Pickleball, music, ghost tours and more
Welcome to Halloween weekend! You have a choice for the next few days – Halloween-related events and activities or non-Halloween options. Either way, there is enough choice to keep everyone happy. But since it’s Halloween, we’ll start with a few related events.
Twilight visits to the Ximenez-Fatio house
These tours actually started earlier in October and will continue on Friday and Saturday evenings – and from Sunday October 31 to November 6. The somewhat spooky Ximenez-Fatio House was built in 1798 and tours will include some of the history of its most interesting guests and owners. (And maybe a chance to meet his legendary spirit, Miss Madison.)
The Ximenez-Fatio house is located at 20, rue Aviles, in Saint-Augustin. Tours take place at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and on Halloween night. One must reserve. For more information, call 904-829-3575 or visit ximenezfatiohouse.org.
Halloween at the Aquarium
The St. Augustine Aquarium will be hosting a special outdoor Halloween from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, which will feature treats, a costume contest, cookie decorating and a haunted nature trail. Mermaids and underwater pumpkin carvings are also planned.
The St. Augustine Aquarium is located at 2045 State Road 16. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, call 904-429-9777 or visit saaquarium.com.
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Florida Georgia Classic Pickleball
It is the game that is becoming extremely popular, and this Pickleball Classic arrives in St. Augustine Friday through Sunday. There is a 6 p.m. meet on Thursday at the Holiday Inn Lake Side World Golf Village, and games begin on Friday. Entrance is free for spectators.
The competition takes place at Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine. For more information call 904-718-5445 or visit pickleballtournaments.com
Local history: The original “border war” between Florida and Georgia
Imagining a Nation: American Art from the Lightner Museum
The museum presents a major relocation of paintings and sculptures from its permanent collection which it calls “a vibrant vision of America locally and nationally through American art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. century”. The exhibition will start today and run until September 30, 2022.
The Lightner Museum is located at 75 King Street and its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 904-824-2874 or visit lightnermuseum.org.
Buddy Guy and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Legendary rock ‘n’ roll blues artist Buddy Guy will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheater with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band as special guest on Saturday, October 30th. Buddy Guy has had a huge influence on artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he has received seven Grammy Awards as well as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, a Kennedy Center Honor and the Presidential National Medal. of Arts.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd started his career over 20 years ago at the age of 16 in Louisiana and has sold millions of albums.
Their concert will begin on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Amp, 1340 A1A Sud. For more information or tickets, visit theamp.com.
Other Halloween Events
Dark of the Moon Tour at the Lighthouse
From Friday to Sunday, tours take place after dark and guests are armed only with a glow stick. Tours usually start around 7:30 p.m. and last 90 minutes to two hours. Guests must be able to climb the lighthouse on their own and children must be 7 years old or over 44 inches. For more information, call 904-829-0745 or visit taletellers.org.
Virtual Halloween Costume Contest
Ancient City Tours is running a virtual Halloween costume contest in which participants can submit photos of themselves or their families in Halloween costumes and the winners will be announced on Facebook by 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. Photos must be in the current year and winners will be chosen by the number of “likes” and “hearts” under their photos. For more information call 904-827-0807 or visit Ancientcitytours.net.
St Augustine Tales: Gory Telling Ghost Tales
Taking place at Airstream Row at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, the Storytellers will bring bloody Halloween stories to the public in Vilano Beach. For more information, call 904-471-0179 or visit taletellers.org.
Sleep with the spirits at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
Spend an entire night at haunted Ripley Castle, starting at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 and ending with a continental breakfast at 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 31. Customers can bring an air mattress and / or a sleeping bag if they think so. they can sleep and each participant will have access to paranormal investigation equipment that most of the guests have never seen before. The event is open to people 18 years of age and over. Ripley’s is located at 19 San Marco Avenue. For more information, call 904-824-1606 or visit ripleys.com/staugustine.
Light up the night
A free event at Freedom Church, 55 State Road 16, St. Augustine, this event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Halloween day and features a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, animal balloons, games, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and more. Children can wear costumes if they wish. For more information call 904-240-0382 or visit facebook.com/Freedom-Church.
Sykes & Cooper Farm, 5995 Brough Road, Elkton, hosts its annual corn maze throughout October, as well as a pumpkin patch, hay rides and more. For more information call 904-692-1370 or visit sykesfamilyfarms.com
First United Methodist Church, at 118 King St., St. Augustine, offers pumpkins of all sizes in their downtown area through October. Call 904-829-3459 or visit facebook.com/FUMCStAugustine
Shores United Methodist Church, 724 Shores Blvd., St. Augustine, offers pumpkins of all sizes, including mini pumpkins, pie pumpkins and more, on sale until Saturday, October 30. Hours of operation are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call 904-797-4416 or visit shoresumc.org for more information.