On The Town: August 2016
16 special events and fundraisers happening in the month of August.
Check out SeaWorld Summer Nights for a thrill ride on Mako, Orlando’s record-breaking coaster.
Courtesy of Seaworld Orlando
SEAWORLD SUMMER NIGHTS
Through Aug. 7: Experience SeaWorld after dark. This year is the “Summer of Mako,” a new event that helps guests explore the Earth’s oceans—and introduces them to the theme park’s Mako roller coaster, now the tallest, fastest, and longest in Orlando. The Shamu “Light Up The Night” show is back, too. The extended hours and added activities come with regular park admission.
Aug. 5-7: This arts-and-entertainment convention focuses on anthropomorphic characters, with interactive art and performances that feature “fur suiting,” costuming, puppetry, improv, and music. This year’s theme is “British Invasion.” Mascot games, karaoke, dances, stand-up comedy, discussion panels, and speakers. Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South, 4955 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee. megaplexcon.org
U.S. CONTINENTAL PAGEANT
Aug. 5-6: A pageant developed to recognize modern women for their strengths and accomplishments. Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. uscontinentalpageant.com
ARTEGON MARKETPLACE ART OF BEER
Aug. 9: An evening of craft beer, live music, and tasty treats from marketplace vendors. Sip freshly poured ales from a local brewer and mingle with the artisans from the Village at Artegon Marketplace. Free. Second Tuesday of each month from 5-8 p.m. 5250 International Drive, Orlando. 407-351-7718. artegonmarketplace.com
SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Aug. 11: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering on the second Thursday with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. Free. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com
THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
Aug. 11: 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
MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
Aug. 12: A festive evening of art, music, and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Mount Dora, designed to showcase the work of regional artists on display at several local venues. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org
3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Aug. 18: You’re invited to descend on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District for the evening to celebrate all that is art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com, 3rdthu.com
SANFORD ART WALK
Aug. 20: Explore galleries and art spaces along historic downtown Sanford’s First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues; this month’s theme is photography. Discover this river town’s culture and nightlife, food, and art each third Saturday of the month. 6-9 p.m.
World of Good
WHAT’S YOUR STORY?, benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Participants tell five-minute stories based on a theme. The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com
MEGAPLEX XV, an arts-and-entertainment convention, benefits The C.A.R.E. Foundation of Apopka, which rescues local wildlife and abused pets. Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South, Kissimmee. megaplexcon.org
HEARTS OF REALITY, benefits Give Kids the World Village. There will be an opportunity for autographs with popular reality TV stars. Celebration Town Center, Celebration. celebrationtowncenter.com
CELEBRATION OF RUNNING 5K benefits the Track Shack Foundation and the Orlando Science Center. Orlando Cultural Park, Orlando. trackshack.com
ANNUAL HARVEST GRAPE STOMP, benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County. Grape stomping, live music, wine, beer and food. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com
CF CLIMB, benefits the Central Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For speed or endurance, climb 28 flights of stairs at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando. fightcf.cff.org