After the New Year, St. Augustine locals look forward to warmer days and local festivals. My favorite festivals are The St. Augustine Celtic Festival and Parade, Rhythm and Ribs, and Feel The Wheels. Here’s a list of all the mom-approved local spring festivals happening and a few mom tips.
Everyone is invited to become a pirate for a weekend at the Second Annual Old City Pirate Fest in St. Augustine on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 26, 27, and 28, 2018. This full weekend of pirate-themed fun geared for the whole family will be hosted by the St. Augustine Swashbucklers at the Colonial Quarter. Enjoy a lively kids area with games and prizes, with puppet shows, musicians, and magicians.
Shop in a market-like atmosphere for exclusively local and handmade goods. Meet our local artists, jewelers, craftspeople, sculptors, designers, apothecaries, woodworkers, bakers, sauciers and makers of all kinds. Do it yourself! Create your own masterpiece at one of Made in St. Augustine’s™ workshops or Junior Made stations.
The Cathedral Festival features fun and activities for all ages. Festival rides, live music, Fireworks, and food. This local event is a fundraiser for the Cathedral schools with a silent auction, bingo, and raffles. Enjoy 3 days of live music from local bands. Saturday night is the Big Firework show that you don’t want to miss.
Mom Tip: Pick up ride sheets in advance for $15 instead of $20 at the fair. Purchase these advance tickets from the Cathedral school, local business or Cathedral families.
After the annual Lighthouse 5k and Fun Run enjoy free admission to the St. Augustine lighthouse. Visitors are invited to tour the grounds, enjoy live music and family-friendly activities.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Menorcan colony arriving in Florida. On Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, the Menorcan Cultural Society will again host the Menorcan Heritage Celebration in the gardens of the Llambias House. This event is Free and will include: storytelling, live demonstrations, living history, and crafts.
The annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is held the weekend before St. Patrick Day every year.The festival features traditional Irish music, Scottish pipes and drums, contemporary Celtic Rock, Scottish Highland Games, Celtic vendors and food, and more in celebration of St. Augustine’s remarkable Celtic history and heritage!
Mom tip: March 10 at 10am is the St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Watch the parade and then follow everyone down the street to the festival!
The St Augustine Lions Seafood Festival features tons of delicious food, outstanding entertainment, and affordable arts & crafts. Visit the Food Line, Kidz Zone, Arts & Crafts Village, Music Stage, Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Friday night is Jazz night, Saturday is Pop, Classic Rock, and Soul music. Sunday will feature Folk, Country, and Americana music. Families will enjoy the Kiddie Rides, Magic Shows, Pirate Fun, Super Heros & Princesses, and MORE.
Mom tip: Tickets at the gate are $5 and kids 12 under are Free.
The show will feature nearly 100 top-notch artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and around the country. This is a juried art and fine craft event where each exhibitor is carefully selected with only the best work being accepted in each category. This event is FREE.
The annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival features award-winning barbeque, continuous live music, and children’s activities. There are bouncy houses, rides for little kids and a climbing wall, mechanical bull, and bungy jumping for big kids and adults alike, plus lots vendors to browse through, all the while being entertained by live music. And the BBQers…. they come from around the country to compete for the BEST in our judged and People’s Choice competitions.
Mom Tip: Sunday is Family day with discount tickets for adults and kids 15 under Free.
Experience northeast Florida’s abundant bird life and photogenic natural beauty at more than 110 exciting birding and outdoor photography events during the 2018 Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest! In addition to the ever-popular nature tours and excursions, new discoveries for this year’s event include workshops on preparing your images and composition, photographing birds in flight, selections and layer masking, flash techniques and many in field photography workshops.
The 1st Annual Vilano Beach Festival & Tour of Homes will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, 2017. The Sea Turtle Soiree is a great event for a parents night out. Partygoers are encouraged to come in Art Deco costume.On Saturday, April 8, is the Tour of Homes. Trolleys will provide transportation to the Old Vilano, Porpoise Point, and Surfside neighborhoods.The Vilano Beach Dish N Fish will take place on Saturday, April 8, at the Town Center. This annual event celebrates the unique qualities of Vilano Beach with delicious food from local restaurants, live entertainment, and a kid zone.
Keepers of the Coast, a local sustainable living non-profit organization, will host its inaugural Full Circle Fest on Sunday, April 22nd. Carpool or bike to Eddie Vickers Park, located at 399 Riberia Street in downtown St. Augustine, to enjoy the festivities from 12 pm to 6 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bag and shop for unique, plastic free, eco-conscious gift items. By
bringing a refillable bottle, guests can fill up at the ‘Festie Bestie’ water station to stay hydrated. Guests that ride their bikes can park at the VeloFest bike station and be entered into a raffle to win exciting prizes. Admission is $2.
The sixth annual Feel the Wheels is set for Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the St. Augustine Outlets parking lot next to Bozard Ford. Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on fun with trucks, fire engines, cars, helicopters, boats, and more! Admission is $5.00 for children age 3 and up.
Mom Tip: The end of April can sometimes be HOT! Pack water, a hat, and sunblock. You’ll find it much easier for the kids to climb up and down everything in sneakers. You can find more tips at our Mom’s Guide to Feel the Wheels.
Everyone likes to eat! The Taste of St. Augustine highlights the culinary heritage and culture of St. Johns County by showcasing new restaurants and established favorites. Sample our local cuisine and learn about our area’s food culture! Before you Taste try the Race to the Taste 5k run in Anastasia Park and ending in the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The Free Kid Zone includes activities and face-painting.