St. Patrick’s Day parties, ShrimpFest, craft beer, surfing contest top events this weekend
St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday this year, so you can find Irish-themed music, food and events across the Treasure Coast throughout the weekend. These picks include the biggest and best ones.
In addition to the St. Paddy’s parties, you also can find a shrimp and beer festival, a surfing competition, country music concerts and an airport heritage day.
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St. Patrick’s Day events
In downtown Stuart, the second annual St. Paddy’s Block Party starts at 5 p.m. Friday and lasts until 2 a.m. inside The Crafted Keg at 555 S. Colorado Ave., in the parking lot and along Southeast Sixth Street with Terra Fermata at 26 S.E. Sixth St.
The block party includes a craft beer tasting of local and national brews, live music throughout the night, food trucks and traditional Irish cuisine from Ellie’s Downtown Deli. Sample beers from Orchid Island Brewery, Hop Life Brewing Company, Side Door Brewing Company, Sailfish Brewing Company, Pierced Ciderworks, Islamorada Beer Company, Funky Buddha Brewery, SaltWater Brewery, Twisted Trunk Brewing Company, Florida Keys Brewing Company, Copperpoint Brewing Company, Barrel of Monks Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Founders Brewing, Boulevard Brewing Company and Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.
Admission is $28 with the beer tasting or $12 without it. Proceeds benefit House of Hope, SafeSpace and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. For more information, go to www.thecraftedkegstuart.com/block-party.
Shamrock Fest is 3-9 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Stage area behind City Hall at 121 S.W. Flagler Ave. The festival has live Irish music, cold green beer, an Irish whiskey bar, a children’s zone, Irish food, bagpipes and drums, Irish step dancers and a costume contest.
Tickets are $8 in advance, including a free green beer, and $10 at the door. Kids ages 12 and younger get in free. For more information, go to stuartmainstreet.org/event/shamrock-fest.
In downtown Fort Pierce, the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on Second Street starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and continues until midnight.
The party from 2nd Street Bistro and Sailfish Brewing Company includes live music, special beer releases, a full bar, Irish food, a vendor village, a children’s area and a bagpiper from 8-9 p.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/sailfishbrewingcompany.
Sailfish beer releases include Timmy McDaniel’s dry Irish stout; Sheetfaced IPA, a collaboration with Butter & Love Cakery (brewed with two sheet cakes and treated with Vero Beach lemons and Plant City strawberries); Zest-A-Peel sour ale (treated with tangor limes and Vero Beach honeybells); and Irish Cream White Marlin Wit (treated with vanilla, chocolate and coffee).
Earlier that day, St. Paddy’s Day on Marina Way starts at 8 a.m. in the lot next to the future Bottom’s Up Public House at 208 Avenue A.
The morning kicks off with $1 Guinness drafts from 8-10 a.m., followed by live music starting at 10 a.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/bottomsuppublichouse.
In Port St. Lucie, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center is 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place.
Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine, beer, live Celtic rock music, Irish dancing, carnival rides, vendors and a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday featuring the first Miss Irish Rose Pageant. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.cityofpsl.com.
The next day, the indoor and outdoor St. Patrick’s Day event at Shindig Irish Restaurant & Pub begins with breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday at Shindig Irish Restaurant & Pub at 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd.
The party lasts until midnight and includes five live bands playing Irish music, food, Irish beer on tap and giveaways. Cover charge is $5 from 3-5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. For more information, call 772-785-6202 or go to www.shindigpub.com.
Also, the third annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Port St. Lucie Applebee’s is 2-10 p.m. Sunday at 10501 S. U.S. 1.
The celebration has live music and a vinyl party from Sounds Good Music, as well as two-for-one drinks, raffles and giveaways. Tickets are $10 each. Proceeds benefit BlueBird Educational Foundation. For more information, call 772-337-0408 or go to www.facebook.com/snorkelcorn.
In downtown Vero Beach, the St. Patrick’s Day Alley Party starts at noon in the alley between Kilted Mermaid at 1937 Old Dixie Highway and Southern Social at 1932 14th Ave.
The party includes green beer, Irish whiskey, a special menu, entertainment, live music from 6-9 p.m. and bagpipers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/eatsouthernsocial.
Shrimp and beer
The ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo is 3-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Riverview Park at 600 U.S. 1 in Sebastian.
The festival features Florida shrimp prepared in different recipes by local restaurants, as well as non-seafood and kid-friendly food options all for sale. It also has live music, children’s activities and craft beer from across Florida.
A craft beer tasting from 1-5 p.m. Saturday includes unlimited samples of 30 local breweries and homebrewers. Tickets are $25 plus tax before the event and $30 plus tax the day of the event.
Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Sebastian and the Exchange Club of Fellsmere. A trolley to and from additional parking areas runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to www.shrimpfestfl.com.
The 11th annual Single-Fin Showdown starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the south end of Stuart Beach at 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd. It typically attracts more than 150 competitors and 1,500 spectators.
The showdown was created by the Ohana Surf Shop in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single-fin surfboards for bragging rights and has grown into one of the largest one-day, amateur surf and skim festivals in Florida. The contest has become so popular that more divisions have been added, but the single-fin and longboard divisions are the biggest draws as spectators watch competitors ride vintage boards provided to them at random before each heat.
Proceeds benefit Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana family who fractured her neck in 2012 and immediately suffered paralysis. For more information, call 772-287-0041 or go to www.facebook.com/singlefinshowdown.
Also, the 2019 Skim USA Tour kicks off this weekend with the Shore LB. Throwdown, a two-day skimboarding contest, at Stuart Beach. Riders meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and hit the water at 9 a.m. Finals are Sunday. For more information, go to skimusa.org.
County music concerts
On Friday, the Lonestar concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Theatre at 117 N. Second St., in Fort Pierce. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 or $65, depending on seating location. To get tickets, call 772-461-4775 or go to www.sunrisetheatre.com.
Lonestar, which includes Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams, burst onto the country music scene in the mid-1990s with “No News,” “Come Cryin’ to Me,” “Amazed,” “Smile,” “What About Now,” “Tell Her,” “I’m Already There,” “My Front Porch Looking in” and “Mr. Mom.”
On Saturday, the Flat Natural Band with Bruce Hunter performs from 1-4 p.m. at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery at 4200 Johnston Road, north of Fort Pierce. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Save The Chimps.
Then, the T.G. Sheppard concert begins at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for opener Tom Jackson from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Tickets still available are $35 or $42, depending on seating.
Both shows have food trucks. For more information, call 772-460-0500 or go to www.summercrushwine.com.
Airport Heritage Day is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Vero Beach Regional Airport at 3600 Cherokee Drive.
Activities and displays are designed to celebrate the airport’s 90-year history during the Vero Beach Centennial. The event includes aircraft displays, exhibits and a flight simulator.
Admission is free. C.J. Cannons Restaurant & Lounge opens at 11 a.m. with a special menu for the day. For more information, call 772-978-4930 or go to verobeachairport.org.
The second annual Garden & Antique Show and Sale at McKee Botanical Garden is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 350 U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.
More than 25 antique and art vendors from the Eastern U.S. showcase a range of furniture, paintings, garden benches, fountains, accessories, statuary and estate jewelry on display through the garden.
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.
It’s followed by refreshments, an awards ceremony and a drawing. First place can celebrate at the downtown St. Patrick Day Block Party with $50 to Sailfish Brewing Company and $50 to 2nd Street Bistro.
Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for kids ages 17 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation. For more information, call 772-429-6266 or go to www.manateeeducationcenter.org.
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Comedy for charity
Comedic Relief Night to raise money for United Against Poverty is 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Sunrise Theatre’s Black Box at 117 S. Second St., in Fort Pierce.
The night includes headliner Grandma Lee, a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets start at $27. For more information, go to upslc.org/event/comedic-relief-night.
The 22nd annual Exotic Bird Expo is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Martin County Fairgrounds at 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway in Stuart.
The expo includes a variety of birds, cages, feed, toys, speakers, show, raffles and a silent auction. Admission is $5, but kids younger than 10 get in free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/tcebc1989.
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.