4/17/2013

El Galeón Visits St. Augustine May 23- June 3



St. Augustine is one of only four Florida port stops for the Viva Florida 500 Voyage of El Galeón as it sails a historic route similar to Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León's 500 years ago. The ship set sail from Puerto Rico on April 1 and will spend 12 days in St. Augustine May 23 - June 3.  

El Galeón is a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain's West Indies fleet. The Viva Florida 500 Voyage will call on ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral and St. Augustine as part of the state's Quincentenary commemorations.  

While in port, the ship's decks will be open to public visits. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the history that began 500 years ago while admiring the craftsmanship and grandeur of these galleons that reached Florida's coast centuries ago.

Tickets for El Galeón are available at www.vivaflorida.org. The ship will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the St. Augustine City Marina. Tickets are $8 for children age 12 and under and $15 for adults.


4/16/2013

Art, Music, Theatre, Viva Espana Party, Earth Day, and the 2013 Florida Birding and PhotoFest!

Monday through Sunday: April 15 - 21
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso's main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under - Free; Kids 7 - 12 - $5; Family of 4 - $20; Military in Uniform - Free; Flagler College Student with ID - Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. www.picassoartandarena.com   904-825-1000
Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum - The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings are featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John's County residents are free. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Spring Member Show at St. Augustine Art Association Gallery - Outstanding exhibition of Association members' art juried for awards through April 28. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. http://www.staaa.org 904-824-2310.

What Flows From Spain Exhibit - In recognition of Florida's quincentennial, the St. Augustine Art Association will feature a special exhibit of the works of Cuban-American artist Elio Beltran through April 28. The exhibit, titled What Flows From Spain, includes several large-scale narrative paintings emphasizing Florida's ties to Spain. Admission to the gallery is free. On April 18, a Spanish-inspired reception, "Viva Espana," will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature Dennis Fermin on guitar, flamenco dancing and sangria. Admission for this event is $5. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street. I904-824-2310 http://www.staaa.org

"Deeper-New Works Art Exhibit to Benefit Rikki" - Space:Eight Gallery exhibit opens with all new works by Chip Southworth produced for benefit of Rikke Southworth to aid in her ongoing battle with breast cancer. The exhibit is at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., St. Augustine. The show will run through May 24 with all proceeds from art sales presented to Rikki.   www.spaceeight.com  904-829-2838
Tuesday: April 16 
 Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture - Dr. Jerry Dickey presents a lecture titled "Costume Balls and Cake Walk Contests: Social Dancing and Casino Entertainment in the Flagler Era." The presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125TH Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler's Hotel Ponce de Leon and takes place at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St.. Admission is free. Info: www.ponce125.com 

Thursday through Sunday: April 18 - 21  

2013 Florida's Birding and PhotoFest- Experience northeast Florida's abundant bird life and photogenic natural beauty at more than 110 exciting birding and outdoor photography events during the 2013 Florida's Birding &  PhotoFest! In addition to the ever-popular nature tours and excursions, new discoveries for this year's event include workshops on preparing your images and composition, photographing birds in flight, selections and layer masking, flash techniques and many in field photography workshops.The festival is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, located 8 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A N. Discover the region's phenomenal bird life and the abundant natural habitats that sustain them with bird walks and boat and kayak trips to undisturbed areas. This Festival is guaranteed to excite nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.   Info: 904-209-4422; www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com.

Limelight Theatre Presents 'Til Beth Do Us Part' - A comedic farce about a southern housekeeper who whips a long-married couple into shape. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military. Info: 904-825-1164 or visit www.limelight-theatre.org.  
 
Thursday: April 18
Viva Espana Party!-  The St. Augustine Art Association will host an evening of Latin music and the art of Flamenco dancing featuring guitarist Dennis Fermin. Includes a hearty tapas table, Sangria bar and fiesta-themed galleria of colorful artwork. Spanish-style attire is encouraged. Please contribute to the Spanish table by bringing an appetizer dish. The party is from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and reservations are required. The Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street.   Info: 904-824-2310 or www.staaa.org
Saturday: April 20 
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - The Tolomato Cemetery is the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida, with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Visitor access is limited to the 3rd Saturday of each month when docents provide guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The cemetery will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is located at 16 Cordova Street in St. Augustine. Info:board@tolomatocemetery.comwww.tolomatocemetery.com

Castillo By Candlelight - Night tours by candlelight will be from 6 -9 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive. Revisit the events of the Second Seminole War from the eyes of a United States Army Sergeant. Admission is $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 - 15; and free for children 4 and younger. Info: www.nps.gov/casa or 904-829-6506, ext. 233.

EMMA Concert Series: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra - Viva Florida
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra salutes Florida's 500th Anniversary at 8 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30.
Info: http://www.EmmaConcerts.com or 904-797-2800
Saturday & Sunday: April 20 & 21 
 PBS Artist Workshop - On Saturday and Sunday, Roger Bansemer, host of the PBS "Painting and Travel" television program, will conduct a studio painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery at 22 Marine Street. On Monday and Tuesday, he will lead morning outdoor or "plein air" painting sessions at locations throughout St. Augustine. For more information on Bansemer's instructional painting methods, go to www.bansemer.com  The cost of the Sat/Sun studio painting workshop is $275. The plein air session is $145. For more information and reservations, call 904-824-2310.

17th Annual Flower & Garden Expo - Growers, educational seminars, nurseries and artisans from around the state offer gardeners everything they need to make spring bloom. Admission is $ 5 (which is good for both days) and children under 11 are admitted free.  The Expo takes place Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., located off SR 16 in St. Augustine. Info: 904-829-3295; visit  www.epiccommunityservices.org.
                                         
Earth Day Celebration - 24th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Washington Oaks State Gardens, located at 6400 North Ocean Shore Blvd (A1A South) in Palm Coast. Each day's activities will include arts and crafts vendors, living history demonstrations, environmental and cultural booths, live entertainment, nature programs, live animals, games of chance, and a large children's environmental activity center. The event times are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $10 donation per vehicle (up to 8 people). Info: 386-446-6780 or www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks 
Sunday: April 21 
The Lives and Wives of Henry Flagler - Perfect for the 125th anniversary of the opening of his fabulous Hotel Ponce de Leon, this delightful dinner theatre production brings Henry Flagler and the Gilded Age to life once more. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. at the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95 per person, all inclusive (adult beverages served separately) and may be purchased daily from 2 p.m. at the restaurant or by calling 904-824-7211.

4/10/2013

Third Day, Velofest, Oyster Roast, History: This Week's Events in St. Augustine

Monday through Sunday: April 8 - 14
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit -  www.picassoartandarena.com   904-825-1000
Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum -  904-824-2874  

Spring Member Show at St. Augustine Art Association Gallery - http://www.staaa.org
904-824-2310.

What Flows From Spain Exhibit - In recognition of Florida's quincentennial, the St. Augustine Art Association will feature a special exhibit of the works of Cuban-American artist Elio Beltran. The exhibit, titled What Flows From Spain, includes several large-scale narrative paintings emphasizing Florida's ties to Spain. The artist will be at the gallery from 5-9 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk (April 5). Admission to the gallery is free. On April 18, a Spanish-inspired reception, "Viva Espana," will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature Dennis Fermin on guitar, flamenco dancing and sangria. Admission for this event is $5. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street. I904-824-2310http://www.staaa.org

"Deeper-New Works Art Exhibit to Benefit Rikki" - www.spaceeight.com  904-829-2838

Monday - Friday: April 8 - 12
What Could Be Exhibition -  www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Thursday through Sunday: April 11 - 14 
Masters Weekend at the World Golf Hall of Fame - Celebrate the Masters Tournament with a visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame to enjoy photo opportunities with the Hall's Masters Trophy, go on a special scavenger hunt and watch the broadcast during regular museum hours. The Hall of Fame hours are Sunday noon to 6 p.m., and Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at 1 World Golf Pl., located off I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. For more information, visit http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: April 12, 13 & 14
World Golf Hall of Fame Putting Championship - Participants compete for prizes including golf trips, rounds of golf and more! The competition takes place on the Hall of Fame's 18-hole, natural grass putting course. Qualifying days are Friday and Saturday. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at 1 World Golf Place just off I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine. For more information on participating in the putting championship, go to www.worldgolfhalloffame.org or call 904-940-4133.

2013 Velofest - This 2nd annual bicycle awareness event will take place on a course through the Nations Oldest City.   The purpose is to educate the cycling community and community at large about the historical significance of cycling and to establish a mutually beneficial environment where cyclists and 4-plus wheels can enjoy a peaceful commuting experience. Features professional cyclists racing through the streets of St. Augustine, live music, fun and food and a bike parade open to cyclists of all ages. http://www.velofest.org
Saturday: April 13

Don's Friends 5K Fun Fest - A 5K run, "Stand-up" paddleboard race, music, vendors and more to support Don's Foundation --dedicated to encouraging college students to choose the Alternative Break for their vacation break and help others less fortunate.  It all takes place 8:30 a.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. www.DonsFriend.com 904-687-5951

Second Saturday Plant Sale - Join the Friends of Washington Oaks for their 2nd Saturday Plant Sale from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. The park is located at 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL. www.FloridaStateParks.org
Saturday & Sunday: April 13 & 14
Cathedral Parish school (259 St. George Street - just 1 block south of the plaza) is having an All You Can Eat Oyster Roast from 12pm-4pm tickets are $25 at the gate.

The St. Augustine Garrison (1740's soldiers like at the Fort) will host a makeup for their parade last month that got rained out leaving from the fort at 7PM, marching down St. George Street to Government House where they will fire their muskets in a volley.

Walk Back In Time at the Florida Agricultural Museum - The Florida Agricultural Center presents a Walk Back in Time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring re-enactors from various periods of Florida's past.   Traditional Florida comes to life with living history demonstrations including pine needle basketry, blacksmithing, and palm frond hat weaving. Food and craft vendors will also be onsite. Admission is $5 per person. The Florida Agricultural Museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Rd. N in Palm Coast, off US 1 approximately 2 miles west of I-95 Exit 298. 386-446-7630 www.MyAgMuseum.com
Sunday: April 14
Fromajardes Serenade  - Participate in the traditional Menorcan Fromajardes celebration in which young men are rewarded for their serenading abilities with "Fromajardes", delightful Menorcan cheese pastries. The fun begins at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Cathedral Courtyard, 40 Cathedral Place. 904-829-2333.

St. Augustine Royal Tea - Afternoon tea party with St. Augustine's Royal Family -- Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos and Princess Margarita Maria -- portrayed by local heritage residents. The tea will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Cathedral Courtyard, 40 Cathedral Place. Admission is free.  904-829-2333

Farm Stroll - First Coast Fresh, A Growers Cooperative, presents a free Farm Stroll from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The "stroll" will feature tours given by farmers who will explain their operations and will include fresh farm products for sale. Local chefs will also serve free samples of foods grown on each farm.   In addition, local artists will offer their creations for sale to help fight cancer. www.firstcoastfresh.com

Third Day with Colton Dixon & Josh Wilson Concert - Multi Grammy Award winners Third Day bring their Miracle Tour to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre where they will be joined by American Idol finalist Colton Dixon and Christian pop star Josh Wilson. The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South.Tickets $45, $35, & $25.www.staugamphitheatre.com 

The Lives and Wives of Henry Flagler - Perfect for the 125th anniversary of the opening of his fabulous Hotel Ponce de Leon, this delightful dinner theatre production brings Henry Flagler and the Gilded Age to life once more. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. at the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95 per person, all inclusive (adult beverages served separately) and may be purchased daily from 2 p.m. at the restaurant or by calling 904-824-7211.

4/03/2013

So Easy...Even Joe Can Do It!



Segway Through History - and Start at The St. Francis Inn!


Segway Through History Special!

As our mid-week guest, capture the spirit of old St. Augustine with all your senses by cruising our endless streets of true southern charm. Segways are easy to use and are absolutely the most fun way to explore quaint historic St. Augustine. Tour groups are small, personal and include training. Tours are two hours and depart right here from the St. Francis Inn.

Stay for two nights Sunday – Thursday (not including holiday/event periods or weekends) at our regular rates and you will receive two complimentary admissions (valued at $59 plus tax for each person) for a two hour tour.

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Rate: Free

Advanced reservations are required and no other offers or discounts may be used with this special package/promotion. What a great deal – all this at NO additional charge in addition to our advertised room rate.

4/02/2013

11 April festivals (in St. Augustine and St. Johns County) | StAugustine.com


11 April festivals (in St. Augustine and St. Johns County) | StAugustine.com

APR 3:         PONCE DE LEON FIESTA & LANDING
APR 5-7:     RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL
APR 6-7:     PONCE DE LEON CELEBRATION
APR 12-13: DON’S FRIENDS 5K AND FUN FEST
APR 12-14: VELO FEST
APR 14:      FIRST COAST FRESH FARM STROLL
APR 18-20: FLORIDA’S BIRDING & PHOTO FEST
APR 20-21: FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO
APR 20-21: EARTH DAY AT WASHINGTON OAKS
APR 27:       A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
APR 27:       RACE TO THE TASTE 5K RUN/WALK

AND COMING IN MAY:
MAY 19:     SEA TURTLE FESTIVAL 2013



For details click the link below:  11 April festivals (in St. Augustine and St. Johns County) | StAugustine.com

Events Celebrating 500 Years Plus Much More!

Monday through Sunday: April 1 - 7
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso's main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under - Free; Kids 7 - 12 - $5; Family of 4 - $20; Military in Uniform - Free; Flagler College Student with ID - Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. www.picassoartandarena.com   904-825-1000
Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum - The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings are featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John's County residents are free. 904-824-2874  
Monday - Friday: April 1 - 5
What Could Be Exhibition - Artist Anna von Mertens' What Could Be exhibition is on display at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., in St. Augustine. The artist meticulously translates empirical data about subjects as far ranging as energy in nuclear explosions to auras in historical paintings into paintings, hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabrics. The gallery will host the exhibition through April 12. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Mon. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m. www.flagler.edu/crispellert
Tuesday: April 2
Spring Women's Exchange Luncheon - Enjoy a very special luncheon prepared by members of the St. Augustine Women's Exchange in the Gardens of the historic Pena-Peck House. Doors to the gift shop open at 10:30 a.m., and the luncheon is served at noon. Tickets are $25 and include $5 fun money for shopping. The Pena-Peck House is located at 143 St. George Street in St. Augustine. http://www.PenaPeckHouse.com  904-829-5064

Dedication of GTM NERR Ponce de Leon 30 and 8 Historical Site - Celebrate Ponce de Leon's naming of La Florida from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the GTM Research Reserve North Beach Parking Access on A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. Located between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, this permanent addition to the visitor experience recognizes the only known navigational reading recorded on Ponce de Leon's "Journey of Discovery," taken at noon, April 2, 1513 the day prior to his landing when he claimed La Florida for Spain.   From 11:30 to 1:30, Ponce and his men will be portrayed by the Men of Menendez, a local historic reenactment group. They will take a navigational reading at the approximate position of 30 degrees 8 minutes north latitude. Then local and state dignitaries will unveil a 15' statue of Ponce de Leon, an official historical marker and interpretive signage.   904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr308ponce.eventbrite.com
                                                                      
St. Augustine Archaeological Association - Local archaeologists share results of local digs and news of upcoming archaeological events. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room, Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Admission is free.  http://saaa.shutterfly.com
Wednesday: April 3
Commemorative Reenactment of the Landing of Juan Ponce de Leon - Colorful re-enactment ceremonies throughout the day along St. Augustine's bayfront commemorate the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's April 3, 1513, landing on the shores of La Florida.   The commemorative landing takes place at 9 a.m. on the bayfront at the base of the Bridge of Lions. At 10 a.m., a ceremonial wreath laying featuring the mayor of Santervas, Spain (birthplace of Ponce) will take place at the Ponce statue. A commemorative mass takes place at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral and at 12:30 p.m. a commemorative U.S postage stamp will be unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. www.Ponce500.com

Juan Ponce de Leon Commemorative Mass and Baptismal Font Dedication - A special mass at St. Augustine's Cathedral Basilica,38 Cathedral Place will include the dedication of an exact replica of the baptismal font in which Ponce was baptized. www.staugustine-450.com

United States Postal Service La Florida Stamp Unveiling- The United States Postal Service will unveil the 2013 La Florida Forever Stamp at Lewis Auditorium on the campus of St. Augustine's Flagler College. Presenters include Florida Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner; Flagler College President Dr. William Abare; and Florida Senator Bill Nelson. The cermony takes place at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. www.Ponce500.com

First Wednesdays Lightner Museum Tours - Lightner Museum curator provides an exclusive encounter with some of the museum's eclectic relics. The themed interactive tours are changed monthly and are designed to give participants an opportunity to talk with the curator and see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays.   Tours begin at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the museum located at 75 King Street in St. Augustine. The tour is included in the regular admission price of $10 adults; active duty military $6; $5 college students and young people ages 12-18; free for under 12. Donations welcomed. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
Thursday: April 4 
Marineland Beach Walk - The GTM Research Reserve presents a free, guided walk along the beach at Marineland. The hike focuses on birdlife, habitats and the unusual geology of the shore. The 90-minute hike begins at 9 a.m. Watch for the temporary event sign posted on the west side of A1A at the south end of Marineland. 904-823-4500

Learn to Kayak - Guided 2-hour tour that is great for beginners or experienced paddlers. Safe loading from a stable floating dock system and kayak rudders that allow for even greater maneuverability. Gain a new perspective of the salt marsh habitat, spy interesting shorebirds, and maybe even see a dolphin. Your guide will ensure a safe and informative tour. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $35/paddler. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
Friday: April 5
Spring Women's Exchange Luncheons - Enjoy a very special luncheon prepared by members of the St. Augustine Women's Exchange in the gardens of the historic Pena-Peck House. Doors to the gift shop open at 10:30 a.m., and lunch is served at noon.  Tickets are $25 and include $5 fun money for shopping. The Pena-Peck House is located at 143 St. George Street in St. Augustine. http://www.PenaPeckHouse.com  904-829-5064

First Friday Art Walk - Experience one of St. Augustine's most popular cultural events from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. 904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
Friday - Sunday: April 5 - 7
Spring Member Show at St. Augustine Art Association Gallery - Outstanding exhibition of association members' art juried for awards. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. http://www.staaa.org 904-824-2310

What Flows From Spain Exhibit - In recognition of Florida's quincentennial, the St. Augustine Art Association will feature a special exhibit of the works of Cuban-American artist Elio Beltran. The exhibit, titled What Flows From Spain, includes several large-scale narrative paintings emphasizing Florida's ties to Spain. The artist will be at the gallery from 5-9 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk (April 5). Admission to the gallery is free. On April 18, a Spanish-inspired reception, "Viva Espana," will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature Dennis Fermin on guitar, flamenco dancing and sangria. Admission for this event is $5. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street. 904-824-2310 http://www.staaa.org

"Deeper-New Works Art Exhibit to Benefit Rikki" - Space:Eight Gallery exhibit opens with all new works by Chip Southworth produced for benefit of Rikke Southworth to aid in her ongoing battle with breast cancer. The exhibit and opening party take place on April 5 from 5-11 p.m. at Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. The show will run through May 24 with all proceeds from art sales presented to Rikki. www.spaceeight.com
 904-829-2838

Jurassic Park: An IMAX 3D Experience - The IMAX release of Jurassic Park digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX 3D Experience! Jurassic Park will be showing at the IMAX Theatre, at 1:00, 4:25, 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. at One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. E-Tickets are $14.50 Adults and $11.50 Children 3-12. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com

18TH Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival - Non-stop music and award-winning scrumptious barbecue all weekend long, plus a Saturday night performance by JJ Grey and Mofro. Rhythm & Ribs takes place at Francis Field, located behind the Historic Downtown Parking Facility on West Castillo Dr. 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 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, except Saturday evening, when it is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. www.rhythmandribs.net
 904-417-8470
Saturday: April 6
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.www.nps.gov/foma  904-471-0116

Nature Hike at Faver-Dykes - Park Services specialist Dennis Pope leads a hike along the Pine Loop Trail at Faver-Dykes State Park. The hike features flora and fauna, timber harvesting and prescribed fires. The hike is from 10 to 11 a.m. and departs from the ranger station.   The hike is included in the regular admission ($5 per vehicle) to the park located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine. 904-794-0997 www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes

Garden + History Tour of Washington Oaks Gardens - Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Ranger Dixon will share a stroll through the formal gardens and provide the history of the Washington Oaks Historic District from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ranger Dixon will share her passion about the various flowers, plants, and butterfly species that the park has to offer. Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. The park is located at 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL. www.FloridaStateParks.org

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration - Features a spectacular sunset across the bay -- plus, dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Activities are from 3 p.m. - dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com

Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park - Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. 904-461-2035 http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 

Saturday & Saturday: April 6 & 7
Ponce de Leon Celebration: La Fiesta de la Florida - Weekend-long revival of St. Augustine's Ponce de Leon celebration that began in 1883. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. on April 6 with a re-enactment on the bayfront of Ponce de Leon's 1513 discovery and naming of La Florida. A ceremony will follow at the Ponce de Leon statue at the east end of the Plaza de la Constitucion. Re-enactors representing 500 years of Florida history will appear during festivities continuing until 10 p.m. The celebrations on both days will take place at the Ribera House, 22 St. George Street and Arrivas House, 46 St. George Street. Latin food, historic military demonstrations by the Historic Florida Militia, folkloric dancers from Hispanic countries and other live entertainment will be featured. On April 7, the festivities begin on St. George Street at 11 a.m. with a performance of "Dancing With the Sun" by the pre-Columbian dancers Xochitalpan.   The day's entertainment includes Lucero Bernal with traditional Mariachi-style music; Latin American folkloric groups Raices de Colombia, Fuego Flamenco; Raices de mi Tierra Puerto Rico; San Patricio Mexican Dancers and Belly Flamenco Dancers; "Taste of the Fuego Flamenco"; Blue Lotus belly dancing; guitar performances and special appearances by Don Juan Ponce de Leon (portrayed by Fr. Gilbert Medina) and Miss Ponce de Leon (portrayed by Raisa La Rosa, the reigning Miss Mundo Latina). Free admission to all events. 904-460-2741 www.facebook.com/PonceDeLeonCelebration

Sunday: April 7
Chicago Concert - Chicago, one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock 'n' roll groups in history, performs at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Tickets $67, $52 & $47. www.staugamphitheatre.com 904-209-0367