Top 5 things to do in St. Augustine this week include a spooky lighthouse tour, magic show

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Yes, it’s hot, and things generally slow down in the summer in Florida. But, lucky for us, in this area, at least, there’s plenty to do to keep us entertained. Just this week alone we have a concert, a spooky lighthouse tour, poetry, a magic show and an art exhibit.

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Take a spooky tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse every weekend.
Take a spooky tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse every weekend.

Dark of the Moon Tour at the Lighthouse

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, after dark, the St. Augustine Lighthouse offers a special history and ghost tour. The tour, which starts at 8:30 p.m. in the summer, includes a climb to the top of the lighthouse while a guide shares the history of the lighthouse and grounds and relates tales of a ghostly presence. Visitors will be armed only with glow sticks.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is at 100 Red Cox Road. For information or to book a tour, call 904-829-0745 or visit staugustinelighthouse.org.

Magician Bill Abbott performs his close-up magic at the Casa Monica Hotel every weekend.
Magician Bill Abbott performs his close-up magic at the Casa Monica Hotel every weekend.

Magic hideaway

Who can’t use a little magic in their lives, especially now? Magician Bill Abbott creates close-up magic in a boutique setting in the Cobalt Room at the Casa Monica Resort and Spa every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at two shows, 6 and 8:30 p.m., for only 22 guests at a time.

The Casa Monica Resort and Spa is located at 95 Cordova St. For information or tickets, call 904-827-1888 or visit kesslercollection.com/casa-monica.

Bouke de Vries' sculptures using thousands of pieces of porcelain fragments are featured at the Lightner Museum through Dec. 31.
Bouke de Vries' sculptures using thousands of pieces of porcelain fragments are featured at the Lightner Museum through Dec. 31.

Bouke de Vries ‘War and Pieces’

The Lightner Museum is the host for this display by Dutch artist Bouke de Vries in which he uses thousands of fragments of white porcelain to build sculptures of what he calls the “beauty of destruction.” According to his website, de Vries’ “'War & Pieces' is a contemporary interpretation of the decorative sculptures that adorned 17th and 18th-century banquet tables.” The exhibition will be available at the Lightner Museum until Dec. 31.

The Lightner Museum is located at 75 King St. For information, call 904-824-2874 or visit lightnermuseum.org.

Ancient City Poets will host their monthly open mic night on Sunday, July 31.
Ancient City Poets will host their monthly open mic night on Sunday, July 31.

Ancient City Poets Open Mic

On the last Sunday of each month, the Ancient City Poets gather to host a free open mic reading at the Water Works building, starting with sign-ups at 2:30 p.m. and readings beginning at 3 p.m.

The Water Works building is at 184 San Marco Ave. For information, call 904-808-7330 or visit facebook.com/ancientcitypoets

Slightly Stoopid will give a concert Thursday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Slightly Stoopid will give a concert Thursday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Slightly Stoopid Concert

Slightly Stooped, founded in 1995 and known for their mix of reggae, punk, folk, rock and blues, will take the stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, Aug. 4. Their special guests will be Pepper, Common Kings and Fortunate Youth. The concert starts at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is at 1340 A1A S. For information or tickets, call 904-209-0367 or visit theamp.com.

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