On The Town: August 2017

16 special events and 9 fundraisers happening in the month of August.




If you missed it at the theaters, catch "La La Land" under the stars during Movie Night at Leu Gardens, Aug. 4.

Courtesy of Harry P. Leu Gardens

SEAWORLD’S ELECTRIC OCEAN
Through Aug. 6: Nightly festivities in the theme park include a high-energy Shamu show, DJ music with live performers, and fireworks. Included with regular park admission. seaworldparks.com

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Aug. 10: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. This month’s AA5 theme is Wondermade’s S’mores Party. Free. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
Aug. 10: 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

CALL OF DUTY WORLD LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 11-13: What many consider the definitive Call of Duty competitive video game event makes its first East Coast appearance in Orlando. Watch the top 32 teams in the world compete for $1.5 million in prize money. 10 a.m. each day. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-440-7000, 800-745-3000. amwaycenter.com, callofduty.com/cwl

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
Aug. 11: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord. Food trucks and other vendors on site as well. 6 p.m. Free. 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

MOUNT DORA ART SPLASH
Aug. 11: A festive evening of sidewalk artists, performers and live music in downtown Mount Dora, designed to showcase the work of regional artists on display at several local venues. Free. 6 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. 352-383-0880. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Aug. 17: You’re invited to descend on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District for the evening to celebrate all that is art. This month’s theme: Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and tribute art. Free. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

FLORIDA KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO
Aug. 19-20: While your children create, play and collect free stuff, all in air-conditioned comfort, you can pick up new ideas and opportunities to enrich your family’s life. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. mycentralfloridafamily.com

SANFORD ART WALK
Aug. 19: 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 each third Saturday of the month. August theme: Heat Wave (Looking for Some Cool Art). Free. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.com, sanfordwelcomecenter.com

ORLANDO SHAKES’ OPEN HOUSE
Aug. 19: Orlando Shakespeare Theater celebrates its 29th season with an open house. Activities include crafts and story time for children; scenery, lighting and sound demonstrations; a Q&A with theater artists; a prop-and-costume museum; and an evening outdoor movie next door in Loch Haven Park. 2-10 p.m. Free. Parking is limited in front of the theater; other spaces available along Mills Avenue or in nearby garages. 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700. orlandoshakes.org

SECRET LAKE RUNYAK
Aug. 19: This family friendly race, organized by the City of Casselberry, Casselberry Friends of the Park, and Travel Country Outfitters, consists of a 3K kayak paddle sandwiched between a pair of 2.3K runs. The event is structured to accommodate all fitness levels. 8 a.m. Secret Lake, 200 N. Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry.

HARVEST GRAPE STOMP
Aug. 19-20: With the arrival of harvest season at the vineyard, it’s time for a little grape-stomping competition. This family friendly activity includes live music; Lakeridge wine and complimentary winery tours and tastings; plus beer, soft drinks and food for sale. Free. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. Highway 27 North, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

FLORIDA FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
Aug. 24-27: Winter Park Playhouse inaugurates a festival dedicated to new musicals, designed to foster the development of new works, writers and composers. The four-day event showcases six never-before-produced musicals; the first act of each is fully read and sung, concert-style, without staging, by professional actors and musicians. 711 N. Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. 407-645-0145. winterparkplayhouse.org

VISIT ORLANDO’S MAGICAL DINING MONTH
Aug. 25-Oct. 1: Satisfy your cravings for haute cuisine at reasonable prices during this five-week culinary promotion of the region’s best dining. More than 70 of Central Florida’s top restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinners for $35 each, with a dollar from each meal donated to a local charity. 407-363-5872. visitorlando.com/magicaldining

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Aug. 31-Nov. 13: Taste the world from one location in Central Florida as dozens of international food markets pop up within this Disney theme park. Experience the art of celebrity chefs, attend culinary demonstrations, and enjoy “Eat to the Beat” concerts. It’s more than two full months of food and fun. Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

Great Irish Hooley
Sept. 1-4: This annual Labor Day weekend festival returns with lively dancing and singing to top Irish musical acts. Headliners include: Elevation, a U2 tribute act; the Lisa Canny Band; and the Gary O’Meara Band. Plus authentic step dancing, Irish food and drink, Celtic face-painting and more. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. raglanroad.com, thegreatirishhooley.com


WORLD OF GOOD

AUGUST FUNDRAISERS

8/4-6
MEGAPLEX XV, an anthropomorphics-focused arts-and-entertainment convention, benefits The C.A.R.E. Foundation of Apopka, which rescues local wildlife and abused pets. This year’s theme: British invasion. DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando. megaplexcon.org

8/10-12
HEARTS OF REALITY, benefits Give Kids the World Village. Weekend sidewalk sales and multiple opportunities for autographs from stars of such reality-TV shows as Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race, plus a 1980s-themed wrap-up party. Celebration Town Center, Celebration. celebrationtowncenter.com

8/12
MANSION MYSTERY MASQUERADE BALL, benefits My Haitian is Beautiful Inc., which helps educate girls in impoverished Haitian villages. The Washington Law Firm of Orlando puts you on a bus to a mystery mansion for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a safe but special mystery show (masks encouraged). washfirm.com

8/13
ATHLETES AND ANIMALS BOWLING, benefits Special Olympics Florida and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Brunswick Wekiva Lanes, Apopka. steemteam.com/athletes-animals

8/19
CELEBRATION OF RUNNING 5K, benefits the Track Shack Foundation and the Orlando Science Center. Orlando Cultural Park, Orlando. trackshack.com

SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE!, an adults-only evening program, features and benefits the Orlando Science Center, Loch Haven Park, Orlando. osc.org

TASTE! CENTRAL FLORIDA, (formerly Orlando Taste of the Nation) benefits Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Culinary treats are prepared by the area’s leading restaurant chefs. Orlando World Center Marriott. tastecfl.org

8/19-20
ANNUAL HARVEST GRAPE STOMP, benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Lake and Sumter counties. Grape stomping, live music, wine, beer and food. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

8/26
ARTS FOR CARTS, silent art auction, benefits Orlando-based LoveyLoaves’ rescue service and sanctuary for special-needs dogs. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Convention Center, Lake Buena Vista. loveyloaves.org

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