Your guide to a range of local cultural, culinary, and other fun events
Now that fall is here, you’re probably working hard at your studies, but it’s important to take breaks, too. What better way to relax than to have some affordable fall fun in and around Melbourne!
Buy local, eat local
- Support local farmers and artisans when you visit Downtown Melbourne Farmers' Market. Located in the historic section of Melbourne, the market takes place every weekend and features vendors offering organic foods, handcrafted gifts, and fresh local produce.
- Come on out to Brevard County Farmer’s Market every Thursday between and 3 and 6 pm in Wickham Park Equestrian Center (a 15 minute drive). Get farm-fresh produce from Green Flamingo Organics or the catch of the day from the Wild Ocean Market. Other mouthwatering offerings from the many vendors include honey, homemade pastas, jams and jellies, olives, and more!
Have a “boo”-tastic time
- Mark your calendar and pick out your costume for the Zombie Walk 2017 & Pub Crawl from noon to midnight on Saturday, October 14. The Zombie Walk starts at 4 pm, from Holmes Park, and then transitions to the Zombie Halloween Pub Crawl at 6 pm, which includes a costume contest. Tickets are required for the pub crawl, which is open to for those 21 and older. (First stop: Bar Refuge, with four more stops over the evening.)
- All ages will enjoy the Florida Tech's Treat or Treat 2017. On Saturday, October 28 (2–5 pm). The Residence Quad is the place to be—for games, Halloween activities, and three different “scare-level” haunted houses! The entire event is free to the public.
- Start your month off right on October 6 with the many sights, tastes, and sounds at the EGAD Mainstreet First Friday. Located in the Eau Gallie Square, you can stroll the avenue, hear live music, pick up crafts from local vendors, and enjoy fine foods, beer, and wine.
- On October 29, The annual Brevard County Cultural Arts Showcase is a free one-day festival that celebrates the performing arts up and down the Space Coast. Located at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts (approx. 20 minutes by car), the day’s lineup includes dance, music, theater and free family concerts by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.
Swing into a jazzy fall
- Listen to the cool tones of live jazz on first Friday (October 6) while you take in the current exhibitions of The Foosaner Art Museum for free, at the Florida Institute of Technology, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- A free swingtime concert takes place at Melbourne Auditorium on Oct. 11 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. Dance tunes step aside for songs dedicated to the band’s favorite drinks! This 22-member Big Band features two vocalists and a lot of character.
There’s so much to see and do in and around Melbourne. We hope you’ll find something on this list that intrigues you, and will treat yourself to some fun after your hard work is done!
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