The City Department of Heritage Tourism reported to Historic City News that on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th, the Colonial Spanish Quarter will open their doors as visitors are invited to enjoy the 21st Annual Colonial Arts and Crafts Fair.
Visitors will see colonial craftspeople from throughout Florida demonstrate lost arts such as indigo dying, palmetto broom making, black work, lace making, woodcarving, and metal arts. Over 30 colonial craftspeople will be available to explain the techniques and history of each colonial craft.
There will also be special heritage arts and crafts activities for children.
Entrance to the festival is at 29 St. George Street, the pedestrian friendly street in the heart of the historic colonial city, or on Avenida Menéndez directly across from the Castillo de San Marcos.
Hours are Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday noon to 4:00 pm.
Admission is $1.00 for adults, ages 12 and under free.
Parking is available at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility adjacent to the Visitor Information Center.
The 21st Annual Colonial Arts and Crafts Fair is produced by the City of St. Augustine’s Department of Heritage Tourism with assistance from the Textile Guild of St. Augustine and support from The St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.
History of the Textile Guild of St. Augustine
Founded in 1995 by Nancy Garrard and Irene Toruella, the Textile Guild’s purpose is to teach and preserve textile techniques of the past centuries for future generations. The non-profit group has over 25 members and annually participates in the Colonial Arts and Crafts Fair.