Cultural Calendar Dec 1-8


Performances & Events

Free Writers Critique Group on December 2, 10am. For all levels, Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street in Vero Beach

First Friday Gallery Stroll on December 2, 5 – 8pm

Carol Staub Blue On Blue

Galleries along and around 14th Avenue, from 21 Street to 18 Street in downtown Vero Beach are open from 5 to 8 pm featuring new artists each month FREE.

Gallery 14 presents Start to Finish: The Works of Frank Spino & Carol Staub In honor of their 15th Anniversary Season Gallery 14 is thrilled to present a two month showing of the work of revered water media artists Frank Spino and Carol Staub. First Friday Gallery Stroll receptions on Friday December 2, 5 – 8pm.  On view through January 28, 2023. Gallery 14, 1011 14th Ave., in Vero Beach

Vero Beach Theatre Guild offers A Rock n’ Roll Dance Party with The Rip Tide Dance, A Fundraiser Event on December 2, 6pm

Viva FOCA!” On view December 2 – 30. Center for Spiritual Care,1550 24th St. in Vero Beach, at the corner of 16th Avenue and 24th St. Twenty-seven of Vero’s best-known artists will gather on December 2, 5 – 7 pm at the Center for Spiritual Care for the public opening of a month-long group exhibition. Organized by a local group of art enthusiasts called Friends of Contemporary Art, entitled “Viva FOCA!”The exhibition will feature small works, none larger than 14” x 14”. It will be open to viewers by appointment after the reception through December 30. Call the Center at 772-567-1233 to arrange a personal tour.

Hank Feeley, “87979-yr679+b6”

On exhibit works by:

Rita Barone, Bonnie Bolton, Mary Garvey Beda, Stephen Edgar Bradbury, Ann Chwatsky, Hank Feeley, Ellen Fischer, Patricia Forelle, Mary B. Gallatin, Xaque Gruber, Susan Hale, Jill Kerwick, Barbara Krupp, Shotsi Cain Lajoie, Madeline Long, Gustaf Miller, Janvier Miller, George Pillorgé, Suzanne Roff, Barbara Rowles, Timothy J. Sanchez, Cree Scudder, Sean Sexton, Allan Teger, Emily Tremml, Janet Kipp Tribus and Maciek von Ato.

Riverside Theatre presents Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer JR.

On December 2, 6:30pm and December 3, 2pm & 6:30pm.

This holiday classic, performed by a cast of very talented young stars, will feature great sets and wonderful costumes – elements that elevate Riverside education shows. This new show tells the beloved story of one of Santa’s biggest helpers.

Riverside Theatre Comedy Zone on December 2 & 3

Headliner Danny Johnson is a hilarious, family-friendly stand-up comedian. Feature act Jenn Weeks’s high energy, relatable material, and stage presence pulls the audience in and leaves a lasting laughable impression.

P-Mac will be your emcee.

Riverside Theatre Live in the Loop on December 2: Bittersweet is a “dream team” acoustic group featuring beautiful harmonies accompanied by piano and guitar, with an eclectic and sometimes surprising song list that spans genres and eras. Covering hits from artists including the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Little Big Town, Abba, Indigo Girls, The Beatles, Maren Morris, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Beach Boys, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Civil Wars, Van Morrison, Rolling Stones and many more! Plus they will mix in some classic holiday tunes.

December 3: The Real Deal plays music from The Doors, The Zombies, Creedence, Van Morrison, Santana, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, The Rascals, Queen, The Hollies, The Kinks, Badfinger, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles and of course some holiday hits! And expect a surprise with “Grinchy’ our guest musician later in the show.

On December 3 Sunrise Rotary Club of Vero Beach will be the host of the annual Vero Beach Christmas Parade on Ocean Dr. Parade route will be the same; there will be social media (facebook) live for those homebound residents; music available from Ocean 97.1 for entries without music; TC food pantry donations will be picked up at the Riverside Park staging area as well as along the parade route; monthly events are planned to promote the event like “Find Santa” for the kids and “build a float ideas and challenge” online at or 

VBMA presents Mobile Hot Shop Glassblowing Demonstrations from Duncan McClellan Gallery on December 3, 11am – 2pm

Please note that this is a FREE outdoor activity

Expert glassblowing artists from the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida bring their mobile hot shop to the VBMA to show detailed demonstrations on glassblowing technique with question and answer time. Duncan McClellan’s hand-blown Rain Forest, from the Tree Series, is part of the Museum’s collection and will be on display.

Hibiscus Children’s Center Candlelight Ball December 3, 6 – 10pm. The Hibiscus Children’s Center “Candlelight Ball” is the annual premier Gala event in Vero Beach this season!  This elegant black-tie event will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 6PM at the beautiful clubhouse at Oak Harbor. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner. And then – put on your dancin’ shoes as the fabulous Jordan Thomas Odyssey Band turns up the volume and heats up the evening! The festivities…the elegant ambience…the entertainment … you will have to be there to experience it all – under the romantic lights of our “Candlelight Ball”!  Event proceeds benefit the abused, neglected and abandoned youth living at the Hibiscus Village in Vero Beach and will help provide medical and educational services, and career preparation and training. 

Tony Sands – Sinatra’ Musical

December 3, 7pm

A musical journey of the life, times and music of Sinatra’s songbook.

Tickets may be purchased online or in-person at the Emerson Center Box Office. Tickets: or call (772) 778-5249

Sunrise Theatre in the Main Theatre presents

Three Dog Night

December 3, 8:00 pm

Art in the Park

December 4, 10am – 4pm

Art in the Park is a Fine Art & Crafts Show presented by Vero Beach Art Club Members held at the beautiful Humiston Park.

VBMA Holidays at the Museum on December 4, 1 – 4pm

Kick of the holidays at the Vero Beach Museum of Art! Join us for interactive tours, performances, art making, and more.

Activities and Events Include:

  • Docent-led tours of the exhibition Changing Nature: A New Vision, Photographs by James Balog
  • Art hunts
  • Art-making activities in the Museum studios
  • Performances from local groups
  • Glass blowing demonstrations from Duncan McClellan Gallery artists
  • Animal Ballet performances from musician and composer Susan McDonald at 1:30pm and 3:00pm
  • Food trucks
  • And MORE!

Susan McDonald’s Animal Ballets at Holidays at the Museum on December 4

Performances will be at 1:30pm and 3:00pm in the Leonhardt Auditorium.

These performances are part of Holidays at the Museum, a FREE family event

Watch and listen to musician and composer Susan McDonald perform her Animal Ballets with nature footage set to live, original music. Susan will perform her compositions YASUNI: Dances from the Rainforest and The Aquarium: A Marine Micro-Ballet for Guitar and Sea Creatures.

Winter Concert with the Vero Beach Choral Society December 4, 4pm

First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach 

The most magical holiday experience in town. The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department will present ‘Enchanted Christmas Ball’, an original performing arts production at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center! ‘Enchanted Christmas Ball’ combines amazing acrobatics, beautiful dancing and daring aerial acts into an original script written by Vero Beach High School graduate and Disney Imagineer, Ilyana Reed. This year’s production marks the 28th year that the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department has sponsored and produced a holiday show utilizing the participants of Leisure Square’s popular Aerial Antics Youth Circus, gymnastics and performing arts programs. Students ages 3 to 19 will bring this original and unique show to our community. ‘Enchanted Christmas Ball’ cannot be seen anywhere else. Audiences will be amazed at the talented performers and will be left wanting more!‘Enchanted Christmas Ball’ is a compilation of edgy, upbeat music with a Christmas spin. A magical tale of a town excited for Christmas and a magnificent ball thrown every year by an elegant hotel. The purpose of the ball is to bring the townspeople together and spread the Christmas spirit. Unfortunately, not everyone is eager to distribute the Christmas joy! ‘Enchanted Christmas Ball’ will be held at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on December 4, at 2 & 6pm.  Tickets are available now Leisure Square.

VBMA Museum Babies & Toddlers

December 6, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday) for 0-24 months old on December 7, 9:30 – 10:30am

VBMA Museum Stories (Every Wednesday) for 2-4 years old on December 7, 10:30 – 11:30am

Cultural Council of Indian River County Annual Meeting

December 7 – 4 pm

IRC Chamber of Commerce Conference Room 1216 21st Street, Vero Beach

All are Welcome!

Rock City Gardens hosts 2022 Annual Benefit On December 7, 6 – 9pm, RSVP by December 1, 2022.

Enjoy cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres and a dinner buffet featuring Elizabeth Kennedy Catering. Live Music and Valet Parking. For more information, please call (772) 794-0701 or visit

Please wear comfortable shoes appropriate for a lovely garden stroll.

Sunrise Theatre in the Main Theatre

AEG Presents: The Fab Four – The Ultimate Beatles Tribute December 7, 7:30 pm

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace 1903 14th Ave, Vero Beach FL

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-3pm Tiny Treasures On view through December 9

Artist Walford Campbell photo credit Brenda Ahearn

A.E. Backus Museum presents the latest exhibition by ceramics artist

Walford Campbell, “Vessels: A Journey in Clay”

Vessels: A Journey in Clay by Walford Campbell, the Jamaican-born ceramicist traces an extraordinary creative voyage, delving into an intimate and lifelong relationship with the earth.

Garden Entrance at McKee

Fall Art Show Galleries at First Pres

On view through December 31

The show will feature the works of local artists Valerie Cecire, Grace Cormier & Theresa Kelso

The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Early Morning Dip by Fran San Miguel

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

Dorothy Napp Schindel Rough Sail On The East River

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit Indian River County Administrative Complex Bldg. A & B, First & Second Floors. Artful Architecture  – Member’s Exhibit featuring works by Ella Chabot, Patricia Forelle, Evelyn Haught, Gwen McNenney, Yvonne Steere, Judy Burgarella, Dorothy Napp Schindel & Patricia Willis. On View through January 4.

Art at The Emerson presents All Mixed Up Exhibit An exciting exhibit showing mixed media art.

On view through January 5 On the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. Gallery Hours: Monday -Friday 10am – 3pm, No entry fee.

Ella Chabot Infinity Beach

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Courthouse Ella Chabot Solo Exhibit – “Illuminations”

On view through January 18.

Gwen McNenney Pumpkin Season

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County on exhibit at the Intergenerational Center “Food, Glorious Food –

Member Exhibit”  On view through February 3, 2023. Featuring works by Judy Burgarella , Merana Cadorette, Tony Caruso, Gail Lois Jaffe, Gwen McNenney, Tara Rovani, Mark San Souci & Ardi Schneider.

Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Historic Home Opens for the 2022-2023 Season

Tours: Every Tuesday afternoon 1 – 5pm through May 23, 2023 

& The 2nd Sunday of each month 1 – 5pm through May 21, 2023

Final Ornament

Garden Club of Indian River County Christmas Ornament released for sale to the Community.  Marking the 31st year of producing the ornament, each year, featuring places in Indian River County that are near and dear to our hearts. Many residents enjoy collecting and gifting these ornaments and eagerly await their arrival. This year the Garden Club is happy to feature ‘Gardenfest!’. The brass ornament is adorned with our white trellis and colorful Bougainvillea. Celebrating the 20th year of this much-loved event, held each year on the first weekend in February under the oaks in Vero Beach. 20,000 people attend each year to find plants, herbs, various garden services, garden accessories and local business services.

Look Ahead:

Vero Beach Theatre Guild offers LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

December 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects–mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why they only wear black!

“Funny, compelling…Brought down the house…” – The N.Y. Times

Gabriella Carillo

Come celebrate the holiday season at McKee Botanical Garden during the

Magic of McKee Festival of Lights

  • December 15 through December 17
  • December 20 through December 23
  • December 28 through December 30

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM each night. The last admission ticket sold at 7:30 pm.

Relive moments of holidays past as you marvel at McKee’s nostalgic large-scale train display (December 20-23 and December 28-30) and listen to the sounds of the 1924 Wurlitzer Band Organ (December 20-23). Intermittent snow flurries create a traditional holiday spirit in the Garden along with Santa, outdoor holiday movies, performances by local entertainers and special holiday treats from the Garden Café. Thousands of bright and colorful professionally installed lights will illuminate the Garden pathways along with lighted holiday displays and festive decorations.

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