Romanza Festivale 2019

Showcasing the art and heart of St. Augustine

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.  

 

E.g., March 26, 2019

Upcoming Things to Do during Romanza

Friday, May 3, 2019

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 3 – 5, 2019
(904) 794-4163, (904) 377-4163

This celebration of Americana folk music, now in its 24th year, takes place on the opening weekend of the Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts.

Havana-born pianist Juana Zayas has been winning awards for her artistry on the piano since she was just 11 years old.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 3 – 5, 2019
(904) 794-4163, (904) 377-4163

This celebration of Americana folk music, now in its 24th year, takes place on the opening weekend of the Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts.

Unidos en la Música Festival

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Celebrate St. Augustine's Spanish heritage at this all-day family festival featuring the art, music, dance, games, and, of course, delicious food of Latin America.

Romanza: North Florida Women's Chorale

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 12 - 1 pm
Free Event

The North Florida Women's Chorale performs its 2019 Romanza concert, "Much Ado About Women," celebrating women's roles in society.

Magical Music of the 1960s and 1970s

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
(904) 819-1875
2055 Wildwood Drive

Romanza presents this tribute to the golden era of rock music featuring talented musicians Joe and Lynn Goldovitz.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 3 – 5, 2019
(904) 794-4163, (904) 377-4163

This celebration of Americana folk music, now in its 24th year, takes place on the opening weekend of the Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts.

The Gainesville Brass Quintet will perform at Grace United Methodist Church as part of the Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts.

Romanza: Cinco de Mayo Concert

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Free Event

Caribeño Tropical and Mariachi Garibaldi will perform in a free Cinco de Mayo concert as part of the Romanza Festivale.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Romanza Chamber Music: Verandah Jazz

Monday, May 6, 2019, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Free Event

A group of musicians from The St. Augustine Orchestra, Verandah Jazz will perform as part of Romanza's Chamber Music Series.

Romanza: Organ Crawl

Monday, May 6, 2019, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Free Event

Ray McDonald, the Director of Music and Organist at Memorial Presbyterian Church, will show guests the inner working of the Church's Aeolian-Skinner organ.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Romanza: 450th Legacy Vessel

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
(904) 829-3168

Visitors can learn all about the 450th Legacy vessel from St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation boatbuilders.

This free Romanza Chamber Music concert features Anna Smith and Rodolfo Diaz playing Debussy's suite for four hands, followed by Soprano Kandie Smith and Baritone Noah Peacock.

Romanza: Young Performers Music Series

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, 2019, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale continues their Young Performers Music Series, with three free concerts featuring student performers.

Lincolnville Live! Concerts at St. Cyprian's

Tuesday and Thurday,, May 7 and 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
37 Lovett St.
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale presents a series of Lincolnville Live! free concerts at "The Commons," the beautiful courtyard at St. Cyprian's Church in Lincolnville.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Romanza's Chamber Music Series continues with Robert Burns playing the hammered dulcimer and a performance by Dulcinea Early Music Consort.

St. Augustine Visitors and Victims

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

The Three Tellers will share tales about some of the best-known visitors and victims in St. Augustine history.

Romanza: Young Performers Music Series

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, 2019, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale continues their Young Performers Music Series, with three free concerts featuring student performers.

Romanza: Kaleidoscope of Dance

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
(904) 826-8600
14 Granada St.

The amazing variety of dance styles and talent in the St. Augustine area are showcased in this presentation of the Romanza Festivale.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

First Coast Opera: The Trial of B.B. Wolf

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 12 - 1 p.m. & 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Free Event

First Coast Opera presents a one-act opera that illustrates what might happen if the Big Bad Wolf had to stand trial for his crimes.

Spanish Colonial Pig Roast

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6 - 9 p.m.

This traditional roast pig feast is offered by the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation.

Lincolnville Live! Concerts at St. Cyprian's

Tuesday and Thurday,, May 7 and 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
37 Lovett St.
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale presents a series of Lincolnville Live! free concerts at "The Commons," the beautiful courtyard at St. Cyprian's Church in Lincolnville.

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Classic Theatre: The Mother Lline Story Project

Fri., Sat. and Sun., May 10,11, and 12, 2019 | See show times below.

This unique production is written by women, produced by women, all about women, and for everyone.

The Romanza Festivale's Chamber Music Series continues with music from popular local duo Paul and Caren Umbarger.

Romanza: St. Augustine Youth Chorus Concert

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Free Event

The final concert in the Romanza 2019 Young Performers Music Series is a performance by the St. Augustine Youth Chorus.