St. Augustine on a Budget: August Activities

St. Augustine is full of things to do. Whether you’re a longtime resident or are visiting, you can always find something new to explore and experience! But spending time with your family and friends doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve put together a list of free and budget-friendly things to do in The Ancient City during the month of August. Whether you’re interested in live music, art exhibits, or guided hikes, St. Augustine has something for you.

First Friday Art Walk

Inside the Phillip Anthony Signature Gallery. Photo credit: OldCity.com

This monthly art walk is one of the most popular events in St. Augustine. The First Friday Art Walk is the perfect opportunity to explore more than 20 art galleries in the city. Peruse the latest art exhibits, hear live music, and enjoy delicious refreshments. Most galleries are within walking distance of each other. The Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys also offer complimentary shuttles to most of the galleries from 6-9 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk takes place the first Friday of each month from 5-9 p.m. in downtown St. Augustine. Check out the map of galleries here.

Old City Farmers Market

People shop at the Old City Farmers Market. Photo credit: OldCity.com

For the chance to see the work of local makers, look no further than the Old City Farmers Market held every Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The farmers market is the ideal place to see into the lives of local St. Augustinians. Enjoy live music, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, handcrafted items, artwork, and more.

Guided Exploration Hike

An aerial view of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Photo credit: GTM Research Reserve

On the first Saturday each month, visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula and the natural biodiversity of the reserve during a guided hike. See what European plantation life was like and what is being done to conserve the resources of the area.

Reservations are required for this hike. The hike is about 2.2 miles roundtrip and takes about 1.5 hours. It takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the GTM Environmental Education Center. The cost is only $3 cash per vehicle for parking.

Sunset Dolphin Walk

A sunset at Vilano Beach. Photo credit: OldCity.com

Interested in learning more about the beautiful dolphins that call our waters home? St. Johns County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Marineland Dolphin Adventure to bring visitors and locals alike free sunset dolphin walks on August 9 and 10 at 7 p.m.! Enjoy a guided walk on Vilano Beach as you watch for dolphins while viewing a breathtaking sunset. You’ll also get a lesson on dolphin behavior and anatomy. To make a reservation, contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Music by the Sea

People enjoy a local band during Music by the Sea. Photo credit: OldCity.com

If you want a relaxing way to take in some live music, check out the free Music by the Sea concerts. Each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m., you can sit back and relax or dance the night away as a different band plays at the St. Johns County Pier Park & Pavilion. Music genres range from jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, reggae, disco, country and more! Each week, a local restaurant serves up their delicious food to enjoy as well – they start serving food at 6 p.m.!

Music by the Sea Schedule: 

Aug. 2 – Artist: Soulfire/Restaurant: Little Margies

Aug. 9 – Artist: Go Get Gone/Restaurant: South Beach Grill

Aug. 16 – Artist: JW Gilmore & Blues Authority/Restaurant: Blackfly

Aug. 23 – Artist: Maggie Baugh/Restaurant: Gypsy Cab

Aug. 30 – Artist: Catch the Groove/Restaurant: Salt Life

Summer Movie Series

Moviegoers enjoy a film at Colonial Oak Music Park. Photo credit: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine

This summer, Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the Colonial Quarter are partnering to present weekly free movies! Movies start at 8:30 p.m. each week at Colonial Oak Music Park. To make it easier to get to and from the movies, Ripley’s Red Trains is providing a complimentary transportation from the parking garage and Ripley’s to St. George Street. Shuttles begin at 7:30 p.m. and run until the movie starts and again after the movie is over.

Summer Movie Series Schedule: 

Aug. 2 – The Lego Batman Movie

Aug. 9 – Moana

Concerts in the Plaza

Concertgoers enjoy music during Concerts in the Plaza. Photo credit: OldCity.com

Concerts in the Plaza is a tradition beloved by locals in the area. Each Thursday at 7 p.m., people flock to the historic Plaza de la Constitucion to hear various types of bands play. Enjoy the unique experience of enjoying great artists perform as you sit in the middle of the Nation’s Oldest City! Don’t end the night there. Since you are already in the heart of downtown, take this opportunity to explore the local shops, restaurants, and attractions.

Concerts in the Plaza Schedule: 

Aug. 3 – The Session

Aug 10 – The Grapes of Roth

Aug. 17 – Ancient City Slickers

Aug. 24 – The Gatorbone Band

Aug. 31 – Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards

 

Natalie McElwee
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