Burgers and Brews Festival, Snorkel Corn Summer Classic, patriotic events top this weekend
Here are the best things to do in Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Jensen Beach and Hobe Sound.
Indian River County
The Burgers and Brews Festival, an American Heritage Celebration, is 1-9 p.m. Saturday along 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach. The slider tasting and “Best Burger in Indian River County” competition is 1-4 p.m. Participating chefs come from The Tides, Post & Vine, Sean Ryan Pub, Cobalt, Southern Social, American Icon Brewery, Wilke’s 14 Bones, Vero Prime, BigShots Golf, The Source, American Grill and Ono Luau. The festival also includes live music, street vendors, food trucks, craft beer, a children’s zone and a celebrity dunk tank from 1-6 p.m. Admission is free. The slider tasting punch card, which includes five sliders and two brews or sodas, is $25 plus fees. The VIP section is sold out. Proceeds benefit United Against Poverty Indian River County. For more information, call 772-770-0740 or go to burgersandbrews.org.
The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s Sea to Shining Sea patriotic concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Admission is free, but reservations are required. To reserve tickets, go to spacecoastsymphony.org.
Family Fun Day for Summer is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Majestic 11, 940 14th Lane, Vero Beach. Before or after paying for a movie, kids can enjoy a free bounce house, face painting and games. The event repeats July 27. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/majesticvero.
The third annual Vero Beach Pride themed “Studio 54” is this weekend. The sold-out Pride Party from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Vero Beach Heritage Center & Citrus Museum, 2140 14th Ave., includes drag queen performances and comedy, a DJ dance party, go-go dancers, an open liquor bar, New York-style street vendors, soda and juice, door prizes, games and a body glitter bar. The Pride After-Party from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Kilted Mermaid, 1937 Old Dixie Highway, includes 15 percent off food and drinks with Pride wristbands. The free Pride Sunday Funday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heaton’s Reef at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, 3500 Ocean Drive, includes beach games, DJ music and discounted food and drinks. For more information, go to veropride.com.
St. Lucie County
Tradition’s Independence Day Celebration is 5-9 p.m. Sunday at 10807 S.W. Tradition Square, Port St. Lucie. It includes old-fashioned games, bounce houses, slides, face painting, food and drinks for sale, craft vendors, DJ music and fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is available in the lot at the corner of Southwest Meeting Street and Southwest Village Parkway. For more information, call 772-345-5101 or go to traditioncommunityassc.com.
The Snorkel Corn Summer Classic is noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Sailfish Brewing Company, 130 N. Second St., Fort Pierce. The musical showcase and instrument drive features 14 live music acts. Plus, Sailfish is tapping six bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts at noon Saturday in time for the event. Admission is a $5 donation. Proceeds benefit the BlueBird Educational Foundation. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/snorkelcorn.
The Howl at The Moon experience at The Tin Roof Bar & Grill is 8-11 p.m. Saturday at 5701 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce. Doors open at 7 p.m. The dueling pianos show is interactive and takes song requests from the crowd. Tickets are $15-$20 for seats and $10 for standing room. Buy tickets in advance. Ages 21 and older only. For more information, call 772-242-8939 or go to www.facebook.com/thetinroofgrill.
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The Eat, Sip & Shop Festival is 4-9 p.m. Saturday at Tradition Square at 10301 S.W. Innovation Way, Port St. Lucie. It includes vendors, live music, entertainment and food and drinks for sale. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/localbusinessexpopsl.
The Grand Opening of Makers Art Studio is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1604 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. It includes food, refreshments, a bounce house, games, raffles and a free hands-on art project. For more information, call 772-237-5530 or go to makersartstudio.com.
The Beach Cleanup at Pepper Park Beach is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 3302 N. State Road A1A, Fort Pierce. Bring sunscreen and drinking water. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/treasurecoastonlyoceans.
The Beach Cleanup at the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is 8-10 a.m. Saturday on the north end of Beach Road on Jupiter Island. Meet at the boardwalk pavilion. Parking is free for volunteers. Bring a reusable water bottle because drinking water is available. Wear hats and sunscreen. Gloves and trash bags are provided. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/hobesoundnwr.
The Stuart Community Concert Band’s Independence Day Spectacular patriotic concert is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are limited to two per person. For more information, call 772-288-5702 or go to www.stuartcommunityconcertband.org.
Mardi Paws at Crawdaddy’s is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1949 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd. It includes live music, lunch specials and adoptable dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, 15 percent of each check is donated to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/humanesocietytc.
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.