Navy SEAL Muster in Fort Pierce, Stuart Air Show, Sebastian Clambake top this weekend
These three annual events attract big crowds, but there are other things to do on the Treasure Coast.
It’s the weekend of the big three on the Treasure Coast: the Navy SEAL museum’s Muster in Fort Pierce, the air show in Stuart and the clambake in Sebastian.
These annual events attract large crowds, but there are other fun things to do this weekend in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties.
Check out a blues festival, a home brewing class, a cookie and local beer pairing, a horseback ride, a fermentation festival, an Indian River Lagoon cleanup and a scavenger hunt on bicycles.
The 33rd annual Muster and Music Festival is this weekend at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum at 3300 N. State Road A1A on North Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce.
On Friday, happy hour with drinks and live music from The Humdingers is 5-8 p.m. Museum members can RSVP for a shrimp boil and barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. while non-members can buy tickets for $20 each.
On Saturday, the Muster 5K Run/Walk Beach Challenge is 8 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m. will be demonstrations by the SEAL parachute team known as the Leap Frogs. This will be followed by the keynote speakers, including a Medal of Honor recipient, a Navy SEAL tactical demonstration and a K-9 demonstration. A Medal of Honor ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Plus, there’s live music with Kilt the Messenger and SoulJam, food trucks, alcoholic beverages for sale and a children’s fun zone.
On Sunday, the sunrise memorial service and ashes swim out begins 7 a.m.
Admission to the Muster’s outdoor venue is free. Admission to the museum is reduced for the weekend to $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids ages 5 and younger and museum members. For more information, call 772-595-5845 or go to www.navysealmuseum.org/muster.
Listen to the blues
The second annual Big Daddy Blues Festival is 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery at 4200 Johnston Road north of Fort Pierce.
Entertainers include Jeff Jensen, the Jake Walden Band, Kenny Neal, Terry Hanck, Rockin’ Jake Band and Hurricane Hawk & the Invaders.
A general admission two-day pass is $20 in advance. A general admission single-day pass is $15 the day of the show. A VIP surfboard table two-day pass is $40 in advance. A single-day pass can be upgraded to VIP for $20, if available. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/treasurecoastbluessociety.
Learn to brew
The Brew School Soiree is noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Islamorada Beer Company at 3200 Saint Lucie Blvd., north of Fort Pierce.
A brewing class from noon to 4 p.m. is first come, first serve and limited to 20 people. The cost is $5 per person and includes a pint of beer. The winner of the home brew competition will be announced at 4 p.m.
The event also includes food trucks, live music and vendors. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/islamoradabeercompany.
Pair cookies with beer
The Half-Baked Pints & Bites with the Royal Palms of St. Lucie is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Sailfish Brewing Company at 130 N. Second St., in Fort Pierce.
Decorated cookies will be paired with Sailfish beers, and decorated cakes will available through a silent auction. The cost is $20 per person in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, go to www.theroyalpalms.com/halfbaked.
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Take a horseback ride
The Ride-A-Thon is Saturday at the Circle I Ranch at 7449 Carlton Road in Port St. Lucie. Check in is 8 a.m. The ride begins at 9 a.m.
The 10-mile horseback ride takes participants through old Florida landscapes, lush cow pastures and wildlife at the ranch, which belongs to one of the first pioneer families to settle in St. Lucie County.
Registration is $50. Proceeds benefit the St. Lucie County 4-H Association. The ride is open to all riders older than age 5. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/slc4h.
Take home tips
The Treasure Coast Home Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place.
The show includes design seminars from Home Decorating for Dummies throughout the weekend and advice from remodeling and home improvement experts. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.professionalshowmanagement.com.
Soar above the sky
The Stuart Air Show is this weekend at Witham Field at 2011 S.E. Airport Road. Gates are open from 5-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The show includes aerobatics, precision flying, parachute demonstrations, static aircraft including reconnaissance planes and other displays, military reenactments and weapons demonstrations.
General admission is $15 in advance or $25 at the gate for ages 12 and older; $5 for kids ages 6-12, military members and veterans; and free for kids younger than 5. Limited spectator seating is an extra $8 per day. For more information, go to www.stuartairshow.com.
Come sail away
Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures begins its ninth season with day and sunset sails aboard the historic wooden Schooner Lily.
This year, sailing trips will depart mostly from Shepard’s Park. Also, the boat has updated seating. Sailing trips last about two hours and travel across the St. Lucie River. They depart at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
The cost for a day sail is $35 for adults and $20 for kids ages 12 and younger. The cost for a sunset sail is $40 for adults and $20 for kids ages 12 and younger. For more information, call 772-267-7076 or go to schoonerlily.com.
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Ferment with friends
The second annual Florida Ferment Fest is Saturday at Ground Floor Farm at 100 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Stuart.
The fermentation party from noon to 6 p.m. brings together the state’s most passionate fermentation professionals and enthusiasts for workshops, demonstrations, a fermentation market, a brew garden, a culture swap, a kraut mob and a fermenting competition.
Then, the fermentation feast is 6-9 p.m. inside Ground Floor Farm’s restaurant and features sourdough pizzas from the kitchen, a spread of creative ferments and fresh produce from across the state and free local beer. Plus, there’s live music.
General admission is $50 and includes access to the party and free beer in the brew garden. The cost of the feast is $25. Plus, there are VIP packages available. For more information, go to www.flfermentfest.com.
Scavenge on bikes
The second annual Hobe Sound Athletics Bike Scavenger Hunt starts 1 p.m. Saturday at 8850 S.E. Edwyn St.
Bring your bike to travel across Hobe Sound for a scavenger hunt. Everyone will be split up into teams. The first team to finish everything on the list wins.
The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for kids and members of Hobe Sound Athletics. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/hobesoundathletics.
Dance for charity
Artists for a Cause’s 10th annual Dance for Food is 4-5 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 5150 S.E. Railway Ave., in Stuart.
The dance showcases professional talent and provides an hour of contemporary dance. The nonprofit moved from Palm City to St. Louis earlier this year, but it’s returning to the area to continue the Dance for Food series.
Admission is a bag of unexpired, nonperishable goods. Last year’s series collected nearly 5,000 pounds of food that was donated to local food pantries. For more information, call 772-419-8778 or go to a4ac.org.
The Sebastian Clambake is 2-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Riverview Park at 600 U.S. 1.
The lagoon festival includes fresh seafood booths, historic re-enactments, a children’s zone, entertainment, live music, demonstrations and vendor booths. Seafood options include linguine with red or white clam sauce, shrimp, clam chowder, fried fish, clam strips, fried coconut shrimp, steamed clams, crab cakes, pizza, hot dogs and sausage-pepper-onion sandwiches.
Plus, there will be draft beer, craft beer from Sebastian’s Pareidolia Brewing Company, Smirnoff Ice, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, White Claw Black Cherry Seltzer, Sharp’s non-alcoholic brew and sodas. Pareidolia’s special brews are 32958 New England IPA and Mel’s Gold golden ale.
Admission is free. Tickets will be sold for food and shirts. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit capital projects. For more information, go to www.sebastianclambake.com.
Putt and party
The grand opening celebration at BigShots Golf Vero Beach is Saturday at 3456 U.S. 1. The golf entertainment facility opened in September.
The celebration includes live music from 2-4 p.m., 6-8 p.m. and 9:15-11:15 p.m.; $8 burgers and $5 hot dogs from 4-10 p.m.; golf competitions and challenges; and fireworks at 9 p.m. A children’s zone from 10 a.m. until noon has face painting, balloon making and a putting contest. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/bigshotsgolfvb.
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Clean up the lagoon
The second annual Indian River Lagoon Garbage Classic river cleanup is Saturday at the MacWilliams Boat Ramp at 3361 Bridge Plaza Drive in Vero Beach.
The cleanup begins at 8 a.m. The final weigh-in is 1 p.m. The after party starts at 4 p.m. at Walking Tree Brewery at 3209 Dodger Road and includes a food truck, a silent auction, raffles and prizes. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
Make jellyfish art
The “Egging on the Sea Jelly” marine debris art is 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge at 4055 Wildlife Way near Sebastian.
Create jellyfish from repurposed egg cartons and Gasparilla beads, which are Mardi Gras beads recovered by divers from Tampa Bay, and learn about jellyfish, their life history and role in the food chain. Bring a plastic egg carton to use or donate. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/stellamarisresearch.
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Next weekend’s preview
- Treasure Coast Brew Fest at Tradition Square in Port St. Lucie
- Bonfire & Hayride at McCarty Ranch Preserve in/near Port St. Lucie
- Guided Park Excursion at Hawk’s Bluff at Savannas Preserve State Park in Port St. Lucie
- Santa’s Arrival at Bass Pro Shops in Port St. Lucie
- Peacock Arts District Music & Arts Festival on Seventh Street in Fort Pierce
- Car Shows at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery near Fort Pierce
- World Love Beach Cleanup & Music Fest at Surfside Beach in Fort Pierce
- Fall Regatta at Fort Pierce Yacht Club in Fort Pierce
- Superhero Smash Children’s Ball at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach
- Rockabilly USA Car & Bike Show at Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina in Port Salerno
- Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s Pup-a-palooza at the Plaza at Harbour Bay Plaza in Stuart
- ArtFind at NOTES Music Room & Wine Bar in Stuart
- Family Fall Fest at JAG Bar Corral in Indiantown
- Indian River County Historical Society’s Party at the Pineapple Plantation at Hallstrom House in Vero Beach
- Vero Beach Pipes and Drums concert at First Presbyterian Church
- Red, White & Blue Celebration at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach
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.