31st Annual Lincolnville Heritage Festival

St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest city in the United States. Lincolnville, established in 1866, was the major black residential subdivision in St. Augustine. This historic district contains a large collection of 19th and early 20th century residences and churches. Many of its residents were politically active during the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of Dr. Robert B. Hayling, a local dentist.

The annual Lincolnville Heritage Festival celebrates St. Augustine’s rich African-American heritage. Originally started in 1979 by Jazz musician Doug Carn and businessman Christopher Lightburn, the festival helped fund the Lincolnville Restoration Development Inc, with the aim of preserving and restoring the area of Lincolnville.

Who Benefits?

The festival continues to support the rich history of Lincolnville, Florida State Park Fort Mosé, and the American Legion Post 194’s Kids Safe Zone, an after school program for disadvantaged youth.

What to Expect?

Each year, we look forward to a weekend of great musical acts, gospel choirs, soul food, BBQ, vendors, and games, all while telling the rich history of the significant African Americans of our community. At last year’s Festival, we welcomed Kool and the Gang, Boyz II Men, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and many more acts to St. Augustine, garnering our largest crowd to date. This year’s festival is certain to be an amazing weekend for the whole family.

Tours of Ft Mose and Historical Lincolnville Area

With the purchase of a general admission ticket or a VIP ticket, you will be able to take a narated tour of the Historical Lincolnville Area provided by David Nolan and/or a tour of Ft. Mose.  Our Ft Mose tour will have reinactors on site.  A trailer train will be provided as transportation for the tours.  Tours are scheduled for 12pm and 2pm for each site on Saturday and Sunday.  Please reserve your spot as soon as you enter the festival.  Space is limited and you won’t want to miss it!