Sandy Shoes Seafood & Brew, powwow, Mutt March & WaterFest top this weekend
Spring is in full swing this weekend on the Treasure Coast.
Some of the best events and things to do include a seafood and craft beer festival, a Native American powwow, a manatee education day, a pig roast party, a dog festival, classic car shows and a brewery’s one-year anniversary celebration.
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Seafood and beer
The event has live music throughout the day, a large variety of local seafood, cooking competitions, a chowder cup competition, a citrus squeeze-off, a children’s zone, booths and more than 100 artists selling paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing and sculptures.
Plus, a craft beer pavilion features 12 breweries with 24 craft beers to sample from 2-6 p.m. A wristband, which comes with a collectible tasting glass, is $20 in advance and $25 at the event.
Here are the breweries: Sailfish Brewing Company, Islamorada Beer Company, Side Door Brewing Company, Hop Life Brewing Company, SweetWater Brewing Company, Motorworks Brewing, Coppertail Brewing Company, 3 Daughters Brewing, Big Top Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company, Big Storm Brewing Company and Goose Island Brewery.
Fly The Whale is offering seaplane rides every hour beginning at 10 a.m. for $75 plus tax per person. To make a reservation, go to flythewhale.com.
Admission to Sandy Shoes is free. For more information, call 772-466-3880 or go to sandyshoesseafoodandbrew.com.
The Florida Indian Heritage Association’s 54th annual Native American Powwow is this weekend at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds at 15601 W. Midway Road, west of Fort Pierce. Gates open 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Grand entry parades are 6 p.m. Friday, noon and 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
The powwow includes Native American food for sale, intertribal dancing, a crafts competition, a tipi display, gourd dancing, a princess competition, dance seminars and vendors.
Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Kids ages 6-12 are $5 and ages 5 and younger get in free. Military in uniform and veterans with ID also get in free. To get tickets in advance, go to store13280038.ecwid.com. For more information, call 772-519-7888 or go to fiha.us.
Celebrate the upcoming National Manatee Appreciation Day at an event where kids can meet Florida Atlantic University’s Beth Brady, a scientist who studies manatees and manatee vocalizations. They also can learn about manatees, help put together a real manatee skeleton, see and hold manatee biofacts like bones and a manatee brain in a jar and learn how manatees talk to each other with squeaks. Kids then can record their own manatee squeaks, and aquarium staff will provide a digital recording and spectrogram, or a visual representation of voices, to keep as souvenirs.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for kids ages 4 and older and seniors, and free for kids ages 3 and younger. Registration isn’t required but appreciated by calling 772-465-3271. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/smithsoniansms.
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The fourth annual Wesley’s Island Pig Roast is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Museum Point Park at 414 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce.
In addition to the pig roast, there is paella. Plus, tours and photographs of the Voici Bernadette are available.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Proceeds benefit The People’s Reef Project, which includes the Wesley’s Island Project. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/wesleysislandhabitatrestorationproject.
Jazz Week with the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society kicks off this weekend with free live music from the Waterside Blues ensemble at 1:15-2:30 p.m. Sunday and the Rusty Wright Band at 3-5 p.m. along the downtown waterfront in front of the library at 101 Melody Lane.
The week continues: Steve Ahearn at 8:30 p.m. March 26 at the Sunrise Theatre’s Black Box for $10-12 each, then more free live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 on Melody Lane, from 6:30-9 p.m. March 27 in front of 2nd Street Bistro and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 on Melody Lane. For more information, call 772-460-5299 or go to jazzsociety.org.
Activities include a 5K race, food trucks, a pet photo booth, the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen testing, a flea-less vendor market, a famous canine costume contest, mini derby races, a lure course and a raffle.
Admission is free. Registration for the 5K is $35. For more information, go to www.hstc1.org/muttmarch.
The Stuart Tacky Tourist Pub Crawl is 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, starting at Duffy’s at 1 S.W. Osceola St., where you check in and get a name tag with a list of participating locations.
Dress in your tackiest tourist attire and pretend you’re on a Florida vacation as you visit neighborhood watering holes, all within a few minutes of walking distance from each other.
Admission is free. Ages 21 and older only. Drink responsibly and plan for transportation home. For more information, go to facebook.com/treasurecoastsocialsports.
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The grounds of the museum are filled with an array of automotive gems that come to Stuart from all over Florida. Featured marques this year are Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi, but there are classics of every make. Other highlights include more than 50 silent auction items, food trucks and wine and beer for sale.
Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids younger than 6. Free parking with a shuttle operates from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between the museum and Smithfield Plaza at the corner of East Ocean Boulevard and Monterey Road. For more information, go to elliottmuseum.org/classics-at-the-beach-car-show.
Also, the Spring Cruise-In Car Show at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4200 Johnston Road, north of Fort Pierce. Admission is free to spectators. For more information, call 772-460-0500 or go to summercrushwine.com.
Mash Monkeys Brewing Company is the Treasure Coast’s ninth brewery and the second one to open in Sebastian. It’s the first one in the tri-county area to be within walking distance of another brewery. For more information, go to facebook.com/mashmonkeysbrewingcompany.
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The Citrus Classic 5K at Pocahontas Park starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday on 15th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach, travels through scenic neighborhoods and ends back downtown.
The run/walk celebrates the history of the citrus industry in Vero Beach and Indian River County. Post-race festivities at Pocahontas Park on 14th Avenue include music, refreshments, raffles, an awards ceremony and plenty of juice. For more information, go to runvero.com.
The second annual Pareidolican Challenge in the Indian River Lagoon is Saturday at Pareidolia Brewing Company at 712 Cleveland St. in Sebastian. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on the brewery’s deck.
Participants can paddle any type of vessel, launching from the end of Cleveland Street. The 350-yard children’s race starts at 9:50 a.m. The 10K race begins at 10 a.m. The 5K race starts at 10:05 a.m. The PaddleBrew begins at 11:45 a.m.
The after-party and awards ceremony start at noon at the brewery. Proceeds benefit the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. For more information, go to paddleguru.com/races/pareidolicanchallenge.
The Gifford Dock Road Cleanup from Keep Indian River Beautiful and Walking Tree Brewery is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the end of 45th Street.
Volunteers remove litter from the Indian River Lagoon and get a Great American Cleanup shirt. For more information, go to keepindianriverbeautiful.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.