Fall is right around the corner, and for those of us that don’t want to give up the sweet reprieve of summer, it can be sad – but it doesn’t have to be! St. Augustine is the perfect place to be in fall, especially right now with a huge variety of fall festivals guaranteed to make those season-changing blues fade away. From the SAiRA Food & Wine Festival, to the Creekside Festival, we’ve put together all you need to know about the biggest events of the season.

SAiRA Food & Wine Festival

This festival comes with a guarantee of fun, but also with the promise that your money is making a difference! This festival, thrown annually by the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association, raises funds for the St. Augustine Boys & Girls Club. This festival will take place on October 6th at the elegant and historic River House. There will be a beautiful collection culinary specialties coming from a variety of St. Augustine’s best restaurants paired with wines from around the world.

Greek Festival 2019

The following weekend, October 11 – 13th, will be the annual Greek Festival! This wonderful celebration boasts traditional Greek dances and music interspersed with phenomenal food and drink. Designed to highlight the importance of Greek influence on the historical city, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church creates a Greek village to allow for residents (or visitors) to get a taste for the islands. Admission is $5 for adults, with children and active duty military getting in for free! With everything from Greek coffee and wine to moussaka, dolmades and spanakopita, there is something for everyone.

Creekside Festival

If bluegrass and arts and crafts are more your style, head on over to the Creekside Festival on October 12th and 13th! Their schedule is jam-packed with bluegrass artists on two different stages, with acts ranging from Seminole Ridge and Remedy Tree to wildly talented local artists. You can also witness historical demonstrations, enjoy a beer garden with free samples, and taste your way through a selection of food trucks. For those with little kids, there are a variety of kid-friendly activities including free face-painting.

St. Augustine Songwriters Festival

For those interested in music, the St. Augustine Songwriters Festival will be the highlight of fall! This festival highlights the songwriters behind all of your favorite songs, allowing them a stage on which to speak about their inspirations and the process that brought the song to life. Starting Friday October 25th and running until Sunday the 27th, this festival will be a crowd-pleaser with drinks, food, a silent auction, and the songwriters!

With so much to do, there shouldn’t be a dull moment in your fall schedule! More information on other things to do in St. Augustine is available on our blog, and there are always deals shown on our specials page. Don’t miss out on a minute of the fun with an October visit to Beacher’s Lodge, the perfect fall festival and a unique oceanfront suite just right for the occasion!

Pirate movies have made pirates look so cool. But were real pirates like Jack Sparrow, swaggering and charming? Pirates have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years, and in the 18th century there was a spike on piracy. This is why it was known as the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’.

St. Augustine has been threatened by pirates since its birth in 1565, when Pedro Menendez de Aviles came to the shores of St. Augustine and made it a colony. At the time the Spanish were in power but the English and French wanted to take the area for themselves.

The Spanish knew of the dangers lurking across the seas, so they build a fort. The Castillo de San Marcos was constructed between 1672 and 1695 and it protected St. Augustine’s Spanish residents from attacks and even from hurricanes.

As you can imagine, the Spanish were not fond of pirates and executed them whenever possible. St. Augustine became incredibly important for trading because of its connection to the Gulf of Mexico. It was easy to travel to in comparison to going through the coast and risk losing  goods due to unpredictable weather patterns. As trade became a huge part of life in St. Augustin, so did the threat of pirates. To counteract some of these threats, the Spanish were known to hire pirates themselves to fight off enemies!

Do you want to know more about Pirates and how St. Augustine dealt with them? Here are a few places to come and experience their history!

The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum

Located at: 12 S Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

Hours: Daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum has a wonderful outdoor courtyard overlooking the Matanza River and the Castillo de San Marcos. With Educational tours, group tours, and a treasure shop, it’s an exciting trip back into the 1800’s!

The Pirate Ship Black Raven

Located at: 111 Avenida Menendez St, St Augustine Fl 32084

Hours: Daily from 8:00 am- 6:00 pm (weather could affect the hours)

Come aboard the Black Raven Pirate Ship, at the Municipal Marina in Downtown St. Augustine. This tour offers a variety of packages, from birthday parties, to late night adult cruises! Cupcakes, souvenirs, and beverages (alcoholic and non) are available on their on-board gift shop. With a treasure hunt and a rum runner, adults and children alike will have plenty of entertainment. You just have to come and experience it for yourself!

Colonial Quarters

Located at: 43 St. George St, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

Hours: Daily Tour 10:30 pm, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and self guided tours Monday- Friday 10:30 am- 5:00 pm

Explore the 18th century in Colonial Quarters! It’s a journey into the past history of St. Augustine. Walk through the boardwalk, marvel at all of the flags, and experience a live musket demonstration. This demonstration will show you how residents fought off the invading pirates!

Castillo de San Marcos

Located at: 1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, Fl 32084

Hours: Monday- Sunday 8:45 am- 5:15 pm

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United State. It sits on the Western shores of the Matanza River. Come to experience over 340 years of history and see where the Spanish fought and conquered pirates. Standing on it’s limestone floors, looking out at the water, you could easily imagine pirates coming over the horizon on their ships!

There is much to see and experience in St. Augustine. It’s a place with a rich history, so come and see what the city can teach you and your family about the pirate life!