Local Things to Do

Visitors can search this section for all the up and coming hotspots, new events, local happenings and things to do. Find out where the locals go in St. Augustine and why. The area’s family-friendly events are listed as well as local ongoing events for adults. While on a trip to the nation’s oldest city visitors can experience the town from a resident’s point of view and enjoy the variety of things to do in the downtown district, at the beaches, on Anastasia Island and beyond. Local farmers markets, guided tours, special events, outdoor activities and more await visitors in this small coastal town.

E.g., December 9, 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Second Saturdays Family Seining

Second Saturday of the Month | 9 to 11 a.m.
Free Event
The GTM Research Reserve hosts a family seining event on the second Saturday of each month.

Families can learn how to cast a seine net to collect various fish and crab species.

Lightner Museum Art Exhibit: Picturing a Nation

Oct. 29, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(904) 824-2874
William Francis Snow, Florida Landscape, ca. 1930, oil on canvas. Lightner Museum.

The Lightner Museum is showcasing a major reinstallation of its American paintings and sculptures through Sept. 30, 2022.

Lightner Museum Art Exhibit: Faces of Alcazar

Oct. 29, 2021, to March 7, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(904) 824-2874
The Lightner Museum will showcase artwork by Tom Schifanella from Oct. 29, 2021, to March 7, 2022.

The Lightner Museum will showcase artwork by Tom Schifanella from Oct. 29, 2021, to March 7, 2022.

Second Saturday Plant Sale

CANCELLED through December 2021
(386) 302-5590

Guests can visit the magnificent gardens, browse rare and beautiful plants for sale, and attend a cultivation workshop.

Nights of Lights Scavenger Hunt 2021

Nov. 26, 2021, to Jan. 30, 2022 | See Times Below
(904) 679-4806

Holiday Open House to Benefit K9s for Warriors

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, 12 noon – 7 p.m.
(386) 566-7040
740 S Heritage Creek Way
Free Event
Two of the pups who have visited the K9s For Warriors Holiday Open House Benefit in St. Augustine.

Let the Willis Family holiday open house get you into the Christmas spirit, while benefitting K9s for Warriors.

Nature and Wildlife Art Exhibit

Friday, Nov. 5, to Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 | 1 to 4 p.m.
Free Event

The St. Augustine Art Association will present its annual 'Florida Wild,' nature and wildlife exhibit Nov. 5, to Dec. 31, 2021.

Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour

CANCELLED Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, 2021 | See Times Below
(386) 405-3779

This tour has been cancelled for December 2020, but will be back in 2021.

Light Up West King Celebration

Dec. 4, 2021 to Jan. 25, 2022 | Nightly
(386) 682-0245
223 West King Street
The shops of West King Street will be lit for the holidays through January 25, 2022.

The shops of West King Street will be lit for the holidays through January 25, 2022.

Tours for Nights of Lights 2021-22

Nov. 20, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022

Here are some delightful tours that transport guests around St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights holiday display by land and sea.

Regatta of Lights 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 6 p.m.
(904) 824-9725
Free Event
St. Augustine's Regatta of Lights takes place annually on the second Saturday of December during the Nights of Lights Festival.

A St. Augustine holiday tradition, the St. Augustine Regatta of Lights brightens the bayfront with festive lights and decorations adorning boats of all shapes and sizes.

Old Town Trolley's Famous Nights of Lights Tour

Nightly Nov. 21, 2021, through Jan. 29, 2022
(904) 335-3155
10 West Castillo Dr.
Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour offers guests an exciting way to see the holiday lights in St. Augustine.

Old Town Trolley's Famous Nights of Lights Tour is an entertaining and family-friendly way to see the best of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights.

Ripley's Red Trains Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly Nov. 21, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

Take a ride on Santa's Red Express for a "lightseeing" tour of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights.

Florida Water Tours: Nights of Lights Tours

Nightly from Nov. 20, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022
(904) 827-7728

View St. Augustine's breathtaking festival of lights from the bay with Florida Water Tours.

The Tasting Tours Nights of Lights Tours 2021-22

November 20, 2021 – January 31, 2022
(904) 325-3911
47 Cordova St

See St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights from a horse-drawn carriage or an old-fashioned roadster with The Tasting Tours.

Explore Tours Nights of Lights

Nightly Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 to Monday, Jan. 31, 2022

Enjoy the convenience and personal perspective offered by Explore Tours Nights of Lights Tours.

St. Augustine Sailing Nights of Lights Charters

Nov. 21, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022 | See details below.
A couple enjoying a private Nights of Lights cruise aboard a sailboat from St. Augustine Sailing.

Guests can take in the breathtaking Nights of Lights holiday displays from the water aboard a private luxury charter in Matanzas Bay.

Elkton's Bright Nights of Drive Thru Lights

Thursday–Sunday, Nov. 27, 2021, to Jan. 2, 2022 | 6 to 9 p.m.
(904) 692-1370
A tractor and trailer lit for the holidays at Elkton's Bright Nights of Drive-thru Lights in Elkton, just west of St. Augustine.

Sykes Family Farm in Elkton presents a festive drive through fields and equipment decorated for the holidays.

Private Golf Cart Nights of Lights Tours

From November 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022
(904) 679-9880
3 Cordova Street
St. Augustine Land and Sea Tours take visitors around town to see the lights.

St. Augustine Land and Sea Tours offers special private golf carts tours each evening during the Nights of Lights.

Old Town Cycle Cruise: Holly Jolly Yachty

Nightly Nov. 20, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022 | 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
(904) 599-9492

Take a tour on the Matanzas River and see St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lights from the water.

Sabrage: Nights of Lights 2021/2022

Nov. 20, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022
(904) 310-4999
17 Dockside Drive
A view of the Nights of Lights from the deck of Sabrage in St. Augustine.

View St. Augustine's Nights of Lights from the water, while cruising on a 63-foot custom-built power catamaran.

Quackery: The Dark Side of Medicine Tour

Every Friday and Saturday Night at 7 and 8:15 p.m.
Audiences will be enthralled and appalled at the outrageous medical treatments from St. Augustine's past.

The Spanish Military Hospital enthralls audiences with tales of outrageous medical treatments in St. Augustine’s past.

Community Chorus Holiday Concert 2021

Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2021 | See time below

The St. Augustine Community Chorus presents "We Need a Little Christmas" in its annual holiday concert at the Cathedral Basilica.

Dark of the Moon Tour at the Lighthouse

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, After Dark (Times will vary)
(904) 829-0745

The St. Augustine Lighthouse after dark explores the history and the tales of ghosts as guests tour armed only with a glowstick.

Old Dominion Concert

Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021
Top country performers Old Dominion return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for two shows in December 2021.

Old Dominion returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for two nights in December 2021.