The Vilano Fest is an annual festival that celebrates the history, future, and individuality of our community where all people feel welcome. A portion of proceeds from the Vilano Fest will help improve lighting and walkability throughout the community.
The event is specifically staged within the Town Center on Vilano Beach Main Street, a designated Florida State Main Street community since 2003. Vilano Beach Main Street works in collaboration with local businesses, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, The Chamber, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, VISIT FLORIDA, North Shores Improvement Association, and neighboring homeowner groups. Today the Town Center and surrounding communities retain their nostalgic walkable and bike friendly character.
Vilano and the North Beaches are perhaps most known as small, eclectic beach communities within the sight of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. For centuries, people have flocked to this coastal playground by horse-drawn trolley, ferry, and more recently Florida’s Coastal Highway, State Road A1A. The 1920s saw the development of the Vilano Beach Town Center plat, construction of August Hecksher’s Vilano Casino, and an abundance of booming development.