This Week in St. Johns County
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. Call (904) 824-2310 or visit www.staaa.org.
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 27th at 228 West King St., St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 829-2838 or visit www.spaceeight.com.
Monday – Tuesday: August 19 – 20
Elysium: The IMAX Experience
The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame will feature ELYSIUM set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. Show times are Monday at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30. Tuesday showings at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. Call (904) 940-4133 or visit www.WorldGolfIMAX.com.
Monday – Thursday: August 19 – 22
Flight of the Butterflies
It is a natural history epic. It is a detective story. Join hundreds of millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Playing in IMAX 3D Monday & Tuesday at 10 a.m. and noon, Wednesday 10 a.m., noon, 4 & 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. & noon, at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place at World Golf Village. Tickets are $8.50 adults, $7.50 for Senior/Military/Student and $6 for children 3 – 12. Call (904) 940-4133 or visit www.WorldGolfIMAX.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. Call (904) 280-0614 or visit www.ccpvb.org.
Monday – Saturday: August 19 – 24
The Last Reef 3D
The makers of Wild Ocean presents an underwater journey exploring our connection with the cities beneath the sea. Playing in IMAX 3D at Monday & Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Friday & Saturday noon and 3 p.m. at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place at World Golf Village. Tickets are $8.50 adults, $7.50 for Senior/Military/Student and $6 for children 3 – 12. Call (904) 940-4133 or visit www.WorldGolfIMAX.com.
Tuesday: August 20
Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse
Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the top of the Lighthouse! Includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Call (904) 829-0745 or visit www.staugustinelighthouse.org.
Full Moon Sail
St. Augustine’s premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom, sails through the calm waters of Matanzas Bay lit by the glow of the full moon. Sails from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. and departs from the City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Complimentary beer, soda and wine are included in the $35 per person rate. Call (904) 810-1010 or visit www.schoonerfreedom.com.
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. For more information, call (904) 347-8007 or visit www.thecivicassociation.com.
Backwaters Kayaking Trips from Faver-Dykes State Park
Guided by Master Naturalists, this kayak tour explores the coastline of Princess Place Preserve and Pellicer Creek — one of the cleanest and most pristine waterways in all of Florida. The tour depart at 9 a.m. from Faver-Dykes State Park. Tickets (which include park admission, guide service, kayak and gear) are $55. 1000 Fayer-Dykes Rd., St. Augustine. Call (904) 347-1565 or visit www.RippleEffectEcotours.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. Call (904) 347-8007 or visit 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. Call 386-446-6783 or visit 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. Visit www.PlazaConcerts.com or call (904) 825-1004.
Slightly Stoopid with Atmosphere and Tribal Seeds
California-based Slightly Stoopid bring their signature sound and feel-good vibe to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., the show starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.50. 1340 A1A South. Call (904) 471-1965 or visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.
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. Call (904) 209-0367 or visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.
Friday, Saturday: August 23 – 24
Colonial Crew Revue
Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street. Performing on the Colonial Quarter’s stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. For more information, call 1-888-991-0933 or visit www.colonialquarter.com.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: August 23 – 25
Great White Shark 3D and Tornado Alley 3D at the IMAX Theater
Two thrilling films — one GIANT experience — Great White Shark 3D and Tornado Alley 3D! Purchase any full-priced ticket to one documentary and get the second for only $1. Through Sept. 30. Check the website for show schedule. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. Call (904) 940-4133 or visit www.WorldGolfIMAX.com.
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. For information, call (904) 540-1189 or visit 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. Call (904) 471-3733, for more information.
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. Call (904) 823-4500 or visit 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. Call (904) 823-2232 or visit 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. Call (904) 825-0087 or visit www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com.
Full Moon Fever at the Conch House
The Conch House Lounge Deck hosts a monthly moonlight luau with a show by Prince Pele’s Polynesian Revue from 8 – 11 p.m. $5 cover charge and free “leis” for all. 57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine. Call (904) 829-8646 or visit www.conch-house.com/fullmoon.html.
Twilight Kayak Trips at Marineland
Experience the Ripple Effect – a natural celebration of the day’s end from the best seat in the house on our glowing “firefly” kayaks. Paddle into the sunset and enter an aquatic landscape that has not changed in thousands of years. Tours depart at 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required. 101 Tolstoy Lane, Town of Marineland Marina. Call (904) 347-1565 or visit www.RippleEffectEcotours.com.
Americiana Concert featuring Jubal’s Kin & Michael Peter Smith
The Lohman Auditorium at Whitney Lab in Marineland will host a concert produced by the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Inc. featuring Americana music by Jubal’s Kin and Michael Smith. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) with light refreshments. 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd. www.gamblerogersfest.org
Saturday, Sunday: August 24 – 25
The Belle of Amherst
This one-woman play is based on the writings of Emily Dickinson and stars Sinda Nichols in her performance of “The Belle of Amherst”. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $45 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. For more information, call (904) 824-7211 or visit www.raintreerestaurant.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
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted FREE of charge to the Oldest House, 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 (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.
For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489.