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16 Can’t-Miss Treasure Coast Festivals Worth Checking Out This Season

Our guide to the Treasure Coast's top winter and spring festivals. 
From seafood feasts to craft art fairs, mark your calendar for these 16 can't-miss festivals.

December

1. Stuart Christmas Parade

For the 55th year, the Christmas parade will take over the streets of Stuart with middle school and high school marching bands and festive floats under this year's theme of “It's A Magical Christmas.” Floats will receive awards for best theme decorations, best display of lights, best music and more.

Dec. 4; 7 p.m.; stuartchristmasparade.com

2. Port St. Lucie Community Band Holiday Spectacular

Enjoy tunes from the community band in a holiday event that will get everyone in the spirit of the season. The performance, supporting local musicians, begins at 7 p.m., and snacks will be available for purchase.

Dec. 9; 7 p.m.; $6 in advance or $8 at the door; cityofpsl.com/civic/hospitality/civic-center-rental-calendar.html

January

3. The Port St. Lucie Greek Festival

Experience the best of Greek and Russian culture at the festival that features authentic Greek pastries, Russian breads, wines, a Hellenic band, Greek dancing and more.

Jan. 8, 9, 10; Saint James Orthodox Church, Port St. Lucie; Free; saintjamesorthodox.org

4. Stuart Boat Show

The largest boat show on the Treasure Coast features more than 190 local, national and international exhibitors with hundreds of boats. Look for the latest models of motor yachts, speedboats, sport fishing boats, as well as music, food and drinks.

Jan. 15-17; Times vary; $12/adult, $5/ages 12 and younger; facebook.com/StuartBoatShow

5. Taste of Little Italy

Meatballs, meatballs and more meatballs. Attend this three-day street festival for Italian food, music, wine seminars, art, street painting and more.

Jan. 29, 30, 31; Tradition Square; $7/adult, ages 12 and younger free; tasteoflittleitaly.net

6. Port Salerno Seafood Festival

Treasure Coast's annual seafood festival is back for its 10th year, with a schedule packed to provide live music, arts and craft vendors, a kid's fun zone, mermaids, pirates, and of course, seafood. The seafood comes from local Port Salerno fishermen who catch, clean and cook the seafood for festivalgoers.

Jan. 30; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; $10 for adults, children 12 and younger are free; portsalernoseafoodfestival.org

February

7. Hobe Sound Art Festival

For two days, four blocks of A1A/Dixie Highway will transform into a lively art gallery, featuring life-size sculptures, paintings, photography and more.

Feb. 6-7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free; artfestival.com/festivals/hobe-sound-festival-arts

8. Downtown Stuart Art Festival

The 26th annual festival is returning to downtown Stuart with art displays including life-size sculptures, paintings, jewels, photography and other art forms. Festival attendees will also have an opportunity to meet the artists and hear their stories of inspiration and learn how they created their work.

Feb. 27-28; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free; artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-stuart-art-festival

March

9. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

Sunshine Grove is inviting the energy of musical guests from around the world for the festival, which will celebrate art and music. The event will feature performances from Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex. The festival will feature activities such as aquachobee—a daytime swimming and entertainment zone; the lost jungle—a clearing encouraging dancing to any type of music; and a yoga zone.

March 4-6; Prices vary; okeechobeefest.com

10. Stuart Stroll

The semi-annual stroll in downtown Stuart offers an evening out on the historic part of town. Attendees can shop at the downtown retailers and enjoy drinks, refreshments and complimentary samples.

March 10; $15/day of, $10/advance; stuartmainstreet.org/events/stuart-stroll/

11. Stuart Sailfish Family Day

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Sailfish capital of the world, Stuart Magazine and the Sailfish Club will host a Family Day in March to celebrate the Treasure Coast's tradition of great fishing. Families can enjoy vendors, food, music and more.

March 19; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Flagler Park

April

12. Shopapalooza

Shop to your heart's desire at this Stuart event featuring spring sidewalk shopping in downtown. Expect to find bargains at a number of participating merchants.

April 9-10; stuartmainstreet.org/events/sidewalk-shopapalooza/

13. Fort Pierce Oyster Festival

The fifth annual oyster festival is returning with plenty of activities. The one-day festival will feature an assortment of seafood and oysters available from vendors to live music, arts and crafts, a children's area and river science symposiums.

April 2; ftpierceoysterfest.com

14. Downtown Stuart Craft Fair

This April, Osceola Street will be packed with some of the best crafters in the nation. The fair will feature paintings, wooden sculptures, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, as well as a green market that includes orchids, tangy barbecue sauces, homemade soaps and more.

April 23-24; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free; artfestival.com/festivals/stuart-craft-fair

May

15. Stuart Sailfish Regatta

For a weekend full of speed, excitement and community involvement, attend the Stuart Sailfish Regatta, which benefits local charities including The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast and the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County. The event features hydroplanes, race boats and power boats competing for prize money and, of course, bragging rights.

May 20, 21, 22; Stuart Causeway; stuartsailfishregatta.com

16. PaddleFest

Stand up for a cause at this year's annual Paddlefest at Sandsprit Park. The all-day festival, which benefits local charities, attracted more than 1,500 people last year for a day of paddleboarding and family fun.

May; Date TBA; $5; Sandsprit Park; coastalpaddleboarding.com