Happy Birthday, USA! Fireworks & Music, Free Movies, 1st Friday Art Walk, Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration, and More This Week!

Wednesday – Sunday: July 3 – 7

Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit –  www.picassoartandarena.com 
 
 
St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show –  www.staaa.org
 
Dog Days Art Exhibit – www.spaceeight.com 
 
Ancient City Mosaic Exhibit –www.ancientcitymosaic.com 

Wednesday – Thursday: July 3 – 4

Man of Steel: An IMAX 3D Experience – www.worldgolfimax.com 
Wednesday: July 3

Lightner Museum Curator Tour www.lightnermuseum.org 
 
Luncheon and Fashion Show – Join Fashion Trendsetters for a refreshing luncheon while enjoying the latest easy cotton care summer fashions at 11:30 a.m. in the 95 Cordova Restaurant at Casa Monica Hotel. Lunch includes champagne or mimosa, appetizer, entrée and dessert. Tickets are $23.75. 904-810-6810
 
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 – Live concert with The Falling Bones playing classic Rock and Roll takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Admission is free and local restaurant Purple Olive will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org 
 
Free Movies By The Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. This Wednesday’s Family Fun feature is The Sandlot. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys 

Thursday:  July 4  “Independence Day”

St. Augustine Fireworks and Concert – Starting at 6 p.m., the All Star Orchestra performs in the Plaza de la Constitucion. At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. 904-825-1004 www.PlazaConcerts.com
 
Viva España! Viva St. Augustine! Wine Tastings- In celebration of Spanish culture in historic St. Augustine and the United States of America, enjoy a special tasting of refreshing flavors of imported Sangria, including non-alcoholic blends. The free tastings will take place from 11 a.m. through the afternoon at the Taberna del Caballo located at the Colonial Quarter, 37 St. George Street. This Viva event celebrates American Independence Day as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration effort to infuse Spanish culture into the city that was home to America’s first permanent European settlement. https://sites.google.com/site/staugustine450/News/viva-events
 
4th of July Pig Roast Aboard El Galèon – The Tasting Room presents their annual 4th of July Pig Roast. Enjoy beer, wine and swine while watching the fireworks from the deck of El Galèon which is located at the St. Augustine Marina. The pig roast takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by St. Augustine’s spectacular fireworks show. Tickets are $80 per person.   904-810-2400 http://www.tastetapas.com
 
4TH of July Top of The Lighthouse – Celebrate the 4th of July at the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse with a magnificent view of the skyline and fireworks. The spectacular event begins with the viewing of the sunset over the Atlantic; then fireworks when darkness sets. St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Ave. $40 per person 904.829.0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.com 

Friday: July 5

Viva España! Viva St. Augustine! Wine Tasting– In celebration of Spanish culture in historic St. Augustine and the United States of America, 95 Cordova Restaurant at the Casa Monica Hotel will be featuring a taste of genuine imported Viña Luparia from the BodegasGalan Winery in Spain. Tastings are in the hotel lobby and complimentary glasses of wine will be served with lunches and dinners in the restaurant. This Viva event celebrates American Independence Day as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration effort to infuse Spanish culture into the city that was home to America’s first permanent European settlement. https://sites.google.com/site/staugustine450/News/viva-events 
 
Red, White & Boom! World Golf Village Fireworks – Renaissance World Golf Resort celebrates Independence Day with its annual American Tasting Room and special seating for the World Golf Village fireworks. The American Tasting takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the ballroom at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. Then from 8 – 10 p.m., VoicePlay, a five-piece a cappella group creating a musical masterpiece using only their voice will perform under the fireworks display with reserved seating. Family packages which include the tasting, entertainment and reserved seating for the Fireworks are $120 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Additional packages, including hotel accommodations are available. World Golf Village is located off I-95 Exit 323, St. Augustine. http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com 
 
Free Movies By The Bay – Friday’s classic film is From Here to Eternity. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys 
 
First Friday Art Walk – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
 
Body of Work at Amiro Art & Found – www.amiroartandfound.com  

 

Friday and Sunday: July 5 & 7 

Colonial Crew Revue – Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show debuts at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Performing on the Colonial Quarter’s stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. 1-888-991-0933 www.colonialquarter.com

Saturday and Sunday: July 6 & 7

Solarium Tours – Following a $2.3 million restoration, the magnificent Solarium of Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon is now open for public tours. Closed for decades, the Solarium was one of the outstanding amenities of the hotel when it opened in 1888. Now Flagler College, the former hotel was one of the world’s most exclusive destinations during America’s Gilded Age. The Solarium is a fourth floor parlor above the Rotunda and boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.   The 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Solarium tours, which include the hourly Historical Tours of Flagler College, are $18 per person. Flagler College is located at 74 King St. Reservations are required. 904-823-3378 http://legacy.flagler.edu

Saturday: July 6

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – 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 
 
Marine Biology Eco Tour – Join one St. Augustine Eco Tour’s expert naturalist on a small boat tour to learn about St. Augustine’s unique marine environment. See beautiful shorebirds, learn about dolphin behavior, and listen to the sounds of dolphin chatter from underwater microphones. Tours depart at 11am, 1 pm, & 3pm from St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Tickets are $35 per adult, $30 kids 12 and under, or $175 for private boat up to 6 guests. 904 377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com 
 
Chocolate & Wine Tasting Tour– City Walks provides a unique 2.5 hour tour to explore the history of chocolate in St. Augustine. The tour departs from 4 Granada Street at 2 p.m. $42 per person. Reservations are required. 904.825.0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
Guided Cultural Hike – From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during a guided cultural hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee http://gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com 904-823-4500
 
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier, 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine.   Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free.
904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com 
 
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park – Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340-A A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. 904-461-2035; www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 
 
Summer Break Tour: Big Time Rush – Superstars Big Time Rush will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $68. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com 

Sunday: July 7

Murder in The Old City – A murder mystery in the nation’s oldest city, combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at The Raintree Restaurant 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. The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 after 1 p.m.