Weekend Events

Friday: November 30

British Nightwatch Opening Concert

The Opening event for the Annual British Nightwatch Celebration, this concert showcasing traditional Celtic recording artists Father, Son and Friends, will take place at 8 p.m. at Francis Field on Castillo Drive behind the Parking Garage.  Concert admission is $5, Children under 12 are free with a paying adult. www.britishnightwatch.org    904-829-5318

Saturday: December 1 

58th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade

St. Augustine's Christmas Parade has grown to be one of the largest parades in north Florida and includes floats, marching bands cars, horses, and the arrival of Santa. The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. by the Mission of Nombre de Dios on San Marco Avenue; continue through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine and end behind the Visitors Center on Castillo Dr. 904.824.4997


British Nightwatch Encampment

For a brief time, 1763 to 1783, St. Augustine was under British rule. During this holiday parade, loyal citizens are invited to join in, bearing candles or lanterns to light their way. Gather in the Plaza de la Constitucion at 7 p.m. The parade starts at 8 bells from the St. Augustine Government House circling Plaza then proceeds down St. George Street to the St. Augustine to the City Gates. Participation is free. For more information, visit www.BritishNightwatch.org 904-829-5318

Surf Illumination

Surf Illumination, the official seasonal lighting of St. Augustine Beach takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Beach Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard. The celebration includes the ceremonial lighting of the seasonal tree by the Mayor. Santa, musical performers, traditional carolers are all part of the fun-filled evening. Admission is free! Food and beverages are offered by local restaurants and many local arts and crafts vendors provide convenient shopping for the holiday season. www.thecivicassociation.org

Sunday: December 2

44th Annual Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes

Enjoy the St. Augustine Garden Club's annual tour that showcases a selection of St. Augustine's most outstanding private homes. These beautifully decorated historic Florida style homes welcome you to enjoy a taste of nostalgia. You'll see colorful flower decorations and floral arrangements composed of natural materials, designed and hand crafted by members of The Garden Club of St. Augustine. In addition, your ticket includes a delightful afternoon tea. The tour takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $20.


Friday and Saturday: November 30 & December 1

Candle Light Tours of Villa Zorayda

Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the holiday season, featuring a Christmas tree in the "Court of Lions", decorated in the Villa's traditional red and gold, and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930's. Candles are aglow throughout the museum as the docent-led candlelight tour begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for Children. On Saturday, refreshments are served at 5:30 p.m. and the tour starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $8 for children 7 -12. Children 4 - 6 are free (not recommended for children under 3). Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are suggested. www.villaZoryada.com    904.829.9887

Santa's Village

Santa's Village is open at 3 Cordova Street in St. Augustine. From 6 to 9 p.m. guests can visit with Santa, make a craft, enjoy hot cocoa, sing holiday karaoke, play reindeer games or enjoy a movie. Admission is $3, or FREE with the purchase of Red Train Sightseeing or Nights of Lights Tour. 904-824-1606

Friday, Saturday and Saturday: November 30, December 1 & 2

Festival of Trees at World Golf Village 

A festive display of holiday trees and wreaths decorated by businesses, organizations, families and friends from the local community, all to benefit two local charities. Vote for your favorite tree for $1 per vote, or bid on one of the tress in the silent auction. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and performers from the St. Augustine Ballet at the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit will be open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the St. Johns County Convention Center, 500 S. Legacy Trail at the World Golf Village, through December 9. Admission is free! www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org 

Viva Florida Art Exhibit

To commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon's discovery of La Florida, the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery celebrates the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida with a new exhibit. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is Free. www.staaa.org

Winter Wonderland

The St. Augustine Amphitheater is transformed into a family-fun winter wonderland with ice skating, an ice slide, sleigh rides, an elf village and more. Open 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday until December 21, then 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through January 6. Admission is free and activities costs vary. The St. Augustine Amphitheater is located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine.  www.winterwonderlandflorida.com  

Electric Bus Nights of Lights Tour

See the city lights on a 7-seat silent comfortable all-electric vehicle featuring a fully narrated 45 minute tour of St. Augustine's lights and sights. Travelling down both the narrow and main streets, this tour goes where others do not! Nightly departures are from the parking lot behind Love Tree Café, 31 Orange Street, are on the hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, Child under 12 are $10. 904-325-0547   www.staugustinegoldtours.com

Ripley's Big Red Christmas Train

Ripley's Big Red Christmas Train transports riders through St. Augustine's magical Nights of Lights highlighting the sights and sounds of the season while viewing a magical holiday illusion through free magic viewing glasses. Nightly tours take place from 6 to 8 p.m. (till 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. On Friday and Saturday, tickets include admission to Santa's Village. Tours start at Ripley's Believe It or Not, 19 San Marco Avenue. 904-824-1606 www.RedTrains.com

Holly Jolly Holiday Tour

Explore St. Augustine's famous Night of Lights in the cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Caroling, hot cider, and homemade cookies add to the magic of your evening. Guests will receive complimentary magical viewing glasses, exclusively handcrafted by Santa's elves. Tours depart regularly between 6 and 8 p.m. from the Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $4 for children ages 6 - 12. www.trolleytours.com.

Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tours

Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and meander the historic streets on this 45 minute tour. While enjoying the spectacular light display, indulge in a bottle of delicious boutique wine (red or white). Tours depart from Isabella's Cuban Bar, 19 Cuna Street, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $46 per person - Adults only! 904-386-5482  www.thetastingtours.com


Friday: November 30

Keyhole After Dark Paranormal Event

2Ghouls Paranormal Events will provide a re-creation of a Victorian clandestine moment behind closed doors at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez.  The 2Ghouls program is about the bygone taboos of mystic parlor games: Tea-Leaf Reading, Pendulum Dowsing & the Talking Spirit Board. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 904-671-5010

Saturday: December 1

Beyond the Vale

Join 2Ghouls Paranormal Events for a fun gathering to discover the parallels between modern ghost hunting & Victorian spiritualism at Alexander Homestead, 14 Sevilla Street. The program explores various types of haunting in theory and in practice while using both modern paranormal investigation equipment and tools favored by Victorians. The two-hour program starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. 904-671-5010


Slideshow: Winter Wonderland 2012 | StAugustine.com

Ice Skating at Winter Wonderland (all photos courtesy of the St. Augustine Record)

Snowfall in Florida!
Ice Slide Fun

The littlest ones love the Elf Village
For all pictures click on this link:
Slideshow: Winter Wonderland 2012 | StAugustine.com


Friday, March 15, 2013 -
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Gates 6:00pm | Starts 7:00pm

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company

presented by Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre                                                                                    
On Sale Now!

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Gates 6:00pm | Starts 7:00pm

Matchbox Twenty


Light-Up Night, Super Scenic Garage Sale, Sea History and More

Saturday: November 17

Sea Your History

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, 81 Lighthouse Avenue, will host Sea Your History Weekend which will provide unique behind-the-scenes archaeology and conservation experiences, a VIP sunrise tour, a cultural boatbuilding demonstration and an opportunity to meet and learn from a Smithsonian scholar. Tickets and packages are available on line. StAugustineLigthhouse.org

A1A 72-Mile Super Scenic Garage Sale

Celebrate the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway with a fabulous scenic shopping spree. Join the 72-Mile Super Scenic Garage Sale at multiple entrance areas - from the north, from the south, or from the west. Ten major communities will be participating with hundreds of shoppers, sellers and business supporters from Ponte Vedra Beach southward to Flagler Beach. More sites and maps can be viewed at www.scenica1a.org. For more information call Sallie O'Hara at 904-540-0402.


The switch will be flipped to light up the Nation's Oldest City for this year's annual Nights of Lights. At 6:30 p.m., all attending will be asked to participate in the countdown to the lighting. This free event takes place downtown in the Plaza de La Constitución. For more information, visit www.NightsofLights.com.


Be a part of St. Augustine Mayor's Holiday Lighting Gala. The fun begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Government House at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., from the King's Balcony, the Mayor will welcome the crowds in the Plaza de la Constitucion, for the Nights of Lights Lighting Ceremony. Following the Lighting Ceremony, Gala participants will be led by a 1740 Color Guard to the Courtyard of the historic Lightner Museum, located at 78 King Street, dinner, dancing and a silent auction follow. Tickets are $150.00 per person. All proceeds benefit the Home Again St. Johns. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 904-825-1004.

Saturday and Sunday: November 17 & 18

St. Augustine Half Marathon

Put on your running shoes and participate in a foot-race that suits 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 6:15 a.m., the St. Augustine Half Marathon begins. More information and registration details are available at www.StAugustineMarathon.com or call 305.716.1111.

Sunday: November 18

First Coast Opera Performs La Passione

First Coast Opera will perform La Passione (scenes from Italian Opera) at Trinity Hall at Trinity Episcopal Parish, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine. The performance begins at 4 p.m. Advance tickets $20, $25 at door. Students with ID $10. 904-417-5555 www.FirstCoastOpera.com

A Classical and Brazilian Guitar Concert Hosted at the Whitney Laboratory

The University of Florida College of Fine Arts presents a Brazilian Guitar concert featuring Ulisses Rocha, known for his acoustic, freestyle and jazz guitar playing. The program takes place at 4 p.m. in the Whitney Laboratory Auditorium, located at 9505 Oceanshore Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Tickets are $10 per person. www.whitney.ufl.edu 904 461-4003


Apple Cranberry Cobbler - Dessert at St. Francis Inn

Photo by Kat Keutsch for PARADE magazine.

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

4 cups chopped apples
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp orange juice
1/4 cup oats

1 stick of butter
1 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk

1 - Melt butter in a 13x9 pan at 350 degrees in the oven.

2 - Mix flour, white sugar, vanilla, baking powder and milk until blended.

3 - Combine apples, cranberries, brown sugar, orange juice, cinnamon and oats.

4 - Drizzle flour mix over melted butter in pan, top with fruit mixture.

5 - Bake for 30-45 minutes - until golden brown and bubbly.

List of St. Augustine Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Disclaimer:  This is a list of all restaurants who have notified the Chamber of Commerce that they will be open on Thanksgiving 2012.  This is not edited and we do not necessarily recommend a restaurant just because it is on this list.  We also are not implying that they will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  This is a starting point.  We will have more information as restaurants publish their Thanksgiving Menus.
95 Cordova - Casa Monica
Acapulco Mexican
Ann O'Malley's Deli & Pub
Athena's Greek Restaurant
Augustine Grille
Aunt Kate's
Aviles Restaurant & Lounge
Barley Republic
Beaches at Vilano
Black Molly Grill
Cafe Cordova - Casa Monica
Cafe Del Hidalgo
Cafe On The Green
Champions Grille- Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort
Columbia Restaurant
Conch House Restaurant
Crucial Coffee
Fish Tales Market & Grill
Georgie's Diner
Gypsy Cab
Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
King Fish Grill
La Cocina restaurant in the Castillo Real Hotel
La Pentola
Le Pavilion
Legends Grille Restaurant
Meehans on Matanzas
Milltop Tavern
Ned's Southside Grill
Nineteen - TPC Sawgrass
OC White's Seafood & Spirits
Panama Hattie's
Pusser's Caribbean Grille
Ruth Chris Steakhouse
Sangrias Tapas & Piano Bar
Sara's Crepe Cafe
Scarlett O'Haras
Schmagel's Bagels
South A Philly
The Reef Restaurant
Urban Flats
Villagio Italian Grille- Renaissance World Golf Resort


St Francis Inn Official Host for Community Chorus

We  are thrilled to be the official Host for the St. Augustine Community Chorus! What does this mean for you?

Guests who stay with us for two nights during any one of the five concerts of the 2012-2013 season will receive complimentary tickets to that performance! 

The first two performances will be at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine under the direction of Dr. Ted Mathews, titled “Christmas Reflections.”   Musical Selections from the Messiah and other seasonal music will be performed.  Members of the Chorus will be joined by the Saint Augustine Children’s Chorus under the direction of Ms. Kerry Fradley.  The dates are December 15 and 16.

The annual Pops concert titled, “On Broadway II” will be under the direction of Ms. Kathleen Vande Berg and performed at Saint Augustine High School. This concert will bring you some of the great music of Broadway shows and very likely music you knew and sang not so long ago.  Come and join us.  The dates are: March 9 and 10, 2013.

The classics concert being performed in May is entitled “Two Titans of Classicism” and will feature Mozart’s Requiem and Te Deum by Joseph Hayden. The date for this concert at Ancient City Baptist Church is May 19, 2013, and is under the direction of Dr. Ted Mathews. 

Please consult the web site for exact times of performances:  http://www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org/index.htm

Advance reservations are required, and you must mention this special at the time of booking so we have time to purchase the tickets. What a great deal - all this, at NO additional charge to you!


Room with the best view in town | StAugustine.com

View from the Solarium - photo courtesy of St. Augustine Record

Solarium is located at the top of what used to be the Hotel Ponce de Leon - photo courtesy of St. Augustine Record

Inside the Solarium today - courtesy of Daron Dean, St Augustine Record

The Solarium was used as Flagler College's Library in 1968  - photo thanks to Flagler College

The terrace outside the Solarium in the 1890s - photo thanks to Flagler College
Room with the best view in town | StAugustine.com


Free Admission All Weekend to Castillo de San Marcos

Photo courtesy of NPS website

"A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation.  Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history."

In honor of those that have served the US military, the National Parks Service is offering free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos.  Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. Friday through Sunday visitors can experience living history during Spanish Military cannon firings. The Castillo de San Marcos is located on Avenida Menendez, overlooking Matanzas Bay in historic St. Augustine.  NPS.gov/casa


Pirate Gathering, Veterans Day, and Jonny Lang: Weekend Events in St. Augustine

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: November 9, 10 & 11

5th Annual Pirate Gathering

Three days of jollification and history in the nation's oldest city. Celebrate the "Golden Age of Piracy" through exhibits, living history demonstrations, a privateer parade, thieves market, pirate battles and a Buccaneer Bash Ball. Admission for the encampment is "a buck-an-ear".  The Pirate Gathering encampment and main activities take place at Francis Filed, located on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine.  pirategathering.com

Veterans Day at the World Golf Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will celebrate Veterans Day when veterans and their dependents will receive free admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame. All guests will be able to enjoy a special scavenger hunt. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at 1 World Golf Place, located at I 95 Exit 323. WorldGolfHallofFame.org

Saturday: November 10

The Dressing of the Palms

Be there when dozens of Vilano Beach palms will be judged on the basis of the holiday decorations they display. Palms have been "adopted" by local businesses and residents who then use their imagination to come up with entertaining holiday decorations for each. The judging takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Vilano Beach Town Center. For details, call 904.910.8386.

Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang Concert

Blues legends Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 to $69.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 904-209-0367 or 800-745-3000. staugamphitheatre.com

Saturday,Sunday and Monday: November 10, 11 & 12

Veterans Day Weekend at Castillo de San Marcos  

In honor of those that have served the US military, the National Parks Service is offering free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos.Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. Friday through Sunday visitors can experience living history during Spanish Military cannon firings. The Castillo de San Marcos is located on Avenida Menendez, overlooking Matanzas Bay in historic St. Augustine.  NPS.gov/casa 

Sunday: November 11

Old City Music Fest

The St. Augustine Market Place, located at 2495 SR 207 at I-95 in St. Augustine, will host a fun-filled day of relaxation and musical performances featuring Country and Southern Rock legends, Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special, Gloriana, Craig Morgan and many more. This exciting day of great southern music, food and people will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project in their mission to honor and empower wounded service members. The Festival will take place from 1 to 10 p.m. (Market opens at 10 a.m.) Advance tickets are $29 - $89 per person. http://www.oldcitymusicfest.com 

Meet & Greet at Anastasia State Park to Honor Veterans

To honor our nation's Veterans, the Florida Park Service is granting free entry to all visitors for the day. Activities for the day include complimentary grilled hot dogs, roving displays about the Friends of Anastasia State Park and the park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and a guided bird walk from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340A A1A in St. Augustine 904-461-2033

Free Admission to St. Augustine Lighthouse for Veterans and Active Duty Military

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, 81 Lighthouse Avenue, will offer FREE admission to all Veterans & Active Duty Military from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be a Ceremony to Honor Veterans from 3 to 4 p.m. http://www.StAugustineLighthouse.org 


St Francis Inn Women Invade The Villages!

The Visitors and Convention Bureau is hosting another fun event at The Villages, Florida. Since owner Joe Finnegan is in Buffalo, NY this week, Inn Manager Kelly Brooks and Kitchen Manager Janice Leary are in The Villages today representing the St. Francis Inn.  Janice baked more than 20 dozen of our signature Snickerdoodles to give away!  As you can see the Inn has quite an attractive display featuring our Comphy Sheets, brochures, and in-room bathrobes.

This one day event from 9am-4pm features an industry tradeshow, door prizes, etc. to make it fun and educational for The Villages's residents.

The Villages is located in sunny central Florida mid-way between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. An hour north of Orlando near Interstate 75 and the Florida Turnpike, The Villages is close to Florida’s famous tourist attractions and Orlando’s International Airport.


St. Augustine: One of the Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights -- National Geographic

Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights -- National Geographic

Spinach, Ham & Swiss Quiche

This one is for Carolyn Mims...

Spinach, Ham & Swiss Quiche

3 cups packed baby spinach, chopped 
6 large eggs, lightly beaten 
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard

1 9-inch frozen pie crust or puff pastry
1/4 pound sliced ham, chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, place it in oven and preheat to 375°F. Mist a medium skillet with cooking spray and warm it over medium heat. Cook spinach, stirring often, until wilted (about two minutes). Remove spinach to a paper towel-lined plate and pat dry.
2. Combine eggs, half and half and salt and mustard in a large bowl and whisk until well mixed. Arrange spinach on bottom of pie crust. Scatter ham over spinach. Sprinkle cheese over ham. Pour egg mixture into shell.
3. Place quiche on baking sheet and bake until filling is set and crust is golden, about 40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes, slice into wedges, and serve hot.

Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Bake

We serve this yummy dish on Sunday mornings.

Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Bake
1/4 Cup Butter (melted)
2 Cans Refrigerated cinnamon rolls
6 Eggs
1/2 Cup Heavy cream
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1 Cup chopped pecans
1 Cup maple syrup

Heat oven to 375. Pour melted butter into an ungreased 13x9 inch glass baking dish. Separate cans of dough into 16 rolls, set icing aside. Cut each roll into 4-6 pieces. Place pieces into baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, cream, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well. Pour over roll pieces. Sprinkle with pecan pieces and drizzle with maple syrup.
Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 – 15 minutes. Drizzle icing over top.

Make it extra special by adding chopped apples or blue berries...YUM!

(With thanks to Pillsbury - where the recipe started - we then played with it!)


Travel Thru History 105 - St. Augustine Promo - YouTube

 If you get MeTV (Comcast 29/436 or DISH 9055) you can see the new St. Augustine episode on Travel Thru History at 10 a.m. EST Saturday 11/3/12. Here's the promo:

Travel Thru History 105 - St. Augustine Promo - YouTube


Weekend Events in St. Augustine

Friday: November 2

HEART with special guest Shawn Colvin

HEART with special guest Shawn Colvin will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S  at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $79. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 904-471-1965. www.staugamphitheatre.com

First Friday Art Walk

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries.  Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district - or go on your own self-guided art walk.  Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information on Art Walk, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Hundred Waters and Le Blorr

Le Bloor and Hundred Waters open St. Augustine's exciting new concert and music venue, The Standard. Located at 200 Anastasia Boulevard, tickets are only $10  More details can be found at The Standard's Facebook Page or by calling 321-412-6191.

Saturday: November 3

Ancient City Auto Show

The Ancient City Auto Club of St. Augustine will hold their 28th annual auto show, once again on the beautiful, tree-shaded campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. All vehicles are welcome and first through third trophies will be awarded in 28 classes. Come and enjoy the DJ, trivia, door prizes, and camaraderie as well as a huge collection of old and new vehicles on display. Vehicle preregistration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Spectator admission is free. A shuttle to the historic district of the nation's oldest city will be running throughout the day. Download the flyer and registration forms at http://local.aaca.org/ancientcity or call  904-687-3894

Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas

Take the National Park Service's ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas - the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine.  From 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort.  Admission is free.  Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.  For more information, call 904.471.0116

Evening Nature Program At Anastasia State Park

Park rangers or volunteers present outdoor open-air programs on topics ranging from bird watching to star-gazing. Program begins at 7 p.m. Admission to the park, located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine, is $8 per vehicle. 904.461.2033.

Sunday: November 4

National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba Performs Free Concert

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform a free concert as part of its first U.S. tour since the Castro Revolution. For more than 50 years, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been instrumental in introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community. Presented as a gift to the City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County from the University of Florida and its partner organizations, the concert will take place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The gates open at 3 p.m. and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please visit www.staugamphitheatre.com

Supper with The Spirits

Have a plated candlelight supper with spirits from St. Augustine's Gilded Age. Diamond Lil' and Ida Alice Flagler make appearances and tell their fascinating St. Augustine stories in this interactive dinner theatre at the Dow Museum of Historic Homes, 149 Cordova Street.   The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $59 per person. 904-823-9722 905-501-1253