St. Augustine Amphitheatre is the place to be when it comes to catching a concert in St. Augustine. Nestled in between the Matanzas River and the Salt Run, the Amphitheatre is ideally situated on Anastasia Island, between downtown St. Augustine and Anastasia State Park. The Amphitheatre is within walking distance of the park, meaning that you can see spectacular natural scenery while enjoying high-quality entertainment.
The History of the Amphitheatre
In 1965, the outdoor Amphitheatre was built on 16 acres of Anastasia State Park in honor of St. Augustine’s 400th Anniversary. As an additional commemoration, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green was commissioned to create Cross and Sword, a play released that year depicting the founding of St. Augustine. The play became the official state play of Florida and was recognized by the state legislature for its cultural and historical value before ending its 32-year run in 1996.
St. John’s County acquired the Amphitheatre in 2002 and began the 5-year renovation process that resulted in the Amphitheatre’s current status today as a state-of-the-art venue that holds up to 4,100 concert-goers.
Tickets are available for purchase both online through Ticket Master and in person at the Amphitheatre box office. Will Call is located at the far right window of the box office.
Box office hours at the Amphitheatre take place on Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The box office is closed for lunch from 1:00pm to 2:00pm for lunch on open days, and opens at 12:00pm on show days.
If tickets are available, they may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show. On show days, the gates usually open 90 minutes prior to the show time printed on your ticket. It is recommended that you arrive at least 1 hour prior to show time to give yourself enough time to reach the Amphitheatre, go through the process of checking in, and find your seat.
Children under the age of 2 years-old generally will not require a separate seat purchase provided that parents keep them on their lap. All parents with children requiring their own seat will need to purchase a ticket to accommodate their needs.
Parking costs $10.00, and is available both on-site and off-site at R.B. Hunt Elementary School. The Amphitheatre also provides a shuttle, which stops behind the school on show days. Signs will indicate where the shuttle stops are located.
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