Spring is the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom and animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again. Farmers and gardeners plant their seeds, and temperatures slowly rise. And as a result, people are hankering to get outdoors, so there's no shortage of things to do on Florida's Space Coast. From Indian and Cajun cultural offerings and a surfing festival offering free surfing lessons to a full theatrical schedule, there should be something of interest for everyone on our coast in the month of March. So, take a peek at our top cultural picks and save the date!
*Women's Vintage Clothing Exhibit Tours
March 1 - March 31, 2015 In celebration of women's history month, the historic Pritchard House, 424 South Washington Avenue in Titusville, FLwill host a Women's Vintage Clothing Exhibit. Clothing, accessories and more dating from the 1880's through 1960's will be on display. Exhibit Tours are Tuesday thru Saturday by appointment for $15 per person. The Pritchard House will also host "Downton Abbey" Vintage Clothing Afternoon Tea & House Tour on March 17. Reservations are also required since seating is limited. Fancy hats or dressing up are encouraged.
*Local Theatre: Carousel, Biloxi Blues, My Fair Ladies and Damn Yankees
Month of March Several stage productions are on our cultural radar this month. From Titusville Playhouse's presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved musical Carousel to the Henegar Center for the Performing Art's soul-stealing Damn Yankees and Surfside Players three-week run of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues to Cocoa Village Playhouse's My Fair Lady, our head's are certifiably, undeniably spinning with capstan winches and orchestras.
*Cocoa Village Spring Art & Craft Fair
March 7-8, 2015 Historic Cocoa Village host four annual Art & Craft shows which take up practically every available inch of their beautiful tree-lined streets. The second show of the year will be held the first weekend in March and will feature hundreds of artists & crafters competing for $5000 in cash and awards. Art lovers will enjoy beautiful artwork and handcrafted masterpieces alongside live entertainment, and musical performances. The Cocoa Village Spring Art and Craft Fair is free.
March 7 - 8, 2015 Indiafest is an eagerly anticipated, annual cultural festival which brings to focus and, shares the Indian culture in a fun way with the entire community. Family oriented, IndiaFest is unique in the fact that a different theme is presented each year highlighting certain aspects of India's culture, history and traditions. This year the theme is "Made in India" and there will be something of interest for everyone from hands on activities for kids, to shopping for the adults, and don't forget mouth-watering Indian cuisine, and all day on stage entertainment for all to enjoy.
*Clayton's Seafood Market Cajun Festival
March 7, 2015 Clayton's Seafood Market will host their 3rd Annual Cajun Festival to benefit the Brevard Zoo on March 7. This free event will feature live music, an arts & craft gallery, classic car show, an interactive kid-friendly workshop sponsored by Lowes and a visit from several of Brevard Zoo's furry residents.
*Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest
March 12-15, 2015 The grand daddy of all boarding sports, surfing is at the epicenter of Beach 'N Boards Fest. In its third year, the event has grown with an array of boardsports, including surf, skate, skim, skate-wake, stand up paddle, and kite boarding in both competitive and exhibition formats. Off the water, the festival will also feature a women's collegiate beach volley ball tournament. And with five courts playing all weekend, there will be plenty of action for spectators to enjoy. Want a piece of the action?Beach N Boards Fest will be partnering with Ron Jon Surf School and Ron Jon Kiteboarding to offer board sports lessons and rental appointments the entire weekend.
*Valiant Air Command Museum TICO Warbird Air Show
March 13-15, 2015 Straighten up and fly right at the 28th Annual Valiant Air Command Museum's TICO Warbird Air show! This annual three-day event highlights military aviation and features some of the most famous trainer, transport, fighter and bomber aircraft that flew in combat around the world. This year the event will feature the USAF Thunderbirds. In addition to the daily three hour aerial performances, this family-friendly event encompasses military and civilian aircraft static displays, military re-enactors and firepower demonstrations, flight simulators, airplane and helicopter rides. more info
*Friends of Textiles Lecture Series presentation by Reiko Nishioka
March 17, 2015 This special presentation coincides with Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art's current exhibition, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art. This lecture, presented Reiko Nishioka, a native of Kyoto, Japan, will highlight the characteristics of bamboo, examine the versatility of bamboo products, and how bamboo is closely tied to Japanese culture. Nishioka is the recently retired Director of Education from the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. She served as its Director of Education for 20 years and continues to research and teach about Japanese culture. A reception will precede the hour and half lecture. More Info or tickets
*Runaway Country Music Festival
March 20-22, 2015 This music festival has quickly become the Sunshine State's No. 1 country music festivals and it will return March 20-22 to Wickham Park in Melbourne along with a new lineup of country music superstars from Lee Brice and Blake Shelton to Florida Georgia Line. In total, there will be 16 music acts over the three-day event that allows onsite camping. Tickets range from $89 for single-day general admission to $309 for three-day reserved seating. Call 321-613-4907 or visit runawaycountry.com.
*Leonard Nimoy's Vincent - In the Studio Theatre (Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts)
March 20-22, 2015 The passionate and turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh is dramatized in this intimate one-man play, which author Leonard Nimoy (Star Treks Mr. Spock) adapted from hundreds of letters between Vincent and his closest ally, his brother, Theo. The play includes over 100 stunning projections of Vincent's artwork on a large screen. Originally performed by Mr. Nimoy himself, the play stars professional actor James Briggs, a graduate of Sarasotas Asolo Conservatory of Professional Actor Training. Briggs has nearly 100 performances of Vincent under his belt up and down the East Coast. He has also performed in other productions in regional theaters such as The Sun Valley Repertory Company, The Asolo Theater, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Potomac Theater Project.
For a full schedule of cultural events on the Space Coast visit www.visitspacecoast.com/events/