Events On The Town: February 2018
23 Special Events and 8 fundraisers happening in the month of February.
Get back to nature at Orlando Wetlands Festival, Feb. 17 at the 1,650-acre wetland park near Fort Christmas.
FIRST THURSDAYS AT ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART
Feb. 1: “Orlando’s original art party” has a themed exhibit each month featuring local artists, plus live music, cash bar, and lots of networking and socializing. This month’s theme is “Unhinged!” and focuses on the symbolism of windows and doors in art. 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-896-4231. omart.org
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.
Feb. 1: Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and When She Woke. Craft Talk, 4 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium; reading, 7:30 p.m. Bush Auditorium.
Feb. 8: Ishion Hutchinson, poet and author of two collections Far District and House of Lords and Commons. Craft Talk, 4 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium; Rreading, 7:30 p.m. Bush Auditorium.
Feb. 15: Garth Greenwell, award-winning author of What Belongs to You. Workshop, 2 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium; joint reading with poet Luis Muñoz, 7:30 p.m. Bush Auditorium.
Feb. 22: Two National Book Awards finalists. Craft Talk, 2 and 4 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium; joint reading, 7:30 p.m. Bush Auditorium
MOUNT DORA ARTS FESTIVAL
Feb. 3-4: 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
CRAFTS AND CULTURE MARKET
Feb. 4: Celebrate Black History Month at this outdoor family-friendly event, which features a kid’s corner, food trucks, artisan vendors and music. Free. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. Search Eatonville Cultural and Heritage Foundation Inc. on Facebook.
THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Feb. 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
SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER 5 STREET PARTY
Feb. 8: 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
ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
Feb. 9: 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 as well. 6 p.m. Free. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507.
MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART SPLASH
Feb. 9: 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
28TH ANNUAL WINEFEST
Feb. 9-11: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards offers an opportunity to enjoy all the fruits of last year’s harvest. Local artists and crafters will display their work while guests listen to live music throughout the weekend. Complimentary winery tours and tastings are offered, and food, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com
INDIE-FOLKFEST AT MENNELLO MUSEUM
Feb. 10: Musicians, artists and crafters, food and more. Noon-5 p.m. Mennello Museum of American Art Sculpture Garden, 600 E. Princeton St., Orlando. Free. menellomuseum.org/iff
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 Ricky and the Buzzcatz. 7-10 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org
3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Feb. 15: 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
Feb. 15-17: 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
MOUNT DORA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Feb. 16-17: Two nights of music for every taste with tributes to Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and Carole King. 7:30 p.m. Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St., Mount Dora. mountdoramusicfest.com
ANTIQUES VINTAGE AND GARDEN SHOW
Feb. 16-18: Dealers offer antique furniture, paintings, vintage collectibles and more; garden and floral designers provide inspiration, and you may bring items for appraisal. 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. 17: Celebrate Orlando’s 1,650-acre wetland park near Fort Christmas with guided bus tours and hay rides, wilderness and guided photo hikes, live music, wildlife shows, birding, interactive children’s activities and bounce houses. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1300 N. Fort Christmas Road, Christmas. 407-568-1706. cityoforlando.net/wetlands/wetlands-festival
SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL
Feb. 17-Apr. 15: Sip and sample your way around the world of international coastal cuisine paired with wines and craft beers and enjoy live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artists each weekend. seaworldorlando.com
SANFORD ART WALK
Feb. 17: Explore galleries and art spaces in and around 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
DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE!
Feb. 18: America’s favorite dance show is back on tour. This all-new production showcases every style of dance seen on ABC’s hit show, from sizzling salsas to elegant waltzes and high-energy group numbers. Bob Carr Theater, 401 Livingston St., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org
PROFESSOR PIERRE PRESENTS MASTERS OF MARTIAL ARTS
Feb. 18: Martial arts instructors of different ranks, levels, styles and disciplines perform live, highlighting various techniques for self-defense. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org
DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND
Feb. 22-25: 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
DRAGON PARADE & LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Feb. 25: Start off the Year of the Dog 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
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
Feb. 28-May 28: Take in enchanting topiaries and gather gardening tips while sampling seasonal foods from the outdoor kitchens placed throughout this Disney World theme park’s World Showcase. Enjoy live music while picking up outdoor-living advice you can use at home. epcotinspring.com
WORLD OF GOOD
POWER OF THE PURSE, benefits community grants and scholarships funded by the Central Florida’s Women’s League Foundation. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. cfwl.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
ORLANDO OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK, benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Central Florida Chapter. Lake Baldwin, Orlando. afsp.donordrive.com
CARS FOR THE CURE HEATHROW AUTOMOTIVE FESTIVAL, benefits the American Lung Association. Colonial TownPark, Lake Mary. carsforthecure.com
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 Orlando’s Aquatica water park chills down the tropical wave pool.
VALENTINES AND BERNSTEIN, benefits the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Orlando. friendsorlandophil.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