Fall has arrived in St. Augustine and there are some unforgettable events beginning in October that you won’t want to miss.
Here’s a list of the top 7 sure-fire, crowd pleasing events and festivals that we believe will be the most worthwhile:
1. Dressing Downton Exhibit at the Lightner Museum
St. Augustine, Florida is the ninth and final stop on the Dressing Downton™ Exhibition Tour. Make a note on your calendar so you won’t miss this gorgeous, historic exhibit before it leaves town.
The Lightner Museum proudly invites you to Dressing Downton™, a thirteen-week display of 36 authentic Edwardian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’ most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey. This rare exhibit will be elegantly displayed in the Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery from October 4, 2017 to January 7, 2018.
Trust me when I tell you, you don’t have to be a Downton Abbey fan to enjoy and be completely blown away by this gorgeous and rare display temporarily placed inside one of Henry Flagler’s historic golden-era hotels. The costumes displayed are representative of clothing styles from the early twentieth century, and the display will include styles of dress that may have been worn by the aristocracy and their domestic staff members during that time period. In addition to the costumes, a number of previously unseen artifacts from the Lightner Museum collections will be featured in this exhibition.
The Lightner Museum is a fitting and picturesque venue for this exhibit, as the museum is located in one of Henry Flagler’s golden-era hotels. Originally called the Alcazar Hotel, which opened in the late nineteenth century, the historic structure is now home to a museum, government offices, and a café. The Café Alcazar will be offering High Tea at Café Alcazar throughout the duration of the Dressing Downton exhibit. The teas will include sweet and savory items similar to what was served at high tea in the Gilded Age and will take place at 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $55. Call (904) 825-9948 or visit here for more information. (source)
When: October 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Where: Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery
75 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $0 – $19.99
Active Military: $14.99
Senior Admission (65+): $14.99
College Student: $14.99
12-17 Year Olds: $9.99
Children 11 and younger: FREE!
For More Information: http://lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton/ or call 904-824-2874
To Purchase Tickets Online: Online at https://www.showclix.com/event/dressing-downton-lightner
2. First Friday Art Walk
On the first Friday of each month, stroll through the historic streets of St. Augustine and browse creative artwork showcased at multiple local art galleries throughout downtown and Anastasia Island. Enjoy an evening of art, refreshments and live entertainment at this festive monthly event.
On Friday, October 6th, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Matthew, two special exhibits will be installed and on display at the St. Augustine Art Association. These exhibits are The Annual Fall Members Show and “Aftermath: The Healing Power of Art” which is a display of works created in response to Hurricane Matthew.
Both exhibits are free and will be on display through Sunday, October 29th, 2017.
When: 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month
Where: Multiple galleries throughout the historic downtown of St. Augustine and Anastasia Island
For More Information: First Friday Art Walk
List of participating galleries:
North of the Plaza
1. Tripp Harrison Gallery and Studio, 22 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
2. Peter O’Neill Gallery, 130 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
3. Metalartz, 58 Hypolita, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
4. The Starving Artist, 5 Inlet Place, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
5. #7 Rohde Avenue Gallery, 7 Rohde Ave, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
6. High Tide Art Gallery, 76 San Marco Avenue, Suite B, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
South of the Plaza
7. P.A.St.A. Fine Art Gallery, 214 Charlotte Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
8. St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
9. Amiro Art + Design, 9 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
10. Amiro Art and Found, 9c Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
11. Georgia Nick Gallery, 11 Aviles Street, Suite A, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
12. Joel Bagnal Gallery, 11C Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
13. Aviles Street Gallery, 11 Aviles Street, C, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
14. Plum Gallery, 10 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
15. Sea Spirits Gallery and Gifts, 210 St. George Street, Saint Augustine, FL, 32084
16. Lost Art Gallery, 210 St. George Street, Suite C-1, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
17. Grand Bohemian, 47 King Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
West of the Plaza
18. Lightner Museum, 75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
19. The Courtyard Gallery, 75 King Street, Suite 123, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
20. Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
21. 130 King Marty Balin Atelier, 130 King Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
22. Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King Street, Suite C, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
23. The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach, 370 A1A Beach Blvd., A, St. Augustine Beach, FL, 32080
East of Downtown
24. Hubley Gallery, 804 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL, 32080
25. Simple Gestures, 4 White Street East, St. Augustine, FL, 32080
26. The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach, 370 A1A Beach Blvd., A, St. Augustine Beach, FL, 32080
27. Amistad, 88 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, FL, 32084
3. Datil Pepper Festival Cook-Off
Local restaurants will choose chefs to compete in the Datil Pepper Cook-Off, creating new dishes for guests to taste. The competitors must use the datil pepper as one of the main ingredients within their dish. Guests of the festival may purchase tasting coupons to sample various items that the competitors create. After they taste the delicious appetizers and entrées, guests are invited to vote on a People’s Choice Award for each category. Professional judges will also judge the dishes separately, making the competition that much more intense. (source)
This tasteful festival will take place at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center. The address is listed below.
When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: St. Johns County Agricultural Center at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine 32092
Admission: FREE! Tasting tickets for the Datil Pepper Cook-Off are $1 per taste.
For More Information: call 904-209-0430
4. St. Augustine Songwriters Festival
Some of the most respected singer/songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee will be travelling to perform in the historic city of St. Augustine hit songs they have written for major country music artists such as Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Blake Shelton, and more. Enjoy an afternoon at Prohibition Kitchen and an evening under the starry skies and oak trees at Colonial Oak Music Park with live music and to hear the stories behind the hit songs you hear on your radio.
Sure you know the songs. You sing them in the car and at work. Some songs make you laugh, some make you smile, and some make you cry. Just a simple note or familiar lyric can fast track you back to that first back seat kiss or first hardwood floor dance. Songs create life long memories. What if you could hear it from the creator and learn the inspiration that brought the song to existence? Find out or meet who the song was written about or for. The St. Augustine Songwriters Festival will feature today’s hottest hit songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee, legends of yesterday and the shining stars of tomorrow. All at the fantastic stages scattered about the beautiful town of St. Augustine. – St. Augustine Songwriters Festival
When: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. – VIP M&G
Saturday, October 14, 2017 starts at 1:00 p.m., ends at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Prohibition Kitchen, 119 St George St, St Augustine, FL 32084
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Rick Ferrell, Jaren Mullins, and Brandon Chase
Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St George St, St Augustine, FL 32084
Saturday, October 14, 2017
4:00 p.m. – Cliff Cody and Tommy Cecil
5:30 p.m. – Kelly Archer and Brian Davis
7:00 p.m. – David Lee and Phillip White
For More Information: St. Augustine Songwriters Festival
Songs you may know from the singer/songwriters:
Rick Ferrell: “Something Like That”, performed by Tim McGraw, “Where Would You Be”, performed by Martina McBride
Kelly Archer: “Sleep Without You”, performed by Brett Young, “Somebody Else Will”, performed by Justin Moore, “On My Highway”, performed by Jason Aldean, “Got My Country On”, performed by Chris Cagle, “15 Minutes of Shame”, performed by American Idol finalist Kristi Lee Cook, “Love Like Mine” performed by Hayden Panettiere, and more.
Brian Davis: “One Hell of an Amen”, performed by Brantley Gilbert, “What If I Was Willing” performed by Chris Carmack
David Lee: “Roll With It”, performed by Easton Corbin, “19 Somethin”, performed by Mark Wills, “Letters From Home”, performed by John Michael Montgomery, “I Need You”, performed by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “Lucky Man” performed by Montgomery Gentry, “Me and My Kind” and “Cowboy Like Me”, performed by Cody Johnson, “You Go Your Way” performed by Alan Jackson, “Hello World” performed by Lady Antebellum, “I Wanna Feel Somethin” and “This Ain’t No Love Song”, performed by Trace Adkins, and more.
Phillip White: “I’m Movin’ On”, performed by Rascal Flatts, I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”, performed by Brad Paisley,“Alright” and “This”, performed by Darius Rucker, “Backroad Song” performed by Granger Smith), “The Trouble With Girls”, performed by Scotty McCreery, “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On” performed by Neil McCoy, “Nobody But Me”, performed by Blake Shelton, and more.
Jared Mullins: “Good Company”, performed by Jake Owen, “Roots”, performed by Parmlalee ,”Pick Up Lines”, performed by Justin Moore
Cliff Cody: “Chasin’ Whiskey”, performed by Julie Roberts, “Gotta Go To Heaven”, performed by Josh Thompson
Tommy Cecil: “Home Alone Tonight”, performed by Luke Bryan (featuring Karen Fairchild), “Good Company”, performed by Jake Owen
Brandon Chase: “Timeless” performed by Home Free, and more original music.
5. The Blues Fest
The Blues festival features some of the best blues performances and best BBQ food in St. Augustine. The musical line-up includes Billy Buchanan, Amy Hendrickson, Gene Johnson Road Blues, and Little Mike and the Tornados, just to name a few.
Great food will be served each day — beef brisket burgers, gumbo, pulled pork, BBQ ribs, and lots of side dishes. There will be plenty of beer and other beverages. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
When: Friday, October 20, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Schedule of Events
|Date & Time||Performance|
|Friday, October 20, 2017|
|4:00 p.m.||Pat Murphy|
|6:00 p.m.||Billy Buchanan|
|8:00 p.m.||Willie Dixon and Friends|
|Saturday, October 21, 2017|
|12:30 p.m.||Amy Hendrickson & Friends|
|2:00 p.m.||Gene Johnson Road Blues Band|
|4:00 p.m.||John Allison|
|6:00 p.m.||Duffy Bishop Band|
|8:00 p.m.||Little Mike and the Tornadoes|
Where: St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church at 86 M. L. King Ave. St. Augustine, Florida
Admission: $5 per person
For More Information: St. Augustine Blues Festival
6. St. Augustine Record Fair
This is my very favorite biannual event of the year in St. Augustine. So much good music, all in one place.
Presented by local record store ToneVendor and the St. Augustine Amphitheater, over 30,000 music-related items—including new and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, turntable equipment and supplies, memorabilia, collectibles and more—will be available to music lovers and enthusiasts. Fans will find nearly every type of music genre represented. After gaining popularity, the record fair has expanded to include over 60 dealers from across the Southeast, providing an excellent opportunity for music lovers to find that special vinyl or other music-related item they’ve been searching for.
When: Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The St. Augustine Amphitheater located at 1340 A1A South on Anastasia Island.
Admission: FREE! Family-friendly and open to the public.
Parking: Free parking at the Amphitheater Main Parking
For More Information: Tonevendor FB or St. Augustine Record Fair
7. Light-Up! Night Ceremony 2017
The Nights of Lights Lighting Ceremony, also known as Light Up! Night, takes place on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Locals and vacationers from all over join together to watch the City of St. Augustine flip the switch on three million white lights decorating the Plaza and buildings all over historic downtown.
Leading up to the occasion is a free concert and a countdown, and the ceremony is followed by more live music. This has been a popular annual tradition in St. Augustine for over 20 years, and is all the more festive now that the Nights of Lights has garnered worldwide attention as a top destination to see holiday lights. (source)
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Plaza de la Constitución on King Street in historic downtown St. Augustine.
For More Information: check out Visit St. Augustine’s Ultimate Survival Guide to Nights of Lights.
and Nights of Lights in St. Augustine.
These are just a handful events that I am genuinely excited about and wanted to share with you. To see a broader list of events coming up in St. Augustine, visit here.