Events On The Town: July 2018

20 Special Events and 6 fundraisers happening in the month of July.




Celebrate Independence Day and top it off with a fireworks show at one of the local venues listed below.

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4TH OF JULY HAPPENINGS

RED HOT & 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 BASH
July 3: Start the evening with a walk through the town center as artists and craftsmen sell their wares. Also available: food trucks, live music, carnival games and more. Get there early for a good spot at Harbor Park to see the fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free. 6-11 p.m. New Broad Street, Baldwin Park town center, Orlando. baldwinparkevents.com

FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN
July 4: There’s always a big crowd around Orlando’s Lake Eola on the Fourth, so come early and enjoy the live music, games, food and drink before the city’s 41st annual patriotic fireworks start at 9 p.m. Free. 4-10 p.m. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. cityoforlando.net

4TH OF JULY PARADE
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 and shopping before winding up with nighttime fireworks synchronized to music. Free. Parade at 9 a.m.; other events 4-9:15 p.m.
407-566-1200. celebration.fl.us/events

STAR-SPANGLED SANFORD
July 4: This 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 fireworks display over beautiful Lake Monroe. Free. 4-10 p.m. Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordfl.gov

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4: The City of Winter Park offers patriotic music by the Bach Festival Society Choir and live entertainment by Sean Holcomb, free hot dogs and watermelon while they last, a kids’ zone with a Touch-a-Truck and more. Free. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Central Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park. 407-599-3463. cityofwinterpark.org

OVIEDO INDEPENDENCE DAY
July 4: Live entertainment, fireworks at Oviedo Mall and a kids’ zone with inflatable games. Beer, wine and spirits available. Free. 5-9 p.m. 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo. cityofoviedo.net

WINTER GARDEN PARTY IN THE PARK
July 4: Enjoy live music by Speed Limit 70, 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. wintergardenpost.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
July 3-4: Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot each have special fireworks shows for the Fourth of July. “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at Magic Kingdom are at 9:15 p.m. on July 3 and 4; “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks at Epcot are at 9 and 10 p.m. on July 4. Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO
July 4: The night sky will light up with fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers during a one-of-a-kind, patriotic finale to “Ignite,” SeaWorld’s new end-of-day spectacle. Included in park admission. seaworldparks.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT LEGOLAND
July 4:
 Celebrate America’s independence with fireworks in the skies above Lake Eloise and help create a giant USA flag out of thousands of LEGO bricks before the sun goes down. Included in park admission. 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. florida.legoland.com

AVALON PARK 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4: This year’s annual Independence Day celebration in downtown Avalon Park includes an apple pie bake-off, community performances, wet and dry bounce houses, and food trucks—topped off with a fireworks display. Free. 5-9 p.m. Avalon Park East Boulevard, Orlando. 407-658-6565. avalonpark.com


SPECIAL EVENTS

ELECTRIC OCEAN
Through Sept. 3: As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music. Guests are immersed in a sea of wonder with a fireworks finale. Included with theme park admission. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

CRAFTS AND CULTURE MARKET
July 1: Happening the first Sunday of every month, this outdoor family friendly event features a kid’s corner, food trucks, artisan vendors and music. Free. 1 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. Search Eatonville Cultural and Heritage Foundation Inc. on Facebook.

COKE ZERO SUGAR 400
July 5-7: The action at Daytona International Speedway starts Thursday with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series practice laps, followed Friday with qualifying laps during the day and the Daytona Firecracker 250 race that evening—100 laps under the lights. On Saturday, the 60th annual Coke Zero 400 caps the weekend, with the final race starting at 7 p.m. daytonainternationalspeedway.com

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
June 7: 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. 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

LAKERIDGE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
July 7, 14, 21 & 28: 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

DINING WITH DIABETES
July 11-12: Live cooking demonstrations include techniques, tips and tastings presented by local guest chefs with a focus on what foods to choose when eating out. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute, 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 501, Orlando. 407-303-2822. floridahospitaldiabetes.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
July 12: 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
July 12: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a gathering with live music, local artists, food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

SUMMER F.U.N. CONVENTION
July 12-14: 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

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
July 13: 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. Free. 6 p.m. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

PAW PATROL LIVE! THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE
July 14-15: The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first. Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

CREATE YOUR SUMMER TOUR
July 17: Three of the most successful YouTube creators—Karina Garcia, Wengie, and Natalies Outlet—join forces to teach audience members completely new hacks that will inspire them to feel imaginative, confident and special. 6 p.m. The Plaza Live Orlando, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-228-1220. plazaliveorlando.com

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
July 19: Visitors converge on the core of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to browse the galleries and nontraditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. 3rdthu.com

SANFORD ART WALK
July 21: Discover this river town’s culture, nightlife, food and art while exploring galleries and art spaces on and around First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. This month’s theme is “Aperture.” 6-9 p.m. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

FLORIDA WEDDING EXPO
July 22: Over 150 vendor exhibits, chances to enter over 100 giveaways, plus the first 500 general admission brides receive $1,000 in wedding expo dollars to spend with participating vendors and a $200 gift card for Symbolize It. Noon-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. floridaweddingexpo.com

MOONLIGHT WALKING TOUR
July 27: Take a historical stroll through Greenwood Cemetery. The walk is approximately 2 miles within the 100-acre cemetery, and it briefly visits about 100 graves of notable individuals in Orlando’s history. Free. 8-10 p.m. Greenwood Cemetery, 1603 Greenwood St., Orlando.
cityoforlando.net/greenwood

DARCI LYNNE AND FRIENDS LIVE
July 28: Rescheduled from original May 13 date, the 12-year-old ventriloquist and 2017 winner of 
America’s Got Talent brings her jaw-dropping voice, hilarious puppets and vibrant personality to Orlando for one night only. 7 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

ART AFTER DARK
July 28: A semi-formal soirée for young professionals including interactive art experiences, meet-and-greet opportunities with special guest artists, live music, photo opportunities, a silent auction, craft cocktails, and gourmet light bites. 7-10 p.m. City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. downtownorlando.com

MICHELEE PUPPETS BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
July 29: MicheLee Puppets appears as a part of Sunday Family Fun Days in Maitland with a special party celebrating the upcoming school year. Free. Venue on the Lake, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland. micheleepuppets.org/events

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CRYSTAL
Aug. 1-5: This unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination as gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air. Wednesday-Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 4 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 and 5 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 877-924-7783. cirquedusoleil.com/crystal


WORLD OF GOOD

JULY FUNDRAISERS

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

7/18
ORLANDO STORY CLUB,
benefits Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Participants tell five-minute stories based on the evening’s theme: “What a Mess!” The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com

7/21
WALK TO END HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE,
benefits the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Orlando Brewing, Orlando. hdsa.donordrive.com

7/28
CHILDHOOD CANCER 5K RUN/WALK,
benefits the Caleb Solomon Williams BELAC Foundation. Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake, Orlando. 407-405-7790. calebsolomonwilliamsfoundation.org

7/29
BOWLING FOR FREEDOM,
benefits Paving the Way to prevent child trafficking. Kings Dining & Entertainment, Orlando. Search Paving the Way on Facebook.

7/30-8/4
38TH NATIONAL VETERAN WHEELCHAIR GAMES,
benefits Paralyzed Veterans of America. Orange County Convention Center, Orlando. wheelchairgames.org

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