2018 Annual Events

The Indian River Area is home to many unique annual festivals. Weather is it food, art, music, film or cultural we are bound to have it. From frog legs and gator tail to the fine wine and music we are sure to have the perfect festival for you! So be sure to save the dates you wont want to miss what we have going on!

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Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art & Music Festival

January 21st & 22nd

More than 100 professional artists and craftsmen along with musicians will be on hand showcasing their talents beside many area restaurants serving the best local food, beer, and wines. Located under the canopy of beautiful Oaks in Riverview Park.



Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival

January 19th – 22nd

Holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Frog Leg Festival in the World! The main feature is the mouthwatering frog leg and gator tail dinners! Enjoy all the wild and crazy rides for the young as well as the more adventurous, and test your skills at all the different games.  You might just want to relax and listen or take part in the full schedule of contests and entertainment on stage including great rock, country and blues bands. For those that enjoy browsing and shopping we have over one hundred booths of unique crafts and artisans. There is absolutely something for everyone, of every age.




February 4th & 5th

Gardenfest has over 90 vendors displaying merchandise and selling a wide variety of plants, planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, lighting, statuary and other garden accessories. Many of the plants for sale include palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives, herbs, succulents, bamboo and roses. Gardenfest is the horticulturist’s weekend resource and the garden shopper’s Mecca.


McKee Motorcar

9th Annual Motor Car Exhibition

February 10th

The British are coming! During McKee Botanical Garden’s 9th Annual Motor Car Exhibition on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm. This is one of Vero Beach’s most popular and highly anticipated events as forty British automobiles are on display throughout the Garden including a 1958 Tojeiro Jaguar, a Bentley 8 Liter, a 2018 McLaren 720S, 1937 BSA Scout, a 1953 Jaguar C-Type and many more!



Vero Beach Food, Wine & Music Festival

February 15th – 18th

Come down to Riverside Park and find your culinary personalities. Paired with fine wines, exotic spirits, entertaining musical artist and much more. Taste, toast and celebrate at the Vero Beach Food, Wine & Music Event! All proceeds go to charity.



Florida Craft Brew & Wingfest

February 17th

Enjoy a day sampling over 150 craft brews and wings! You can purchase a bracelet at the event allowing you to taste over 150 Craft and Micro Brews at booths throughout the park, or purchase single glasses of selected beers. Local restaurants and groups will sell flavorful chicken wings to the attendees, competing for “Best Vero Beach Wings” designation. Other food items, as well as sodas and kid-friendly food will be available for purchase. Two stages and four bands will provide entertainment. A fun spirited time will be had by everyone at this FREE family friendly community event.



Italian American Civic Association Food Festival

March 2nd – 4th

Come enjoy your favorite Italian dish while having fun with the whole family.


Images from the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2015. (SAM WOLFE/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

March 3rd

Come celebrate the anniversary of Pelican Island and the refuge system, and enjoy the many exhibitors, including arts & crafts, environmental, and food vendors. Live wildlife shows feature birds of prey and reptiles throughout the day. Discounted Pelican Island tours by pontoon boat depart every hour. Special kid’s activities are offered non-stop throughout the day. An incredible photography display features entries and winners of the festival photography contest. A full day of fun and leisure for the whole family.



Grant Seafood Festival

March 3rd – 4th

Free admission, free parking, over 125 crafters exhibiting, live continuous entertainment, along with a scrumptious menu of succulent seafood makes this a weekend no one wants to miss. What sets this seafood festival apart from others is that it runs through a 100% volunteer effort! All preparation, whether it be on the grounds or with the purchasing, cooking or serving of the various menu items is accomplished by volunteers of the community. We do not have any food vendors on site.


Under the Oaks

67th Under The Oaks Art Show

March 9th – 11th

Located under the majestic live oaks in Riverside Park in Vero Beach next to the Vero Beach Museum of Art, this prestigious fine art show is the largest public event on the Treasure Coast and the Southeast drawing over 80,000 visitors. Artists and patrons alike have voted it the “best arts and crafts festival in Florida” by Florida Magazine.


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Firefighters Fair

March 9th – 18th

10 days of the finest in wholesome family entertainment while showcasing local talent, agriculture, local livestock, commercial and educational information to the citizens of this county. With an average attendance of 50,000 patrons, the Firefighters’ Indian River County Fair offers an environment of family fun and entertainment.


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ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo

March 16th – 18th

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo is an annual 3-day celebration of America’s most loved seafood, held in the historic city of Sebastian, Florida! The weekend long festival, will raise funds to support youth sports and organizations throughout North Indian River County. We invite you and your family to join us for this fun-packed festival and to enjoy delicious Florida all-natural shrimp.



The Vero Beach Easter Parade

March 29th

Free Children’s Activities from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Begin with an Easter Egg Hunt at Humiston Park at 4:30 p.m. (3 age groups including toddlers, 5-7-year-olds and 8-12-year-olds); face painting, the Fairy Hair lady and children’s crafts. FREE photos with the Easter Bunny, at the Dale Sorensen Real Estate Kiosk located at 3101 Ocean Drive. The Golf Cart and Bonnets and Bowties parade begins at 6:00 p.m. along Ocean Drive.



35th Annual Vero Beach Boat Show

April 7th and 8th

The 35th Annual Vero Beach Spring Boat Show will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 8th, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. Riverside Park is located just west of the Riverside Theater and southeast of the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach, off of Route 60.


Hibiscus Festival

15th Annual Hibiscus Festival

April 7th & 8th

A celebration of Art and Music on Main Street in Historic Downtown Vero Beach. The festival features a Street Party, Main Stage entertainment, Art Show, musical entertainment, food vendors with a wide variety of food and drinks available, the Miss Hibiscus Pageant, and more!



Fairy and Pirate Festival

April 21st

Join us for a day of enchantment and adventure! Children will delight in the mythical wonder and fascination of the Garden as it transforms into an enchanted land of fairies and pirates.



Vero Beach Air Show

April 21st – 22nd

The Blue Angels are returning to Vero Beach! The elite US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron announced at the International Council of Airshows Convention in Las Vegas that they will perform at the Vero Beach Air Show.



May Pops

May 6th

May Pops, the most lavish and anticipated outdoor party of the year will take place May 6 on Windsor’s polo field. Now in its 29th year, thanks to Presenting Sponsors Helen Post and The Plansoen Foundation, this time-honored tradition is a spectacular conclusion to Vero Beach’s season of shows and events.


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Taste of Vero

May 16th

Calling foodies of all ages! Stroll down Ocean Drive from Sexton Plaza to Humiston Park and experience a festival of flavor. More than 20 local restaurants have partnered up with Oceanside Business Association to present tastings off their menus. Live musicians will be set up throughout the route to give this food event a festival flare.



Sebastian Lionfish Fest

May 19th & 20th

Join us for our third annual event, featuring a lionfish tournament, cook-off, educational experience, and live entertainment! Help us spread awareness and protect our coastal ecosystems against this harmful and invasive species!



Vero Beach Wine +Film Festival

June 7th – 10th

The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival (VBWFF) is a marriage of fine wines and films to provide a social, cultural event over a long weekend of private events in intimate settings. Featuring top boutique vintners from around the country and unique films from both Hollywood and Independents, the VBWFF is a unique, full-bodied experience to celebrate “a life worth living.”


McKee Waterlily

14th Annual Waterlily Celebration

June 16th

McKee Botanical Garden will host its Annual Waterlily Celebration. The state’s largest collection of waterlilies adorn the waterways and ponds of McKee. See a spectacular display of lotus and waterlilies in full bloom! The day’s events include repotting demonstrations, a plant sale, and vintage home and garden accessories. Plant experts will be available throughout the day to answer questions and advise guests on how to characterize hardy species from tropical varieties.


Friends running with fireworks on a beach after sunset

Independence Day Celebrations

July 4th

Red, White and Boom Independence Day Fireworks in Vero Beach and Sebastian!


Restaurant Week Indian River County

October 7th – 22nd

Restaurant Week celebrates the diverse dining opportunities within Indian River County with a focus on seasonal products and supporting local restaurant businesses. Participating restaurants will offer a special restaurant week lunch menu or 3-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.


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Annual Sebastian Clambake

November 4th-6th

The Sebastian Clambake, billed as a “Lagoon Festival”, celebrates our special way of life along the Indian River. Fresh seafood booths, historic re-enactments, the Kid’s Zone, entertainment, the Press-Journal’s Clammer Jam, featuring some of our area’s best bands; demonstrations, vendor booths and more, will again be the focus in Sebastian’s Riverview Park.


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33rd Annual Christmas Parade 

December 1st

On the first Saturday in December, bring your holiday spirit and family out to enjoy all the festivities! Come view the beautifully lit floats, take part in the candy cane race, and don’t forget to take the kids to see Santa Clause! The Oceanside Business Association Christmas Parade is an annual enjoyment for all! The parade runs along Ocean Drive, from Flamevine to Live Oak.