The seasoned performers of Piccadilly Circus dazzle audiences of all ages with 90 minutes of acrobatics, comedic high jinks, and trained animals beneath the big top. Audiences gasp at high-flying trapeze artists swooping through the air with the confidence of a kite in a wind tunnel, as well as contortionists able to bend themselves into human bonsai trees. Death-defying motorcyclists roar into a caged globe to perform a 360-degree display of vehicular mastery. Gaggles of clowns coax out chuckles, and a trained elephant parades around the ring, occasionally stopping to memorize an audience member's phone number. General-admission seating surrounds the ring, allowing ample viewpoints from which to observe the boisterous spectacle.
The red and black ship cuts through the waters of Matanzas Bay, its sails waving in the wind. On deck, members of a pirate crew call one another by names such as Oly Mackarel, Jaybird, Anastasia, Clipper, and Dirty James as they cavort between bow and stern, dazzling their audiences. Their ship, the Black Raven, was designed as a floating live performance theater—and accommodates more than 120 passengers as a crew of performers in full buccaneer dress produce interactive and dynamic plays in the spotlight. The actors work the crowd with a variety of rehearsed but unscripted skits, geared toward audiences of all ages, and may change their performance to engage specific audience members.
For three days each year, Francis Field overflows with the sounds of Greek music and the aromas of classic dishes such as grilled lamb, pastitsio, dolmades, and spanakopita. Simultaneously traditional and contemporary, The St. Augustine Greek Festival shares with visitors the foundations of Hellenic culture. In a self-described authentic outdoor marketplace, more than 100 vendors showcase a wide variety of modern arts and crafts. An adjacent kids' center, meanwhile, brims with carnival rides, games, and budding loukoumades jugglers. To keep festival-goers fueled, staff at a traditional kafenio serve coffee and pastries, while those at the taverna fill cups with imported Greek beer and wine. The Hellenic Band sets the weekend's score with traditional Greek music, and they sometimes provide the rhythm for traditional Greek dance troupes who attendees can enjoy watching perform and even join in after the show.
They tell a tale to quake your bones at Warehouse 31?on October 13, 1875, a woodcutter by the name of Billy Turner killed his nine-year-old daughter in a horrific accident. Unable to cope with his grief, Turner killed himself. But the pain was too great for death to assuage. Soon Pelham was under siege from a series of mysterious events. A young girl found roaming unattended along a railway. The sound of a chainsaw echoing from the forest. Glass doors sliding open as soon as somebody stepped in front of them. Today, Warehouse 31 stands on the site of that ill-fated lumberyard, and guests can experience some scares of their own, thanks to a cast of monsters, high-tech animatronics, and gravely unhinged clowns.
History is built into the very foundation of St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Built in 1965 to commemorate the city's quadricentennial, the stage immediately began featuring Cross and Sword, a historical drama about the founding of St. Augustine. It was a tradition that continued unbroken for 32 years. In 2002, St. Johns County funded a refurbishing of the amphitheater. Five years later—after upgrading the capacity, constructing a hikeable arboretum, and clearing out lingering conquistadors—the new facility is capable of comfortably hosting up to 4,100 concertgoers.
You haven't seen a full schedule until you've peeked inside the agenda book of 904 Happy Hour. The entertainment company is behind dozens of well-hydrated, well-attended social events every week, ranging from themed bar crawls to charity wine tastings to reggae parties. Whether it's a casual evening out for burgers and beer, or an all-day extravaganza requiring a costume and good walking shoes, 904 Happy Hour parties usually promise music, libations, and plenty of new friends.