Saint Augustine Events
The St. Augustine Music Festival (SAMF) returns for its second and last weekend. The SAMF is the largest free classical music festival in the United States. The festival will take place in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine and begin at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday. The complete schedule is below:
Friday, June 28: 7:30-9:00
“Piano Extravaganza,” featuring Scott Watkins on piano
Saturday, June 29: 7:30-9:00
“Around the World”
The 20th Annual Wildwood Inshore Fishing Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the St. Augustine Boating Club. Presented by Florida Certified Contractors, this event benefits the St. Augustine Youth Services. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for redfish, trout, and flounder in men, women, and youth categories.
The Ancient City Game Fish Challenge will also be held this weekend at the Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor. This fishing event will include a Kingfish Tournament, a Backwater Challenge, a Junior Kingish Tournament, and a Kayak Challenge. It is free for spectators, but you do have to register for any of the tournaments.
Friday, June 28th
Friday night Grammy Award winning country trio Landy Antebellum will perform live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, beginning 7:30 p.m. The trio of artists is known for a sound that is described as “a little bit rock and roll, country, pop and R&B thrown in.”
Saturday, June 29
Start off your morning at the Amphitheatre Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Here you can shop for groceries and gifts, grab a bite to eat or drink, mingle with friends or stay for a while to enjoy some old-time music.
Sunday, June 30
Sunday night the St. Augustine Amphitheatre presents comedy king, Adam Sandler. He will begin his national “100% Fresher” tour at 7:30 PM. Adam Sandler is a comedian, writer, producer, musician, and “Saturday Night Live” alum. This performance is a continuation of his
acclaimed Netflix special, “100% Fresh.” The performance will be the last of his summer tour and will include classic takes on his material, as well as brand new songs, performances, tributes, and a “surprise special guest.”
Thursday, July 4th
St. Augustine’s Fourth of July celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos includes a live music concert and a spectacular firework display over the historic bayfront.
Starting at 6:00 p.m., the popular local band The All-Star Orchestra performs a two-hour show of big band and swing music along with patriotic favorites. The concert is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to bring lounge chairs for seating.
The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Lighting up the sky over the waters of Matanzas Bay, with the Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions in the foreground, the “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” display is truly unforgettable. Visitors are welcome to line the streets and sit anywhere along the Bridge of Lions and South Castillo Drive to view the fireworks from downtown. The 20-minute fireworks show is choreographed to sync with a soundtrack of patriotic music over an extensive sound system that carries over the entire bayfront area.
July 4th Road Closures and Downtown Parking
Roads closures begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m., so visitors must make sure they are appropriately situated before then!
The bayfront road and South Castillo Drive will be closed from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. to accommodate this event. The Bridge of Lions will be closed to both boat and vehicle traffic. Everyone attending should find their parking area prior to 8:30 p.m., when the traffic rerouting begins. The downtown parking garage at the Visitors Information Center offers all-day parking for $12 per vehicle.
Parking in city-owned lots and on-street is FREE on July 4th, as it is on all national holidays. However, there will be no access to or from the parking lot of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. on July 4. Street parking will be limited in the vicinity of the Plaza to facilitate traffic detours in the evening.
Following the show, King St. and West Castillo Drive will be dedicated to west-bound traffic out of the downtown area to U.S. 1. Traffic signals in the downtown area, along Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1), Anastasia Blvd., and State Roads 312, 207 and 16 will be monitored to facilitate traffic flow. The Bridge of Lions does not re-open until 11:00 p.m.
Free Park & Ride Shuttle on Anastasia Blvd.
From 6:00 p.m. until midnight from three parking locations along Anastasia Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach, the shuttle will pick up at these locations:
Anastasia Baptist Church
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
R.B. Hunt Elementary School
There will be an additional parking area at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, but those who park there will need to cross Anastasia Blvd. at the lighted crosswalk to the pick-up location at R.B. Hunt Elementary School. Law enforcement officers will be present to assist pedestrians in crossing the road safely. The shuttle will drop passengers at the east end of the Bridge of Lions. After the fireworks show, the shuttles will pick up from that location to return to the three parking areas.
For more information and detailed maps please visit https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/fourth-july-fireworks-and-concert
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