FREE, FUN, and FABULOUS things to do in St. Augustine this weekend Sept. 16-18: tours, attractions, beaches, events, music, farmers markets, and more!
For a list of daily free things to do in St. Augustine, please scroll all the way down. (For information about parking in St. Augustine, please visit our sister site, StAugustineParking.com.)
Free Things to Do in St. Augustine This Weekend
- Castillo de San Marcos has cannon firings at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (weather permitting). You can view the cannon firings from the grounds for FREE, but we recommend that visitors support the park by purchasing passes and viewing from the top of the Castillo. Your tickets are good for a week, so repeat visits are FREE. Located at 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL, 32084.
- First Muster Anniversary Re-enactment, 4-5 pm. The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs, in partnership with Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), will commemorate the 451st anniversary of the first mustering of America’s original citizen-soldiers and the “birthday” of the U.S. National Guard. This annual heritage Event will take place on the grounds of the Florida National Guard’s headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks. 82 Marine Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Old City Farmers Market, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission.
- Pirate Treasure Hunt, 11am-3pm for kids of all ages (RSVP by Friday, 9/16) and takes place throughout downtown St. Augustine. Report to the St Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum any time between 11am – 2 pm, where you will be given your treasure map and pirate extras. Saturday evening is Swashbucklers Movie Night at the Colonial Quarter starting at 7pm. Enjoy an evening of family fun watching the film The Goonies. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and the evening will feature popcorn, a raffle, trivia contests and a 50/50 drawing as well. St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, located at 12 S Castillo Dr, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
- Tolomato Cemetery, 3 pm, tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. (Only on the third Saturday of the month.)
- Free Plaza Stroll Historic Walking Tours Plaza Stroll Historic Walking Tours are a guided 1 hour walking tour where you’ll learn all about the various cultural influences that have left their marks here, explorers and entrepreneurs through the centuries, famous personalities that have called St. Augustine home and also discover the secrets of the Plaza and its beautiful monuments.
- Black Heritage and Civil Rights Tour with City Walks, 4-5 pm. Tour starts at 4 Granada Street. Book online or call 904-825-0087
- Castillo de San Marcos has cannon firings at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm, weather permitting (please see Friday’s notice for details.)
- Salt Air Farmer’s Market, 10 am – 2 pm. Enjoy homegrown, healthy, and fresh food plus a creative assortment of local art at the Salt Air Farmer’s Market. Some of the items include homegrown tomatoes, local honey, sauces and jams, tide clocks, organic pops, and more. Marineland, 101 Tolstoy Way, Marineland, Florida 32080
- Castillo de San Marcos has cannon firings at 10:30am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm, weather permitting (please see Friday’s notice for details.)
Special September FREEBIES:
- Florida teachers, administrators, and support staff get free admission to Ripley’s, September 6 – October 16.
- St. Johns County Resident ride free on the Old Town Trolley during September! There are also free tours of the Old Jail, the Oldest Store Museum, Potter’s Wax Museum, and the St. Augustine History Museum.
FREE for everyone:
- The Government House, open daily from 10 am–5 pm. 48 King Street St. Augustine, FL 32084
- The St. Augustine Visitor’s Center, open daily from 9 am-5 pm. 10 W Castillo Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084, 904-825-1000
- Fort Matanzas National Monument, 8635 A1A South, 904-471-0116
- San Sebastian Winery Tours and Wine Tasting, 157 King Street St., 1-888-352-9463 or 904-826-1594
- St. Augustine Distillery Tours and tastings, 112 Riberia St., 904-825-4962
- St. Augustine City Walks conduct free walking Tours of St. Augustine, 4 Granada St., 904-825-0087
- St. Augustine Beaches (although there may be a fee for driving/parking on beaches, where allowed)
- The Pena-Peck House, 143 Saint George St., 904-829-5064
- The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery (Tuesday – Saturday afternoons) 22 Marine St., 904-824-2310
- Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (Thursday – Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm) 27 Ocean Ave. St Augustine, 904-201-6061