Free Comic Book Day, Kentucky Derby events, Cinco de Mayo parties top this weekend
Here are the best events and things to do this weekend in Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart and Port Salerno.
May the fourth be with you for free comic book day and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, followed by Cinco de Mayo on Sunday.
Here are the best events this weekend for What To Do in 772.
Four local comic book shops are participating in the 18th annual national Free Comic Book Day, which always falls on the first Saturday of May. Comic books are given away for free to anyone who comes into the following shops:
- Collector’s Comics: 8627 S. U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Big Dog Comics: 4804 S. U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce, noon to 7 p.m.
- Davinci’s Dreamworks: 835 17th St., Unit 102, in Vero Beach, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Davinci’s Dreamworks 2: 1504 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., noon to 10 p.m.
Indian River County
The Cinco de Mayo Margarita Fest: Part Two is 2-7 p.m. Saturday in the alley next to Southern Social at 1932 14th Ave., in Vero Beach. Get a souvenir cup and try more than 20 margaritas. The cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Plus, the party has live music and tacos. For more information, call 772-205-2212 go to www.facebook.com/eatsouthernsocial.
The Royal Palms of St. Lucie’s Kentucky Derby Fundraiser at Walking Tree Brewery starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at 3209 Dodger Road in Vero Beach. It includes costume contests, raffles and a live auction. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, go to www.theroyalpalms.com. Then, May the 4th Beer with Youstarts at 8 p.m. and features live music and a Star Wars costume contest. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
The Cinco de Mayo Party at American Icon Brewery is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday at 1133 19th Place in Vero Beach. It includes festive food and drink specials. For more information, call 772-934-4266 or go to www.americaniconbrewery.com.
Derby Day at Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa’s Cobalt Restaurant starts at noon Saturday and lasts until post time at 6:50 p.m. at 3500 Ocean Drive. Wear your finest Kentucky Derby attire for complimentary bourbon. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/cobaltrestaurant.
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RT Star’s Big Birthday Party at Riverside Theatre is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3250 Riverside Park Drive in Vero Beach. RT Star is the theater’s education mascot. The party includes shows and entertainment, children’s games, face painting, character meet-and-greets, a bounce slide, hot dogs, shaved ice and a candy prize wheel. Admission is free. Food and drinks are available for sale. For more information, call 772-231-6990 or go to www.riversidetheatre.com.
St. Lucie County
The Kentucky Derby Social at Bottom’s Up Public House is 4-8 p.m. Saturday at 208 Avenue A, now Marina Way, in downtown Fort Pierce. Dress up and enjoy a Derby-themed cocktail menu and a food truck. Then, enjoy Cinco de Mayo with tequila, mezcal and margaritas starting at noon Sunday. Bottom’s Up is open from 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday to midnight. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/bottomsuppublichouse.
The Pre-Cinco de Mayo Fiesta en las Viñas at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 4200 Johnston Road, north of Fort Pierce. It features live Latin music, party favors, special sangrias, wine-based margaritas and Mexican beers and food. Proceeds benefit Raining Cats Rescue. Then, celebrate Cinco de Mayofrom 1-5 p.m. Sunday with live music and more festive drinks. Proceeds benefit Little Birthday Angels. For more information, call 772-460-0500 or go to www.summercrushwine.com.
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The Cinco de Mayo Party at Pierced Ciderworks is 2-10 p.m. Sunday at 411 N. Second St., in Fort Pierce. Enjoy live music from Ben Prestage and Johnny Debt, games and margarita cider. For more information, call 772-302-3863 or go to www.facebook.com/piercedcider.
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Waterfest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Jaycee Park at State Road A1A and Melaleuca Drive in Fort Pierce on South Hutchinson Island. Try sailing, kayaking, canoeing, sail-boarding and other water activities for free using equipment and instructors from the Treasure Coast Youth Sailing Foundation. There also is live music from the Fort Pierce Jazz Society, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages for sale. For more information, call 772-480-0654 or go to treasurecoastyouthsailing.com.
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The Cinco De Mayo Bingo and Brunch at Tradition Town Hall is 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 10799 S.W. Civic Lane in Port St. Lucie. Admission is $20 and includes brunch and a book of 30 games. Plus, there’s a cash bar. To get tickets, go to squareup.com/store/townhallevents.
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The Treasure Coast Adult Pinewood Derby at Islamorada Beer Company is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at 3200 Saint Lucie Blvd., in Fort Pierce. Racing starts at 7 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per car and includes a free beer. Proceeds benefit local Boy Scouts. The event also includes raffles and prizes. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/2312532615695149.
The Kentucky Derby Hat Contest & Party at The Twisted Tuna is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at 4290 S.E. Salerno Road in Manatee Pocket in Port Salerno. It includes prizes and food and drink specials. Then, the Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Hat Contest & Party is 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Registration is 4-5 p.m., and the contest starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/thetwistedtuna.
The Divas & Dudes Kentucky Derby Hat & Fashion Show at Manatee Island Bar & Grill starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 4817 S.E Dixie Highway in Port Salerno. Contest judging starts at 5:45 p.m. Then, the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. Both events feature live music and festive drink specials. For more information, call 772-872-7176 or go to www.manateeislandbarandgrill.com.
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Derby Day Drinks with the Junior League of Martin County is 3-7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Stuart. Check-in begins at 2:45 p.m. at Vine & Barley Stuart at 301 S.W. St. Lucie Ave., followed by stops at Spritz City Bistro, Cafe Martier at Post Office Arcade and Sneaki Tiki. There also are raffles and contests for the best hat, best bow tie and best dressed couple. Tickets, which include a swag bag and a complimentary drink at each location, are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s community projects focusing on literacy and child welfare. For more information, go to jlderbyday.eventbrite.com.
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The Rockin’ Cinco de Mayo Party at NOTES Music Room & Wine Bar is 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday at 872 S. Colorado Ave., in Stuart. The party has live music and drink specials. Parking is behind the bar, across the street in the Seacoast Bank parking lot or along Southeast Kindred Street. RSVP for a free ticket and cookie. For more information, call 772-320-9039 or go to www.stuartwinebar.com.
The Martin County Model Railroaders Open House is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Martin County Fairgrounds at 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway in Stuart. Check out various model railroad layouts in full operation and enjoy demonstrations, refreshments and talking trains with members. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.martincountymodelrailroaders.org.
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.