February 13, 2023
This week is full of celebrations of art, music, history and more at venues and locations through the destinations. Here are this week’s events taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast.
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.
Daily Events, February 6-12
Contemporary Chronicles of St. Augustine at Lightner Museum
Contemporary Chronicles of St. Augustine explores the urban fabric of St. Augustine through large-format photographs, hand drawn maps, and interactive photographic flip books. The project seeks to define St. Augustine through the residential streets and neighborhoods that have long been inhabited by the people that help support the city as a premier tourist destination. Through interactive sequential images, visitors to the exhibition will uncover the overlooked aspects of everyday life in America’s oldest city. 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. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
St. Augustine Through the Lens of William Henry Jackson at Lightner Museum
In the decades following the Civil War, the photographer William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) played a major role in shaping public perception of the American landscape. In the 1890s, Jackson was commissioned by Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad to produce a set of images to promote St. Augustine as a tourist destination. Today, Jackson’s photographs remain a remarkable record of turn-of-the-century life in this historic city, offering a striking portrait of Gilded Age St. Augustine. 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. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
75 for 75: Diamond Anniversary Exhibition
The Lightner has been an important part of the St. Augustine community since it was first built as the Hotel Alcazar in 1888. The building opened as a museum in January 1948. In celebration of our 75th diamond anniversary in 2023, 75 for 75 presents a compelling selection of artwork and objects from the museum’s permanent collection and celebrates the incredible legacy that Otto Lightner left to the people of St. Augustine. 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. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
Ride On! Historic Bicycles At Lightner Museum
In the 1890s the bicycle took over the hearts and minds of Americans. Swept up in the craze for cycling, our historic building, the Hotel Alcazar, offered its own bicycle academy, allowing its guests to tour Gilded Age St. Augustine on two wheels. Drawn from the collection of St. Augustine bicycle aficionado Keith Pariani, this exhibition will feature bicycles chosen by Pariani as examples of pivotal moments in late 19th and early 20th century bicycle design. 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. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
Monday-Saturday, February 13-18
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Presents Timothy Stanley: Ursula
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum welcomes multidisciplinary artist Timothy Stanley with the exhibition Ursula, featuring the ongoing body of sculpture by the same name, in addition to a site-specific and interactive installation. Stanley uses a combination of mediums including sculpture, prose, and video game development in order to explore the boundaries of literary narrative, with the aim of uncovering new techniques in storytelling. Admission is free. This exhibit will be on display through February 23. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/information-for/community-members/arts–culture/crisp-ellert-art-museum
Tuesday, February 14
Matanzas Inlet Hike
Join GTM Research Reserve partnered with the National Parks Service on this 9:30-11:30 a.m. guided interpretive walk around the Matanzas Inlet. Your guide will explain the inlet dynamics and movement of the sand as the sea constantly rearranges the shore. Hikers will explore the incredibly rich and diverse communities of plants and animals throughout the ecosystem and witness how hurricanes have affected the inlet. Meet at the Matanzas Inlet west parking lot. This event is free, but registration is required. 8655 A1A S., St. Augustine. 904-380-8600 www.gtmnerr.org
Guided Bird Walk at Anastasia State Park
Each month, Anastasia State Park hosts an educational Bird Walk Program from 8:15-10 a.m. Open to participants of all birding levels, participants will observe a variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails and other areas. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes and a field guide. The program is free with regular park admission, which ranges from $8-$2. 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 14 & 15
Love is in the Air with The Dolly Llama’s Valentine’s Day Waffle!
Ditch the box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day this year, because The Dolly Llama is crafting a super sweet Valentine’s Waffle. bring your sweetheart in on the 14th or the 15th for the Valentine’s waffle featuring strawberry ice cream, nutella sauce, a pink strawberry kit kat bar and sweetheart toppings with sprinkles. 830 A1A N.. #16, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-834-7576 www.thedollyllamaus.com
Tuesday – Sunday, February 14-19
Faces and Figures Exhibition at St. Augustine Art Association
Expressions of the human form bring personality to this exhibit. Be invigorated by the human visage in the form of various drawing studies, formal portraits, daily life and other figurative works. Each work of art is rendered and presented in 2D and 3D media and done by local and regional artists. Gallery Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays 1-4 p.m. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org.
Wednesday, February 15
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
Walk on the Wildside
From 9:30-11:30 a.m. join a fun and educational hike through Anastasia State Park with one of the Park’s experienced and knowledgeable volunteers! Participants will discover an assortment of flora and fauna that populate the several ecosystems of Anastasia, and they will increase their knowledge of some history of the park and the surrounding area. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, a reusable water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen.
Meet in the beach parking lot in front of the Island Beach Shop & Grill. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Program is free with regular park admission fee. ($8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle. $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass). 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
River to Sea Preserve Trail Walk
The GTM Research Reserve leads a walk on the wooded trail to the Matanzas River at the River-to-Sea Preserve. An interpretive guide will talk about old Florida’s moss-laden trees, seasonal flowering shrubs and Native American lore, including how they used various plants for food, beverage and medicine. The event is free, but online registration is required. 9805 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland. 904-380-8600 www.gtmnerr.org
Learn the ins and outs of saltwater fishing in Florida. Please note that all participants must have a Saltwater Shoreline License. These St. Johns County Parks led sessions take place each Wednesday through March 15 at Usina Boat Ramp or Surfside Park at 9 a.m. This week’s session is about buying the right rod and reel. Each session is $12 per person. Register for one or all of the classes here. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at email@example.com or 904-209-0335.
Third Wednesday: West King Wednesday
Every third Wednesday of the month, small businesses of West Augustine collaborate to share the community and culture of West King Street businesses. Live music, artists, and more are showcased from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. West King Street, St. Augustine. www.facebook.com/WestKingWednesdays
Twilight Photo Tour
Every third Wednesday of the month, Saint Augustine Photo Tours leads photo enthusiasts of all levels to photograph the after twilight “Blue Hour”. This is when the sunset is just below the horizon and the city lights come on. Take in the Bridge of Lions reflected on the Matanzas Bay, and photograph the Cathedral Basilica in its glory. Instruction for low light photography without a tripod is what make this tour a must for those looking to expand their portfolio of stunning images. $59 per person. Meet at the grassy area between the Bridge of Lions and the Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. www.saintaugustinephototours.com
Voices of History presented by St. Augustine Film Society
The St. Augustine Film Society presents a film series fundraiser in a three-part series in support of MVP Organization to empower students and help them find their voices throughout middle and high school. Admission is free and films are at 6 p.m. at the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center, 102 M.L. King Ave., St. Augustine. www.staugmvp.com.
Improv Night at Colonial Oak Music Park
A fun night at St. Augustine’s most unique venue The 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 family friendly show is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and improvisers play smart to ensure the show is always clean and never mean! Tickets are Pay-What-You-Will. 21 St. George St., St. Augustine.
Wednesday & Sunday, February 8 & 12
Yoga on the Lawn at Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
Enjoy yoga on the lawn at the historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. This one-hour vinyasa flow is perfect for all levels. Bring a beach towel or mat and water. Free parking behind the museum is available, but limited. Access the parking lot from Cadiz Street. Instructor will contact you by phone if class is canceled due to weather. Practice gets underway at 8 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. Cost is $15 and registration is required. 20 Aviles St., St. Augustine. www.pilatesyogaloft.com