Melbourne Oktoberfest is Thursday through Sunday
The organizers of the Melbourne Oktoberfest, a staple event in Brevard County for more than 35 years, has made some changes this year in an attempt to increase attendance and appeal to a somewhat younger, more affluent demographic.
This year, the Melbourne Oktoberfest will host Brewhaha, an opportunity in which brew aficionados can sample more than 100 premium craft and imported microbrews.
Brewhaha was adapted from a popular event of a similar concept held in the northern states.
Recognizing its popularity, organizers of the Melbourne Oktoberfest saw a great opportunity and incorporated the event into the Oktoberfest experience.
The Melbourne Oktoberfest will be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 18-21, with the Brewhaha on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-6 pm. Both events will be at the Wickham Park Pavilion on North Wickham Road, next to the Brevard Community Campus, Melbourne.
Those wishing to attend Brewhaha can purchase advance tickets for $30 online or pay $35 at the gate.
Admission includes entry to the Oktoberfest, unlimited sampling of craft and imported microbrews, authentic German food for purchase, live music and giveaways from Cumulus radio stations, WHKR 102.7 and WA1A 107.1.
During the four days of the Melbourne Oktoberfest, patrons can continue to enjoy German beers, authentic German food, traditional German music and a family midway with more than 25 rides, including fun fair treats, such as cotton candy, funnel cakes and candy apples.
For more information about the Melbourne Oktoberfest and Brewhaha, contact Tammy Wood or visit www.melbourneoktoberfest.com.
To contact Melbourne Oktoberfest directly, call (321) 633-4028, Ext. 15.
Fourth Annual Wine Tasting
The Cocoa Beach Daybreak Rotary Club will host its Fourth Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser for the Cocoa Beach Public Library and the Brevard County Library Foundation on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Cocoa Beach Public Library.
This event is a party, featuring live music from the Dick and Doc Duo and Elvis tribute artist Jack Smink, fine wines and hors d'oeuvres from a local restaurant, a show of nature drawings from Cynthia Pietrofitta and a few baskets of prizes.
The party starts at 6 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, and costs $20 per person.
Tickets are available at the Cocoa Beach Library, the Library Foundation Office at the Cocoa Library, or may be purchased at the door on Oct. 19.
For more information, call (321) 223-3967 or (321) 960-3968.
Oldies Night at Stonefire
Oldies Night, featuring Paul Alan and Lisa Young, will 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, Stone Fire Art Studio & Galleries, 2500 S. Washington Ave, Titusville.
Admission is $10.
For more information, call (321) 652-6363, (321) 225-2145 or visit www.stonefire.org.
Honey Millers first official CD release party
This event will be a live performance by Honey Miller on a new stage inside the United RideShop, 5240 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, 8-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
There will be Honey Miller's new six-song CD with re-mastered and rerecorded songs, a 50/50 raffle, new Nextlevel black T-shirts for men and women, cool stickers, photographers, videographers, a talking bird, pool table, a new cool venue, beer and wine available at the bar, inside the United RideShop, some real time artwork and more.
For more information, visit www.honeymiller.com.
Defenders Car Show and Florida Tech Aviation Day
The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Melbourne Police Foundation are presenting the Second Annual Defenders Car Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at F.I.T. Aviation, 801 Harry Goode Way, Melbourne.
The car show is being held in conjunction with Florida Tech Aviation Day.
There will be vintage and military aircraft and classic cars together at one family event.
For information about entering a car in the event or for more information, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 230.
Charity golf tournament at Suntree
The Military Officers Association of American Cape Canaveral annual charity golf tournament will be on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Suntree County Club's Championship Challenge Course.
The format will be a four-person scramble with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
Proceeds will go to Patrick AFB Warmheart Program, which helps needy enlisted members and their families cope with problems, including the stress of separation from their families.
Cost for this fundraiser is $80 per person, or $300 per foursome. The cost includes: green and cart fees, a food and drink extravaganza, immediately following the tournament, a payback certificate good for four golfers to receive discount green and cart fees and play independently at the Suntree Country Club between June and October 2013.
There will be thousands of dollars in prices. The hole-in-one prizes on par-three holes include a new car from Mike Erdman, a $10,000 cruise for two from Cruise Holidays of Viera and a new golf cart from Suntree Country Club & Yamaha Golf Carts. Another par-three will be sponsored by Outback Steak House for golfers coming closest-to-the-hole to win dinner certificates for two.
There will be numerous other prizes, to include dinner certificates to Brevard County restaurants, free rounds of golf at local golf courses, cash prizes, raffle tickets from golfer's "goodie bags," a 50/50 raffle and putting contest, and more.
This event is limited to the first 144 golfers. Entry forms are available at the Manatee Cove Golf Club or by visiting www.moaacc.org and click on the "Golf Fundraiser" link on the calendar). Submit the form along with a check (payable to MOAACC, P.O. Box 254186, Patrick AFB, FL 32925-4186.
There will be two food stations on the course, where participants may purchase bratwurst, hot dogs, burgers, chips, etc. and receive a free beverage of choice.
The food and beverage extravaganza for the golfers is sponsored by the Melbourne Rotary Club.
The tournament commander is Steve Turner. He can be contacted at (321) 266-6290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Night with Antoine Knight
The Stonefire Art Studios and Gallery is hosting a jazz event featuring Antoine Knight, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7-11 p.m. at the Stonefire Art Studio, 2500 S. Washington Ave., Titusville.
Admission is $10.
For more information, call (321) 652-6363, (321) 225-2145 or visit www.stonefire.org.
Pit Bulls and Pop Art at Stone Fire Art Studio & Gallery
To promote responsible pit bull ownership, Stone Fire Art Studios & Gallery in Titusville is hosting a joint pit bull adoption and fundraising event for the North Animal Care Center and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard.
This is a two-day event that will include a jazz night from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and a pit bull adoption event noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
Saturday night, attendees can bid on animal-themed chair art, created by local artists, during a silent auction, while listening to musicians Antoine Knight and Jacqueline Jones.
On Sunday, along with the adoption event, there will be a gallery showing of Maxine Trainer's pit bull pop art and other local artists' renditions of their favorite pit bulls.
The Stone Fire Art Studio & Gallery is at 2500 S. Washington Ave., Titusville.
For more information, call Teri Scott at (321) 267-8221, Ext. 246.
Groucho's Comedy Club in Melbourne
On Saturday, Oct. 20, Groucho's Comedy Club, 1100 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, will present comedians Ian Gutoskie and Scot Lenter, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Cost is $12 per person. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Groucho's is inside Club 52 Melbourne Greyhound Park.
For more information, call (321) 259-9800.
Tabletop Tour with Champagne & Chocolate
This will be a "spooktacular" evening, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6-9 p.m. at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
This American Business Women's Association event will feature a fashion show by The Gauzeway. Music will be by Mike Fred.
Admission costs $30 and includes glass of champagne, hors d'oeuvres and chocolate. Cost is $35 at the door.
Reserve online and pay with debit or credit card using PayPal.
Proceeds will benefit the ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter Education & Scholarship Fund.
For more information, call (321) 431-1850.
Bonnie Raitt at the King Center
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bonne Raitt will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
The blues, R&B, rock and pop star has nine Grammy's under her belt and a long history of social activism, incorporating many benefit concerts into her schedule.
Along with the tried and true favorites ("Something To Talk About," "I Can't Make You Love Me" and others), Ms. Raitt is recharged with a batch of great new songs to play in her live set at the King Center.
For more information or tickets, call (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com.
For more information about the artist, visit www.bonnieraitt.com.
'Trick or Treat on MCO Street'
The Melbourne Community Orchestra will present "Trick or Treat on MCO Street," a family concert, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, all (321) 952-9949 or visit www.mcorchestra.org.
Custom Cars & Kandy
A Cruisin' Gold event has been scheduled for Melbourne for Halloween.
Custom Cars & Kandy will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, right behind the County Line Saloon, I-95 and U.S. Highway 192.
Bring your kids to the car meet for custom cars and free candy given out by all participants.
Participants (for the car display) are asked to bring at least five bags of candy to pass out to the kids.
This event is free to the community and its participants.
Dress up and decorate your vehicles.
For more information, call Chris Taylor at (731) 444-0792 or email email@example.com.
'Another Night To Remember'
A classic and modern Broadway review fundraiser, "Another Night to Remember," will be Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2030 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic.
Tickets cost $10 each, with group discounts for groups of 10 or more. Call for details. Tickets at the door cost $15.
Proceeds go to New Beginnings Ministry, a halfway house for women just coming out of prison, and Shekinah Productions.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.spctheater.com.
Hearts Out To Haiti Fundraiser
Hearts Out To Haiti, is going to have a first-ever 5K Run/Walk called the Schoolhouse Run, on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Ryckman Park in Melbourne Beach, starting at 7:30 a.m.
The Hearts Out To Haiti mission focuses on education and "Adopt a Teacher." That is why it is called the "Schoolhouse 5KRun/Walk."
For more information, contact Wanda Cordelli at (321) 777-0158 or Eddie Struttmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Card Show
The Knights of Columbus of Rockledge will present a Sports Card Show Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3435 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge.
There will be 30-40 tables, featuring vintage sports cards to brand new releases, boxes, singles, sets, supplies and more.
For more information, call (321) 544-0749 or visit www.facebook.com/rockledgesportscardshow.
Craft Fair and Kids Spooktacular
Brevard County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Craft Fair and Kids Spooktacular event Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Viera Regional Community Center.
Crafters may obtain applications at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Eight-foot by 8-foot vendor spaces cost $31.80 and include a 5-foot table. All spaces are indoors. Payment for table space must be made by Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Bring your children to the Craft Fair and enjoy the Kids Spooktacular.
The fee of $2 per child includes take home crafts, bouncy houses, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn games, an costume event at 11 a.m. and more.
Adults are free with paid admission of child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff at the Viera Regional Community Center.
For more information, call (321) 433-4891.
Concert for breast cancer research
Space Coast Life is sponsoring a concert to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Hear a virtual orchestra, featuring Seth Rye, an international musical phenomenon who has entertained audiences throughout the world for more than 30 years.
The concert will be at Fletchers Music Center, 1513 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.
Show times are 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Donations will be accepted.
Call Nancy at (321) 951-0604 for reservations.
Night Sounds concert series
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Sebastian Inlet State Park will host the Night Sounds concert series 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artist Grant Livingston from South Florida.
Grant Livingston plays original and classic folk music that is relentlessly positive, with an off-beat sense of humor.
He weaves his love of Florida, the environment and history, with a dash of social commentary through his songs.
The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is at 9700 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
The concert is free with regular park entry fees.
For more information about Grant Livingston, visit www.grantlivingston.com.
For concert information, call (321) 984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.
Halloween Masquerade Ball
Club Esteem presents the Halloween Masquerade Ball Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. to midnight at 1101 River Road, Melbourne Beach. (Park along Ocean Avenue and in the Melbourne Beach Public Library parking lot.)
The event will feature an open bar, a live band (Blue Stone Circle), a feast by Matt's Casbah, dancing and costumes.
Cost is $100 per person pre-ordered.
All proceeds benefit Club Esteem.
For tickets or more information, visit www.clubesteem.com or call (321) 409-8942.
'Flutes and Slippers' fall concert
The Space Coast Flute Orchestra and the Space Coast Ballet Company will present a concert of ballet, music and dance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Some of the lovely, well-known pieces you will hear dance accompaniment are "Flower Duet" by Delibes, "Dance of the Young Maidens" and "Sabre Dance" by A. Khachaturian, "Ancient Airs and Dances Suite 1" by Ottorino Respighi, and "Dance of the Hours" by A. Pochiellli.
The Flute Orchestra will also perform "Allegretto Grazioso" by Antonin Dvorak and some beautiful contemporary pieces, called Art Gallery Miniatures.
Space Coast Flute orchestra has 40 members and is one of the largest regularly-rehearsed flute orchestras in the world with contra bass, bass, altos, C flutes and piccolo.
For more information, visit www.scfo.org or call (321) 385-SCFO (7236).
Halloween In The Village
The city of Cocoa Leisure Services is hosting its Fourth Annual Halloween In The Village 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in Historic Cocoa Village and Riverfront Park.
Children may visit merchants for treats and enjoy family activities and entertainment in the park.
There will be a "spooktacular" pet costume contest and a kid's costume contest.
The movie, "Where the Wild Things Are," will play on the big screen at 7:15 p.m.
To participate in all of the children's activities, including the Eerie Tours of the Porcher House, First Robotics Haunted House, River City Ghost Tours, bounce houses, slides, a hay ride, pumpkin decorating and more, there will be at $5 activity band fee.
Trick or treating, stage entertainment, costume contests and the movie are free.
For more information, call (321) 639-3500 or visit www.cocoafl.org.
Garden Party with Music in the Park
Celebrate survivorship and thank the community with a Garden Party With Music in the Park Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-9 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 434 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa Village.
Music will be provided by local physician-led bands, and there will be food. Bring your own blanket. The event is free.
The event is brought to you by the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (321) 426-5145.
Different Worlds Band to play at Space Coast State Fair
Different Worlds Band will play the Space Coast State Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17, on the Coors Light Main Stage, from 3-6 p.m.
Different Worlds is a band made from many influences. They have members that range in age from late 20s to "seasoned."
These hand-picked musicians come from backgrounds in gospel, blues, soul, rock, reggae, and "blue eyed soul."
Their differences in generation, music and upbringing are formidable; however, Different Worlds Band brings these cultural gaps together to bring a fresh new approach to their most common denominator ... the music.
Different Worlds Band are quickly becoming an area favorite in local clubs and venues, performing and array of rock and soul.
They bring unique energy and vocal harmonies to each selection, with a reverence to the artists that brought these songs to life.
These selections include classics from Eric Clapton to Marvin Gaye, Rare Earth to the Temptations and The Four Tops.
This fresh new sound is really just a return to some of the best music recorded from some of music's greatest artists.
They will take you on journeys through the Stax Recording Era out of Memphis, to the psychedelic street of the '70s; then off you go to the Motor City of Detroit for a trip down Motown Boulevard.
Different Worlds is most definitely one of the "must see" acts coming to the State Fair this year.
The Space Coast State Fair will be held at Space Coast Stadium. The concert is free to the public.
For more information, contact Kenny Michaels at (321) 759-4435 or visit www.differentworldsband.com.