School's Out! A Summer Guide for High Schoolers
School’s out for students of St. Augustine High School, Pedro Menendez High School, and St. Joseph's Academy, and many are gearing up for an action-packed summer. So what is there for a high school-aged teen to do in St. Augustine? Here are a few events you should check out and things to do during your break from school.
June 5 / The Last Day of School for St. John's County Celebrate the start of summer by grabbing something to eat downtown. Remember, those lucky St. Joe’s kids got out on the 3rd, so you public school kids have to catch up with them quickly.
June 6 / Weezer @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre / 7:30 p.m. I would argue that Weezer is before your time, you high school yutes, but their influence truly has spread the decades. Don’t miss their concert at the amphitheater, where they're sure to play summer favorites like “Island in the Sun.”
June 7 / Beach Bash @ Anastasia State Park / 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Hang out at Anastasia State Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun day of scavenger hunts, sand castle contests, geocaching and more for students fresh out of school. The Beach Bash is the ultimate way to kick off a summer of beach trips.
June 11 / “Monsters University” @ City Marina / 8:30 p.m. High school graduates heading to college will especially like this flick. Before you head off for the fall semester, meet up with classmates and friends to watch this fun film that shares important lessons about college life in ever-satisfying Pixar fashion.
June 14 / Vettes at the Village 2014 @ World Golf Village / 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. We all wish we had an amazing, decked out sports car. But come on, it’s high school; you’re lucky if you can mooch rides from your friends. So just for a day, walk around and fawn over amazing cars you wish you had. Find one you like and, hey, maybe you can start saving up for it now.
June 20 / National Flip Flop Day @ Tropical Smoothie / 2 p.m.–7 p.m. A favorite of mine when I was a poor high school student scrounging for any opportunity to get free food, National Flip Flop Day is a summer must. Just put on some flip-flops (not a huge challenge here in St. Augustine) and head to Tropical Smoothie in Seagrove or World Golf Village between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a free 24 oz. Jetty Punch Smoothie. National Flip Flop Day benefits Camp Sunshine, a vacation spot for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. So for your free smoothie, drop a small donation. Every bit helps.
June 27 / Rebelution @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre / 6 p.m. This Santa Barbara reggae group has played at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and is now bringing their tropic rock sound to St. Augustine. Relish in the musical talents of Rebelution joined by Iration, The Green, Stick Figure, and DJ Mackle.
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on while you enjoy free movies by the bay.
July 2 / “Frozen” @ City Marina / 8:30 p.m. You don’t have to be 5 to like Frozen. In fact, even my high school brothers have been known to belt Let It Go in the shower…and in the car…and around the house…and even with all their other virile high school bros. Cool off this summer with a free showing of Frozen at the City Marina. In case you're one of the .000003% of the population who has no idea what Frozen is, watch the trailer here.
July 10 / Teen Melted Crayon Craft @ Anastasia Library / 3 p.m. Release your inner Pinterest nerd without performing a major craft fail. The Anastasia Library is going to help teens create their own melted crown work of art to take home! No supplies necessary!
July 20 / American Idol Live! @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre / 7 p.m. You probably watched the epic 13th season of American Idol, and now you can see your favorite performers sing live at the amphitheatre! Performing artists include C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.
July 25 / An Evening with John Legend @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre / 7 p.m. Whether you've been following this legend since "Ordinary People," or you've jumped on the bandwagon from "All of Me," you don't want to miss this Billboard-topping artist with a talent so powerful, he's guaranteed to be as good live as he is on his albums. Don't believe me? Check out for yourself here.
July 27 / Fall Out Boy @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre / 7:30 p.m. Hear “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” and other popular hits from the chart-topping alternative rock band.
The Sunset Celebration isn't just in August, it's the first Saturday of every month.
August 2 / Sunset Celebration @ Vilano Beach / 3 p.m.–Dusk Get ready to say goodbye to summer freedom with the Sunset Celebration in Vilano Beach. Chow down on food and refreshments and listen to live music. Make use of some of that summer job money by browsing local crafts and vendors (saving a significant amount for that Vette, of course.)
August 17 / Last Day of Summer! / Cue the weeping Emoji faces (the one with the tears really flowing). School returns tomorrow. But admit it, you're kind of excited for the first day.
So many options for summer...
- Adventure Landing: Hit the go kart track or rack up tickets in the arcade with friends.
- St. Augustine Bike Rentals: As long as you have a valid driver's license, you can rent a scooter and ride around town for just $15 an hour. It's a great way to soak up some summer fun before heading back to the classroom.
- Ripley's Ghost Train: Stay up late on Saturday night and enjoy some scares with friends on this haunting ghost tour of St. Augustine.
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