On The Town: April 2017
38 special events and 27 fundraisers happening in the month of April.
Broadway star and songstress Bernadette Peters comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, April 21.
Courtesy Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
FLORIDA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Through April 2: Storytelling “concerts,” workshops and competitions, a Swappin’ Grounds, a Youthful Voices & Family Fun Tent, a story store and a story cruise on Lake Dora. Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora. flstory.com
Through April 4: WrestleMania, World Wrestling Entertainment’s biggest annual attraction, is actually a weeklong series of events that this year returns to Orlando. Some events take place at the Orange County Convention Center and Amway Center, but the main event on April 2 is at Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. wwe.com
SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL
Through May 13: Sample coastal cuisine from around the world, paired with wines and craft beers, and enjoy live performances by the Village People (April 8), the Commodores (April 15), Oscar D’León (April 22) and Olga Tañón (April 29). Also, renowned wildlife expert Jack Hanna returns April 1-2 with his animal ambassadors. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldorlando.com
EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
Through May 29: Take in enchanting topiaries and gather gardening tips while sampling seasonal foods from the Outdoor Kitchens placed throughout this Disney World theme park’s World Showcase. Enjoy live music while picking up outdoor-living advice you can use at home. epcotinspring.com
JAM BASH KISSIMMEE
April 1: Jamfest, an international series of cheerleader and dance-team competitions, comes to Central Florida with a free, day-long event. Photographs and videos are allowed as you cheer for your favorite team, and there’s a fun zone for youngsters. 9 a.m. Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. 262-275-5050. ohpark.com
RINGSIDE: AN AFTERNOON WITH JIM ROSS & FRIENDS
April 1-2: Jim Ross, the longtime but now retired play-by-play announcer for Wrestlemania, now has a live show in which the WWE Hall of Fame inductee and others talk about his years in the sports entertainment business. 2 p.m. Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-228-1220. plazaliveorlando.com
SPRING FIESTA IN THE PARK
April 1-2: 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
WINTER PARK INSTITUTE AT ROLLINS COLLEGE
April 4: Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, were forever changed by an attempted assassination of Giffords in 2011. Yet the couple emerged from devastating trauma with a message of hope and commitment for the institute’s final lecture of the season. 7:30 p.m. Free. Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center, Rollins College campus, Winter Park. 407-691-1995. winterparkinstitute.org
GEEKTASTIC ART SHOW
April 5-June 4: These artworks celebrate all things geek. Think Star Wars and Star Trek, super heroes and comic books, video games and pop culture. Meet the artists April 5 from 7-10 p.m. (their art is for sale.) Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando. 407-362-1864. dandelioncommunitea.com
CELEBRATION EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL
April 6-9: North America’s largest collection of exotic cars, race cars and iconic Hollywood movie cars, are on display in downtown Celebration. Also this year: Track days at Daytona International Speedway, and Jay Leno and Robin Zander perform at Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Live. celebrationexoticcars.com
RAM NATIONAL CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO
April 6-9: 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 7-14: A week of artistic events, including some listed below, hosted by the University of Central Florida at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. All events are free, although tickets are required for many. 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. arts.cah.ucf.edu/schedule
April 7-8: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical collaboration. Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m. Walt Disney Theater.
The Bard Takes Broadway
April 10: Chanteuse Laura Hodos and accompanist Brian Hoffman present an evening of music that showcases the Bard’s influence on the Great White Way. 8 p.m. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.
Character Animation Film Showcase
April 12: Animation produced in recent years by students of UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design program. 1:30-2:45 p.m. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.
April 13: A stage version of the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. 11 a.m. Walt Disney Theater.
An Evening of Cello Celebration
April 13: Si-Yan Darren Li, an award-winning cellist at UCF, presents a recital to celebrate and promote gifted young cellists in Central Florida. 8 p.m. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.
The Bat Swings!
April 14: The Flying Horse Big Band premieres new arrangements of original music from the 1960s superhero TV show Batman, as well as the movie. 7:30 p.m. Walt Disney Theater.
Collide Contemporary Music Series
April 14:The series presents Steve Reich’s Drumming, a collaboration between UCF Percussion, Voci Dance, and Theatre UCF.
8 p.m. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.
BLUES AT THE WINERY
April 8-9: Some of Central Florida’s best blues artists perform on an outdoor stage. Sip wine or beer, tour the winery and enjoy the sounds. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com
DELANDAPALOOZA MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 8: A 12-hour festival of original music and art, with more than 150 acts performing on 30 stages throughout DeLand’s historic downtown. Rock, folk, blues, jazz, country, metal and more, plus more than 40 art displays and various vendors. 1 p.m. 386-308-2694.
April 8: Guided tours of the temple; music, art and food; plus vendors selling a variety of Indian products, including clothing, jewelry and books. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (fee for parking). Hindu Temple of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. 321-460-0800.
SPRING FEVER IN THE GARDEN
April 8-9: This annual gardening festival in downtown Winter Garden includes expert advice, live music, food and lots of plants for sale, all courtesy of the Bloom and Grow Garden Society of West Orange County. Free. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. springfeveringarden.com
THE AMAZING KRESKIN
April 8: With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the skills of a bona fide mentalist or “thought reader,” The Amazing Kreskin has, over six decades, become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world. 7 p.m. Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. 352-394-4800. clermontperformingarts.com
READING BETWEEN THE WINES
April 12: Award-winning chefs and cookbook authors Art Smith and Norman Van Aken headline this fundraiser for the Adult Literacy League, 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
WINE, WOMEN & CHOCOLATE
April 12: Discover what downtown DeLand has to offer the second Wednesday of each month, with special sales, giveaways and other promotions. 5:30-8 p.m. 386-738-0649. mainstreetdeland.org
SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
April 13: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com
THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
April 13: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 gets you a glass and a map of more than 25 businesses offering wine tastings. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com
STAR WARS CELEBRATION
April 13-16: The ultimate experience for fans of that galaxy far, far away. Star Wars costumes, exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, discussion panels, autograph sessions and fan-inspired activities. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando.
CASSELBERRY ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
April 14: Fifteen food trucks plus live music by the Dave Capp Project, artwork on display, and other vendors. 6-9 p.m. Lake Concord Park, 95 Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry. Free. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org
April 15: Bring your Easter basket to help you hunt for eggs and other holiday surprises. Also, meet the Easter Bunny and get your face painted. Free. 10 a.m. Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. First St., Sanford. 407-688-5120. sanfordfl.gov
ILLUMINART—SPOTLIGHT ON SCULPTURE
April 15: The city of Casselberry dedicates a high-tech, outdoor sculpture by renowned Serbian artist Milos Saric to kick off this exhibition of works by Central Florida artists who use sustainable LED lighting, digital projections and art-light installations in their sculptures. 6-9 p.m. 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700. casselberry.org
SANFORD ART WALK
April 15: Explore galleries and art spaces along historic downtown Sanford’s First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. Discover this river town’s culture and nightlife, food and art. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.com, sanfordwelcomecenter.com
TASTE OF WINTER PARK
April 19: 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
THERESA CAPUTO LIVE! THE EXPERIENCE
April 19: Theresa Caputo, of the TLC television show Long Island Medium, shares personal stories about her life and her past as a practicing medium. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org
3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
April 20: Converge with others on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate all that is art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com
FLORIDA MUSIC FEST & CONFERENCE
April 20-22: Each night from 7 p.m.-2 a.m., more than 50 bands and musical artists perform on a dozen stages throughout downtown Orlando. The Friday-Saturday afternoon industry conference also gives artists a chance to network with music companies and to hand out resumes and demos. floridamusicfestival.com
ANYTHING THAT FLOATS
April 22: This St. Johns River race allows you to push, pull, paddle or even shimmy your vessel to the finish line. Awards for the fastest entries as well as best-decorated and “fastest sinker.” First launch is at 10 a.m. Lake Beresford Yacht Club, 1961 Hontoon Road, DeLand. mainstreetdeland.org
CENTRAL FLORIDA EARTH DAY
April 22: 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 (east end), Orlando. cfearthday.org
FESTIVAL OF BACON
April 22: An eight-hour homage to bacon. More than two dozen top restaurants and food vendors create bacon-inspired dishes for sampling, and there’s live music and other family- and pet-friendly entertainment. 11 a.m. Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org
HANNIBAL SQUARE HERITAGE CENTER FOLK & URBAN ART FESTIVAL
April 22: More than two dozen Florida artists—including members of the original Florida Highwaymen—sell their art throughout the day. There’s live music and a special “kid-folk” workshop for children that culminates in a parade. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org
WJRR EARTH DAY BIRTHDAY
April 22: A rock concert and festival featuring nine bands, three stages, 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 23-29: Artists paint outdoors—or en plein air—at locations throughout Winter Park; finished 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
April 26: Orlando magazine’s inaugural
“Party with a Purpose” showcases local nonprofit organizations while providing an opportunity for individuals to network and learn how to give back to the community. It’s an evening of food, fun, signature cocktails and entertainment! 6-8:30 p.m. Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Loch Haven Park. orlandomagazine.com/generocity
CENTRAL FLORIDA MINERAL AND GEM SOCIETY SHOW
April 28-30: You’ll find 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
World of Good
April 29: 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. Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. Free. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org
AN EVENING AT THE PALACE GALA,benefits special-needs children through United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida. Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, Lake Buena Vista. ucpcfl.org
CATTLE BARON’S BALL, benefits the American Cancer Society. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando. cattlebaronsballorlando.com
RUN WALK SPLASH 4 DREAMS, benefits Sunshine Dream Village, Davenport. Encore Resort at Reunion, Kissimmee. 321-710-6383.
UCF KNIGHT-THON, benefits Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. CFE Arena, UCF, Orlando. 407-823-1154. osi.ucf.edu/knight-thon
WALK FOR PARKINSON, benefits Parkinson Association of Central Florida. Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs. 321-348-7223.
TASTE AT I-Drive 360, benefits Florida Hospital Esophageal Cancer Program. Orlando Eye on International Drive, Orlando.
WALK MS, benefits National MS Society. Harbor Park, foot of New Broad Street in Baldwin Park, Orlando. 407-478-8882, ext. 55128. walkms.org
JEANS AND JEWELS, benefits Freedom Ride, which provides therapeutic horseback riding for adults and children with disabilities. Heathrow Country Club, Heathrow. freedomride.com
ORLANDO HEART BALL, benefits the American Heart Association. Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando. 407-481-6314. heart.org
TEE UP FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA GOLF TOURNAMENT, benefits Special Olympics athletes in Osceola County. Oaks National Golf Club, Kissimmee. 516-698-1291. specialolympicsflorida.org/osceola
READING BETWEEN THE WINES, benefits Adult Literacy League of Central Florida. Orlando Science Center, Orlando. 407-422-1540, ext. 111. adultliteracyleague.org
CALL TO HOPE BREAKFAST, benefits Shepherd’s Hope healthcare clinics for low-income families. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando. 407-876-6699, ext. 230. shepherdshope.org
UP, UP AND AWAY, benefits Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic. The home of Shelly and Todd Morgan, Longwood. friendsorlandophil.org
AIDS WALK ORLANDO, benefits the Hope and Health Center of Central Florida. Walt Disney Amphitheatre, Lake Eola Park, Orlando.
DREAM CUP CHALLENGE GOLF TOURNAMENT, benefits Seminole State College. The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, Longwood.
COSMIC GOLF CHALLENGE, benefits the Orlando Science Center. Palm Golf Course, Bay Lake at Walt Disney World. 407-514-2233. osc.org
DINNER OF TRIBUTE, benefits the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando. holocaustedu.org
THE ART OF THE VINE, benefits New Hope for Kids Center for Grieving Children. Fields BMW, Winter Park. 407-331-3059, ext. 12.
ORLANDO TAKE STEPS WALK, benefits Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Lake Lily, Maitland. ccfa.org
PAWS FOR PEACE WALK, benefits Harbor House’s pet kennel for victims of domestic abuse. Blue Jacket Park, Orlando. harborhousefl.com
SPRING SWIRL, benefits The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families. I-Drive 360, International Drive, Orlando. 321-513-8285. springswirl.com
WINE, WOMEN AND SHOES, benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL, benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, Winter Park.
FLORIDA HOSPITAL GOLF CLASSIC, benefits Florida Hospital’s Centers of Excellence. Reunion Resort, Kissimmee. 407-303-9586.
SCIENCE OF WINE, benefits Orlando Science Center at the Center. 407-514-2233. osc.org
HIGH TEA & HATS, benefits Seniors First. Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando. 407-615-8979. seniorsfirstinc.org