This Weekend in St. Augustine

Thursday, March 21, 2013

St. Augustine Weekend Events & Activities

Friday: March 22

Yo Gabba Gabba Live! - State-of-the-art production and interactive experience for kids and adults of all ages. Hip-hop legend Biz Markie joins the cast for this tour titled "Get the Sillies Out." Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A. Tickets are $45, $35, and $25. www.staugamphitheatre.com 904-471-1965 


Friday, Saturday & Saturday: March 22, 23 & 24


St. Augustine Chalk Walk Festival

This St. Augustine 450th Anniversary event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday with a Chalk Walk party. Then, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, more than 70 artists will use the 500-year old art form of chalking to express St. Augustine's Spanish Colonial heritage on the sidewalks between the Historic Downtown Parking Facility and the Visitor Information Center at 10 West Castillo Dr. Cash prizes will be presented for the best sidewalk creations. This is a free event for people of all ages to participate and create. Sunday is a full day of public viewing ending with a sidewalk washing. www.staugustinechalkwalk.com

Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton Baskin in Unguarded Moments - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' search for a good marriage after her divorce is the theme of this play presented in the Flagler Room of Flagler College, 74 King Street in St. Augustine. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $20. 904-710-1782.

Luxury Sunset Eco Tours - Ride the tide with paddle into the sunset on a guided tour with Ripple Effect eco Tours. Swirls of color paint the nighttime sky as learn about the natural mystery of the estuary. The tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The tours depart from the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (Marineland). The $55 adults and $45 for 15 years or younger fee includes the finest kayaking equipment and guided service. www.rippleeffectecotours.com   
904-347-1565

Limelight Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker - Richard Nash's play about the Curry family and their hopes of a marriage and rain during the American Depression Era. 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. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org 

Saturday: March 23


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 11 a.m. to 12 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/


Artbreakers 2013 Music & Art Festival - "Back to the 70's" themed event will feature a 90-minute performance by Derek St. Holmes, the original lead vocalist for the Ted Nugent Band. The event also features a silent auction, prizes for the best 70's attire and the Cancer Support Services and Info Tent. The event is a fund raiser for Artbreakers -- a non-profit organization supporting St. Johns County cancer patients. The event takes place 5:30 p.m. at Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 each. www.artbreakers.org  904-599-2551

4th Annual Ponte Vedra Beach Home & Art Tour - Sponsored by Legacy Trust, this 4th annual tour features outstanding creativity in architecture and interior design at five exquisite homes in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach. This year's tour will showcase the artwork in each home and how each homeowner incorporated art and color into the design and furnishings of their home. Artists and interior designers will be special guests who will be onsite to meet the public and talk about their work.   While each home will be staffed with volunteers form the Cultural Center, the program is a self-guided tour. Patrons will use their own transportation to get to and from each home. A map will be provided in the program for ticket holders. Tour proceeds benefit the programs of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets for the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tour are $30 and can be purchased online at www.ccpvb.org  or by calling 904-280-0614. 

Spanish Garrison's Grand Muster - St. Augustine's Spanish Garrison conducts a colorful grand muster from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Activities and an encampment depicting 18th century Spanish military arts and garrison take place throughout the day at the Colonial Quarter and Castillo de San Marcos. At 8 p.m., the Garrison's Torchlight Parade begins at the Castillo and ends at the Governor's Palace on the Plaza. Visitors are invited to follow the parade.  www.staugustinegarrison.com

Kayaking Old City Style - Guided 2-hour eco tour provides a unique perspective of the historic Castillo de San Marcosand gorgeous views of the bay front. An interpretive guide identifies wildlife along the way and explains local salt marsh ecology. No experience necessary. Stable tandem kayaks make the paddle enjoyable for all. The tour costs $40/paddler. Tours depart at 10 a.m. from St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-377-7245  www.staugustineecotours.com

Saturday & Sunday: March 23 & 24

Old Town Art & Craft Show - Celebrate spring at this juried art and fine craft show featuring outstanding artists and craftsmen from St. Augustine and around the country. Features the very best from exquisite jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture to glistening glass, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography, extraordinary paintings to wonderful wood carvings - and much more! Show hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Held at Francis Field, 25 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. Free admission. 904-794-0084 www.OldTownArtShow.com


Through The Keyhole - Experience a Victorian Era tradition -- afternoon tea, while learning the bygone taboos of mystic parlor games such as tea-leaf reading, pendulum dowsing and the talking spirit board. Tea will be served at 2 p.m. in the Upstairs Tea Room of the Spice and Tea Exchange, 59 Hypolita St. in St. Augustine. The cost is $25 per person.
904-671-5010.  

Sunday: March 24

Blessing of the Fleet - In an annual event dating back to St. Augustine's earliest history, watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft - all decorated with flags and bunting --receive this special blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica along the Plaza de La Constitucion to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.  904-824-9725. Blessing of the Feet.


Emma Concert Series: Dance Alive National Ballet - Dance Alive, featuring an international roster of award-winning dancers, performs at 2 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30.   www.EmmaConcerts.com  904-797-2800

Murder in The Old City - A murder mystery in the nation's oldest city combined with great dining creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95. Dinner served at 6 p.m., show begins 7 p.m. Raintree Restuarant is located at 102 San Marco Ave. 904-824-7211   

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