Cultural Calendar November 5-13

Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre’s • Comedy Zone December 5

Headliner Frankie Paul has a unique knack for taking typically unnoticed situations to new levels of hysterics with a lovable animated appearance and inoffensive attitude. Opening act Ken Miller is just PLAIN OL’FUNNY. In just a few short years he has stormed thru the ranks of comedy. From emceeing, featuring, and headlining, he has become one of the funniest comics in the state of Florida.

Riverside Theatre’s • Live in the Loop Saturday, December 5

The Jacks Band features Classic Hits that bring back your favorite rockin’ memories from; Springsteen, The Beatles, The Stones, Joe Cocker, Steely Dan, Boz Skaggs, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Hall and Oates PLUS Blues from B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray, The Allman Brothers, and Johnny Winter PLUS 60’s rock from The Kinks, The Animals, The BeeGees, The Isley Brothers, Free, Grand Funk Railroad, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, The Temptations, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Norman Greenbaum and much more, for every age who love to dance. The band will also be performing holiday music hits!

The Vero Beach Theatre Guild, the longest running community theatre on the Treasure Coast, will close the 2019 – 20 Apron Series productions with Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic Death of a Salesman under the direction of Art Pingree. The production runs weekends December 5 – 13. Further information or any questions patrons may have will be answered as quickly as possible by email the Guild at:

Holi-DAYS at McKee Through December 23 , Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday, noon – 5:00 pm. 

McKee Botanical Garden is spreading holiday cheer featuring almost a month of fun, family-friendly daytime holiday festivities including weekly holiday-themed activities (storytime, crafts, and games), McKee Mascot Breakfasts and Lunches (additional fee applies and pre-registration required), intermittent snow flurries, live reindeer, classic holiday movies (It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, Polar Express, White Christmas, Frozen, Frosty the Snowman, Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Charlie Brown Christmas) for children and adults*. SO much more.

*During certain activities, masks may be required and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to. Limited seating is available.

Grand Opening- Holiday Showcase and Mini Festival of Trees, open now!

Exhibition of original works and gift items created by members of the Vero Beach Art Club. Auction of 4 fully decorated Holiday Trees for the Benefit of the Riverside Theatre.  The Auction will end on December 8. The show will be open Mondays – Saturdays, December 5 –  January 15, 2021

Christmas Tree Lane holiday bazaar and cookie/bake sale December 5, from 9:00am – 2:00pm. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. Face masks required. Cash or checks preferred. Outdoor & indoor venues, including a Unique Boutique with nearly-new & new items at bargain prices, an Artisans’ Gallery, Handmade Treasures, plus homemade Cookies-by-the-Pound and Mrs. Claus’s Pantry for yummy homemade specialties. Organized by the Presbyterian Women to benefit various charities. 

Step Up at Center for Spiritual Care

Angular Explorations – Gustaf Miller Exhibit at Center for Spiritual Care Exhibition of small paintings at the Center for Spiritual Care, December 4 – 31. These works are mostly acrylic and collage on panels, or water- colors under glass. Center for Spiritual Care is located at 1550 24th By appointment only 772-567-1233

Sean Kenney

SEAN KENNEY’S NATURE CONNECTS® Made with LEGO® BRICKS at McKee Botanical Garden. This beautiful, inspirational exploration of art and nature is set to open Now – April 25, 2021. An award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems, and mankind’s relationship with nature.  Come explore the beauty and wonder of Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks, open Tuesday – Saturday (10am – 5pm), Sunday (Noon – 5pm). The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. Tickets are available to purchase at McKee Botanical Garden and at

Hand painted earrings

Artist Guild Gallery fundraiser “Baubles for Breast Cancer” During December, Artists Guild Gallery is holding a fundraiser “Baubles for Breast Cancer” in honor of Mary Beth McDonald, and others that have or have had breast cancer. Beautiful “Hand Painted Earrings” are for sale with all profits going to the charity that Mary Beth is arranging at MD Anderson Hospital, in Houston, Texas, where she is currently receiving treatment. Donations are welcomed. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 3:00pm. Artists Guild Gallery is located in the historic downtown Arts District of Vero Beach, 1974 14th Avenue. 772-299-1234                  

Gallery 14 presents Fabulous Foursome

Reception: January 1, 5-8pm Gallery hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 10am-5pm & Friday- 10am-4pm

In December, for the Holiday Season, Gallery 14 is happy to present Fabulous Foursome. This festive show features an expanded showing of three represented Gallery 14 artists: teacher and whimsical ceramicist/metal artist Mia Lindberg, popular master potter Walford Campbell, and multi-award winning mixed media expressionist painter Carol Staub. Joining them will be Sandy L. Ford, whose colorful abstract realist paintings were seen at the Gallery during the 2019 Strokes of Genius Invitational. Featured, as well, will be Gallery 14 artist-owners: Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, Beth-Anne Fairchild, George Pillorgé, Deborah Polackwich, and Dorothy Napp Schindel, as well as work by Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, and sales associate-artist Jo Zaza.  For more information visit:

Original Intent series by Debra Jenkins

Art in Public Places Program: sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County presents “Original Intent” by Debra Jenkins On View through December 10, 2020 at The Indian River County Courthouse.


Behind the Shadow by Barbara Krupp

Ten year retrospective of the acrylic paintings by Barbara Krupp On view through December 30 The Community Church of Vero Beach 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Open during Church hours or by appointment call Glenda Taylor 772 473 0624 or email


Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County.   The Cultural Council’s AIPP Program, in partner with Vero Beach Regional Airport in the Passenger Lounge waiting area presents. Art For Art’s Sake –  Art in Social Isolation.  During this period of Social Distancing caused by the pandemic, the Cultural Council initiated a project as an attempt to see how creative individuals in the area responded to it. It has been almost 6 months since ART FOR ARTS SAKE’s inception…and we have been continually receiving wonderful images of work created by area Artists. Memories of places near and far…happy times spent with family and friends…pride and patriotism of Country…these are several of the themes that are resonating at this time.  On View through January 1, 2021

Everglades Grandeur by Evelyn Haught

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at The Indian River County Administration Complex Buildings. Exhibit Artist’s Choice – Mixed Themes On View through January 27

VBMA Exhibition – Chul Hyun Ahn: New Light On view through April 30, 2021

This fall, the Museum will offer an exciting exhibition of the Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn. Ahn creates mind-bending sculptures that conjure illusions of infinite space. For more information visit:

Online Events

BALLET VERO BEACH ANNOUNCES TEA UP FOR THE NUTCRACKER DIGITAL PREVIEW PARTY December 13, 4:00pm Tickets Available at  Ballet Vero Beach is thrilled to announce a pivot on their annual holiday fundraiser Tea Up For The Nutcracker. On December 13 at 4:00pm, join the company for an online digital preview party to celebrate all things Ballet Vero Beach. Save the date, this event is limited to 200 households and will sell out!

Music at the Watering Hole! 

Families are sure to love Music at the Watering Hole, a free online concert film brought to cyberspace by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Mendx Studios and Central Florida author, Michele Wallace Campanelli. The concert is now available online and can be viewed by clicking the link below. If you enjoy the concert, please share with friends and consider making a donation helping Space Coast Symphony Orchestra to present more programs for children and families throughout the community.

VBMA Exhibition Avery to Warhol On view through – January 3, 2021 The VBMA Avery to Warhol is an exhibition of our new Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg’s selections from the vault. The exhibition will showcase a recent gift to the collection, Henry Hubbell’s Portrait of Three Sisters. From this 1903 painting, we will virtually travel through the twentieth century from the paintings by Milton Avery to Andy Warhol and not only contemporary masters but also selections of the glass collection of the VBMA. Exhibition is available online. Museum is temporary closed due to COVID-19. For more information visit:


Indian River’s Got Talent is Here! Environmental Learning Center is presenting a new and exciting event  Indian River’s Got Talent! Now accepting submissions from all ages! Submission deadline January 15, 2021. All types of talents accepted from youth in grades 12 and under. 

Categories for entry are based on grade level or age;

  • Elementary school – Kindergarten thru 5th grade
  • Middle school – 6th thru 8th grade
  • High school – 9th thru 12th grade
  • Adult Division – ages 18 & Up
  • Combination Acts – family talent groups

Submit an up to a two-minute video of any talent suitable for public viewing. Submissions can be one person or up to as many participants you would like.  Please only submit one entry per person.

Please email for questions.

Comment - Please use your first and last name. Comments of up to 350 words are welcome.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s