(St. Augustine, Fla.) – The St. Augustine Art Association is kicking off this year’s holiday season with the 54th Annual St. Augustine Festival of Art on Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1, at Francis Field, 25 W Castillo Dr., in historic St. Augustine, FL.

Thousands of works by over 130 local and national artists will be available including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, photography, woodworks, and more! Having been selected for their creativity and high quality of work, these artists present an extraordinary destination for art collectors and holiday shoppers alike.

“The Festival remains a St. Augustine Thanksgiving and Nights of Lights tradition because it offers an opportunity to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted works of art. You can meet the artists in person and learn about their creative processes through live demonstrations and talks,” said Festival Manager Diane Bradley.

In addition to demos on pottery, glass, drawing and painting, the Colonial Textile Arts Guild will teach you how to weave and spin authentic crafts from a bygone era.

Listen to live music on the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival stage, while enjoying an assortment of food and beverages in the Bank of America Hospitality Center.

The event also offers a selection of pet amenities for those furry friends that might like to join in the fun. This family-friendly Festival welcomes young artists to the Hyundai Kids Art Zone! Children can create their own masterpieces amidst the field of fine art. As the holidays quickly approach, Santa may even dock his sleigh and pay a visit on Saturday afternoon!

Gates open at 10:00am and close at 5:00pm on Saturday and 4:30pm on Sunday. A $2 entry donation entitles visitors to not only a highly-anticipated art experience, but prize drawing tickets for area attractions, restaurants and specialty gifts.

All-day parking is available in the Historic Parking Garage. Free Park and Ride Shuttle service on Saturday starts at 1pm from the St. Johns County Health Department and San Marco Avenue, north of town.

Proceeds from the Festival support the operations, educational programs, exhibitions and community outreach of the St. Augustine Art Association, a non-profit art organization founded in 1924 to promote artistic excellence in the nation’s oldest city.

For further information about the St. Augustine Festival of Art, call (904) 824-2310 or go to www.staugustineartfestival.com.