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The coastal Florida town of Stuart is not filled with towering skyscrapers but the streets are always lined with people and everyone on the Treasure Coast knows that despite its small-town feel, Stuart brings an energy unlike anywhere else. Constantly celebrating with neighbors, residents of the Treasure Coast flock to Stuart for live music, big game fishing, fresh produce, delicious bites, and boutique shopping. Stuart has it all, only question is, what is your first stop?

 What’s on Osceola?

A one-of-a-kina wine bar, numerous high-end boutique and plenty of delectable restaurants highlight Downtown Stuart’s Osceola St. The road, just a tenth of mile long, is lined with an eclectic array of shops varying from Cigars and flip flops to masterful pieces of art and jewelry. After winding your way through the shops, it’s easy to find a bite to eat, no matter what you’re in the mood for. Spritz City Bistro dishes out flatbreads and crostini’s while The Gafford or Black Marlin offer up the fresh seafood and other local favorites.

 Sundays in Stuart

Although every day is great day to visit Stuart, Sunday’s seem to be the most popular. The town comes alive around 9 a.m. as vendors fill the public parking lot for the Farmers Market. Everything from wooden frames and tomatoes to food trucks and flowers. This Farmers Market has it all. Then at 1 p.m. local bands rock the Riverwalk, with tunes from a variety of genres and eras. After the amps are packed away, head across the railroad tracks for the best “Sunday Funday” on the Treasure Coast as the tunes keep on rocking and rolling at Sailors Return. Be aware however, Sunday’s in Stuart have been known to cause sore feet and tired legs from all that dancing!

 Art Shows, Festivals a Plenty

There always seems to be a local art show or festival taking place in Downtown Stuart. This weekend, the town will be celebrating the 30th annual Dancing in the Streets Festival. The street party starts on Saturday at 3 p.m. and goes til midnight. Festival goers will enjoy music from more than 20 bands on four street stages and at the Lyric Theatre.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate and can be purchased online at www.stuartdancininthestreets.com or www.lyrictheatre.com or in person at the following downtown Stuart locations: Earthtones, Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream, Terra Fermata, Seacoast Bank and the Lyric Theatre box office.

There’s no doubt Downtown Stuart packs in the fun but there isn’t a better feeling than retreating home to kick your feet up and relax after a day of dancing and shopping with neighbors. Harbour Ridge, a waterfront community located just mere minutes from Stuarts town center, provides its residents with the everyday luxuries of the South Florida Lifestyle.

Imagine living in a neighborhood that surrounds you with the best of the best: a pair of championship golf courses designed by Pete & P.B. Dye and Joe Lee. A 98 slip marina and yacht club on the dazzling waterfront of the St. Lucie River. Professional tennis facilities and instruction by Peter Burwash International on the new Har-Tru courts at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Lakeside Spa, Fitness, & Tennis Center.

Set on 885 beautifully wooded acres at the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, with just 695 residences set amidst an abundance of unspoiled vegetation and natural wetlands, Harbour Ridge enables its residents to live and work in harmony establishing a sense of community for all. Learn more by visiting https://harbourridge.com/downloading a free digital brochure today!

Don’t let another beautiful winter weekend slip away from you. Enjoy all these local events…sunshine included.

Friday February 24, 2017: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Harbour Ridge Open House

An opportunity waiting to be found, this extraordinary waterfront community with two championship golf courses offers the perfect lifestyle for active sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and savvy homebuyers. We invite you to explore the amenities and residential offerings of this private, member-owned club community. From the moment you arrive, Harbour Ridge will leave you breathless. See PDF of participating residences.

Thursday – Sunday February 23 – 26
Honda Classic – PGA National Resort & Spa

Make way for the PGA Tour as it stops for its annual visit to PGA National.  A hole-in-one for players and fans alike, as the Champion Course becomes home and host to the prestigious Honda Classic. Played on one of the PGA TOUR’s absolute toughest, this celebrated course features the famous and (often infamous) hardest three-hole stretch in all of pro golf, the legendary Bear Trap. For tickets click here.

Saturday & Sunday February 25  & 26: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
27th Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival

Over the years, this festival has established itself as one of the main art fairs in Martin County. The Stuart Festival of the Arts is set up along Osceola Street in Stuart’s historic downtown area. This event brings together some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more. Howard Alan Events offer patrons the opportunity to personally meet with the artists, commission a work of art, and learn what inspires the artists work. For more information on exhibits click here.

Friday – Sunday February 24 – 26: Varied Show Times
The Lyric Theater Shows

From tenors to dogs, these shows will have you coming back for more at this historical downtown Stuart hot spot. Friday and Saturday 3 Redneck Tenors are back again with “Shut Up and Sing!” The three tenors are as classically trained as they are funny. Featuring Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson, and Jonathan Fruge, with music arranged by the award-winning composer Craig Bohmler. Featuring music ranging from country, to gospel, Broadway, and classical, the group is widely celebrated for their hilarious comedy routines blended seamlessly with professional musical numbers. For the dog lover in all of us the Lyric Theater is presenting Mutts Gone Nuts. Mutts Gone Nuts is a unique comedy thrill show featuring some of the most talented dogs you’ll ever see. It is a high-energy, family-friendly show featuring some of the cutest, and most talented dogs in show business. For tickets click here.

Every Saturday Through April: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Guided Hikes at The Oxbow Eco-Center

Get the nature lover in you out the door to enjoy the beautiful Florida winter. With 225 acres located adjacent to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, there is a lot to discover at the Oxbow. Join the staff on Saturdays (November through April) from 9 to 10 a.m. for a free guided hike and learn about the interplay of plants and animals that exists in some of Florida’s natural habitats. For more information click here.

Nestled on the North Fork of the Port St. Lucie River, Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club provides its residents a unique and casually elegant life experience complemented by a fully comprehensive array of quality services. Bordering two miles of pristine riverfront, Harbour Ridge boasts two championship golf courses, three marinas, and a stunning 45,000 sf club house that plays host to numerous activities and dining options. Residents at Harbour Ridge are able to enjoy everything South Florida has to offer without leaving the comfort of home. For more information on the Open House and living so close to these fun events to you, please call (772) 873-6013, email membership@hrycc.org, or visit http://harbourridgebrochure.com/.