Foodie Adventures, Art Exhibits, Sailing, Storytelling, Kayaking, Florida Heritage Book Festival, Star Party, AND THE FORT IS FREE SATURDAY!

Monday – Sunday : September 23 – 29

Savory Faire First Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tour – Throughout September, the original “foodie” historical adventure tour Savory Faire explores fascinating, little-known facts about the First Thanksgiving in St. Augustine! The city was founded on September 8, 1565, and on that day a Feast of Thanksgiving was shared between the Spaniards and native Timucua Indians.  This special 2-1/2 hour tour features tastes of the city’s cultural heritage.  Tickets are $49.  Reservations are required. 904-825-0087 www.staugustinecitywalks.com 
 
Ordinary People – This exhibit is a colorful, folksy presentation featuring some of
St. Augustine’s first colonists. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the
St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr. www.StAugustine-450.com 
 
St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Fall Members’ Show – St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Fall Members Show features a broad array of artistic styles, media and subjects. 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

Monday – Wednesday:  September  23 – 25

Wizard of Oz 3D – Relive the timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow with the re-release of “The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience.” Tickets are $13 adults; $12 seniors/students/military and $10 children 3-12. Check the website for show schedule. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com 

Monday – Friday: September 23 – 27

Ignorance is a Choice Art Exhibit
– Artist Donny Miller’s Ignorance is a Choice exhibit on display at St. Augustine’s space:eight Gallery. Donny’s unique graphic style of pairing seemingly benign images with witty declarations about humanity is as much philosophic as it is artistic. Ignorance is a Choice runs thru September 27. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838   

www.spaceeight.com

Monday: September 23

www.staugustineecotours.com
Sunset sailing aboard Sirenia! – A 2-hour journey into the estuary surrounding the nation’s oldest city with views of St. Augustine’s historic bayfront as a romantic sunset colors the sky. The Captain will do the work or let you try your hand at sailing, otherwise you can relax as the world passes you by. Special rate: $45 per adult. Tour time is 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine.

Tuesday: September 24

A Dark & Stormy Night, III at the Limelight Theatre – The Tale Tellers of St. Augustine present Theatre of the Mind: Storytelling at the Limelight Black Box Studio Theatre. “A Dark and Stormy Night, III” is one of the Tale Tellers most popular shows and begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Limelight Theatre. General admission is $10; group rates available in advance. 11 Old Mission Ave, St. Augustine. 904-829-8711 taletellers.org

Wednesday:  September 25

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Features selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine.  904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com 

 
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 – Live concert with the Navy Dixie Land Jazz Band playing dixie land music takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.   Admission is free and local restaurant Sunset Grille will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   350 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org

Thursday – Saturday: September  26 – 28

Florida Heritage Book Festival –  Florida’s rich and colorful literary heritage is celebrated at a series of workshops, presentations and readings. Meet award-winning authors, fellow book lovers and publishing professionals. Literary legend John Jakes will be honored at the festival’s Literary Legends Awards banquet. Admission is free to Saturday’s book festival at Flagler College in St. Augustine. The two-day Writers Conference will be held Thursday and Friday at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. The Convention Center will also be the location of the Literary Legends banquet. 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. 904-940-0194 www.fhbookfest.com

Friday: September  27

Sunset Kayak Fun! – Slip into a stable tandem kayak as the heat of the day diminishes and gives way to comfortable evening conditions. This guided tour leads participants into a tranquil estuary habitat as the sun begins to drop behind historic St. Augustine. Observe herons and egrets settle into the quiet marsh for their evening rest. Enjoy scenic views of the St. Augustine bayfront as the evening lights shimmer upon the river. The tour is from 5 -7 p.m. and costs $40 for adults and $35 for ages 6-12. Reservations are required. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

Friday and Saturday: September 27 & 28

National Estuaries Day at GTM Reserve – The GTM Reserve hosts a two-day celebration kicking off with a Star Party from 6 – 10 p.m. on Friday. Bring the family and look up at the beautiful night sky to learn about stellar navigational history. Continuing Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. families can explore how estuaries have shaped northeast Florida’s human history. There will be food, facepainting, fishing, hiking, biking, gardening and a plant sale. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 www.GTMNERR.org

Saturday & Sunday: September  28 & 29

Sports Fans Vittles and Vino VIP Carriage Tour!  – Show your pride and catch a ride! Show your team spirit by wearing your favorite college team’s colors on Saturday and your Favorite NFL team’s colors on Sunday during these cheerful 3-hour food and wine carriage tours through St. Augustine. The all-inclusive food and wine carriage tours start from 100 St. George Street, Suite E, at 2 p.m. each day.  904-325-3911 www.thetastingtours.com

Saturday: September 28

Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. 
904-471-3733.   
 
National Public Lands Day 20th Anniversary – Anastasia State Park will host several activities from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.   These include beach & trail clean up, water, quality monitoring, geocaching and a display from the St. Johns County Beekeeping Association. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 
 
Living History Days at Fort Mose – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., volunteers in period clothing offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past at the site of the first, legally-sanctioned, free black community in the United States. Program is weather permitting.   Admission to Fort Mose State Park is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. 15 Fort Mose Trail St. Augustine. 904-823-2232  www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
 
Free Admission: Castillo de San Marcos –  In honor of National Public Lands Day, admission to the Castillo de San Marcos is free.Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. The Castillo de San Marcos overlooks Matanzas Bay in historic St. Augustine.  1 S Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.NPS.gov/casa  
 
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour– St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine’s historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com 
 
Uptown Saturday Night –  From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Ave. between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE parking. 904-823-9263

Sunday: September 22

“Check, Please” at the Raintree Restaurant – A theatrical performance of “Check, Please” combined with great dining create a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment.  Tickets to this exciting dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately).  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m.  904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com
 
EMMA Concert: Prima Trio – Winners of the prestigious Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at the 2007 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Prima Trio (piano, violin and clarinet) will perform at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.   Tickets are $25. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com