On The Town: March 2017

48 special events and fundraisers happening in the month of March.




The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival kicks off March 17-19 in the city’s Central Park. Artists present their works in clay, photography, watercolor and more.

City of Winter Park Communications Department

SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL
Through May 13: Sample your way around the world of international coastal cuisine paired with wines and craft beers and enjoy live performances by Styx (March 4), Justin Moore (March 11), ZZ Top (March 18) and Phillip Phillips (March 25). seaworldorlando.com

WEKIVA PAINT OUT
Through March 4:A premier plein air art event, with artists painting in the open surroundings of Wekiva Island. All proceeds benefit the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and Keep Seminole Beautiful. 1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood. 407-463-3363. wekivapaintout.com

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MARDI GRAS
Through March 25: The French Quarter comes to Orlando. Festive floats and spectacular performers parade through the streets, and each  night you can catch authentic Zydeco bands live in concert. Included with regular admission. universalorlando.com

FOODSTOCK ORLANDO FESTIVAL
March 1-4: This celebration is a combination of local restaurants and food vendors, Florida agriculture expos, live music and entertainment, benefiting hospitality and tourism education scholarships and grants. Events take place at different venues each day. foodstockorlando.com

EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
March 1-May 29: Take in enchanting topiaries and gather gardening tips while sampling seasonal foods from the Outdoor Kitchens placed throughout this Disney World theme park’s World Showcase. Enjoy live music while picking up outdoor-living advice you can use at home. epcotinspring.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA FAIR
March 2-19: Rides, midway games, livestock and culinary competitions make for a traditional, family-favorite event. Schedule extends over three weekends; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. centralfloridafair.com

FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
March 2-12: It’s not all about the strawberry shortcake; there’s a midway, arts and crafts, a car show, and live entertainment featuring Willie Nelson, the Blues Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 303 N. Lemon St., Plant City. 813-752-9194. flstrawberryfestival.com 

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
March 2: 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: “The Finer Things” in life, be they luxuries or loves. 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

REEL SHORT TEEN FILM FESTIVAL SHOWCASE
March 4: The Enzian Theater and the Winter Park Public Library promote art education and visual literacy with a free festival of films made by area teenagers. Short films accepted from students in grades 8-12 compete for awards from both the audience and a special jury. 11 a.m. Free. Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland. 407-629-1088. enzian.org

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 5: Get your green on and get to the parade early to find a spot along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park for viewing the bands, leprechauns and plenty of green. 2 p.m. Free. 407-599-3334. cityofwinterpark.org

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Mar. 9: Central Florida’s largest recurring, monthly street party, with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
March 9: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15  gets you a glass (see website for each month’s “host” providing glasses) and a map of businesses offering a free pour of wine. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street, Orlando. thorntonparkdistrict.com 

ORLANDO JAZZ FESTIVAL
March 10-11: This inaugural festival swings for two days on Seneff Arts Plaza in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The musical lineup features the legendary David Sanborn as well as dozens of other jazz artists, from Marc Antoine to Kirk Whalum, with comedian Jay Anthony Brown as emcee. Rain or shine; bring blankets or low-backed chairs for sitting on the lawn.
Friday 5 p.m. and Saturday
1 p.m. 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando.
orlandojazzfest.org, drphillipscenter.org

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
March 10: An evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres to showcase the work of regional artists. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

LEU GARDENS SPRING PLANT SALE
March 11-12: More than 50 growers and vendors offer plants and outdoor accessories for sale to enhance your landscape and home. Experts on hand can help solve your landscape problems. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. leugardens.org

TASTE OF OVIEDO
March 11: This 23rd annual event features restaurants in the Oviedo area offering their best fare. Test your culinary skills in the Citrus & Celery Cook-off, while the kids enjoy rides and activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo. tasteofoviedo.org

SPRING FLING
March 11:
Experience these city-sponsored activities that promote a safety consciousness. Dozens of vendors, free food, games and educational activities are available. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee. 407-905-3100. ocoee.org

TASTE OF MOUNT DORA MARDI GRAS PARTY & CASINO NIGHT
Mar. 11: This culinary event, with food prepared by Mount Dora’s finest restaurants, includes a casino night, with blackjack, roulette and poker tables, plus a silent auction. 6-11 p.m. Sunset Park, 4th Avenue and Alexander Street, Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. mountdora.com

SUNDAY IN THE PARK
March 12: An old-fashioned neighborhood celebration in College Park, with a petting zoo, bounce houses, local performers, vendor booths, plus the “Best Brownies in College Park” contest. Noon-5 p.m. Dartmouth Park, 822 Dartmouth St., Orlando. mycpna.org

BRAIN CANDY LIVE! WITH ADAM SAVAGE & MICHAEL STEVENS
Mar. 16: Adam Savage, of TV’s MythBusters, and YouTube sensation Michael Stevens are live onstage—along with more than 3 tons of crazy toys and tools—for a series of mind-blowing scientific demonstrations described as “a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
March 16: Enthusiasts converge on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate everything art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

MIGHTY ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL
March 16-19: If you’re a bit Irish or want to be, head for the Irish food, drink, music, dancing and bits of Blarney at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista. Events run each day from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 6 p.m. raglanroad.com

WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
March 17-19: One of the biggest and best juried art shows in the Southeast; booths are spread throughout Central Park, along Park Avenue between New England and Garfield avenues in downtown Winter Park. Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. wpsaf.org

MOUNT DORA SPRING SHOW
March 18-19: More than 200 vendors display an eclectic mix of art, collectibles and crafts on the downtown streets of Mount Dora. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 352-217-8390. visitmountdora.com

SANFORD ART WALK
March 18: Explore galleries and art spaces in historic downtown Sanford. Discover this river town’s culture and nightlife, food and art along First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.comsanfordwelcomecenter.com

PEACE BREAKFAST—AN INTERFAITH GATHERING
March 21: This free breakfast, organized by the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute, provides an opportunity to pause for fellowship and prayer while celebrating and promoting religious and cultural diversity. Speakers include representatives of various religions and cultural traditions. 8:30 a.m. East Campus, Building 8-101, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. valenciacollege.edu/pji

WINE AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
March 24-26: Celebrate springtime with seafood, wine, live music, and arts and crafts. Lakeridge wine plus beer, soft drinks and food are available; complimentary winery tours and tastings are offered. Friday-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

FIELD TO FEAST DINNER
March 25: Locally sourced cuisine in an open-air setting served in casual, dine-around fashion. Top chefs from Disney World headline the meal preparation; dishes are paired with wines, beers and cocktails selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Live music, farm tours and a raffle round out the evening. All proceeds benefit the Kids Café Program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 5-8 p.m. Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora. edibleorlando.com

RADIO’S “SCIENCE FRIDAY” TAPES IN ORLANDO
March 28: The award-winning radio show Science Friday tapes its broadcast in front of a live audience. Host Ira Flatow and guests discuss everything from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in the human body. Proceeds benefit WMFE-FM public radio. 7:30 p.m. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 407-514-1750. wmfe.org

FLORIDA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
March 30-April 2: Storytelling “concerts,” workshops and competitions, plus a Story Cruise on Lake Dora. Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora. flstory.com

BEST FEST
March 30: This West Orange Chamber of Commerce festival bills itself as West Orange County’s largest food-tasting and business expo—“The Best of the West!” 5-8:30 p.m. Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee. 407-656-1304. wochamber.com

WRESTLEMANIA 33
March 31-April 4: World Wrestling Entertainment’s biggest annual attraction is actually a weeklong series of events that this year returns to Orlando. Events take place at the Orange County Convention Center (9800 International Drive),  Amway Center (400 W. Church St.) and Camping World Stadium (1 Citrus Bowl Place). wwe.com


WORLD OF GOOD

March Fundraisers

3/1
ORLANDO STORY CLUB, benefits the Summer of Dreams program for homeless school-age children in Central Florida. Participants tell personal stories tied to this month’s theme: “I just had to have it.” The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com

3/3
A PAIR TO REMEMBER, benefits Easter Seals Florida. Luncheon and designer shoe auction, The Mall at Millenia, Orlando. mallatmillenia.com   

3/4
AN EVENING WITH FABULOUS FRIENDS GALA, benefits the Mennello Museum of American Art. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista. mennellomuseum.org

DOGGIE DERBY, benefits Brightside Events’ Stock the Pantry Program, to feed homeless students over extended school breaks. Baldwin Park, Orlando. doggiederby.com

FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB raises funds for research, education and patient programs for people affected by lung disease. Bank of America Center, Orlando. climborlando.org

GARDEN ENCORE, benefits the Garden Theatre in downtown Winter Garden. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org

MASTER GARDENER PLANT & GARDEN FESTIVAL, benefits the Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers program. Orange County Extension Education Center, Orlando. orange.ifas.ufl.edu

OPERA BALL, benefits Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. UCF Opera performs the second act of Die Fledermaus, staged with orchestra, following dinner. The Plaza Live, Orlando. fsyo.org

SIGHT & SOLE WALKFEST, benefits Lighthouse Central Florida, for those with impaired eyesight. Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs. lighthousecentralflorida.org

3/10
BALL, benefits Jewish Community Center programs. Orlando Museum of Art, Loch Haven Park, Orlando. 407-645-5933. orlandojcc.org     

3/11
RIMMA AT SUNSET, benefits the Orlando Philharmonic. Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois plays a sampling of Russian Masters. Mount Dora Yacht Club, Mount Dora. friendsorlandophil.org

3/18
WALK TO DEFEAT ALS, benefits the Florida chapter of ALS Association. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. 813-637-9000, ext. 125. alsa.org

3/19
MG WALK, benefits Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Blue Jacket Park, Baldwin Park, Orlando. mgwalk.org/orlando

3/25
OMYF BLACK TIE AND TENNIES GALA, benefits the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. On-court mingling with NBA players. Amway Center, Orlando. orlandomagic.com

3/26
TOUR DE CURE, benefits the American Diabetes Association. Lake Nona Town Center, Orlando. caamevents.com/event/tour-de-cure-lake-nona 

3/31
POKER AT THE PALACE, an annual Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament, benefits special-needs children through United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida. Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, Lake Buena Vista. ucpcfl.org/events

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