Celebrate the start of the holiday season Thanksgiving weekend at the 52nd Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, at Francis Field, in historic St. Augustine.
Sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association, this signature art event has attracted fine artists from across the U.S. and thousands of visitors during its 50-plus year tradition.
Competing for over $5,000 in cash and prizes, 150 painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, glass and fiber artists, sculptors, metalsmiths, woodworkers and other artisans will present their one-of-a-kind handmade goods in customized exhibit tents on the field. This outdoor feast for the eyes is the ideal “shop local” spot for art collectors and holiday gift-buyers alike.
Area musicians and performers from the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival will entertain both days, and at the Hyundai Kids Art Zone, kids will get creative in a hands-on/online “art rocks” challenge.
Free demos will also be given by featured artists, while the Textile Art Guild Colonial crafters display textiles and techniques of a bygone era.
“This festival has energized our town’s cultural life for decades,” said Diane Bradley, Festival Manager. “For two days we all come together to celebrate art for a great cause.”
A $2 gate entry donation entitles Festival-goers to a free prize drawing ticket for area attractions, restaurants, and specialty gifts. Proceeds from the Festival support the operations, education, exhibition, and community outreach programs of the St. Augustine Art Association, a non-profit art organization founded in 1924 to promote excellence in the arts.
Richard Twine’s Photography with Ken Barrett