On The Town: January 2017

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




Actor and activist George Takei shares his personal story as part of the Winter Park Institute’s events, Jan. 19.

Courtesy of the Winter Park Institute

CHRISTMAS AT THE LEU HOUSE
Through Jan. 2: See this historic, 11-room house decorated for Christmas by local interior designers. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

LIGHT UP UCF 
Through Jan. 7:
This event—“Fifty Nights of Music, Lights and Ice”—celebrates the season with an outdoor ice rink, carnival rides, movies and light shows outside the CFE Arena on the University of Central Florida campus in east Orlando. lightupucf.com

CHRISTMAS AT BOK TOWER GARDENS 
Through Jan. 8: 
Enjoy the holidays with festive events at Bok Tower Gardens, including the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, special carillon concerts with choir, winter garden tours, poinsettia displays and more. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org

WINTER IN THE PARK
Through Jan. 8: Ice skate in downtown Winter Park, with a covered rink, holiday music and more. Skate rental is included in the admission. Hours vary. West Meadow, Central Park, Morse Boulevard at New York Avenue, Winter Park. 407-599-3203. cityofwinterpark.org/witp

STETSON MANSION CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 
Through Jan. 15: Now a private estate, this historic Volusia County mansion opens each year for special Christmas tours. Reservations required. Stetson Mansion, 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand. stetsonmansion.com

MECUM COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION
Jan. 6-15: 
Expect to see thousands of antique, muscle and exotic cars for sale, along with old auto signs, hood ornaments and other memorabilia. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. mecum.com

WINTER MUSIC SERIES AT THE WINERY
Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards offers live music on Saturday afternoons in January, with bands performing on an outdoor stage. Along with complimentary winery tours and tastings, food, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. 1-4 p.m. 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS PRESENTS CIRCUS XTREME 
Jan. 12-16: Circus performers as well as lions, tigers and horses perform feats of daring, strength and wonder. Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 and 5 p.m.; and Monday 1 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. ringling.com

 SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Jan. 12: 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
Jan. 12: 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 

OTRONICON
Jan. 13-16: See cutting-edge technologies from the video-game and simulation industries, including military and medical simulators. Meet industry leaders and learn more about STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) careers. Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. otronicon.org

FLORIDA SMOOTH JAZZ WEEKEND
Jan. 13-15: A weekend of concerts, brunches and dinners by the beach, hosted by the Brevard Music Group and Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation. Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Hotel, 2605 N. U.S. Highway A1A, Melbourne. floridasmoothjazzweekend.com

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
Jan. 13: 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

CENTRAL FLORIDA SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES
Jan. 14-15: Whether you look good in plaid or not, you can appreciate the strength and skill displayed by the games’ athletic competitors, dancers, pipers and drummers. Exhibits and concessions featuring all things Scottish. All day Saturday and Sunday; event times are subject to change. Central Winds Park, Winter Springs. flascot.com

ORLANDO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE
Jan. 14: Bands, Boy Scouts and many other civic groups march through downtown Orlando. The parade, sponsored by the Southwest Orlando Jaycees, begins at 10 a.m. at Orange Avenue and Livingston Street, heads south on Orange, east on Central Boulevard and north on Rosalind Avenue, ending back at Livingston. swojaycees.com

EATONVILLE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE
Jan. 14: The nation’s oldest incorporated African-American municipality begins its parade at 2 p.m. on Kennedy Boulevard near the center of town. 

WINTER PARK UNITY HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Jan. 15-16: This two-day event in the city’s Hannibal Square neighborhood promotes family history and raises money for the Educational Fulfillment Fund to benefit local, economically disadvantaged youth. Live gospel music, dance, children’s games, food, vendors and career booths. Sunday 1-5 p.m., Monday 10-5 p.m. Shady Park, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. cityofwinterpark.org 

SANFORD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE
Jan. 16: Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Goldsboro Boulevard, goes to South Holly Avenue. It’s followed by a noon-4 p.m. rally in Fort Mellon Park. Goldsboro Boulevard, goes to South Holly Avenue. It’s followed by a noon-4 p.m. rally in Fort Mellon Park. sanfordfl.gov

THE GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
Jan. 17: This troupe combines award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance and theatrical techniques to present a show of both skill and beauty. Two shows: 10:30 a.m. (Theatre for Youth) and 7 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-242-2219. kingcenter.com

WINDOWS TO THE SOUL PAINTED PORCELAIN ART SHOW
Jan. 19-21: Hand-painted porcelain art pieces are on display and available for sale; demonstrations and technique sessions are also scheduled. Featured guest artist: Brazilian-born Manuel Felipe Pereira. Thursday 1-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Park Inn Resort and Conference Center, 3011 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee. flwocp.com

WINTER PARK INSTITUTE—GEORGE TAKEI
Jan. 19: The LA-based actor, author and activist shares the story of his family’s forced internment as Japanese Americans during WWII, his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon in the original Star Trek TV series, his remarkable success as a social media mega power, and his ardent fight for LGBTQ rights and equality in America. 7:30 p.m. Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center, Rollins College. Free but reserve-premium seating may be purchased. 407-691-1995. rollins.edu/wpi

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Jan. 19: Visitors converge on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

ZORA! FESTIVAL
Jan. 21-29: This weeklong series of events celebrates the life of author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston and her hometown of Eatonville. The 28th annual festival offers arts, cultural and humanities programs; museum exhibits; panel discussions; music; and a three-day street party, the Outdoor Festival of the Arts. Most events are free and open to the public. Zora Neale Hurston National Museum, 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. zorafestival.org

MONSTER JAM
Jan. 21: 
Oversized, high-powered trucks, both new and old favorites, compete for a place in the Monster Jam World Finals. Gates open at 5 p.m., the show begins at 7 p.m. Camping World Stadium, One Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. monsterjam.com

METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS/VOCAL COMPETITION 
Jan. 21: As many as 40 young, classically trained singers compete for the opportunity to sing on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. 407-922-4688. metauditionsflorida.org

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN
Jan. 21: An annual showcase of exceptional young women from across Florida competing for college scholarships from Distinguished Young Women (formerly America’s Junior Miss), a five-decade-old program for high school girls that promotes scholarship, leadership, fitness and talent. 7 p.m. Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org

WICKED AFTER DARK
Jan 26: The national touring company of the Broadway musical Wicked has organized a one-night-only charitable cabaret concert to benefit the GLBT Center of Central Florida (specifically, counseling for survivors and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting) and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 8:30 p.m. The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando. 407-704-6261. abbeyorlando.com, thecenterorlando.org.

A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER
Jan. 27-29: All things Potter, including Q&A sessions with select cast members from the movies, “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, and discussion panels and demonstrations examining various aspects of the Harry Potter stories. Included with general-admission ticket. Universal Studios Florida, Orlando. universalorlando.com/events

IMAGES: A FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Jan. 27-29: A juried art show, now in its 41st year, hosted by the Atlantic Center for the Arts. More than 200 artists and 45,000 other people, with live music, children’s art activities and more. Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Riverside Park, New Smyrna Beach. imagesartfestival.org

SANFORD ART WALK
Jan. 21: Explore galleries and art spaces in historic downtown Sanford the third Saturday of each month. Discover this river town’s culture and nightlife, food and art along First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.com, sanfordwelcomecenter.com

GLADDENING LIGHT SYMPOSIUM
Jan. 26-29: Franciscan activist Father Richard Rohr anchors this series of events sponsored by Gladdening Light, a local, nonprofit spiritual initiative that explores transcendent elements of art through lectures, concerts and exhibitions. Events take place at various locations throughout Winter Park. 407-647-3963. gladdeninglight.org

ORANGE CITY BLUE SPRING MANATEE FESTIVAL
Jan. 28-29: Features live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and games, and animal “ambassadors” from the Central Florida Zoo. A shuttle takes you to nearby Blue Spring State Park to see manatees wintering in their natural setting. Valentine Park, Orange City. themanateefestival.com

DINO DAY AT LEU GARDENS
Jan. 28: Learn about dinosaurs with hands-on activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt – and up-close encounters with lifelike replicas in the gardens’ “Dinosaur Invasion” exhibit (Jan. 13-April 30). The creatures, crafted for authenticity by fossil expert Guy Darrough, range in size from 14 inches to 33 feet. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Included in daytime garden admission. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

Beakman Live! What’s Going On Here, Beakman?
Jan. 31: This live show features large scale, wacky and visually compelling science demonstrations to introduce young audiences to neuroscience in a fun, dynamic and memorable way. 10:30 a.m. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-242-2219. kingcenter.com

WORLD OF GOOD

1/4-8
WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND,
benefits the Leukemia & Lymphona Society. Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista. rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon

1/8
BLACKBEARD’S GOLF TOURNAMENT,
benefits the Matthew A. Pucino Foundation and the Fairways for Warriors golf program for wounded veterans. Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. matthewpucinofoundation.org

1/14
PARK AVENUE 5K,
benefits Track Shack Youth Foundation. Central Park Main Stage, Winter Park. trackshack.com

1/15
FOR THE BIRDS,
benefits the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Violinist Colin Jacobsen performs with his brother, conductor Eric Jacobsen, at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center, Maitland. friendsorlandophil.org

1/27-28
LAKELAND PIG FEST,
benefits several Lakeland charities. Tigertown Complex, Lakeland. lakelandpigfest.org

1/28
BEHIND THE CURTAIN—ELIXIR OF LOVE,
benefits the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Selections from Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic-comic opera are presented in this “informance” by orchestra maestro Eric Jacobsen and director Mary Birnbaum at Kathy and Steve Miller’s lakeside home in Winter Park. friendsorlandophil.org

FIRE IN THE PARK CHILI CHALLENGE, benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the Orlando Sports Foundation. Avalon Park, Orlando. avalonparkchilicookoff.com

FLORIDA HOSPITAL LADY TRACK SHACK 5K, benefits the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund. Loch Haven Park, Orlando. trackshack.com

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