Cultural Calendar April 8-15


Performances & Events

LIVE! From Vero Beach presents Classic Albums Live Performing The Eagles Greatest Hits.  April 8 at 7 pm at The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach*20% tickets sales generated by Promo Code benefit The Cultural Council of Indian River County.  ENTER Promo Code CCIRC (All CAPS)

Riverside Theatre ~ The Comedy Zone

April 9 & 10, Headliner Johnny B attacks absurd life experiences–especially his own–with a critical eye that finds humor from different angles. Opening act Vinnie Coppola‘s comedy is mostly observational but from a cynical, uniquely skewed, and charmingly naïve perspective.

Riverside Theatre ~ Live in the Loop

April 9, The Mighty Flea Circus is a Swingabilly band playing the most toe-tappin’est, heart pumpin’est, partner swingin’est music around!

April 10,​ King’s Highway is a SoFla based Rock and Party band. They bring a fun party atmosphere playing a wide variety of music. They cover classics of the 60s to today’s biggest dance hits.


Mike Block and Hanneke Cassel Duo Concert

Cassel & Block

April 9, 7:30 – 9pm, McAfee Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Mike Block and Hanneke Cassel will perform a duo concert featuring folk, classical, and original music, presented by the Vero Beach International Music Festival. Hanneke Cassel is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and Mike Block is a Grammy Award-Winning cellist/singer/composer whom Yo-Yo Ma calls “The ideal musician of the 21st-Century.”

Once Upon an Orchestra’  ~Musical Story Time  April 10, 10am & 11am

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra saxophone quartet entertains tykes at McKee Botanical Garden, 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach.  Designed for preschool and kindergarten aged children, the 40-minute outdoor story time will entertain as well as educate tots about instruments of the saxophone family. 

Vero Beach Art Club ~ Art in the Park April 11, 10am – 4pm , Humiston Park, 3000 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

Art in the Park is a Fine Arts and Crafts Show presented by Vero Beach Art Club members.

Keeping the Arts Alive ~ Made in the USA April 9 & 10, 5:30-8pm, April 11, Noon-3pm Indian River Shores Community Center, 6001 Florida A1A, Vero Beach

Keeping the Arts Alive Fine Art Show will feature the works of local and national artists in multiple genres, free and opened to the public. A portion of the proceeds from the Art Show will be donated to the Veterans Council of Indian River County.

April 16 at 7pm, Enjoy an electrifying night of concert art with world-renowned speed painter Michael Israel!  Support this award-winning Visual and Performing Arts Program. Indian River Charter High School, 6055 College Lane, Vero Beach. Tickets available for both in-person or virtual event attendance contact 772-567-6600×1233

Vero Beach Theatre Guild 63rd Season offers Sister Act.  Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony—and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, this uplifting musical tells the tale of a woman hiding in a convent who helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. This blockbuster was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical! Show runs through April 25.  To purchase tickets:

A.E.Backus Museum & Gallery presents“60 for 60” Special Presentation TOP: Anniversary Invitational Exhibition. On View through April 25.  The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, in celebration of the Museum’s 60th Season, will present an invitational exhibition of the 10 past winners of the top awards from The Best of the Best fine art juried show and Through the Eye of the Camera juried photography show. The invited artists will share a body of six works each in a wide variety of media.

Sean Kenney

SEAN KENNEY’S NATURE CONNECTS® Made with LEGO® BRICKS at McKee Botanical Garden. On exhibit through April 25. 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

Artists Guild Gallery ~ Student Art Exhibit. For the month of April, Artists Guild Gallery will host an art exhibit by the student artists. Teachers Sue Dinneno, Dawn Mill, and Rita Ziegler are proud to present their students’ amazing art in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. On View through April 30, Tues – Sat, 11am – 3pm. Located at 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach.

3 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back ~ This exhibit is a multicultural, multiracial collaboration that addresses systemic racism in our nation. Raw Space, 1795 Old Dixie Hwy,, Vero Beach.  On View through Apr 30.

Poetry in Motion by Megs Hobbs

Painter Mags Hobbs presents an exhibition at The Center for Spiritual Care. On View through April 30.  Her paintings can be seen at the Center by appointment 10am – 4pm daily. Call 772-567-1233 for further information.

Melissa Mastrangelo’s Buoy Motel

Gallery 14 presents A LIFE IN THE SUN: Retro Acrylics by Melissa Mastrangelo.  On View through  April 30, Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 4pm.  Melissa often incorporates other media into her acrylic paintings, such as mid century ephemera and spray paint. Some of her favorite subjects include old neon motel signs, vintage surf vans, beaten up nautical buoys and other rusty objects that had once marked a moment in time. These symbols of a simpler life offer the viewer some comfort in the midst of an ever changing world.

VBMA Exhibition ~ Chul Hyun Ahn: New Light

On View through April 30. This exciting exhibition of the Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates mind-bending sculptures that conjure illusions of infinite space. Drawing from Op Art and light-and-space traditions, as well as theories of the subconscious, the Baltimore artist explores the immersive, illusory possibilities of reflection. For more information visit:

VBMA Exhibition ~ Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes

from the NY Historical Society.  On View through May 2.  A stunning array of over forty paintings from the New-York Historical Society’s Collection by Hudson River School artists will be on view for the first time at the Vero Beach Museum of Art..  Painted between 1818 and 1886, the works illustrate America’s scenic splendor, as seen through the eyes of some of the country’s most important painters. 

Gwen McKenney’s Dance of the Flowers
The Blues of Spring by Patricia Willis

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at Indian River County Administration Complex. CCIRC Member Exhibit. On View through May 26

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at Intergenerational Recreation Center. “The Promise Of Spring”.  On View through June 29

Online Events

Heroes and Legends

The Navy SEAL Museum Heroes and Legends Online Lecture Series

April 7, 6pm.  Former Commander Naval Special Warfare Center (BUD/S) now Vice President of Learning and Development of the Cleveland Indians, Captain Jay Hennessey, Navy SEAL (Ret.). To Register:

ELC ~  CRUISIN’ FOR A CAUSE Annual Benefit Virtual Event

3 Easy Ways to Get On Board:

  1. Silent Auction, Bidding Closes April 10;

2. Captain a Boat, March & April

3. Virtual Event,  April 8 – 10


Indian River Genealogical Society Meeting – Virtual Event April 13, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Come share your new discoveries and research successes with your genealogy friends. Please join us as we listen to some fascinating stories and celebrate our friends’ successes. Non-member guests can request a complimentary link from


COVB Summer Camps & Gymnastics  Registration

Looking for an activity for your child? The City of Vero Beach Recreation has the perfect program. 

ELC Summer Camps Hands-On, Feet Wet Adventures! Are your kids ready for some outdoor fun this summer? Take a pontoon trip to a spoil island for a splash, canoe through the mangroves on the Indian River Lagoon, become a marine biologist seining in the water, and more! To register:

Call to Artists

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery ~ Through the  Eye of the Camera

Amateur and professional artists in traditional and digital photography are encouraged to enter this favorite competitive opportunity that champions photography as an art form. Juried exhibition is to close this special anniversary season. Entries accepted by advance appointment March 31 – April 30. For Prospectus details visit

Gallery 14 will feature an exhibit of small works by artists near and far. All work in the show will measure 12×12 in total. The creative options are endless and the art will inspire you. The show will be curated and judged. Applications are due May 1. Visit:

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