The St. Augustine Night Fest, marking the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the St. Augustine Lighthouse’s Fesnel Lens, will be staged March 4, sponsored by the Junior Service League.
The celebration continues from 4 to 8 p.m. and has a little something for everyone ranging from athletes to kids. The League is billing the March 4 celebration as the special day commemorating the re-lighting of the 1874 St. Augustine Lighthouse, after a massive restoration project. Following the race, a free open house continues until 8 p.m. with children’s crafts, refreshments, live music and an opportunity to climb to the top of the tower.
The yearly festival is a very popular event, with estimates of attendance in the thousands.
Museum members will be recognized at the VIP tent on March 4, served complimentary refreshments. Those who are not museum members are invited to join the organization which offers savings on tours, gift shop purchases and attendance at monthly member events.
Age divisions for this year’s run begin at 10 and under and go all the way to 70 and over. Each age division has separate male and female groups, and T-shirts are guaranteed to everyone who registers by Feb. 17. The race course is a 3.1 mile USATF certified course which makes its way through Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores. The 5K run begins at 4:30 p.m. March 4, and the fun run at 5:30 p.m. Parking areas are available at or across from the lighthouse, outside of the soccer fields and off Red Cox Drive.
To sign up for the event go to the St. Augustine Lighthouse Facebook page. Last day to register is March 3. Race packets will be available on the front porch of the lighthouse March 3 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and will also be available on race day.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.95 for adults; $10.95 for seniors 60 and over; and $10.95 for children age 12 or under and 44 inches or taller. Children must be 44 inches tall to climb the tower.