April Adventures: Free Family-Friendly Events in Brevard County

This guide to enjoying spring in Brevard County will lead you to the best events without spending a dime. From the Farmers Market at Riverview Park to the 39th Melbourne Art Festival, showcasing local cuisine, arts, community service, and educational activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy this April in Brevard County.

Farmers Market at Riverview Park

Date: Every Saturday, April 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Riverview Park, 2400 Riverview Drive, Melbourne, FL 32901
Category: Market

Experience the charm of local commerce at the Farmers Market at Riverview Park, a staple of Melbourne for almost two decades. Nestled just south of Downtown Melbourne, this outdoor market is a treasure trove of local fresh foods including food trucks, salsa, jams, bakery items, produce, honey, grass-fed meats, and much more. Beyond the culinary delights, discover plants, artisan soaps, crafts, and other locally made goods. Perfect for the whole family, the market is a great way to spend your Saturday supporting local vendors and artisans. Open every Saturday from October through May, and the 1st & 3rd Saturdays from June through September.

For more details, visit the Farmers Market at Riverview Park event page.

Downtown Melbourne Trash Bash

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Melbourne Main Street office, 2004 Vernon Place, Downtown Melbourne.
Category: Outdoor Event

Join the community effort led by Melbourne Main Street, Keep Brevard Beautiful, the City of Melbourne, and the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce for a day dedicated to beautifying our downtown area. The Downtown Melbourne Trash Bash is an annual event where volunteers, including individuals, families, and teams from local businesses, come together to clean up our streets. Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and will be provided with all necessary cleanup materials, including gloves and bags. It's a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the community's well-being while enjoying the outdoors.

For more information or to register, visit the event's website.

Field Manor Founders’ Day Fundraiser

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: FIELD MANOR, 750 Field Manor Dr., Merritt Island, FL 32953
Category: Community Event

Celebrate the legacy of community and friendship at the Field Manor Founders’ Day Fundraiser. This event invites you to enjoy an afternoon filled with food trucks, a mini-vendor market, yard games, and raffles, all set against the picturesque backdrop of the Indian River. Admission is free, making it an ideal outing for families and friends to gather, relax, and support a great cause. Don't forget your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for a comfortable day outdoors.

For more information, you can check the event's details here.

Botanical Fest

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: The 1900 Building, 1900 S. Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL
Category: Outdoor Event

Celebrate spring at the Botanical Fest in Downtown Melbourne, a free family-friendly event showcasing an array of garden necessities, landscape designs, flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs. It's a perfect day out for those looking to beautify their gardens or simply enjoy great food and the outdoors. Attendees are advised to bring a wagon to carry home their finds. Free parking is available at the City of Melbourne public parking lots, including the free parking garage. For those interested in vendor spots or sponsorship opportunities, reach out to the event organizers directly.

For more information, visit the Botanical Fest's event page.

The Friends of the Melbourne Library Flash Sale

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Melbourne Public Library, 540 Fee Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
Category: Sale

Dive into a treasure trove of books at The Friends of the Melbourne Library Flash Sale. From hardcovers and paperbacks to audio books and DVDs, buy one and get one free on select items. This special sale takes place in the Book Store and on carts near the Circulation desk. All proceeds support the Melbourne Public Library. Whether you're a book lover or looking for a great deal, this flash sale is the perfect opportunity to expand your library while supporting a good cause. Volunteers are also welcome to help sort and process donations.

For more information, visit the Friends of the Melbourne Library Flash Sale event page.

Woof It Up

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Cocoa Village Riverfront Park, 401 River Edge Blvd, Cocoa, FL 32922
Category: Outdoor Event

Woof It Up is a celebration of responsible dog ownership, hosted by the Brevard County Dog Training Club. This family-friendly event offers activities for dogs, including lure, scent, and agility courses, a breed parade, and demonstrations by club members and Police K-9 units. Vendors and food trucks will be present, making it a fun day out for pet owners and enthusiasts. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn more about responsible pet care while enjoying interactive activities with your furry friends.

For more information, visi the Woof It Up event page.

The Grant BBQ Festival

Dates: April 19-21, 2024
Times: Friday 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: 4580 1st Street, Grant, Florida
Category: Festival

The Grant BBQ Festival invites everyone to enjoy a weekend of delicious barbecue, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and a classic car and motorcycle show. With free admission and parking, this family-friendly event is perfect for barbecue enthusiasts and those looking to enjoy a variety of activities and local vendor offerings. Don't forget to participate in the People's Choice Contest to vote for your favorite BBQ!

For more details, visit the festival's website.

2024 Hook Kids on Fishing

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd, Merritt Island, FL 32952
Category: Educational Event

Anglers for Conservation coordinates this engaging outdoor event, aiming to introduce children ages 6-16 to the joys of fishing and the importance of marine conservation. Participants will learn essential fishing skills, including knot tying, casting, and safe fish handling, under the guidance of experienced anglers. The event emphasizes environmental stewardship, teaching young anglers about the importance of protecting our waterways. Equipment and materials are provided, with pre-registration required to ensure a spot.

For more details and registration information, please visit the event's webpage.

39th Melbourne Art Festival

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024, through Sunday, April 28, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935
Category: Arts / Exhibits

The 39th Melbourne Art Festival returns to Wickham Park this April, offering a family-friendly celebration of the arts. The festival features over 200 booths of original art, live music, children's activities, and diverse food and beverage options. Admission and parking are free, along with free children's activities and live entertainment throughout the weekend. This event is a fantastic opportunity to support and appreciate local and national artists.

For more information, you can visit the event's page here.

Embrace these opportunities to engage with your neighbors, explore new interests, and celebrate the beauty of Brevard County. Don't miss out on these free, family-friendly activities that are bound to be a ton of fun and enrich your spring with unforgettable moments.

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