This Weekend in St. Augustine

Thursday, October 27, 2011

There's something for everyone this weekend in St. Augustine. From ghost walks, to hearse rides, to pirate gatherings, haunted pub tour, ghosts and gravestone adventures...

New for the Month (daily October 1-31)


FLAVORS OF FLORIDA'S HISTORIC COAST
Bring your appetite to nearly 20 different restaurants that will present a "Chef's Choice" prix fixe (fixed price) three-course meal reflecting their unique flavors and style. Great food, paired with a wide variety of lodging options and enticing cultural events, make October the perfect month to visit St. Augustine · Ponte Vedra on Florida's Historic Coast. For more information on Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast, participating restaurants and their menus, visit http://www.historiccoastflavors.com/.

ST. AUGUSTINE CITY WALKS HALLOWEEN AND SAMHAIN TOURS
Through the month of October, St. Augustine City Walks Tours will honor the historical and ancient origins of Halloween and Samhain, The Celtic New Year! Each of their tours, The St. Augustine Pub Crawl; The St. Augustine CREEPY Crawl; History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder!; Savory Faire ~ A Food Tour with Taste!; and the Plaza Stroll, will celebrate the history and origins of Halloween's modern day customs - Bonfires, The Jack-O-Lantern, Dressing Up in Costume, Trick or Treating and more! For more information, call 904.540.3476 or visit http://www.staugustinecitywalks.com/.

GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES FRIGHTSEEING ADVENTURES
Explore the darker side of the Nation's Oldest City. Visit the site of the terrible tragedy that occurred in 1873 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and on these special October dates, Ghosts & Gravestones will include complimentary admission into Riot at the Old Jail, St. Augustine's premier haunted house. Tours are from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $26 per Adult and $14 per Child (ages 6 - 12). Children 5 and under are not permitted. All tours depart from The Old Jail, 167 San Marco Avenue. For more information, call 904.829.3800 or visit http://www.ghostsandgravestones.com/.


GHOSTLY HEARSE TOURS
Visit some of St. Augustine's most haunted sites from the comfort of your very own hearse! Narrated hearse tours depart with departed souls each evening at 8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m, and a late-night weekend tour departs at 11:45 p.m. Tickets are $23.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids ages 5-12. If you'd prefer to stretch your legs, walking tours are only $8. For reservations, to purchase tickets online or for more information go to www.ghosthearse.com or you make your arrangements by calling 904.829.0576


PREMIUM OUTLETS PINK EVENT
Throughout the month, shoppers can visit the on-site Information Center at St. Augustine Premium Outlets to donate $10 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In return, they will receive a special savings card filled with 25% off a single item offers from Brooks Brothers, Izod, J.Crew, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. For more information, visit http://www.premiumoutlets.com/.


Friday: October 28

2011 COLLEGE & HIGH SCHOOL JURIED ART EXHIBITION
See a showcase of juried artwork including paintings, sculptures, and photography created by St. Johns County and Jacksonville's most talented local college and high school students. The opening reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.280.0614 x203.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 28-30

THE PIRATE GATHERING
Celebrate the Golden Age of Piracy in the Nation's oldest city during the 4th annual gathering of pirate's from all over the South. See a pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, sailor's encampment, shop in the Thieves Market and hear stories of the high seas, history and sea shanties. For more information, call 904.824.4997 or visit http://www.pirategathering.com/.

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT AT THE ALLIGATOR FARM
Dress in your favorite costume to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park for candy, a creepy creature experience, animal trading cards, and a great time! Young ghosts and goblins can wander the wild walkway and encounter costumed animal keepers with creepy creatures and candy! There will be an alligator feeding show and a drawing for prizes. It all takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, call 904.824.3337 or visit http://www.alligatorfarm.com/.


Friday and Sunday: October 28 & 30


ST. AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
Enjoy a Concerto for Two Violins by St. Augustine Community Orchestra at Lightner Museum. One of the longest running cultural entities in St. Augustine the Orchestra has 50 accomplished musician members, all of whom perform on a voluntary basis. The concerts take place at the Lightner on Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church. For more information, visit www.staugustineorchestra.org.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday: October 28-31

GOLD CITY HISTORY TOURS
Ride in comfort and style with just seven other passengers on an all- electric shuttle bus while enjoying a narrated tour of the sites of St. Augustine. This tour goes where others can't and is personalized to allow stops whenever requested. St. Augustine Gold Tours operate from the Old Drug Store car park on Orange Street. Tours are $15, children six and over $10. Special party bookings are also available by reservation. For more information, call 904.325.0547 or go to http://www.staugustinegoldtours.com/


HAUNTED HEARSE RIDE
Experience a genuine St. Augustine ghost tour through the darkest side of the historic downtown riding in a gothic hearse. Rides depart at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9:15, and 11:30 p.m. from Beerhammer's located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 for adults and $18 for Children under 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visit http://www.ghostaugustine.com/.


HAUNTED PUB TOUR
Get ready to face the Spirits! Hear intoxicating tales while enjoying the ales, or other beverages, at four of St. Augustine's old haunts. Each stop is 30 to 40 minutes, just enough time to soak up your favorite drink, haunting Halloween stories and the ghostly atmosphere before you'll step outside for a refreshing easy stroll to the next pub. The Pub Tours depart at 5, 7, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. from Beerhammer's located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are recommended. Tickets for this adults-only tour are $17per person. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visit http://www.ghostaugustine.com/.


HAUNTED ST AUGUSTINE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION
Learn how to assess seemingly haunted phenomena. Bring your cameras and your wits. The investigations begin at 6 and 9 p.m. at Beerhammer's located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visit http://www.ghostaugustine.com/.


Friday and Saturday: October 28 & 29


THE TRILOGY OF SWAMP HATTIE
Visit Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine, to meet author Dennis Smith, Jr. to find out about his new book The Trilogy of Swamp Hattie - the most evil ghost to ever haunt Florida's Historic Coast. A gallery called Swamp Hattie's Lair will feature his books and the original artwork used in The Trilogy. In addition to the Worley's hand-built, unique sculpted pottery, the gallery features stunning fine art created by regional painters. 904.238.8900.



Saturday, Sunday and Monday: October 29-31

RIPLEY'S SAFETY-IN-NUMBER RIDING TOUR
Hop aboard Ripley's Safety -in -Number special Halloween Ghost Tours. This hauntingly fun tour departs from Ripley's Castle Warden, 19 San Marco Avenue, and makes stops at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park and the St. Augustine Haunted History Museum. Tours are at 6:45, 8:15, 10 p.m. and Midnight. Tickets are $23 for adults and $11 for children. 904.824.1606 http://www.ghosttrainadventure.com/


RIPLEY'S GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE
Hop aboard the Ghost Train for a trip to the paranormal side of haunted St. Augustine. This ghostly tour travels through some of the oldest city's most haunted areas. Then the tour makes a final stop a Castle Warden for a back-stage visit where participants can investigate one of the city's most notorious murder mysteries. Tours depart from Ripley's Castle Warden, 19 San Marco Avenue at 7:15; 8; 8:30; 9:15; 9:45; 10:30; 11 p.m. and Midnight. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for children. 904.824.1606 http://www.ghosttrainadventure.com/


FAMILY FUN GHOST WALK ADVENTURES
Bring the kids for some Halloween fun at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Participate in this G-rated ghost walk that promises fun and frolic. The tours are $8 for adults and $4 for children. They depart at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. from the gift shop at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Castle Warden located at 19 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. 904.824.1606 http://www.ghosttrainadventure.com/.


Saturday and Sunday: October 29 & 30


SUNSET ECO ADVENTURE
This inspiring expedition is presented from 5-6:30 p.m. by St. Augustine Eco Tours -- a perfect appetizer before dinner in the Oldest City. Call 904.377.7245 for reservations or visit http://www.staugustineecotours.com/


Saturday: October 29


GHOST AUGUSTINE DEAD WALK TOUR
If you dare, take this unique walking tour through the narrowest and darkest streets on the south end of the St. Augustine historic area. The tour has several new haunted stories that have not been heard by the public until now! Tours depart at 3, 5, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. from Beerhammer's located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visit http://www.ghostaugustine.com.


UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
From 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine's San Marco Avenue between Ripley's Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. Loca Author Ann McAllister Clark will be signing copies of the her book A Bone In Her Teeth at Wolf's Head Books, 67 San Marco. Wolfhead's will also have a special on world history materials, books, prints and maps. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. For more information, call 904.823.9263.


Sunday and Monday: October 30 & 31

PHANTOM DJ AND HALLOWEEN PARTY AT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT MUSEUM!
The Phantom DJ will provide the jammin' tunes for the Halloween party atmosphere at Ripley's Castle Warden. There will be lots of family fun featuring lasers, music, and free candy, glow-sticks, and prizes. Watch for a special appearance by the Ghost Busters. 904.824.1606 http://www.ghosttrainadventure.com/.


Monday: October 31

HALLOWEEN DARK OF THE MOON TOUR
Experience Halloween from the most unique perspective in town - the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse! Made famous by The Ghost Hunters, this special tour will run from 9-11 p.m. and is priced at $35 per person (no coupons accepted). Reservations are required. Call 904.829.0745.

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