Reminiscent of days gone by when friends and families would gather in the early evening to listen to music in the town square, Concerts in the Plaza brings a wide variety of musical entertainment to St. Augustine’s historic downtown all summer long. Bluegrass and blues, jazz and country, swing and folk, old time and popular rock: Concerts in the Plaza has something for everyone.
Now in its 19th year, Concerts in the Plaza has become known as the best way to spend a Thursday night in St. Augustine, and it’s easy to understand why when you’re sitting under the majestic oaks of the oldest town square in the nation while enjoying quality musical entertainment against a backdrop of the rich historic ambiance of The Nation’s Oldest City.
The concert season starts with an afternoon performance on Memorial Day and then continues all summer long on Thursdays at 7:00pm and then concludes, as does summer, on Labor Day with another afternoon performance.
All the concerts are free and attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Plaza.
Concerts in the Plaza prides itself on providing a wide variety of entertainment by showcasing the best in regional musical talent. For many of the series’ most faithful followers, a highlight of the weekly concerts is the chance to becomes reacquainted with some of favorite performers. Some bands have been playing the series season after season while others have joined the roster in more recent years guaranteeing a wide variety of entertainment all summer long.
Location and Parking
A gathering place for the people of St. Augustine for well over four centuries, the Plaza de la Constitución is located in the heart of St. Augustine between Cathedral Place and King Street, just to the west of the Bridge of Lions. The band performs from The Gazebo, a fixture in the center of the Plaza since early in the 20th Century. There is no permanent seating in the Plaza so attendees should bring lounge chairs. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the plaza de la Constitución.
On street is available near the Plaza de la Constitución and is free after 5:00pm. Parking is also available in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility (HDPF) located at the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitors Information Center, a 10-minute walk along St. George St. to the Plaza. The cost for parking in the HDPF is $1.25 per hour with a $7.50 per day maximum.
Rain. What rain?
Because Florida’s summer rain showers are usually brief, even when heavy, it is rare for a performance to be cancelled in advance. As is often said: The only way you’ll know if a concert is cancelled is to be there. Performances may be postponed if the rain seems brief, but cancelled only if the weather prohibits the performance from continuing. If a concert is cancelled in advance, every effort will be made to notify the public through the local media.
Need to know more?
Concerts in the Plaza is produced by the City of St. Augustine’s Public Affairs Department with funding support from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. For more information, call 904.825.1004 during weekday office hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write Department of Public Affairs, P. O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.
For information about visiting St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches, call 800.653.2489 or visit www.getaway4florida.com.