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St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Voted 3rd Best Amphitheatre in the World

 

How can a small, coastal town be home to the #3 Best Amphitheatre in the World? The secret is in its roots. 

June 27, 1965. It’s opening night at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and 2,300 people have come to witness the first performance of Paul Green’s play “Cross and Sword” on the  Amphitheatre stage. The crowd’s energy and excitement is palpable, this is a historical moment for St. Augustine. Fast forward to September 22, 2019. The exact same energy is present as multiple Grammy award-winning Country music star Kacey Musgraves comes from stage right, says “Good evening, St. Augustine!” and 4,800 music fans respond with a minutes-long roar of cheers and applause. This is Kacey Musgraves only Florida play and people from all over the state have come to witness this historical moment in live music. 

Over the course of the Amphitheatre’s nearly 55 years in existence, it has hosted musical icons such as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and more. Generations of high school and college students have crossed its stage during graduations. Thousands of people have shopped its Saturday Famers Market and Tuesday Night Market, attended free movie nights and dug through crates and crates of records for that elusive Rolling Stones album during its biannual Record Fair. The Amphitheatre has doubled its seating capacity, added two stages and two food trucks areas, adopted a rigorous approach to sustainability and conservation all while hosting over 50 concert events a year. All of its efforts to set the bar for what a music venue can achieve through diverse programming, community engagement and a passion for the arts resulted in the Amphitheatre securing the #3 spot for Amphitheaters Worldwide by Pollstar Magazine. Not bad for a county owned and operated performing arts venue. You see, St. Augustine Amphitheatre is a unique institution within the concert industry. While most venues are privately owned and operated, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is owned by St. Johns County and is operated, programmed and staffed by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, which also oversees the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Another unique aspect of the venue is that it is nestled within the gorgeous, natural setting of Anastasia State Park. It is not uncommon to hear the nearby Atlantic Ocean waves crashing or to see a snowy egret flying overhead. It all adds to the magic found at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. A magic that comedian Adam Sandler to referred to as “lightning in a bottle” after his performance at the Amphitheatre in 2017. For a listing of upcoming events, please visit TheAmpSa.com.

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