Music & Art in St. Augustine
By day, visitors can explore a variety of beautiful art galleries both big and small, while night brings the cobblestone streets to life with live music drifting out of bars, restaurants and open air spaces all around town.
Music venues and performers of all shapes and sizes.
The recently renovated St. Augustine Amphitheater boasts one of North Florida's most unique, state-of-the-art music venues. High caliber artists from all over the world have performed beneath the white canopy of the amphitheater including Alan Jackson, Selena Gomez, Incubus, James Taylor, Peter Frampton and Aretha Franklin. Concert-goers are treated to a soothing sea breeze while enjoying their favorite music icons at this one of a kind location.
St. Augustine also hosts a series of renowned music gatherings each year including the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and the Harvest of Hope Festival. Both events draw popular folk and indie music icons from all over the world to the Ancient City for a long weekend of music and festivities.
For a more intimate experience, visitors can enjoy an exciting evening out by combining delicious outdoor dining with live music. St. Augustine has many live music and food venues to choose from including Full Service Restaurants and quaint little cafes. Any night of the week in St. Augustine, Florida, you will find a selection of excellent live music, both local and from around the nation. Much of the local music scene focuses on folk, Americana, blues, country and jazz but can also include rock, swing and choral music. Renowned bands and performers from around the world perform at venues on the beach, around town, and in the Lightner Museum. You can also take in some tunes for free in the plaza downtown during the summer series, Concerts in the Park.
An eclectic, close-knit art community.
Once a month, St. Augustine's art community comes together for the First Friday Art Walk. On this spectacular night, artists and gallery owners open their doors and invite you in for food, drink, and discussion. The walk winds around the historic downtown area, highlighting the galleries on King Street, which runs in front of Flagler College, connecting A1A and US1. The First Friday Art Walk offers a very balanced view of the kinds of art available every day of the year in St. Augustine.
Arts and crafts festivals take place almost every weekend beneath the shady oaks in the downtown plaza. Browse through hundreds of booths and enjoy all types of art from professional oil paintings and sculptures to handmade crafts like jewelry and quilts. St. Augustine Beach also boasts a number of eclectic art galleries and shops that are always open to browsers and buyers.Whatever your tastes or interests may be, creativity is never in short supply in St. Augustine!
St Augustine also features a number of fine art galleries and dealers dabbling in many different mediums. In addition to our featured fine art galleries here, Flagler College's rapidly growing Fine Arts department also frequently has shows and openings that are open to the public.
Since the city's founding during the 1565 San Agustin Festival, the art of a great festival has been part of the tradition in St. Augustine. The Ancient City boasts dozens of annual festivals celebrating a variety of different cultures, music, food and art. Some events stretch over long weekends, others for months on end. Visit St. Augustine in the winter and take part of our on-going Nights of Lights tradition or enjoy a summer afternoon with the Concerts in the Plaza series.
In addition to traditional arts and music, St. Augustine boasts a talented community of performance artists. From the Limelight Theatre to the Flagler College Theater Arts Department, there are a number fantastic shows performed for the St. Augustine community every month. Both the Flagler College Auditorium and Limelight Theatre are located in the historic district, giving you the opportunity to take in a show after dinner, before returning to your bed and breakfast or inn for the evening.
Regular film screenings of recent or classic films also provide visitors and locals with entertainment. The Gypsy Cab restaurant holds monthly dinner-and-a-movie productions at their comedy club and theater on Anastasia Island. Not far down the road, the St. Augustine Amphitheater shows family movie classics on Friday evenings in the fall and spring.