For a small town, Grant-Valkaria holds a lot of events and festivals. All highlight country living at its best and foster community spirit and volunteerism. Come join us!
Grant-Valkaria Day is held each year on the second Saturday in April to celebrate the Town's incorporation. Music, BBQ, local artists, local civic groups, children's fishing tournament and games and bounce houses are all part of the festivities. Grant-Valkaria Day is held at the Grant-Valkaria Community Park, 1449 Valkaria Road, from 10am-3pm, and is free to residents of Grant-Valkaria.
The Country Run 5K, sponsored by the Grant-Valkaria Community Association (GVCA) is held in conjunction with Grant-Valkaria Day and kicks off the event with a 7:30 am race start. The race route is along a scenic hard-packed trail through the park and travels through neighboring country roads. Proceeds from the race go to enhancing amenities within the Town such as hiking, cycling and equestrian trails, fishing piers for the park, playground equipment, and Christmas toy drives.
BBQ Fest is held on the first weekend in April and is sponsored this year by Rib City, a Grant-Valkaria destination restaurant. Proceeds go to support the Toys for Kids toy drive. BBQ teams compete for awards in chicken, pork, and rib categories with additional awards for Q-Fest Backyard Amateur Kingof BBQ, Q-Fest Backyard Runner-up King Amateur of BBQ.
Sandhill Scramble Golf Tournament is held each year in October and is an important fundraiser for the Grant-Valkaria Community Association (GVCA). The Sandhill Scramble is held at The Habitat Golf Course located in Grant-Valkaria. Grant-Valkaria boasts pro golfer Billy Horschel as a hometown celebrity. Proceeds from the Sandhill Scramble go towards funding of recreational amenities for the Town as well as support for Christmas toy drives.
Autumn Classic In-Shore Fishing Tournament has been held at the Treasure Coast Marina in Grant-Valkaria for the last 16 years. 2016 marked the Centennial of the marina property which has housed a fishing related industry since 1916, helping to keep Grant-Valkaria a fishing and boating community for the past 100 years.
Christmas Tree Lighting is held on the first Sunday in December. The Town sets up a live Christmas Tree at the Grant Historical House on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon. The Grant Historical House is decorated for Christmas and offers tours of the 1916 home. Town residents attending the tree lighting get an ornament on which they sign their name and date and hang on the tree. Every ornament is saved for the next year's tree. There are homemade cookies, hot cocoa and cider to eat. Christmas music to listen to and of course Santa arrives on a fire truck for pictures. Just at sundown, the children pull the Magic Switch which turns on the tree lights. It has become a very popular small-town event enjoyed by all residents.
The Grant Seafood Festival, organized by the Grant Community Club has been held every year in late February or early March since 1966. In 1968, then U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey visited the Seafood Festival while campaigning for his 1968 presidential bid. The proceeds go towards college scholarships for local children, as well as summer break activities for the community's children.
The famous festival offers free admission, free parking, over 125 crafters exhibiting, live continuous entertainment, along with a scrumptious menu of succulent seafood. What sets this seafood festival apart from others is that it runs through a 100% volunteer effort.The total commitment of the community and all our volunteers makes the Grant Seafood Festival a time honored tradition unlike any other.
All proceeds from the Grant Seafood Festival go back into the community.Projects include the Grant Seafood Festival Scholarship Fund, Grant Community Library, Grant Historical House and The Grant Community Center.
The Grant Historical House (Bensen House) Annual Pioneer Fish Fry is held in late March. The delicious food includes a plate of fried fish, turnip greens, cheese grits, hush puppies,bakebeans,andcole slaw. This also includes your dessert and drink. The Grant Historical House is located at 5795 South US Highway One in Grant-Valkaria. The proceeds from the fish fry go towards maintenance of the Bensen House. The Bensen House is listed on the Brevard County list of Historical Sites.
The Grant Historical House (Benson House) Annual Flea Market is held in March and is a fundraiser for the Grant Historical House. The house is located at 5795 South US Hwy One, Grant. House phone is (321) 723-8543
The expected opening of the Time Capsule is circa November 2066.