On The Town: May 2016

47 special events happening in the month of May.




ST. JOHNS RIVER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
April 30-May 1: First Street in downtown Sanford is transformed into an art mecca, with more than 150 artists, plus workshops, demonstrations, live acoustic music, and a food court. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
stjohnsriverartfest.com

ORLANDO CABARET FESTIVAL
Through May 8: This annual festival features intimate performances by some of the world’s pre-eminent cabaret and jazz artists. Monday-Friday noon, Thursday 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 and 8:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-297-8788. orlandocabaret.com

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL
Through May 30: View enchanting topiaries, gather expert gardening tips and enjoy live music, all while sampling seasonal foods from outdoor kitchens in the Disney World theme park’s World Showcase. Included with regular park admission. epcotinspring.com

VOCAL TRASH—THINK BEFORE YOU THROW IT AWAY
May 5: Members of the musical-performance group Vocal Trash give a high-energy show (think Glee meets Stomp) loaded with tips for a sustainable environment. A separate drum-and-dance workshop using recycled objects is available on a first-come basis to those attending the show. 10:30 a.m. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-242-2219. kingcenter.com

REGGAE ON THE BLOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 7: Four DJs, more than a dozen bands—and it’s all reggae, mon! 3 p.m.-midnight. 9-10 W. Washington St., Orlando. reggaeontheblock.com

DINNER AND A MOVIE IN THE PARK
May 7: Orlando Shakespeare Theater is offering a free, outdoor screening of West Side Story in Loch Haven Park. Food trucks will be available starting at 6:30 p.m.; the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. 812 E. Rollins St. (corner of Mills Avenue and Princeton Street), Orlando. 407-447-1700. orlandoshakes.org

MOTHER’S DAY AT THE GARDENS 
May 7-8: Free admission for all moms on Mother’s Day weekend at Bok Tower Gardens, with live carillon concerts at 1 and 3 p.m., plus a plant sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org

VIVA LA MUSICA 
May 7 & 14: The theme park offers fiery Latin music by popular Hispanic artists and authentic Latin food prepared by SeaWorld Executive Chef Hector Colon. Included with regular park admission. seaworldparks.com 

LEU GARDENS CELEBRATES MOMS
May 8: Free admission for moms on Mother’s Day. Stroll 50 acres of gardens, including Florida’s largest rose garden—which will be in bloom. Delicious sweets will be available for purchase. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

INVICTUS GAMES ORLANDO 
May 8-12: The only international adaptive-sporting event for injured active-duty and veteran service members, started by England’s Prince Harry, comes to Central Florida for five days. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista.
invictusgames2016.org 

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
May 12: A monthly street party with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
May 12: 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

CASSELBERRY ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK 
May 13: Live music, artwork, more than 15 food trucks plus other vendors. 6-9 p.m. Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry. Free. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

FLORIDA BLUE CONCERT SERIES
May 14: Revelation Acappella, an Orlando gospel-singing group, performs a free outdoor concert. 5 p.m. Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD GREEN
May 14-15: Enjoy jazz musicians such as the Chris Cortez Group, Tory Wynter, Airtight, and the Robert Harris Group. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. Highway 27 North, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

CATCH THE IMPOSSIBLE
May 15: America’s Got Talent finalist Charles Peachock and master magician Kostya Kimlat are performers with a purpose, inspiring young artists to pursue their love of performing arts while giving 20 percent of ticket proceeds to the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. 7 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

RIDE OF SILENCE
May 18: An international event, this slow-paced, 8-mile bicycle ride honors cyclists who have been injured or killed and seeks to raise public awareness of the need for both motorists and cyclists to share the road. 7 p.m. Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St., Clermont. rideofsilence.org

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
May 18-30: Unjuried, uncensored and unforgettable works of theater, music and dance are back this year, with performances taking place at various venues near Loch Haven Park, Orlando. All of the ticket proceeds go to the artists. orlandofringe.org

GET YOUR JAZZ ON
May 20: Enjoy a live jazz concert under the stars with drinks and food. Valet parking is included in the ticket purchase. 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave.,
Winter Park. 407-998-8090. thealfondinn.com

GOOD LIFE FESTIVAL AT TRILOGY ORLANDO
May 21: An evening of food, fun and a tribute to the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7 p.m. Magnolia House, 100 Falling Acorn Ave., Groveland. 866-977-6849. thegoodlifefest.com

MOUNT DORA BLUES-N-GROOVE WEEKEND
May 20-21: Live music along the lakefront, including Damon Fowler Group with Beth McKee, The David Julia Band and Petey & The Ravens. Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. bluesandgroove.com

BAHIA SHRINE CIRCUS
May 20-22: The Royal Hanneford Circus comes to town. Show times vary. Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. 407-475-8000. bahiashrine.org/ways-to-help/bahia-shrine-circus

JAMES GAMBLE ROGERS II COLLOQUIUM
May 21: Donovan Rypkema, an expert on historic preservation from Washington, D.C., is scheduled to talk about “Historic Preservation and Economics: Recent Lessons from Home and Abroad.” An afternoon bus tour of significant Winter Park homes follows the talk and other morning events at Tiedtke Hall, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. casafeliz.us

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
May 30: Sanford rolls out the red, white and blue with a parade starting at 10 a.m. along First Street honoring veterans. The parade route ends at Veterans Memorial Park for an
11 a.m. ceremony. sanfordfl.gov


WORLD OF GOOD

May Fundraisers

5/1 

TASTE AT THE EYE, benefits the Florida Hospital Esophageal Cancer Program. Orlando Eye on International Drive. floridahospital.com/foundation/events

ORLANDO VISION WALK, benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Cypress Grove Park, Orlando. fightblindness.org

5/2 

RMHCCF GOLF CLASSIC, benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando. ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.org

5/4 

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?, benefits Summer of Dreams, which helps homeless students during summer break from school. The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com

5/6 

GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON, benefits the American Heart Association. Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando. 407-481-6314. orlandogored.ahaevents.org

5/7 

KENTUCKY DERBY GALA, benefits Central Florida Women’s League Foundation, which supports local charities and scholarships. The Alfond Inn, Winter Park. cfwl.org 

BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP WALK, benefits Best Buddies, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. bestbuddies.org/find-programs/florida

LUNG FORCE WALK, benefits the American Lung Association. Harbor Park at Baldwin Park, Orlando. action.lung.org

5/14 

LAW DAY 5K, benefits the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society and the OCBA Foundation. Lake Baldwin Park, Orlando. 407-422 4551. orangecountybar.org/lawday5k

WALK TO CURE ARTHRITIS, benefits the Arthritis Foundation. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. arthritis.org

5/15 

5K RUN/WALK & KID’S FUN RUN, benefits the Colon Cancer Coalition. Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando. coloncancercoalition.org 

5/20 

HEARTS OF GOLD CONCERT, benefits Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando. centralfloridahomeless.org/events

5/21 

CADDYSHACK GOLF TOURNAMENT, benefits Enzian’s Forever campaign to add two movie screens and increase programming. MetroWest Golf Club, Orlando. enzian.org

RUNWAY TO HOPE SPRING FASHION SOIRÉE, benefits Central Florida families affected by pediatric cancer. Rosen Shingle Creek resort, Orlando. runwaytohope.org

CHEF’S GALA, benefits Heart of Florida United Way. Epcot World Showplace, Walt Disney World. hfuw.org

5/21-22 

BIKE MS: THE CITRUS TOUR, benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Riders go from Fantasy of Flight in Polk City to the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
nationalmssociety.org/citrustour

5/22 

KIDNEY WALK, benefits the National Kidney Foundation. Harbor Park at Baldwin Park, Orlando. orlandokidneywalk.org

 

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