Events On The Town: August 2019

16 Special Events and 5 fundraisers happening during the month.




Strings & Things, an Irish folk/crossover band, performs at the 8th annual Great Irish Hooley festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at Raglan Road in Disney Springs.

Morgan Crutchfield

SEAWORLD ELECTRIC OCEAN
Through Sept. 1: As the sun sets on select nights, the park 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. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

THE LEGO MOVIE DAYS
Aug. 3-4: Join Emmet and the gang for character experiences with the stars of The LEGO Movie films, interactive photo opportunities, exclusive LEGO building activities and specially-themed dining offers. Included in park admission. LEGOLAND, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. florida.legoland.com

SUMMER FUN DAYS
Aug. 3 & 10: Guest speakers, hands-on demonstrations, artifact discovery, tours with the museum curator, art projects and more offer indoor educational fun for the whole family. Free. Lake Wales Museum, 325 S. Scenic Hwy., Lake Wales. 863-676-1759. lakewalesmuseum.org

STORY TIME AT LEU GARDENS
Aug. 5: The Orange County Library System comes to the gardens to share stories and songs with infants at 10 a.m., toddlers at 10:20 a.m. and preschoolers at 10:40 a.m. Free. 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

POLLINATION IN ACTION
Aug. 10: Stroll the gardens of the Polasek Museum with master gardener and specialized horticulturalist Teresa Watkins to learn about native and exotic species, pollinator-friendly plants and how to attract pollinators to your home garden. 10 a.m. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. 407-647-6294. polasek.org

ORLANDO SHAKES OPEN HOUSE
Aug. 10: Participate in sound and lighting demonstrations, hear snippets from potential upcoming shows, go behind the scenes in an exclusive backstage tour, get access to one-time-only discounts on tickets while kids can enjoy coloring, crafts and story time. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700. orlandoshakes.org

FIRE SAFETY WEEKEND
Aug. 10-11: The National Fire Protection Association presents an event at LEGOLAND to teach kids about fire safety with activities including a character experience with LEGO Max, a fire safety-themed scavenger hunt and a LEGO mosaic build. Included in park admission. LEGOLAND, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. florida.legoland.com

ORLANDO GAY DAYS
Aug. 13-19: This annual festival offers travel packages that include special events, VIP passes, designated days at Disney theme parks, and the Miss Gay Days Pageant. Gay Days headquarters can be found at the host hotel, the Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando. gaydays.com

FLORIDA KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO
Aug. 17-18: Over 150 exhibitors provide adults the opportunity to discover resources, products and services to enrich family life while children create, play and collect free stuff, all in air-conditioned comfort. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, Hall C, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. mycentralfloridafamily.com

HARVEST GRAPE STOMP
Aug. 17-18: 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, 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

ORLANDO FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Aug. 23-25: Turn your home-and-garden dreams into reality with help from experts and  exhibits featuring the latest in products and services—everything from builders and contractors to decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage systems, plants, kitchenware and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, North Hall B, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. showtechnology.com/event/orlando-fall-home-garden-show​

VISIT ORLANDO’S MAGICAL DINING MONTH
Aug. 23-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​

FLORIDA WEDDING EXPO
Aug. 25: More than 125 vendor exhibits, chances to enter more than 100 giveaways and win 25 grand prizes including 5 honeymoons and free wedding services. Noon-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. floridaweddingexpo.com

SUNBURST CONVENTION
Aug. 28-Sept.1: Impersonators, tribute bands, lookalikes and impressionists converge at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center for an industry conference open to current and future professionals. 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando. 407-226-9088. sunburstconvention.com

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Aug. 29-Nov. 23: 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 months of food and fun. Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

THE GREAT IRISH HOOLEY
Aug. 30-Sept. 2: This 8th annual Labor Day weekend Irish music festival combines authentic Celtic step dancing, traditional food and drink, face painting and fun, plus the best Irish music this side of the Atlantic. This year’s musical lineup includes Billow Wood, Strings & Things, TradGad, High Time, Maca, and Stephen & Abby. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. raglanroad.com


Ongoing Events

Monthly happenings around town

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
Aug. 1: Mingle with local artists and view their work, enjoy live music and walk through the galleries of the Orlando Museum of Art. Food and drink available for purchase. This month’s theme: “Artistically Yours—Twenty Years of 1st Thursdays.” 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

EATONVILLE CRAFTS & CULTURE MARKET
Aug. 4: Experience the history, heritage and culture that is the historic Town of Eatonville with storytellers, performers, reenactments, local merchants and more, the first Sunday of each month. Free. 1-5 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. eatonvillechf.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Aug. 8: 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

ART AND MUSIC IN THE PARK
Aug. 9: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord, the second Friday of each month. Food trucks and other vendors on site as well. 6 p.m. Free. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART IN THE ALLEY
Aug. 9: Downtown galleries are open to the public while art exhibitors and musicians showcase their original works, handmade goods and acoustic sounds. Free. Galleries open 6-8 p.m. Sidewalk exhibitions until 9 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Aug. 15: Visitors converge on the core of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to browse the galleries and nontraditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists. 6 p.m. Rogers Kiene Building, 39 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 3rdthu.com

EVENING EXCHANGE
Aug. 16:  Every third Friday, meet at East End Market for interactive workshops and a chance to browse wares from over 30 artisan makers, plus culinary demonstrations, specialty cocktail bars and food specials. 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando. 321-236-3316. eastendmkt.com


World of Good

August Fundraisers

Aug. 8-10
HEARTS OF REALITY, benefits Give Kids the World Village. Celebration Town Center, Celebration. celebrationtowncenter.com

Aug. 9-11
MEGAPLEX 2019, benefits The C.A.R.E. Foundation of Apopka, which rescues local wildlife and abused pets. Caribe Royale hotel, Orlando. megaplexcon.org

Aug. 17
CELEBRATION OF RUNNING, benefits the Track Shack Youth Foundation and the Orlando Science Center. Orlando Cultural Park, Orlando. trackshack.com

Aug. 17-18
ANNUAL HARVEST GRAPE STOMP, benefits the Alzheimer’s Family Organization. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

Aug. 24
10 YEAR CELEBRATION GALA, benefits NextStep Orlando, a paralysis recovery and fitness center. Heathrow Country Club, Heathrow. 407-571-9974 or email liza@nextsteporlando.org

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