Thanksgiving weekend in Saint Augustine includes the famous St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival, with displays by over 150 national and regional artists. Sponsored by the St, Augustine Art Association, this half-century old tradition attracts thousands of visitors, from art collectors to holiday shoppers. One of Florida’s premier juried art fairs, the artists chosen present a wide range of unique fine art works, including painting and photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, works in glass, wood, mixed media, and more. Festival-goers also will be treated to live music and entertainment by local performers and musicians, presented by the Gamble Rogers Music Festival and Concert Series.
Throughout both days of the Festival, visitors can listen to talks and see demonstrations by some of the professional artists, learning about the use of different media and techniques. These presentations include watercolors and impressionistic landscape oil painting, macro photography and lighting, sculptural pottery and illustrated porcelain, as well as textile art such as silkscreen printing, weaving, and crochet. Visitors stopping by the Historical Village can watch members of the Textile Arts Guild of St. Augustine use Colonial era textile making techniques including spinning, weaving, rug hooking, and basket making. Visit the Festival’s website for additional information, the schedule of both performances and artists’ presentations.
St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival
Dates & Times: Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 26, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:30pm
Admission: The $2.00 gate admission enters Festival-goers into a prize drawing for specialty gifts, restaurants, and area attractions.
Location: Francis Field, 25 W. Castillo Drive, next to the Visitor’s Center in the Uptown Arts District, St. Augustine, FL
Host: The St. Augustine Art Association. Proceeds from the Festival support the art education programs and art outreach of this non-profit organization.
If your travel plans bring you to St. Augustine the weekend of December 9, 2017, plan to attend the First Coast Arts and Crafts Holiday Show, featuring a great variety of unique handcrafted gift items. Over 30 local artists and artisans will be participating in this annual holiday season event. Their work includes abstract art, jewelry, clothing and textiles, holiday ornaments and decorations, wooden toys and household items, home décor, yard art, and works in paper such as greeting cards. Visit their website for additional information.
First Coast Arts and Crafts Holiday Show
Date & Time: Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL
These holiday art and craft festivals offer our guests at Casa de Solana wonderful opportunities to take in St. Augustine’s vibrant art scene, plus the chance to choose some unique holiday gifts for family and friends – and perhaps themselves! Our bed and breakfast’s location in the historic district makes it easy to include the St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival in your Thanksgiving weekend plans – we’re less than a mile – a 17 minute walk – from Francis Field. The National Guard Armory, where the First Coast Arts and Crafts Holiday Show will be held in December, is about 1.5 miles, or a 30 minute walk from us. Of course you can drive, but walking may be the perfect exercise after enjoying one of our delicious gourmet breakfasts! Make plans for your Saint Augustine holiday season getaway now, and we know you’ll enjoy the ‘Art’ of holiday shopping!