Entertainment in St Augustine this week

400-TownCrier-LGBarbara Golden, Communications Manager for the St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, informed local Historic City News reporters about the following entertaining events for our St Johns County readers.

Local Resident Specials

St Johns County residents with valid identification 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, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at 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 Fort Matanzas National Monument, St Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum. Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St Johns County residents with valid identification.

Monday – Sunday: August 19-25
4th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit – This stunning exhibition features landscapes, floral, marine life, birds, plant life and more. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery in St. Augustine is open Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. through August 31. Admission is free. 11 Marine St. 904-824-2310. www.staaa.org
Ordinary People – This exhibit is a colorful, folksy presentation featuring some of St. Augustine’s first colonists. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr. www.StAugustine-450.com.
Ignorance is a Choice Art Exhibit – Artist Donny Miller’s Ignorance is a Choice exhibit will be on display at St. Augustine’s space:eight Gallery. Donny’s unique graphic style of pairing seemingly benign images with witty declarations about humanity is as much philosophic as it is artistic. Ignorance is a Choice runs thru September 27. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com
Monday – Friday: August 19 – 23
Gallery Exhibition at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, hosts an exhibition of the works of Lucy Clark and Karlene McConnell titled Raw Umber. Also on exhibit, the Art of Ballet. Admission is free. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday. 904-280-0614
www.ccpvb.org
Wednesday: August 21
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Features selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 – Live concert with the band Smokin’ Mirrors playing R/R takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Admission is free and local restaurant Ripe Bistro will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
Full Moonrise Celebration at Washington Oaks Beachside – See the sunset and moonrise from Washington Oaks Gardens State Park’s unique coquina rock beach from 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. with talk by Park Service Specialist Joe Woodbury. Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 www.FloridaStateParks.org
Thursday: August 22
Concerts in the Plaza – Free live concert with Morris Duenow, 7-9 p.m. in St. Augustine’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion. Bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating. www.PlazaConcerts.com 904-825-1004
Friday: August 23
Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre – Oz: The Great and Powerful is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre. Concessions will be available for purchase. Gates open at 7 p.m. 1340 A1A South, 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: August 23 – 25
19th International Skimboard Tournament – From sunrise to sunset, the world’s best skimboarders will compete in the Florida Pro/Am at St. Augustine’s Vilano Beach. Free admission. 904-540-1189 www.vilanobeachfl.com/14-event/20-skimboard-tournament
Saturday: August 24
Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. 904-471-3733.
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – Join the GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net to collect fish, crabs and more. Then learn about the animals and their habitat. Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra. 904-823-4500. gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com
Second Seminole War Commemoration – Ceremony honors the memory of U.S. soldiers who died in the Second Seminole War and whose bodies were collected and buried beneath pyramids in St. Augustine’s National Cemetery. Presented by the West Point Society, Florida National Guard and the Veterans Society of St. Johns County, the event is from 9 a.m. to noon at the national cemetery. 82 Marine St. www.450military.org
Experience Fort Mose Series: Cure What Ails You – Fort Mose Historic State Park goes back in time with period dress volunteers, Spanish cooking, 18th century colonial medicines and healing ways. Militia and Spanish troops practice loading and firing their flintlocks muskets. The event is from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. $2 per person Visitor Center Entrance Fee; Children under 6 free. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour– St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine’s historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
Sunday: August 25
Free Entrance Day: Castillo de San Marcos – In honor of the National Park Service’s Birthday, admission to Castillo de San Marcos is free for the day. Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. Located along Matanzas Bay in historic St Augustine. www.NPS.gov/casa

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