Information Updated August 12, 2015
So you don’t end up sitting idle in traffic, or wasting hours upon hours of your life in search of parking, here are some important details to help you get around during the 450th celebrations, taking place in downtown St. Augustine Sept. 4 – 8, 2015.
With downtown parking at a premium, the 450th celebrations make for an optimal time to dust off your two wheelers. We’ve got the scoop on all your bike details, including bike valet, where to park it and lock it up, and safety tips to keep in mind before you ride. If you’re hellbent on bringing your car, we’ve mapped out where you can and can’t drive. Although you can drive into downtown and wing it, we suggest planning ahead, and carrying some cash with you.
BY CAR: WHERE TO PARK IT
Parking is available in the downtown parking garage located off W. Castillo Drive. Parking at the facility is $10 per vehicle per entry. Francis Field, located just before the parking garage on W. Castillo Drive, is also available for parking during the festival and is $10 per vehicle. Situated at the intersection of US 1 and King Street, overflow parking will be available behind Broudy’s liquor store.
Traffic Notice: All vehicular traffic, regardless of type, will be treated in the same manner during regular operating hours up to the street closures. No special impediments to taxi or motorbikes should be anticipated, other than increased traffic on the roads, which will impact every motorist.
Downtown Business Alert: There will be access points for downtown businesses and residents at the intersections of Orange Street and Cordova, and Valencia and Cordova.
BY BIKE: BIKE PARKING & VALET
If you live in or around downtown, or on the island in Davis Shores, riding your bike to the festivities is an easy breezy, and smart decision. Not to worry, once you arrive, there are plenty of spaces to keep your ride safe for the duration. Throughout the weekend there are various downtown locations for you to park and lock your ride. There is also a bike valet set up on the island, courtesy of VeloFest Community Initiative.
When & Where You Can (and Can’t) Ride: Ample bike parking is conveniently and strategically located within walking distance of all stages. Those wishing to ride their bikes into town for the day should do so prior to the street closure times and arrange to secure their bike at one of these racks prior the start of the main stage concert performances. Bicycles will not be permitted to ride at any time within the containment area surrounding the Main Stage to ensure the safety of all pedestrians. (In short, prepare to park it, lock it and walk on your own two feet once you’re downtown in the heart of the festivities).
Bicycles will be permitted to cross the Bridge of Lions during open traffic hours, up until time for street closures (as noted on the street closure map). At the time of the Bridge closure to vehicular traffic, bikes will also be prohibited from riding across.
Safety Note: Before you ride, be sure to pump up your tires, remember to wear a helmet, make sure your bike has reflectors, lights, and that you are riding legally, with the flow of traffic.
For more on biking in St. Augustine throughout the 450th and beyond, check out Bike St. Augustine.
BY TROLLEY: SHUTTLE SERVICE
The shuttles will run on the following days and times.
- Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Both admission onto the shuttle and the shuttle parking lots are FREE. Shuttle service is provided by Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripley’s Red Train Tours.
OLD TOWN TROLLEY: Anastasia Blvd.
For those opting to park on the island, Anastasia Trolley will operate in a circuitous route. The route spans between the eastern foot of the Bridge of Lions, along Anastasia Blvd. to the Anastasia Baptist Church lot, then stopping by the Elks Lodge, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, followed by the RB Hunt School lot and then the Conch House lot before heading back to the Bridge. Wave it Down: Celebrants standing along the route wishing to be picked up simply need to wave the trolley down. Assuming you are standing in an area safe for the train to stop, they will pick you up. Pedicab Rides: VeloFest has secured Pedicab of St. Augustine to be on call to offer rides over the Bridge of Lions for those who ride on the trolley and can’t make the walk over.
Shuttle Park & Ride Locations
- Anastasia Baptist Church (1650 A1A South)
- R.B. Hunt Elementary School (125 Magnolia Drive)
- Elks Lodge (1420 A1A South)
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340C A1A South)
- The Conch House ( 57 Comares Avenue)
RED TRAINS: Northside & Westside (San Marco Avenue & US 1 & King Street)
Red Trolley Trains will be providing a trolley service to and from both the Northside (San Marco) and our Westside (King Street) Neighborhoods.
Northside Park & Ride Locations: San Marco
- Dirt lot across San Marco Avenue from DOS Coffee
The San Marco shuttle will drop off and pick up riders at the Visitor Information Center located at 10 W. Castillo Drive.
Westside Park & Ride Location: US 1 South
- Broudy’s Fine Wine and Spirits (35 N. Ponce De Leon Boulevard)
The Westside / US 1 shuttle will run from the Broudy’s parking lot on King Street and US 1, East to Cordova Street and return on a circuitous route.
Those wishing to be picked up by the passing trolley can wave their hands and the trolley when safe, will make every effort to stop and retrieve them. Otherwise, festival-goers are encouraged to walk to the drop-off points for boarding.
NOTICE: Additional parking lots: Please note that additional private lots might become available for parking along the shuttle routes during the Celebrate 450! Street and Music Festival. Many of these lots will charge a fee between $0 to $25. The shuttles will stop at these locations as needed.
View our Unofficial Official Guide to the 450th, in our August/September 2015 print issue of St. Augustine Social Magazine. Illustrations by Andrew Scott Wilson.