Cultural Calendar June 12-16



Two new exhibits opened June 1 at the Vero Beach Museum of Art: Astronomy Photographer of the Year is on view through September 29.  The Royal Observatory Greenwich’s hugely popular Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 celebrates the very best in astrophotography from around the world.  This exhibition features approximately 50 photographs of celestial spectacles chosen from entries to the photography competition. Each year since 2009, the Royal Observatory in London has invited entries in categories such as Aurorae, Galaxies, Our Moon, Our Sun, People and Space, Planets, Comets and Asteroids, Skyscapes, and Stars and Nebulae.  Ai WeiWei’s Circle of Animals /Zodiac Heads: Gold (2010) is on view in the Stark Rotunda. The display consists of a dozen gilded bronze sculptures representing the animal symbols of the traditional Chinese zodiac.


Vero Beach Recreation Department gymnastics

The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department will hold Gymnastics and Performing Arts registration on Saturday, June 15 beginning at 8 am at Leisure Square Fitness Center (3705 16th Street). There are gymnastics and aerial classes available for beginners through advanced students.  This performance-based program offers instruction for toddlers through teens.  Registration will remain open until classes are full.  Call Angie Holshouser or Deja Miller at 772-770-3775 or visit the recreation page under Centerstage Acrobatic Complex at for registration forms.

The Vero Beach Museum of Art has a choice of morning or afternoon art camp for children ages 5 to 16.  These week-long camps are taught by professional artists and offer a wide variety of experiences.  Upcoming themes are City Adventures, Abstract Adventures and Upcycle Adventures.  Creatively themed weekly sessions will take campers through the Museum’s galleries and into the art studios. Visit to download the schedule.


The Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26th Street, is having a Flag Day Ceremony at 5 pm on Friday, June 14.   Enjoy Chef Vic’s Salisbury Steak Dinner & Dessert for $12. There will be music by Groovin Groundhogs from 6:30-9:30 pm.  For reservations call after 1 pm, 772-562-8450.



The Comedy Zone: Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm featuring comedians Peter Fogel and Ben Jones on Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15.  Tickets:  Side Seats: $12 – Table Seating: $14-$18.  Visit

Live in the Loop:  Enjoy free outdoor concerts beginning at 6:00 pm with Category 5 (Treasure Coast’s premier Blues, Swing, and R&B band) on Friday and Cyndi Rapp & Rappture (A medley of Rock, Pop, Blues & Jazz Classics) on Saturday..

Gifford Youth Orchestra

The Gifford Youth Orchestra will hold a Community Barbecue and Fish Fry Saturday, June 15, from 11:30 to 4:00 at Martin Luther King Park in Gifford.  The park is located across from the Gifford Middle School at 4530 28th Court.  The day’s menu will consist of barbecued ribs as well as  chicken and fried fish sandwiches prepared by two of Gifford’s highly acclaimed chefs, C.J. Walker and Larry Wilson. Music will be provided by DJ, Mighty Mike Baisden.  There will be a Free Ice Cream from Kona for all Children under 12 attending with their parents.  The GYO teaches music to children in the county whose families could afford neither lessons nor instruments.  Proceeds from the BBQ will benefit this ongoing program.   Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased online at

The Environmental Learning Center’s Eco Talks Speaker Series continues on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 am with “Refuges” to learn about wildlife refuges with Jeremy Edwardson, with the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Visit for more information.


A Father’s Day Cookout at the Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26th Street, will be held on Sunday, June 16th at 4:30 pm.  Feast on a BBQ Chicken dinner with all the fixin’s for $12. Enjoy music by Groovin’ Groundhogs from 5-8 pm.  Call after 1 pm, 772-562-8450.

On Sunday, June 16, McKee Botanical Garden will offer one free admission for Dad (father, father-in-law, step father, or grandfather) with one paid admission to the Garden in celebration of Father’s Day.  Enjoy some quiet one-on-one time and relaxation within the natural landscape of majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic structures at McKee and then stop for lunch at the Garden Cafe.  The Garden will be open from noon to 5 pm.  For more information, call 772-794-0601.


The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019-20 performing season with Disney & Broadway at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 16 at the Community Church of Vero Beach.  The concert will feature beloved songs from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas, in addition to Broadway selections from Funny Girl, Evita, Grease!, Chicago, Showboat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mamma Mia.  $25 advance tickets for adults are available at or call 855-252-7276.  Free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.

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