Ice cream cones are always a treat at St. Augustine's spring festivals.

A Guide to St. Augustine's 2022 Spring Festival Season

Festival lovers can jump into St. Augustine's spring festival season as soon as mid-February.

  • Some people get excited for the holiday season while others jump for joy when the spring festival season arrives in St. Augustine. Because it’s Florida, or more accurately because it’s St. Augustine, the season kicks off in February making for weekend bliss until summer rolls around. From water, to wine, to art, to music, to bunnies, and to birds, there is something for every age and every interest in the springtime, so forget Paris and jump into St. Augustine’s festivals.

     

    Shopping for arts and crafts at the St. Augustine Beach Pier

    February 19 – 20
    Arts & Crafts Festival at the Pier

    Attracting local, regional, and national artists, and crafters to showcase their work seaside, the festival invites visitors to enjoy browsing everything from handmade jewelry and ceramics to stained glass and fine artwork. The event also hosts live music as well as several varieties of food items to eat on site or to take home.

    Admission: Free.

    When: Two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20, and again on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, 2022. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

    Where: Anastasia Island’s St. Augustine Beach Pier Park at 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

     

     

    Cheers to Spanish reds at the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival

    February 24 – 26
    St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival

    The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival’s mission is to connect modern-day St. Augustine to the city’s Spanish history through a series of events that feature Spanish wine, cuisine, and culture. This year, all proceeds from the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival benefit the Flagler College Hospitality & Tourism Management Program and its students.

    Admission: $75 for Grand Tasting; $100 for Thursday’s Tapas, Wine, and Spirits; $300 for Cava Reception.

    When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 24 - 26, 2022. Tapas, Wine, and Spirits is 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday; the Cava Reception and Dinner is 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday; the Grand Tasting is 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

    Where: Events take place at several locations on the Flagler College campus and at the Lightner Museum in historic downtown St. Augustine.

     

     

    The Ferris wheel is always a favorite at the annual Cathedral Festival. (Photo from TotallyStAugustine.com.)

    February 25 – 27
    The 37th Annual Cathedral Festival

    On the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios, in the Uptown neighborhood, the Cathedral Festival is the unofficial start of spring festival season in St. Augustine. The fundraising carnival is one of the area’s largest festivals featuring rides, games, bingo, a silent auction, and fireworks. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Cathedral Parish School and the Cathedral Parish Early Education Center.

    Admission: $5 for adults; $3 for children 11-17 and adults 65 and older; free admission for active-duty military and children 10 and younger.

    When: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, February 25; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, February 26; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, February 27, 2022. Fireworks are planned for 9 p.m. on Saturday.

    Where: The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios, 101 San Marco Ave.

     

     

    Irish Dancers performing at the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

    March 11 – 13
    St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

    The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival features world-famous Celtic bands on two stages, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, and a variety of entertainment. The event also includes the St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12

    Admission: $12.50 - $15 general admission for Saturday or Sunday. Free for children under 12 and active duty/retired military with ID. $80 - $90 VIP tickets include admission for both days, a festival t-shirt, two beers or glasses of wine, separate VIP seating, bars, and bathrooms.

    When: Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13, 2022; Friday: Whiskey Tasting 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday: gates open at 10 a.m.; Sunday: gates open at 10 a.m., close at 7 p.m.

    Where: Francis Field at 25 West Castillo Drive in historic downtown St. Augustine.

     

     

    Balloons light up the night sky at the St. Augustine Hot Air Balloon Festival

    March 12 – 13
    St. Augustine Hot Air Balloon Festival

    The inaugural Hot Air Balloon Festival features hot air balloon rides, a kids zone, craft and retail vendors as well as a DJ and live music. After dark, the festival turns into a Hot Air Balloon Glow & Laser show where the balloons are lit up in unison.

    Admission: $20 for adults; $8 for children ages 4 to 18. Free for children under 4. $32 for adult two-day passes; $12 for children.

    When: Gates open at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 12 – 13, 2022

    Where: The St. Johns County Fairgrounds at 5840 State Road 207 in Elkton.

     

     

    Hand-crafted items, fine artwork, live music, delicious food, and more at this outdoor festival on St. Augustine Beach.

    March 12 –13
    Arts & Crafts Festival at the Pier

    Attracting local, regional, and national artists and crafters to showcase their work seaside, the festival invites visitors to enjoy browsing everything from handmade jewelry and ceramics to stained glass and fine artwork. The event also hosts live music as well as several varieties of food items to eat on site or to take home.

    Admission: Free.

    When: Two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20, and again on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, 2022. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

    Where: Anastasia Island’s St. Augustine Beach Pier Park at 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

     

     

    Racing through waterways in and around St. Augustine as part of Race Week

    March 20 – April 2
    St. Augustine Race Week

    St. Augustine Race Week's spring sailing extravaganza features ocean and bayfront racing in yachts from 24 to 50 feet long. In addition to the sailing events, St. Augustine Race Week also hosts before-race socials and after-race parties for racers and guests along the downtown bayfront, at the Municipal Marina, and at the St. Augustine Yacht Club.

    Admission: Free to watch.

    When: Youth Regatta, Saturday and Sunday, March 26 - 27; Inshore Series, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 -30, Performance Yacht Offshore; Thursday, Friday, and; Saturday (March 31, April 1 and 2, 2022).

    Where: Several locations in the St. Augustine area including the downtown bayfront.

     

     

    An aerial view of the St. Augustine Lions Spring Festival

    March 26 – 27
    St. Augustine Lions Spring Festival

    The 39th Annual St. Augustine Lions Spring Festival features seafood such as lobster, crawfish, scallops, and shrimp — as well as cuisines from other cultures and regions and traditional county fair food, too. The festival also includes rides for the kids, family-friendly shows and activities, live music, and booths showcasing pottery, paintings, jewelry, and other arts and crafts.

    Admission: $5 for adults; free for kids 15 and under.

    When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 26 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022.

    Where: Francis Field at 25 West Castillo Drive in historic downtown St. Augustine.

     

     

    Taking time to smell the plants at the Flower and Garden Expo

    March 26 – 27
    Flower and Garden Expo

    The annual Flower & Garden Expo showcases a variety of vendors with everything needed to begin or enhance a garden, including native plants, butterfly plants, colorful flowering plants, herbs, succulents, ferns, and even citrus and olive trees. All proceeds from this event benefit EPIC Community Services, Inc.

    The expo also offers garden-related crafts, lectures by gardening experts on both days, access to St. Johns County Master Gardeners, and a Children’s Activity Area with face-painting and plant potting activities.

    Admission: $5 for adults (good for both days); free for kids 12 and under.

    When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022.

    Where: Sykes Family Farm at 5995 Brough Road in Elkton.

     

     

    Celebrating the Festival of the Chariots with vibrant colors

    March 29
    Festival of the Chariots

    Also known as Rathayatra, the Festival of Chariots, is an annual event celebrating Indian and Hindu culture. The festival includes two colorful parades, live entertainment, a vegetarian feast highlighting Indian cuisine, music, dancing, art vendors, a magic show, henna tattoos and other festive, colorful activities in historic downtown.

    Admission: Free.

    When: 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2022.

    Where: The parade is along King Street with the Harinam Procession on St. George Street. Other festival activities take place on the Plaza de la Constitución.

     

     

    Getting ready for St. Augustine's first-ever Florida Ma'am Festival

    April 2 – 3
    Florida Ma'am! Festival

    "A festival of music fresh-squeezed from the women of Florida"

    Featuring Bad Dog Mama, Ramona + the Riot, Amy Hendrickson, Shine and the Shakers, and MJ Baker among other talent, Florida Ma’am is a two-day celebration of music “fresh-squeezed” by Florida women. Included in the festival is food, a full bar, as well as women-owned swag and pop-up shops.

    Admission: $20 for a general admission day pass; $30 for a general admission weekend pass. Re-entry is permitted.

    When: Saturday to Sunday, April 2 to 3, 2022. Concert times are 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday; from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

    Where: The Colonial Quarter on St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine.

     

     

    A visual artist prepares a painting for the Old Town Art Show

    April 9 – 10
    Old Town Art Show

    Artists and artisans from Northeast Florida and beyond converge at the Old Town Art Show. The art festival showcases nearly 100 juried artisans and master craftspeople who exhibit their creations such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber art, glass art, sculpture, photography, wood, and recycled materials.

    Admission: Free.

    When: April 9 - 10, 2022, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

    Where: Francis Field at 25 West Castillo Drive in historic downtown St. Augustine.

     

     

    St. Augustine's Easter Parade is the nation's second oldest Easter Parade

    April 16 – 17
    Easter Parade and Promenade

    St. Augustine's Easter Parade, now in its 63rd year, is the nation's second oldest Easter Parade. This hometown parade welcomes visitors to join in the community's celebration by lining the streets to watch marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, and the city’s carriage horses wearing their Easter hats. Trophies are presented to winners in four categories.

    The promenade is a spectacle of Easter bonnets and festive Easter costumes. Awards are presented in various categories such as Most Creative Hat, Best Dressed Pet, and Family from Farthest Away. Prizes are awarded to the winners, and all are welcome to participate in the contests.

    Admission: Free.

    When: The parade is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2022. The promenade is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2022.

    Where: The parade is along San Marco Avenue and Avenida Menendez in downtown St. Augustine, beginning at the Old Jail Museum. The promenade is at the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitución between King Street and Cathedral Place.

     

     

    April 23
    Lullaby of the Rivers Music Festival

    The second annual Lullaby of the Rivers Festival takes place will once again celebrate our states waterways. Founded by singer/songwriter Bob Patterson, whose award-winning song "Lullaby of the Rivers" is the inspiration of the event, will again feature various singer/songwriters on the "Gamble Rogers Stage. Food trucks, craft booths, and an environmental fair will round ou the day.

    Admission: $10.00 per person. Children 12 and under free.

    When: From noon to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022

    Where: At the North Shores Community Park, 120 Meadow Avenue, St. Augustine, Florida.

     

     

    Snapping the perfect shot at Florida's Birding & Photo Fest

    April 20 – 24
    Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest

    The internationally acclaimed Florida Birding and Photo Fest features more than 130 birding and outdoor photography events in and around St. Johns County. Every day offers various classes, seminars, and excursions as well as birding and nature photography clinics. This year’s nature tours include sunrise and sunset outdoor adventures.

    Admission: $25 for one-time registration; $10 - $125 for individual classes and events.

    When: Wednesday through Sunday, April 20 through April 24, 2022. The opening reception is Wednesday, April 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and the keynote reception is Friday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Where: The festival is headquartered at Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South in St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080. Both the opening reception and keynote presentation will take place at the Whitney Lab Center for Marine Studies at 9505 A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080.

     

     

    Tastes great at the Annual Taste of St. Augustine

    April 24
    25th Annual Taste of St. Augustine

    Serving up tastes of featured dishes from St. Augustine restaurants, this signature food festival benefits EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. Restaurants compete for the TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards, with categories including Best Family Dining, Best Ethnic Food, and Best Dessert, as well as the People’s Choice Award. Everyone gets a vote. There’s also a children’s area with craft activities and face-painting as well as live music throughout the day.

    Admission: $5 per person; taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1 – 5 tickets per taste.

    When: Sunday, April 24, 2022, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Where: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre on A1A South in St. Augustine.

     

     

    Mama Blue sings at the Romanza Festivale

    April 29 – May 15
    Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts

    For two weeks, the nation’s oldest city will have a love affair with the cultural community as it showcases music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and other various creative and cultural heritage events.

    Admission: Most events are free.

    When: Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 15, 2022

    Where: At various locations around St. Augustine.

     

     

    Cheers to one of Florida's Top 10 Food & Wine Festivals

    May 4 - 8
    St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival

    The second annual St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival, recently named “One of Florida’s Top 10 Food & Wine Festivals” by USA Today, is a culinary, beverage, and cultural showcase highlighting celebrity guest chefs, local chefs, celebrity winemakers/proprietors, artisans, farmers, local craft spirits and beers, along with renowned wine, spirits, and beer brands from around the globe. The festival offers a wide variety of events including wine dinners, tastings, and master classes.

    Admission: Tickets are per event and range from $25 to $225.

    When: May 4 through May 8, 2022

    Where: Most events are at the St. Johns County Convention Center at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. San Sebastian Winery and Homewood Suites host the tastings. The master classes are at the St. Augustine Distillery and Chop Shop on Anastasia Island. Preserve, at 102 Bridge Street, hosts the Wine Dinner.

     

     

    Under the twinkly lights at the Gamble Rogers Music Festival

    May 6 – 8
    Gamble Rogers Music Festival

    The 25th Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival is dedicated to commemorating the life and music of Gamble Rogers, whose passion for balladry, storytelling, and the oral tradition have shaped American folk music.Along with three full days of music, the Gamble Rogers Music Festival also offers food and drinks via the Colonial Quarter’s restaurants as well as a children’s area featuring interactive music making, folk arts, storytelling, and crafts demonstrations.

    Admission: $45 - $50 for a weekend pass; free for children under 12. Single tickets available day of at the venue – space permitting.

    When: Friday to Sunday, May 6 to 8, 2022. Concert times are 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

    Where: The Colonial Quarter on St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine.

     

     

    Celebrating all things Latin American at Francis Field

    May 7
    Unidos en La Música: A Latin American Festival

    This event made history by bringing the first Latin American festival to St. Augustine. The family-friendly festival includes Latin music, dance, workshops, cultural exhibitions, art, games, food, and adult beverages. Musical and dance groups perform on the main stage throughout the day with a mixture of styles ranging from across Latin America.

    Admission: $10 for general admission; $60 for the VIP Experience which includes artist meet and greets, front of stage access, private tables under the canopy, air-conditioned rest rooms, a VIP bar, and Latin American inspired hors d’oeuvres.

    When: From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

    Where: Francis Field at 25 West Castillo Drive in historic downtown St. Augustine.

     

     

    A cold brew on a hot day hits the spot at the St. Augustine Brewers' Fest

    May 7
    St. Augustine Brewers’ Fest

    St. Augustine's local brew houses team up with breweries from around the state and country to offer a day of fun for craft beer enthusiasts at the second annual St. Augustine Brewers’ Fest. Showcasing independent, smaller breweries, the Brewers’ Fest supports the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum and Keepers of the Coast. Using a souvenir cup when visiting beer tents stationed around the Fountain of Youth, festival-goers are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the duration of the event.

    Admission: $40 advance, $45 at the door; $100 VIP tickets; free for designated drivers.

    When: 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

    Where: The Fountain of Youth at 11 Magnolia Avenue in St. Augustine.

     

     

    Wanting their MTV at the As If! '90s Fest

    May 21
    As If! The ‘90s Fest

    Celebrating the first weekend of summer and the ‘90s nostalgia craze, As If! The ‘90s Fest features all the fun from the last decade of the 20th century including a selfie station, a slime zone, and iconic ‘90s music and games. Food trucks serve up their specialties and there’s plenty of snacks and beverages to purchase.

    Admission: $15 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 13; $50 VIP tickets which include a lounge area and VIP bar access.

    When: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022.

    Where: Francis Field at 25 West Castillo Drive in historic downtown St. Augustine.





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