Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By  Marilyn Golden

Fri., April 13th
Renaissance Resort WGV Friday Night Live

@The Renaissance Resort
Our weekly Friday Night Live events begin at 5:30pm with a complimentary Chef inspired hors d’oeuvre and a complimentary mixologist’s choice cocktail served until 6:00pm.

We have live entertainment from 6:00pm – 8:00pm Friday evenings. Our local entertainers for Jan & February 2018 are:

4/13/2018 CLAY BENJAMIN (wear your dancing shoes!)







Wed-Sun., April 18th-22nd
Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest

@GTM Research Reserve
features more than 100 birding and outdoor photography events in St. Johns County and surrounding locations. This festival is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, located 8 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A North. Go to

Fri & Sat. April 20-21
Vilano Fest 2018: Tunes, Tastings and Tours

@Vilano Pier
Friday: The Sea Turtle soiree event brings back the 1920s themed party on the Vilano pier; complete with Ramona’s eight piece band, food, drinks and partying under covered tents. 7pm-10pm

Saturday: The Tour of Homes showing the great homes in the Vilano community showcased to highlight history, uniqueness and novelty. 10am-6pm

Saturday: the Music Fest with Dish n Fish, a day of the area’s finest local musicians with great food and a “slider competition” 12pm-8pm

For more info and to purchase tickets go to  The website will also have vendor and volunteer contact info. Tickets now on sale. $75 for all three 4/21 events – early bird price. Music fest is just $5; Sea Turtle Soiree $70, Tour of Homes $20

Sat & Sun., April 21-22
EPIC Flower & Garden Expo

@St. John’s Agricultural Center
Apopular event in northeast Florida, the EPIC Flower & Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries and artisans from around the state offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be. Held at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Go to for more details

Sat., April 21
An Evening with Ballet Palm Beach in St Augustine

@Flagler College Auditorium
Ballet Palm Beach’s inaugural performance at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at7:30pm will be a dynamic mixed bill featuring a range of styles including Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Christopher Huggins’ The List. Tickets begin at $19. Call 561-814-5598 or 1-800-297-8309 during box office hours Monday to Friday 10am- 5pm.

Sat., April 21
National Park Week - Castillo de San Marcos National Monument special evening candlelight event

@Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
National Park Week is about celebrating America´s treasures – the national parks! This year´s National Park Week theme “Park Stars,” celebrates everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands.

Come see stars at Castillo, like rangers, volunteers and partners that have made stewardship their passion. Ask questions, listen to stories or just enjoy being in the nation´s oldest masonry fortification to watch the sunset. We invite you to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard.

This is an open house-style program; visitors may reserve free tickets for an entry time – 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, or 8:15 p.m. – and be permitted to stay inside the Castillo as long as they like until the event ends at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are available two weeks prior to the event. Tickets may be reserved in advance at the ticket booth or by phone by calling (904) 829-6506 ext. 239 on Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited. For questions about the event, please call (904) 829-6506 ext. 233.

Wed., April 25
Helping Hands – Hosting Game Day for Project Autism of St Johns County

@Golf Club at South Hampton
With April being Autism Awareness month we are looking forward to Wednesday April 25 when we will host a Game Day to help fund Project Autism of St. Johns County who focus on purchasing technology and equipment for Saint Johns schools and ESE departments. The location is the Golf Club at South Hampton from 10 until 3. Come join us on April 25 for the fun. Admission will be $25 and includes lunch and door prizes. Thirteen dollars of each ticket will be given to Project Autism. Raffles tickets for complete golf packages for 4 players at both South Hampton and St Johns Country Club will be available for an extra $5. Some of the games we will be playing are mahjong, bridge, dominoes, penny from heaven card game, and other card games along with board games. Please plan to attend and support this worthy cause. For a lunch count we ask that you preregister. Contact for more information.

Helping Hands of Saint Johns County is a volunteer organization started in 2006 that meets from 10 AM to noon the last Friday of the month. There are no dues, officers or stress. Members come when they can and do what they can with what is donated. The group meets a Faith Community Church, 3450 CR 210 W, Saint Johns FL 32259. For more information contact via email:

Thurs. & Fri., April 26-27
Murray Bros. CaddyShack Charity Tournament

@Murray Bros Caddy Shack
Silent Auction – Party on Thursday evening; restaurant closed except for event attendees. But Friday will be open again to the general public; but the event in the tent will be event attendees only. Click herefor details! …

Sat. April 28
Feel the Wheels

@St. Augustine Outlet Mall
Hands-on fun for all ages is available at Feel the Wheels — a static display of service vehicles of all kinds — helicopters, firetrucks, boats, tractors and so much more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the St. Augustine Outlet Mall, off State Road 16 in St. Augustine. Hosted by The Junior Service League of St. Augustine, this event benefits Tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine. Go to to stay updated.

Sat. April 28
St Augustine Family Fun Fest

@St. Augustine Francis Field
A dynamic festival with activities for the KIDS and the KID-IN YOU! Live Entertainment on two stages, activities with law enforcement and military, “Be the Hamster” Snow Cones, Jumperamas, Giant Bubbles, Field Day Events, Human Stress Ball Machine, Photo Booth, Face Painting, DJ Line Dancing, Games, Golf Activities, Fire Trucks, Dunk Tank, Car Smash, Costumed Characters, Live Music Fest, Community Education, Crafts, Raffle Items, Vendors, Food Trucks and MORE! From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Stay updated at

Sun., April 29
A Taste of St Augustine

@St Augustine Amphitheatre
A Taste of St. Augustinewill be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. This signature food festival serves up tastes from St. Augustine’s well-known restaurants. Restaurants will compete for the prestigious TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards, with categories including Best Family Dining, Best Ethnic, Best Upscale and Best Dessert, as well as the ever-popular People’s Choice. Everyone gets to vote. There will be a children’s area with fun activities including crafts and face-painting as well as live music throughout the day. Admission is $5, and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1-5 tickets per taste. The annual Race to the Taste 5K is part of the event. Go to for more details.