St. Augustine and St. Johns County play host to live entertainment from all over the world — from Willie Nelson to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
A year-round talent lineup is featured in venues that range in size from more than 4,000 seats at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to just 110 seats at Limelight Theatre.
Whether you are going to see a concert by Acoustic Alchemy at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, or a lineup of bands at a music festival at Francis Field, the area has venues for all sizes of shows.
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North
This newer venue opened in February 2011 after a year of renovation turned it from a church to a live performance space.
The concert hall seats 450 and has enough room for 875 in a standing-room audience. The hall’s third season included acts such as Art Garfunkel, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Aside from concerts, the venue has also holds movie screenings, fundraisers and rents space for wedding receptions and other functions.
For information, go to pvconcerthall.com or call 904-209-0367.
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South
The 4092-seat Amphitheatre reopened in 2007 after more than four years of renovations.
The original venue opened in 1965 and hosted “Cross and Sword,” a drama telling the history of St. Augustine’s 1565 founding by the legendary playwright Paul Green.
The revamped venue hosts a conference room, four concession stands, a merchandise area, a large plaza and an arboretum of walking trails.
The Amphitheatre sits next to Anastasia State Park. In addition to live concerts, the Amphitheatre hosts a weekly farmers market, high school graduations, live theater and more. Upcoming concerts include Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, Jack Johnson, the Old Crow Medicine Show and Weezer.
For information, go to staugamphitheatre.com.
Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St.
One of the most widely used facilities in St. Augustine, this venue opened in 1991 and is the home stage for productions by the Flagler College Theatre Arts Department as
well as the EMMA Concert Association, which plays host to orchestras and performing groups from around the world. The facility was renovated in 2012, featuring new seating, lighting and sound. The auditorium also is used by community organizations for concerts, music and film festivals, live theater performances, The Nutcracker ballet, public lectures and meetings.
For information, call 904-826-8600.
Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive
Named after the St. Augustine Saints baseball team manager Freddie Francis, this field is used by the City of St. Augustine for special events and festivals year round. Once a baseball field for the Saints, the field sits across from the parking garage. Snoop Dogg, Mumford & Sons, Sister Hazel and other big names have performed during musical events at Francis Field.
For information, call 904-825-1004.
Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave.
This performance venue opened in 2011 at Fort Menendez and the Old Florida Museum, a living history attraction. Magic shows, concerts and live theater shows by A Classic Theatre Inc. are hosted in this space.
For information, go to fortmenendez.com or call 904-824-8874.
St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207
The St. Johns County Fairgrounds is the premier fairgrounds facility in Northeast Florida, encompassing more than 90 acres of land, surrounded by a forest-lined exterior. Facilities include a covered arena, exhibit halls, meeting rooms, campsites and vendor locations. Cracker Day, dog shows, rodeos and music festivals are held at the site each year.
For information, call 904-209-0332.
Plaza de la Constitucion, downtown St. Augustine
The gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion is used for community events and gatherings as well as the stage for Concerts in the Plaza, a concert series held each Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 2014 concerts will begin May 26 (Memorial Day) and will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 1 (Labor Day).
For information, call 904-825-1004.
St. Augustine Ocean Pier pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd.
The pavilion at the St. Augustine Ocean Pier at St. Augustine Beach is home to many annual festivals and events including A Taste of the Beach, and the summer concert series called Music by the Sea, held from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday from May to September. This year’s first concert is set for May 14, with the last concert on Sept. 24.
For information, call 904-209-0333.
The Original Cafe Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd.
The restaurant and live music venue brings indie artists from all over the country to St. Augustine Beach. Renovated in 2011 by original owners Greg and Ryan Dettra, the venue was purchased by Chad Cockayne and Carol Ann Curley in late 2012. Concerts this year have included Fred Eaglesmith and his Travelling Steam Show, Caravan of Thieves and Goran Ivanovic.
The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd.
National, regional and local entertainment offerings in this newer venue have included performances by The Original Wailers to area musicians such as Sam Pacetti and Lucio Rubino. Located on Anastasia Island just over the Bridge of Lions, a variety of shows include art exhibits, fundraisers and live music by local, regional and national groups.
For information, go to thestandardfl.com