On The Town: June 2017

16 special events and 10 fundraisers happening in the month of June




Diana Ross comes to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center on her In The Name of Love Tour, June 27, p. 157.

Courtesy of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

ORLANDO GAY DAYS 
May 30-June 4: This annual festival offers travel packages that include special events, VIP passes, designated days at Disney theme parks, and the Miss Gay Days Pageant. Gay Days headquarters can be found at the host hotel, the Doubletree Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando. gaydays.com

GEEKTASTIC ART SHOW
Through June 4: These artworks celebrate all things geek. Think Star Wars and Star Trek, superheroes and comic books, video games and pop culture. And the art is for sale. Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando. 407-362-1864. dandelioncommunitea.com 

SPACE COAST BOOK LOVERS 2017 BOOK SIGNING
June 3: More than 70 published writers are expected for this inaugural author-signing event at International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach. The free 10 a.m.-1 p.m. signing session on Saturday (ticket required) is part of a three-day conference with other options for meeting new or favorite authors. 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. spacecoastbooklovers.com

COCOA BEACH UNCORKED
June 3-4: This new food, wine and craft beer festival is the Space Coast sister of the 6-year-old Clearwater Beach Uncorked on the Gulf Coast. Anchored by a 20,000-square-foot Grand Tasting Tent, the two-day event takes place on the beach at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach. cocoabeachuncorked.com

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
June 8: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. This month’s theme: Blues, Brews & BBQ. Free. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
June 8: 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

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
June 9: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord just off 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. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507.

ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
June 9-11: Enjoy live music as the grapes are brought in for stomping at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards; a portion of the proceeds from this event is donated to Cornerstone Hospice. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

ORLANDO UNITED DAY
June 12: On the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, events will commemorate those who lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Events for “A Day of Love and Kindness” start at 10 a.m. at the Orange County Regional History Center. A 7 p.m. ceremony at Lake Eola Park Amphitheater includes musical performances by the Orlando Gay Chorus, Sisaundra Lewis, Orlando Voices United Choir and others, as well as a reading of the victims’ names. cityoforlando.net

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
June 15: Celebrate all that is art in Orlando’s Downtown Arts District. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

FESTIVAL OF THE SEA
June 17: This festival features multiple seafood vendors, a beer-and-wine garden, arts and crafts, and a children’s play area. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St., Orlando. 407-907-8162. gopartylive.com/festivalofthesea

SANFORD ART WALK
June 17: Explore galleries and art spaces along historic downtown Sanford’s First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.com and sanfordwelcomecenter.com

LEU GARDENS CELEBRATES DADS
June 18: 
Explore 50 acres of botanical gardens with free admission for Father’s Day. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

WORLD BALLET COMPETITION  
June 19-24: This event attracts celebrities, dance critics, and dancers from dozens of countries. There are nightly competitions, master-class workshops, and a closing-night gala performance. Linda Chapin Theater, Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. worldballetcompetition.com

MASCOT GAMES
June 23-24: Twenty-four mascots from professional sports teams divide into four teams to compete in zany games. Proceeds benefit the local charity New Hope for Kids. Friday 12:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-440-7000, 800-745-3000. amwaycenter.comticketmaster.com 

CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH FESTIVAL
June 25: Caribbean food, music, arts and crafts help bring Caribbean American Heritage Month to a spicy close. Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Free. Noon-8 p.m. eventbrite.com


6/2-3
WINE QUEST, benefits Quest Inc., which assists people with disabilities. Wine tasting and auction Friday; five-course dinner, wine and more auctions Saturday. Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando. questinc.org

6/3
MAKE ’M SMILE FESTIVAL, benefits Nathaniel’s Hope, which helps special-needs children and their families. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. nathanielshope.org

JEANS AND JEWELS SEASON WRAP-UP PARTY, benefits Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic. Plaza Live, Orlando. friendsorlandophil.org

6/7
FATHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS, benefits the American Diabetes Association. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando. diabetes.org

6/10
DADS APPRECIATING DOWN SYNDROME RUM BALLbenefits the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, Loch Haven Park, Orlando. dsacf.org

6/21
THE LONGEST DAY, benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Create a fundraising experience with your friends on the summer solstice. act.alz.org

DAY OF ACTION, benefits Heart of Florida United Way with volunteers helping at partner agencies. This year’s project: fighting summer reading loss among school children. hfuw.org

6/23-24
MASCOT GAMES, benefits New Hope for Kids, which supports Central Florida children grieving a loved one’s death and grants wishes to those with a life-threatening illness. Amway Center, Orlando. mascotgames.org

6/24
FLORIDA MIRACLE DANCE MARATHON, benefits Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Orlando Regional Medical Center. floridamiracle.org 

ROBO MUD RUN 2017, benefits We Dare to Care Foundation, which helps St. Cloud police officers, firefighters and other city employees in need. Rugged, 4- to 5-mile obstacle course for individual or team competition. Peghorn Park Nature Trail and Wildlife Habitat, St. Cloud. facebook.com/robomudrun

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