Harvest Festival, Pineapple Festival, holiday events top things to do this weekend
These are the best events and things to do in Vero Beach, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie.
Indian River County
The 55th annual St. Helen’s Harvest Festival is 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, formerly Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th St., Vero Beach. It has carnival rides, games, bingo and hand-crafted gifts. Food options include fried pickles, chicken and beef kabobs, chicken tenders, chicken Parmesan, hamburgers, fries, turkey drums, pulled pork, pizza, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, cotton candy, fried dough, corn-on-the-cob, fried apple turnovers, tacos, ice cream and homemade soups, as well as sweet tea and soda. Admission is free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each. For more information, call 772-567-5457 or go to facebook.com/shharvestfestival.
The 22nd annual Festival of Trees is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach.Buy Photo
The 22nd annual Festival of Trees is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. (Photo: LEAH VOSS/TCPALM)
The 22nd annual Festival of Trees is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. It features decorated trees in the Festival Forest, gingerbread houses, wreaths, vendor booths, arts and crafts, live performances, children’s activities in Santa’s Village and a synthetic ice skating rink for ages 2-11. The rental fee is $3. Socks are required. Family night, which includes free pizza for kids and a DJ dance party, is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Dine with Santa, which includes admission, is $22 for adults, $18 for children and free for kids younger than 3 for breakfast at 9 a.m. or brunch at noon. Proceeds benefit Children’s Theatre programming and scholarships. For more information, call 772-231-6990 or go to riversidetheatre.com/festival-of-trees.
The 36th annual Vero Beach Fall Boat Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Park, 3200 Riverside Park Drive. It features boat dealers and suppliers displaying standup paddleboards, kayaks, deck boats, pontoon boats, shallow-water skiffs, personal watercraft, offshore fishing machines, cruisers, marine accessories, services and nautical items. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-562-7922 or go to verobeachboatshow.com.
The “Frozen 2” VIP Family Event is 1-4 p.m. Saturday at The Majestic 11, 940 14th Lane, Vero Beach. It includes snacks, drinks, raffles, prizes, catered food from Dagwoods Deli & Sub Shop and a private viewing of the new movie. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, plus tax. For more information, go to facebook.com/majesticvero.
The third annual Vero Vino Wine & Food Festival is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at The Heritage Center, 2140 14th Ave., Vero Beach. Tickets are $50 and include food, wine, beer, a concert and a keepsake wine glass. Proceeds benefit the Education Foundation of Indian River County. For more information, go to verovinofestival.com.
The 32nd Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in downtown Jensen Beach. It features carnival rides and food along the midway, pineapple-inspired food and drinks from downtown restaurants; a history presentation about the “Pineapple Capital of the World” at Pineapple Jack’s Bistro; live music by local musicians and bands at the Pineapple Field concert venue next to Tako Tiki; pineapple-inspired art on display at downtown galleries and shops; an arts-and-crafts show from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; a pineapple-eating contest; a Bahamian market; and Junkanoo parades at 8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. One-day wristbands for unlimited carnival rides are $20 for 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All rides have height restrictions. Road closures include Northeast Jensen Beach Boulevard and Northeast Ricou Terrace from Northeast Pineapple Avenue to Northeast Indian River Drive starting at noon Thursday and reopening by 6 a.m. Monday. For more information, go to pineapplefestival.info.
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The 32nd Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in downtown Jensen Beach.Buy Photo
The 32nd Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in downtown Jensen Beach. (Photo: JEREMIAH WILSON/TCPALM)
The Sunday Funday 3 at 901hub is noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at 901 Johnson Ave., Stuart. It includes live music by eight local musicians and bands, vendors, food trucks, raffles and children’s activities. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Proceeds benefit the Treasure Coast Autism Project. For more information, go to facebook.com/sundayfundayfl.
The Play Money Pinball Fundraiser is 5-8 p.m. Sunday at 876 S.W. Federal Highway, Stuart. It has more than 30 pinball machines — mostly from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s — as well as old-school arcade games, air hockey, Skee-Ball, table shuffleboard and video game consoles. Admission is $15 to play unlimited games, and $5 of admission is donated to the Arruda Animal Wellness Clinic. For more information, go to facebook.com/playmoneyfl.
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The Mandala Sand Painting opening ceremony at Marker 23 Gallery is 11 a.m. to noon Sunday at Marker 23 Gallery, 4745 Desoto Ave., Port Salerno. The monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are creating a Buddhist mandala sand painting, grain by grain. Tickets are $15 each. Cash only. For more information, go to facebook.com/marker23gallery.
The final weekend of the 12th annual Festival of Trees & Lights is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Flagler Place, 201 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. It has about 80 trees, wreaths and holiday decor items on display and available for raffle, silent or live auction. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck for breakfast and photos from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-220-3439 or go to tykesandteens.org.
St. Lucie County
The fourth annual Brews & Cruise Car Show is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Islamorada Beer Company, 3200 Saint Lucie Blvd., Fort Pierce. It features antiques, new cars, trucks, live music and food vendors. Registration is $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. For more information, go to facebook.com/islamoradabeernorth.
Comedy with a Cause is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Side Door Brewing Company, 1419 S.E. Village Green Drive, Port St. Lucie. Admission is free to the stand-up comedy show. Proceeds benefit Mike Glover’s medical expenses. For more information, go to gofundme.com/f/mike-glover039s-heart-recovery.
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The Fall Beach Cleanup of South Causeway Park and Museum Pointe Park is 8-10 a.m. Saturday after meeting at the St. Lucie Aquarium at the Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit, 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. Gloves, buckets and pickers are provided. For more information, call 772-465-3271 or go to facebook.com/smithsoniansms.
Celebrate 11 Years at Vine & Barley from 1-11 p.m. Sunday at 1680 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., Suite 101, Port St. Lucie. It features 22 beers from two breweries tapped from 1-4 p.m., as well as live music. Tickets are $30 for unlimited tastings. For more information, go to facebook.com/vineandbarley.
Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm’s entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Follow her on Twitter at @TCPalmLaurie or Facebook at faceboook.com/TCPalmLaurie.