Come One, Come All to the Greatest Show in St. Augustine!

Gatsby Carnival
February 21, 2017

It was in the 1920s when the now infamous, Ringling Brothers, started a traveling circus of freaks and mysteries alike. On the evening of April 29th, you will be transported back to that magical time when the Lightner Museum will come to life. From vintage décor to performance entertainment, join the festivities and cavort without restraint all to benefit the St Johns Cultural Council on this unforgettable evening!

Volkswagen of St. Augustine is hosting its fourth annual, “A Gatsby Carnival,” at the Lightner Museum on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 7 - 11 p.m. Guests are encouraged to get dressed in their finest 1920s attire. Two authentic, 1920s classic cars will be onsite as part of the marked circus entrance. There will be live music by Amy Hendrickson and the VooDoo Review, as well as local favorites Chelsea Saddler and Chris Kearns.

This year’s event will be held at the Lightner Museum, where a portion of the museum will be open with local thespians performing around you while you stroll through the various exhibits. To boot, a moonshine bar and craft cocktails will be present to accentuate the theme. Tickets are currently on sale for $55 per person or $100 per couple, and can be purchased at Volkswagen of St. Augustine or by visiting There will also be a spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres and a welcome cocktail that will be included with entry. It’s all about the show this year at Gatsby, and it’s bigger and better than ever! So come and experience Lightner Museum like never before and remember…the circus is here today and gone tomorrow…

Over the last three years, the event has raised over $25,000 to benefit local charities. This year, all proceeds will go to support local non-profit, SJCC (St. Johns Cultural Council). SJCC is active throughout St. Johns County furthering visual, literary and performing arts for students, the elderly, and aspiring artists who may not otherwise have had the ability to expand their creative outlets. Volkswagen of St. Augustine owners, Joe & Sway DiFeo, are passionate about supporting local non-profits and are artists and musicians themselves. Since opening their doors in December of 2013, they have been able to contribute over $100,000 to local charities and continue to allocate an annual budget for community support and sponsorships. You can learn more about their community outreach efforts by visiting: