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7 Things To Do For Labor Day Weekend In Stuart And Surrounding Areas

The end of summer is upon us. The lazy vacation mindset has shifted to make room for back to school, renewed focus in the workplace and the start of football season. 

The Labor Day weekend brings a variety of special events to the local area, including a fishing tournament and a luau, complete with fire dancing. 

Here are seven ways to close out the summer season in the local area:

Buck Wild Fish Roundup

Show your support for the Martin County Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee at its inaugural Buck Wild Fish Roundup on Sept. 1. The tournament begins at 7 a.m., with the weigh-in happening between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.. An announcement of awards will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the closing party. The prize for first place is $2,000, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Other categories include a lion fish competition and a junior’s competition, as well as trophies for largest fish, top woman angler, most fish and more. Entry fee is $300 per boat, with no maximum number of anglers.

4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart; discovermartin.com/event/buck-wild-fish-roundup

Labor Day Weekend Luau

Dance the night away at The Twisted Tuna for its authentic Polynesian luau on Sept. 2. There will be live island music, hula dancing, a whole pig roast, drink specials, a Polynesian fire dancing show and an afterparty with DJ Frankie Romero. All the entertainment is free, with a cost of $19.99 for the pig roast, including all the side dishes. The roast lasts from noon to 6 p.m., with live music beginning at 2 p.m. The Polynesian fire dancing show is being held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

4290 SE Salerno Road, Port Salerno; 772.600.7239; facebook.com/events/446910245797399/

Jeepers & Creepers Car Show Block Party

Pierced Ciderworks is bringing out the muscle for an afternoon block party and car show. The family friendly event will be held on Sept. 1, and will showcase jeeps from the Treasure Coast Jeep Club, as well as rat rods from Colonial Metalworks. St. Petersburg band Boxcar Hollow will entertain the crowds with Americana and roots style tunes. Barbecue stands and local vendors will also be available. Vehicles start showing at 3 p.m., and all entries must be on site by 5 p.m. in order to be judged. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m., with trophies for the top prizes.

411 N. Second St., Fort Pierce; 772.302.3863; facebook.com/events/684441435230236/

Barefoot Beach Ball

Let the inner beach bum fly free at this colorful take on a formal ball on Sept 2. Attendees mix their beach looks with formal attire, which they may or may not lose to the ocean waters by the end of the night. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at Waldo’s Restaurant with the Poker Pub Crawl, followed by a Barefoot Beach Ball reception at 6:30 p.m. after the pub crawl returns. At 7:41 p.m. all are encouraged to jump in the ocean, outfits and all, to cap off the fundraising event. Admission is free, with proceeds from sponsorship and food and drink sales going to benefit the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association.

3150 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach; barefootbeachball.com

9/11 Heroes Run 5K

Sweat to honor the veterans, first responders and other heroes of Sept. 11, at the 9/11 Heroes Run 5k, being held on Sept. 3. The event, open to runners and walkers of all levels, is held all over the world on or near Sept. 11, to raise awareness and embody the message to “never forget.” The Palm City race begins at 7 a.m. at the Cummings Library, with tiered registration pricing.

2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City; travismanion.org/community-engagement/911-heroes-run/2018-palm-city-fl/

Labor Day Festival

Come out for a taste of the town at the annual Labor Day Festival in downtown Okeechobee, being held from Sept. 1 to 3. The three-day event will bring together local business owners, food and retail vendors and clubs in the area. The free event is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a parade sponsored by the B.R.A.T. club at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1, as well as a Battle of the Bands competition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that evening.

Okeechobee Main St., Okeechobee; 863.357.6246; okeechobeemainstreet.org/p/26/labor-day-festival#.W3rixy2ZPOR

Sailfish Splash

Stop by for a swim at Sailfish Splash’s last open weekend until next summer. The waterpark has become a favorite for families of all ages, and features a lazy river, water slides and a splash playground. There is plenty of seating around the pool, or you can rent one of the private cabanas. The park is open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., dependent upon weather, with tickets costing $14.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under and seniors 55 and older. Infants less than one year old can enter for free.

931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart; 772.320.3100; sailfishsplash.com

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