Beer Olympics, bug celebration, bluegrass music top things to do this weekend
Here are the best events in Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Stuart.
St. Lucie County
The Islamorada Olympics is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Islamorada Beer Company, 3200 St. Lucie Blvd., north of Fort Pierce. The games are life-size beer pong, dizzy bat, flip cup, Frisbee golf, cornhole and sack races. The event also features live music and food for sale. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The cost, which includes unlimited draft pours during the games, for a team of four is $30 in advance and $45 at the event. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. The event is family friendly, but players must be ages 21 and older. For more information, call 305-508-9093 or go to www.facebook.com/islamoradabeercompany.
A Celebration of Insects is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. Kids can explore, collect, observe and release bugs in the gardens as they learn about Heathcote’s most common insects. Admission is free for kids ages 6-12, $8 for adults and $6 for ages 65 and older. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Registration is required by calling 772-464-4672. For more information, go to www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org.
The second annual Family Community Fun Day with Restoring Hope Ministries is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Percy Peak Gym, 2902 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. The event includes free food and drinks, a bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, music, games and raffles. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-332-3132 or go to www.restoringhopefl.org.
The Red, White & Bluegrass Weekend is 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery, 4200 Johnston Road, north of Fort Pierce. Both days include live music and food trucks. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Operation CatSnip of the Treasure Coast on Saturday and Little Birthday Angels on Sunday. For more information, call 772-460-0500 or go to www.summercrushwine.com.
Indian River County
The 4th of July Celebration is 1-6 p.m. Saturday at American Icon Brewery, 1133 19th Place, Vero Beach. The party features a children’s bounce house, games, live music and food and drinks for sale. Proceeds benefit the Vietnam Veterans of Indian River County. For more information, call 772-934-4266 or go to www.facebook.com/americaniconbrewery.
Summer KidFest with “Shrek” starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Majestic 11, 940 14th Lane, Vero Beach. The movie, which is rated PG and lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes, continues Monday through Thursday. Admission for kids is free while adults pay $2 or make donations. For more information, go to www.cwtheaters.com/vero/kidfest.
The Brews Cruise with Mash Monkeys Brewing Company is 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Capt Hiram’s Resort, 1580 U.S. 1, Sebastian. Sail on the Indian River Lagoon and head to Pelican Island just as the sun sets. Tickets are $35 each and includes the beer, the cruise and light snacks. Participants must be ages 21 and older. To RSVP, call 772-388-8588. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/capthiramsadventure.
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The fifth annual Miss Twisted Bikini Contest is 2-8 p.m. Saturday at The Twisted Tuna, 4290 S.E. Salerno Road, Port Salerno. The first round begins at 3 p.m., and the final round starts at 6 p.m. A hot dog eating contest begins at 4 p.m. with registration from 1-3 p.m. The event also includes live music, live radio broadcasts, drink specials, giveaways and vendors. For more information, go to thetwistedtuna.com.
The Nature Hike at Jonathan Dickinson State Park starts at 2 p.m. Friday at 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Go for a leisurely stroll through scrubby flatwoods and river floodplain. Look for osprey, pileated woodpeckers and barred owls. The walk may go through muddy or wet terrain. The hike continues every Friday. For more information, call 561-745-5551 or go to www.facebook.com/friendsofjdsp.
Rock’n’ Riverwalk with the Ladies of Soul singing rhythm and blues is 1-4 p.m. Sunday on the Riverwalk Stage at St. Lucie Avenue in downtown Stuart. The free event also includes vendors every Sunday. For more information, go to www.historicdowntownstuart.com.
Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm’s entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Read her weekly column, Laurie’s Stories, on TCPalm.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TCPalmLaurie or Facebook at faceboook.com/TCPalmLaurie.