Events On The Town: May 2018

27 Special Events and 10 fundraisers happening in the month of May.




Orlando Ballet’s “Fast Forward” at the Bob Carr Theater, May 18.

Michael Cairns

JUST FOR KIDS WEEKENDS AT SEAWORLD
Weekends through May 13: Families will enjoy dancing to the beat and learning along with their favorite furry, finned and flippered friends. Included with theme park admission. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
Through May 28: Take in the 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

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA INVITATIONAL
May 2-3: One of the premier golf fundraising events bringing together Disney cast and corporate citizens to make an impact in the lives of Special Olympics athletes. Walt Disney World Resort, Palm and Magnolia golf courses, 1950 Magnolia Palm Drive, Orlando. specialolympicsflorida.org

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
May 3: 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 theme: “Healing Arts.” 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

BAHIA SHRINE CIRCUS
May 5-6: The Royal Hanneford Circus 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. ohpark.com

ST. JOHNS RIVER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
May 5-6: 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 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 407-416-1779. stjohnsriverartfest.com

CRAFTS AND CULTURE MARKET
May 6: Happening the first Sunday of every month, this outdoor family friendly event features a kid’s corner, food trucks, artisan vendors, and music. Free. 1 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. Search Eatonville Cultural and Heritage Foundation Inc. on Facebook.

HOLOCAUST CENTER DINNER OF TRIBUTE
May 10: Take the opportunity to gather as a community and support the important work the center does and honor local people who embody the mission to create a more just and compassionate society. This year’s honorees are Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines. Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando. Reservations required. 407-628-0555. holocaustedu.org

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
May 10: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 gets you a glass (pay and pick up at Olde Town Brokers) and a map of participating businesses. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER 5 STREET PARTY
May 10: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
May 11: Art & Music in the Park expands this month with a folk twist. Forlorn Strangers headlines the live music performances with food trucks, local artisans and other vendors on site. 6 p.m. Free. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry.  407-262-7700, ext. 1507.

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART SPLASH
May 11: An evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres to showcase the work of regional artists, on display at several walking-distance venues. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

DISNEY ON ICE DARE TO DREAM
May 11-13: See Moana in a live production and celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all. Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday 1 and 5 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-440-7000. amwaycenter.com

BREWS, BITES & BRUSHES
May 12: Enjoy beer and food pairings from local Space Coast restaurants while listening to live music and watching the artists contest. 6-10 p.m. Florida Beer Company, 200 Imperial Blvd., Cape Canaveral. floridabeer.com

JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD GREEN
May 12-13: 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

LEU GARDENS CELEBRATES MOMS
May 13: Enjoy this special day with Mom by strolling the winding paths in the beautiful 50-acre gardens. Free for mothers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

27TH ANNUAL ORLANDO International FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
May 15-28: 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 ticket proceeds go to the artists. orlandofringe.org

RIDE OF SILENCE
May 16: 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. Town Square in Avalon Park, 3680 E. Avalon Park Blvd., Orlando. rideofsilence.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
May 17: Visitors converge on the core of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to browse the galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging local artists. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

RHYTHMS AT THE ROOST
May 19: Amp up your Friday night with live concerts, vendors and delicious food. Free. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. altamonte.org

SANFORD ART WALK
May 19: Discover this river town’s culture, nightlife, food and art while exploring galleries and art spaces on and around First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. This month’s theme: “Animals.” 6-9 p.m. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

BUBBLE GUPPiES LIVE
May 20: Jump into a bubbly world of learning and laughter. Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies are “Ready to Rock” with some totally fin-tastic tunes. 2 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Disney Theater, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

MEGACON ORLANDO
May 24-27: Comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming fans alike come together for this blended convention (and for the after-parties). 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, West Concourse, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. megaconvention.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA’S BBQ BLOWOUT
May 26: Ten professional BBQ teams will offer a variety of barbecue for sale while attendees enjoy live entertainment, a kids’ zone and the Kid-Que competition where local kids and professional pit masters pair up in a cookoff. Free. Oviedo Center Park Lake, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo. bbqblowout.org

AN EVENING OF SIR PAUL
May 26: This special show will be performed by John Babcock, who has portrayed Paul McCartney for years as part of Beatle Beat the Beatle Tribute Band. 7:30 p.m. Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St., Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. mountdoralive.com

SEAWORLD ELECTRIC OCEAN
May 26-Sept. 3: As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music. Guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in a fireworks finale. Included with theme park admission. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

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  ends at Veterans Memorial Park for an 11 a.m. ceremony. sanfordfl.gov


WORLD OF GOOD

May Fundraisers

5/2-3
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA INVITATIONAL, benefits Special Olympics athletes in Osceola County. Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. specialolympicsflorida.org

5/5
BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP WALK, benefits the Best Buddies organization, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/centralflorida

LUNG FORCE WALK, benefits the American Lung Association. Harbor Park at Lake Baldwin, Orlando. action.lung.org
5/5-6

BIKE MS—THE CITRUS TOUR, benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The bike tour runs from Fantasy of Flight in Polk City to the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. nationalmssociety.org/citrustour

5/12
WALK TO CURE ARTHRITIS, benefits the Arthritis Foundation, raising funds for research, resources and a cure. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. arthritis.org

5/19
ORLANDO VISIONWALK, benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Blue Jacket Park, Orlando. fightblindness.org

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

5/20
5K RUN/WALK & KID’S FUN RUN, benefits the Colon Cancer Coalition. Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando. coloncancercoalition.org

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

5/23
RMHCCF Bowl-A-Thon, benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, which supports programs that improve the well-being of children and families. Aloma Bowl, Orlando. ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.or

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