On The Town: February 2016

35 special events happening in the month of February.




Look for hawks and other birds at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza, Feb. 6.

birdapalooza/orange county parks and recreation

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MARDI GRAS
Feb. 6-Apr. 16 On select nights The Big Easy comes to Orlando, with Cajun and Creole cuisine, street performers, Zydeco music, and beads by the handful. Included with regular admission. universalorlando.com

FOOD TRUCK BAZAAR
These foodie-friendly events take place at locations throughout Central Florida. Bring your appetite and your own seating. thedailycity.com

WINTER WITH THE WRITERS
A festival of the literary arts, free and open to the public. Rollins College campus, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-646-2666. 

rollins.edu/winter-with-the-writers
Feb. 4 Antonio Skármeta: Chilean novelist, screenwriter and diplomat whose novel Ardiente paciencia was adapted for the screen twice, including in 1995 for the Italian film Il Postino (The Postman). Master Class, 4 p.m. Bush Auditorium.
Feb. 11 Philip F. Deaver: American author and poet. Master Class, 4 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium.
Feb. 18 Chase Twichell: Author of seven books of poetry, most recently Horses Where the Answers Should Have  Been: New and Selected Poems. Master Class, 4 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium.
Feb. 25 Ross Gay: Poet and 2015 National Book Award finalist. Master Class, 4 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium.
Feb. 25 Sy Montgomery: Naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, author and 2015 National Book Award finalist. Master  Class, 2 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium.

LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE FESTIVAL & BIRDAPALOOZA
Feb. 6
Celebrate the diversity of birds and other wildlife that make Lake Apopka’s north shore their home or migratory stopover; birding tours, fishing, live music and more. Magnolia Park, 2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka. birdapalooza.com 

MOUNT DORA ARTS FESTIVAL
Feb. 6-7
This nationally recognized, juried arts show includes oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography on display throughout downtown, with live music on a main stage in Donnelly Park. mountdoracenterforthearts.org 

SHEN YUN
Feb. 9-10
Five thousand years of Chinese culture, heroic tales and legends told through traditional music and dance. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

PUBLIX PRESENTS GUY FIERI
Feb. 11
Join Publix chefs for a night of cooking with Fieri; learn what he loves about food, how he got his start, and how he makes some of his favorite dishes. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Feb. 11
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

NUDE NITE
Feb. 11-13
Nude Nite brings together hundreds of artists for three evenings of visual art, performances, and characters both in costume and out. 6 p.m.-midnight. Check website for location. nudenite.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
Feb. 11
Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but a $10 wristband (available at Olde Town Brokers) gets you a free pour of wine at various locations. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com 

WINEFEST XXVI
Feb. 12-14
Enjoy the fruits of last year’s harvest, with live music plus arts and crafts. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of foods are available for purchase; complimentary winery tours and tastings are offered. Friday-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

INDIE-FOLKFEST AT MENNELLO MUSEUM
Feb. 13
Local musicians, artists and crafters, food and more. Noon-5 p.m. Mennello Museum of American Art Sculpture Garden, 600 E. Princeton St., Orlando. Free. orlandofolkfestival.wordpress.com

VALENTINE’S STROLL
Feb. 14
Walk arm-in-arm with your sweetie through Leu Gardens’ 50 acres under a starlit sky. Bring a picnic supper and listen to the music of Selwyn Birchwood, Dave Capp Project and Mud Rooster Blues. 6-9 p.m. 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

DRAGON PARADE & LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Feb. 14
Start off the Year of the Monkey with a bang. Parade begins at 11 a.m.; festival begins at noon with Asian food, arts, cultural performances and live music. Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. centralfloridadragonparade.org

DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND
Feb. 18-21
Whatever sort of princess you are, this weekend is for you, with shorter races and related events in addition to the Sunday half-marathon at Epcot. disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/disney-princess-half-marathon-weekend

SEED SWAP AT LEU GARDENS
Feb. 17
Bring your extra seeds and exchange them for other varieties; also get expert planting advice. 5-8 p.m. Free. 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Feb. 1
8 Converge with others on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

MOUNT DORA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Feb. 18-21
Four nights of music for every taste, from The Four Freshmen to a tribute to Henry Mancini. 7:30 p.m. Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St., Mount Dora. mountdoramusicfest.com

ANTIQUES VINTAGE AND GARDEN SHOW
Feb. 19-21
Dealers offer antique furniture, paintings, vintage collectibles and more; garden and floral designers provide inspiration, and you may bring items for appraisal. Guest speaker: author India Hicks. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-896-4231, ext. 254. omart.org

ORLANDO WETLANDS FESTIVAL
Feb. 20
Celebrate Orlando’s 1,650-acre wetland park near Fort Christmas with tree giveaways, wilderness hikes, live music, hayrides, birding, native plant ID hikes, and bus tours of the wetlands. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1300 N. Fort Christmas Road, Christmas. 407-568-1706. cityoforlando.net/wetlands

WINTER PARK INSTITUTE AT ROLLINS COLLEGE
Noted authors, historians and experts speak on a variety of subjects within their disciplines. Free. Rollins College campus, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-691-1995. rollins.edu/wpi 

Bill Bryson: Notes from All Over
Feb. 22
The best-selling author of A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything muses on travel, science, language and history. 7:30 p.m. Alfond Sports Center.

SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE SPEAKER SERIES
Feb. 24
Sarah Susanka, architect, thought leader, author of the “Not So Big” series. Free. 7 p.m. Fine Arts Concert Hall (Building G), 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford. 407-708-2776.  

SANFORD ART WALK
Feb. 26
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

DOWNTOWN FOOD & WINE FEST
Feb. 27-28
A foodie fest featuring samples from Orlando restaurants paired with wine pours from around the world. Lake Eola Park at East Robinson Street, Orlando. downtownfoodandwinefest.cbslocal.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA FAIR
Feb. 25-Mar. 13
Rides, games, livestock and culinary contests make for a traditional, family favorite event. 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. centralfloridafair.com

WORLD SWORD SWALLOWER’S DAY
Feb. 27
Celebrated each year at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 8201 International Drive, Orlando. 407-345-0501. ripleys.com/orlando


WORLD OF GOOD

February Fundraisers

2/6
OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK,
benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 2420 Lakemont Ave., Baldwin Park, Orlando. afsp.org

TRASH 2 TRENDS, benefits Keep Orlando Beautiful. Local designers create runway looks from items headed to the landfill. SeaWorld Orlando’s Ports of Call conference center. cityoforlando.net

2/9
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION,
benefits the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hosted by David Schillhammer and John Starks, Orlando. friendsorlandophil.org 

2/12-2/14
CARS FOR THE CURE
heathrow, benefits the American Lung Association. Colonial TownPark, Lake Mary. carsforthecure.com

2/13
RUN 4 LOVE 4 MILE,
benefits the Track Shack Foundation. Race starts at Showalter Field, Winter Park. trackshack.com
POLAR PLUNGE, benefits Special Olympics Florida. SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park, Orlando. specialolympicsflorida.org
SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION DREAM GALA, benefits the school’s student scholarships and programs. Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. 407-708-4567. seminolestate.edu/foundation/dream-gala 

2/27
AN EVENING WITH FABULOUS FRIENDS GALA,
benefits the Mennello Museum of American Art. Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Walt Disney World. mennellomuseum.com/gala.html

2/27
UNLEASHED. UNCORKED. UNFRAMED,
benefits Franklin’s Friends, supporting Central Florida animal-welfare organizations. Orlando Science Center, Orlando. franklinsfriends.info

Coming up… 

3/4
A PAIR TO REMEMBER,
benefits Easter Seals Florida. Luncheon and designer shoe auction, The Mall at Millenia, Orlando. mallatmillenia.com

3/5
GARDEN ENCORE,
benefits the Garden Theatre in downtown Winter Garden. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org/encore

3/12
ORLANDO HEART BALL,
benefits the American Heart Association. Hard Rock Cafe, Orlando. 
407-481-6314. heart.org/HEARTORG

AN EVENING AT THE PALACE GALA, benefits children with special needs. Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Lake Buena Vista. ucpcfl.org 


For more events check out our Calendar:  http://www.orlandomagazine.com/r5/Rivista5-Calendar/

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