St. Augustine, Florida is known for its beauty, 448-year old historic significance, and yes – its many annual events; including Nights of Lights, Holiday Tours, Fourth of July Fireworks Presentation on the Bay, and many other times of the year. Our three-day weekends and holiday weeks are the best time to visit the nation’s oldest city!
Labor Day weekend is among us and there are fun events planned just around the corner from the Agustin Inn – St. Augustine’s most centrally-located bed and breakfast! We have compiled a short list of these that are either walking distance or close driving distance away from our front door!
Downtown Concert in the Plaza
The St. Augustine Jazz Society presents the last concert of the season in the city of St. Augustine-sponsored concerts in the plaza with jazz — swing and everything! Two bands will be presented by the St. Augustine Jazz Society on Sept. 2 (Labor Day) in the Plaza de la Constitucion. From 1 to 3 p.m. E.T. Swings The Thing featuring Lorri Gill, vocalist will be spotlighted. Then from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., The Company, one of North Florida’s top music groups will be heard. This event is FREE to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome!
At Fort Mose State Park
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Mose Historic State Park reminds local residents and visitors that the park is open during the Labor Day weekend holiday. The park grounds, visitor center and museum will be open during the Labor Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with picnic facilities available. The picnic tables are on a first-come, first-served basis and one picnic table is under a covered pavilion with a charcoal ready grill for visitor use. Bring your own charcoal. Situated along the marsh, the park offers ample shade under the oak trees perfect for picnicking during the holiday weekend, a kayak launch, a boardwalk with a great view and breezes and parking to accommodate the number of picnic tables available. Those wishing to visit Fort Mose Historic State Park can go to www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose to learn more about park hours, ranger programs and tour reservations. The park is at 15 Fort Mose Trail, off of U.S. 1 North. The entrance fee into the park’s visitor center is $2 per person. Children under 6 are free. For further information, go to www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.
Elks Lodge on Anastasia Island
St. Augustine Elks Lodge No. 829, 1420 A1A South, is planning a big Labor Day weekend celebration, beginning Saturday, when Doo Wop featuring Knights to Remember will be spotlighted. Tickets are $12 and include hamburger and trimmings from the grill from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with music from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and a cash bar. On Sept. 1, it’s Karaoke Music by Jim and Mary at the Tiki Bar. The bar opens at 1 p.m. with Tiki Bar grill food for sale. On Sept. 2, it’s time for a Parrot Head Party with music by Rotageezer. Doors open at 4:20 p.m., with music from 5:20 to 8:20 p.m. and a cash bar. Tickets are $12 and include Cheeseburgers in Paradise with trimmings served from 4:20 to 5:20 p.m. There will be prizes for the best dressed Parrot Heads. Tickets are available at the lodge from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call Ron Thompson, 794-0612; or Elizabeth West, 610-4444. The St. Augustine Elks Lodge is active in the community and elsewhere, supporting many charities.