Cultural Calendar May 25-June 1


Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on May 27 & 28, 7 & 9 pm shows.

Headliner Greg Hall has a quick wit and a guitar in hand. Feature act Ben Jone’s act is a nonstop ride, full of energy and outlandish subject matter. Joshua Armenteros will be your emcee!

Live in the Loop at Riverside Theatre On May 27 at 5:30 pm, Dave and the Wave is a premiere entertainment group from the Treasure Coast. From Classic Rock to Motown to R&B to Smooth Jazz, the Wave does it all !!! You’ll hear hits from: Van Morrison, Stephen Stills, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Otis Redding, and other artists!

May 28 at 5:30 pm, Low Ground is an acoustic all string jam band, mixing the old with the new and adding twists of their own along the way. Low Ground is heavily influenced by Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, Blues, and Jazz, creating Jam styles of cover tunes from Grateful Dead, Elvis, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Patsy Cline and many other rock and country artists.

Youth Orchestra to hold Fundraiser Concert at First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Department on May 29, 2 – 4 pm

The First Presbyterian Youth String Orchestra will present a Spring Concert in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. This Spring Concert will serve as a fundraising event to help offset the costs of the Youth Orchestra’s upcoming tour of the Florida Keys. Musical selections they have chosen for this performance are: Rumanian Folk Dances by Bartok, Dvorak’s “Dumky” Piano Trio, Movement II of the Serenade for Strings by Elgar, Vitali’s “Chaconne” featuring soloist Sam Bormett, and Bloch’s Concerto Grosso for Strings and Piano, Opus 1, featuring Becca Harrison on piano.

Orchestra Grace Presbyterian

God Bless America on May 29, 4 – 6 pm, The Treasure Coast Chorale will present a patriotic concert at the First Baptist Church. Songs include “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, “My Country Tis of Thee” plus others and guest performers. Doors open at 3pm. Free with a donation. First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Street, Vero Beach

Viola Pace Knudsen Coral Reef Pine Needle sculpture

Gallery 14 offers Retrospective: Work by Viola Pace Knudsen On View through May 27

A very special retrospective of the work of Viola Pace Knudsen, who has been a popular represented artist at Gallery 14 since its inception. This greatly expanded showing of her work, will celebrate her pine needle sculptures and will feature a selection of her acrylic paintings as well. 

Located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown Historic Arts District of Vero Beach

Riverside Theatre presents Almost Heaven ~ John Denver’s America “Songs of John Denver” Conceived by Harold Thau.  Performances through May 29.

Described as “among the most beloved entertainers of his era,” John Denver was an American musical icon who achieved great success with his down-to-earth acoustic sound. 

Almost Heaven celebrates the life and times of this music man with over 25 Denver’s chart topping hits including: “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy,” “Annie’s Song,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and many more.

Xaque Gruber’s new art exhibit “Lyrical” are whimsical watercolor paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces inspired by song lyrics, nursery rhymes and poetry. San Telmo Décor, 900 Village Square Drive, Sebastian.  On view through the month of May.

Indian River Light by Susan Miller

ELC offers Nature-Inspired Artists Series Solo exhibition of Susan Miller: Sand and Shadows.  On view through the end of May in the Tidal Gallery Showcase.

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Exhibit “Members’ Show”

On View through May 30. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 3 pm

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace,1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

SPRING ART SHOW  ~ The Galleries at First Pres

Featuring the works of local artists Richard Gillmor, Salvador Lorenzo González, and Theresa Prokop. On View through June 1. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Flying in Formation by Judy Rixom

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery featuring original art by local artist-owners. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing.  Located: 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, Saturdays 11 – 3

Vero Beach Theater Guild presents THE CHICAGO GYPSIES by V Glasgow Koste

A heart-warming tale about the migratory life of a show business kid during the Great Depression. Winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award and the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award! Carolina Lee, nick-named Charley, is the youngest actress in the company that suddenly finds itself stranded, where she becomes a drop-in at the local school and recess is more like a Roman coliseum. Connecting rich, fully realized characters from three generations, audiences warm to Charley’s temperamental actress-mother; her loving, song-and-dance-man of a father; and Charley’s illegitimate adopted grandmothers. While set in the Depression, these Chicago gypsies stubbornly see their way through the worst of times to the best of times in a regenerative reunion that makes these odd yet ordinary people shine with the miracle of loving, quiet survival. Performances Sundays June 5, 12, 19 & 26

The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery presents the popular juried photography competition Through the Eye of the Camera. This year’s exhibition features 87 of the year’s best photographs drawn from professional and amateur photographers. Through the Eye of the Camerawill be on view through June 24, at 500 North Indian River Drive in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.  This year there were 61 artists who submitted 180 entries in one of four categories: (1) Animal subjects; (2) Flora & Landscape subjects; (3) People/Portrait subjects; or (4) Open, for subjects that are not included in the three major categories. The jury panel conferred 24 awards for the Best of Show, Best Black & White Photograph, Best Film / Traditional RAW Photograph, and 1st-2nd-3rd Places and Awards of Merit in the category awards.  During the exhibition visitors are invited to share their own vote for their favorite work on display. The results will be counted for the annual “People’s Choice Award” given at the close of the exhibition. 

aResist by Marc San Souci

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Courthouse presents a Solo Exhibit by Mark San Souci  – An Artist’s Wanderings

On View through June 29.

Gallery Veritas presents Neshama~ New paintings by Barry Shapiro

On view though June. Neshama is Hebrew for “The Spirit” and the title for an exhibit of new paintings by Vero Beach artist Barry Shapiro. This exhibit is part of a two-year exploration by Shapiro into the ability of art to create an introspective and meditative state for the viewer. These paintings are lively with color and motion, several have 3 dimensional elements and gold leaf. Created during the isolation of the pandemic, they are a reflection of the artists state of mind during the past few years and his hope for a spiritual awakening.  Gallery Veritas is located at 1422 20th Street, just west of the corner of 14th Avenue. It is the latest edition to downtown Vero’s Art District.

On the Path by Valerie Cecire

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Administrative Buildings A & B

I Love Indian River County ~ Hometown Love Letter

On View through July 6

Art at the Emerson offers The Nature’s Palette: Animals in the Wild Exhibit On view through July 28. Artists capture the exciting colors of animals in the world. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm with no entry fee.

Palm Trio by Gwen McNenney

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center Fun Under the Sun ~ Member Exhibit

On view through August 3

McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, September 5. McKee Botanical Garden is a Blue Star Museum participant and one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums across America.

Look Ahead:


The Fifth Vero Beach Film Festival will bring back the food, fine wine, and filmmakers we all love! Here are some of the wonderful original stories and docs with new voices and perspectives. The Vero Beach Film Festival will also offer parties, events and workshops. The film festival will be held June 9-12 at venues all over the city. Tickets are now on sale at

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