Best of North Florida Events: Jan. 27-Feb. 3

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Acrobats ©Hoggetowne Medieval Fair

Acrobats ©Hoggetowne Medieval Fair

Florida Travel Guide - Jan. 27 – Feb. 3 : Things to Do in North Florida

From jousting knights in full armor to guided tours through Civil Rights history, check out five fabulous events happening this upcoming week in Northern Florida.

1) Cosmic Concert at the Museum of Science and History

Friday evenings at the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, experience total-sensory entertainment. In a Cosmic Concert, laser lights, high definition images and digital sound come together for one amazing experience.

  • Highlight: Total sensory overload
  • When: January 27, 2012 at 5,6,7 and 8pm
  • Where: Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, 1025 Museum Cir., Jacksonville FL 32207
  • Cost: $5.00 for the show, $1 for the laser glasses

2) Hoggetown Medieval Faire

Watch street performers dance, juggle and jest! Enjoy the minstrels playing period music. Shop the bustling medieval market and cheer for your favorite contender as knights joust in full armor. Watch more than 150 artisans working on their craft and see King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Merlin the Magician in a living chess match. Feast on giant turkey legs, bloomin onions and sweet potato fries. Click for details.

  • Highlight: Being swept away by medeival magic
  • When: Jan. 28-29 & Feb. 4-5, 2012 from 10am-6pm, February 3 from 9:30am-3pm
  • Where: Alachua County Fairgrounds (Next to the Gainesville Regional Airport on SR 222)
  • Cost: $14 for adults, $7 for children aged 5-17 (Friday admission is half price)

3) Historic Weapons firing demonstration

Head to Rattlesnake Island via the National Park Service’s ferry and catch a glimpse of what daily military life looked like at Fort Matanzas. This 18th century Spanish fort was responsible for guarding the southern approach to St. Augustine. Actors in authentic dress will be demonstrating Spanish muskets and cannons. Call 904-471-0116 for more information.

  • Highlight: Seeing what daily military life was like in the 18th century
  • When: January 27 10:30am until 3:30pm
  • Where: Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Augustine FL 32080
  • Cost: Free

4) Civil Rights History – Special Downtown Walking Tours

St. Augustine has a fascinating history and some local landmarks you must see on your Florida vacation in the northern part of the state. This culturally-enriching downtown walking tour will put you literally in the footsteps of Civil Rights history. See the Lincolnville home where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote portions of his important speeches. Click here for more information.

  • Highlight: Seeing where many civil rights struggles took place
  • When: January 29, 2012
  • Where: 4 Granada St., St. Augustine
  • Cost: $12 Adult or $8 Child

5) First Friday Art Walk

Take a free trip (free round-trip that is!) aboard a sightseeing train or trolley into the heart of the art district. Twenty St. Augustine art galleries participate in the First Friday Art Walk. Explore the latest exhibits, enjoy music, entertainment and refreshments on a guided tour, or take your own art walk and go at your own pace. If you’d like to partake in the First Friday Art Walk on your Florida vacation, call 904-829-0065 for more information.

  • Highlight: Art, art, and more art!
  • When: February 3, 2012
  • Where: 157 King Street, St. Augustine FL 32084 (Park free at the San Sebastian Winery)
  • Cost: Free

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