Francis Field

49 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
  • Francis Field is the hub of St. Augustine’s special events activities, with many  of the city’s major festivals held in this large open space on W. Castillo Dr. 

    Conveniently located next to the City of St. Augustine’s Downtown Parking Facility, Francis Field was originally home to the amateur baseball team, the St. Augustine Saints. It was named after Frederick G. Francis, a co-owner of the team and an accomplished athlete himself.

    In addition to baseball, Francis was a tennis and football star, and in 1928 he was an announcer for the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. His family moved to St. Augustine when Francis was a child, and he later worked as a tennis instructor at the Alcazar Hotel. In 1931, he married Louise Wise Lewis, a niece of Henry Flagler’s third wife and an heiress to the Flagler fortune.

    Francis was at the helm when the St. Augustine Saints won the Northeast Florida Championship in 1933. The next year, St. Augustine Mayor E.J. Wishard Sr. proclaimed September 11, 1934, as Fred Francis Day. Following a game between the Saints and the Palatka Azaleas that day, an elaborate dinner was held in his honor at the Monson Hotel. Francis Field was officially named after Frederick Francis on June 23, 1938.

    During World War II, Francis Field was used for military training. In 1952, the St. Augustine Saints played their last game on the field.

    With the addition of the City of St. Augustine’s Downtown Parking Facility right next door in 2006, Francis Field’s convenient location and wide open areas have made it an ideal venue for festivals and special events of all kinds – from art shows to food and ethnic festivals, from fairgrounds to concerts.

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  • Upcoming Events at Francis Field

    Greek Festival October 9, 2015
    Sertoma Club Oktoberfest October 18, 2015 - 11:00am
    St. Augustine Pirate Gathering November 6, 2015
    St. Augustine Pirate Gathering November 7, 2015
    St. Augustine Pirate Gathering November 8, 2015
    St. Augustine Half Marathon November 14, 2015
    St. Augustine Half Marathon November 15, 2015
    St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival November 28, 2015 - 10:00am
    St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival November 29, 2015 - 10:00am
    Matanzas 5K and Fun Run January 30, 2016

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