Celebrate 450!

Celebrate 450!

Sept. 5 to 12, 2015 at Various Locations throughout St. Augustine – This celebration provides something for everyone while embracing our 450-year history!

Event Schedule (Subject to Change):

September 5 to September 6, 2015
Music Festival & Downtown Stages Performances*
This two-day event features a music festival with performances by internationally known artists at the Events Field. The event also includes free music performances at stages throughout downtown St. Augustine.

Sunday, September 6, 2015
EMMA Concert Association presents a Spanish Music and Dance Performance
This performance at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre provides an evening of entertainment that showcases St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage.

  • 2 p.m. – Gates open
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m. – Local performing arts organizations will produce the first performance (St. Augustine Orchestra, St. Augustine Community Chorus, First Coast Opera & Limelight Theatre). This performance will be free to the public and produced by Artistic Director Gary Cadwallader.*
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. – On the grounds, The St. Augustine Textile Guild, Heritage (re-enactors) organizations, and The Art Association will provide hands-on activities and demonstrations geared toward family involvement.*
  • 7 p.m. – Evening Concert: Ensemble Espanol – The ensemble will perform all styles of Spanish dance – Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance “Estilizatión, Folklore, 18th Century Dances, Ballet (Classical Dance) and Castanets.

Monday, September 7, 2015
On the eve of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary is a spectacular fireworks over the Matanzas River.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Menéndez Landing Re-Enactment*, Procession*, Commemorative Mass* & Street Festival*
450 years to the day of St. Augustine’s founding is an authentic, historical re-enactment of Pedro Menéndez’s landing at the Mission Nombre de Dios. A procession takes spectators to The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine for a Commemorative Mass. The King and Queen of Spain are invited. The day’s events conclude with a street festival.

Wednesday, September 9 to Saturday, September 12, 2015
St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
This year’s St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival is the best yet! The lineup of events includes:
September 9 – Kickoff Luncheon
September 10 – Vino Veritas
September 11 – Cava Reception & Dinner (The King and Queen of Spain are invited.)
September 12 – Grand Tasting & Batalla

*Denotes FREE event