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What could be better than listening to music and eating delicious food on the beach watching the sunset? Not much!

This summer marks the 17th annual Music by the Sea series where you and your family can enjoy the music, food, and fun by the ocean. The festival is presented by the St. Augustine Beach Civics Association. This free, family-friendly concert and food series occurs every Wednesday evening for 19 weeks – rain or shine!

The series was started to promote St. Augustine’s local cuisine and musicians. Each week, a different local restuarant and band team together to create a fun evening for you and the whole family to unwind. This event provides relaxing vibes for both vacationers and locals.

Between May 8 and September 11, you will find a different local band playing at the Pavillion at St. John’s County Pier on St. Augustine beach. There’s quite a lineup this year, featuring bands that span a variety of genres, including Jazz, Country, Rock, 80s cover bands, Pop, Latin, and more! There’s something for everyone and you can find this summer’s entire lineup below or here. The food lineup has yet to be determined.

In addition to jamming out to some great music, you’ll also have the opportunity to try a variety of local resturaunts. Just as a different band is represented each week, a different local restuarant provides food . The concert itself is free of charge, and meals cost $10 or less per person.

Rain or Shine!

Music by the Sea will be held rain or shine. The concert and food are a great way to etiher enjoy the beautiful sunet or brighten up a rainy day. Should the weather prove more hazardous, any updates or cancellations (which are very rare) can be found at the event’s Facebook page.

There are plenty of things to do while you’re staying at Beacher’s Lodge in St. Augustine, and the Music by the Sea series is one of the best activities to help you relax and unwind. So kick off your shoes, grab a bite to eat, and ride the vibes on beautiful St. Augustine beach!

When: Every Wednesday evening between 6 – 9 p.m., May 8 through September 11
Where: St. John’s Pier Pavillion at St. Augustine Beach
Admission: General admission is free and meal tickets are $10 or less

Additional information: 

  • Additional information can be found by calling (904) 347-8007
  • Those requiring wheelchair access are asked to request accomodation two days in advance
  • Dogs are welcome! Just make sure your furry pal has a leash and will respect the other concert-goers
  • Please feel free to bring a cooler, chairs, and blankets
  • There are free shuttles from satellite parking lots that run between 5:45 – 9:30 p.m. Additional parking information can be found here or by calling the number above.
  • Music Lineup for Music by the Sea 2019

The Bands!

5/8 Fruit Cove Middle School Jazz

5/15 Jax English Salsa Band Latin

5/22 Amy Alysia & Soul Operation R & B, Soul, and more

5/29 Vegas Gray ’70s and ’80s Rock

6/5 Peter Karp Band Soulful Rock & Blues

6/12 Slang ’80s Tribute

6/19 Josh Stewart Band Country and Rock

6/26 Those Guys Classic and Southern Rock

7/3 Ain’t 2 Proud Pop Dance

7/10 JW Gilmore Blues

7/17 Soulfire Funk, Disco, Pop

7/24 Duffy Bishop Band Jazz, Blues, and more

7/31 Bluez Dudez Blues and Classic Rock

8/7 STR8-Up Dance, Pop, and Disco

8/14 Grapes of Roth Classic and Alternative Rock

8/21 Catch the Groove Jazz

8/28 Southern Chaos Country / Country 106.3 FM Night

9/4 Almost Dead Tie Dye Rock

9/11 Chilula Pop, Dance, and more

St. Augustine is rich in history and alive with culture. There is no shortage of things to do in America’s oldest town. And one of the biggest hubs for events, activities, and culture in St. Augustine is Francis Field. We’ve gathered some of the interesting facts and history surrounding the historic baseball field, as well as information about what’s happening today.

History

Francis Field has been a part of the community since the early 1930s. Though it has undergone many changes since then, it remains an important cultural center for the community of St. Augustine.

Francis Field gets its name from Frederick Francis, an athlete and co-owner of the amateur baseball team the St. Augustine Saints. The team, led by Frederick Francis, won the Northeast Florida Championship in 1933. The town mayor at the time declared September 11, 1934 as Fred Francis day to celebrate Francis’ numerous achievements in baseball.

During World War II, the field was used for military training. In fact, the Saints’ pitcher, Forrest “Lefty” Brewer, was one of five baseball players who were killed on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. After the war, the Saints continued to play on the field until their last game in 1952.

Though the community referred to the field colloquially as Francis Field for decades, the field officially received the name only recently.

Modern Event Center and Cultural Hub

Today, the site hosts numerous cultural celebrations and festivals. Some of the most well-known festivals include the Celtic Heritage Festival in the spring and the Greek Festival in the fall. Regardless of when you’re visiting, there is always something happening at Francis Field! Throughout the year, there are countless art festivals, fairs, concerts, and cultural events taking place on Francis Field.

Celtic Festival Francis Field

When not being used for festivals and concerts, Francis Field is a great place to take the family to spend a fun afternoon. Francis Field hosts the Project SWING Park, an interactive playground. The name stands for “St. Augustine’s Wish for It’s Next Generation.” The park boasts lovely shaded areas, an interactive playground for older kids, an interactive area for toddlers, a picnic area, and a shady pavilion perfect for hosting parties, get-togethers, and other gatherings.

Francis Field ParkFrancis Field Park

While you’re visiting the lovely city of St. Augustine, be sure to check out the events calendar here and see what kinds of exciting events are taking place at Francis Field. In 2006 the city built a parking garage right next door, which makes access to this location super easy! During the most popular celebrations, like Rhythm and Ribs in April, the city provides shuttles from various locations around St. Augustine. To find shuttle locations for events, look here.

Contact information for Francis Field:

25 W Castillo Dr
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Phone: (904) 825-1040

Beacher’s Lodge is a quick and scenic 20 minute ride from Francis Field and Downtown St. Augustine. It’s the best of both worlds; stay at the beach and still enjoy being close to the downtown excitement!

Valentine’s day in St. Augustine is charming and full of possibilities. People of all ages and walks of life enjoy giving each other gifts and going the extra mile to prove their love. If you ask visitors and locals alike, St. Augustine is the place to celebrate this special occasion. You can roam around the historic district or just have a nice romantic dinner – there’s something for everyone!

Want to start with a local favorite? Take a visit to a Love Tree!

How about a scavenger hunt through St. Augustine to find all the love trees locations?

‘What is a love tree?’ you might ask. It’s when two trees are entwined with each other, and not being able to be separated them or they will die. People say that if you kiss the love of your life underneath the tree, your love will be everlasting. So, come have a nice quiet walk with your soulmate and have a kiss under one of the trees.

The trees are located at:

6 Cordova Street St Augustine, FL, near The Love Tree Cafe. As you enjoy your walk, you can come in to the Love Tree Cafe and have a romantic breakfast or lunch. Hours of operations are:

Sunday: 9 AM – 3 PM, Monday thru Friday: 8 AM – 3 PM, Saturday: 9 AM – 3 PM

The Love Tree Cottage Gift Shop venue has gifts, engagement packages, and ceremony packages. These packages include:

Engagement Package 2 / $50

  • Includes admission to the property for up to 1 hour.
  • Use of building and facilities.
  • Engagement certificate.
  • Legend of the Love Tree souvenir photo.
  • 20% of items in the gift shop.

Ceremony Package / $150

  • Includes wedding venue for up to 30 people with use of Love Tree Cottage Garden.
  • The building and facilities are available for use.
  • A wedding ceremony certificate.
  • Love Tree souvenir photo.
  • Refreshments are made available to wedding guests (including canned soft drinks, sweet and unsweetened tea, and bottled water).
  • Guests receive 20% off gift shop purchases.

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with a photo and souvenir to remember the day.

The hours are  Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Another Love Tree sighting is located at Mission Nombre de Dios Museum, located at 89 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, St. Augustine.  Experience the beauty of this old chapel and mark another Love Tree sighting off your list.

Hours for the museum are Monday- Saturday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm.

To make the day extra special, consider finding all the Love Trees while enjoying a romantic carriage ride through the city. Southern Carriage and Buggy Tour can help you with that. It is located at  on the Bayfront Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL, 32084. The hours of operation are Monday- Sunday 9:00 am- 11:30 pm.

Not Interested in love tree sightings? How about a quiet picnic?

  • Anastasia State Park is located at 300 Anastasia Park Rd. St. Augustine FL. This is the perfect venue for a beach picnic!  Hours of operation are 8 am until sundown. Admission fee $8.00 per vehicle. Enjoy the beautiful view of unspoiled beaches and the nice breeze.
  • Spyglass Public Beach Access is located at  8202 A1A S,  in St. Augustine and has breathtaking views. Florida has many beautiful beaches, but Spyglass Public Beach is extraordinary in it’s own right. It’s no wonder it’s one of the highest rated beach access points in the area! This is the perfect spot to take your special person to marvel at Florida’s natural life and enjoy a packed lunch.
  • Fort Matanzas Overlook Trail is a lovely trail where you can take a nice leisurely stroll near Fort Matanza and the river, before stopping off at a picnic table or a nice scenic spot to put down your blanket and picnic among nature.  

Want to do a more grown up activity?

How about a free tour of the St. Augustine Distillery located at 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL. Tour hours are Monday- Sunday 10:30 am- 5 pm.

Experience tasty whiskey, rum, gin & vodka tastings and see how it is made on this 21 and older tour.  

Another place you can visit and take a tour is the San Sebastian Winery located at 157 King Street St. Augustine, FL. This tour will show you how their award winning wine is made and also give you complimentary tasting. Tour hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm.

Want to know where to get Valentine’s gift?

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Want to gift your special person chocolates or any other kind of sweets? Peterbrooke Chocolatier has you covered. With their chocolate gift boxes, hand-dipped fruits or pretzels, and more, there’s no better place for getting classic Valentine’s Day chocolates!

located at 333 Village Main St #650, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Their hours of operation are Monday- Saturday 9:00 am- 8:00 pm and Saturday 12:00pm- 6:00pm

Creme de la Cocoa

Feeling a bit adventurous? Creme de la Cocoa has your covered, with a variety of flavors and styles of goodies. They also offer classes, so you can hand make your own treats with your love! For a list of their classes, look here.

They are  located at 299 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL. Their hours of operation are Tuesday- Saturday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm.

Want to have a nice meal date?

Cafe Alcazar

Cafe Alcazar is a refined, white-tablecloth lunch option in the Lightner Museum, offering upscale New American fare. This is a lovely option to kick off the romance earlier in the day. Their highly rated dishes won’t disappoint!

Located at 25 Granada Street St. Augustine, FL.

Aviles Restaurant and Lounge

Are you and your partner early risers? You don’t have to wait for the night to have a romantic meal! You can come to Aviles and have a lovely breakfast date. It’s sure to impress, as the lounge staff and it’s chefs are award winning professionals!

Located at 32 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, FL.

Hours of operation –

Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday 7:00 am-11:00 am – Sunday 7:00 am-12:00.

Lunch: Monday-Sunday 12:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Dinner: Monday- Sunday 4:00 pm – 10 pm.

This Valentine’s day look no further then St Augustine to have an unforgettable day of romance.

The 4th of July is always a big event in St. Augustine, FL and this year is no exception. For more than two decades, “Fireworks over the Matanzas” has been one of the largest shows in the area, drawing thousands of people to the waterfront to watch the fireworks explode up in the air, while also creating mesmerizing reflections in the water. We love celebrating our freedoms everyday, but on America’s birthday we go all out! Plus there is plenty of other great stuff to do in the area this week as well.  Let’s discover a few ways you can celebrate the Red, White and Blue.

Fireworks Over the Matanzas

The show begins at 9:30 p.m., but you’ll definitely want to be there early if you want to be close to the action. There will be a live concert beforehand with tons of local acts, followed by the firework show itself. During the fireworks display, be prepared to be moved as the fireworks are in rhythm with classic patriotic songs like America the Beautiful and God Bless the USA. The shows choreographed display is one you won’t want to miss! Enjoy some food and drinks and chill out with your friends and family while you enjoy the free entertainment.

Bridge of Lions

If you don’t want to be in the historic district and have to wait for the traffic to clear out after the fireworks show to get back to your condo at Beacher’s Lodge, then take advantage of the Bridge of Lions. Many folks go to the Bridge of Lions and even further back on A1A to watch the Fireworks display. The traffic clears much faster than the traffic in the historic district and you still get to see the amazing firework show.

Visit the Art District

The Art District of St. Augustine almost always has something up their sleeves when it comes to national holidays. This 4th of July you can head on down to see some brilliant pieces of art that are dedicated to this great nation, as well as live performances of all kinds. Shop from local vendors, meet the artists and explore the area.

Sunsets at Beacher’s Lodge

Not everyone enjoys the crowds or the loud bangs that come with a Firework display. Many of our guests enjoy a nice long walk along the beach as the sun sets. After enjoying the peace and tranquility of a beach sunset walk, our guests love to retire to their condo and enjoy a nice cold drink on their balcony as they listen to the waves lap upon the shore and the moon shines down upon the ocean.

Enjoy Some Local Ice Cream

It’s hot outside, even late into the evening when the fireworks start. Fortunately, locations like the Hyppo have their very own specialty ice cream just for the occasion. You can enjoy a fruit-filled popsicle that will cool you off and keep you refreshed long into the night.  Nothing says the fourth of July like ice cream and fireworks in America’s first city.