St. Augustine’s 64th Annual Christmas Parade ushers in the holiday season with floats, festive decorations and plenty of fun. Lots of local organizations participate in this event, making it one of the largest parades in Northeast Florida. Holiday season decorations adorn all the entries, from floats to marching bands to antique cars and horses and carriages. Even Santa joins in the spectacle, as visitors and locals alike come down to the historic district to watch the procession.
The parade began at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission of Nombre de Dios at 27 Ocean Ave., proceeded south through downtown and then finished behind the Visitors Center at 10 West Castillo Drive. Spectators could view the parade from the historic streets of downtown St. Augustine. After the parade, everyone was welcome to stop by the Plaza de la Constitución to have pictures taken with Santa.
The St. Augustine Art Association presented the 53rd Annual Art & Craft Festival at Francis Field on Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25, 2018, at Francis Field. This premier outdoor art fair attracted visitors and residents alike, ranging from knowledgeable art collectors to holiday shoppers looking for something unique. With over 100 artists displaying their work, it was easy to find the perfect gift.
The Art & Craft Festival featured painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculptures, fiber art, photography, mixed media, fine hand-crafted creations, and more. All proceeds from the event were donated to the St. Augustine Art Association, founded in 1924 to support the local arts scene and enhance recognition of St. Augustine as a robust destination for anyone interested in the arts.
This year’s event included artists demonstrations (included in a schedule) and cultural displays, including crafts of a bygone era presented by the Textile Art Guild. At the Hyundai Kids Art Zone, kids could create their own art and enjoy a visit from Santa at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. A wide variety of international food, beer, and wine was available, as well as live music all day on the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival stage.
Nights of Pints November 20 /2018 – January 31 /2019
Local St. Augustine breweries (The BOG, Dog Rose, Ancient City, Old Coast) are hosting Nights of Pints for craft beer lovers to enjoy a free, seasonally brewed pint at each St. Augustine brewery.
The 25th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district for two months.
This award-winning holiday lights display runs from November 17, 2018, to February 3, 2019, in historic St. Augustine. During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings.
The Military Officers Association of America – Ancient City Chapter and Veterans Council of St. Johns County hosted this event at Anastasia Baptist Church. There were atrium displays from 9:30-11 a.m., and the main event began at 11:11 a.m. The displays included the Traveling Vietnam Wall and Agent Orange Quilt of Tears. Admission was free.
On Sunday October 28th, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, and candidate for Governor of Florida, stopped in St Augustine, FL on a tour of the state before the election in 9 days on November 6th. A huge crowd waited patiently on a beautiful day. When he got there the crowd went wild and his message was received with thunderous cheers and applause.
The Fall 2018 St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by local record store ToneVendor, returned to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 21, 2018. On Sunday, October 21, music lovers and collectors were invited to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to shop thousands of music-related items including new and used vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, posters, turntable equipment and supplies, memorabilia, collectibles and more. This year, over 25 music vendors from across the Southeast United States were on site, offering shoppers the chance to choose from nearly every type of musical genre to grow their collection. DJ sets by DJ Dorian Lopez took place throughout the day. Food and beverages were available for purchase from several on-site food trucks as well as the Amphitheatre Concessions. Fun activities for the entire family included the new Vinyl Care Clinic and the return of the popular “DJ 101 Session for Kids.” Hosted by DJ Dorian Lopez, the “DJ 101 Session” is a 30-minute tutorial on how to DJ. After the tutorial, this hands-on event provided the opportunity for kids of all ages to test their newfound DJ skills on a real DJ setup! This event was FREE and opened to the public with free onsite parking. And Intuition Ale Works pints were just $2!
Upon entering the courtyard, guests enjoyed The Raisin Cake Orchestra and mini architectural tours of the historic Alcazar Hotel courtyard. Wine tastings and food pairings (light hors d’oeuvres) were available throughout the museum’s four levels. Opportunities to engage with the museum’s collection and the rich history of the building further enhanced this milestone event. As an added bonus, a representative from NYC’s Museum Hack was in the galleries, interacting with guests in a fun and informative manner, creating an unforgettable evening.
Those who participated in the evening’s activities were eligible to win a Viking Cruise for two to a European destination. This 8 day Viking River Cruise includes a river-view stateroom with deluxe accommodations, guided tours led by expert, English-speaking guides, all onboard meals, wine, beer, and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner service, visit(s) to UNESCO site(s), all port charges and free Wi-Fi.
Several newly restored exhibition spaces highlighting the museum’s permanent collection were unveiled as part of the museum’s evening activities. Many items currently in storage were on view for the first time as part of the new exhibits.
The evening culminated in the Historic Pool and Mezzanine areas with additional food and wine. Light hors d’oeuvres were served throughout the event. It should be noted that this event was not a sit-down dinner. New York’s Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra gave a special performance in the Historic Pool area. The Dreamland Orchestra is best known for performances at high-end events including the Cannes Film Festival, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in New York City. Arenella created the orchestra, and the lawn party, to fulfill his lifelong fascination with times past, and he transcribes all of the orchestra’s repertoire by hand.
We spoke with Eugenio Maslowski, the creator and organizer of the first Hispanic Culture Film Festival in Jacksonville. We asked him for his reflections on the festival after it was over. He talked about Andy Garcia, the trophy and much more.
St Augustine Ballet hosted the International Dance Festival featuring ballet, contemporary and modern dance master classes and a performance for the public with International Professional and Pre-Professional Dancers at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 29 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.