Summer solstice events, Tiny Home Expo, car show, beach cleanup, dog wash top this weekend
Here are the best things to do in Vero Beach, Sebastian, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Jensen Beach.
Indian River County
The Tiny Home Expo is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Indian River Mall at 6200 20th St., west of Vero Beach. Take tours of tiny homes, home builders and skoolies, which are bus conversions. Plus, the event has food trucks, vendors inside and outside the mall, children’s activities and live music from 2-4 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call 561-929-0237 or go to www.facebook.com/indianrivermall.
Nez Fest with live music from six bands is 5-11 p.m. Saturday at Walking Tree Brewery at 3209 Dodger Road in Vero Beach. The event honors the life of Jason Nesbit. Every pint sold contributes $1 to Kids Rock Cancer. For more information, go to www.kidsrockcancer.org or www.facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
The ninth annual Summertime Car Show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Indian River County Fairgrounds at 7955 58th Ave., north of Vero Beach. It includes raffles, food and awards. Car registration is $25 from 8-10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Vietnam Veterans of Indian River County. For more information, call 772-299-6225 or go to vvirc.org.
The Beast Feast fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is 4-10 p.m. Saturday at the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s Riverhouse at 305 Acacia Road on the northeast side of the Barber Bridge. The event includes wild game, hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as live music from 6-9 p.m. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Bring your own drinks, including alcohol. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, go to www.covb.org or www.facebook.com/bluecypressbluegrass.
The Sebastian Lionfish Fest is noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Capt Hiram’s Resort at 1580 U.S. 1. The event features a two-day lionfish tournament, educational exhibits, live entertainment and a cook-off from 1-3:30 p.m. Teams of one to four anglers compete to harvest the most, the smallest and the largest lionfish on the Treasure Coast. Proceeds benefit Coastal Connections and its mission to protect coastal habitats. For more information, go to sebastianlionfishfest.com.
The Sebastian Police Department’s Community Outreach Event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Schumann Drive Park at 1096 Schumann Drive. Kids can enjoy a basketball game with police officers, as well as free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and drinks. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/sebastianpolicedepartment.
St. Lucie County
The Summer Solstice celebration is this weekend at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club at 700 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce. The event, which recognizes the start of summer and the longest day of the year, kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with a slideshow of boating activities, a tour of a renovated sailboat and local experts on hand to discuss programs and safety education. Then, join other boaters to create the longest raft starting at 1 p.m. Saturday by gathering behind Harbour Isle. For more information, go to www.fortpierceyachtclub.com.
A Meet and Greet with Albert Wilson of the Miami Dolphins is 7-11 p.m. Friday at PopStroke at 11070 S.W. Village Parkway in Port St. Lucie. Admission is free. Proceeds from sales benefit the Albert Wilson Foundation, which helps children in the foster care system. For more information, call 772-800-6001 or go to www.facebook.com/popstroke.
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The Dog Wash at the Square Grouper Fort Pierce Inlet is 9-11 a.m. Saturday at 1920 Seaway Drive. Bring your dogs for a wash for a $10 donation, which also includes a beer or Tito’s cocktail, and listen to DJ music. Proceeds benefit HALO No-Kill Rescue Shelter. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/squaregrouperfortpierceinlet.
The sixth annual Summer Solstice Drum Circle is 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Savannas Preserve State Park at 2541 S.E. Walton Road in Port St. Lucie. Beat drums, dance around a fire and experience an authentic Native American ceremony. Bring drums, shakers and tambourines. Admission is $5, but kids younger than 12 get in free. Minors must be accompanied by someone at least 21 years old. Bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. For more information, call 772-398-2779 or go to www.facebook.com/friendsofsavannas.
Movie Night at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is 6-9:30 p.m. Friday at 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. Kids ages 5-12 years old can enjoy a night at the museum with a movie, dinner, popcorn and museum exploration. Bring pillows and blankets. The cost is $15 for museum members, $20 for non-members and $10 for siblings. It continues July 12, July 26, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. To register, call 772-225-7575 ext. 208. For more information, go to www.childrensmuseumtc.org.
The Taste of the Tropics is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Martin County at 2614 S.E. Dixie Highway in Stuart. It includes free tropical fruit tasting, information on growing tropical fruits in Martin County, fruits trees for sale and a lecture on tropical fruits at 10:30 a.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/martin.ifas.ufl.edu.
The Hobe Sound Beach Cleanup is 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the east end of Southeast Bridge Road on Jupiter Island. Raffles and free breakfast for volunteers start at 9 a.m. For more information, go to the Facebook event.
The Jump with Superheroes event at RUSH Jensen Beach Extreme Trampoline Park is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 3245 N.W. Federal Highway. Visit with Spiderman, Batman and Deadpool and enjoy a photo booth, cupcakes and glitter tattoos. General admission is $16 for one hour, $23 for an hour and a half and $25 for two hours. Socks are $3. Ages 2 and younger are free with adult admission, but socks must be purchased for them. For more information, go to www.rushjensenbeach.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.