Events On The Town: June 2018

28 Special Events and 10 fundraisers happening in the month of June.




Members of La Lucha perform at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, June 15.

Lucy Pearl Photography

ELECTRIC OCEAN
Through Sept. 2: As the sun goes down, SeaWorld Orlando comes alive with exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music. Guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in a fireworks finale. Included with theme park admission. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

ORLANDO GAY DAYS
May 31-June 3: 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

STAR TREK ABDUCTION
May 31 and June 2: Opera Orlando presents the East Coast premiere of the Pacific Opera Project’s production of Mozart’s legendary comic opera with a Star Trek twist. Thursday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. The Plaza Live, 425 Bumby Ave., Orlando. operaorlando.org

2018 APPLAUSE AWARDS SHOWCASE
June 2: Hosted by the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and modeled after the Tony Awards, this showcase celebrates the achievements of Orlando-area high school teachers and students involved in musical theater and features performances from participating high schools plus an awards ceremony. 7 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org 

FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN MEET & GREET
June 2: Meet a group of the remarkable artists who found success in the segregated South of the 1950s, hear their stories, and have an opportunity to buy their uniquely Florida artwork. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. thehistorycenter.org

TOGETHER WE RISE
June 3: The Center for Contemporary Dance partners with MicheLee Puppets to create an ensemble cast of student and professional artists who will present a wondrous dance-puppetry performance that celebrates our differences and honors the power of community. 4 p.m. Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-695-8366. thecenterfordance.org

CRAFTS AND CULTURE MARKET
June 3: Happening the first Sunday of every month, this outdoor family-friendly event features a kids corner, food trucks, artisan vendors, and music. Free. 1 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. facebook.com/EatonvilleCHF

ELEMENTARY DAY OF ART
June 4: It’s a Day of Art for elementary school students who are invited to create large-scale abstract sculptures, paint with watercolors and oil pastels and learn how to draw the world around them. Registration is required. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St., Orlando. mennellomuseum.org

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. This month’s art theme is “Art and Architecture.” 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
June 8: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord just east of U.S. Highways 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 

SUMMERFEST GRAPE STOMP
June 8-10: 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 Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART SPLASH
​June 8: 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

THE DRU PROJECT 2ND ANNUAL MEMORIAL PARTY
June 10: In honor of the 49 Pulse victims and hosted by local LGBTQ+ advocacy organization named for one of the victims–Christopher Andrew Leinonen–it’s a night of drag-queen performances and a celebration for the recipients of college scholarships by The Dru Project. 6 p.m. The Abbey Orlando, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando. 407-704-6261. thedruproject.org

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL DAY OF ART
June 11: Middle and high school students are invited to this art intensive environment and find inspiration to create mixed media prints, kinetic sculptures, acrylic landscapes, and poetry, plus trade artists cards inspired by the environment with new friends. Registration is required. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St., Orlando. mennellomuseum.org

DAVID BLAINE LIVE
June 11: This death-defying magician is known for his fusion of magic and stunt work. His one-man show will be an interactive experience designed to shock and awe audiences. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

WORLD BALLET COMPETITION
June 11-16: This event attracts celebrities, dance critics and dancers from around the world. There are nightly competitions, master-class workshops and a closing-night gala performance. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 844-513-2014. worldballetcompetition.com

ONEPULSE FOUNDATION TWO-YEAR REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
June 12: The community is invited to gather and honor the 49 lives taken June 12, 2016, at the Pulse Nightclub. The program will focus on uniting Orlando and recommitting to the call: We will not let hate win. 12 a.m. Pulse, 1912 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. onepulsefoundation.org

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
June 14: 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
June 14: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party: a gathering with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

OUC SPEAKERS AT DR. PHILLIPS CENTER
June 15: Meet the host and co-creators of the groundbreaking podcast S-Town in a discussion moderated by Matthew Peddie, host of Intersection on WMFE. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

AC2—AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ANDERSON COOPER & ANDY COHEN
June 16: Join Cooper and Cohen for a night of unscripted and uncensored conversation. The journalist and late-night talk show host interview each other and take questions from the audience. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

SANFORD ART WALK
June 16: 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 “Kaleidoscope.” 6-9 p.m. sanfordwelcomecenter.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/

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

A NIGHT WITH CHELSEA HANDLER
June 21: Comedian, activist and author, Handler takes the stage with her to-be-announced guest for engaging conversation followed by an audience Q&A session where no topic is off limits. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
June 21: 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

CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH FESTIVAL
June 24: 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

BRING IT! LIVE
June 29: Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It!, take the stage in Orlando as part of their summer tour. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org


WORLD OF GOOD

JUNE FUNDRAISERS

6/1-2
WINE QUEST, benefits Quest Inc., which assists people with disabilities. Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando. questinc.org

6/2
MAKE ’M SMILE FESTIVAL, benefits Nathaniel’s Hope, which helps special-needs children and families. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. nathanielshope.org

6/9
COMMUNITY RAINBOW RUN AND COMMUNITY FESTIVAL, benefits the onePULSE Foundation. Wadeview Park, Orlando. communityrainbowrun.com

6/16
2ND ANNUAL SOLUTIONARY PEACE WALK & FESTIVAL,
benefits Solutionary Events–Events to Change the World. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. solutionaryfestival.org/orlando​

BAHIA SHRINE ORLANDO 2018 POTENTATES BALL, benefits Bahia Shrine fraternity. Bahia Shrine, Apopka. eventbrite.com

6/22-23
MASCOT GAMES,
benefits New Hope for Kids. Amway Center, Orlando. mascotgames.org

6/23
WE DON’T PLAY FIGHT,
a crossover production with professional wrestlers and performing artists benefits BASE Camp Children’s Cancer. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando. drphillipscenter.org 

CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE, benefits the Center for Independent Living, which provides accessibility options for people with disabilities. Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando. cilorlando.org

6/28
FATHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS,
benefits the American Diabetes Association. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Resort Orlando. diabetes.org

ROBO MUD RUN, benefits We Dare to Care Foundation, which helps St. Cloud police officers, firefighters and other city employees in need. St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud. facebook.com/wedaretocareinc

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