Vilano Fest 2018


 Thanks for your support!


for the 2019 event

November 2nd and 3rd, 2019



Vilano Beach near St. Augustine



  • Amy Hendrickson at Happy Hour @ 6 pm - Friday on the Vilano Pier
  • Ramona's 8 piece band - Friday night! - 7 pm til 10 pm
  • Line up below shows Saturday's great entertainers starting at noon til 8 pm

VILANO FEST consists of a weekend of activities including a Sea Turtle Soiree (party on the pier); Tour of Homes (featuring historic and modern homes throughout the community); a Music Fest (including culinary student competition and arts and crafts vendors with entertainment for all ages and a kid zone). This Great Florida Event is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA. Marketing of the event is funded in part by VISIT FLORIDA.


  • Gourmet eats at the Sea Turtle Soiree - at the end of Vilano Pier under the starlight!!!!!
  • Food trucks and vendors at the Natire Boardwalk on Poplar Road - noon til 8 pm
  • "Slider Competition" between "pros" and "students" with a culinary competition
  • Tantalizing taste treats at the Firehouse refreshment stop on the Tour of Homes prepared by our favorite local restaurants: The Reef, Puccini's Pizzeria, Beaches Restaurant and Dessert First.



Thanks to Old Town Trolley - park free and ride hassle free - to view....

  • Old Vilano
  • Surfside - Artist Retreat and more
  • North Beach at Castle Otttis - a rare treat ! (not handicapped accessible)
  • North Beach Oceanside Home

The event is specifically staged within the Town Center on Vilano Beach Main Street, a designated Florida State Main Street community since 2003. Vilano Beach Main Street works in collaboration with local businesses, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, The Chamber, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, VISIT FLORIDA, North Shores Improvement Association, and neighboring homeowner groups. Today the Town Center and surrounding communities retain their nostalgic walkable and bike friendly character.


Friday, April 20th - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 Saturday, April 21st - 10 am til 8 pm


Sea Turtle Soiree - capped at 300

The Sea Turtle Soiree is a 1920s themed costume party on the Vilano Beach Pier. Unlike any other event, this Soiree combines the best views of the sunset over St. Augustine with music and gourmet food.

Join us for this private event! Dress up in your finest “Gatsby” attire and swing to the tunes of Ramona’s eight piece band under 200 feet of lighted tent.

Your ticket includes dinner and dancing with the option to purchase a wide variety of fine wines, craft beer and 1920s themed cocktails.

Come celebrate with your neighbors, talk with the home owners on tour, and meet your local community leaders. Guaranteed to be the event of the season!

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour w/ Amy Hendrickson

7:00 - 10:00 PM
Romona's Eight Piece Band

Tour of Homes - now includes Castle Otttis - capped at 400

The Home Tour features historic and modern homes throughout the Vilano Beach Community. Along the route you will see what makes the Vilano Beach architecture so unique with Art Deco, Florida Vernacular and new homes including Intracoastal and sea views.

Some important things to note:

Limited access for handicapped guests

Some homes on tour may restrict kids under the age of 12

Ticket sales are limited!

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Trolleys depart hourly from Poplar Ave and Vilano Rd

Music Fest  - the more the merrier - all ages - kid friendly

Complementing the tour activities is a Music Fest with the area’s most popular entertainers. A culinary competition known as the Dish n Fish is held with area culinary students creating special dishes for popular vote tasting and judging. This year offers a student and professional competition for sliders. Yum Yum. Food trucks will be parked on Poplar Avenue and seating is available under two large tents.

Arts, crafts, entertainment, kids’ zone and vendors fill the day to complement food and beverage offerings. To celebrate our walkable and bike friendly community access to the festival is from the north side of the Vilano Bridge where the Nature Boardwalk ambles through the saltwater marshes leading to the Town Center at Poplar Avenue.

Nine separate entertainment acts will begin at noon and last until 8 p.m. Favorite musicians will include songwriters and local greats such as Dewey Via, Sam Pacetti, Amy Hendrickson and so many more. If you are a follower of your budding talented kids, Dance USA and the Legacy Irish Dancers are appearing at the noon hour.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Music Fest/ Dish n Fish – 12 am to 8 pm
Vilano Beach Town Center – Poplar Road & Nature Boardwalk County Park

 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dance USA
Legacy Irish Dancers
Honey B
The Original Those Guys
Dewey Via
Sam Pacetti

Chelsea Sadler

Joe Schauer
Crawford Boyd

Two great raffle packages valued over $1000 each !!

Large mega prize drawings at 7 pm

Awards for Sliders Competition
Student and Professional Division - People's Choice  at 7 pm

Thank you Bamboo Restaurant and Handcrafted Cocktails for sponsoring student prizes!


Public invited !  $5 entrance for adults and children under 6 free.  Tasting Meals up to $15.


   Now seeking sponsors for the event of the season!!

Also Tour Book Advertisers! (see rates below)

Book now as deadline is rapidly approaching:

$425 - full page

$225 - half page

$125 - quarter page


Thank you to our SPONSORS!

Tour of Homes 

Music Fest Supporter








Stay and Play in our Town Center

(mention the VILANO FEST at check in for available rate discounts)

Hampton Inn and Suites at Vilano
Magic Beach Motel
Oceanview Lodge

Saint Augustine Beach House
Ocean View Lodge


Just over the bridge at US 1 and SR16
Southern Oaks Inn
Jaybird's Inn and Restaurant
The Ponce Hotel of St. Augustine


Take advantage of our Blueway alternatives using the Red Boat Water Tours for your visit!

Captain Tony and Jennifer are offering a 60% discount and a cost of $12 (plus tax) for their tours !!


Check out their tent at the MUSIC FEST!


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 Live Remote Broadcasts - April 21, 2018



With so many events, we have a bundle of need for volunteers!

Get your perks at this Great Florida Event!


For more information:

Food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, please contact event manager
Sallie O’Hara, [email protected] for scheduling

Vendor Approval Process – VBMS; Event Manager

Organizers: FRLA First Coast Chapter Directors and Vilano Beach Main Street Directors
Sallie O'Hara, Executive Director

Celebration to include:

  • Free parking
  • Musical performances all afternoon
  • Special seating in fenced areas
  • Traffic coordination; sanitation & cleanup.
  • On site food and arts & crafts vendors.
  • Concurrent Tour of Homes events

Anticipated attendance between Sea Turtle Soiree, Music Fest/Dish n Fish and Tour of Homes - 2000  

PLENTY OF FREE PARKING & Transport  ****  We are working toward a WATER SHUTTLE between downtown St. Augustine and the Vilano Pier for this and other events!!!  **** Always bike friendly!


Click here to fill out the Vendor Registration Form
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Map included in the vendor application. Download here.

Vendor set up and management will be handled by an on-site manager 8 am til 11 am Saturday. Vendor products will be reviewed for appropriateness, presentation, insurance and licenses required, and mix. Vendor agreements will have a hold harmless clause. Vendors will be asked to park in a designated vendor parking area. Vendor spaces are approximately 10 x10 each. Vendors will need to provide their own tents and tables. Those vendors not abiding by event rules may not be asked to return.

No electricity is planned. Access to limited electrical outlets may be necessary for some vendors and may be arranged with the event manager. The event is planned to take advantage of daylight until about a half hour after dusk.



All vendors/chef stations need tents. For additional fee, VBMS can arrange rental as needed.

Click here to fill out the Vendor Registration Form
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Pay for your space below:

Fill out your Business' Name and select your option.

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Select your Vendor Space type size


LIMIT of 10 Food Stations. No on site electricity.

Up to 40 general vendor activity spaces.