Wiener dogs race, Paddle in Pink, Pirate Festival, Oktoberfest events top this weekend
The first full weekend of October on the Treasure Coast is packed with 16 mostly family-friendly events.
Eat German food and drink German beer at Oktoberfest festivals. Watch wiener dogs run a race to help a no-kill shelter. Go to a local botanical garden for only $1. Paddle in pink for breast cancer awareness month. Climb aboard a real ship and find pirates and mermaids. Celebrate Bahamian culture. Have fun with the whole family.
Here’s how to enjoy this weekend in St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties.
Eat German food
The City of Port St. Lucie’s Oktoberfest is 5-10 p.m. Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place.
Celebrate German culture under a big tent, just like the annual event is celebrated in Munich, Germany. Enjoy a brat-eating contest, a stein-holding competition and a beer garden.
Both days also include authentic German beer and food, live entertainment and bounce houses. Admission and parking are free. For more information, go to www.cityofpsl.com.
Drink German beer
Oktoberfest on 2nd Street is 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Sailfish Brewery Company at 130 N. Second St., in Fort Pierce.
The road in front of the brewery and neighbor 2nd Street Bistro will be shut down and lined with tents. The event includes a special Oktoberfest beer release lineup, German food from the Bistro, Oktoberfest games and live music from East Harbor.
Dress accordingly with lederhosen and dirndl. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/sailfishbrewingcompany.
Vacation with country music
Chillin’ on the Lucie, a vacation and country music festival, is this weekend at Sandpiper Bay Club Med at 4500 S.E. Pine Valley St., in Port St. Lucie.
The festival features more than 30 artists and bands, including headliners Joe Nichols, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Uncle Kracker and RaeLynn. Other appearances include Thompson Square, Craig Campbell, Cassadee Pope, Parmalee, Restless Heart, Josh Gracin, Love and Theft, Clare Dunn and Trent Tomlinson.
Festival packages include four-night accommodations with up to four guests, all-day food, drinks and alcohol and daily sporting and water activities. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. For prices, call 800-813-6884. For more information, go to chillinonthelucie.com.
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Clean up the beach
The Fort Pierce Lions Club’s Beach Cleanup is 8-9 a.m. Saturday at Jetty Park at 2098 Seaway Drive.
Gloves, bags and water are provided. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/fortpiercelions.
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Go to the garden
Community Appreciation Days at McKee Botanical Garden are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 350 U.S. 1 in Vero Beach. The last ticket is sold at 4 p.m.
Admission is discounted to $1 during these days in appreciation of the community’s support of McKee since 1932 and in recognition of Vero Beach’s Centennial Celebration.
McKee’s Garden Café will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and feature a special menu before the café officially opens Nov. 1 for the season. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or go to www.mckeegarden.org.
Watch wieners run
Pareidolia Brewing Company’s fourth annual Running of the Wieners is 1-4 p.m. Saturday at 712 Cleveland St., in Sebastian. Registration begins at noon.
The event also includes live music by The Mixers, raffles and races for other friendly pets. Plus, the brewery just released its Estuary IPA and $1 of each beer sold through December goes to the Marine Resources Council.
The race is free to watch. Race registration is $20. Proceeds benefit H.A.L.O Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in Sebastian. For more information, call 772-571-5693 or go to www.facebook.com/pareidoliabrewing.
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Paddle to raise awarenessThe fifth annual Paddle in Pink is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa at 3244 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach.
The free event features a variety of paddling activities for all forms of non-motorized watercraft, SUP yoga, a group paddle, live music and drawings.
Tickets to win a standup paddleboard or an inflatable paddleboard are $25 each or five for $100. Proceeds benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. For more information, call 321-438-8733 or go to www.paddleinpink.org.
Buy arts and crafts
The 31st annual Autumn in the Park is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Riverside Park at 3001 Riverside Park Drive in Vero Beach.
More than 90 vendors are expected to be under the oak trees selling original arts and crafts. Plus, there will be food vendors.
The event is the Treasure Coast Pilot Club’s largest fundraiser. For more information, go to www.autumninthepark.info.
Touch a truckA Touch-a-Truck event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Indian River County Fairgrounds at 7955 58th Ave., north of Vero Beach.
The event includes a scavenger hunt for large trucks, farm equipment and service vehicles of all shapes, sizes and colors. Trucks will be accompanied by onsite agency representatives to help children learn about and explore the vehicles. Children can honk horns on many of the trucks after the first honk-free hour.
An indoor area includes games, activities and nonprofit tables. A children’s fitness area has soccer, Hula-Hoops, jump ropes and Zumba. Plus, there will be food trucks.
Tickets, which include all activities, are $5 each or $15 for a family and free for ages 3 and younger. For more information, call 772-617-4350 or go to www.krcirc.org.
Dress up for a ball
The Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation’s fourth annual Black & White Masquerade Ball starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Vero Beach Country Club at 800 30th St.
The event features a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing to DJ music, silent and live auctions and a photo booth. Black and white country club attire is suggested and masks are encouraged, but optional.
Tickets are $100 each or $750 for a table of eight. Proceeds benefit local projects for child abuse prevention. For more information, call 772-532-8758 or go to www.exchangeclubofindianriver.org.
Climb aboard a pirate shipThe Port Salerno Pirate Fest is 2-11 p.m. Saturday at The Twisted Tuna at 4290 S.E. Salerno Road in the Manatee Pocket.
The festival includes a real pirate ship, a live mermaid tank, sword fighting, a pirate show, food and art vendors, live music from Blackfoot, a children’s fun zone, face painting, a raffle giveaway and costume contests for pets, kids and adults.
Admission is free. For more information, call 772-600-7239 or go to portsalernopiratefest.com.
Have a fun night with family
Fall Family Fun Night is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Langford Park at 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway in Jensen Beach.
The night includes arts and crafts, face painting, children’s games and activities, food vendors, an interactive animal educational display, a pumpkin decorating station and costume contests for pets and people.
Admission is free. For more information, call 772-288-5690 or go to www.facebook.com/mymcparks.
Have a fun day with family
Family Fun Day is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Environmental Studies Council at 2900 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.
The annual open house features saltwater aquariums, hands-on learning and a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle. Guests can meet an alligator, tour the wet labs, check out the new educational sea turtle display, visit a special plankton display, explore the school grounds and shop at the gift shop.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 772-219-1887 or go to www.escmc.org.
Celebrate Bahamian cultureThe 21st annual Bahamian Festival is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at New Monrovia Park at 4450 S.E. Field St., in Port Salerno.
Join in the 11 a.m. parade by dancing in the street through town in carnival attire with a Junkanoo band. Plus, there’s a children’s zone, live music, food, vendor booths and entertainment. For more information, go to discovermartin.com.
Find a yard sale deal
The Yard Sale at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.
Raid the museum’s closets for crafts, activities and furniture goodies. There will be priced tables of items displayed outside of the museum’s entrance. The sale is first come, first serve. Cash and cards are accepted. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/thechildrensmuseumtc.
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Dine around townHobe Sound Chamber of Commerce’s Dine Around Progressive Dinner is 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the Hobe Sound Golf Club at 11671 S.E. Plandome Drive.
Guests begin with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and mingling at the golf club. Then, they will progress to the home of a celebrity chef where each will provide a variety of delicacies. Then, they will go to the Flash Beach Grille at 9126 S.E Bridge Road for an after-party featuring dessert and a nightcap under a tiki hut.
Tickets are $65 each and includes three courses. For more information, call 772-546-4724 or go to www.hobesound.org.
Next weekend’s preview
- The 6th Street Rocktoberfest at The Crafted Keg and Terra Fermata in Stuart
- Trick or Treat Halloween Hoedown at Kane Center in Stuart
- Rally for the River at Flagler Park in Stuart
- Sock Hop at The Cambridge Club in Hobe Sound
- Artoberfest at Pierced Ciderworks in Fort Pierce
- Rose Buds & Country Studs Old Time Western Workshop at River Walk Center in Fort Pierce
- Glow Dance Party at Regal Event Hall in Port St. Lucie
- Free Friday Concert Series at Port St. Lucie Civic Center
- The Great Duck Derby at Capt Hiram’s in Sebastian
- Craft Show at Riverside Park in Sebastian
- No Tail Left Behind Indian River County at Walking Tree Brewery in Vero Beach
- Crown Jewel Marching Band Festival at Vero Beach High School
- Treasure Coast Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival at Indian River County Fairgrounds & Expo Center
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.