On The Town: May 2017

23 special events and 13 fundraisers happening in the month of May.




Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando presents Matilda The Musical at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, May 9-14.

©2015 Joan Marcus

SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL
Weekends through May 13: Sample coastal cuisine from around the world, paired with wines and craft beers, and enjoy live performances by Grupo Mania on May 6. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldorlando.com 

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL
Through May 29: View enchanting topiaries, gather experts’ 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

GEEKTASTIC ART SHOW
Through June 4: These artworks celebrate all things geek. Think Star Wars and Star Trek, super heroes and comic books, video games and pop culture. And the art is for sale. Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando. 407-362-1864. dandelioncommunitea.com 

ADAM SALEH LIVE!
May 3: Saleh combines original music, life stories, videos, and audience interaction into an unforgettable stage event. The 23-year-old American of Yemeni descent, who started a video channel in 2012 to challenge misconceptions about Islam, is now one of the biggest Muslim stars on YouTube. 7:30 p.m. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com

SUICIDEGIRLS—BLACKHEART BURLESQUE
May 5: A geeky burlesque show, filled with pop culture references and backed by a high-energy indie soundtrack. Striptease performances in tribute to Star WarsOrange Is the New BlackDonnie DarkoA Clockwork Orange and more. 9 p.m. Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-770-0071. plazaliveorlando.com

DANCING QUEEN—THE MUSIC OF ABBA
May 6: The Springs 2017, this year’s annual outdoor concert by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, features the touring group Jeans ‘n Classics and the music of ABBA. 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs to Sanlando Springs, nestled in the Springs residential community in Seminole County, 400 Woodbridge Road, Longwood. 407-770-0071. orlandophil.org

ST. JOHNS RIVER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
May 6-7: 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. 407-416-1779. stjohnsriverartfest.com

BAHIA SHRINE CIRCUS
May 6-7: The Royal Hanneford Circus Royale comes to town for two days. Show times 10 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. each day. Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. 866-362-0557. bahiashrine.org

JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD GREEN
May 6-7: Enjoy jazz musicians on the outdoor stage 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 

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
May 11: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. May’s theme: Sanford de Mayo. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. 407-302-2586. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
May 11: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 (cash only) gets you a glass and a map of more than 25 businesses offering wine tastings. 6:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. 617 East Central Blvd., Orlando. 407-701-9382. thorntonparkdistrict.com

CASSELBERRY ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK AND FOOD TRUCK BAZAAR 
May 12: 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

MOTHER’S DAY AT THE GARDENS 
May 14: Free admission for all moms on Mother’s Day at Bok Tower Gardens, with live carillon concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
May 16-29: Unjuried, uncensored and unforgettable works of theater, music and dance are back for another year, with performances taking place at various venues near Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. All ticket proceeds go to the artists. orlandofringe.org

SANFORD ART WALK
May 20: Explore galleries and art spaces along historic downtown Sanford’s 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

SPECIAL OLYMPICS STATE SUMMER GAMES 
May 19-20: This is the largest event on Special Olympics Florida’s annual calendar, with athletes competing in track and field, bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis and volleyball. The Olympic-style opening ceremonies feature the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, while Saturday night’s closing ceremonies feature a victory dance. ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee. specialolympicsflorida.org

MOUNT DORA BLUES-N-GROOVE WEEKEND
May 20: Live music along the lakefront, including The Nouveaux Honkies, JP Soars & The Red Hots, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, John Clifton. Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. bluesandgroove.com

ARMED FORCES DAY CARILLON CONCERT 
May 20: Free admission, with proper ID, for all members of the military and for veterans, active or disabled. Live carillon concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. Gardens open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org

GET YOUR JAZZ ON
May 25: Enjoy a live jazz concert under the stars with unlimited drinks and food. Valet parking included with the ticket purchase. 6:30 p.m. The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407-326-2623. thealfondinn.com

MEGACON ORLANDO
May 25-28: Comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming fans alike come together for this blended convention (and for the after-parties), with something going on Thursday through Sunday. Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, North/South Concourse, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. megaconvention.com

HOT RODS CAR SHOW AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CONCERT
May 27: This year’s Memorial Day weekend car show and concert will also honor the nation’s military. 5 p.m. Free. 95 Triplet Lake Drive (behind City Hall), Casselberry. 407-262-7700, Ext. 1507. casselberry.org

MEMORIAL DAY CARILLON CONCERT 
May 20: Free admission, with proper ID, to Bok Tower Gardens for all members of the military and for veterans, active or disabled, with live carillon concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
May 29: Sanford rolls out the red, white and blue with a 10 a.m. parade along First Street honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our nation’s freedom. The parade route ends at Veterans Memorial Park for an 11 a.m. ceremony. sanfordfl.gov


World of Good

May Fundraisers

5/1
HOPE IN ONE CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC,
benefits Give Kids The World Village. Golden Bear Club golf course, Windermere. hopeinonegolf.org
RMHCCF GOLF CLASSIC, benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, Orlando. ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.org

5/3
ORLANDO STORY CLUB,
benefits the Victim Service Center of Central Florida. Participants tell personal stories tied to this month’s theme: “Can you keep a secret?” The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com

5/4
WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON,
benefits local literacy and education initiatives supported by Heart of Florida United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando. hfuw.org

5/6
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

5/6-7
BIKE MS—THE CITRUS TOUR,
benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. From Fantasy of Flight in Polk City to the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. nationalmssociety.org/citrustour

5/7
ORLANDO VISIONWALK,
benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Cypress Grove Park, Orlando. fightblindness.org

5/12
HEARTS OF GOLD CONCERT,
benefits the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando. 
centralfloridahomeless.org/events

5/13
WALK TO CURE ARTHRITIS,
benefits the Arthritis Foundation. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. arthritis.org

5/14
5K RUN/WALK & KID’S FUN RUN,
benefits Colon Cancer Coalition. Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando. coloncancercoalition.org

5/19
GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON,
benefits the American Heart Association. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. 407-481-6314. 
orlandogored.ahaevents.org

5/20
RUNWAY TO HOPE SPRING FASHION SOIREE,
benefits Central Florida families affected by pediatric cancer. Rosen Shingle Creek resort, Orlando. runwaytohope.org

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