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For the past century, a dragon has haunted the town of Melbourne, soaring over it by night and lighting the sky with bursts of flame. Locals have tried to slay him, but none of them have succeeded?hence this year's Dragon Festival, a two-day celebration with an ulterior motive. The fighter who proves best in the games will have to face down the dragon once and for all.

At least, so the legend goes. But even if Gedeon turns out to be a myth, the festival is real, blending elements of Renaissance Faires with pieces of Highland Games. As Celtic tunes and live performances fill the air with music, revelers try their hand at games from classic cornhole to "vegetable justice," in which they pelt a stockade-bound wretch with tomatoes and cabbages. Artisans showcase their wares at a variety tables, meanwhile, displays of old-timey crafts, such as blacksmithing and welding, give visitors glimpses of another era. As though that weren't enough excitement, acrobats, stilt-walkers, sword battles, jousting knights, and fire breathers stroll through the crowd, adding a surreal touch to the proceedings?which benefit the Save Dragon Point Foundation.

1904 Glendon Drive
Melbourne,
FL
US

Injuries from combat are often more visible than the emotional trauma of war, yet those traumas can be just as deadly. Fortunately, though days may be dark, the compassionate professionals at Hope4Heroes spend their days lighting the beacons that line the path toward mental health. The non-profit organization actively supports military personnel suffering from depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts through counseling programs and community outreach. Their most celebrated work comes though their rehabilitative sports programs. The idea behind these programs is simple: the teamwork, camaraderie, and physical activity of sports helps to directly tackle the major symptoms and triggers of depression. In addition to building pride in their on-field performance, players also have the opportunity to play alongside retired MLB and NFL greats during events such baseball tournaments and golf tours. These matches aren't just fun, though; through them, Hope4Heroes also joins forces with local charities to raise funds for wounded vets and their families.

Stadium Pkwy
Melbourne,
FL
US

Nothing stands between the angler and the water. Not the deck of a boat. Not a dock on the bay. And definitely not a crust of Jell-O. Like a tiger slinking towards its prey, the angler wades nearly silently into the water, draws back his rod, and casts a line. The spanish mackerel lurking just beneath the surface never sees it coming. Knee-deep in the water, the fisherman raises his catch high and poses for a celebratory photo. Another successful trip for Wade Fishing Florida.

For the the company's fishing guides, getting rid of the boat makes things a lot easier. Groups wade right into the Indian River Lagoon, increasing stealth, allowing for easier casting, and granting access to fish-laded waters inaccessible via boat. Wade fishing also boasts an environmental benefit—it eliminates fuel burning, wake disturbances, and chantey singing.

4865 N Harbor City Blvd.
Melbourne,
FL
US

Joao Amaral is so tough, he teaches cops how to fight. The head coach at the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) studios in both Boca Raton and Boston, Amaral boasts a resumé that includes training law-enforcement departments and winning in tournaments such as the Brazilian national championships. At the Boca Raton facility, Joao and assistant coach Matt Janzer lead group and private classes that include both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu; the former is a grappling technique that aims to give smaller people the leverage to take down a larger assailant, and the latter is more like traditional wrestling. BTT's muay thai classes, featuring a style of boxing often used in cross-training with jiu-jitsu instruction, can be adapted for those interested in competitive fighting or for those simply looking to get fit or learn self-defense.

1367 Cypress Avenue
Melbourne,
FL
US

Equipment: Bodyweight exercises
Students should bring: Towel or mat, bottle of water,
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Established: 2012
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Eat at least 30 minutes prior and be hydrated.

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Indialantic,
FL
US

Equipment: Kettlebells, sandbags, bands, bosu, bars, medicine balls
Students should bring: Water, dumbbells, mat, and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Established: 2014
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to sweat, work hard and have fun.

360 Tortuga Way
Melbourne,
FL
US