On The Town: July 2016

27 special events and fundraisers happening in the month of July.




The Coke Zero 400 is the final race in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, July 1-2, at Daytona International Speedway.

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NASCAR SPRINT CUP series
July 1-2:
The Subway Firecracker 250 on Friday evening will feature NASCAR Xfinity regulars facing off against Sprint Cup Series stars with 100 laps under the lights. Events and qualifying races occur all weekend, with the final Firecracker race starting at 7:30 p.m. The 58th annual Coke Zero 400 is Saturday evening; the final race begins at 7:45 p.m. daytonainternationalspeedway.com

VANS WARPED TOUR
July 2:
An all-day, all-genre music tour with opportunities for autographs, food, free stuff, and other fun.11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tinker Field, One Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. vanswarpedtour.com

NIGHT LIGHTS AT LEGOLAND
July 2-4:
Park guests can stay to watch Legoland’s special, weekend-only summertime fireworks display, which features Lego’s Ninjago brick sets. Included in park admission. 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. florida.legoland.com

LAKERIDGE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Take a complimentary winery tour, then spend the afternoon listening to live music as a different band performs on the outdoor stage each Saturday. Food and drink are available for purchase. Free. 1-4 p.m. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. Highway 27 North, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

SEAWORLD’S SUMMER NIGHTS
Through Aug. 7: Nightly festivities in the theme park include a high-energy Shamu show, concerts, and late-night roller coaster rides. Included with regular park admission. seaworldparks.com 

RED, HOT AND BOOM
July 3: Get an early start on Independence Day the night before with live music, games, vendors, food and a 25-minute fireworks display synchronized with patriotic and contemporary music. Free. 4-11 p.m. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. 407-571-8180. altamonte.org

BALDWIN PARK INDEPENDENCE DAY BASH
July 3: Start the evening with a walk through the town center as artists and craftsmen sell their wares. Also available: festival snacks, balloons, face painting, live music and more. Then get a good spot at Harbor Park to see the fireworks. Free. 5:30-9:30 p.m. New Broad Street, Baldwin Park town center, Orlando. baldwinparkevents.com

ALL-AMERICAN 4TH OF JULY
July 4: Celebration Town Center’s annual Independence Day celebration starts with a morning parade through the community and resumes that afternoon with games, live music, shopping and bounce houses before winding up with nighttime fireworks synchronized to music. Free. Parade 9 a.m., other events 4-9:15 p.m. 407-566-1200. celebrationtowncenter.com

FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN
July 4: There’s always a crowd around Lake Eola on the Fourth, so come early and enjoy the live music, games, food and drink before the patriotic fireworks start at 9 p.m. 4-10 p.m. Free. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. cityoforlando.net

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
July 4: Disney’s Hollywood Studios presents the next generation of Star Wars-themed fireworks shows, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” with lasers, special effects, and video projections.  Included in park admission. Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
July 4: Enjoy live music and a DJ at the Music Plaza Stage beginning at 5 p.m. Later that evening, view Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories at Universal Studios.  Included in park admission. universalorlando.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO
July 4: A special Reflections show will feature an expanded fireworks display timed to a variety of patriotic music. Included in park admission. seaworldparks.com

OLDE FASHIONED PARTY IN THE PARK
July 4: Enjoy live patriotic music by the Bach Festival Brass Band and Choir, a bike parade, free hot dogs and watermelon, games and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Central Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park. 407-599-3463. cityofwinterpark.org

OVIEDO INDEPENDENCE DAY
July 4: Live music, children’s activities, vendors, and fireworks at Oviedo Mall. Free. 5-10 p.m. 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo. cityofoviedo.net

STAR-SPANGLED SANFORD 
July 4: The city’s waterfront is jumping on Independence Day with live entertainment, food and drink, the Fort Mellon Park Splash Pad, children’s activities and, after sunset, a spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Lake Monroe. Free. 4-10 p.m. Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. 1st St., Sanford. sanfordfl.gov

WINTER GARDEN PARTY IN THE PARK
July 4: Enjoy live music, family activities, food and more, followed by fireworks. Free. 5-9:30 p.m. Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. 407-877-5432. cwgdn.com

CELEBRATION AT AVALON PARK
July 4: Community events into the evening, topped by an Independence Day fireworks display. Free. 5-9 p.m. Avalon Park East Boulevard, Orlando. 407-658-6565. avalonpark.com

SUMMER F.U.N. CONVENTION
July 7-9: Florida United Numismatists host this annual event for buying, selling and appraising coins, paper currency, tokens, medals and similar items. Free. Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, Hall WE1, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. funtopics.com

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
July 14: A monthly gathering on the second Thursday with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. Free. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
July 14: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 gets you a glass and a map of more than 25 businesses offering wine tastings. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com

SANFORD ART WALK
July 16: Explore galleries and art spaces along historic downtown Sanford’s First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.com, sanfordwelcomecenter.com

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
July 21: Come to Orlando’s Downtown Arts District for the evening to celebrate all that is art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com, 3rdthu.com 

GEEKYCON 2016
July 29-31: Celebrate everything about being fans of fantasy. Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse, 9990 International Drive, Orlando. geekycon.com


World of Good July Fundraisers

7/4 HUNTER VISION WATERMELON 5K, benefits the Track Shack Foundation. Combines a 5K run and watermelon-eating contest. Central Park, Winter Park. trackshack.com

7/6 WHAT’S YOUR STORY?, benefits Parramore Kidz Zone, which helps children prepare for kindergarten. Participants tell five-minute stories based on the evening’s theme: tweendom. The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com

7/29 MINI-GOLF CHALLENGE, benefits the nonprofit Eti-Keys Training Group’s anti-bullying initiatives. Pirate’s Cove, Orlando. 407-521-8992. etikeys.org

7/31 ATHLETES AND ANIMALS BOWLING, benefits Special Olympics Florida and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Brunswick Wekiva Lanes, Apopka. 407-851-0712. athletesandanimals.steemteam.com

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