Top 10 list of fall events in St. Augustine | StAugustine.com

What follows is one reporter's list of top ten favorite fall festivals in St. Augustine.  We here at St. Francis may disagree - see our next blog for comparison list!  Click on the link at the bottom for details about the events listed here.

1. Corn Maze Sept 29-Oct 28
2. Spanish Wine and Food Festival Oct 3-6
3. Tactile Art Show Oct 5-28
4. Datil Pepper Cook-Off Festival Oct 6-7
5. Creekside Festival Oct 6-7
6. St. Ambrose Fall Festival Oct 7
7. Greek Festival Oct 12-14
8. Fiesta de Aviles and the Running of the Bulls Oct 13
9. Oktoberfest 2012
10. Ancient City Kids Day Oct 27

Top 10 list of fall events (in St. Augustine and St. Johns County) | StAugustine.com


Weekend Starts with JETHRO TULL - Ends with BLONDIE AND DEVO!!

Friday: September 21

Jethro Tull at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Thick as a Brick in its entirety performed by Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull (the first time since 1972), plus cuts from their latest release, Thick as a Brick 2. The show takes place at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1640 A A1A in St. Augustine. The gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $69.50. StAugAmphitheatre.com.

Friday and Saturday: September 21 & 22

GTM NERR Celebrates National Estuaries Day

Beginning Friday evening with the screening of film-maker Emily Dricscoll's new documentary "Shell Shocked" at 5 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College in historic St. Augustine and continuing Saturday with a day of fun and educational activities from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. at the GTM Research Reserve, located at 505 Guana River Road in Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about life in Florida's estuaries through hands-on activities, lectures and demonstrations.   All events are free and open to the public.      904-823-4500     GTMNERR.org

Saturday: September 22

Endless Summer Run 10K XC And 5K Walk

This 10k (6.2 mile) run through Anastasia State Park's beautiful beach, hammock, and saltmarsh. The 5k beach walk starts and ends on Anastasia State Park's most beautiful beach. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 Florida A1A. Registration is $25. 904-461-2035

Sandy Forsyth Memorial Surf Contest

Aqua East Surf Shop will sponsor this surf contest from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the beach just north of the St. Johns County Beach Pier, 350 A1A Bach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach. For details, call
904-246-2550, ext. 110.

North Florida Folk Fest

A full day of concerts featuring 15 local and touring folk acts on four stages and a special honor to the "dean of Florida folk music", Frank Thomas. It all takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum, located off I-95 Exit 298 at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast. Admission is $15 per person. myagmuseum.com

The Mariners Ball

A Costumed Ball celebrating 450 years of Maritime History in St Augustine Florida, Set in the magical grounds of the incredible Fort Menendez, located at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. There will be Scavenger Hunt, live music and plenty of food and drink. Tickets are $40 per person. TheMarinersBall.com  904-823-9852

Blondie and Devo Concert at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Classic rock hall of famers Blondie and Devo will perform live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22nd. Ticket prices are $31.50 to $122.00 each.
904-209-3751. StAugAmphitheatre.com


Oct Festival:Fiesta de Aviles and the running of the bulls | StAugustine.com

The third annual Fiesta de Aviles will celebrate the beauty and ambience on the oldest street in America. Hosted by the Aviles Street Merchants Association, the event will feature music, art, dance, food and shopping Oct. 13-14.

Oct. 13-14: Fiesta de Aviles and the running of the bulls | StAugustine.com


Weekend Guests at the St. Francis Inn: "The Queen of Crime" and the "Sultry Sister of Soul"

We were blessed this weekend to have both The Queen of Crime and the Sultry Sister of Soul staying at the Inn.

Edna Buchanan, The Queen of Crime, received the 2012 Literary Legend Award Friday night at the Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference at the St. Johns County Convention Center at Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. The award saluted a 40-plus-year career, including a Pulitzer Prize for cop beat reporting while at The Miami Herald, two nonfiction books on those days and 16 novels featuring crime.  Our own Max, Office Manager at the Inn, was lucky enough to attend the banquet.

Ms. Buchanan checked into the St. Francis Inn Friday afternoon and stayed through Sunday morning.  She enjoyed our Sunday Brunch and mentioned it had been a long time since she had had such a delicious breakfast.  She also enjoyed our extensive selection of teas.

For more details on Ms. Buchanan and the Florida Heritage Book Festival, click on the following links:

Sarah Sanders, the Sultry Sister of Soul, stayed with us Sunday night.  She delighted the congregation at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church singing Jazz Vespers and rocking the rafters with her strong and soulful voice.

For more information on Sara Sanders aka Mama Blue, click here.


Weekend Events-Muster & Book Festival & Cemetery Tours

Friday: September 14

First Muster at Florida National Guard Barracks

The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs, in partnership with La Compañía de Santiago (The Company of St. James), a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc., will commemorate the 447th anniversary of the first mustering of America's original citizen-soldiers and the "birthday" of the US National Guard. This heritage Event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Florida National Guard's headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks, at 82 Marine St., in St. Augustine. The museum will have an open house until 3 p.m. and a military retreat with historical re-enactors will take place from 3-3:30 p.m. Admission is free.1-877-FLA-HIST

Saturday: September 15

Florida Heritage Book Festival

Celebrate Florida's rich and colorful literary heritage at the Florida Heritage Book Festival at the Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be author presentations and a book marketplace. At 11:45 a.m., Jeff Lindsay will be there to sign copies of his Dexter novels - the basis for the popular TV series of the same name on the Showtime network. His wife, Hilary Hemingway, niece of Ernest Hemingway, will be there too. Admission is free.  www.fhbookfest.com

Tolomato Cemetery Tours

The self-guided and docent led tours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Tolomato Cemetery, an historic cemetery is located on Cordova Street, the site of an earlier Franciscan Indian mission (Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Tolomato) in St Augustine. Burials officially ceased in 1884. Visits are free of charge, but visitors are encouraged to offer a donation.  All money goes to the preservation and restoration of the cemetery. For more information, visit www.tolomatocemetery.com    


Book Release Party Tonight 6pm-9pm

We are hosting a Book Release Party tonight at the Inn.  The Rogues Gallery Writers are celebrating their latest project:  The Method Writers.  As described on the book cover (see below):

Four writers.  Four methods.  One Twisted Novel.

Sounds like a fun read!  You're invited tonight to meet the four authors of The Method Writers from 6pm-9pm here at the Inn.  Stop by while you are enjoying First Friday Art Walk!

September 7th, 2012 6pm-9pm @ St. Francis Bed & Breakfast (279 St. George St., St. Augustine, FL)

Meet & Greet, Appetizers, Wine & Beer (cash bar)

(The St Francis Inn is an historic bed & breakfast with old world charm, located in our nation’s oldest city! It’s quaint, cozy garden and common room is a lovely place to spend an evening. Guest parking is limited to Rogues event only. Street parking also available.)


1st Friday Art Walk and Our City's 447th Birthday!

Friday: September 7

First Friday Art Walk

The latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Old Town Trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district from the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street - or go on your own self-guided art walk. This month's highlights include - meet photographer Lowell Beyer and see his impressive "Slice of Time" exhibit at 233 West King; sample the local Native American "Black Drink" and view the exhibit of photos, drawings and artifacts representing local tribes at the Crisp-Ellert Museum, 48 Sevilla Street; see an showcase of wedding images from 22 artists ant renew your wedding vows at 7 p.m. at Amiro Art & Found, 9C Aviles Street; see artist Tiffany Beasi demonstrate how she creates colorful surfers, dogs and more at High Tide Gallery, 51 Cordova Street. . Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. 904.829.0065. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Friday thru Sunday: September 7-9

447th Menendez Founder's Day Events

A full weekend of re-enactments and events commemorating the 1565 founding of St. Augustine by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles on the original colony site at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the birthplace of St. Augustine and Colonial European America. The Fountain of Youth is located at 11 Magnolia Drive in St. Augustine. www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

Saturday: September 8

Commemorating The 447th Anniversary of the Founding Of St. Augustine

Dozens of authentic re-enactors portray the Sept. 8, 1565 founding of St. Augustine by Spanish forces under the command of Admiral don Pedro Menendez de Aviles.  Ceremonies and presentations are followed by a special mass at the Mission Nombre De Dios outdoor altar located at 27 Ocean Avenue in St. Augustine. The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free.www.missionandshrine.org  

A Taste of Spain

From 6-8 p.m., The Tasting Room and Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth (11 Magnolia Avenue) celebrate the 1565 founding of St. Augustine with a special Taste of Spain event featuring paella, charcuterie, cheeses, Spanish wines and more. The Fountain of Youth grounds feature the location of the original Spanish settlement of St. Augustine established on this date 447 years ago.Admission is $30 per person and reservations may be made by call 904.599.2113.

GTM Research Reserve 2nd Saturday Trail Hike

A GTM Research Reserve staff and/or volunteer led 1.5 mile walk that the entire family will enjoy.
Meet at the Trailhead Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

Anastasia State Park Bird Walk

See the fabulous birds found on Anastasia Island on this special ranger-led walk. . The tour is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and is free with paid park admission. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, sunscreen, and a field guide. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 A A1A in St. Augustine. 904-461-2033