Events On The Town: August 2018

21 Special Events and 4 fundraisers happening in the month of August.




Jumpstart your Labor Day festivities at Raglan Road’s annual Great Irish Hooley, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

Courtesy of RDesign/Raglan Road

ELECTRIC OCEAN
Through Sept. 2: As the sun goes down, SeaWorld Orlando comes alive with exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music. Guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in a fireworks finale. Included with theme park admission. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CRYSTAL
Aug. 1-5: In this brand-new arena creation, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world-class audience experience. Wednesday-Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 4 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 and 5 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. amwaycenter.com

SUMMER EVENINGS WITH ANDRÉ
Aug. 4 & 25: Stage readings of plays written by J. André Smith, founder of the Maitland Art Center. 7:30 p.m. Art & History Museums Maitland, Germaine Marvel Building, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. 407-539-2181. artandhistory.org

CRAFTS AND CULTURE MARKET
Aug. 5: Happening the first Sunday of every month, this outdoor family-friendly event features a kids’ corner, food trucks, artisan vendors, and music. Free. 1 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. Search Eatonville Cultural and Heritage Foundation Inc. on Facebook.

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
Aug. 2: Mingle with local artists and view their work, enjoy live music and wander the galleries of the Orlando Museum of Art. Food and drink available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

SUMMER FUN DAYS
Aug. 4 & 11: Families and people of all ages are invited to participate in mostly indoor activities away from the rain and heat at the Lake Wales Museum. The Florida Highwaymen are celebrated on the first Saturday in August, and a disco party complete with tie-dye and peace signs will be held the second Saturday. Free. Lake Wales Museum, 325 S. Scenic Hwy., Lake Wales. 863-676-1759. lakewalesmuseum.org

STORY TIME AT LEU GARDENS
Aug. 7: Story tellers from the Orange County Library System share a variety of ways to engage your child into playful reading the first Monday of every month, excluding city holidays. For families with infants to age 5. Free. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

SMACKDOWN LIVE
Aug. 7: The WWE returns to Orlando for the second time this year. See AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a WWE Championship Match. Also see Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, Big Cass, Carmella, New Day, Naomi, Becky Lynch, The Bar, The Usos, Asuka and many more. 7:45 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. amwaycenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Aug. 9: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 gets you a glass (pay and pickup at Olde Town Brokers) and a map of participating businesses. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER 5 STREET PARTY
Aug. 9: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party—a gathering with live music, local artists and food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
Aug. 10: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord just east of U.S. Highway 17-92. Food trucks and other vendors on site. Free. 6 p.m. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700 Ext. 1507. casselberry.org

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART SPLASH
Aug. 10: An evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres to showcase the work of regional artists, on display at several walking-distance venues. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

HARVEST GRAPE STOMP
Aug. 10-12: 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. Friday and 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

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Aug. 16: Visitors converge on the core of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to browse the galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

MONSTER JAM TRIPLE THREAT SERIES
Aug. 18: In this new tour, fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles—Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks—closer to the action than ever before. 1 and 7 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. amwaycenter.com

SANFORD ART WALK
Aug. 18: Discover this river town’s culture, nightlife, food and art while exploring galleries and art spaces on and around First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. This month’s theme: “The Bigger Show.” 6-9 p.m. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

FLORIDA KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO
Aug. 18-19: 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

FLORIDA FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
Aug. 23-26: Winter Park Playhouse presents 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. 24-Sept. 30: 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. 30-Nov. 12: 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

THE GREAT IRISH HOOLEY
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: This annual Labor Day weekend Irish music festival combines authentic step dancing, traditional food and drink, Celtic face-painting and fun, plus the best Irish music this side of the Atlantic. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. raglanroad.com


World of Good

August Fundraisers

8/3-5
MEGAPLEX 2018, benefits The C.A.R.E. Foundation of Apopka, which rescues local wildlife and abused pets. DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando. megaplexcon.org

8/9-11
HEARTS OF REALITY, benefits Give Kids the World Village. Celebration Town Center, Celebration. heartsofreality.com

8/10-12
ANNUAL HARVEST GRAPE STOMP, benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Lake and Sumter counties. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

8/18
CELEBRATION OF RUNNING PRESENTED BY FLORIDA HOSPITAL, benefits the Track Shack Youth Foundation and the Orlando Science Center. Loch Haven Cultural Park, Orlando. trackshack.com

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