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The Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts is two weeks of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 3 to 17, 2019, the nation’s oldest city will be jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more.
The Romanza Festivale includes more than 60 events and exhibits (many of them free) that showcase St. Augustine’s historical and cultural heritage. Performances, tours, and a variety of activities happen daily in many locations throughout the city. Romanza means romance, and this is the eighth year the Romanza Festivale will bring the talents of the arts community to the forefront to express their love affair with St. Augustine.
This year’s Romanza Festivale showcases the full sweep of local artistic endeavors, from opening night on Friday, May 3, to the closing concert by the St. Augustine Concert Band Festivale Coda on Sunday, May 17.
The First Friday Art Walk on May 3 is the prelude to the Romanza Festivale and the first event in the visual arts category. The St. Augustine Art Association will host the opening of a new exhibit, "Where Art Meets History."
In the heritage and culture category of events, visitors can get a closer look at the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation’s 450th Legacy Vessel, the San Agustín, at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park on May 7 and 8, as well as enjoy a traditional Spanish Colonial Pig Roast on Thursday, May 9.
Events in the category of live theater will include A Classic Theatre’s production of A Mother Line Story Line Project at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, and a presentation entitled "St. Augustine's Visitors and Victims" by The Three Tellers at the Corazón Cinema and Café. Festival guests can also enjoy a magic/comedy show by Captain William Mayhem in the evenings during the festival.
The Festivale’s musical offerings begin with the opening concert with Cuban pianist Juana Zayas at the Cathedral Basilica on Friday, May 3, and the Gamble Rogers Music Festival, which is a weekend-long event. These concerts set the stage for two weeks of musical presentations, including the day-long Unidos en la Musica Festival at Francis Field on Saturday, May 4, the Cinco de Mayo Concert, with Caribeño Tropical and Mariachi Garibaldi, on Sunday, May 5, and a couple of series of free concerts: “A Little Night Music,” featuring some of St. Augustine’s finest local musicians, which takes place in the evenings at the Colonial Quarter, the free afternoon concerts of the Romanza Chamber Music Series at Ancient City Baptist Church, the Young Performers series at Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Lincolnville Live! concerts at the courtyard at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church.
On May 8, the Romanza Festivale will present an eclectic sampling of the art of dance with “The Kaleidoscope of Dance” at the Lewis Auditorium, and on Friday, May 17, the festival will finish up with the St. Augustine Concert Band's Festivale Coda.
Romanza is sponsored in part by the St. Johns Tourism Development Council, the State of Florida, the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
With more than 60 events this year, Romanza boasts a varied and tightly-packed schedule. To learn more about Romanza in general, including information on the full lineup for the two weeks of the 2019 Festivale, visit here.