Cultural Calendar

Events Calendar Courtesy of the Cultural Council of Indian River County

ONLY 4 WEEKS LEFT TO LIST YOUR EVENTS IN THE ARTS & CULTURAL GUIDE! – The Cultural Council of Indian River County’s popular Arts & Cultural Guide to be distributed in September is now accepting events for inclusion in the 2018-19 Guide.  To list events, simply add them to the online calendar at  The deadline for submissions is July 1.  Advertising in the Guide is affordable and has wide exposure over a full year.   Visit or call 772-770-4857 for advertising information.


The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival will be held from Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10 with a wide variety of events at various locations in Vero Beach. Visit the website, to choose from these events:  100+ Wines at the Al Fresco Wine Bar at WOW! (World of Wine) Tasting Lounge; Hollywood + WINE Grand Tasting; Vino Veritas Vintner Dinner by the Sea; 75+ Multi-Award Winning Films Including US & Florida Premieres; Dining With Directors; Filmmakers and Industry Talent From All Over the World; NEXT UP! Young Filmmakers Competition; Sold Out Memory-Making Special Events; Private Pass Holder Parties and Screenings at 10 Top-Tier Theatre, Restaurant and Museum Venues Around the City.


The North Indian River County Library in Sebastian is screening a Classic Film with a discussion to follow on Thursday, June 7 at 2 pm.  Free


Howl at the Moon Experience – with musicians  Katie Pinder Brown & Ken Gustafson with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm Friday & Saturday, June 8 & 9.

Live in the Loop – Free outdoor concerts beginning at 6 pm with Joey Tenuto Band (Blues, Rock & Roll) on Friday and Taller Trees (Soul, Rock & Roll Jam Band)  on Saturday.

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The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery fundraiser, the annual Backus Bingo Luncheon, will be held on Friday, June 8 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Pelican Yacht Club, 1120 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. Participants will enjoy a wild game with wonderful prizes, a luncheon feast fit for man and beast, cash bar, with lots of fun and merriment for all. The afternoon’s festivities will include five games plus a grand prize game, unique and treasured door prizes, with a cash grand prize award of $200. The fun-filled annual event is organized and sponsored by the Museum’s beloved Board of Associates (the BOAs), who know how to party.  Don’t miss your chance to have fun, make new friends, wear your favorite jungle-inspired or animal prints and accessories, and of course support the Backus Museum. Reservations are being accepted at $35 per person, with tables of 8 available for friends to organize their own expedition. Space is limited.  To reserve your seat, come by or call the Backus Museum at (772) 465-0630, or email with your contact info to ensure your seat today.

The Treasure Coast Wind Ensemble will perform their annual concert on Friday, June 8, at 7:00 pm in the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street in Vero Beach. This year’s concert, entitled British Invasion, features both standard and challenging wind band repertoire by British composers including Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band, Ralph Vaughan William’s Toccata Marziale, and Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves by David Bedford. A smaller group of chamber winds will perform Trevelyan Suite by Malcolm Arnold and Homages Concerto for Piano and Winds by Edward Gregson featuring Jacob Craig at the piano.  Admission is free; donations are appreciated.


McKee Botanical Garden is hosting “Intro to Indian Vegetarian Cooking” by Urvi Upadhyay on Saturday, June 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Let Urvi’s passion for cooking and sharing with others inspire you during this introductory lesson in Indian culture and cuisine. Find out what spices are utilized in Indian cooking and how ingredients and techniques vary by region. Participants will get to sample a variety of dishes as they learn how to create a traditional Thali plate. Spice boxes will be available for purchase. Class sizes are limited and require pre-registration and payment in advance, checks and cash only. To register, call 772-794-0601 or come to the Garden at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach.  In addition, Michael Clifford, Jr. and Jayne McAllister of Sealantro at the Garden Café will be hosting a series of healthy cooking demonstrations during the month of July.  All classes will be held in the Garden Café from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  The cost for each session is $45 for McKee members and $50 for non-members, with the exception of the children’s cooking class “Healthy Cooking for Children” which is $35 for McKee members and $40 for non-members. Participants will enjoy lunch at each demonstration.  Visit

Did you know that your reaction to a great masterpiece was carefully calculated by the artist? Learn how to read a painting and find out why you respond the way you do. Learn about the secrets of the masters at The Lotus Center, 2400 15th Ave, Suite 3 in Vero Beach on Saturday, June 9 from 9:30 am to Noon. Space is limited. RSVP Dr. Leslie Haatvedt, 772-532-8310. 


Theatre-Go-Round Dinner Theatre performs “Love Changes Everything,” a musical tribute to the award-winning works by British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on Sundays, June 10 &  24 at the Quilted Giraffe in Vero Beach.  Enjoy a gourmet dinner and the show for $65 per person.  Doors open at 4:30 pm for the 6 pm show.  Call the  Box Office at 772-252-9341 for reservations.

Join musicians from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as they present a FREE concert featuring two stunning chamber works of Brahms and Beethoven at 3 pm on Sunday, June 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.   In 1857 Brahms created his Opus 18 Sextet. The work marked his transition from emotional extroversion to pensive reflection, and he wrote, “The ideal and the genuine man is calm both in his joy and in his sorrow,” an apt summation of this majestic composition.   Beethoven’s Quintet in C Minor is actually an arrangement from the great composer’s first published piece, a set of piano trios.   Nearly 25 years later, the composer premiered the same piece for a string quintet—a quartet with an additional viola.   This quintet became one of Beethoven’s most popular early chamber works.


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