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!
January 17th – 20th | 2019
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.
January 19th & 20th | 2019
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.
February 2nd & 3rd | 2019
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.
February 9th | 2019
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!
February 16th | 2019
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.
March 2nd – 3rd | 2019
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.
March 8th – 10th | 2019
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.
March 8th – 17th | 2019
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.
March 9th | 2019
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.
March 15th – 17th | 2019
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.
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.
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.
April 11, 13 & 14 | 2019
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!
May 5th | 2019
May Pops, the most lavish and anticipated outdoor party of the year will take place May 5th at the Indian River County Fairgrounds. Now in its 30th 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.
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.
June 6th – 9th | 2019
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.”
June 15th | 2019
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.
June 21st – 23rd| 2019
Join us for our fourth 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! The cook-off and tasting is on the 23rd 12pm – 4pm.
Independence Day Celebrations
July 4th | 2019
Red, White and Boom Independence Day Fireworks in Vero Beach and Sebastian!
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.
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.
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.
The boat parade will assemble at 5:30 and will start at 6 in the Intracoastal Waterway between the two bridges and finish at the Vero Beach City Marina. The Captains meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6:00pm at Quail Valley River Club. Viewing stations include: Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina. Consider taking lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free for spectators and participants.