ST. AUG FEST
Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids’ zone, and special motorcycle parking at Francis Field in St. Augustine. Fest hours are Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person (proceeds benefit the St. Augustine Police Department’s Benevolent Organization). For more information, call 904.545.7570.
FLIGHT TO FREEDOM
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., re-enactors in period clothing will tell the story of Fort Mose during “Flight to Freedom,” the saga of the first Underground Railroad that brought runaway slaves to freedom in Spanish Florida. One of the 25 events highlighting the 75th Anniversary of Florida State Parks, the event will also feature drumming, storytelling and colonial weapon demonstrations. A free trolley shuttle service will be available from the ‘Old Jail’ located at 167 San Marco Avenue. Regular park admission fees of $4 per carload of up to eight people or $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist apply. For more information, call 904.823.2232.
TORCHLIGHT TOUR OF FORT MATANZAS
Re-live history by torchlight at Fort Matanzas National Monument. The tours depart by boat from the park’s visitor center at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30, and 8:15 p.m., and are led by re-enactors portraying Spanish soldiers of the 1740s on duty at the fort. Each tour will include a spectacular nighttime cannon firing! Tickets are available at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $7, children three and under are free. There are no ticket refunds unless the event is cancelled. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.471.0116 or visit www.nps.gov/foma .
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
A favorite end-of-the-month event, Uptown Saturday Night takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the last Saturday of every month in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District, St. Augustine. Galleries, antique stores and unique shops between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open during this special time. Meet-the-artists, book signings, live music, refreshments and other events contribute to the party-like atmosphere. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING for Uptown Saturday Night. The event is sponsored by the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association. Please call 904.824.3152 for more information.
MARINELAND’S FAMILY FUN DAY (SUNDAY FEB 28)
Admission is free throughout the day at the Dolphin Conservation Center at Marineland. From 1 to 4 p.m., special family friendly activities will be featured including music, face painting, arts and crafts, hand-on science, pirate magician and puppets, and lots of dolphin presentations. Marineland is located at 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, (A1A South) approximately 17 miles south of St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.471.1111 or go to www.marineland.net.
Experience sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine – the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast provided by San Sebastian Winery, light refreshments from The Reef, and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue in St. Augustine. The fee for the event is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required – call 904.829.0745. For more information about the lighthouse, go to: www.staugustinelighthouse.com.