Marathon! 72-mile Garage Sale! Nights of Lights! WOW!

Saturday and Sunday:  November 19 & 20
ST. AUGUSTINE MARATHON WEEKENDPut on your running shoes and participate in a foot-race that suites your running level. On Saturday there will be a 10K run at 7 a.m.; a Family 5K Run at 7:15 a.m.; and the St. Augustine’s Kids Race at 9:30 a.m. Then on Sunday at 6:05 a.m., the starter’s pistol will fire for  the St. Augustine Full Marathon & Half Marathon. The Marathon course will be USATF-certified. Each run takes place at various locations between St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach. A special awards presentation will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at the City Marina. For more information and registration, visit www.StAugustineMarathon.com or call 305.716.1111.

 MID-MORNING KAYAK TOUR

Grab breakfast and then head to downtown St. Augustine for an amazing 10am-12pm kayak trip!  A great way to see the salt marsh up close and discover the treasures it beholds.  Recent sightings include dolphins and bald eagles!  Call St. Augustine Eco Tours at 904-377-7245 for reservations.  $40/adult, $35 ages 6-12. www.staugustineecotours.com

Saturday:  November 19
CRUISE TO FORT MATANZASGo on a spectacular boating experience AND get FREE coffee and bagels courtesy of Everything Bagel on this special 9 a.m. to noon cruise from the Vilano Boat Ramp. USCG-certified captain takes passengers on an interesting tour to Fort Matanzas. Book individually at $30 per person, reservations required. Call Captain Mike at 352.246.3836. For more information, go to www.Yachtoffun.net

SCENIC A1A 72-MILE GARAGE SALE
Discover the scenic beauty of A1A while shopping at group garage sales from Ponte Vedra to Flagler Beach. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., this 72-mile stretch of scenic, seaside highway will have huge garage sales at 10 designated stops along the way. Plus, you can tour the culture and history of the highway via a special cell phone tour.   Sponsored by the Friends of A1A. For more information, call 904.425.8055 or 540.0402.
 BANDFEST
See some of the area’s hottest bands and soloists when Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre present Bandfest from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre. Penguin Teeth Band, Will Pearsall, Rob Peck, Smokin Mirrors, Anthony Wild and the Suspects are just a few of the featured performers. Tickets are available at the door and through Ticket Master and are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students. Half for the proceeds will be donated to St. Johns County schools. For more information, call 904.471.4113.

KIDS ROCK THE NATION AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Enjoy this all-day musical event from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre featuring some of the area’s hottest bands and soloists and spotlighting the talent of Kids Rock the Nation Foundation award recipients. The Kids Rock the Nation Foundation, led by musician Anthony Wild of Palm Coast, promotes self-esteem through musical performance by recognizing and rewarding potential musical talent in kids nine to sixteen years old. Half of the proceeds will be donated to St. Johns County schools to provide opportunities for students to see and experience live performances. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under. Children under five will be admitted for free. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.staugamphitheatre.com or call 904.471.4113.


 18th ANNUAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS CELEBRATION
More than three million tiny white lights will glow along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation’s oldest city when the 18th Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life.  The festivities begin in the Plaza at 4 p.m. with performances by Showtime USA and the All Star Orchestra. The lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting in St. Augustine reflects the city’s 447-year history while creating a beautiful setting for the holidays through January 31. For more information, visit www.NightsofLights.com or call 800.653.2489.   
       
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS LIGHT UP NIGHT ABOARD VICTORY III Hop aboard the Victory III Scenic Cruise at the St. Augustine Marina to watch the city come to light during the 18th annual lighting of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. Boarding is at 6 p.m. aboard the Victory III located at St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, just south of the Bridge of Lions. Tickets are $17.76 (includes tax) for all ages and include free hot cocoa and cookies.  For additional information call  904.824.1806 ext 210 or visit www.scenic-cruise.com