By PAM HARBAUGH
Well if this doesn’t make you GET OUT! then nothing will.
It’s the 32nd (wow) annual Melbourne Arts Festival and it’s taking place this weekend throughout downtown Melbourne.
It’s also the last time the event will be held downtown. According to a story in FLORIDA TODAY, the annual festival will move its location next year and likely be held in Wickham Park.
The annual event kicks off with a very popular Flamingo 5K run at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. It begins in downtown Melbourne and heads over the causeway. $30 entry fee. In addition a world of art for sale, the festival has a Kids’ world, entertainment galore, art workshops and a park and ride.
For a complete listing of all the fun stuff, click here.
More Communal Festive Fun
After all the intense activity at the art festival (it ends 5 p.m. Sunday), you may want to wind down in a more unplugged manner. So head to the Eau Gallie Arts District for EGAD Food Truck Festival along the southern end of Highland Avenue. You’ll find a dozen food trucks from the Orlando Food Truck Bazaaar. Listen to some acoustic musicians, bring your chair, set it up in Eau Gallie Square, and enjoy the warm Florida breezes as evening descends. For more information, click onto the EGAD ad on the right side of this page, which will also show EGAD your appreciation for their support of Brevard Culture.
Theater, ending this weekendSISTER ACT runs through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville. Read guest reviewer Joan Taddie’s critique of the musical by clicking here. Tickets are $20 to $26 with discounts for seniors, military and students. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or show your appreciation for TPI’s support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
TARTUFFE runs through Sunday at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets are $23 to $25. Service fees for purchasing tickets with credit cards. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad on the right side of this page and show your appreciation for MCT’s support of Brevard Culture.
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK runs through May 1 at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road (by S. 5th Street), Cocoa Beach, FL. Read guest reviewer Bruce Hickman’s critique by clicking here. Curtain is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22 general, $20 seniors and military and $17 student. Call 321-783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayers.com.SISTER ACT (yes, there are two) runs through May 1 at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Read the review by clicking here. Tickets begin at $35. Call 772-231-6990, or visit RiversideTheatre.com or simply click onto the ad on the right side of this page to show Riverside your appreciation for its support of Brevard Culture.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS presents another in its “Longform Lab Show” series. Read more about that by clicking here. Show runs 8 to 9:30 Saturday, April 23, at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. $11.54. Click here.
TOUCHING STRANGERS photo exhibition runs through May 14 at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Read more about it and see a video about the photographer Richard Renaldi by clicking here. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission to the galleries. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or better yet, show the Foosaner you appreciate their support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
MATERIAL WORLD: Glass, Rubber and Paper runs through May 1 at the Maitland Art Centre. Read more about it by clicking here. And do remember to show your appreciation of the Maitland Art Center’s support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
REIMAGINED: INNOVATIONS IN FIBER ART by Alex Trimino and Carrie Sieh runs through May 7 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. This is a vivid, fun, engaging exhibit filled with color and, as the title suggests — imagination. This is a real treat. Free admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.
JUST WINGIN’ IT: Art by Barbara Desrosiers is up through May 1 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
Coming up…get this on your radar
April 29, IN THE HEIGHTS opens at Cocoa Village Playhouse.
April 29, ON GOLDEN POND, opens at Titusville Playhouse 2nd Stage
April 30, HUGH PANARO IN CONCERT with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Look for a story to run Sunday in Brevard Culture.
April 30, EGAD TOURS heads to Salvador Dali Museum. Learn more by clicking here.
May 3, BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opens at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando.
May 6: BIG FISH opens at the Henegar Center.
May 13: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE opens at Titusville Playhouse.
May 20: THE PRICE at Melbourne Civic Theatre.