper! On Saturday, local restaurants participate in a cook off of recipes using the datil pepper. Judging 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.on Sunday. Vote for your favorite pepper delight. Tickets are $1 each. The Home & Garden Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday. 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., St. Augustine 904-209-0430

Sykes and Cooper Farms Corn Maze – This award-winning nine-acre maze is sure to get your family pumped up for fall — there’s even a Spookley the Square Pumpkin maze for the kids. Located on SR 207 in Elkton, Sykes-Cooper Farm features a nine-acre corn maze, hayrides, a playground, and farm animals to see and meet. Through October 26, hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $9, seniors and active military $7, children 2 and younger admitted free. 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton.  http://sycofarms.com  

Sunday:  October 5 

Discover the Birds at Anastasia State Park – Led by an Anastasia State Park volunteer, this fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels. From 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one. Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill Pavilion. The program is weather permitting and included in the regular admission of $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4/single-occupant vehicle, and $2/bicyclist or walker. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 

 
EMMA Concert Performance – The Italian Saxophone Quartet with Piano will perform at 2 p.m. at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. They are four of the most established saxophone soloists in their field. Tickets are $30 adult, $5 student and children. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
 
Widespread Panic Concert – Southern Rock jam band Widespread Panic performs at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Featuring a loose, rootsy brand of Southern rock infused with jazz and blues textures, the band has sold more than three million records and established grassroots following. Tickets range from $39.50 to $47.50. The concert starts at 6 p.m. (gates open 5 p.m.) 1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367  www.staugamphitheatre.com 

Local Resident Specials 
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden School House, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tourand the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery and St. Augustine Distillery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed). During the Month of September 2014, Old Town Trolley Tours are free to St. Johns County residents. Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489.