Chowder, Art, Evil Haunts and More this Weekend

26th ANNUAL GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6
Satisfy your passion for great seafood at the Conch House Marina’s celebrated annual Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 area restaurants come together to compete to see who has the best chowder.Everyone can be a judge and savor an almost limitless variety – from local favorites like the Menorcan chowders to an assortment of New England chowders – made with clams, conch, lobster, scallops and crab and laced with secret concoctions of herbs and spices. The event starts at noon and runs throughout the day. All proceeds benefit the Shriner’s Hospitals for Crippled Children. The Conch House Marina is located at 57 Comares Avenue. For more Information, call 904.829.8646.  

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4
Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries.  Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk.  Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m.  For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visitwww.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

FIRST FRIDAY BOOK SIGNING – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4
Get artsy and literary at the same time at this Meet-the-Author event. Visit Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine, to meet author Dennis Smith, Jr. to find out about his new book The Trilogy of Swamp Hattie – the most evil ghost to ever haunt Florida’s Historic Coast. 904.238.8900.  

 FIFTH ANNUAL EVERYWOMAN’S ART FESTIVAL – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind art created by female artists from throughout the region.  Features original paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, beaded and semi-precious stone jewelry, glass art, hand-poured soaps and candles, beach kitsch, pet items and much more.  The festival is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.  For more information, call 904. 669.2260 or go towww.everywomansart.com.

FIFTEEN & FOREVER EXPO – FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4-6
Come learn about the most unique sites and services available for your Quincienara or Wedding on Florida’s Historic Coast. This exciting Expo highlights the romantic settings of the Nation’s Oldest City and the surrounding seaside venues as well as the many companies that offer services that make Florida’s Historic Coast a favorite location for these lifetime celebrations. Admission to the entire three-day Expo is $25 per person, and includes the Friday night reception at 7 p.m.; on Saturday the tour of ceremony and reception sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Fashion Show at 7 p.m. at Lightner Museum; and the Sunday Expo which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine.   Admission to just the Sunday Expo is $10 per person. For more information about the Fifteen and Forever Expo, call 800-814-7529 or go to www.FifteenandForever.com