You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 to celebrate Celtic heritage! The 9th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is coming to Francis Field this Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. The hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

A wide array of activities is planned for the weekend event including Highland Games, a parade, Celtic artisans and vendors, food, entertainment and more.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off the festivities on Saturday at 10 a.m. This is the world’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade, starting way back in 1601! The parade will make its way throughout historic downtown where the echoes of bagpipes and drums will be heard by all!

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Looking for a fun and meaningful family event this weekend? The 23rd Annual Ancient City Kids Day is coming to Francis Field this Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The popular annual event is free to all and includes games, arts & crafts, giveaways and contests, bounce houses and live entertainment, as well as kid-friendly food and drinks available for purchase.

The event is hosted by EPIC Behavioral Healthcare and includes involvement by more than 40 youth service organizations. While the kids engage in various games and activities, parents can learn about community resources available for families. One Blood will also be holding a blood drive during the event.

T-shirts and goody bags will be handed out to all children who attend (while supplies last).

Live Entertainment Schedule:

11 a.m. Good Puppy (local band made up of kids)

12 p.m. Showtime USA (dance troupe)

1 p.m. Drum Circle with Unk’l Ray Nutter (interactive drumming activity)

2 p.m. 3NMotion (dance troupe)

Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine’s historic district. For more information, please call EPIC at (904) 829-2273 or visit epicbh.org.

 
 
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