This Weekend: Festival-Blessing the Fleet-Uptown Sat Night

15TH ANNUAL RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL (FRI-SAT-SUN)
Enjoy non-stop music and award-winning scrumptious barbecue all weekend long. A Saturday night performance by Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, lots of tasty ribs and barbecue, and plenty of children’s activities are part of this year’s featured events. Rhythm & Ribs takes place at Francis Field, located behind the historic Downtown Parking Facility on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, except Saturday evening, when it is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.RhythmandRibs.net.

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
A favorite end-of-the-month event, Uptown Saturday Night takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District, St. Augustine. Galleries, antique stores and unique shops between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open during this special time. Meet the artists, book signings, live music, refreshments and other events contribute to the party-like atmosphere. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING for Uptown Saturday Night. The event is sponsored by the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association. Please call 904.824.3152 for more information.

BLESSING OF THE FLEET (SUNDAY)
Dozens of watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft – all decorated with flags and bunting –receive a special blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. . The ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica along the Plaza de la Constitucion to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visit www.sayc2000.com.