Spring has (nearly) sprung, so emerge from hibernation and soak up the barely-missed sunshine during the Ancient City’s festival season. Whether you’re a melomaniac or a gourmet or anything in between, St. Augustine has a festival for you. So check our list, load up your car with your friends, family, neighbors, mailman, the whole gang, slather on some sunscreen (they don’t call us the Sunshine State for nothing), and spend your spring as a St. Augustine festival-goer.
St. Augustine Film Festival
Film continues to make an indelible mark on the culture at large. And on it’s 10th anniversary, the Saint Augustine Film Festival is ready to celebrate – with feature films, documentaries, and shorts from all over the world. The Saint Augustine Film Festival (SAFF) runs January 16-19 with movies at Lewis Auditorium, Corazon Cinema & Café, and Gamache-Koger Theater. Tickets to individual films are $10 General Admission and $8 seniors (60 & up). A full schedule of films can be found online.
Old City Pirate Fest
Channel your inner pirate at the 4th Annual Old City Pirate Fest! With plenty of music, live entertainment, dozens of pirate vendors, activities for the whole family, and swashbuckling demonstrations (not to mention magicians and puppet shows), this is certain to be a festival to remember. So gather your full-fledged pirates and your pirates-in-training for an dastardly and daring weekend. The festival will be open from 9am-10pm on Saturday, and 12-4pm on Sunday. General admission is $7 for adults and $2 for children 13 and under.
Lincolnville Porch Fest
February 15, 12-9:30pm
If you’ve ever wandered through the streets of Lincolnville, you’ll know that beautiful and welcoming porches abound. The only thing that could make them any better is adding in some local music. And that’s just what the Lincolnville Porch Fest does every year! So look forward to another beautiful day of music, community, and love. A full music schedule will be released soon on their Facebook event page, which you can visit at the link below.
St. Augustine Beach Pier Arts & Crafts Festival
St. Johns County Ocean Pier
Join some of the area’s most talented vendors as they showcase their jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, handmade soaps, and photography. Find the perfect birthday gift or get a huge head start on your holiday shopping. The event is free, so bring your family and friends along for the ride!
St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
Delicious and unique wines paired with delightful hors d’oeuvres and dishes, all set in a stunning location…what more could we ask for? The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival will kick off Friday evening on February 28 with the Cava Reception and Wine Pairing Dinner at Flagler College’s Solarium, where guests can enjoy an elegant evening of Spanish food and wine pairings. On Saturday at the Grand Tasting, guests will be able to sample more than 100 authentic Spanish wines. Knowledgeable wine professionals will provide interesting information and answer any questions about the wines.
34th Annual Cathedral Festival
Mission Nombre de Dios
February 28-March 1
Complete with carnival rides, raffles, music, food, and more, there’s no better way to start off the festival season than the long-running Cathedral Festival. Spend the weekend jamming out with a lineup of local musicians, surveying the city from the top of the ferris wheel, and watching fireworks light up the night sky. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 11-17, and free for children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Cathedral Parish School and the Cathedral Parish Early Education Center.
Lighthouse Night Fest
St. Augustine Lighthouse
February 29, 4-8pm
At the annual Lighthouse Night Fest, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will be open for free! There will be plenty of children’s activities are offered on the grounds, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Visitors can climb 219 steps to the top of the 165-foot historic tower for breathtaking views of downtown St. Augustine, the beaches, and the Nation’s Oldest Port. All proceeds support the nonprofit Museum.
Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run
St. Augustine Lighthouse
February 29, 4:30pm
In conjunction with the Lighthouse Night Fest, the Junior Service League of St. Augustine is hosting the 38th Annual Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run. So strap on your running shoes and get your blood pumping before you head over to the Lighthouse grounds for an evening of fun. In support of the Lighthouse’s mission, the Lighthouse 5k is a chipped race that serves as a qualifier for the famed Gate River Run. And the Fun Run is a true treat for the little runners! Don’t miss the awards ceremony following the race on the beautiful Lighthouse grounds.
Menorcan Heritage Celebration
March 7, 11am-3pm
The Menorcans were a group of Mediterranean people who journeyed to East Florida in the 18th century to work as servants on a plantation in New Smyrna. Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of their arrival and experience the Menorcan arts and culture by listening to story-tellers and guest speakers and learn their history through period clothing and authentic food. The Menorcan Heritage Fest is presented by the Menorcan Cultural Society.
74th Florida Azalea Festival
The 74th Florida Azalea Festival is held the first full weekend in March in Historic Downtown Palatka. Look forward to live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, and plenty of azaleas in bloom. After you’ve gotten your fill of wandering through the luscious blossoms, head over to the Florida Azalea Scholarship Pageant, Florida Azalea Car Show, a bowling tournament, Azalea Parade, and much more.
10th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
The biggest Celtic festival in all of North Florida is a can’t-miss in your festival season! The 10th annual St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival kicks off Friday night with a whiskey tasting then continues on Saturday and Sunday with some festival fun. Channel your inner Celt as you enjoy the internationally recognized Celtic musicians, delicious traditional food, and local vendors. Celebrate your (real or imagined) heritage with a spirited weekend. General admission is $10. Tickets for the Friday’s Whiskey Tasting Event are sold separately and the entry fee is $45. In addition to the website, tickets can be purchased at Ann O’Malley’s in downtown St. Augustine.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown St. Augustine
March 14, 10am
Get yourself ready for the big festival with some celebration worthy of an Irishman! Don your favorite Kelly green garb and channel the luck of the Irish as you follow the St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown. As it is the only St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida, the event will feature a number of talented performers showing off their best Celtic dancing, bagpiping, and kilting skills. The parade will end at Francis Field where guests can enjoy the Celtic Festival.
St. Augustine Race Week
St. Augustine Bayfront
Get your paddles and boats ready to set sail on this four-day event in one of America’s oldest seaport cities. This event will feature live music, food and a variety of sailing and boat events along the St. Augustine Bayfront and near Vilano bridge. This event raises funds to send underprivileged children to sailing camps every summer as part of their JDM Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund, named in honor of a strong supporter of Race Week, John Meehan. All social events will be held at the St. Augustine Yacht Club.
38th Annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival
Get ready to savor the taste and aroma of fresh seafood. Gather the whole crew to taste mouth-watering seafood by vendors specializing in crispy conch fritters, buttery lobster tails, seasoned octopus, wild salmon, and a whole lot more. But once you’re full, never fear – the weekend will have music, arts and crafts, a kids zone, rides, belly dancers, pirate activities, and magic shows. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 15 and under are free.
Festival of Chariots 2019
Plaza de la Constitucion
Come join this vibrant festival of Chariots or Rathayatra to celebrate the Hindu and Indian culture and participating in singing, dancing, and parades, henna tattoos, art vendors, vegetarian food, and live entertainment. The Festival of the Chariots is also referred to as Ratha Yatra, which means Chariot Festival. The Rathayatra festival first started in the ancient city of Jagannatha Puri in India to celebrate the Hindu Lord of the Universe. Bring your friends and family to celebrate and learn more about the Hindu and Indian cultures while you sing and dance! Admission to this event is free.
25th Annual Rhythm & Ribs
It wouldn’t be a list of festivals without the premier event of the season! Come out for an assortment of finger-licking barbecue, award-winning culinary champions, live music, arts and crafts, rides, and more. Founded by the Sunrise St. Augustine Rotary, Rhythm & Ribs is in its 25th year and is still one of the Oldest City’s best festivals. It began in 1995 as a small barbecue fest, but has since expanded into an enormous and lively weekend of toe-tapping music, amazing food, and talented local vendors. For music lovers and barbecue aficionados alike, Rhythm & Ribs is a can’t miss. Friday and Saturday tickets are $10 for adults. Sunday is family day tickets are $5. Kids 16 and under are free.
EPIC Flower & Garden Expo
St. Johns County Agricultural Center
Looking to enhance or revitalize or update your yard with vibrant, colorful plants and flowers? Then mark your calendars for the annual EPIC Flower & Garden Expo – a rain or shine event! Every year, this show features a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture including olive trees, aquatic plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, citrus, anthuriums (the ‘love flower’), bamboo, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants, and more plus gardening accessories and art. You can also enjoy a number of gardening lectures! There is a $5 admission fee per person, which is valid for both days.
St. Ambrose Spring Fair
St. Ambrose Catholic Church
March 29, 12-4pm
The annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair brings the joy of the warm, blooming season to the Ancient City! The event will offer a number of fun activities for the kids, live entertainment, delicious traditional Minorcan food, hayrides and tractor tours, auctions, and more. Spread your blanket under the live oak and take in the spring air. Admission is free.
Old Town Art Show
Artists and fine craftsmen from the First Coast and around the country will once again converge at the Old Town Art Show on Palm Sunday weekend. The Old Town Art Show comes to life at Francis Field, which will be transformed into an extraordinary outdoor art gallery highlighting the true stars of the show – the artists! This year, there are nearly 100 outstanding artisans and master craftsmen who will be exhibiting their carefully-created jewelry, photography, sculpture, pottery, painting, glass, metal, fiber art, wood, and food.
St. Augustine Annual Easter Parade & Promenade
Downtown St. Augustine
Come meet the Easter Bunny at the Annual Easter Parade as you navigate down the streets of St. Augustine and get a glimpse of the floats, drill teams, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, and more. The whole city comes out in celebration of spring and its glorious rebirth. The parade gives you a chance to meet pirates, royalty, and even a few Storm Troopers! The next day, head to the Plaza for the beloved Easter Promenade – a spectacle of outlandish bonnets and decked-out Easter outfits. Prizes are rewarded for the best Easter Sunday best. The Promenade will begin at 12:50pm.
17th Annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest
Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia
You know what they say – birds of a feather flock together. So, come share your interest in photography at an event that will feature more than 110 different birding and outdoor photography events, workshops, classroom sessions, and night and action photography. This event is not just for the professionals or experienced photographers, but for beginners, amateurs, and enthusiasts as well. After taking beautiful pictures of the unique birds, join the festivities for a scrumptious dessert reception. Tickets are $15.
Taste of St. Augustine
April 26, 11am-5pm
Come try the unique dishes of St. Augustine’s local restaurants as they compete for the TOSTA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards under categories such as Best Ethnic, Best Upscale, Best Family Dining, and Best Dessert, as well as People’s Choice. Devour these dishes and have a chance to vote for your favorite ones. This event will also feature activities, arts and crafts, face-painting, and live music. Admission for this event is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1-5 tickets per taste. Children are admitted free. You will receive a map that lists the participating restaurants, the location, and the dishes being served. Bring your friends and family and sample the best of the local cuisine.
Gamble Rogers Music Festival
Love the local musicians? Well, here’s your chance to listen to all of them during this three-day event that features local, regional, and national music groups. Held each year to commemorate the famed recording artist, Gamble Rogers, who passed away after trying to save a drowning swimmer in 1991, this festival welcomes music lovers of all kinds. A full schedule of performers will be released on line closer to the festival date.
Romanza Festivale of the Arts
Venues Around St. Augustine
Get your dancing shoes ready and grab a partner to move your body to the rhythm of this exotic festivale! Romanza Festivale will feature more than 60 events and exhibits by many organizations. Come and enjoy America’s Most Romantic City with your dearest love and dance the night away as the city celebrates art and music. This event will provide music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, and more. Some of the events are free and others require admission fees. Events will take place at different venues in St. Augustine. Check out the website for a full schedule.