May Merriments: A Guide to Space Coast's Can't-Miss Events

May in the Space Coast area is bustling with an array of events that cater to all tastes and interests. From the communal vibrancy of Founder's Day in Melbourne Beach to the cultural celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage, and the melodic harmonies of the Space Coast Symphony's 15th Anniversary, each event offers a unique way to engage with the community. Whether you're a fan of arts and crafts, music, gastronomy, or heritage celebrations, this month promises enriching experiences for everyone. Join in to discover, celebrate, and enjoy the diverse tapestry of events that May brings to the Space Coast.

Founder's Day in Melbourne Beach

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024  
Event Details: Founder's Day in Melbourne Beach
Join the celebration at Ocean Avenue for a day full of activities including arts and crafts, music performances, sports, and more. Enjoy historical presentations, water sports, and live music, embodying the spirit of Melbourne Beach. The event culminates with a performance by the classic rock band Hammerhead Lincoln. A day-long festivity that brings the community together to celebrate the town's heritage. Admission is free, making it a perfect outing for locals and visitors alike.

Melbourne's MEGA Rummage Sale

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024  
Event Details: Melbourne's MEGA Rummage Sale  
Transform the day before Mother's Day into a treasure hunt at Melbourne's MEGA Rummage Sale. Held at the Melbourne Auditorium, this event invites you to explore a vast selection of goods from various vendors. It's a perfect opportunity to find unique gifts, from antiques to modern finds, ensuring there's something for every mom. Entry is free, making it an accessible and enjoyable day out for bargain hunters and families.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

Date: May 11, 2024  
Event Details: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration  
Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Fred Poppe Regional Park with amazing food, vendors, crafters, music, and more. The event features HITI MAHANA, showcasing Polynesian dancers, Haka performers, and a fire show, culminating in an outdoor screening of the movie "Moana". A cultural festivity not to be missed, perfect for family and friends to experience the rich heritage and vibrant traditions of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Historic Cocoa Village Spring Art & Craft Fair

Date: May 11-12, 2024  
Event Details: Historic Cocoa Village Spring Art & Craft Fair
This vibrant fair transforms Historic Cocoa Village into a bustling center of creativity and craftsmanship, featuring over 200 artisans. From unique art pieces and handcrafted jewelry to home decor and gourmet treats, this event offers an exceptional array of creative goods. Perfect for families and art enthusiasts, the fair also includes food vendors, live entertainment, and a kids' zone, making it an ideal weekend outing for all ages.

The Swingtime Jazz Orchestra and Space Coast Big Band: Battle of the Bands

Date: May 15, 2024  
Event Details: The Swingtime Jazz Orchestra and Space Coast Big Band: Battle of the Bands
Enjoy an evening of lively jazz and big band music as The Swingtime Jazz Orchestra welcomes the Space Coast Big Band for a memorable Battle of the Bands at the Melbourne Auditorium. This free event promises a night filled with swinging rhythms and vibrant melodies, perfect for music lovers of all ages.

Space Coast Burger Battle 2024 (3rd Annual)

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024  
Event Details: Space Coast Burger Battle 2024  
Central Florida's ultimate family-friendly burger festival takes place at Wickham Park, featuring a burger vendor competition, craft fair, concert, and more. All menu items are priced at $5 or less, offering attendees the chance to sample a vast variety of the best burgers from the Space Coast and beyond. With live music, local craft beers, cocktails, and various on-site activities like axe throwing and gem mining, it's a full day of fun and flavorful discoveries.

Space Coast Symphony 15th Anniversary Celebration  

Date: May 25, 2024  
Event Details: Space Coast Symphony 15th Anniversary Celebration  
Mark a milestone with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate 15 years of extraordinary music-making. This special concert features Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, along with the world premiere of Kevin Wilt's "Imagined Adventures: March at the West River," showcasing the orchestra's commitment to new music. The event promises an evening of powerful performances at The Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.

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