Join one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries – plus, great food courtesy of the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.
Enjoy a day of sand castle building, scavenger hunts, nature walks, and other fun family activities. This day of fun has activities for everyone, starting with a scavenger hunt and ending with a spectacular sandcastle/sculpture contest. There will be interpretive programs given by one of our park rangers, a Bird Walk, our famous “Low Tide Bike Ride”. Prizes will be awarded! Activities take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle for up to 8 people and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information, please call 904.461.2035 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia.
Relive history as the English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, and his raiders return to St. Augustine in an authentic re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city. Open to the public, the raiders’ camp at the Fountain of Youth Park features displays of the arms and armor, craft skills, and lifestyles of the period explained by costumed interpreters. In the late afternoon, Drake and his followers will descend on the city’s historic district. At 7 p.m., the battle will begin on Orange Street at the Santo Domingo Redoubt. For more information, please call 904.829.9792 or visit www.FloridaLivingHistory.org and for a cool video of last year’s raid, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPa9QElZkF0 .
Bring the entire family to Marineland’s Dolphin Conservation Center for an afternoon of fun and games. From 1 to 4 p.m., enjoy kid-friendly food, beverages, games, crafts, educational activities and DOLPHINS. From noon to 1 p.m., Captain Don Dingman, host of the Hook the Future TV show, will present interactive sessions designed to show young people how to become responsible anglers. Admission is FREE for children age 12 and under and $2 for adults Half of the admission costs will be donated to the Dolphin Conservation Field Station, For more information, go to www.marineland.net or call 904.471.1111.