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The Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 4 to 13, 2018, 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 seventh 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 4, to the closing concert by the St. Augustine Community Chorus on Sunday, May 14.
The First Friday Art Walk on May 4 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," and First Coast Opera will provide the entertainment at the reception.
History buffs can enjoy fascinating exhibits through the week at the Spanish Military Hospital Museum, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, and the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. From May 8 through May 10, 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.
Events in the category of live theater will include A Classic Theatre’s production of Lysistrata at the Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College, and a presentation entitled "St. Augustine's Scoundrels" by The Three Tellers at the Corazón Cinema and Café.
The Festivale’s musical offerings begin with the opening concert on Friday, May 4, and the Gamble Rogers Music Festival, which is a weekend-long event. These concerts set the stage for nine days of musical presentations, including the Cinco de Mayo Concert, with Caribeño Tropical and Mariachi Garibaldi, on Saturday, May 5, 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 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 Sunday, May 13, the festival will finish up with the annual St. Augustine Community Chorus concert.
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 2018 Festivale, visit here.