Romanza Festivale 2017

Showcasing the art and heart of St. Augustine

The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 5 to 14, 2017, 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 sixth 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 the opening Cinco de Mayo concert on Friday, May 5, to the exciting Harry Potter Event on Saturday, May 13, and the closing concert by the St. Augustine Community Chorus on Sunday, May 14.

The First Friday Art Walk on May 5 is the prelude to the Romanza Festivale and the first event in the visual arts category. On the first festival weekend, “Art on Aviles Street” will feature plein-air artists painting and sketching outside on this historic street on May 6 and 7. The St. Augustine Art Association will host a new exhibition entitled “Gilded: Impressions of the Flagler Era,” which will also be free and open to the public on select days of the festival.

History buffs can enjoy fascinating exhibits through the week at the Spanish Military Hospital Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, and the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, along with "Behind the Scenes" tours at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. From May 9 through May 11, 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.

This year's roster also features an intriguing new tour called the "Organ Crawl," that explores unique church organs in St. Augustine.

Events in the category of live theater will include A Classic Theatre’s production of "Love Letters” at the Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College, and a presentation entitled "When Florida Was the Wild West" by The Three Tellers at the Corazón Cinema and Café.

The Festivale’s musical offerings begin with two free concerts at the Gazebo on the Plaza: the Cinco de Mayo Concert featuring Luis Mario Peral and His Band, and the Romanza Opening concert by The Caribbean Salsa Dixieland Band, These concert will set the stage for nine days of musical presentations, including the Gamble Rogers Music Festival (a new Romanza partner this year), and two 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, and the free afternoon concerts of the Romanza Chamber Music Series, which are presented at the Ancient City Baptist Church.

On May 9, the Romanza Festivale will present an eclectic sampling of the art of dance with “The Kaleidoscope of Dance” at the Lewis Auditorium, and on May 12, the St. Augustine Orchestra will perform their signature spring concert in the Lightner Museum Courtyard.

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 ten days of the 2017 Festivale, visit here.  

 

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Upcoming Things to Do during Romanza

Friday, May 5, 2017

Romanza Day 1

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Romanza Festivale is ten days of art, music, dance and living history in St. Augustine.

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 5 – 7, 2017
(904) 794-4163, (904) 377-4163
Free Event

This celebration of Americana folk music, now in its 22nd year, is partnering with the Romanza Festivale to present a series of free concerts in 2017.

Romanza Opening Cinco de Mayo Concerts

Friday, May 5, 2017, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale begins with two free Cinco de Mayo concerts in the Plaza de la Constitución.

Romanza Changing of the Guard

Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale kicks off its 2017 season with plenty of musket fire in this dramatic historical reenactment.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Romanza Day 2

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Romanza Festivale is ten days of art, music, dance and living history in St. Augustine.

Romanza Festivale: Art on Aviles Street

Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, 2017
Free Event

This two-day festival features live music, delicious food, and artists creating works of art outdoors.

Romanza Chamber Music: First Coast Harp Ensemble

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale's Chamber Music Series of free concerts begins with a performance by the First Coast Harp Ensemble.

Romanza Festivale Procession

Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 2:00 pm
10 West Castillo Dr.
Free Event

Vacationers and locals can join the Romanza Procession and come in period dress to celebrate the heritage of St. Augustine!

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano and baritone Stephen Mumbert will present a celebration of musical theater at this free Romanza concert.

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 5 – 7, 2017
(904) 794-4163, (904) 377-4163
Free Event

This celebration of Americana folk music, now in its 22nd year, is partnering with the Romanza Festivale to present a series of free concerts in 2017.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Romanza Day 3

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Romanza Festivale is ten days of art, music, dance and living history in St. Augustine.

Gilded: Arias and Accolades

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Free Event

First Coast Opera and the St. Augustine Art Association team up to celebrate St. Augustine's Gilded Age in a synergy of art and music.

A Classic Theatre: Love Letters

Sunday - Wednesday, May 7 - 10, 2017

A Classic Theatre presents "Love Letters" as part of the 2017 Romanza Festivale of the Arts.

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Friday – Sunday, May 5 – 7, 2017
(904) 794-4163, (904) 377-4163
Free Event

This celebration of Americana folk music, now in its 22nd year, is partnering with the Romanza Festivale to present a series of free concerts in 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Romanza Day 4

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Romanza Festivale is ten days of art, music, dance, and living history in St. Augustine.

A Classic Theatre: Love Letters

Sunday - Wednesday, May 7 - 10, 2017

A Classic Theatre presents "Love Letters" as part of the 2017 Romanza Festivale of the Arts.

The University of North Florida's Lawson Ensemble will perform in this free concert as part of the 2017 Romanza Festivale of the Arts.

Romanza: Organ Crawl

Monday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Free Event

Romanza presents two fascinating tours of unique church organs in select historic churches in downtown St. Augustine.

Romanza: A Little Night Music

Monday - Friday, May 8 - 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Free Event

Enjoy the best of the local music and dance scene at these free concerts presented by the Romanza Festivale of the Arts.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Romanza Day 5

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Romanza Festivale is ten days of art, music, dance and living history in St. Augustine.

A Classic Theatre: Love Letters

Sunday - Wednesday, May 7 - 10, 2017

A Classic Theatre presents "Love Letters" as part of the 2017 Romanza Festivale of the Arts.

Romanza: St. Augustine Maritime 450th Legacy Vessel

Tuesday - Thursday, May 9 - 11, 2017 | 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.

The Romanza Festivale's Chamber Music Series continues with this free concert of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque guitar selections..

Romanza: Young Performers Music Series

May 9, 11, and 12, 2017 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Free Event

The Romanza Festivale debuts their Young Performers Music Series in 2017, with three free concerts featuring student performers.

Romanza: A Little Night Music

Monday - Friday, May 8 - 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Free Event

Enjoy the best of the local music and dance scene at these free concerts presented by the Romanza Festivale of the Arts.