Veterans’ Weekend Events in St. Augustine

CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS HONORS VETRANS WITH FREE ADMISSION FRI/SAT/SUN NOV 11-13
Enjoy a visit to Castillo de San Marcos with the family – for free. In honor of our Nation’s military veterans, the National Parks Service is offering free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos for the weekend. The Castillo is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Historic Spanish Military weapons demonstrations take place at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/casa.

WASHINGTON OAKS STATE GARDENS WEEKEND FRI/SAT/SUN NOV 11-13
Come celebrate the improvements to the Washington Oaks Historic District. On Friday there will be free admission to the park and a Veterans Day Observance will begin at 10:00 a.m. with music performed by the Matanzas High School Jazz Band and singer Jimmy Lopez. At 11 a.m. there will be a moment of silence in observance of our country’s veterans and at 1 p.m. there will be an inaugural tour of the Historic District Interpretive Panels. On Saturday at 10 a.m. the Friends of Washington Oaks will celebrate the restoration of Mrs. Louise P. Young’s Greenhouse and at 11 a.m. there will be an orchid workshop and plant clinic. On Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. the Tim Rippey Benefit Concert will take place. A special silent auction fundraiser will take place throughout the weekend. Other activities on this special “Washington Oaks Weekend” include a Friends Bake Sale, food from JT’s Seafood Shack, a youth area featuring patriotic and planting activities, tours and the gift shop will be open. Admission to the Park on Friday and Saturday is free. The Benefit Concert tickets on Sunday are $15 which includes park admission. For more information, visitwww.floridastateparks.org, or call 386.446.6783.

VETERANS DAY ECO ADVENTURE! FRI/SAT NOV 11-12
The kids are off school so join us on our 1.5 hour Eco Tour boat ride in the estuary that’s sure to keep everyone entertained – underwater microphones & more!  Guides provide educational information on local marine life including dolphins and shorebirds!  Veteran price is $35 with ID.   For more information, call 904.377.7245 or visit www.staugustineecotours.com.

JOHN FOGERTY AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE SAT NOV 12
Get over to the Amphitheatre to enjoy a performance by rock legend John Fogerty. Best known as the lead voice for Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty will perform at 7:30 p.m. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augusitne. Tickets are $37 to $77. For more information, call 904.209.3759 or visit http://www.staugamphitheatre.com/

BIRD WALK AT FORT MOSE HISTORIC STATE PARK SUN NOV 13
Come meet the birds at Fort Mose Historic State Park.  Led by a park volunteer, this fun, informative walk is open to the public and to birders of all levels.  We’ll view the rookery and search for marsh birds and migrating warblers.  The walk takes place form 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have one.  Walk and park entrance are free.  Fort Mose is off of US Highway 1, one mile north of SR 16 at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org, or call904.823.2232.

LINCOLNVILLE FARMERS MARKET SUN NOV 13
St. Augustine’s newest fresh market offers farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry and more. Plus there are picnic areas and a playground! The Market takes place every Sunday at 399 Riberia Street in Lincolnville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.lincolnvillefarmersmarket.com

POPPIN PEPPER PALOOZA SUN NOV 13
Be brave and pop a pepper. Or just have fun watching as others celebrate one of St. Augustine’s favorite culinary delights the Datil Pepper. This first time chocolate-dipped Datil Pepper eating contest will take place at 4 p.m. on the Hot Shot Bakery Deck and in the Villa Zorayda Parking Lot at 8 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Registration is $10 per person and starts at 3 p.m. Judging is at 5 p.m. There will be lots of prizes, entertainment and food. Proceeds will go to The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.hotshotbakery.com or call904.824.7898.