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October 1 – 31

Shop Pink – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the St. Augustine Outlets will sell $2 Shop Pink and Save cards offering discounts of up to 30% at participating merchants. All proceeds from the sale of cards will go to local charitable women’s organizations. 500 Outlet Blvd., I-95 & SR 16, St. Augustine. 904-826-1052

Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast – More than 20 outstanding restaurants offer “Chef’s Choice” prix fixe three course dining showcasing their chef’s talents and the rich culinary heritage of Florida’s Historic Coast. Intriguing lodging options and enticing cultural events combine with this special dining promotion to make October an exciting and flavorful time to visit St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches.

MondaySunday: October 20 – 26

Victorian Halloween at Villa Zorayda – Experience Halloween from the Victorian Age at the Villa Zorayda Museum in St. Augustine.  Built in 1883, the Villa features period decorations from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.  Plus, see the ghost of Franklin Smith, the architect and owner of the Villa.  Self-guided audio tours in English, Spanish and French are also available.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $10 adults; $4 children ages 7-12; free age 6 and under.  83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887

Tuesday: October 21

GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture – This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office.  The series is designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world.  The lectures are free so space is limited and reservations are requested.  9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland. 904-823-4500


EMMA Concert Performance: Sarah Provost, Musicologist – As part of EMMA’s Music Masters Series, University of North Florida musicologist Sarah Provost treats her audience to a discussion of 1930s jazz music and dance, with an emphasis on issues of race and gender.  The performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College.  Tickets are $6.  74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800

Wednesday:  October 22

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the oceanside St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007

ThursdayOctober 23

Flavors Top Chef Cook-Off, a benefit for Home Again St. Johns –  Eat your way through the evening and watch some of the area’s favorite chefs demonstrate their amazing culinary skills in this special event benefiting Home Again St. Johns.  First Coast News’s Jessica Clark and Chef Robert Tulko host this event when nearly a dozen of the top restaurants on Florida’s Historic Coast and their chefs offer tastes from their Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast menus in competition for the People’s Choice Award.  The event takes place from 6- 9 p.m. at the Renaissance World Golf Resort.  Tickets are $40 and include 10 tastings (additional taste tickets will be available for $2 each).  Tickets are available at  the San Sebastian Winery, the St. Augustine Distillery, all St. Augustine Harbor Community Banks and online at 500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine.


Andy McKee Concert – The Ponte Vedra Concert hall hosts Andy McKee, one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists.  His YouTube videos have been viewed more than 20 million times and he has performed for audiences around the world.  Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert (doors open at 7 p.m.) are $29 for the first four rows; $26 for remaining seats.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399


Whitney Laboratory Lecture: Jellyfish Have Eyes – At 7 p.m., Dr. Joram Piatigorsky, a world-renowned vision researcher whose acclaimed research on eyes and evolution has been published extensively, gives the Whitney Laboratory’s 40th Anniversary Special Guest Lecture.  Dr. Piatigorsky established the Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology at the National Eye Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009 when he became  an emeritus scientist.  His debut novel, “Jellyfish Have Eyes,” is a riveting story about the direction and morality of research.  A book signing takes place after his talk.  Admission is free. 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine.  904-461-4000

ThursdaySaturdayOctober 23 – 26

Oktoberfest Beer Tours - Visit the Oldest City’s best brewpubs and enjoy five fall craft beers! Plus, learn how beer is made, how to distinguish varieties of beer, how to fully appreciate beer — while enjoying the architecture, history and culture of St. Augustine.  The tours depart each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 5:15 p.m. from the Ponce de Leon statue at the east end of the Plaza de la Constitucion.  $49 per person (Gratuities not included).   In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Tasting Tours will donate $1 for each tour ticket sold in October to a local Breast Cancer Awareness organization. King St. & Cathedral Place, St. Augustine.

FridayOctober 24

Organ Concert – St. Augustine’s Memorial Presbyterian Church hosts three Northeast Florida organists performing on the church’s magnificent 155-Rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Admission to the 7 p.m. concert is free, but donations are accepted and will benefit the preservation of the historic church.   A dessert reception will follow in the chapel.  32 Sevilla St., St. Augustine.  904-829-6451

Friday & Saturday: October 24 & 25

Macbeth: A Merger of Theatre and Film – For the first time on a Flagler College stage, theatre and film merge in a modern presentation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  More than 30 students, alumni and faculty incorporate film alongside live theatre to create a dramatic and cinematic presentation that features Shakespearean language with elements of Caribbean, Native American and Spanish influences.  Performances take place at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for reserved general seating. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-826-8582


Creatures of the Night at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm – Trick-or-treating and fun await young ghosts and goblins at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.  Hours are 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Special alligator feeding and raffle drawing at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $9 adults, $7 children ($8 and $6 for Annual Pass holders).  999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-824-3337

Haunted Trails – The Florida Agricultural Museum hosts a wagon ride through the woods, magic shows, carnival games and a haunted house provide spine-tingling fun for all ages.  Come in costume!  (Wear sensible shoes you’ll be walking and you never know what might be lurking in the sands beneath your feet.) The ride takes place 6 – 10 p.m. each day.  Admission is $12 adults; kids $10; under 5 are free.  A variety of food and drinks available for purchase.  7900 Old Kings Rd. N, Palm Coast. 386-446-7630

FridaySunday: October 24 – 26

Sykes and Cooper Farms Corn Maze – This award-winning nine-acre maze is sure to get your family pumped up for fall — there’s even a Spookley the Square Pumpkin maze for the kids. Located on SR 207 in Elkton, Sykes-Cooper Farm features a nine-acre corn maze, hayrides, a playground, and farm animals to see and meet. Through October 26, hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $9, seniors and active military $7, children 2 and younger admitted free. 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton.

SaturdayOctober 25

Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733


Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500



Family Birding Program – Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts a Family Birding Program from 9 a.m. – Noon.  Take part in a national origami project, make bird feeders to encourage backyard birding at home, listen and look for birds in the park.  Park Services Specialists will explain techniques used to identify some of the many bird species which rely on our park resources this time of year.   Advance registration of $10 is required.   6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.  386-446-6783


Protecting La Florida – Building the Black Militia – From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fort Mose State Park pays tribute to “the men of color” who have defended Florida from the time of St. Augustine’s founding in 1565 to the present day conflict in Afghanistan. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Dr. Sherry Johnson, history professor at Florida International University, will present a discussion of the history of Black militia in the defense of Florida during the Spanish Colonial Period. The event is free. 15 Fort Mose Trail St. Augustine. 904-823-2232


Free St. Augustine Historic Walking Tour – St. Augustine City Walks presents a free, one-hour, guided walking tour that explores the various cultural influences that have left their mark here, including explorers, entrepreneurs and famous personalities that have called St. Augustine home. Plus, discover the secrets of the lovely town plaza and its beautiful monuments.   The free tour departs at 10:30 a.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office. Reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.   904-825-0087


19th Annual Ancient City Kid’s Day – A fun and festive family atmosphere featuring vendors with games and activities along with  live entertainment for a great day to spend meaningful time with children. This free day of fun takes place at Francis Field, located behind the St. Augustine Historic Downtown Parking facility from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine.


Second Annual Celebrity Guitar Raffle/Auction – Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre present their free Second Celebrity Guitar Raffle/Auction from 4 – 9 p.m. at the Amphitheatre.  Live entertainment begins at 4 p.m. and features popular bands Smokin’ Mirrors, Oh No, and the renowned 80’s hair metal tribute band Papercutt.  Admission is free; food and drink concessions on site. Lucky winners go home with celebrity-signed guitars from Rise Against, Big Time Rush, Justin Moore, Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, Black Crowes, Passion Pit, OAR and many others.   Raffle guitar tickets are available for a minimum suggested donation of $10 each or 3 for $25.  Raffle tickets and online bidding available on the website.  The highest bid that exceeds the reserve will win each guitar and will be announced at the event at 8:45 p.m.  The proceeds from the evening will benefit FOSAA’s 2014 Art Camp that serves disadvantaged children.  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine.  904-209-0367


Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking.  904-823-9263.


The Downtown Bazaar – The Downtown Bazaar is held on the last Saturday of every month from 6-10 p.m. on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter.  The event is open to the public and includes a free concert, art show, magician, face painters a flag raising ceremony and more.  Come check out what’s behind the walls of the Colonial Quarter…you’re sure to have an inspiring evening.  33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-315-7454


Haunted Hayride at Anastasia State Park – Take an old-fashioned hayride down a trail and encounter a thrilling assortment of scary spooks from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at  Anastasia State Park.  There’s also a “scare-free” option for the kids — they walk the Enchanted Forest for a magical experience.  Other activities include music, food for sale, games, and lots of other fun.  Tickets for the hayride are $10 and include the enchanted forest; the enchanted forest only tickets are $5.  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035


OceanWise Sustainable Seafood Fundraiser – The Friends of the GTM Reserve host “OceanWise”, their fifth sustainable seafood event to support and enhance programs in environmental education, stewardship of natural and cultural resources and scientific research projects at the GTM Research Reserve. The event will take place at the Environmental Education Center from 6 – 9 p.m.  Tickets are $50 and will help fund ecological education programs for local youth.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach.  904-823-4500

SaturdaySunday: October 25 & 26

“Haunted Theatre: The Last Act” – Written by Diannne Jacoby, “Haunted Theatre: the Last Act” is a funfilled, scary night of rollicking Halloween theater.  Members of the St. George Players acting troupe assume the identity of a variety of lively spirits from classic St. Augustine ghost stories plus some terrifying new ones.  The stories begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday  and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Limelight Theatre Main Stage.  Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 Children.  Tickets and refreshments are cash only.  11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-806-0454

SundayOctober 26

Plant-A-Poem Workshop and Reading – Arrive with a poem seed and cultivate it in an hour with miracle grow from the Ancient City Poets.   The workshop is 1:45 – 3 p.m. at The Gallery Cafe, 1974 US 1 (in the OLD Staples Plaza) in St. Augustine. $10 per person includes endless coffee and sweet treats. Following the workshop go to City Coffee located at 1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd) from 3 – 5 p.m., for a free open mic poetry reading.  904-501-0043

Music in the Box – Live acoustic music by some of the area’s best up-and-coming bands and musicians will be on stage at Limelight Theatre’s studio space the last Sunday of the month. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. Admission $5. Refreshments available for purchase. 904-825-1164 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine.


City Walks The Origins of Halloween, Celtic Sahmain History & Mystery Tour – During Halloween week, when the veil between the living and the dead is said to be the thinnest, the nightly History Mystery Murder & Mayhem tours become enchanted with stories of the origins of Halloween; the true ‘Salmain’ Celtic New Year.  Tickets are $13 per person (children 6 and under are – free).  Tours depart at 8:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087


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