Oyster Festival, Touch-A-Truck, Fairy & Pirate Festival, Spring Boat Show top this weekend
Let’s kick off the first weekend of April on the Treasure Coast with fun events and things to do.
Go to an oyster festival or a fairy and pirate festival. Take the kids to touch big trucks. Enjoy a fair for the whole family. Attend a long-running boat show. Watch bands battle at a brewery. Tour historic homes.
Here’s What To Do in 772 this weekend.
The eighth annual Fort Pierce Oyster Festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park and the River Walk Center at 600 N. Indian River Dr.
In addition to oysters, the festival also features seafood dishes, landlubber foods, live entertainment, marine education exhibits and vendors selling arts and crafts. Shells are saved for oyster restoration projects that include the spoil island near the City Marina.
The oyster menu includes raw shucked oysters, oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, oysters Rockefeller, fried oysters, grilled oysters, oyster po’ boys, oysters casino, oysters DuPont, oyster macaroni and cheese, oyster stuffing, oyster jambalaya, oyster fritters, oysters Italiano and oyster shooters with vodka or local craft beer.
Admission is free. Cash is required to buy food and drinks. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/fortpierceoysterfestival.
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Fairies and pirates
The ninth annual Fairy & Pirate Festival is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at McKee Botanical Garden at 350 U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.
The garden is transformed into a mythical and magical wonderland with activities that include a treasure hunt, face painting, crafts, games, fairy manicures, dancing at the maypole, building a fairy house and meeting “Kosh” the parrot from Melbourne Avian Rescue. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for kids ages 3-12 and free for McKee members and kids younger than 3. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or go to www.mckeegarden.org.
The interactive event allows kids to climb on, learn about and discover big trucks and vehicles. Plus, there are food trucks and vendors.
Admission is $5 per person, cash only. Proceeds benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/elcirmo.
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The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County’s Family Fun Fair is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lawnwood Stadium at the John B. Park Complex at 1302 Virginia Ave., in Fort Pierce.
Kids can enjoy hands-on craft and STEM activities, story stations, games, a bounce house, face painting and K-9 demonstrations. Each kid gets an age-appropriate book and the opportunity to earn more.
The 36th annual Vero Beach Spring Boat Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Park at 3200 Riverside Park Drive in Vero Beach.
Local boat, kayak and stand up paddleboard dealers display their products, as well as boat lifts, canvas and upholstery products, custom marine decking, trailer accessories, eyewear, boating clubs, marina and boat storage, memberships, marine financing and insurance, nautical gifts and yacht brokerage. Plus, there are informal booths and daily kayak fishing seminars.
Admission is free. Food and drinks are for sale. For more information, call 772-562-7922 or go to www.verobeachboatshow.com.
The Brews & Cruise Car Show is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Islamorada Beer Company at 3200 St. Lucie Blvd., in Fort Pierce. Car registration begins at 10 a.m.
The car show features antiques, new cars, trucks, live music, food vendors and, of course, beer. Car registration includes one free beer and 25 percent off beer throughout the event.
Car registration is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit United Against Poverty. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/islamoradabeercompany.
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The Battle of the Bands is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Walking Tree Brewery at 3209 Dodger Road in Vero Beach.
The battle features eight bands throughout the event, as well as food trucks, a silent auction and raffles. Regarding beer, $1 of every pint sold benefits the Vero Beach High School Band.
Admission is free. For more information, call 772-217-3502 or go to www.facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
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The Fort Pierce Community Alliance’s first Historic House Tour is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, starting at the First United Methodist Church at 616 Orange Ave., in Fort Pierce.
The self-guided walking tour provides inside access to nine eclectic homes, mostly in the Sample Oaks Historic District of Fort Pierce. Plus, the tour includes the Mediterranean Revival church where the 1923 organ plays every half-hour starting at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.fpcommunityalliance.org.
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Easter egg hunt
The Easter Egg Hunt from the Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Tradition at 10824 Village Parkway Drive in Port St. Lucie.
The egg hunt schedule is the following: ages 2 and younger at 10:15 a.m., ages 3 to 5 at 10:45 a.m., ages 6 to 9 at 11:15 a.m. and ages 10 to 12 at 11:45 a.m. The event also includes photos with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, a bounce house, face painting and music.
Admission is free. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday. For more information, go to www.shopattraditions.com.
The first Jensen Beach Surf & Beach Festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jensen Sea Turtle Beach at 4191 N.E. Ocean Blvd., in Jensen Beach.
Adults with autism and parents and guardians of children with autism can participate in surfing instruction by registering. Surfing is limited to 200 participants.
Admission is free. The next Treasure Coast stop for the Surfers for Autism Surf Tour is Fort Pierce on June 1. To register, go to www.surfersforautism.org.
The seventh annual Health & Wellness Festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place.
The festival features Dr. Mehmet Oz, booths with medical experts, product demonstrations, giveaways and children’s activities. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/wpbf25news.
The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation’s ninth annual Poetry and Barbecue is 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Vero Beach Heritage Center at 2140 14th Ave.
This year’s event is focused on “Cowboy Poetry” at Vero Beach Heritage Center and features three poets from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, followed by music, a Southern-style barbecue, wine, beer from Orchid Island Brewery and a silent auction.
Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call 772-569-6718 or go to www.lauraridingjackson.org.
The Live. Love. Local. Bridge Road Day begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Waste Management at 7700 S.E. Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.
Join the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce and Waste Management to clean up Bridge Road, followed by a tailgate-style barbecue at noon with other activities.
Volunteers get cleanup supplies and a participation t-shirt. For more information, go to www.keepmartinbeautiful.org/great-american-cleanup.html.
The Steve Martin Memorial Regatta is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday with a series of seven to eight races on two courses south of the 17th Street Bridge in Vero Beach.
Boats assemble and launch from the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County’s docks and ramps at the Vero Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant. Racing is followed by a cookout and an awards ceremony. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/verobeachcentennial.
Treasure Coast Community Singers’ Chamber Singers concerts are 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the North Stuart Baptist Church auditorium at 1950 N.W. Federal Highway.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit annual scholarships for students pursuing college degrees in music or performance. To get tickets, call 772-224-8807 or go to tccsingers.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.