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Oktoberfest is coming to the Treasure Coast.
Three different German-themed events top the best things to do this weekend, but there’s still a long list of other ways to have fun in Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
Find your treasure at a pirate festival. Watch a national parachuting competition. Visit a local museum for free. Pair beer from a local brewery with food from a local restaurant. Join a drum circle at sunset to welcome fall.
Here’s what you need to know about What To Do in 772!
Find your treasure
The fourth annual Vero Beach Pirate Festival is 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Park at 3258 Riverside Park Drive.
The festival brings the community together to remember the historical significance of the loss of the 1715 Spanish fleet, which is why the tri-county area is called the Treasure Coast. It also includes live music, living history encampments, pirate weapon displays, treasure hunts, mermaids, costume contests, vendors, performers, treasure hunters, historians, authors and food and drinks for sale.
Admission is free, but a buck-an-ear ($2) contribution is accepted. Kids can play all day in a children’s zone with a $10 wristband. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise Foundation. The event is rain or shine. For more information, call 772-226-5459 or go to www.verobeachpiratefest.com.
Watch parachute jumpers
The U.S. Parachute Association’s National Parachuting Championships continue this weekend at Skydive Sebastian at 400 Airport Drive West.
Watch some of the best athletes in the world compete in their disciplines of accuracy landing, canopy formation and canopy piloting.
The accuracy landing competition is Wednesday through Saturday. The canopy formation competition is Friday through Monday. The canopy piloting competition is Tuesday through Friday.
All competitions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are free to watch. For more information, call 772-388-5672 or go to www.skydiveseb.com.
Drink German beer
The Oktoberfest Celebration at Mash Monkeys Brewing Company is noon to midnight Saturday at 920 U.S. 1 in Sebastian.
The brewery is rolling out a German-style taplist, which includes the release of a Märzen beer. Plus, there will be drink specials. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/mashmonkeysbrewingcompany.
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Eat German food
A traditional 16-day Oktoberfest celebration at American Icon Brewery starts Saturday and lasts through Oct. 7 at 1133 19th Place in Vero Beach.
Enjoy German dishes, live music, games and special beer releases. The brewery’s hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 772-934-4266 or go to www.americaniconbrewery.com.
Join a block party
The 13th annual Block Party Barbecue is 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Riverview Park at 600 U.S. 1 on the corner of U.S. 1 and County Road 512 in Sebastian.
The party includes carnival games, face painting, a dunk tank, a DJ, giveaways, slow-roasted barbecue pork, hot dogs and snow cones. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/sebastianchurch.
Celebrate the brewery
Pareidolia Brewing Company’s four-year anniversary party is noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at 712 Cleveland St., in Sebastian.
Enjoy happy hour from noon to 6 p.m. where most beers are $4. The brewery will release Grumpy Face Olde Ale, which is brewed with fresh Florida-grown Willamette hops and bourbon-infused oak.
Plus, there will be live music from 6-9 p.m. and $4 hot dogs with chips and a pickle. For more information, call 772-571-5693 or go to www.facebook.com/pareidoliabrewing.
Visit a museum for free
Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day is Saturday at three museums across the Treasure Coast.
Admission is free with a downloadable Museum Day tickets at the following locations: the Vero Beach Museum of Art at 3001 Riverside Park Drive, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast at 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach and the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum at 3300 N. State Road A1A in Fort Pierce.
The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Women Making History,” honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture and emboldening others also to be pioneers.
One ticket can be downloaded per email address and grants two people free admission. For more information or to download your ticket, go to www.smithsonian.com/museumday.
Pair beer with food
A beer pairing with Port St. Lucie-based HopLife Brewing Company is 6-9 p.m. Friday at Ellie’s Downtown Deli & Catering at 18 S.E. Sixth St., in Stuart.
Here are the pairings:
- Reel Lite with a grilled watermelon skewer over fresh arugula with feta cheese, Everglades tomatoes, chopped mint and yellow pepper drizzled with avocado oil
- Big House IPA with a smoked beer can chicken taco, which has smoked pulled chicken in a corn tortilla, with a black bean and roasted corn salsa, grated Manchego, shredded red cabbage and chipotle sour cream
- Fire Hog Red Lager with a lemon pepper hog wing, which is a marinated and grilled pork shank over Parmesan polenta with braised red onions, sliced beets and rosemary oil
- Nut House Brown Ale with a brown sugar-glazed skirt steak, which is pan seared and placed over mashed parsnips infused with fresh ginger, baby carrots, pearl onions and an orange marmalade and topped with scallions
- Nut House Coffee Porter with a raspberry chocolate brownie bar served with fresh cream and caramel
The cost is $45 per person, plus taxes and tips. To make a reservation, call 772-781-6605. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/elliesdowntowndeli.
The opening reception for the Arts Council of Martin County’s 28th annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show is 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery at 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Stuart.
Angelica Arbelaez, juror for the show, will give a free lecture at 11 a.m. Saturday. The exhibition continues through November. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 772-287-6676 or go to www.martinarts.org.
Have fun with family
Family Fun Day is 6-9 p.m. Friday at Langford Park at 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway in Jensen Beach.
The event includes field games, arts and crafts, karaoke and healthy food samples. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/tykesteens.
Get hands-on with learning
Sensory Friendly Day is 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast at 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.
Children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorders get to have a fun and interactive learning experience in a comfortable environment. The event includes activity tables and a petting zoo.
Admission is $1 per person. Walk-ins are not allowed because the event is limited to 100 people. To register, go to www.childrensmuseumtc.org. For more information, call 772-225-7575.
Hoptoberfest is 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday at HopCat at 10553 S.W. Meeting St., in Port St. Lucie.
The Oktoberfest biers on tap will be from HofBrauHaus based in Munich, Germany; Weihenstephan based in Freising, Bavaria; and Sierra Nevada based in Chico, Calif.
Wear your best lederhosen or dirndls. Oktoberfest steins will be given away while supplies last. For more information, call 772-621-2823 or go to www.facebook.com/hopcatpsl.
Join the drum circle
The Fall Equinox Drum Circle is 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Savannas Preserve State at 2541 S.E. Walton Road in Port St. Lucie.
Kick off the beginning of fall with local drumming enthusiasts. Join with your own drum or just enjoy the beat. Bring your own non-alcoholic drinks and a chair.
The cost is $5 per person, but kids younger than age 12 get in free. Minors must be accompanied by someone at least 21 years old. For more information, call 772-398-2779 or go to www.facebook.com/friendsofsavannas.
Have more fun with family
The Local Business Expo at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place.
The event includes deals, gifts, raffles, a Zumba class, bounce houses, face painting and a pumpkin patch. Admission is free. For more information, call 772-828-0097 or go to www.facebook.com/localbusinessexpopsl.
Next weekend’s preview
- Oktoberfest at Walking Tree Brewery in Vero Beach
- Vero Beach Pipes and Drums at Downtown Friday on 14th Avenue
- Special Needs Hoedown at LaPorte Farms in Sebastian
- San Juan Festival at Port St. Lucie Civic Center
- Invasive Plant Removal at Savannas Preserve State Park in Port St. Lucie
- Ultra Soca Fest at Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce
- Wounded Warrior Surf Day at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
- Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle at U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach
- Open House Guest Party at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Stuart
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.
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