Spring Events in St. Augustine

Don’t feel like going to a big event today, but maybe tomorrow? Want to start your family vacation quietly at the beaches and then get into the big events later?

There are always things to do and events to see in St. Augustine. The spring season is an unending series of rewarding events so you can relax easily one day and get in on the action the next. Below is an overview of some events you should know about for the spring season in St. Augustine.

The Rhythm and Ribs Festival

Rhythm and Ribs is one of the biggest St. Augustine events of the year. You get a chance to combine fun family-friendly activities with authentic barbeque right in the heart of North Florida.

You get live music on a large stage, a slew of barbeque options for local restaurants, and many exemplary vendors. Admission is $10 for the whole day. Kids 15 and under are free. All proceeds go to local charities.

The festival begins April 6th and ends April 8th. The event is all weekend long and all day long. It is located at Francis Field at 25 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32084.

Francis Field is a major hub for many festival events in the city. The nearby parking garage holds thousands of cars and can’t be missed. There is also an adventure park and playground on the grounds.  The Rhythm and Ribs Festival is a guaranteed good time for all this spring.

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Gamble Rogers Music Festival

The Gamble Rogers Music Festival is an open celebration of local legend Gamble Rogers and St. Augustine’s Americana roots. The 23rd annual festival showcases 40 local and touring folk, country, rock, and Americana acts. Artists include Veronica Jackson, the Starlight Trio, and more.

The event takes place at the Colonial Quarter. This is an open stage area in the middle of downtown St. Augustine. Guests can come and go as they please and enjoy the rotating door of local musicians. The quarter is located at 43 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

The Gamble Rogers Festival is May 4th to May 6th, starting each day at the quarter around noon. The event is 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to about 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Florida Birding and Photo Festival

For something a bit different, try the Florida Birding and Photo Festival. The event is designed for nature and photography enthusiasts. 16 years in, and the Florida Birding and Photo Festival is still the perfect backdrop for gathering some of the finest photographs of St. Augustine’s wildlife.

The event begins April 18th and runs to April 22nd. It is a full showcase of art classes, photography courses and clinics, nature tours, hiking trips, and more. Visitors can learn about digital photography and get special insight into some of the most off-the-beaten-path natural places of St. Augustine.

The event features 16 speakers and presenters, including Roman Kurywczak, Lewis Kemper, Lisa Langell, Bobbi Lane, and more.

Due to the scale of the event, there is no catch-all price. Some classes are $20 while others are closer to $125 depending on the scope and resources involved. There is a one-time registration fee of $25 which gives you early access to all events involved at the festival.

The main headquarters of the event and the place most classes will take place is the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve. It is located at 505 Guana River Rd. in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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