Weekend Picks: Melbourne Art Festival, The Great Optimist Fishout and 25 Years of Hubble Fill Weekend Calendar

The month of April is winding down, but you wouldn’t be able to tell on the Space Coast! The weekend is filled with events for practically every interest from the Space Coast Spring Fair and Melbourne Arts Festival to 25 Years of Hubble and The Great Optimist Fishout.

On Friday the bright lights of Space Coast Spring Fair’s carnival midway will illuminate the night near Space Coast Stadium. Claiming to be Brevard County’s biggest fair, this lollapalooza of bumper cars and candied apples will feature more than 100 carnival rides and performances by the Torres Family Circus, the Motorcycle Globe of Death and the AG-Magic Show. Gate admission is as low as $10 per person and includes all rides and entertainment.

Junior anglers and their parents lined up to catch the top prize.                                     photo credit: Cocoa Beach Optimist Club

 We suggest you get outdoors on Saturday. Grab junior and head out to Port Canaveral for the The Great Optimist Fishout. Hundreds of kids and their families are expected to drop a line in the water to compete for $600 in prize money awarded in four age categories: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-16. One lucky angler could win the top prize: a $10,000 specially tagged fish insured by the Cocoa Beach Optimist Club (CBOC).

The Melbourne Arts Festival (MAF) will take over downtown historic Melbourne on Saturday and Sunday. Nationally recognized, MAF is a plein-air juried art show that attracts hundreds of artists and thousands of art lovers to our coast. Art is available for purchase all weekend long. Have a Picasso or Kahlo? Participating artist will lead art workshops for children ages 6-13. There will also be a Kidsworld where kids can explore hands-on demonstrations, arts & crafts, experiments, and performances. Admission to the festival is free.

This weekend will be extra busy at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as they celebrate 25 Years of Hubble. Three days of events and interactive activities are planned including a  high-tech projection mapping show,Q&As with NASA scientists, astronomers, astrophysicists and astronauts.

For the music lovers, the Space Coast Jazz Society and Heidi’s Jazz Club will host the three finalists from the American Jazz Piano Competition on Sunday, April 26. This finger-snapping concert will feature a mind-bending array of jazz standards. Tickets are only $20.Heidi’s Jazz Club is located at 7. N. Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach.

Don’t have to rush back to work on Monday? Then you should stay for the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch at 6:14pm.  The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat mission will launch Turkmenistan’s first national satellite into space and support communications over Central Asia.

Read on for more of our Top picks for the weekend of April 24 through April 27: 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Top Pick: 25 Years of Hubble

Top Pick:  Space Coast Spring Fair (runs April 21 – 27)

Top Pick: 1st Annual New Works Playwright’s Festival (runs April 24 – May 3)

Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Japanese Woodcuts from the Syracuse University Art Collection

Garden Happy Hour

Crowds enjoying the sunshine and art at the Melbourne Art Festival. photo credit: MAF
Crowds enjoying the sunshine and art at the Melbourne Art Festival. photo credit: MAF

Movie and Dinner in the Park – Wickham Park

Cocoa Village Friday Fest

Paint Your Wagon : Surfside Players (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

RED: 2nd Stage : Titusville Playhouse  (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Top Pick: Melbourne Art Festival (Saturday and Sunday)

Top Pick: Hubble After Hours Adventure

Top Pick: Wassi’s Sunshine State Eggfest

Kid’s Night at the Planetarium

Coastal Angler Magazine Boating and Fishing Expo

10th Annual City of Cocoa Bridal Show

Meet an Astronaut: Winston Scott (Saturday and Sunday)

Looking Inward: Japanese Artworks from the University Museums Collections

Flamingo 5K

Working Fish House Dock Tour

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Top Pick: Three Jazz Piano Finalists Concert hosted by Space Coast Jazz Society

Top Pick: Revolution Technologies/USTA Pro Tennis Classic-Women

6th Annual Cycle Jam for the Kids

A Little Night Music: Melbourne Civic Theatre

Jamaikin Me Crazy

Monday, April 27, 2015

Top Pick:  SpaceX Falcon 9  rocket launch

Meet an Astronaut: Charlie Walker

The Food Truck Bazaar–City of Titusville

This is just a sampling of what to expect on Florida’s Space Coast this weekend. For our full calendar of events visit: www.visitspacecoast.com/what-to-do/events/

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