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Weekend events: Top 5 fun things to do in Stuart, Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce

EntertainmentWeekend events: Top 5 fun things to do in Stuart, Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce

Sample chili, celebrate Oktoberfest, learn about the Indian River Lagoon, go to a fall festival and get ready for Halloween this weekend.

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Indian River County

Vero Beach Oktoberfest

  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Indian River County Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave., Vero Beach
  • The two-day event features food, beer, full-liquor bars, polka bands, a huge biergarten and over 150 vendor booths with arts and crafts and local businesses.
  • $5 entry per person per day, free for ages 12 and younger; free parking
  • verobespanchoktoberfest.com

St. Lucie County

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • River Walk Center, 600 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce
  • The seventh annual event science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) festival features hands-on activities from over 50 exhibitors across the Treasure Coast, plus stage presentations and food trucks.
  • Free admission
  • irlsciencefest.org

Chili Cook-Off

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Clover Park, 31 Piazza Drive, Port St. Lucie
  • The 40th annual event has a theme of Explore the World for a wide variety of chili recipes from across the globe. Plus, there’s a chili eating contest, a children’s Jell-O eating contest, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, a car show, a Boys & Girls Club art show, activities and games.
  • Free admission
  • bgcofslc.org/event/chili-cook-off
The 37th annual Chili Cook-Off was held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce.  Parking and admission was free. This yearÕs theme was all about books. Most teams dressed up as the characters from a book or book series.  The event was hosted by and benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County.

Martin County

St. Joseph Fall Festival

  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
  • St. Joseph Catholic School, 1200 S.E. 10th St., Stuart
  • The ninth annual event features live entertainment, food, beverages, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, carnival games and large carnival rides.
  • Free admission
  • fspancebook.com/stjoefspanllfest

Spooktacular Night at the Park

  • 6 p.m. Friday; haunted house opens at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Memorial Park, 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart
  • Dress in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat around the spooky trail. Children ages 8 and older can visit the “Old School Thriller” haunted house. End the evening with “Beetlejuice” on the big screen. Food trucks will be on site. JD Parker PTO will be selling popcorn and drinks. Bring blankets.
  • Free admission
  • discovermspanrtin.com/event/spooktspanculspanr-night-spant-the-pspanrk

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