On The Town: March 2015

28 special events to check out in the month of March.



Colorful floats, costumed performers, New Orleans bands and Cajun cooking highlight Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration, through April 18.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA FAIR

Through Mar. 8 Rides, games, livestock and culinary contests make for a traditional family favorite event. 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. centralfloridafair.com

 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MARDI GRAS

Through Apr. 18 On select nights The Big Easy comes to Central Florida, with Cajun and Creole cuisine, street performers, lively music, and beads by the handful. Included with annual pass or Universal Studios admission. universalorlando.com 

 

GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Feb. 28-Mar. 1 Hundreds of artists working in various media, from pottery and fiber to photography and glass, are on hand for this annual outdoor fine arts and crafts show. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa. gasparillaarts.com

 

EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL

Mar. 4-May 17 Educational designer programs, themed gardens, topiary displays, and live concerts usher in spring. New this year are Anna and Elsa of “Frozen” topiaries in a garden scene from the movie. epcotinspring.com 

 

SMILE MILE RUN

Mar. 7 A one-mile children’s race open to all elementary school-age students between the ages of 5 and 11. Orlando Fashion Square, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. trackshack.com

 

DISNEY LIVE! PRESENTS MICKEY’S MAGIC SHOW

Illusionist Zach Williams joins Mickey and friends for a spectacular show of levitations and transformations.

Mar. 6 King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 3 and 6 p.m. kingcenter.com

Mar. 8 CFE Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd., Orlando. 1 and 4 p.m. 800-745-3000. cfearena.com

 

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK

Mar. 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 and Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com

 

MIGHTY ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL

Mar. 13-17 Irish food, dancing, beer, music and a wee bit o’ leprechaun luck makes for a great green celebration. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Downtown Disney, 16340 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. 407-938-0300. raglanroad.com

 

ZIMMERMAN KISER SUTCLIFFE WINTER PARK ROAD RACE 

Mar. 14 Grand finale of the Track Shack Running Series offers several race lengths for every age and ability. 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. trackshack.com

 

TASTE OF MOUNT DORA BOOTS & DENIM PARTY 

Mar. 14 Dining, dancing, gaming and country/ western attire. 6-11 p.m. Sunset Park at 4th and Alexander, Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. mountdora.com

 

LEU GARDENS SPRING PLANT SALE

Mar. 14-15 Shop the largest selection of quality plants in Central Florida, with experts on hand to help you choose the right plants for your landscape or garden. Plants include bamboo, bromeliads, butterfly plants, citrus, ferns, fruit trees, gingers, herbs and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

 

FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Mar. 14-15 Car show, arts and crafts, the Raise the Roof 5K, and of course, all the sweet juicy strawberries you can eat. Wickham Park Pavilion, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-728-4009. brevardhabitat.com

 

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK

Mar. 19 Visitors converge on the core of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate art. 6 p.m. City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

 

HANNIBAL SQUARE WINE TASTING

Mar. 19 The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Hannibal Square Merchants Association kick off the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival with live music and wine samplings. 5-7:30 p.m. Hannibal Square, West New England Avenue between Virginia and Pennsylvania avenues. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org

 

WINTER PARK INSTITUTE 

Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-691-1995. winterparkinstitute.org

Mar. 19 An Evening with Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens USA. 7 p.m.

Mar. 26 Roger McGuinn: How Folk Music Got Me to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. 7 p.m. McGuinn, leader of the 1960s group The Byrds, combined folk and rock music to great acclaim.

Mar. 27 The McGuinn Legacy: Questions and Answers. 11 a.m. 

 

WINE & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Mar. 20-22 Enjoy wine, seafood, live music, winery tours and more. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

 

WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL

Mar. 20-22 Thousands of people come out for one of the biggest and best art festivals in the Southeast. It is a competitive juried show, but many emerging artists are also invited. Central Park along Park Avenue between New England and Garfield avenues, Winter Park. wpsaf.org

 

COLOR VIBE 5K

Mar. 21 Get blasted with color while you run, and finish off the day with more color and a dance party. Riverfront Park, East Fairview Avenue and North Beach Street, Daytona Beach. thecolorvibe.com

 

RAM NATIONAL CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO

Mar. 25-28 Cowboys and cowgirls compete for more than one million dollars in cash and prizes during four days of events. Silver Spurs Arena, 18875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. ohpark.com

 

PIG BASH AND FLORIDA HERITAGE BARBEQUE CLASSIC

Mar. 26-28 Meet over 100 award-winning smoking masters and eat the best BBQ in the world, including pork, brisket, gator and other exotic treats. Enjoy live music and other interactive entertainment. Osceola Heritage Park, 18875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. ohpark.com 

 

SANFORD ART WALK

Mar. 27 Explore galleries and art spaces in and around First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. Discover this river town’s culture and nightlife, food and art. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.com, sanfordwelcomecenter.com

 

FESTIVAL OF INDIA

Mar. 28 Immerse yourself in the culture of India, from music and food to dance and games.11 a.m.-6 p.m. Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall and Grounds, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. hindutempleorlando.org

 

UPTOWN ART EXPO

Mar. 28-29 You will find juried arts and crafts, chalk street painting, food, drink and live music. Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m-5 p.m. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. uptownartexpo.com

 

MOUNT DORA SPRING SHOW

Mar. 28-29 Downtown streets come alive with nearly 300 antiques and collectibles dealers, crafters and artists displaying their treasures for show and sale.  9 a.m.-5 p.m. mountdoraspringshow.com

 

SAILBOAT REGATTA

Mar. 28-29 This event takes place the same weekend as the Mount Dora Spring Show, with all-day sailboat competitions on Lake Dora. 351 W. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdorayachtclub.com

 

THE GOLDEN DRAGONS

Mar. 31 More than 25 centuries of experience are reflected in this Chinese acrobatic show. 7 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-242-2219. kingcenter.com


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