Nation's Oldest City

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Celebrates 450 Years

st augustine celebrate 450 yearFriday: September 4

Historic Tours of Flagler College presents Gilded Age Fashion Show – Join us for a Gilded Age Fashion show recreated by the Flagler College Theatre Department at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. inside Flagler College’s Rotunda.

The event is free. Flagler College, 74 King Street 904-823-3378

First Friday Art Walk – From 1 – 9 p.m. the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries). Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys, provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk. 832-779-2781

Extended Playbook Exhibit at space: eight – Extended Playbook, a collaborative effort involving seven outstanding Atlanta artists opens at 4 p.m. at space:eight. The opening is from 6-11 p.m. and all of the artists will be in attendance. Plus, Dj Damian Lee spins music throughout the evening and Bold City Brew provides refreshments. Admission is free. The exhibit runs through December 31. 228 West King Street, St. Augustine. 904-829-2838

Friday – Sunday: September 5 – 6

Celebrate St. Augustine Art Exhibit – From 5 – 9 p.m. the St. Augustine Art Association launches its 92nd season with a juried exhibit “Celebrate St. Augustine”.The show runs through September 28 and reflects St. Augustine’s landscape, people, wildlife, history, culture and more in celebration of the citywide 450th anniversary commemoration. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310

Friday – Monday: September 5 – 7

St. Augustine History Tour – Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour walking tour and learn about the varied cultural influences, explorers, entrepreneurs and people that have built the legacy of St. Augustine. Tours take place at 10 a.m., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. with advanced reservations. Tickets are $19 per adult and $15 per child under 12 (gratuities for your tour host are not included in the cost of the tour). 59 Cuna St., St. Augustine 904-325-3911

Obelisk Art at Crisp-Ellert Museum – A large-scale public art initiative, the Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion showcases the talents of well-known artists who exhibit their work locally, nationally and internationally. Each artists obelisk imaginatively interprets the four foundational values — Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Compassion — of the original, 30-foot Monumento de la Constitucion obelisk on St. Augustine’s public square. The 25 Obelisks will on display at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla Street, through September 18 along with 28 smaller obelisks created by St. Johns County students. The Museum is open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Steven Dean Anderson Exhibit at Villa Zorayda – See the extraordinary art created by visually-impaired artist Steven Dean Anderson, an artist with unique vision.His art features St Augustine’s architectural history and celebrates the city’s 450th birthday. Plus, it marks the first time an artist has exhibited in the Villa Zorayda museum since its founding in 1933. The exhibit opens at 11 a.m. on September 4 and runs through October 1. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, September 7, Anderson will host a “meet and greet”at Villa Zorayda. The exhibit is included in the regular admission of $10 for adults; $4 for children. 83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887

Saturday: September 5

450th Landing Day Thanksgiving Feast and Celebration at Fountain of Youth – Celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine on the same spot where it happened! The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park re-enacts Menendez’ landing and throws a feast for the public! The Feast of Thanksgiving and Landing celebration of the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine festivities are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Re-enactors land at the Fountain of Youth, proceed around the Park, and settle in to celebrate a re-created Thanksgiving meal just like the first documented Thanksgiving Feast in what is now the US -right where it first happened 450 years ago! The first 300 guests receive a free Thanksgiving meal prepared by Smokin’D’s BBQ! Live music begins at 11 a.m. Admission is $15 adults, $14 seniors, $9 children, 5 and under are free. (Free for St. Johns County residents). Feast tickets sold separately. 11 Magnolia Avenue, St. Augustine. 904-829-3168

First Saturdays: GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike – The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. features a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The programs are free. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

First Saturday: Living History Day at Fort Matanzas – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116

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. 11 Magnolia Avenue, St. Augustine 904-829-3168

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier. Activities are from 4 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402

Sunday: September 6

EMMA Concert Association Presents Fiesta 450! – In celebration of the City of St. Augustine’s 450th Commemoration, the EMMA Concert Association presents Fiesta 450! a six-hour all-Spanish-themed extravaganza at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with free performances from 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and a ticketed evening performance of Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Ticketed performance is VIP $100 Level 100, Section 102 Rows A – D; $39 – All remaining in Level 100; $29 – Level 200; $19 Level 300 and obstructed view. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine

Dinner & Trivia Night at King & Bear – Enjoy a great dinner and exciting trivia at the King & Bear. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. and trivia kicks off at 6 p.m. Trivia is free and open to the public. Make trivia reservations by calling Ursula Howard at 904-940-6207 2 King & Bear Drive, St. Augustine.

Monday: September 7

Patriot Open at the King & Bear – The King & Bear at World Golf Hall of Fame hosts a four-person team scramble tournament at 8:30 a.m. General public $85; active & retired military $75; World Golf Village members $75. Entry fee includes 18 holes of championship golf, lunch after your round and prizes. 100% of greens fees will be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation. 904-940-6207, 2 King & Bear Drive, St. Augustine.

Celebrate 450 St. Augustine Birthday Cake Cutting and Proclamation Reading – Get a piece of St. Augustine’s 450th birthday cake, enjoy local music and hear the official birthday proclamation read at the Gazebo in the city’s Plaza de la Constitucion. Driftwoods performs from 12 – 2 p.m. Official Proclamation and cake from 2 – 3 p.m. Mid-Life Crisis performs from 3 – 5 p.m. Corner of St. George St. and Cathedral Place.

The Original City Walks Savory Faire Food & Wine Tasting Tour – Eat, drink and taste your way through St. Augustine’s delicious historic culinary influences on the Original Savory Faire Food Tour. Your Culinary Guide explains how certain foods made their way to the New World as you are presented with a special selection from the chef at each hot-spot for food, friends and fun. You’ll also receive a special heritage recipe gift card set as well as some other goodies along the way. $49 per person, additional boutique wine pairing package available for $19 per person. Tours depart at 1:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-540-3487

Tuesday: September 8

CELEBRATE 450: Menéndez Landing, Procession, Commemorative Mass & Street Festival – On this date in 1565, Don Pedro Menéndez came ashore here to establish the City of St. Augustine. At 7:45 a.m. there will be a countdown ceremony at the Visitor Information Center. Then at 9 a.m., an authentic re-enactment of Menendez’ arrival takes place at the Mission Nombre de Dios and is followed at 10 a.m. by a procession by spectators re-enactors and dozens of Bishops from around the world to the Cathedral Basilica for a 11 a.m. Commemorative Mass. Public viewing of the Mass will take place via a Jumbotron on the west courtyard of the Basilica and Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. All events are free and open to the public. 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine.

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