INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — What do frog legs, pelicans, and craft brews all have in common? They are all festivals held throughout the year that connect locals and travelers alike to art, food, Mother Nature and yes, even beer. Festivals bring about a sense of community, where thousands of like-minded strangers become friends sharing in the celebration while introducing visitors to the unique personalities of Vero Beach, Fellsmere and Sebastian.
Here a few upcoming festivals to add to your calendar of events:
Sebastian Clambake – In 2002, a nonprofit corporation started a November festival that deeply affected the local community and has continued to make waves to this day. Past events raised more than $600,000, which were then distributed to local nonprofit organizations. The organizers believe that exceptional eats, soul-stirring music, historical re-enactments and plenty of family fun make this festival a wonderful way to give back to the community. The clambake takes place from November 2-4, 2018 and around the same time in 2019.
If frog legs and gator tails are your thing, then you’re in good company! Every January for the past 25 years, the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival puts Fellsmere, Florida, on the map. This festival has become a huge draw for visitors who want to experience homespun, Florida-fun, and of course locals who want to join their family and friends enjoying the best the sunshine state offers. Hop to the festival from January 17-20, 2019.
GardenFest – A must for backyard gardeners who yearn for a simple or sophisticated environment. Learn from the area’s best. Get tips and trade secrets while enjoying a day amongst colorful flowers. A variety of backyard accessories are also on display for this February 2-3, 2019 event.
Craft Brew and Wingfest – The craft brew effect seems to be taking hold in Vero Beach, as more than 10,000 festival goers attend the annual Craft Brew and Wingfest celebration at Royal Palms Point on February 15, 2019. The community is dedicated to giving back, and this charitable festival benefits the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise. A pre-party event, craft brew competitions, live music, and a kid friendly pavilion, and dancing water fountains keep active children engaged.
Pelican Island Wildlife Festival – This March 9, 2019 festival honoring the area’s natural resources is also a birthday party for the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the USA’s first national refuge (dedicated in 1903). Visitors will celebrate a day devoted to the environment while enjoying pontoon boat tours, live wildlife shows, jaw-dropping photography displays and non-stop family fun in Sebastian.
Shrimpfest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo – Hosted on March 15 – 17, 2019, this is yet another Fellsmere festival made for modern travelers. Succulent seafood, artisanal craft beers from local brewers, and top brews sourced from South Florida make the Hullabaloo a bucket list contender.
Under the Oaks – Riverside Park is a wonderful gathering place, and Under the Oaks is one of America’s premier art shows. From March 8-10, more than 80,000 visitors will descend on the park as Under the Oaks gets underway with 200 vendors: artists, painters, jewelers, sculptures, pottery and ceramic, glass artists and more gather to unveil treasures both small and grand. Florida Magazine readers voted it the “best arts and crafts festival in Florida,” and it was rated #2 in the 25th edition ofSunshine Artist’s “100 Best Fine Arts and Design Shows in America.”
Hibiscus Festival – The Vero Beach downtown historic district, recognized as the area’s art district, is the backdrop for the Hibiscus Festival Art Show. More than 50 artists will display art for sale, including ceramics, metals, oils, acrylics, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood. Visit us to learn more about this April 11, 13 and 14, 2019 event.
Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival – From June 6-9, 2019, legendary film critic Jeffrey Lyons will host the third installment of this dynamic festival touted as “The New Summer Sundance” by The Huffington Post. This event features top wineries from around the globe, Vero Beach’s swankiest venues and of course, some of the Sunshine State’s finest filmmakers.
McKee Waterlily Celebration – On June 15, 2019, The McKee Botanical Gardens will host its annual waterlily festival and enchant travelers with colorful blooms and sweet perfumes. The lilies also provide ecological benefits for ponds, creating a natural sunshade for fish and minimizing algae growth. With more than 500 blooms, this waterlily collection is the largest in the Sunshine state.
About Indian River County: Situated along Florida’s Treasure Coast on the Atlantic Ocean, the communities of Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere are the geographical starting point for the Florida tropics, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 70° (21°C). The county is centrally located 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami. The destination resides at the intersection of green and glamorous, with 100,000 conservation acres, 26 miles of pristine beaches and a treasure trove of cultural attractions. Hotels and resorts with rooftops no higher than swaying palm trees support the destination’s motto “Sunrises, not High Rises.” Road trippers can easily access the destination via I-95, the Florida Turnpike or Route 60. It is also convenient to Orlando International; Orlando-Melbourne International, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Miami International airports. Vero Beach Regional Airport is served by Elite Airways with direct flights from Newark, N.J., and Asheville, N.C.https://visitindianrivercounty.com/. Follow, Share and join us on our never-ending journey via social media @VeroBeachCVB. Tag the town you’re visiting: #LoveVeroBeach #LoveFellsmere #LoveSebastian