Top Five Reasons You’ll Fall for Martin County, Florida

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Extend summer memories with fun events throughout the fall

Dancing in the StreetsThis fall, chase the last notes of summer sunshine to Martin County, Florida, home to Stuart County which was recently named America’s happiest seaside town according to Coastal Living Magazine. This easy-to-get-to area, encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Hutchinson Island is accented by miles of beaches and 75+ parks–all within two hours or less driving time of four international airports: Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando.

Read on to find out the top five reasons Martin County is your destination for welcoming autumn and an ideal place to disconnect while you reconnect:

  1. Get your groove on! The 29th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets street party and music festival returns to Historic Downtown Stuart on Saturday, August 20.  The longest-running music festival in Martin County will take place on five stages with over 20 bands and a national headliner–The Outlaws–from 3 p.m.-midnight. Every year, the streets of Downtown Stuart shut down and the community comes out for a day of live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors, kids activities and of course–dancin’ in the streets! Private concert tickets are available at The Lyric Theatre box office or online at and include admission to Dancin’ in the Streets music festival. Advance tickets are also available at Earthtones (43 SW Osceola St., Stuart, FL 34994), Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream (31 SW Osceola St., Stuart, FL 34994), Seacoast Bank (all Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Indian River county locations), Sneaki Tiki (211 S Colorado Ave #1, Stuart, FL 34994), Terra Fermata (26 SE 6th St., Stuart, FL 34994)
  2. Cowboys in Florida? Dust off the Stetson and break out the boots and Wranglers for a foot-stompin’ great time at the 69th Annual Indiantown Rodeo in Indiantown, Florida, October 14-15, voted a 2016 Top 20 Event for the Fall by the Southeast Tourism Society. This unique event dates back to 1947 and features live music and endless entertainment. Held in conjunction with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, this sanctioned event is one fans won’t want to miss. Watch the heart-racing action: steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riders, cowboys and team roping. New this year–Team Ghost Riders, which brings the jungle to the arena with three of the best sheep dog-riding monkeys in the business.
  3. Take flight! Save the date for the 27th Annual Stuart Air Show in Stuart, Florida, November 4-6, recognized as a 2016 Top 20 Event for the Fall by the Southeast Tourism Society.  The Stuart Airshow draws 40,000 spectators and is the largest show in Southern Florida. This exciting show blows guests away with amazing performances, fireworks, carnival rides and live music. On Saturday and Sunday, watch a WWII battle reenactment, weapons demo and WWII vehicle display. If you wish to leave the ground, helicopter rides and flights on the Warbird Texan aircraft are also available. The Stuart Air Show is an event that honors the past, inspires the future and is entertaining to all.
  4. November 11-13 the Jensen Pineapple Festival comes to Martin County, an affordable weekend outdoor festival complete with a performance by Smash Mouth. 
  5. A cultured pearl on Florida’s coast, Martin County showcases more than 20 galleries in the historic downtowns of Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Hobe Sound. The Fish House Art Center, located on the waterfront of Manatee Pocket in the Village of Port Salerno, five miles south of downtown Stuart, offers 3,000-square-feet of American fine art and crafts as well as resident artists’ studios, including painters, glass artists, fabric artists, weavers and ceramic sculptors, who work in their studios year-round. Classes are offered on an on-going basis so stop by to sign up for an artistic encounter.

Did you know?
Set the scene for memory-making in Martin County where building restrictions have limited structures to four stories, preserving breathtaking views throughout the county, yielding Old Florida charm accented with Key West style. Stuart, the county seat, was recently named one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living and ranked #3 in the “2015 Annual Best Small Towns to Visit” guide by Smithsonian Magazine. Only in Your State ranked Stuart as one of the “8 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Florida” and the area was also ranked #9 by House Beautiful on its “The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list.