Beautiful weather, great music, beach explorations, sporting events and amazing art – and a great Memorial Day Celebration over the weekend make this an excellent time to visit Florida’s Historic Coast.
Read on for details about the exciting events taking place this week.
Please check to make sure events are on schedule and the attractions you plan to visit are open and tickets are available before traveling long distances. While participating in events, please be safe and follow CDC guidelines. Wear a face mask in crowded areas, wash your hands frequently and practice safe distancing.
Monday – Monday, May 23-30
Picturing a Nation: American Art from the Lightner Museum
Picturing a Nation is a major installation of American paintings and sculpture from the Lightner Museum’s permanent collection. From America’s great vistas and natural wonders, to intimate scenes of St. Augustine, Picturing a Nation presents a vibrant vision of America on a local and national scale through late-19th and early 20th century American art. The exhibition runs through September 30, 2022. Lightner Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $10 ages 12-17, under 11 are free. Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. www.lightnermuseum.org.
Bouke de Vries: War & Pieces at Lightner Museum
This exhibition of London-based Dutch artist Bouke De Vries’ War & Pieces has been described as a “masterwork” by art critics. The monumental artwork, crafted from thousands of fragments of porcelain, reimagines the decorative centerpieces that adorned seventeenth- and eighteenth-century banquet tables. Lightner Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $10 ages 12-17, under 11 are free. Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. www.lightnermuseum.org.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at World Golf IMAX
See it in IMAX: Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the door to the multiverse, including an alternate version of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces pf Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff. Tickets are $14 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors/Military; and $11 Children 3-12. World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. www.worldgolfimax.com
Monday – Saturday, May 23-28
Undercurrents Exhibition at Crisp-Ellert Museum Gallery
This exhibition brings together the work of ten international artists that explore the human condition in the midst of climate change. The featured artworks shift from photographs of disrupted, flooded landscapes to films exploring our ties to the natural world. The exhibit is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m., through June 17. Admission is free. Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. www.flagler.edu/information-for/community-members/arts–culture/crisp-ellert-art-museum
Tuesday, May 24
Taco Tuesday Fiesta Tour (Chauffeured)
Elevate your Tuesdays this summer on the ultimate Mexican Street Food Taco Tour. Features Latin inspired dishes, margaritas, sangria and more on a chauffeured tour through the historic streets of St. Augustine. The tour is 1:30-4:30 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets are $125 per person. Tour departs from 24 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine www.thetastingtours.com
Tuesday – Sunday, May 24-29
Here & There Art Exhibit at St. Augustine Art Association
Travels here and there, bucket list vacations, weekend getaways and staycations. Hiking in the mountains or climbing Everest, white water rapids or lazy rivers. Iconic landmarks and historical sites. Here & There is on display both in-gallery and online through May 29, 2022. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Sundays from 1-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.staaa.org
Adventures en Plein Air at St. Augustine Art Association
Masterpieces do not always have to be big and grand to make a huge impression! Sometimes it is the smaller things that solicit a closer and more intimate observation from the viewer. Experience a visually enthralling exhibit as you immerse yourself in a world of minuscule sights. The works in this exhibit are no larger than 12 inches and reveal little marvels in a vast range of mediums and subjects. This exhibit will take place at the St. Augustine Art Association located at 22 Marine Street in historic downtown. Gallery Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays 1-4 p.m. The Miniature Marvels exhibit can be viewed in person and online at www.staaa.org.
Wednesday, May 25
Wednesday Pier Farmers Market
The Wednesday Pier Farmers Market offers oceanfront shopping at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park from 8 a.m.-noon. Approximately 60-80 vendors sell locally grown produce, baked goods, prepared foods, arts, crafts and more. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine 904-315-0952 www.wednesdaypierfarmersmarket.com
Phoebe Bridgers with Guest Charley Hickey at The AMP
Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34-$52. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. www.theamp.com
Improv Night @ Colonial Oak Music Park
First Coast Comedy veteran professionals have no plan and willingly dive headfirst into almost any challenge the audience will throw at them, resulting in unforgettably hilarious moments. This show is for everyone so bring the whole family because these improvisers ensure the show is always clean and never mean. Pay what you will, all seating is general admission. 21 St. George St., St. Augustine www.firstcoastcomedy.com
Music by the Sea
This free weekly concert series at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier returns for the season. This week’s concert features The Grapes of Roth (Classic & Alternative Rock) for a 7-9 p.m. performance. Bring a beach chair or blanket along with a favorite beverage and get ready to dance. Starting at 6 p.m., a local food truck will be on-site. Concert goers
Thursday, May 26
Country Music Night at the Colonial Oak Music Park
Watch local and regional country music live at The Colonial Oak. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. at Colonial Oak Music Park, 21 St. George St., St. Augustine. www.thecolonialmusicpark.com/events.
Fort Mose Speaks: Maroon Communities with Dr. Anthony Dixon
Join the Fort Mose Historical Society for the final installment of Mose Speaks: A Public Lecture Series. From 6-7:30 p.m., Dr. Anthony Dixon will share about Florida’s many maroon societies. The event will be in-person at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center and streamed live on Facebook Live and Zoom. Admission is free. 102 Martin Luther King Ave., St. AugustineZoom Link.
Friday, May 27
Wallows – “Tell Me That’s It’s Over” Tour at The AMP
Gates open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29-$125. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. www.theamp.com
Baba Caiman at the Colonial Oak Music Park
Catch Florida’s premiere Latin Fusion band on stage at the Colonial Oak Music Park. Baba Caiman’s influences from different parts of Latin America highlight the beautiful sounds and rhythms from El Salvador, Colombia and the USA. Baba Caiman takes the stage at 7 p.m. The concert is free, food and beverages are available for purchase. 21 St. George St., St. Augustine www.thecolonialoakmusicpark.com
Friday – Monday, May 27 – 30
49th Annual POP Tennis Beach Nationals
POP Tennis players from around the country at all ages & levels from novice to pro will compete on the hard sands of St. Augustine Beach. POP Tennis aka Paddle Tennis is the original Paddle Tennis, dating back to 1898. Registration ranges $60-$75. Mixed doubles will start on Friday on hard courts from 6-9 p.m. at Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Dr., St. Augustine. Men’s & women’s doubles events will begin on Saturday morning on the beach at the Mary St. Ramp at Butler Beach. 5771 Gloria Ave., St. Augustine www.staugpoptennis.com
Saturday, May 28
St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market
From 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. shoppers stroll up and down the vendor-lined pathways of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market, browsing more than 100 tents loaded with local produce, flowers, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more. Admission into the market is free. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine
Cars & Coffee at the Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine
Must love Coffee ~ Must love Classic Cars! If you do then cruise over to Classic Car Museum for Cars & Coffee from 8-10 a.m. Enjoy the morning checking out over 150 beautiful classics, and enjoy free coffee and doughnuts. Classic Car Museum offers this free event every 4th Saturday of the month. 4730 US 1 South, St. Augustine 904-806-4625 www.facebook.com/classiccarmuseumstaug
GTM Research Reserve Beach Clean Up
Join Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM) for a beach cleanup on every fourth Saturday of the month. Enjoy coastal views while helping remove debris and microplastics from the beach. GTM Rangers will supply gloves and trash bags at 9:30 a.m. at a different meeting location each month. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach www.gtmnerr.org/events
Gala of the Royal Horses at St. Johns County Fairgrounds
From 3-5 p.m., the Royal Horses of Europe, some of the most celebrated in history and favored for centuries by royalty, along with equestrian riders and bullfighters will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace at this exciting show. Tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for seniors and $20 for children ages 4-12. St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 SR 207, Elkton. www.galaoftheroyalhorses.com
Bright Eyes at The AMP
Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $41-$61. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.theamp.com
Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29
Robert Earl Keen at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Performing for two nights, legendary Texas songwriter and entertainer Robert Earl Keen brings his 2022 Final Tour, I’m Comin’ Home: 41 Years On The Road to Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m., performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $66-$96. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com.
Sunday, May 29
Ancient City Poets Monthly Poetry Reading- Lit Magazine Celebration
Experience the spoken word scene with Ancient City Poets, at St. Johns County’s longest-running monthly poetry reading series. Poets and poetry lovers gather for readings. Sign-up sheet is available at 2:30 p.m. Emcee Michael Henry Lee will call up the first 15 readers from the sign-up sheet, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Presentation are kept to five minutes. Admission is free. Outdoor Art Patio, 137 King St., St. Augustine www.bodor.org
Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
Memorial Day at Colonial Oak Music Park
Spend Memorial Day in Downtown St. Augustine at the Colonial Oak Music Park. The Oak will be hosting live music from 12-9 p.m. Featured performers include Dr. Jonathan Dotson, Brad Edwardson, and Monticelli. Each performance takes place s under the shade of a 300 year old oak tree right in the heart at the Colonial Oak Music Park. The Concert is family and pet friendly, and admission is free. The Colonial Oak Music Park is conveniently located in the backyard of the St. Augustine Seafood Company, 21 St. George St., St. Augustine www.thecolonialoakmusicpark.com