Stuart Air Show, Jake Owen, Treasure Coast Seafood Festival top things to do this weekend
Here are the best events and things to do in Stuart, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Hobe Sound and Indiantown.
The 30th anniversary Stuart Air Show is 5-9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Witham Field, 2011 S.E. Airport Road. Featured performers include the F-16 Viper Demo Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and John Klatt Airshows’ Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco. New acts include Nathan Hammond of GhostWriter Airshows, Mohawk Air Shows and the B-25 Killer B. Children in grades K-10 can explore the interactive and education STEAM tent focused on aviation and flight-related topics. The Fun Zone has mountain climbing, games and a stunt jump. The opening night fireworks display starts at 7:58 p.m. Friday. Check out the static displays Saturday and Sunday only. A classic car show is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. General admission is $30 per day for adults and $5 per day for ages 6-12 and military members. The Race the Runway 5K is 6-9 a.m. Sunday before the show. The cost to register is $45 and includes general admission for Saturday or Sunday. Flights in rare and historical aircraft, including a C-47, B-17, UH-1 Huey Helicopter and Bell 47, are available for sale. For more information, call 877-577-9463 or go to stuartairshow.com.
The Night Explorers Program at the Hobe Sound Nature Center is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, 13640 U.S. 1. The program returns 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and March 6. Experience wildlife at night, including how artificial light can influence animal behavior. A naturalist leads the group on an outdoor exploration to view the sky through telescopes after a brief indoor presentation. Bring chairs and bug spray. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 772-546-2067. For more information, go to hobesoundnaturecenter.com.
The first First Friday Creek Walk is 5-11 p.m. Friday and begins at NOTES Music Room & Wine Bar, 872 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart. Stroll and stop at local businesses and retailers for light refreshments and visual and performing artists. For more information, go to facebook.com/creekartsentertainment.
The Martin Artisans Guild’s Fall Festival of The Arts is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast, 21 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. It features paintings, mixed media, ceramics, pottery, fibers, jewelry, sculptures, glass and photography. For more information, go to mcost.org.
The Evening at the Barn is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the JAG Bar Corral, 9600 S.W. Fox Brown Road, Indiantown. It has pony rides, games and a fire for roasting marshmallows. The cost is $20 per carload. Cash only. Bring chairs and blankets. Outside food and drinks permitted. No alcohol allowed. For more information, go to facebook.com/jagbarcorral.
The Bahama Benefit at Sailor’s Return is 1-7:30 p.m. Sunday at 625 S.W. Anchorage Way, Stuart. It features live music from 14 artists and bands, a raffle and Bahamian food and drinks. Admission is a $25 donation or a $50 donation to include a dinner buffet from 3-6 p.m. Proceeds benefit 25 United Disaster Relief. For more information, go to facebook.com/thesailorsreturn.
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The Wave 92.7 Country Kickball Bash to benefit the Jake Owen Foundation is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jake Owen Field, Michael Field Baseball Complex, 12th Avenue, next to Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26th St. Watch the “Wave 92.7 Country Allstars” take on the “Hometown Heroes of the Treasure Coast.” Jake Owen kicks off the game at noon. Admission is free. It’s part of the Jake Owen Foundation Benefit weekend, which includes a golf tournament Friday; the sold-out ninth annual Homemade Concert with Owen, Jimmy Buffet and others Saturday; and a fishing tournament Sunday. For more information, go to jakeowenfoundation.org.
Flashlight Nights at the Countryside Family Farms Fall Festival are 6:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 6325 81st St., north of Vero Beach. Bring your own flashlight to explore the corn maze in the dark. The festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but most of the attractions are open for Flashlight Nights. Admission online is $11.95, plus tax, and includes all activities except the air cannon. Admission at the gate is $14.95, plus tax. Children ages 2 and younger get in free. For more information, call 772-581-0999 or go to countrysidefamilyfarms.com.
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