Cultural Calendar

Events Courtesy of the Cultural Council of Indian River County


Million Dollar Quartet: Through January 21.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens and was the first musical where the audience determined the ending. This hilarious and interactive mystery musical tries to solve the murder of the young and charming Edwin Drood.  Was it a romantic rival? The purveyor of opium and vice? The newly-arrived twins from the east? The audience chooses the dastardly villain in this tuneful tale of intrigue.   January 16 through February 4.  Visit




The Friends of the North Indian River County Library will show films about two of Florida’s most interesting creatures on Thursday, January 18, from 2-3 pm at the Library.  The films are  Alligators and Manatees.    Admission is free.

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra will perform Ode to Love-Ode to Joy on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 pm at Community Church of Vero Beach.  Arrive early for a lecture at 6:40 pm.  Included in the performance is:  Bernstein Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion, after Plato’s Symposium; Beethoven Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, op. 125. For ticket information call the ACO office at 772.460.0850 or visit online.



The Pelican Island Audubon Society is holding a conference, Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future on Friday & Saturday, January 19 & 20 at the Emerson Center.  Landscape professionals will share their knowledge about native plants.  $25 registration fee (students, $10) includes the two day conference, plus the wine and cheese event Friday night with Doug Tallamy and a box lunch on Saturday.  Visit for a schedule.

Ballet Vero Beach announces Program 2, All Rodriguez, with performances Friday, January 19 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, January 20 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the VBHS Performing Arts Center. Program 2 pays tribute to one of Ballet Vero Beach’s most beloved dancer/choreographers, Ballet Master Camilo A. Rodriguez. The performance will feature some of Rodriguez’s best loved works created exclusively for Ballet Vero Beach including Sheer Vibration, An Afternoon In The Paddock, and the return to the Main Stage after a four year absence of The Swan.  Tickets range from $10-$75 and can be purchased at or by calling the VBHS Performing Arts Center Box Office at 772-564-5537.



Visit Seriously Mixed Media, 207 Orange Avenue, during the January Art Walk in Fort Pierce on Friday, January 19 from 5 to 8 pm.  The new dates for the Art Walk are now on the third Friday of every month.

Martin County:

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra will perform Ode to Love-Ode to Joy on Friday, January 19 at 4 pm and 8 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stuart. Arrive early for a lecture at 3:10 pm & 7:10 pm.  Included in the performance is:  Bernstein Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion, after Plato’s Symposium and Beethoven Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, op. 125;  For ticket information call the ACO office at 772.460.0850 or visit online. 


The American Association of University Women are holding their Regional Meeting at the  Bent Pine Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, on Saturday, January 20 at, 11:00 am.  The presenter is author Martha Lemasters who will discuss her book, The Step.  The cost is $27.50 including lunch.  Visit the website: for more information, to make food choice and pay with Pay Pal or a credit card.


March your mutt over to the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County’s (HSVB) sixth annual Bark in the Park event. This fun festival is set for Saturday, January 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Riverside Park, located at 3200 Riverside Drive in Vero Beach. Bark in the Park is a family-friendly and dog-friendly event that’s free for all to attend. The day will kick off with amazing shows by the Disc-Connected K9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs and the Ultimate Air Dock Diving Dogs, followed by exciting Indian River County Sheriff’s Office K-9 demonstrations. There will also be an astounding sheep herding exhibition. Throughout the day, pet parents can watch their dogs play on the lure and agility courses, head over to the Kids’ Zone, grab a bite to eat or shop with Bark in the Park’s many pet supply vendors. 

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is hosting a workshop with Leslie McGuirk titled “The Importance of Being Wrong” on how to develop your creative mind.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Indian River Shores Community Center, 6001 Hwy A1A.  The cost is $45 for the workshop.   Register online at


On Saturday & Sunday, February 20 & 21, the Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art & Music Festival will be held at Riverview Park and Indian River Drive in Sebastian from 10 am to 5 pm both days.  The festival features 125 artists and 5 local bands.  Visit for details.


  The First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach is hosting the  Con Brio String Quartet, comprised of Valentin Mansurov, Marina Lenau, David Pedraza and Aziz Sapaev on Sunday, January 21 at 4 pm. Based in southeast Florida, they perform individually with the Symphony of the Americas, the Palm Beach Symphony, and the Florida Grand Opera. Together, Con Brio is prepared to delight with their skill, passion and energy.   Seating is on a first come, first served basis. A free will offering will be gratefully accepted.

Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church presents  Violin and Piano concert with local artists Matt Stott and Marcos Flores on Sunday, January 21 at 3 pm.  They will enchant the audience with their emotional and grandiose violin & piano partnership that will definitely fill all hearts with beautiful and memorable musical jewels from this legendary chamber repertoire.  For tickets ($10/$25) visit

Theatre-Go-Round Dinner Theatre’s show featuring the hits of Neil Diamond has just two performances remaining at the Quilted Giraffe.  The shows are on January 21 and 28 with doors opening at 4:30 pm.  Enjoy dinner and the show for $65.  Make reservations by calling the Box Office at 772-252-9341.  The next show is “Karma Chameleon” with Billboard Blockbusters of the 80s beginning in February.


Artist Barbara Krupp has opened a new studio/gallery located at 4313 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach.  Two mini openings are scheduled for the public – Monday, January 22 from 3 to 6 pm and Sunday, January 28 from 1 to 4 pm.  View her artwork at and sign up for future studio/gallery events & exhibitions.

Join the Pelican Island Preservation Society at the North Indian River County Library on Monday, January 22  for Ospreys of Pelican Island: An Exploration into the Life of the Fish Hawk at 6:00 pm.  Three years in the making, this program follows a pair of Ospreys throughout their nesting season at the nation’s first national wildlife refuge, the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

On January 22nd, Secretary Ash Carter, the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense (2015-2017), will kick off the 2018 lecture season at Riverside Theatre as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series. Sec. Carter will provide a geopolitical forecast on Asia, Russia and other global hot spots in a changing landscape. Lecture times are 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.. Cost for individual tickets is $100 for the Stark Mainstage and $85 for the Waxlax simulcast, if available. For more info visit Call the Riverside box office at (772) 231-6990 for ticket availability.


MusicWorks, Inc. presents Peter Yarrow in concert on Thursday, January 25 at 7 pm at the Emerson Center.  Peter Yarrow, known well by the young and old for the classic “Puff the Magic Dragon,” has entertained for years, originally as a part of the celebrated band Peter, Paul and Mary.  For tickets, visit or call the Cultural Council at 772-770-4857.

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