Upcoming Events at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Exciting events happen every day at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum! Below is a short list of events that occur on the grounds every week, be sure to check them out during your next visit.
Daily (Schedules vary by tour)
Gain access to areas normally off limits to the public by taking one of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s guided tours. Tours include access to areas that are not open to the public, including the artifact conservation lab where lighthouse archaeologists are working to preserve historical pieces recovered from shipwrecks off the St. Augustine coast.
Tuesday – Thursday (Mornings)
Three mornings a week, volunteer craftsmen are on-site building traditional wooden boats. Using an old steamer box to soften the wood, each board is carefully molded into the keel, ribs and planking of a functioning vessel. Once a year, a completed boat is auctioned off to raise money for the maritime preservation and educational programs at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Afternoons)
In the north corner of the Keepers’ Museum gallery a trio of talented model shipbuilders are carefully completing a replica of the HMS Victory that was donated to the lighthouse. From the 3,000 dime-size copper plates on the hull to the cannon harnesses on the deck, the builders have spared no detail in their work. Stop by to see the work in progress and learn more about maritime history during your next visit.
In addition to tour discounts, gift shop savings and many more perks, members of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum are also invited to one members-only Dark of the Moon or Lost Ships tour each year. Tour dates are scheduled once a quarter and reservations are required in advance. To find out about upcoming tour dates, contact Legacy Coordinator Dennis Kirk at (904) 829-0745 or dkirk [at] staugustinelighthouse.org.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Third Wednesday of the Month (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
On the third Wednesday of every month, the Tower Guild hosts a free program for members and volunteers. Guests are invited to bring a bag lunch and enjoy a special presentation. Each month will feature a different guest speaker including lighthouse staff, archaeologists, local historians and other area experts. An RSVP is requested in advance. To find out more about the upcoming schedule of presenters, contact Legacy Coordinator Dennis Kirk at (904) 829-0745 or dkirk [at] staugustinelighthouse.org.
Navigating with Lighthouses: Schooner Freedom Sailing Adventure
May 9th; June 5th; July 10th & Aug. 7th
Beginning March 2014, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum will be offering a monthly tour, "Navigating Lighthouses by Sail" in conjunction with the tall ship Schooner Freedom. Set sail from the St. Augustine City Marina and let a lighthouse educator share the stories of ancient sailors and how they used lighthouses to guide their way. There is no set sailing path, the Schooner crew goes with the wind, which leads to a different journey every time. Complimentary soda, water, beer, and wine are included, passengers may bring snacks or a picnic. After your sail, visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum to complete your journey. Tickets are $50 per person and include sail and admission to the lighthouse and museum.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, all of the historic preservation work, maritime research and educational programming conducted by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum wouldn’t be possible without the support of visitors, donors and community members. The Tower Club and Lighthouse Guild are both dedicated groups of supporters who frequently host events to raise funds for maritime preservation and educational programs at the lighthouse.
August 23-24; Sept. 6-7; & Sept. 20-21
Dive into maritime history during the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s annual celebration series featuring the cultural influences of the Nation’s Oldest PortSM. Each event features two days of tours and special events at the lighthouse. Come join us for a weekend of fun and discover almost 450 years of St. Augustine maritime history.
Nights of Lights at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
December 1st - January 1st
Each year, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum sparkles from November through January with festive holiday decorations and lights. From the porches of the Keepers' House to the tower itself, nautical-themed Christmas trees, wreaths, evergreen boughs and red bows bring Christmas cheer to the lighthouse during St. Augustine's nationally renowned Nights of Lights Celebration. Folks from all over the country send in their nautical ornaments to adorn a Christmas tree in the Keepers' House while a second tree casts a white glow inside the base of the tower. Visitors will feel the festive holiday atmosphere in the air from the moment they step into the Visitor's Center.
The highlight of the holiday season at the lighthouse is Luminary Night, which takes place on the first Wednesday of December. Visitors and community members are invited to enter the lighthouse grounds for a free evening of children's holiday crafts, warm refreshments, live music performances (including a string quartet inside the lighthouse tower) and an up-close look at the museum's Christmas decor.This is a special evening the whole family will enjoy at St. Augustine's iconic lighthouse and museum.
On the first Saturday of every March, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum joins the Junior Service League of St. Augustine for a special day of events celebrating our historic lighthouse. The Lighthouse 5K walk and fun run precedes an evening of music, refreshments, kids activities and lighthouse climbs (of course!). It's a great event for the whole family to enjoy!