The Festival

The St. Augustine History Festival was created and conceived by UFHSA (University of Florida Historic St. Augustine, Inc.) for the purpose of generating excitement about the history of America’s oldest city. Our goal is to showcase every era of St. Augustine’s long and storied past through the 30 Special Events and Historic Venues listed below – from our founding in 1565 to the most advanced technology available in 2023 to research and study every year in-between. American history began here, and no one tells our story better than we do – come out and enjoy our city!

Upcoming events, exhibitions, and happenings

Upcoming Special Events

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Participating Venues

Castillo de San Marcos

Experience St. Augustine’s National Monument – the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States

The Colonial Quarter

Fine Shops and Tavern Dining Surrounded by History

Flagler College

Special History Festival Programs and Tours

Florida National Guard Museum and National Cemetery

Two Separate and Insightful Tour Opportunities at the Nation's Oldest Militia/National Guard Unit

Fort Mose State Park and Museum

Fort Mose, America's First Free All-Black Community

Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

Special History Festival Programs at America’s First Colony - Where Legend Meets History

Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum

On the Map - Florida's Territorial Period

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center

The Road to Black History Runs Through Lincolnville

Peña-Peck House

Enjoy a History Festival Special Tour: “Secrets from The Peña-Peck House Collection”

Spanish Military Hospital

Spanish Military Hospital Presents: "The Duel on Aviles”

St. Augustine Historical Society/Oldest House Museums Complex

Visit St. Augustine's Oldest House Museums Complex and Historical Gardens

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Find Out What's Happening at the Lighthouse during St. Augustine History Festival

Villa Zorayda

The Villa Zorayda Museum- A Historic Gilded Age Masterpiece.

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Free Family Programs during St. Augustine History Festival

A PBS Documentary

Secrets of the Dead:
The Secrets of Spanish Florida

Before Jamestown and Pocahontas – before Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims – there was only St. Augustine, a culturally diverse colonial experiment born from dire necessities of imperial proportions in the eye of a storm. The University of Florida Historic St. Augustine, Inc. present this four-hour PBS documentary that identifies the beginnings of America’s true First Colony. Narrated by Jimmy Smits, you will see a story of early America that most people have no idea exists. This fascinating DVD is available for purchase at each of the St. Augustine History Festival’s participating venues.