Events On The Town: March 2019

44 Special Events and 13 fundraisers happening in the month of March.




Cirque du Soleil presents “Luzia—A Waking Dream of Mexico,” opening this month under the company’s Big Top.

Matt Beard ©2017 Cirque du Soleil

SPECIAL EVENTS

FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Through March 10: It’s not all about the strawberry shortcake; there’s a youth livestock show, rides, exhibits of commerce and live entertainment featuring Willie Nelson, Kool & the Gang, Martina McBride, STYX and many others. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 303 N. Lemon St., Plant City. 813-752-9194. flstrawberryfestival.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA FAIR
Through March 17: 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

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MARDI GRAS
Through April 4: The French Quarter comes to Orlando. Festive floats and spectacular performers parade each night through the theme park’s streets where you can catch beads, hear tunes from authentic New Orleans bands and sample Cajun cuisine. Included with regular admission. universalorlando.com

SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL
Through May 5: Sip and sample your way around the world of international coastal cuisine paired with wines and craft beers and enjoy live performances each weekend. seaworldorlando.com

SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE
March 2: Grownups experience all four floors of the Orlando Science Center like never before with adults-only programming, a guest speaker, science trivia and more. 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. osc.org/science-night-live

APPETITE FOR THE ARCHES
March 2: Local top chefs use McDonald’s ingredients to create signature dishes. Proceeds benefit over 2,600 of families who stay at a Ronald McDonald House in Orlando when their child is hospitalized and sick. 7-10 p.m. Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, 9939 Universal Blvd.,  Orlando. rmhccf.org

SPRING JAZZ AND ART FESTIVAL
March 2: Saxophonist Nelson Rangell and guitarist Steve Oliver join forces to co-headline this outdoor art and music festival. 6 p.m. Free. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

EATONVILLE CRAFTS & CULTURE MARKET
March 3: Experience the history, heritage and culture that is the historic Town of Eatonville with storytellers, performers, reenactments, local merchants and more. Free. 1-5 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. eatonvillechf.com

WEKIVA PAINT OUT
March 4-10: 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

MORS MUSEUM LECTURE SERIES
March 6: Martin Eidelberg, author and professor emeritus of art history at Rutgers University, discusses “Adelaide Alsop Robineau, America’s Finest Ceramist.” Programs take place in the Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion and are followed by a reception. Free. 2:30 p.m.161 W. Canton Ave., Winter Park. 407-645-5311. morsemuseum.org

EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
March 6-June 3: Take in enchanting topiaries and gather gardening tips while sampling seasonal foods from the outdoor kitchens placed throughout this theme park. Enjoy live music while picking up outdoor-living advice you can use at home. Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. epcotinspring.com

SPACE COAST SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 7-10: A wide selection of seafood, plus an arts and crafts show, Pirate’s Festival and Parade, kid’s zone, and live entertainment by SOJA, Travis Tritt, Molly Hatchet and more. Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Space Coast Daily Park, 6091 Stadium Pkwy., Viera. portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL LUZIA—A WAKING DREAM OF MEXICO
March 7-April 21: The Cirque du Soleil Big Top Experience comes to Orlando for the first time and invites audiences to enter an imaginary Mexico through a series of visual surprises and acrobatic performances. The Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

ART AND MUSIC IN THE PARK
March 8: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord. Food trucks and other vendors on site as well. 6 p.m. Free. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

ORLANDO WHISKEY FESTIVAL
March 9: Up to 100 brands of whiskey featuring fine single malt, blends of Scotch and American whiskies, flavored whiskies, beer and wine, plus gourmet menu selections from some of Orlando’s most popular restaurants, live entertainment and cigar vendors. whiskeynbizz.com

MARDI GRAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 9: Let the good times roll into Lake Concord Park with Electric Voodoo and their blend of classic Afrobeat, Latin, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and blues. 5 p.m. Free. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507.

TASTE OF OVIEDO
March 9: This 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

ENCORE WITH CHITA RIVERA
March 9: The Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer shares songs and behind-the-scenes stories from her legendary career. Proceeds benefit the Garden Theatre. 7:30 p.m. 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org

TASTE OF MOUNT DORA MARDI GRAS PARTY & CASINO NIGHT
March 9: 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. 6-10 p.m. Sunset Park, Fourth Avenue and Alexander Street, Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. mountdora.com

LEU GARDENS SPRING PLANT SALE
March 9-10: 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 landscaping problems. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

BRECHNER SPEAKER SERIES
March 10: The Orange County Regional History Center and the League of Women Voters of Orange County present this series highlighting the role of women as “warriors for democracy.” Mary Adkins of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law speaks on “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” Free. 2-4 p.m. History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. 407-836-8500. thehistorycenter.org

SHEN YUN
March 13-17: Explore the culture of China through a performance combining ancient legends with technological innovations and historically authentic costumes with animated backdrops. Classical Chinese dance tells the story of diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. shenyun.com/fl, drphillipscenter.org

AND THAT’S WHY WE DRINK
March 15: Join podcast hosts Em and Christine for a wine-filled evening of true-crime accounts and ghost stories. 8 p.m. Plaza Live Orlando, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-228-1220. plazaliveorlando.com

WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
March 15-17: 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

MIGHTY ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL
March 15-17: If you’re a bit Irish or a wannabe, head for the Irish food, drink, live 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. raglanroad.com

MYCON
March 16: Inaugural “We Love Everything Geek!” fandom convention featuring anime, cosplay, comics, fantasy, toys, artists, exhibitors and gaming sessions, with appearances by voice actor R. Bruce Elliot and child/voice actor Chalet Lizette Brannan. Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, 8001 International Drive, Orlando. mystic-con.com

ORLANDO CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL    
March 16: Cuisine from a variety of islands are available while attendees enjoy fair rides and live entertainment from Spice, Iwer George, Kai and more. Orlando Amphitheater, Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. 407-295-3247. orlandocaribbeanfest.com

AMERICAN GIRL LIVE
March 16: Bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life as iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. 2 & 6 p.m. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

MOUNT DORA SPRING FEST    
March 16-17: More than 275 vendors display an eclectic mix of art, collectibles and crafts on the downtown streets of Mount Dora. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 352-383-2165. visitmountdora.com

RAM NCFR CATTLE DRIVE
March 18: This 5th annual cattle drive through downtown Kissimmee draws large crowds, so it’s best to arrive early. The drive starts at 4 p.m. at the Osceola County Courthouse (1 Courthouse Square) and ends at Broadway and Sproule Avenue, Kissimmee. (Join the After Party at 3 Sisters Speakeasy, 226 Broadway.) rncfr.com/event-schedule

RAM NATIONAL CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO
March 21-24: Live rodeo competition with champion rodeo cowboys and cowgirls competing for cash and prizes, plus a kid’s zone, local food vendors and more. Thursday 1 & 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday 1 p.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. ohpark.com

DEEPAK CHOPRA—THE NATURE OF REALITY, POWER OF INTENTION AND MANIFESTING YOUR DREAMS
March 22: The world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal growth addresses practical ways to experience transformation and healing. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

WINE & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
March 22-24: Celebrate springtime with seafood, wine, live music, and arts and crafts. Lakeridge wines 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

COUNTRY THUNDER MUSIC FESTIVAL
March 22-24: Top names in country music such as Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and Luke Combs converge in Kissimmee for three days of concerts. Gates open each day at noon. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. ohpark.com, countrythunder.com/fl

FLORIDA WILDFLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
March 23: Vendors line up along downtown DeLand’s West Indiana Avenue to offer garden and nature-related items for sale while presentations are featured at the Athens Theater in Chess Park. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. mainstreetdeland.org

PINTS N' PAWS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
March 23: This pet-friendly event features more than 100 craft brews, plus local food trucks and live entertainment. All profits go to Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy. 2-6  p.m. Along 2nd Street between Sanford and Palmetto avenues, Sanford. pintsandpaws.com

VEN A COMER—ORLANDO MEXICAN FOOD FESTIVAL
March 24: Mexican food, art, tequila craft cocktails, music, dancing, crafts, a silent auction, kid’s activities and more. 1-6 p.m. Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoweeklytickets.com

POLASEK MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE—FLORIDA COWBOY HERITAGE DAY
March 24: An afternoon full of activities including cattle culture arts and crafts demonstrations, historical presentations, cowboy poetry readings, live outdoor painting and hands-on art activities for all ages. Free. 1-4 p.m. 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. 407-647-6294. polasek.org

WILL’S A FAIRE VINTAGE & INDIE ART SPRING MARKET
March 24: A one-day market featuring retro, vintage, local and handmade items. 1-9 p.m. Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. willspub.org

TASTE OF LAKE MARY
March 25: Gourmet food and wine-tasting with live entertainment held in the courtyard between the Lake Mary Marriott and the Park Place at Heathrow. 5:30-8 p.m. 1501 International Pkwy., Lake Mary. lakemaryrotary.com

FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS AND FLOWERS
March 29-31: A museum-wide showcase featuring fresh floral designs inspired by works from the Orlando Museum of Art’s permanent collection and current exhibition. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-896-4231, ext. 254. omart.org

ORLANDO BALLET PRESENTS “PETER & THE WOLF” FAMILY WEEKEND
March 30-31: The classic story of bravery told through original choreography and a rich score that brings each animal and character to life. Saturday 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

OFF THE BEATEN PATH FLORIDA ARTS TOUR
March 30-31: Professional artists in Lake County open their private working studios for this self-guided tour. Studios are located in Eustis, Leesburg, Mount Dora and surrounding towns. floridaartstour.com

THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE
March 31: This interactive stage show gives eligible individuals a chance to play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show in front of a live audience. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org


World of Good

March Fundraisers

3/1
A PAIR TO REMEMBER, benefits Easter Seals Florida. Luncheon and designer shoe auction. The Mall at Millenia, Orlando. mallatmillenia.com

3/2
CHEF’S GALA, benefits Heart of Florida United Way. Epcot World Showcase, Orlando. hfuw.org

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

3/9
ENCORE WITH CHITA RIVERA, benefits the Garden Theatre Education Program. Garden Theatre, Winter Garden. gardentheatre.org

3/10
SHAMROCKS & SHENANIGANS,
benefits the Jason Beaird Memorial Foundation. The MEZZ, Orlando. jasonbeairdfoundation.org

3/12
NIGHT OUT FOR THE ARTS, 
benefits Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts), dinner and silent auction. Kona Grill, Winter Park. cfcarts.com

3/23
WALK TO DEFEAT ALS, benefits the Florida chapter of the ALS Association. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. 813-637-9000, ext. 125. alsa.org

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

3/24
LA LA SUMMER HOPE SPRING BRUNCH, benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, Winter Park. bluebambooartcenter.com

3/29
SIDELINE WINE & DINE, benefits the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation, in particular its summer camp program for the children of West Lakes. Camping World Stadium, Orlando. floridacitrussports.com

3/30
LIVE FROM THE PALACE—UCP SATURDAY NIGHT, benefits special-needs children through United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida. Celebrity appearances by Cheryl Hines, Dan Aykroyd, Rachael Harris and RJ Mitte. Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace at Disney Springs. ucpcfl.org

WALK MS: ORLANDO, benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Harbor Park in Baldwin Park, Orlando. walkms.org

3/31
TOUR DE CURE, benefits the American Diabetes Association. Lake Nona Town Center, Orlando. caamevents.com/event/tour-de-cure-lake-nona

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