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Happy New Year  
from the Sebastian River Area!
        
Kayaking the St. Sebastian River   
Photo Credit: wkagarise via Instagram  
 
Wishing you a Happy & Healthy 2018 full of new adventures and many happy returns to the Sebastian River Area!  The new year brings many of our favorite annual festivals and events such as the 27th Annual Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival and the 17th Annual Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art & Music Festival! Our 2018 Concerts in the Park Series also kicks off this month followed by other events including the Florida Pro Surf Competition at Sebastian Inlet State Park, birding and wildlife tours, markets, concerts, a surf fishing workshop, art shows ghost tours and much more! Please check out the events below and be sure to visit our website to plan your perfect Sebastian River Area getaway! From Simple Pleasures to Authentic Treasures, the Sebastian River Area has something for everyone to enjoy!  
 

 

To learn more about all there is to see and do in the Sebastian River Area, watch our destination videos:

Sebastian River Area Destination Video
Sebastian River Area Destination Video
The Greater Fellsmere Destination video
The Greater Fellsmere Area Destination Video
There are a lot of fun filled events taking place this month and you'll find some of them listed below. To view the entire calendar of events, click here.  
Be sure to download the   
Indian River County- Vero Beach, Sebastian, & Fellsmere App!


Birding with David Simpson Trips 
January 3rd, 6th, 17th, 31st    
8:00AM - 11:00AM 
 
46 North Broadway Street, Fellsmere
 
Take a walk with renowned birding expert David Simpson. For just $15 per person, you can take a 3-hour field trip to see and learn all about the birds that reside around us.

Itineraries will vary so please RSVP to Birding with David Simpson at simpsondavid@mac.com or 321-720-5516

For more info., visit
Free Wildlife Tours 
Every Wednesday (Through March)
8-10 a.m.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach

Join Refuge volunteers as they take you on a journey throughout Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge to experience our diverse habitats and observe wildlife. Binoculars and field guides are provided.

Limited space! Must call for reservations- 772-581-5557 x2
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Now through January 21st, 2018
Showtimes 2, 7:30 & 8 p.m.

Riverside Theatre
3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach

The story of "Million Dollar Quartet," a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash made on December 4, 1956, at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Music by Various Artists Lyrics. Book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott

For tickets, visit www.riversidetheatre.com
Library Coffee House  
Friday, January 5th
7-9 p.m.
 
North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian  
 
Rebecca is a songwriter, singer and guitar player and Ken plays multiple instruments including bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica.  Admission is free and open to all at this program sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more info., call 772-589-1355
1st Annual  Chase Your Tail 5K Run-Walk Along Sebastian's Scenic Indian River Lagoon 
Saturday, January 6th
Registration 6:30 a.m.
Run/Walk 7:30 a.m.

Sebastian Community Center
1805 North Central Avenue
(corner of Jackson & Central)

$25 Pre-Registration l $30 Race Day Includes race packet, "Chase Your Tail" t-shirt, goodie bag, after race chow time, lots of furry fun. "Dog Tag" Prizes in Eight Age Groups and Youngest Finisher Gift Basket Awarded to Best Dressed in an Animal Print

1st Saturday Flea Market 
Saturday, January 6th 
8 a.m.- 1 p.m. 
 
St. Sebastian Catholic Church  
13075 U.S. 1, Sebastian
(Just North of Walmart) 
 
Antiques, Collectibles, Crafts, Plants, Household Goods, and Elegant Stuff. Drinks and Snacks.  
 
For more info., call Rosemary at 772-581-8665. 
Free Saturday Admission at the ELC
Saturday, January 6th 
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
 
Environmental Learning Center
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach 
 
Every 1st Saturday of the month! We want everyone in our community to have the opportunity to visit our ELC Lagoon Island Campus regardless of income so please join us and get outside and explore our 1 ½ miles of boardwalks and walking trails, Discovery Station Interactive Museum with Aquariums and Touch Tank, dip-netting pond, native plant greenhouse, canoe dock for lagoon viewing, children's outdoor play areas and more!

For more info., visit www.discoverelc.org  
Craft Show  
Saturday, January 6th
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Riverview Park, Sebastian

100% Handmade Crafts by local Artisans.
Food, Music and Fun.
Meet the Author! Potluck: Little Stories from a Big Table
Saturday, January 6th
10:00AM - 1:00PM

Riverview Coffee, Tea & Books

482 US Hwy 1, Sebastian

Paula Thomas will be signing and selling copies of her hilarious and heartwarming book... Potluck: Little Stories from a Big Table
Scrabble Club 
Every Saturday
11:00a.m.
- 3:00 pm
 
North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Boulevard, Sebastian

For more information, contact: Helen Russell, Director at 772-532-3647.  

Artisans at the Mall
Saturday, January 6th
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Indian River Mall
6200 20th Street, Vero Beach

One of a Kind Jewelry
Natural Artisan Soaps
Decorative Air Plants
Unique Gift Ideas
Raffles
Ghost Walking Tours: Fellsmere
January 6th & 21st*  
7 p.m.  
(*6 p.m. Tour) 
 
Fellsmere City Hall (front steps)  
22 S. Orange Street
 
We will walk through time and uncover the history and paranormal happenings in each location.   You will learn about current and past ghost stories and evidence gathered at the sites by the Florida Bureau of Paranormal Investigations.  This is NOT a tour with staged events to frighten guests.  This is the real thing.  All tours last approximately 1 to 2 hours.
 
For more info., visit http://www.indianriverhauntings.com  
 
Learn to Play Pickleball 
Every Monday-Friday
6 pm
  
Schumann Park
1091 Schumann Drive, Sebastian
(courts 5 & 6)

Come out and learn how to play pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the USA! Free to play and everyone is welcome! All you need is tennis shoes. 
LIGHTHOUSES OF THE SUNSHINE STATE
Tuesday, January 9th
6-7:30 p.m.
 
North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian 

Refreshments will be served after the presentation and discussion. Admission to this program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and open to all ages.  Call 772 589-1355 for more information.  
Trivia Night 
Every Tuesday Night 
6:30 pm

Woody's BBQ
13600 US-1, Sebastian 

Play for prizes.  
Roseland Jam Session 
Every Thursday 
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  

Roseland Volunteer Fire Department 8025 129 Ct, Roseland

Roseland Music Jam Session meets each Thursday, year round. We play old time country, bluegrass and gospel, using only acoustical instruments. Audience is welcome! 772-913-2182.
Jam Session 

Every Thursday

6:00-9:00 p.m.

 

VFW Post 10210  

815 Louisiana Avenue, Sebastian

 

A music Jam Session, come join the fun. Sandwiches are served. Hope to see you there!   

Live Bluegrass Jam  
Every Thursday Night
Music starts at 6:30 p.m.
 
Marsh Landing Restaurant
44 N. Broadway, Fellsmere 
   
Step back in time to pioneer days of Florida in the 1926 beautifully restored Marsh Landing Restaurant every Thursday night and enjoy some traditional and original songs at the famous Marsh Landing Bluegrass Jam!! Join us for good music, good food and a good time.  If your feeling the rhythm, bring your instrument and join in on the fun! Reservations are highly recommended.  
 
 
For more information, visit www.marshlandingrestaurant.com
Free Concert in the Park- Penny Creek Band 
Friday, January 12th
5:30-8 p.m.

Riverview Park, Sebastian

Penny Creek Band
(Traditional bluegrass, vintage country, fresh original material)

Enjoy an evening of music on the Indian River Lagoon! Concerts in the Park series features great music and a free raffle during intermission with a chance to win giveaways from the local business community. Food and refreshments for sale from New York Nick's Hot Dogs, Woody's BBQ, Louie G's Italian Ice, and the Lions Club of Sebastian will be selling popcorn. Bring your lawn chair and blanket, and enjoy the local talent and river breezes!

Concerts in the Park is brought to you by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Sebastian.
Ghost Walking Tours: Sebastian 
January 12th & 14th  
7 p.m. 
 
Meet at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot
700 Main Street, Sebastian
 
We will walk through time and uncover the history and paranormal happenings in each location.   You will learn about current and past ghost stories and evidence gathered at the sites by the Florida Bureau of Paranormal Investigations.  This is NOT a tour with staged events to frighten guests.  This is the real thing.  All tours last approximately 1 to 2 hours.
 
For more info., visit http://www.indianriverhauntings.com  
 
Sebastian River Art Club ART BY THE RIVER FINE ART SHOW
Saturday, January 13th   
(rain date Sunday) 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm   
 
Riverview Park, Sebastian
Nature Photography Workshop
Saturday, January 13th
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Environmental Learning Center
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach 

Nature Photography Workshop with Molly Steinwald, M.S., Executive Director of the Environmental Learning Center and Award Winning Photographer. See beautiful nature photography by Molly Steinwald and learn how to take better photos of your own! Molly is past Chair of the Environment Committee of the North American Nature Photography Association.
 
For more info., visit

Surf Fishing Workshop 
Saturday, January 13th  
1-3:15 p.m.

Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 S. A1A, Melbourne Beach

Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.
 
Kashi Sunday Market 
Sunday, January 14th  
9 am- 2 pm
 
11105 Roseland Rd. Sebastian
 
Vendor booths include artists & crafters,, coffee, baked goods, jewelry,organic produce, readings, bodywork, brunch at 12:00 pm., children's corner, tours.
 
For more info. visit
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
January 16th - February 4th, 2018
2:00pm, 7:30pm, and 8:00pm  
 
Riverside Theatre
3250 Riverside Park Drive , Vero Beach 
 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens and was the first musical where the audience determined the ending.  This hilarious and interactive mystery musical tries to solve the murder of the young and charming Edwin Drood.  Was it a romantic rival?  The purveyor of opium and vice? The newly-arrived twins from the east? The audience chooses the dastardly villain in this tuneful tale of intrigue.
 
For more information, visit www.riversidetheatre.com 
Sebastian Area Historical Society Presentation- "A Timeline Presentation:  Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway-Part 2"

Wednesday, January 17th
6 p.m.

North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian

The Sebastian Area Historical Society is proud to present "A Timeline Presentation:  Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway-Part 2" by "Caboose" Mikey Starck, Fl. East Coast Railway Society Director. Even if you were not present when Mikey presented Part 1, please plan on attending.  Mikey will do a quick review of Part 1 at the start of the evening.  

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. This event is not sponsored by the North Indian River County Library.
Laugh & Learn 
Thursday, January 18th
10:30-11:30 a.m.

 
North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Boulevard, Sebastian
Florida Pro Surf Competition

January 18-24, 2018

Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 S. A1A, Melbourne Beach

The event will host a World Surf League qualifying series event for men and women. Florida Pro will feature a Women's QS6000 competition offering the largest cash prize in the United States, along with a Men's QS1500 competition.        
For more info., visit www.FloridaProSurf.com 
27th Annual Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival

January 18-21, 2018
Thursday & Friday- 4 pm - 11 pm
Saturday- 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Sunday- 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Downtown Fellsmere
22 South Orange Street , Fellsmere
 
T he Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival has been a local favorite for almost 27 years, and truly has something for every member of your family! Whether you're joining us for the famous mouthwatering frog leg and gator tail dinners, just to browse the hundreds of booths for unique gifts, or wanting to listen to some great music and enjoy the fun rides - you'll immediately know why this festival has become a success and an annual tradition for so many.

For more information, visit www.froglegfestival.com 
17th Annual Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art & Music Festival

January 20-21, 2018
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
 
Riverview Park, Sebastian

More than 100 professional artists and craftsmen along with musicians will be on hand showcasing their talents beside many area restaurants serving the best local food, beer, and wines.

For more info., visit
The Roaring 20's Dance
Saturday, January 20th
6:00PM - 9:00PM

731 South Fleming Street, Sebastian

Music by the Nobody Band, Ticket $10/ pp. Bring your own snacks. Costumes encouraged but not required. Prizes for best couples and singles costumes. Even if you can't Charleston there will be music spanning the decades.

Free Concert in the Park- 20th Street Jazz Band 
Friday, January 26th
5: 30-8 p.m.

Riverview Park, Sebastian

20th Street Jazz Band
(Swing/Jazz)

Enjoy an evening of music on the Indian River Lagoon! Concerts in the Park series features great music and a free raffle during intermission with a chance to win giveaways from the local business community. Food and refreshments for sale from New York Nick's Hot Dogs, Woody's BBQ, Louie G's Italian Ice, and the Lions Club of Sebastian will be selling popcorn. Bring your lawn chair and blanket, and enjoy the local talent and river breezes!

Concerts in the Park is brought to you by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Sebastian.
Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park- Souljam
Saturday, January 27th
7-9 p.m.

Sebastian Inlet State Park (Coconut Point)
9 700 S. A1A, Melbourne Beach

Souljam is a five-piece band that plays extended versions of rock n roll jam music. Playing cover tunes of the Grateful Dead, Phish and the Tedeschi Trucks band with a few original songs mixed in. Creativity, self-expression and the joy of their music radiates through their sound and vibe. The concert is free with regular park entry fees.
ELC Adventures in Learning Lecture Series: Nature Play for Healthy Child Development
Sunday, January 28th
2:30PM & 4:30PM
   
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach

Nature Play for Healthy Child Development with Angela Hanscom M.S. Angela is founder of TimberNook, an international award-winning outdoor children's school, trains educators and clinicians across the globe. She is working at the cutting edge of cross-disciplinary research and activism in the area of human well-being. She is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and featured on NPR education blogs. Admission: $20 Adults. $11 Children ages 2 to 11 & Students with/ID. 20% off for ELC Members. Tickets available at

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Tourism Spotlight
 
Capt Christy Lenz "Casual Cruisin" 
772-633-0987



Happy New Year!
 
Welcome Aboard. I am Capt. Christy Lenz and it has been almost 12 yrs. since I opened the doors to Capt. Christy's Casual Cruisin. Where has the time gone?
 
A lot has happened in these years and I just want to thank The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce and their Staff for all their support and everything they do to help our Business Community. What a great Chamber to belong to and I am humbled and honored to sit on the Board of Directors for another term. I also want to thank all my customers and my Facebook Fans from a far and near as you are what keeps my boat "a float."
 
Now, have you ever jogged, walked or biked down Indian River Dr. in Sebastian and glanced out over the Indian River Lagoon and wished you could be out there? Well you can. Instead of wishing you were out there, come join me on a Private Narrated Tour of the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding waterways, aboard my 24ft pontoon boat. I have 6 fabulous wildlife tours so there is something for everyone. I can accommodate up to 6 passengers and unlike most tour operators, I plan my tours around what you want to see and do.
 
My boat is docked at Mulligan's Beach House Bar & Grill located at 806 Indian River Drive, on Sebastian's Working Waterfront. My tours range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours depending on which tour you choose. We can visit our Nation's First Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island, "Up Close and Personal" by boat or kayak and the birds are amazing during this time of the year as we are in the beginning of birding season. Or maybe take a cruise and explore our Spoil Islands where you can stop and explore, swim or have lunch. Don't forget to see my most popular tour, the famous Sebastian Inlet/Long Point area where we often find manatees, dolphins, an array of birds just to name a few. You might even get lucky and see some magnificent frigate birds or a Bald Eagle.
 
If you are interested in "Old Florida Style Jungle Cruise", then you definitely want to explore the St Sebastian River. This pristine, untouched fresh water river is a great place to find alligators, manatees and turtles. It is also very scenic, peaceful and quite. We also have a scenic trip, south of Wabasso, to the tip of John's Island where we will see the beautiful multi-million dollar homes on the Intracoastal Waterway. Oh, by the way, we have many nesting Ospreys and during the spring we are blessed to see the babies up close and personal.
 
   
Or better yet, join me on a Sunset Cruise and enjoy the peace and serenity while sipping on a glass of wine, champagne or other beverages. And yes, on all of our trips we will be accompanied by dolphins, great blue herons, brown pelicans, cormorants, osprey and other wildlife. We may discover manatees, turtles, stingrays, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans and an alligator or two depending on the time of year and the tour you choose. Rest assured though, you will have a great time.
 
For those of you who are more adventurous and want to kayak or try stand up paddle boarding (SUP), I have guided tours and rentals. Our Kayak/SUP tours include the Indian River Lagoon, Pelican Island, St Sebastian River, Wabasso area and other locations. If you want to get out on your own, then rent a kayak (single/tandem) or a fishing kayak for 3hrs, a half day or a full day and explore the spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon or other locations. I will deliver and pick up "FREE" in the local area.
 
Some of the other services I provide are Custom Boat Tours, Island Picnics, Birthday Parties, Family Reunions, Shuttles to the Spoil Islands and more.
 
Oh by the way, I have been called "the Dolphin Whisperer." My motto is "If you can think of it, we can do it." A day with your family and or friends... MEMORABLE! What are you waiting for... call me 772-633-0987. Check us out on Facebook and our website ( www.captchristylenz.com) and enjoy all the pictures/albums. Reservations Required. Anchors Away and I look forward to seeing you on the water. From my family to yours, have a Safe and Prosperous New Year!
SRA Snapshots Video Contest

2018 Concerts in the Park 
 
SAVE THE DATE!
Gardenfest!  
February 3rd & 4th
 
Riverside Park, Vero Beach

Get your wagons ready for the 17th year of this treasured Vero Beach favorite! Over 85 vendors of plants, pots and garden ornaments. Experts featured throughout each day. Children's crafts, food court, raffle prizes. Free Admission and parking. Hosted by the Garden Club of Indian River County. 

For more info., visit www.gardenclubofirc.org 
Free Concerts in the Park  
 February 9th
Professor Pennygoode's Mighty Flea Circus
 
February 23rd  
Sharkbait! 
 
Riverview Park, Sebastian  
 
Join us at Riverview Park from 5:30-8:00pm to enjoy an evening of music on the Indian River Lagoon. Concerts in the Park series features great music and a free raffle during intermission with a chance to win giveaways from the local business community. Food and refreshments for sale. Bring your lawn chair and blanket, and enjoy the local talent and river breezes!
Vero Beach Regional Airport Non-stop Flights to/from Newark, NJ & Asheville, NC 
Fly non-stop between Vero Beach and NYC starting at $149 each way. Flights offered 4 days a week. Nonstop jet service to Asheville, NC for as low as $179 each way. Book your trip and fly Elite Class!

For more information, visit 
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Sebastian River Area
Chamber of Commerce
 
700 Main Street

 Sebastian, FL 32958  

 

Phone: (772) 589-5969

Website:
 www.SebastianChamber.com

 

Email: Info@SebastianChamber.com

 

GPS Coordinates: 27.817241, -80.468454