This Week in St. Johns County

This Week in St. Johns County

Monday – Sunday: June 15 – 21

Tapestry:  The Cultural Threads of First America
This signature St. Augustine 450th Commemoration exhibition shares the story of how three intertwining cultures — Hispanics, Africans and Native Americans — came together to form the foundation of American culture and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine. This state-of-the-art exhibition features authentic objects, original documents and interactive elements. The exhibition anchors a citywide passport program that connects visitors, residents and students with important historical sites and programs throughout St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Free admission. Located at the Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call (904) 825-1000 or visit

Jurassic World at the IMAX Theater
The World Golf IMAX Theater presents Jurassic World. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, originally envisioned by John Hammond. Watch as a new attraction is created which backfires horribly. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. Located at One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 940-4123 or visit

Ongoing Special Tours
For a complete list of eco/kayak, food, history and other tours taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast this week, visit things-to-do/sightseeing tours.

Monday: June 15

Privateers and Pirates Set Sail
Set sail on the tall ship Schooner Freedom and learn about the privateers and pirates that sailed the waters of St. Augustine and the coast of Florida. The Schooner’s captain and crew will be joined by an educator from the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum for a fun, hands-on sailing experience. Help hoist the sails, hear some amazing tales, and see some artifacts, all while sailing on a real tall ship! Once you disembark the ship, your ticket includes admission into the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum. Tickets are $50 per person, $30 ages 16 and under (complimentary soda, water, beer and wine are included). Reservations suggested for this 2:15 p.m. departure time and returns at 4:15 p.m. Located at 111 Avenida Menendez. For more information, call (904) 810-1010 or visit

Monday – Friday: June 15 – 19

Galapagos 3D at The IMAX Theater
The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater will show “Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland” a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D. Adult tickets are $8.50; Student/seniors/military $7.50 and Children 3 -12 are $6.00. Visit the website for show times. Located at One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 940-4123 or visit

Curator’s Choice Exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
The works of six selected Cultural Center Artist Members are on display at this special exhibition. They include Dawn Wolf (photography); Jan Bialka (still life); Gerry Bialka (sculptures), Miles Batt 2 (abstracts); Eve Albrecht (figurative works) and Aurora Ave (paintings). Admission is free.  Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Located at 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call (904) 280-0614 or visit

Tuesday: June 16

GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture
This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office. The series is designed to inform the public about their coastal natural world. The lectures are free so space is limited and reservations are requested. Located at 9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland. Call (904) 823-4500, for more information.

Wednesday: June 17 

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market
Farmer’s Market located at the oceanside St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. Located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Call (904) 347-8007 or visit

Music by the Sea
Every Wednesday evening through October 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Music by the Sea live concerts takes place in the beautiful oceanfront setting at The St Johns County Pier Park. This week’s performer is The Grapes of Roth Band playing classic and new rock. Dinners priced $10 or less from Zaharias Restaurant are available on site. Located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd in St Augustine Beach.

Maritime Heritage Foundation Gathering
The St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation hosts a Gathering at the St. Augustine Yacht Club. The doors open at 6 p.m. with Yacht Club menu items available for purchase. A guest speaker will make a presentation related to St. Augustine’s rich maritime history. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Located at 442 Ocean Vista Ave., St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 599-3800 or visit

Movies By The Bay
Ripley’s and the St Augustine Municipal Marina host a family-fun movie every Wednesday through August 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the marina on the bayfront. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or chair. This week’s featured film is Shark Tale – rated PG. There will be free transportation from the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center (VIC) to and from the marina provided by the Red Trains. Pick-ups will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the VIC (10 S. Castillo Drive) and will run every 15-20 minutes. Shuttles back to the VIC will take place following the movie. Movies at 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 824-1606 or visit

Thursday: June 18

Concert in the Plaza
From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night through September 3 enjoy a live free concert under the live oaks in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion. This week’s performers are Bob & Joline & The Friends of Mine Band. Bring a chair or blanket for seating. Cathedral Place and King St., St. Augustine.

Thursday – Saturday: June 18 – 20 

“Visual Melodies in Unrestrained Colors”
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach presents the artwork of Anthony Whiting. The Exhibition will be held at the Cultural Center Annex Gallery located at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Admission is free. Open Thursday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed daily from 1-2 p.m. Located at 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Call (904) 209-0399 or visit

The 9th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival
Free Classical Music Concerts. The St. Augustine Music festival features musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions. Celebrating the 450th birthday of the City of St. Augustine these special concert programs, including the world-premiere of a composition commissioned in honor of this notable anniversary are free and take place at the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Performances are June 18: Alive With History; June 19: Música del Paraíso – Guitar Night – A Celebration of Spanish Music; June 20: Música Nocturna; June 25: Flights of Fancy; June 26: Mysteries and Visions and June 27: Old World – New World. Located at 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine.

Thursday – Sunday: June 18 – 21

U.S. Open Week at the World Golf Hall of Fame
There’s no better time to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame than during U.S. Open Week. Go on a unique scavenger hunt and enjoy a special photo-op with the U.S. Open trophy. The tournament will be shown throughout the museum. The World Golf Hall of Fame is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $19.50 for adults, $18.50 for seniors and $10 for students (13 and over) and $5 for children (5-12). One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 940-4123 or visit

Friday: June 19

Give Like A Pirate Day
The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum launches “Give Like A Pirate Day”, a new charitable venture with the proceeds benefiting The Betty Griffin House. Tour the Museum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults and $7 for children 5 -12, with snacks and beverages provided. Then at 8 p.m.under the Big Oak at the Colonial Quarter behind the Museum, enjoy a free presentation entitled “Treasure Past and Treasures Present” by legendary maritime archaeologist, Jim Sinclair, world renown for his adventures. Located at 12 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Call 877-467-5863 or visit

Robert Earl Keen and His Band
Robert Earl Keen and his band perform live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $50 for the first 6 rows and $40 for all other seats. Located at 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. Call (904) 209-0399 or visit

Saturday: June 20

Old City Farmers’ Market
Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. Located at 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 471-3733.

Guided Beach Exploration Guana South Beach
Join GTM Research Reserve Docents from 8:30 – 10 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a “Beaches 101” experience that the entire family will enjoy. There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee. Located at 1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call (904) 823-4500.

16th Annual Vettes at the Village
Vettes at the Village returns to World Golf Village with more than 100 classic, late model and custom Corvettes on display around the Walk of Champions. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. An awards ceremony featuring Best of Show and People’s Choice will follow the show. Located at One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine. Call (904) 940-4123 or visit

Nocatee Farmer’s Market
Nocatee Farmer’s Market takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every third Saturday. This free family-friendly event has over 80 local vendors selling everything from produce, crafts, jewelry, herbs, unique foods and more. Free face painting will be available for the little ones, along with bounce house. Located at 245 Little River Rd., Ponte Vedra.

Cherokee Native American Interpretive History Demonstrations
Enjoy a day of demonstrations by Cherokee Native Historians at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., listen and learn about how the Southeastern Cherokee nation interacted with the Timucua tribes in the area for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. The lectures and demonstration will take place in our living history village of Seloy. Come see our nation’s history told from a fascinating angle! Admission is $15 adults, $14 seniors, $9 children 6 – 12, under 5 free. Located at 11 Magnolia Avenue, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 829-3168 or visit

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour
Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Located at 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine.

Saturday & Sunday: June 20 & 21

The Battle of Bloody Mose
This 7th annual re-enactment of the June 26, 1740 Battle of Bloody Mose provides visitors with an exciting look at this pivotal battle between the British under the command of Georgia’s James Oglethorpe and the Spanish militia composed of former British slaves who had been granted their freedom by the Spanish. On Saturday, the program is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with battle re-enactments at 11 a.m. On Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can meet re-enactors portraying the various Spanish, British, African and Native American groups present during the battle. The event is free and weather permitting. There is a $2 admission fee to enter the museum. Located at 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 823-2232 or visit

Sunday:  June 21  

Father’s Day at the Hall of Fame
The World Golf Hall of Fame offers complimentary admission to everyone for Father’s Day and dads get a free round on the putting course. Golf themed movies will be playing free all day in the IMAX theater. Museum will be open from 12 -6 p.m. One World Golf Pl. (off I-95 Exit 323), St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 940-4123 or visit

Schooner Freedom Father’s Day Sail
Celebrate Father’s Special Day with a cruise aboard St. Augustine’s premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom. The sails on the Matanzas River casts off at 12:15 p.m. (1.5 hour sail) $25 adults, $10 kids; 2:15 p.m. (2-hour sail) $35 for adults, $25 for kids; the Sunset Sail departs at 6:15 p.m. (2-hour sail) $45 per person. All depart from the City Marina. Pack a picnic or bring desert. Complimentary beer, wine, soda and water included. Located at 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 810-1010 or visit

Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre
Back to the Future is the featured film at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (gates open at 7 p.m.) The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre. Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required. A variety of concessions will be available for purchase. Located at 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 209-0367 or visit

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, 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. Every Thursday admission to the First Colony Exhibit at the Government House is also free to SJC residents. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery and St. Augustine Distillery 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, visit the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at

Share your thoughts with our readers >>