Shrimp and Lobster Festival, Safety Festival, Children’s Art Festival top this weekend
These are the best events and things to do in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Sebastian.
The last weekend of April is packed with events and things to do on the Treasure Coast, including a shrimp and lobster festival with live music, a safety festival with demonstrations from first responders and an art festival for children. Here’s What To Do in 772.
The Martin County Shrimp and Lobster Festival is 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Park at 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. Tonic, the 1990s rock band famous for “If You Could Only See,” plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Country rap duo The Lacs performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Singer-songwriter-rapper Everlast performs at 8 p.m. Sunday. Live music starts at 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. Plus, there are seafood and non-seafood vendors, drinks for sale, artists, crafters and a children’s zone with carnival rides and games. Tickets are $12 for each day or $26 for a three-day pass. Kids ages 12 and younger get in free. For more information, go to www.shrimpandlobsterfest.com.
The Treasure Coast Wildlife Center’s 45th Anniversary Open House is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 8626 S.W. Citrus Blvd., in Palm City. The event includes live wildlife, hiking trails, a wildlife program, children’s activities, live music, local natural exhibitors, a green market, eco-art and craft vendors and food and drinks for sale. Plus, there’s a scavenger hunt for kids. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-286-6200 or go to www.tcwild.org.
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s Southeast Bunfest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Kane Center at 900 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart. The festival, which is dedicated to rabbits and guinea pigs, includes educational seminars, a critter spa, a bunny playground, glamour photos, a children’s zone, adoptable animals, rescue groups, raffles, a silent auction, vendors and food for sale. Admission is $5, but kids ages 10 and younger get in free. For more information, go to www.southeastbunfest.org.
Celebrate Earth Day at the Hobe Sound Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 13640 S.E. Federal Highway. Kids can enjoy crafts and games all day and face painting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A “Hook Kids on Fishing” clinic from 9-11 a.m. is full. Kids ages 4 and older with a parent can participate in “Exploring the Grassflats” where they catch and release small marine animals into the Indian River Lagoon starting at 12:30 p.m. No sign up needed. For more information, call 772-546-2067 or go to hobesoundnaturecenter.com.
The YMCA of the Treasure Coast’s Healthy Kids Day is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1700 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart and 2-5 p.m. at 16451 S.W. Farm Road in Indiantown. The day, which is the YMCA’s largest single-day national event, features outdoor games and inflatables, food trucks, vendors and summer camp, sports and fitness demonstrations. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-286-4444 or go to www.ymcatreasurecoast.org.
The B&A Flea Market’s Estate Jewelry, Antiques and Collectibles event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 2885 S.E. Federal Highway in Stuart. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/bafleamarket.
St. Lucie County
The fifth annual St. Lucie County Safety Festival is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside First Data Field at 525 N.W. Peacock Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. The festival features fire, SWAT, motorcycle, bomb disposal, Jaws of Life and K-9 demonstrations. Plus, there are Touch-a-Trucks, a free children’s zone with bounce houses, local first responders, displays, vendors, giveaways, performances, a distracted driver simulator, a firefight challenge and a reading festival. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of St Lucie County. For more information, go to slcsafetyfest.com.
The second annual Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Fiesta Para el Pueblo is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place. The fiesta includes live music and entertainment, food for sale, vendors and a children’s playground that costs $1 to enjoy all day. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/tcprdayparadeweepa.
The first Monster Mash and Ricky Raley Road Trip Reception is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum at 3300 N. A1A, north of Fort Pierce. Raley is expected to arrive at noon. The party includes music, food trucks and vendors, as well as fitness challenges designed to simulate the same obstacles used to test future hopeful Navy SEALS for $60-$100 for a team of four people. The outdoor event is free to spectators. For more information, go to www.navysealmuseum.org/raleyroadtrip.
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The 11th annual Save the Chimps Bowl-a-thon is 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Saint Lucie Lanes at 6759 S. U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie. Enjoy two hours of bowling, including shoe rental and door prizes, for a $20 donation or a $10 donation for kids ages 10 and younger. Bring a bunch of bananas for a raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit about 250 chimpanzees living in the permanent sanctuary. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/savethechimps.
The Garden Club of Fort Pierce’s Plants in the Park is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Glidden Park at 911 Parkway Drive near Georgia Avenue and South 10th Street. The multi-club plant sale has locally grown plants, including violets, orchids, landscape bromeliads and tropical plants. Plus, there are information booths from horticultural and environmental groups. Admission is free. For more information, go to 305-281-3335.
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Indian River County
The Children’s Art Festival at the Vero Beach Museum of Art is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 3001 Riverside Park Drive. The event includes art projects, local youth performances, kid-friendly tours of the “Victorian Radicals” exhibition and food for sale. Celebrate the city’s centennial at the festival that started in 1981. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-231-0707 or go to www.vbmuseum.org.
The Great Bike Bar-A-Thon Ride for Rescues with H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue Shelter is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday along the Indian River Lagoon in Sebastian. It starts at Pareidolia Brewing Company at 712 Cleveland St., and travels to Mash Monkeys Brewing Company, Capt’n Butcher’s Seafood Grill & Bar, Capt Hiram’s Resort, The Crab Stop of Sebastian, Earl’s Hideaway Lounge, Pelican Pub and Tiki Bar & Grill. For more information, go to www.halorescuefl.org.
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The Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration from Sebastian’s Natural Resources Board is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Riverview Park at 415 E. Independence St. Activities include residential electronic recycling, a chalk art contest, be a gopher tortoise, a scavenger hunt, tree planting, a lagoon shore cleanup, live music, entertainment and food for sale. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/cityofsebastian.
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Walking Tree Brewery’s Spring Bazaar is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 3209 Dodger Road in Vero Beach. It includes 20 local vendors, live music and a food truck. Plus, the brewery’s weekly farmers market is noon to 3 p.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
The 11th annual Treasure Hunters’ Cookout starts at noon Saturday at the Pennwood Motor Lodge at 9295 N. U.S. 1 in Sebastian. Treasure hunters and enthusiasts gather to enjoy live music, food for sale and raffles. Donations accepted. For more information, call 772-594-9879 or go to www.treasurehunterscookout.com.
The Sunshine State Eggfest is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Indian River County Fairgrounds & Expo Center at 7955 58th Ave., in Vero Beach. Tickets to taste food from the Big Green Eggs are $29.99 each, but kids younger than age 12 get in free. For more information, go to www.sunshinestateeggfest.com.
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.