The St Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau informed local St Johns County entertainment reporters at Historic City News that October is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all of the entertainment the area has to offer.
Look what’s coming up this week!
Friday: October 26
Arturo Sandoval Concert
Grammy award-winning Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall located at 1050 A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $46 and $56 http://www.PVConcertHall.com.
Brett Waller Exhibition
Featuring art by Brett Waller at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, 50 Executive Way. Free to the public. Exhibition hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through December 1. 904-280-0614. http://www.ccpvb.org
Friday and Saturday: October 26 & 27
Kiteboards and Paddleboards
Ocean Extreme Sports will conduct kiteboarding and standup paddleboard demos from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Depending on conditions, demos will be either at the A Street or Ocean Trace beach access ramps. Call for details and location. 904.461.9415
A Children’s Halloween
Halloween fun for the little ones in costume! A milder version of Ghost Tours of St. Augustine’s award-winning walking ghost tour! Goodies will be provided for each participant! This tour rated G for “Goosebumps”! For ages 2 – 7, must be accompanied by an adult. Tours depart from 2 St. George Street at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. 904-829-1122. http://www.ghosttoursofstaugustine.com
Florida’s Haunted Trails
Activities include a family-friendly haunted house, storytelling, magic shows, a haunted farm, wagon rides, carnival games and a headless horseman. It all takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8, children under 5 are free. Florida Agricultural Museum is located at the corner of Old Kings Road and US 1 in Palm Coast. 386.446.7630. http://www.MyAgMuseum.com
Old Town Trolleys: Nightmare In The Museum
Take a riding ghost tour through the darkened streets of Old St. Augustine, including a stop at Potter’s House of Wax which has been darkly rumored as a portal between the living and the dead. Tours start 8 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. 904-829-3800 http://www.trustedtours.com.
A Ghostly Experience Halloween 2012
A Ghostly Experience tour guides lead a walking tour through the haunted streets of the Nation’s Oldest City, for encounters with crazed, feisty, and swash-buckling spirits that linger around to tell their tales of their mysterious, warranted, and fitting deaths. Tickets are $15 per person. The tours depart every 30 minutes starting at 8 p.m. from 2 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Reservations are required, and space is limited. 904- 829-1122 http://www.GhostToursofStAugustine.com
This is an interactive paintball experience of horrific proprotions! Load up and take aim at the undead, enjoy tales told in the hut of the ancient Zombie, King Motumbo and take a ride on the Zombie Express. Tickets are on sale at Ripley’s or at the door. Zombieville can be found at 254 San Marco Ave, at the old Sugar Mill. Doors open at 7:30 every Friday and Saturday night through October. Prices are $10 at the door, or $15 for the Zombie Express leaving from the original Ripley’s.Believe It or Not Museum at 19 San Marco Avenue. You can also purchase Zombieville tickets for only $5 with the purchase of a Ghost Train Adventure ticket. For more information, call 904.377.2607.
Get trained to be a ghost hunter by professional investigators! Spend three hours using paranormal-detecting equipment inside the Old Jail and learn about the amazing amount of paranormal activity that has been observed in the building. The tour is from 10:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $80 per person; $35 for children under 12 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For reservations (required), call 904.829.3800.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 26, 27 & 28
Boeing-Boeing at the Limelight Theatre
High-flying fun comes to St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre with this production of the classic 1960′s farce Boeing Boeing. Located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, performances will take place through November 18 on Thursdays, through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $20 for students and active-duty military. http://www.limelight-theatre.org 904-825-1164
Fall Eco Tours
Enjoy the fall weather on one of St. Augustine Eco-Tours’ guided nature outings. On Friday, there’s a student holiday special from 10 a.m. until noon – a 2-hour kayak adventure with safe equipment and guide. Saturday and Sunday feature 12-mile boat trips aboard a stable, ridged-hulled inflatable boat – dolphins, ospreys and beautiful scenery are featured. Tours depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. each day. Tours, including guide, are priced at $35 per person. Call (904) 377 -7245 for reservations or visit http://www.staugustineecotours.com to learn more.
Premium Outlets Pink Event
Throughout October, St. Augustine Premium Outlet shoppers who stop by the Information Center and donate $10 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure will receive a special savings card filled with “25% off one single item” redeemable at Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, J.Crew, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. http://www.premiumoutlets.com
Venom! Ultra Vision! Glow in the Dark! These are some of the fascinating “monster” characteristics of some sea animals. Daily in October, the Sea Monsters Traveling Exhibit engages visitors in these mysterious and intriguing attributes, and explains how they are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. Learn about animals that use these special survival strategies. Included in General Admission Price, $9.75 Adult General Admission, $7.75 Child General Admission
St. Augustine Lighthouse Dark of the Moon Tours
Go on the only tour that takes participants to the top of the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and into the eerie Keeper’s House. Find out why the Syfy Network’s Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the “Mona Lisa of paranormal sites.” Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults ($35 on Halloween) and $20 for children ages 7-11($30 on Halloween). Reservations are required. (Private 90-minute, 3-hour and 5-hour tours are also available.) Call 904.829.0745
Halloween Corn Maze
Get hopelessly lost in a nine-acre maze! Fun for the entire family! This third annual maze is at the Sykes and Cooper Farms off SR 207 in Elkton, Florida (about five miles east of I-95 Exit 311). Plus, don’t miss Jack the braying donkey, the awesome pumpkin slingshot and the cow train! Tickets (cash only) are $8 per person (children under 2 are free). The maze is open on Fridays 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.sycofarms.com or call 904.692.1084.
Friday and Sunday: October 26 & 28
St. Augustine Community Orchestra Concert
Experience the first concert of the new season when the orchestra performs on Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum, 75 King Street and on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, in Ponte Vedra Beach. http://www.staugustineorchestra.org 904-669-0194
Saturday: October 27
Children’s Chocolate Spook-tacular
Let your Ghosts and Goblins transform into chocolatiers and make their own spooky chocolate treats at Peterbooke Chocolate, 1011 A1A Beach Blvd, #3 in St. Augustine Beach. All children in costume receive a free treat — $20 per child for this memorable chocolate-making experience. Call to reserve a time and date. (904) 471-2830
Black Raven Halloween Cruise
Join the crew of the Black Raven as she battles the Black Queen on special Halloween cruise! This special Halloween Eve production will feature a battle between two ships, trivia contests, music, songs and a big party! Departure time from the St. Augustine Marina is 8:15 p.m. Return time: depends. There’s a cash bar onboard and finger foods will be served. Adults Only! $44.95 per person, plus tax. For reservations, call 877-578-5050.
Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park
A 2.5 mile Ranger-led walk that starts at 9 a.m. is a leisurely stroll through the Maritime Hammock, marsh, dunes and shore line at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A, St. Augustine. Participation is free with paid park admission. For more information, call 904-461-2033.
Living History Days At Fort Mose
Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Program is weather permitting.The demonstrations take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
Uptown Saturday Night
Live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more from 5 to 9 p.m. 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. Free parking at the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Avenue. 904.823.9263.
Sunday: October 28
Blues Traveler at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Blues Traveler, best known for their single Run-Around, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $36.50 in advance; $40 day of show. For more information, visit http://www.PVConcertHall.com
Jill Scott Performs at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott will perform cuts from her #1 album “The Light Of The Sun”. The gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $85. St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A South in St. Augustine.www.StAugAmphitheatre.com
Local Resident Specials
St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum. St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year. The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.