Memorial Day weekend events include cider and beer festival, food truck wars, luau paddle
Here are the best events and things to do in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Stuart and Port Salerno.
It’s Memorial Day weekend on the Treasure Coast. If you’re lucky enough not to work the holiday, we’ve included a bonus day of fun for What To Do in 772.
St. Lucie County
The second annual Cider & Beer Festival is 2-5 p.m. Saturday along Second Street in front of Pierced Ciderworks at 411 N. Second St., in Fort Pierce. The festival includes food trucks and 10 new cider flavors. Admission is $15, which includes a souvenir tasting glass. Proceeds benefit MMPS Environmental. Tickets are on sale in the cidery’s taproom. Plus, live music lasts from Friday to Monday. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/piercedcider.
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The Food Truck Wars event is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place. It includes 40 food trucks from across the state competing for five awards, as well as live music, beer gardens, a children’s area and a splash pad. Admission is free. The cost of food ranges from $3 to $18, and most entrees are $6-$8. Both cash and credit cards are accepted at the food trucks. Bring chairs. For more information, go to foodtruckwars.com.
The Hot Rodding for Heroes: Memorial Weekend Car Show is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery at 4200 Johnston Road, north of Fort Pierce. The car show of classic and collectible vehicles also includes a musical tribute to all service branches, taps and a toast, as well as live music from Uproot Hootenanny and food trucks. Admission is free. Registration is $10 per car. Proceeds benefit the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum’s Trident House Charities Program. For more information, call 772-460-0500 or go to www.summercrushwine.com.
The Hop Life Brewing Company Beer & Food Pairing starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club’s upstairs Lakeview Terrace at 951 S.W. Country Club Drive in Port St. Lucie. The cost is $35 per person and includes a five-course plated pairing. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call 772-336-2507. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/hoplifebrewingcompany.
The Memorial Day at the Museum ceremony is 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum at 3300 N. A1A north of Fort Pierce on North Hutchinson Island. For more information, call 772-595-5845 or go to www.navysealmuseum.org.
The Wild & Wacky Floatilla is noon to 5 p.m. Monday at Little Jim Bait & Tackle at 601 N. Causeway in Fort Pierce. It includes live music, beer specials, giveaways and a prize for the best float. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/littlejimbaitandtackle.
Indian River County
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The Founders’ Day Centennial Tree Dedication starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at MacWilliam Park at 3361 Bridge Plaza Drive in Vero Beach. It recognizes the city’s incorporation in 1919. Then, the Family Day Celebration is 2-4 p.m. at Riverside Theatre at 3250 Riverside Park Drive. It features food trucks, religious booths, live music and children’s activities, including games and face painting. For more information, call 772-567-4341 or go to www.verobeach100.org.
The Space Coast Symphony’s Cosmic Trilogy starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center at 1707 16th St. The program highlights the group’s innovative film trilogy and partnership with NASA for “The Planets,” “The Earth” and now “The Cosmos.” It features images of distant galaxies, nebulae and other astronomical wonders. Admission is $25 each but free for ages 18 and younger. Doors open one hour in advance. For more information, go to spacecoastsymphony.org.
The 12th annual Earl’s Fest starts Friday and lasts through Monday at Earl’s Hideaway at 1405 Indian River Drive in Sebastian. It includes live music from 10 bands. Enjoy food and drinks for sale at the motorcycle-friendly restaurant. For more information, call 772-589-5700 or go to earlshideaway.com.
The “Words From War” Monument Charity Bar is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Waldo’s Bar & Grill at the Driftwood at 3150 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. Proceeds from $10 voodoo buckets and $5 beers benefit the Iraq-Afghanistan memorial monument that will stand at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Island at Riverside Park. The event also includes live music and raffles. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/nextgenveteransinc.
The Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary is 9-10:30 a.m. Monday next to Riverside Park at 3200 Riverside Park Drive in Vero Beach, south of the Barber Bridge. Bring lawn chairs and arrive early. If weather conditions are bad, the ceremony will be moved to the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 772-410-5820 or go to www.facebook.com/veteranscouncilirc.
The 5K Race to Remember in memory of Tim Collins is 7:30-9 a.m. Monday at South Beach Park at 1706 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. Collins, who passed away May 31, 2018, was an avid runner and loyal sponsor of the Run Vero Race Series. Registration is $25 and ends at 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, go to runsignup.com/race/FL/verobeach/5kracetorememberinmemoryoftimcollins.
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The Stuart Police Community Fun Day and Safety Event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park at 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. Admission is free. A $10 wristband for ages 6 and older and a $5 wristband for ages 2-6 get kids unlimited access to activities, including a rock wall, an inflatable obstacle course, a toddler adventure ship, carnival games and snow cones. Kids younger than 2 are free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/spoastuart.
The Luau Paddle & Party is 5-9 p.m. Sunday at Flying Fish Paddle Sports at 4969 S.E. Dixie Highway in Stuart. The Hawaiian-themed group paddle begins at 5 p.m. The best outfit wins $50 and prizes. Then, dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes Sailfish Brewing Company beer, party favors and live music. The cost for the paddle is $15 if you need a board and $10 if you have your own. Proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation Treasure Coast Chapter. Dinner is $12, except kids ages 5 and younger eat free. To make a reservation, call 772-486-7454. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/surfridertreasurecoast.
The fifth anniversary Memorial Day Weekend Bash at The Twisted Tuna starts Friday and lasts through Monday at 4290 S.E. Salerno Road in Port Salerno. It features live music, a late-night DJ, dancing, giveaways, drink specials, an anniversary cake and food for sale, including brunch on Sunday and Monday. Plus, it’s the second anniversary of The Twisted Craft & Creamery at 4745 S.E. Desoto Ave. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/thetwistedtuna.
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The Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at Memorial Park starts at 10 a.m. at 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. The event is dedicated to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of this nation. The parade begins at Southeast Amerigo Avenue on East Ocean Boulevard and ends at Memorial Park, where a ceremony begins at 11 a.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/veteranscouncilmartincounty.
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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.