Outdoor markets are great for finding crafty gifts, fresh produce and locally produced goods. While most markets are only open on weekend mornings, the St. Augustine Amphitheater offers a great chance to enjoy the market experience on a weeknight.

The St. Augustine Amphitheater Night Market is open the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. Come peruse the more than 70 vendors and enjoy dinner options and live music.

 

The next market, scheduled for August 14, will feature Davis & the Loose Cannons as well as The Space Heaters. The August 28 market will feature the Wild Shiners.

The Night Market is free and open to the public with free parking. Gather the family after work and head to the Night Market for shopping, eating and fun! No pets please.

For more information and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/staugampmarket, email staampmkt@gmail.com or call (904) 315-9252. The St. Augustine Amphitheater is located at 1340C A1A South.

 
 
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The National Park Service will present a special day of boat tours and cannon firings on Saturday, August 4, at Fort Matanzas National Monument on Rattlesnake Island.

The tours are free and include a ferry ride to the fort, a tour and cannon firing at the end. British Navy re-enactors in full regalia will speak about the life of an 18th century British sailor and the 276-year-old fort’s role in St. Augustine’s storied past.

The tours are hourly beginning at 10 a.m. The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.

Stop by the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center (8635 A1A South, about 15 miles south of St. Augustine) to pick up free boarding passes prior to each tour.

Plan to arrive early as space on each tour is limitedand boarding passes are issued for the next available fort tour on a first come, first served basis (no reservations). Tours are about 45 minutes and subject to weather.

Learn more about the fort by visiting NPS.gov. For additional information, call 904-471-0116 or visit them on Facebook at Facebook.com/FortMatanzasNPS.

 
 
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If you are looking for an activity this weekend that is free, fun and indoors, you are in luck! Jacksonville Business Connections Networking is hosting the 5th Annual Summer Craft & Vendor Event on Saturday, July 21, from 10 am to 4 pm at Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village.

 

Get there early! In addition to being free to attend, the first 50 guests receive free swag bags!

Kids will enjoy Tinkerbell, Minion and Star Wars character meet & greets throughout the day. The event will also have a raffle to benefit local organization Project Balance.

Aside from the many vendors, attendees can sign up for 45-minute workshops including make-and-take products. Here are the day’s workshops:

10 am: Mala Bracelet DIY Workshop(ages 13+)
Learn the history and purpose of Mala as well as the traditional art of Mala making. You will make your own Mala bracelet to take with you, along with new knowledge about the art’s significance.

11 am: Ring Dish Decorating Workshop(any ages)
Participants will learn how to customize ring dishes using alcohol inks. These are perfect as quick and easy gifts for showers, holidays and birthdays. You will make two customized ring dishes.

12 pm: Card & Gift Box Workshop(ages 13+)
Each participant will make and take four greeting cards and receive an acetate box (suitable for gift giving). All supplies will be provided.

1 pm: Leather and Bead Necklace Workshop(ages 13+)
Create a one-of-a-kind necklace with your own personal touch! Attendees will make a beaded, leather necklace with an optional leather tassel, and customized necklace length, color and style.

2 pm: Jellyfish Air Plant Workshop(ages 10+)
Make two air plant terrariums. The first is a floating jellyfish suspended from a giant starfish and the other is in a conch shell. Materials provided including baby starfish, moss coral, sea glass and shells.

3 pm: Soap Making Workshop(ages 16+)
Learn about cold process soap making and take home a pound of your own handcrafted soap! For safety, please bring an old long-sleeved shirt, and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

Learn more by visiting the event Facebook page: 5th Annual Summer Craft & Vendor Event – Free to the Public.

 
 
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Thanks to the Renaissance Resort’s Friday Night Live, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy great entertainment and fun! The weekly event features live performers from 6 to 8 p.m.

Festivities kick off at 5:30 with a complimentary, chef inspired hors d’oeuvre. Patrons can also enjoy a complimentary mixologist’s choice cocktail served until 6 p.m. when musicians take the stage.

Here are the upcoming performers at Friday Night Live:

Clay Benjamin:Clay is a guitar master specializing in soul, R&B, funk and smooth jazz music. In fact, he played as Al Green’s lead guitarist for two years! His album “Daddy’s Home” was released in 2017.

Clay’s Friday Night Live dates:July 6, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 24

Pierre Kendrick: A tour de force on the saxophone, Pierre is known for infusing his music with heart and soul. He has traveled around the world playing with blues and jazz musicians like Jackiem Joyner, Matt Marshak and others. Pierre released his first solo album “My Only Love” in 2016.

Pierre’s Friday Night Live dates:July 13, August 17, August 31

The Captains:Local favorite The Captains are returning once again to The Renaissance to perform. Get your dancing shoes ready!

The Captains Friday Night Live date:August 10

 
 
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Look no further for your 4th of July fireworks plans! Head over to the Old City to take in the impressive bayfront light show known as Fireworks over the Matanzas.

Plan to arrive early to stroll down St. George Street, browse shops, enjoy a cold treat and take in the live music at the Plaza de la Constitución, which will play from 6 to 8 p.m.

Then, make your way over to the waterfront between Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions to get a good spot for the show! Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. The spectacular 20-minute display is choreographed to patriotic and pop music.

 

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With THE PLAYERS Championship well under way at TPC at Sawgrass, now is the perfect time to get in the golfing spirit at the World Golf Hall of Fame!

This week, guests can peruse tournament history and artifacts in the new exhibit “THE PLAYERS Experience.” Inside the 1,800 sq. ft. exhibit, guests will find stories, mementos and images from the tournament, which is celebrating its 44th year of play. The list of past winners includes 11 Hall of Fame members.

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There are plenty of beautiful public beaches all along the First Coast. However, as many locals will tell you, finding easy and convenient ways to access the beaches takes a little savvy. Here are the top five best places to access the beach all along the Northeast Florida coast:
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH – St. Johns County Pier (350 A1A Beach Boulevard)
Pros: This is a great access spot for many reasons—plenty of parking, lots of activities and an abundance of soft, white sand. Also, while neighbor to the north Vilano Beach is more cramped due to crowds and vehicle access on the beach, St. Augustine Beach offers lots of space to spread out and throw around a football. Enjoy water sports, fishing, a beachfront splash park for kids, or stroll to one of several restaurants and bars near the pier.
Cons: Unless you live in or near St. Augustine Beach, getting to this spot on Anastasia Island may be a trek (especially on busy weekends).

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Halloween is a FUN night for families and friends and with a little planning, St. Augustine offers PLENTY of super spookilicious options for everyone’s style. The following is a list of community events and local attractions as well as specific neighborhoods that are especially welcoming to your little witches and warlocks.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm
October 27-29 5:30-7:00pm
999 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies at IMAX
October 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
October 29 @ 12:00
World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place
St. Augustine, FL 32092

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Get ready to Strut Your Mutt and “Save Them All” this Saturday, September 30th at Riverside Park in Jacksonville. Best Friend’s Animal Society’s Annual Strut Your Mutt dog walk and festival isn’t your average dog walk. Community members and their furry friends are invited to come together to support No More Homeless Pets and save the lives of shelter pets in our community by donating to non-kill shelters. Cities across the country are participating, too!

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St. Augustine is a special little town known for its Spanish architecture, history, shopping and outstanding restaurants. Davidson Realty’s Graphic Designer Matt Burkhart and I recently took a trip to the oldest city in search of the best happy hour spots in town. Luckily for us, the locals were happy to point us to the three best places to stop and wet your whistle during the day!

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