On The Town: February 2017

32 special events and fundraisers happening in the month of January.




Blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 20

Marty Moffatt

Epcot international festival of the arts
Through Feb. 20: This inaugural event combines visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world with live music and entertainment, culinary creations, seminars, family fun and more. Weekends only, Friday-Monday. Included with regular park admission. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.com 

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
Feb. 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. This month’s subject: Fat Tuesday and Carnival; artists explore what’s underneath the mask. 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org 

WINTER WITH THE WRITERS
A month-long festival of the literary arts, free and open to the public. All readings and stage interviews are at 7:30 p.m. Bush Auditorium, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-646-2666. rollins.edu/winter-with-the-writers

Feb. 2: Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, reading and interview, plus book signing.

Feb. 9: Peter Meinke, poet laureate of Florida, joint reading with David Kirby, author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, interview and book signing.

Feb. 16: Chris Abani, author of The Secret History of Las Vegas, interview and book signing.

Feb. 23: Jay Hopler, author of Green Squall, in a joint reading with Chris Bachelder, author of The Throwback Special, reading and interview, plus book signing.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MARDI GRAS
Feb. 4-Mar. 25: The French Quarter comes to Orlando. Festive floats and spectacular performers parade through the streets, and each night you can catch authentic Zydeco bands live in concert. Included with regular admission. universalorlando.com

MOUNT DORA ARTS FESTIVAL
Feb. 4-5: A juried show filled with fine art from artists nationwide, set near a beautiful lake in downtown Mount Dora, with entertainment, food and shopping. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. 352-383-0880. mountdoraartsfestival.org

CIRQUE ZUMA ZUMA
Feb. 4: This group of African dancers, singers, acrobats and circus performers describes itself as part Cirque du Soleil, part Harlem Globetrotters. The lively show includes everything from South African gumboot dancers to Ethiopian foot-table juggling. 4 p.m. Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. 352-394-4800. clermontperformingarts.com, zumazuma.com

SHEN YUN
Feb. 5: Five thousand years of Chinese culture and its folk tales, legends and classic stories told through traditional music and dance. 7 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

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

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Feb. 9: 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
Feb. 10-12: Sample table wines from dry to sweet, while enjoying the work of local artists and crafters, and live music. Complimentary tours and tastings available. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com   

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
Feb. 10: An evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres to showcase the work of regional artists. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

INDIE FOLKFEST
Feb. 11: Enjoy an afternoon in the Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden on the shores of Lake Formosa, listening to great music. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 Princeton St., Orlando. mennellomuseum.com

VALENTINE CONCERT AT LEU GARDENS
Feb. 11: Spend a romantic evening strolling 50 acres of flowers and greenery while listening to the music of the Jeff Howell Blues Band, the Dr. Otto Gomez Group, and the Bird Dog Bobby Band. Bring a picnic. Desserts and coffee available for purchase at the gardens. 7-10 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

DRAGON PARADE & LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Feb. 11: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with martial arts performances, exotic Asian food and dance, and arts and crafts. Free. Parade begins at 11 a.m. and events continue until 5 p.m. Orlando Fashion Square, 3201 Colonial Drive, Orlando. centralfloridadragonparade.org

VALENTINE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK
Feb. 12: It’s an afternoon of romantic music in Winter Park’s Central Park, courtesy of the Park Avenue Merchants Association. Bring a blanket, a picnic and someone special. Free. Check website for time and list of musical acts. Park Avenue at Morse Boulevard, Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org

DEEPAK CHOPRA—THE FUTURE OF WELLBEING 
Feb. 15: One of the top icons of the century and the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine” will create a roadmap for higher health based on the latest in both mainstream and alternative medicines. This event is part of the OUC Speakers series. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Feb. 16: Enthusiasts converge on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

NUDE NITE 
Feb. 16-18: This one-of-a-kind event brings together hundreds of artists—both in costume and out—for three nights of visual and performance art that celebrates the beauty of the nude. 6 p.m.-midnight. Age 21 years and up. Check website for location. nudenite.com

MOUNT DORA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Feb. 17-18: Take it easy with the Alter Eagles, who re-create the legendary Eagles’ music, or enjoy an evening of Dan Fogelberg’s music as played by the Don Campbell Band. Both will perform at this festival—Alter Eagles on Friday, Don Campbell Band on Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St., Mount Dora. mountdoramusicfest.com

ANTIQUES VINTAGE AND GARDEN SHOW
Feb. 17-19: Furniture, paintings, jewelry and collectibles will be for sale, but you may also bring items for dealers to appraise. You’ll find inspiration from garden and floral designers, as well. Guest speaker Eddie Ross is editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Friday-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 

ART & WINE STROLL AT ARTEGON MARKETPLACE

Feb. 18: Browse handcrafted items and artwork while enjoying live jazz, tasty treats and wine from Orlando’s Quantum Leap Winery. Free. 6-8 p.m. 5250 International Drive, Orlando. 407-351-7718. artegonmarketplace.com

SANFORD ART WALK
Feb. 18: Explore galleries and art spaces in historic downtown Sanford. Discover this river town’s culture and nightlife, food and art along First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.comsanfordwelcomecenter.com

WORLD SWORD SWALLOWER’S DAY
Feb. 25: Celebrated each year at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 8201 International Drive, Orlando. 407-345-0501. ripleys.com/orlando

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 2017 WORLD TOUR
Feb. 25:  Prepare for the fun and amazing tricks of the entertaining, world-famous basketball team. Noon. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. amwaycenter.com


WORLD OF GOOD

February Fund Raisers

2/4
OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK, benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Baldwin Park, Orlando. afsp.org

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

2/10-11
CARS FOR THE CURE HEATHROW, 
benefits the American Lung Association. Colonial TownPark, Lake Mary. carsforthecure.com

2/11
RUN 4 LOVE 4 MILE,
benefits the Track Shack Foundation. Race begins at Showalter Field on Cady Way, Winter Park. trackshack.com

POLAR PLUNGE, benefits Special Olympics Florida. SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park chills down its tropical wave pool. SeaWorld, Orlando. specialolympicsflorida.org

2/15
CHILI FOR CHARITY, 
benefits the Rotary Club of Winter Park Foundation, which provides grants to more than 30 local charities. Winter Park Farmers Market, Winter Park. clubrunner.ca/winterpark

2/18
SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION DREAM GALA, benefits the college’s student scholarships and other programs. Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. 407-708-4567. seminolestate.edu/foundation/dream-gala 

ORLANDO CHILI COOK-OFF, benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Festival Park, Orlando. 
orlandochilicookoff.com 

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