A ceremony to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the oldest street in the oldest city, Avilés Street, will take place “At the Arch,” Friday, October 1 beginning at 4 p.m. Attending will be members of the St. Augustine City Commission, local dignitaries and Avilés Street merchants.
Immediately following the ribbon cutting the celebration will begin with the first annual “Running of the Bulls” and a block party hosted by the businesses of Avilés Street. The festivities will continue throughout the evening and both Saturday and Sunday.
The “Running of the Bulls” is based on the centuries old event in Pamplona, Spain, however Aviles’ Street performance will not use live animals. Business owners and neighbors will wear white shirts and red sashes and run the length of Avilés to Cadiz Street and back, while being chased by Flagler College students wearing bull costumes.
After the event, the Fiesta de Avilés begins. The events planned for Friday include live outdoor music by Kaylee Rose, food and drink specials, historical performers in period clothing, featured artists with special exhibits at numerous galleries along Avilés Street and the St. Augustine Historical Research Library. The activities will be in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk with the theme breast cancer awareness.
Other events continuing throughout the weekend include live music by Bert and the Skinny Lizards performing Saturday, October 2, from 4 to 9 p.m. and numerous galleries hosting a “Sangria Sunday” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Parking is free after 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and all day Sunday.
Avilés Street will be closed to vehicular traffic the entire weekend and will open to vehicular traffic at 8 a.m. Monday, October 4.
The event sponsors are the Avilés Street Merchants, the first America Foundation and the City of St. Augustine.
To read an earlier story about the project, click here.