On The Town: April 2016

42 special events happening in the month of April.




FLORIDA MUSIC FEST & CONFERENCE

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MARDI GRAS
Through April 16: “The Big Easy” comes to Orlando on select nights, with Cajun and Creole cuisine, street performers, Zydeco music, and beads by the fistful. Included with regular theme park admission. universalorlando.com

EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
Through May 30: View enchanting topiaries, gather gardening tips and enjoy live music while sampling seasonal foods from outdoor kitchens in the theme park’s World Showcase. Included with regular theme park admission. epcotinspring.com

INDIA FEST
April 2: Guided tours of the temple plus music, art and food, clothing and jewelry vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Hindu Temple of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. 321-460-0800. hindutempleorlando.org

FLORIDA WILDFLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
April 2: A celebration of sustainable gardening practices, with speakers, demonstrations, children’s activities and entertainment. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. West Indiana Avenue, DeLand. floridawildflowerfestival.com

SPENCERS: THEATRE OF ILLUSION
April 2: Kevin and Cindy Spencer combine storytelling, grand illusion and stage magic with audience participation. 7 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

SPRING FIESTA IN THE PARK
April 2-3: More than 150,000 people are expected to stroll around Lake Eola during this annual family-oriented arts and crafts event. Plenty of music, food and games available. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. visitorlando.com/events

TASTE OF LAKE MARY
April 4: More than 20 local restaurants offering gourmet food and wine tastings, with live entertainment. Between Lake Mary Marriott and Park Place at Heathrow, Lake Mary. tasteoflakemary.com

WINTER PARK INSTITUTE AT ROLLINS COLLEGE 
April 5: Adam Braun to speak on “Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Change: How to Affect the Masses.” Free. 7 p.m. Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-691-1995. winterparkinstitute.org

SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE SPEAKER SERIES
April 6: Professor, author and autism activist Temple Grandin to speak on “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.” Free. 7 p.m. Fine Arts Concert Hall (Building G), 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford. 407-708-2776. seminolestate.edu 

RAM NATIONAL CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO
April 7-10: Champion rodeo cowboys and cowgirls compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. ohpark.com, rncfr.com

UCF CELEBRATES THE ARTS
April 8-16: A week of artistic events (highlights below) hosted by the university at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. All events are free, though tickets are required for many. 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. arts.cah.ucf.edu/schedule

Living Pictures: Picasso, Klimt, Cassatt, Rockwell and Others
April 9 & 15: UCF’s Adlab special-topics class re-creates the backdrops of well-known artworks using costumed actors and models.

Interstellar
April 9: Composer Hans Zimmer conducts UCF faculty and student musicians in a performance of his music from the movie Interstellar

Shakespeare 400
April 15: Composer Patrick Doyle will present some of his works from Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptations of Shakespeare plays. 

OSCEOLA WOMAN’S SHOW: HEAD2TOE
April 9: A health, beauty and home show with more than 200 vendors plus door prizes, gifts and interactive booths. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. 407-891-9771. osceolawoman.com

COUNTRY ‘N’ BLUES STROLL
April 9: Enjoy some country under the stars, with Patrick Gibson, the Daniel Heitz Band and Slickwood. Pack a picnic dinner and bring chairs or blankets. 7 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

SPRING JAZZ & ART FESTIVAL
April 9: Live music by saxophonist Vincent Ingala, plus food vendors and art on display. 5-9 p.m. Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry. Free. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

SPRING FEVER IN THE GARDEN
April 9-10: Plant and garden displays, chalk painting, garden experts, live music and more in downtown Winter Garden. Free. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. springfeveringarden.com

CELEBRATION EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL
April 14-17: North America’s largest collection of exotic cars, race cars and iconic Hollywood movie cars, on display in Central Florida.
celebrationexoticcars.com

VIVA LA MUSICA AT SEAWORLD
April 16-May 14: Four Saturdays of fiery Latin music by popular Hispanic artists, with authentic Latin food prepared by SeaWorld Executive Chef Hector Colon. Included with theme park admission. seaworldparks.com 

READING BETWEEN THE WINES
April 20: New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg headlines this fundraiser for the Adult Literacy League. Berg, author of The Dream Lover, will speak and sign books at the event, which includes food and wine offerings from some of Orlando’s top restaurants. 6-9 p.m. Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-422-1540, ext. 111. adultliteracyleague.org

TASTE OF WINTER PARK
April 20: Sample all the best food that Winter Park has to offer. Restaurants and caterers bring out their top noshes and drinks. 5 p.m. Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org

PUBLIX PRESENTS EMERIL LAGASSE
April 21: Join chefs from Publix Super Markets for a night of BAM! cuisine with Emeril as the well-known TV chef cooks, answers audience questions and signs copies of his latest book. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

FLORIDA MUSIC FEST & CONFERENCE
April 21-23: Each night from 7 p.m.-2 a.m., more than 50 bands perform on 12 stages throughout downtown Orlando. This industry conference also offers opportunities for artists to network with music companies and to hand out resumes and demos. floridamusicfestival.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA MINERAL AND GEM SOCIETY SHOW
April 22-24: Sparkles, glints and glimmers galore at this annual exhibition and vendor show. Friday 1-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 S. Fern Creek Ave., Orlando. cfmgs.org 

ORLANDO CABARET FESTIVAL
April 22-May 8: This annual festival features intimate performances by some of the world’s pre-eminent cabaret and jazz artists. Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-297-8788. orlandocabaret.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA EARTH DAY
April 23: The group Vegetarians of Central Florida hosts the largest and longest-running Earth Day festival in Central Florida, with educational exhibits, speakers, live music and family activities. This is a free, vegan, dog-friendly and smoke-free event. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. cfearthday.org

WJRR EARTH DAY BIRTHDAY
April 23: A rock concert and festival featuring three stages of live music plus vendors, art displays and more. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. wjrr.com

WINTER PARK PAINT OUT 
April 24-30: Artists paint outdoors at locations throughout Winter Park; completed works are immediately displayed and available for purchase at the Polasek, whose museum and gardens are open free to the public the entire week. 407-647-6294. Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. polasek.org

EARTHFEST 2016
April 30: Electric cars, water activities, recycled-art show, environmentally friendly food and product vendors, plus a concert by Voices of the Wekiva. Noon-8 p.m. Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry. Free. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

HANNIBAL SQUARE HERITAGE CENTER FOLK & URBAN ART FESTIVAL 
April 30: Florida artists, including members of the original Florida Highwaymen and the B-Side Artists collective, sell their art. Music by the Porchdogs Cajun and Zydeco Band and Orisirisi African Folklore. A “kid-folk” workshop culminates in a public parade. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org

THE SCIENCE OF WINE
April 30: More than 150 wines from all over the world are paired with gourmet foods for a tasty learning experience. 7-10 p.m. Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton Street, Orlando. osc.org

MOONSTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 30-May 1: Headliners Kiss and Def Leppard will perform at this debut festival. Multiple stages will feature more than 100 musical and comedy acts. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. moonstonemusicfestival.com


WORLD OF GOOD

April Fundraisers

4/1 BACCHUS BASH, benefits Central Florida Hospitality Education. Orlando Premium Outlets, Vineland Avenue, Orlando. bacchusbash.org

4/2 UCF KNIGHT-THON, benefits Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. CFE Arena, University of Central Florida, Orlando. 407-823-1154. osi.ucf.edu/knight-thon

4/5 CALL TO HOPE BREAKFAST, benefits Shepherd’s Hope health-care clinics for low-income families. Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando. 407-876-6699. shepherdshope.org

4/7 DINNER OF TRIBUTE, benefits Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida.Rosen Plaza, Orlando. holocaustedu.org

4/14 CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE, benefits the Center for Independent Living of Orlando. Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, Winter Park. 407-623-1070, ext. 143. cilorlando.org

4/15 THE ART OF THE VINE, benefits New Hope for Kids Center for Grieving Children. Fields BMW, Winter Park. 407-331-3059, ext. 12.
newhopeforkids.org

4/16 WALK FOR PARKINSON, benefits Parkinson Association of Central Florida. Blue Jacket Park, Orlando. 321-348-7223. parkinsoncf.org 

AIDS WALK ORLANDO, benefits the Hope and Health Center of Central Florida. Walt Disney Amphitheatre, Lake Eola Park, Orlando. 407-645-2577. aidswalkorlando.org

CATTLE BARON’S BALL, benefits American Cancer Society. Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando. cattlebaronsballorlando.com

4/18 STRAVINSKY AND RAVEL!, benefits Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic. Home of Julia & Tony Rudez, Orlando. friendsorlandophil.org 

4/30 WINE, WOMEN AND SHOES, benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
winewomenandshoes.com/orlando

 

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