Looking for quality wholesome activities and family events in your community? Check this page for ideas!
Most of us who have lived in a tourist destination know the "biggie attractions" but don't necessarily want to compete with the crowds to partake of them. On this page you will find more locally oriented activities that are focused on the needs and interests of the members of the local community.
Events and activities are listed in three sections of this page:
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Orlando, FL Current Events and Activities
Anime Festival Orlando 20
August 9-11, 2019: Expect a weekend of fun with a large dealer room, artist alley, cosplay events, community panels, game shows, industry guests, live music, dancing, workshops, and our featured event, Tales of Orlandia! $35-$70. Wyndham Orlando Resort, International Dr, Orlando. Visit https://animefestivalorlando.com/ for more information.
The Infinity Toy and Comic Convention
August 24-25, 2019: A two day Convention celebrating comicbooks, anime, cosplay, and pop culture. Special guests, artists, cosplay contests, and vendors with collectibles. Special guests, artists, cosplay contests, and vendors with collectibles. $15. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Ln Kissimmee. 10am-5pm. Visit https://www.infinitytoyandcomicon.com/infinity-convention-august-2019/ for more information.
Community Yard Sale
September 7, 2019: The Kissimmee Community Yard Sale is the best way to see the most! 717 N Palm Ave, Kissimmee. 8am-12 noon. Visit http://www.clickorlando.com/interact/community-calendar/8856562 for more information.
Steinway Society Fall Concert
September 22, 2019: Enjoy music with Miss Jacqueline Jones and Gale Murphy! $10 at the door and free to children. Steinway Piano Galleries, 520 W. Hwy. 436 Altamonte Springs, Orlando. 2:30-4pm. Visit https://www.steinwaysocietyorlando.com/ for more information.
Sunday Family Story Time
October 6, 2019: Come join us for our Sunday Family Story time. Each story time is designed specifically with participation in mind. It’s fun for everyone! Free. W T Bland Public Library, 995 N. Donnelly St, Mount Dora. 2pm. Visit https://www.mylakelibrary.org/libraries/detail.aspx?id=1 for more information.
October 19-20, 2019: Fossils, rocks, minerals, artifacts, books, supplies, children's dig pit, silent auctions & educational exhibits round out a family adventure! $4/ adult; $1/child. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando. 10am-4pm. Visit https://floridafossilhunters.com/ for more information.
Seasonal and "Any Time" Happenings Around Orlando, FL
All-American Muscle Car Cruise at Old Town
Every Friday: Rev up your engines and join the excitement every Friday starting at 4pm! Old Town Kissimmee All-American Car Cruise featuring show quality American made muscle cars! From 1964 to now, plus American Classics 1988 and older will be featured. The cars start arriving at 4pm. At 7pm a live rock & roll band takes the stage and the Cruise starts rolling at 8:30pm! 4-10pm. 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Meml Hwy, Kissimmee. Visit https://myoldtownusa.com/category/car-cruises-leaderboard/ for more information.
Daily: Turn-of-the-century boardwalks from Coney Island and Atlantic City will dazzle you! The timeless charm of this quarter-mile promenade is filled with excellent dining, unique shops & exciting nightlife. Stroll along the water's edge, play midway games & discover evening street performers. 6:30am-2am. 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Orlando. Visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/boardwalk/ for more information.
First Friday Festival & Art Stroll
First Friday of the Month: Over 70 local Artisans will display their art in the heart of downtown Baldwin Park from 5:30-9:30pm. This free sidewalk festival is family & pet friendly. Located on New Broad St., Orlando, FL. Visit https://www.baldwinparkevents.com/baldwin-park-first-fridays for more information.
Florida Strawberry Festival
First Week of March: People visit to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. The fabric of American life is woven into the Festival through social events, contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, and parades with glorious floats & high-stepping marching bands. Admission is $5 and up. Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon Street, Plant City. 10am-10pm. Visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/ for more information.
Free Family Funday
Second Sunday of the Month: Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday! Visit the Mennello Museum of American Art for a free miniature fine art project & docent tour. Each Funday has a different theme based on the current exhibition in the museum. 900 East Princeton St, Orlando. 12-2:30pm. Visit https://www.mennellomuseum.org/freefamilyfunday/ for more information.
Kindness is not an act, it is a lifestyle. Teach Your Family to Help Make A Difference in the Orlando Community
Part of educating our families is teaching them to be good, kind members of their community, to contribute their time and talents to the community that in turn serves and protects them. The best lessons are taught by example. There are several charitable groups in every community that welcome volunteers. By donating your time and talents and bringing your children along to do the same, you are helping them become better citizens and more compassionate people. The Second Harvest Food Bank is an excellent place to start. Volunteers are the heart of the FoodBank. They organize food drives, sort donations, fill agency orders and help with office work and mailings. Some volunteers contribute their professional or trade skills. They provide a pleasant and friendly working environment and the chance to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. Visit http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer for more information.
LEGO Imagination Center at downtown Disney Marketplace
Open Daily: LEGO Imagination Center at downtown Disney Marketplace is 4,400-square feet of fun. Guarded by friendly dinosaurs and a huge sea serpent made of LEGO bricks, this play area lets kids explore their creativity by building with colorful bricks, and it's all free. LEGO Imagination Center, Disney Marketplace, 1486 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando. Visit https://www.disneysprings.com/shops/the-lego-store/ for more information.
Orlando Farmers Market
Sundays: Lake Eola Park In Downtown Orlando is THE place to find seasonal fresh produce, a wide variety of indoor & outdoor plants, artwork, and handmade crafts. Enjoy a perfect family afternoon! 10-4pm Every Sunday. Visit http://www.orlandofarmersmarket.com for more information.
Winter Park Farmers Market
Saturdays: Visit the old train depot that has been restored into an historical landmark! This Farmer's Market hosts the NUMBER ONE produce and plant market in Central Florida! The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more. 200 West New England Ave., Winter Park. Visit https://cityofwinterpark.org/departments/parks-recreation/farmers-market/ for more information.
Archive of Some Past Events
Round & Square Dancing
July 26, 2019: Whirl & Twirl is one fine square and round dance club! Proud of our reputation for providing good fellowship and outstanding calling and cueing. Join in the fun! 7:30 p.m. early rounds, 8-10 p.m. plus square dance with rounds between tips. $7. Whirl & Twirl Dance Club, 1241 State Rd 436, Casselberry. Visit http://floridasquaredance.com/whirlandtwirl/history.php for more information.
Didgeridoo Space Adventure
July 14, 2019: This unique fusion of Australian music, culture, puppetry, comedy, reading motivation, character building and audience participation will have you dancing in your seat! It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun! Recommended for lower and upper elementary. Alafaya Branch, OCLS, 12000 E Colonial Dr, Orlando. 2-3pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Life of a Firefighter
July 1, 2019: Meet real firefighters and find out what it takes to fight the heat. Presented by the Ocoee Fire Department, Orange County Fire Department and Winter Garden Fire Department. Recommended for lower and upper elementary. Washington Park Branch, OCLS, 5151 Raleigh St, Orlando. 10:30-11:30am. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Geneva Bluegrass Country Jam
June 15, 2019: A free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from the 13 to 85. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music in the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St, Geneva. 5-8pm. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1677464482362851/ for more information.
Asian Cultural Festival 2019
June 1, 2019: This year’s celebration will showcase a wide variety of Asian American cultures and talents from Central Florida’s Asian American ethnic groups. Tickets: Advance $3, at the door $5. Enchanted Nights, 7017 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. 12 noon-5pm. Visit http://www.aahc-cf.org/ for more information.
Orlando Book Festival
May 18, 2019: A day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando. 10am-4pm. Visit https://attend.ocls.info/event for more information.
Celebration of Motherhood
May 8, 2019: Participate in the 2019 Celebration of Motherhood charity breakfast to be held Wednesday, May 8th at Leu Gardens starting at 8:30am. A silent auction will be held at the event. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forrest Ave, Orlando. Visit https://www.healthystartorange.org/foryourmother.html for more information.
Saturday Night Rodeo
April 27-July 6, 2019: Cowpokes & bronco busters descend upon Westgate River Ranch every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of fun for the whole family at the 1,200-seat rodeo arena! This real-life rodeo features trick riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, rodeo clown antics and a patriotic, flag-waving tribute to our armed forces accompanied by uplifting, classic country songs such as Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" and Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue." In addition, kids are invited into the rodeo arena toward the end of the evening and get the opportunity to participate in a real "calf scramble." Don't miss it! 3200 River Ranch Blvd, Winter Haven. 7:30-9:30pm. Visit https://www.westgateresorts.com/hotels/florida/river-ranch/westgate-river-ranch-resort/ for more information.
Hope & Help's Annual AIDS Walk
April 27, 2019: The walk will benefit the Hope & Help Center of Central Florida, Inc. in stopping new HIV infections & connecting people to quality, affordable health care. At AIDS Walk, now more than ever we need your support to create change while having fun at the same time! With prizes & trophies, AIDS Walk Orlando creates a fun family, friendly atmosphere to raise awareness for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Walk with us to help Orlando take a step back from #5 in the nation for new HIV-infections. Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park. 7:30am. Visit https://www.aidswalkorlando.org/ for more information.
April 14, 2019: Join us for an all-levels free yoga class! Yoga is a great way to improve the health of your body and mind. Step out of your comfort zone & join us for an experience you won't forget. Bring comfy clothes, water and an open mind. Yoga mats will be provided (but we encourage you to BYOM if you've got one). Class will be 1 hour long, beginning with a 10 minute introduction to yoga followed by 50 minutes of practice and meditation. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. West Oaks Branch Library (OCL), 1821 East Silver Star Rd, Ocoee. 3-4pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/classes-events/hashtag/wellness?page=2 for more information.
Off the Beaten Path Lake County
March 30-31, 2019: Follow the maps to explore the private studios of professional artists open to the public for the weekend. Free! Discover Treasure troves of wonderful creations, most of which are for sale. Covering Eustis, Mount Dora, Umatilla, Sorrento, Leesburg, and Weirsdale in 21 Studios with 29 Artists. 1 West Orange Ave, Eustis. 10am-5pm. Visit http://floridaartstour.com/ for more information.
Stress Buster Art: Fabric Scraps Art
March 20, 2019: Color, create, paint & meditate! Relax & unwind at the library. Join us for a de-stressing creative adventure using fabric scraps to make a work of art. Led by JJ Dennis, a local artist specializing in altered books, mixed media art & digital photography/manipulation. No art experience required. All supplies are provided. For ages 18 & up. Registration required. Orange County Library System, Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Dr, Orlando. 10-12:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/classes-events/hashtag/wellness?page=1 for more information.
The Kilted Man - Music in the Library
March 11, 2019: Enjoy a live performance by Matthew Gurnsey, The Kilted Man. Matthew Gurnsey delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music. His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin, add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies. Chickasaw Branch of OCL, 870 N Chickasaw Trail, Orlando. 12-1pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/ for more information.
Step To the Irish Beat
March 2, 2019: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish step dance! The Watters School of Irish Dancing will be performing at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando. 2-3pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/ for more information.
Vienna Boys Choir
February 23, 2019: The enormously popular chorus is comprised of four separate ensembles of boys between the ages of 10 and 14. The four choirs are of equal standing, and the group’s tours, concerts in Vienna and audio and video recording projects are shared among them. Each choir has a choirmaster and two tutors who travel with the boys. Approximately eleven weeks of the school year are devoted to touring, and each choir member sings about 80 concerts a year. Tickets: $40. Community Presbyterian Church, 511 Celebration Ave, Celebration. 7:30pm. Visit https://celebrationfoundation.org/what-we-do/concert-series/concert-series-2018-2019-schedule/ for more information.
Cookie & Milk With a Cop!
February 16, 2019: Come meet an Apopka Police Officer, be able to hear them read stories, and have cookies & milk with them! North Orange Branch, 1211 E Semoran Blvd, Apopka. 11-11:45am. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Meditation For Everyone
February 6, 2019: Create some space for peace. Enjoy a guided breathing meditation to help reduce your daily stress and anxiety and a short teaching on how to use meditation practice to live with more peace, compassion and wisdom. Open for everyone age 13 or older, no experience necessary! Registration preferred, walk-ins welcome. Chairs provided. 7-8pm. Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Dr, Orlando. Visit https://www.ocls.info/locations-hours/southwest-branch/about-southwest-branch for more information.
Orlando Seawolves vs. Milwaukee Wave: Superhero and Princesses Night/ Mascot Mania
January 21, 2019: Superheroes, Princesses & Mascots are about to take over the Silver Spurs Arena! Come down to the arena to see some of your favorite mascots playing soccer during half time. $12-$30/person. Plus, don't forget to have your kids dress up as their favorite superheroes & princesses because they will get in for FREE! Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Ln, Kissimmee. 7:30pm. Visit https://www.orlandoseawolves.com/ for more information.
Osceola Natives Opening Reception
January 9, 2019: This exhibit opening is FREE to the general public and Osceola County Historical Society Members. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided from 5:30-7:30pm at the Osceola Natives Temporary Exhibit Opening Reception. Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum, 4155 W Vine St, Kissimmee. Visit http://osceolahistory.org/event/osceola-natives-opening-reception/ for more information.
It Doesn't Snow In Florida
December 26, 2018: It may not snow in Florida, but that doesn't mean we can't make our own winter fun! Discover, learn & play with our own version of the mysterious white frozen stuff from up north. South Trail Branch Library, 4600 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. 2-4:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/ for more information.
December 15, 2018: Come to a showing of a family feature film with a related activity & popcorn! Washington Park Branch Library, 5151 Raleigh St, Ste A, Orlando. 2:30-4:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/ for more information.
Old Town Bike Toy Run
December 9, 2018: Join fellow bikers on a police-escorted ride through Osceola County returning to Old Town along the brick streets. Riders will enjoy music, food & drink during a spectacular after-party. This event brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All toys and donations benefit Toys for Tots in Central Florida. Registration is a new, unwrapped toy or $25 and begins at 8:00am. 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee. Visit https://myoldtownusa.com/events/old-town-bike-toy-run/ for more information.
Holidays at Old Town
Nov 23-Dec 25, 2018: Bring the entire family & watch as the holidays come alive at Old Town! View a spectacular display of festive decorations throughout the brick-paved streets of Old Town every night. Visit the colorful twinkle of lights, traditional music & iconic Christmas tree located at the center of Old Town. Every weekend on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, watch the snowy season comes to life with white, fluffy snow into the night. 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee. Visit their website for more information.
Historic Walking Tour 2018
First Friday from October-May, 2018: You'll see an assortment of buildings that have survived the test of time & adapted to modern uses. Leading the tour is local Historic Preservation Expert, Richard Forbes. Tours operate the first Friday of each month, October - May. Tours begin at the Rogers-Kiene Building at 9:30am, 39 S Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Visit http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/historic-preservation/walking-tours/ for more information.
Trick or Treat Safe Zone
October 27, 2018: Young ghouls & goblins enjoy trick or treating throughout the Orlando Public Library & the Orange County Regional History Center along with creepy crafts, candy & a scavenger hunt! Costumes are encouraged. Orlando Public Library, 101 East Central Blvd, Orlando. 10am-3pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/ for more information.
Family Zumba @ OCPL
October 17, 2018: Get your family moving with this energizing workout class! Learn basic Zumba moves to help you dance your way to fitness. Zumba uses dance aerobics to create a fun workout. Comfortable exercise clothing & cross training or aerobic style shoes recommended. Age ranges: children 4-13 years old; adults all ages. Chickasaw Branch OCPL, 870 N Chickasaw Trail, Orlando. 12 noon-1pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/classes-events/audience/Families?page=9 for more information.
Family Library Night
October 4, 2018: Hosted by Betty Chandler from Eccleston Elementary School, Library Night is for students and their family/friends to come and discover the library and celebrate its resources. Washington Park Branch, OCLS, 5151 Raleigh St, Ste A, Orlando. 6-7:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/classes-events/audience/Families?page=9 for more information.
Family Art Night
October 3, 2018: Come as a family to make magical Harry Potter inspired art! Ages 5 and up. Register each family member separately. Registration required. Alafaya Branch, OCPLS, 12000 E Colonial Dr, Orlando. 6:30-7:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/classes-events/audience/Families?page=9 for more information.
September 23, 2018: Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Orlando Public Library! there will be activities for the whole family including a dance performance by Yessica Lizarraga. 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando. 2-3:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Modelpalooza Scale Model Show & Contest
Sept 14 - 16, 2018: Visit central Florida's largest scale model show & contest. Come see scale models on display, shop the vendors for deals on model kits. Enter the raffle to win a great kit & take the weathering workshop or attend the lectures. $5 entry fee. Avanti Resort, 8738 International Dr, Orlando. 5pm Fri; 9am Sat/Sun. Visit https://www.ipmsorlando.com/modelpalooza.html for more information.
Cookie & Milk With a Cop!
August 18, 2018: Come meet an Apopka Police Officer, be able to hear them read stories, and have cookies & milk with them! North Orange Branch, 1211 E Semoran Blvd, Apopka. 11-11:45am. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Superhero Film Festival
Tuesdays in August: What makes a superhero? Find out in this film festival featuring both documentaries & superhero flicks. Legends of the Knight & Look to the Sky are documentaries about individuals who were inspired by their love of Batman & Superman. Aug 7: Legends of the Knight, Aug 14: Look to the Sky, Aug 21: Batman (1989), Aug 28: Superman Returns. Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando. 11am-1pm. Visit https://attend.ocls.info/event/861480 for more information.
Cruisin' Into Comedy With Gigi & Co.
August 1, 2018: You’ll get to be a part of the smiling, giggling & flat out belly laughter when you watch Bucky & Gigi transform from regular construction workers to comedians extraordinaire! Ages 3–12. West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center, 1821 E Silver Star Rd, Ocoee. 10:30-11:30am. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Meet a Gatorland Wrangler
July 16, 2018: We're bringing the wild to the library! Get up close & personal with snakes and gators. Learn all about these amazing creatures. Ages 6–12. Chickasaw Branch Library, 870 N Chickasaw Trail, Orlando. 10:30-11:30am. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Fireworks at the Fountain
July 4, 2018: Save the date & join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer at Lake Eola Park. Festivities will begin in the afternoon & include a kid's play area, live music, beer garden, food & beverages available for purchase. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display in celebration of our nation’s freedom. 195 North Rosalind Ave, Orlando. 4-10pm. Visit http://www.cityoforlando.net/fireworks/ for more information.
The Dancer's Pointe
June 10, 2018: The Dancer's Pointe presents a summer dance showcase to help kick off a summer of reading. You are invited to join in the fun with a mini jazz dance lesson for all ages! Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando. 2-3pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Movie Night @ Leu Gardens
June 1, 2018: Enjoy a movie, Jumanji, Welcome To the Jungle, in the beautiful gardens! You may bring a dinner picnic basket with your seating or you can purchase food from the curbside cafe. Under 13 years of age accompanied by adult. Garden Admission: $6 adult, $3 child (4-17 years of age), Leu Members receive free admission. 1920 North Forest Ave, Orlando. Gardens open at 6:00 p.m., Movie time at 8:30 p.m. Visit https://www.leugardens.org/category/events/ for more information.
Prime Time Family Reading Time
May 15, 2018: Families with children can come enjoy discussing children's stories with a storyteller & scholar at this 6 week series. A healthy meal will be provided. Call 407-835-7308 to register. Hiawassee Branch, 7391 W Colonial Dr, Orlando. 6:30-8:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/calendar/ for more information.
Kingdom of Board-om
May 3, 2018: Come one, come all and join the Kingdom of Board-om as we explore both classic board games and the cutting edge of current gaming at the Alafaya library. All ages welcome. 12000 East Colonial Dr, Orlando. 6:30-8:30pm. Visit https://www.ocls.info/classes-events/audience/Families?page=6 for more information.
Sunshine Regional Chili Cook-off
February 24, 2018: Come enjoy this 22nd Annual event, sanctioned by the International Chili Society, that serves as regional qualifier for state chili final competition. Tickets sold for chili tasting and beer sampling. Kissimmee Lakefront Park. 201 Lakeview Dr., Kissimmee. noon-5pm.
Seven Seas Food Festival
Feb 17-Apr 15, 2018: After a delicious debut last year, the Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld this spring for a second course. As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artists each weekend. SeaWorld Orlando 7007 SeaWorld Dr., Orlando. Included with Park admission. Visit https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/seven-seas-food-festival/ for more information.
Family Game Night
January 22, 2018: Orange County Library's North Orange Branch invites you to Game Night! It is for game lovers of all ages! We ask that children under the age of 12 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 5:30-7:30pm. 1211 East Semoran Blvd., Apopka. Visit https://www.ocls.info/ for more information.
5th Annual MLK South St Jazz & Blues Cookout
January 21, 2018: The 5th Annual MLK South Street Jazz & Blues Cookout celebrates the legacy of MLK Jr. This year, children from the City of Orlando's after school program can participate in several different competitions with prizes, such as drawing MLK, crafting a play about the Black Civil Rights leaders, storytelling of Black History and dance competitions. 4pm. John H Jackson Community Ctr 1002 Carter St., Orlando. Visit http://www.downtownorlando.com/events/5-annual-mlk-south-street-jazz-blues-cookout/#.WigKAGde6Uk for more information.
Breakfast with Santa
December 9, 2017: Join Santa for a wonderful breakfast at the Longwood Community Building! Enjoy a great breakfast while watching a classic Holiday Movie, take pictures with Santa, kids activities and more! Tickets are $2.00 for children and $4.00 for adult. RSVP: Limited tickets at door. Located at 200 W. Warren Ave., Longwood.
What's Up Downtown For the Holidays
December 7, 2017: The Downtown Development Board invites you to attend the annual holiday edition of What's Up Downtown. Pack up your lunch and head to the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park where you'll experience song and dance performances by the Russian Ballet Orlando, Mad Cow Theatre, Docs & Dellas, Dr. Phillips Center Premier Performance Ensemble, Howard Middle School Jazz Band and Howard Middle School Show Choir. Free. 11:45am-1:15pm. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park, 99 N Rosalind Ave., Orlando. Visit http://www.downtownorlando.com/ for more information.
November 18, 2017: Celebrate the Orlando launch of the Holiday Season! Iconic & Annual Jingle Eve...Santa, carolers, bands, food trucks, Pop Up shops, VIP concert and the best Wine Stroll in Orlando by Tim's Wine! Ivanhoe Village, Orange Ave., Orlando. 6-10pm. Visit http://www.visitorlando.com/events/ for more information.
Retro Game Night Eighties Edition
November 17, 2017: Get out your leg warmers and spandex, dudes! Retro Game Night at the Mennello Museum of American Art revisits the 1980's for a totally awesome event! Play our great old school games from Battleship to Twister, plus retro video games and giant versions of Jenga and Connect Four. Trivia Nick will be on hand for multiple sessions of ’80s-themed trivia, and a DJ will spin favorite ’80s tunes. Beverages and pizza will be available for purchase. The event is for ages 18 and up. Eighties retro attire is encouraged. Admission is free for members and $8 for non members. 7pm-midnight. Visit http://www.thehistorycenter.org/event/retro-game-night-2/?event_date=2017-11-17 for more information.
Christmas at the Leu House
November 12, 2017: Event runs Nov 12th-Jan 3rd. This year, local Interior designers will wrap and twist the historic Leu House Museum into a beautiful, vintage reflection of Christmas past. The 11-room estate will reflect each designer's signature touch of an old fashion Christmas in keeping with the time period of the home. See classic holiday ornaments adorning the many Christmas trees throughout the home and beautiful displays for all enjoy! 10am-3:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children. This includes the gardens. 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando. Visit http://www.leugardens.org/ for more information.
Veterans Day Parade - Orlando
November 11, 2017: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council will host the 18th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. to honor the courageous men and women of the armed forces who have fought for our nation's freedoms. 11am-1pm. Downtown Orlando between Orange Ave. and Robinson St. Visit http://www.visitorlando.com/events/ for more information.
Orlando Greek Festival
November 3, 2017: Fun for the whole family! Come out and enjoy authentic Greek foods, dancing, live music, church tours, iconography presentations, and much, much more! Nov 3rd 4-11pm, Nov 4th 11-11 pm, Nov 5th 11-6pm. Admission $3, children 12 and under are free. Active military free with ID. Bring a canned food item to donate and get $1 off! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Ln., Maitland. Visit http://www.orlandogreekfest.com/ for more information.
Trick or Treat Safe Zone
October 28, 2017: Young ghouls and goblins enjoy trick or treating throughout the History Center and Orlando Public Library! There will be creepy crafts, candy and book giveaways, shaved ice treats and a scavenger hunt! 10am-3pm. 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Visit http://www.thehistorycenter.org/event/trick-or-treat-safe-zone/ for more information.
Brazilian Day Festival
September 17, 2017: Watch live Brazilian folk dances, Brazilian pop music & dance on stage! This cultural heritage festival will showcase delicious Brazilian food, live music, dance, arts & crafts and children's activities. noon-7:30pm. Lake Eola Park at NW 195 N Rosalind Ave., Orlando.
August 20, 2017: Bring the entire family and come enjoy the outdoors, live music, gourmet food trucks & the work of dozens of visual artists!ArtsTown Market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. In front of CityArts Factory Studios at 29 S. Orange Ave, downtown Orlando. 11m-6pm
24th Annual Mascot Games
June 23rd-24th: Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from across North America will join Orlando Magic’s STUFF, the event’s host mascot and recently honored as one of the best mascots in sports, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, MLS, NBA, NHL, and NCAA will be divided into four teams as they compete against each other in wild and zany games to determine the true champions of the Mascot world. All proceeds from the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Admission: $12. Amway Center, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Father's Day at Leau Gardens
June 18, 2017: Enjoy this special day with your days by taking a stroll in Orlando’s most beautiful garden. FREE Admission for Dads, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Stroll the winding pathways and explore all the amazing gardens throughout the 50-acres. Stop by the historic Leu House to take a tour of the home and learn about the families that once lived here. Admission: $10, Kids 5-17: $3, Dads: Free! Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando. Visit http://www.leugardens.org/fathers-day-june-18/ for more information.
Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Adopt-a-thon
June 17,2017: Come just for the fun of visiting with dog and cat lovers, our community animal caregivers, and of course adorable pets looking for new homes. Of course you can find out about bringing one home yourself! There will be reduced adoption fees for both dogs and cats, and all adopters will receive a special goodie bag. From 10 am- 6 pm at the Orange County Animal Services facility, 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando. Visit http://www.orangecountyfl.net/AnimalsPets.aspx for more information.
The Arnold Palmer Golf Invitational Tournament
March 13th-19th: Come take part in one of the premier golf tournaments and fundraisers in Florida! There will be a number of events throughout the week in addition to the tournament. Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge, 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando. Visit https://arnoldpalmerinvitational.com/ for more information.
2017 Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival
March 11, 2017: Dragon Boat racing was born out of a myth and legend that originated more than 2,000 years ago in Southern China. The festival will include two days of activities surrounding the dragon boat race held at Wooton Park. Enjoy the opening ceremonies the evening before the boat race, including live performances, demonstrations and team introductions. Wooton Park, 100 E Ruby St, Tavares. Visit http://www.cfdragonboat.org/ for more information.
Orlando Jazz Festival at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 10th-11th: The Orlando Jazz Festival offers two days of back-to-back Jazz Virtuosos on the landscaped Seneff Arts Plaza of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in scenic downtown Orlando Florida! 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Visit http://www.orlandojazzfest.com/ for more information.
Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando!
February 27th-29th: Step inside a world where magic is real. Within Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ theme park you can visit the iconic Hogwarts™ castle and explore Hogsmeade™ village. And, at Universal Studios Florida™ theme park, you can enter Diagon Alley™ to enjoy unforgettable thrills, magical experiences, and more. Get ready to explore more of Harry Potter’s world than ever before! Admission is $155 adult and $150 per child. Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Visit https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/index.html for more information.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
February 18, 2017: Members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. For the first time ever, audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the live orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score. Tickets start at $45. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Visit https://www.drphillipscenter.org/ for more information.
Annual Bach Festival in Winter Park
February 17th-March 5th: Year after year, this festival brings world-class talent to the Rollins College campus in Winter Park. Festival highlights include performances featuring the works of J.S. Bach and other great composers by the highly acclaimed Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park. Visit http://bachfestivalflorida.org/events/ for more information.
9th Annual Orlando Home & Garden Show
February 17th-19th: One of the largest consumer home and garden shows in Central Florida features local, regional and national experts in remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping, instructional how-to seminars, giveaways and exhibits with the industry's hottest home and garden products. Friday: Noon to 7:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Orange County Convention Center - North Hall A at 9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando. Visit http://showtechnology.com/event/orange-county-home-garden-show/ for more information.
Seven Seas Food Festival at Seaworld
February 11th-May 13th: Seven Seas will feature favorites from Bands & BBQ and Viva la Musica, with new savory and sweet treats inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. SeaWorld® Orlando, Address: 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Visit https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/seven-seas-food-festival/ for more information.
Indie Folkfest 2017 at The Mennello Museum of American Art
February 11, 2017: The Indie-Folkfest showcases national and regional art, music and culinary talent. This free event is both family and pet-friendly. The Mennello Museum, 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando. Noon-5pm. Visit https://indiefolkfest.wordpress.com/ for more information.
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2017
February 4th-March 24th: Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando's annual Mardi Gras celebration. Interact with Mardi Gras characters & hear live music from bands, enjoy delicious authentic Cajun cuisine, and on 12 select night's, watch some of the biggest names in music take the stage for live concerts. Mardi Gras festivities and concerts are included with paid admission to Universal Studios Florida, or a Universal Orlando Annual Pass.
Mount Dora 42nd Arts Festival
February 4th-5th: Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, the festival displays works of more than 300 juried artists mixed with live entertainment, children's activities and food at this popular festival in the charming hillside town of Mount Dora. Artists compete for awards in painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture and numerous other categories. What better way to celebrate one of the top Downtowns in the country than by walking America’s favorite home-town! Filled with fine-art from national artists, along a magnificent lake view! Discover terrific entertainment, food, superb shopping and of course, The Premier Arts Festival in Central Florida! Free! 138 East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora. 9am-5pm. Visit http://www.mountdoraartsfestival.org/ for more information.
Model Railroad Open House in Orlando
January 14th-15th: See 21 scale miles of track, steam and diesel locomotives, detailed and lighted cities, industrial complexes, mountains, a riverfront with ships, industrial docks and loading/ unloading facilities. Central Florida Railroad Modelers Clubhouse, 2500 Silver Star Road, Suite 1700, Orlando. 10am. Visit http://www.centralfloridarailroadmodelers.com/ for more information.
Otronicon at Orlando Science Center
January 13th-16th: Get your TRON on with the most interactive technology expo in Central Florida! It's Social. It's Science. It's 21+. Featuring guest speaker Charlie Blackwell-Thompson from NASA and more! Ticket prices are $19.95 adults, $17.95 students and seniors, $13.95 for ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under. 10am-5pm. Orlando Science Center, 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando. Visit http://otronicon.org/ for more information.