Romanza Festivale returns to Ancient City


St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts will bring activities to a close after its second week with a packed schedule of events, including two more headlining attractions throughout the celebration of art, music and culture.

Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo

The Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo will perform at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. The prize-winning duo, comprised of Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers, have performed throughout several countries. Both pianists hold a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music in addition to serving on the piano faculty of the University of South Caroline School of Music. Tickets for their performance are $25 for adults, $5 for students with ID and free for children 12 and under.

Romanza Festivale Harry Potter Event

Capping off the series of headlining events will be the Romanza Festivale Harry Potter Event at Francis Field Saturday, May 13 from noon to 8 p.m. This expansive, interactive event will feature an appearance by actor Chris Rankin, best known as the character Percy Weasley from the “Harry Potter” films. Rankin will sign autographs and take photos throughout the day. In addition to the celebrity appearance, the event will feature a sorting hat, shops on Diagon Alley, butter beer, quidditch games, a Hogwarts Express train and hourly shows by magician Andrew Ratliff. Tickets are $5 at the gate and $4 online. Children 3 and under are free. For a full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

The festival will also feature a host of music, dance, theater, art and cuisine events, among them performances from the Chamber Music Series and Young Performers Series; tours of local historic monuments such as the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Spanish Military Hospital Museum; wine tastings at The Gifted Cork; visual arts exhibits including the Gilded: Impressions of the Flagler Era at the St. Augustine Art Association; and theater performances of “Love Letters” and “When Florida was the Wild West.”


Romanza Chamber Music Series: Pegge Ealum, Flute with Jazz TrioMay 11 from noon to 1 p.m.Ancient City Baptist Church27 Sevilla St.

Young Performers in RecitalMay 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.Memorial Presbyterian Church32 Sevilla St.

Fermin Spanish GuitarMay 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.The Colonial Quarter37 St. George St.

Lomazov-Rackers Duo Piano ConcertMay 11 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.The Cathedral BasilicaCathedral Place

Romanza Chamber Music Series: “Songs Sinatra Sang” presented by the Nick DeCarlis TrioMay 12 from noon to 1 p.m.Ancient City Baptist Church28 Sevilla St.

Romanza Young Performers Music Series: The St. Augustine Youth ChorusMay 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.Ancient City Baptist Church27 Sevilla St.

A Little Night Music: the CRS Band in the GazeboMay 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Plaza de La Constitucion GazeboKing Street

A Little Night Music: Mama Blue and FriendsMay 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.Plaza de La Constitucion GazeboKing Street

St. Augustine Orchestra ConcertMay 12 from 8 to 10 p.m.Lightner Museum Antique Courtyard25 Granada St.

Romanza Chamber Music Series: The North Florida Women’s ChoraleMay 13 from noon to 1 p.m.Ancient City Baptist Church27 Sevilla St.

Two Glorias by Vivaldi and Poulenc, the St. Augustine Community Chorus in ConcertMay 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.The Cathedral BasilicaCathedral Place


A Little Night Music: Matanzas TapMay 11 from 6:30 to 7 p.m.The Colonial Quarter37 St. George St.


Wine Tasting at the Gifted CorkMay 11-14, various timesThe Gifted Cork64 Hypolita St.

23rd HAWKE Wildlife Benefit: Dine on the Wild SideMay 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.Alligator Farm999 Anastasia Blvd.

Heritage and Culture

Spanish Military Hospital Museum ToursMay 11-14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The Spanish Military Hospital Museum3 Aviles St.

St. Augustine Lighthouse: Behind the Scenes at the LighthouseMay 11-14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Lighthouse Park201 Red Cox Road

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural CenterMay 11-12 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center102 Martin Luther King Ave.

The St. Augustine Maritime’s 450th Legacy VesselMay 11 from 9 a.m. to noonThe Fountain of Youth11 Magnolia Ave.

To learn more about St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts, or to see a detailed schedule of events, download the 2017 program book at