On The Town: October 2015

27 special events happening in the month of October.




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EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Through Nov. 16 Taste the world from one location in Central Florida, as dozens of international food markets pop up within this Disney theme park. Experience the art of talented celebrity chefs, watch special culinary demonstrations, and enjoy Eat to the Beat concerts. Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

OKTOBERFEST
Oct. 3 & 24 The German American Society of Central Florida holds two Oktoberfests, three weeks apart, so you won’t miss out on the fun. Authentic German bands, including Dan Witucki and the Heimatmusikanten, are on tap, along with Bavarian beer, home-cooked German food, German dancers and a Bavarian biergarten experience. 2-11 p.m. German American Club, 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry. orlandogermanclub.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Oct. 8 Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but a $10 wristband (available at Olde Town Brokers) gets you a free pour of wine at various locations. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com 

COME OUT WITH PRIDE
Oct. 8-10 This year’s theme is Pride United; a series of smaller, official events lead up to the main events Saturday noon-10 p.m. at Lake Eola Park, with vendors, food stands and fireworks. 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. comeoutwithpride.com

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
Oct. 9 A festive evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Mount Dora that showcases the work of regional artists through displays at several venues within walking distance. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

OKTOBERFEST IN AVALON PARK
Oct. 9-10 A free family festival with German music, dancing, games and contests, and both beer and root beer gardens. Beer Garden Preview on Friday 5-10 p.m., Community Festival on Saturday 5-10 p.m. Avalon Park East Boulevard, Orlando. eventsatavalonpark.com

JAZZ ‘N’ BLUES STROLL
Oct. 10 Bring your picnic dinner and chairs or a blanket to enjoy a night of the best blues around. The Jeff Howell Blues Band, Robert “Top” Thomas, and the Thom Chambers Group will perform at different locations within the 50-acre gardens. 7-10 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

CASSELBERRY FOUNDER’S DAY 
Oct. 10 Founder’s Day Tree Planting, Wachovia Bank Mural Unveiling, and an Outdoor Sculpture Award Ceremony Walk. 5-8 p.m., Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. casselberry.org 

BEER, BACON & BBQ FESTIVAL 
Oct. 10 Pay homage to the glorious pig and craft beer. Sip your way through the park while listening to live music and savoring BBQ and bacon-inspired dishes. 2-7 p.m. Uptown Altamonte, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. altamonte.org

VINTAGE VENTURE
Oct. 10-11 Get out that poodle skirt, grease back your hair, and head for a vintage-car show with musical performances, wine tastings and tours. 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

WINTER PARK AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL
Oct. 10-11 The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried art show to feature Florida artists exclusively. This annual community-oriented sidewalk show presents high-quality visual art along with live entertainment, children’s activities and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. autumnartfestival.org

TASTE OF ALTAMONTE
Oct. 12 Stroll around Cranes Roost Lake in Uptown Altamonte while sampling different cuisines, wine and beers from local restaurants. 6-9 p.m. 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. altamonte.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Oct. 15 Visitors converge on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate art. 6 p.m. City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

BIKETOBERFEST
Oct. 15-18 Nearly 125,000 motorcyclists roll into the Daytona Beach area for a weekend of shows and rallies, live music, scenic rides, racing at Daytona International Speedway, vendors and all things motorcycle. biketoberfest.org

GARAGE PARTY AND AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE EXPO
Oct. 16-18 The inaugural Garage Party kicks off AIMExpo on Friday at the new Ace Café Orlando, 7-9 p.m., 100 W. Livingston St., Orlando. The Expo itself, open Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., features live music and a Chopper Legends Showcase as well as motorcycle exhibitors, dealers, custom-bike makers and more. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. aimexpousa.com

CREATIVE CITY PROJECT
Oct. 17 Experience Cirque du Soleil, the Orlando Ballet, the Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra, a 1,000-person marching band, and hundreds of artists—all performing in the streets and public spaces of downtown Orlando on the same day. Reserve your free ticket or choose an admission price to support the arts. creativecityproject.com

THE PINEAPPLE BALL
Oct. 17 The hospitality and tourism industry inducts two colleagues into the Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame this year: Ron Dowdy of Dowdy Properties and Maria Triscari of the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce. 6 p.m. Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando. hospitality.ucf.edu

ART & WINE STROLL AT THE VILLAGE AT ARTEGON
Oct. 17 Every third Saturday, Artegon Marketplace hosts an art-and-wine stroll from 6-8 p.m. Browse handcrafted items and artwork while enjoying live jazz as well as tasty treats and wine from Orlando’s Quantum Leap Winery. Free. 5250 International Drive, Orlando. 407-351-7718. artegonmarketplace.com

WALGREENS INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Oct. 17 Dragon boats from all over North America will compete in races throughout the day. Each boat consists of a drummer, a person who steers and 20 paddlers. Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. 416-962-8899. gwndragonboat.com

BOKTOBERFEST PLANT SALE
Oct. 17-18 More than 45 plant vendors and garden experts are ready to help you with your fall planting, alongside German entertainment, food, craft beers, children’s activities and live carillon music. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission to the gardens. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. boktowergardens.org

LATIN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Oct. 18 Restaurants will offer Latin-inspired dishes, and a main stage will feature Latin music and entertainment, plus art and cooking demonstrations. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Seneff Arts Plaza, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. latinfoodandwine.com

NATIONAL YOUNG COMPOSERS CHALLENGE
Oct. 18 A nationwide “star search” for teenage composers. Eight winners are brought to Orlando to work individually with a professional conductor and orchestra on their 5-minute compositions; the orchestra rehearses and then performs the eight compositions in one afternoon—in front of a live audience. 1-5 p.m. Free. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. youngcomposerschallenge.com

SANFORD ART WALK
Oct. 23 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

ORANGE COUNTY FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Oct. 23-25 Find all the inspiration you need to redo your home and garden from “The Treehouse Expert” Pete Nelson, local gardening guru Tom MacCubbin, and various exhibitors, plus a new product zone, demonstrations and more. Orange County Convention Center, North Hall B, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. 
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WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN AND DOLPHIN WINE AND FOOD CLASSIC
Oct. 30-31 Stroll the causeway and sample dishes prepared by award-winning chefs; sample fine wine, beer and spirits; and learn how to pair wine and food. Attend seminars on topics ranging from wine, sushi and sake to making pasta and pairing cheeses. swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com

HURRICANE WHO CONVENTION
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 While the focus is on Doctor Who and British science fiction, fans from all areas of sci-fi participate. This year’s special guests and speakers include actors from Torchwood and Doctor, a tech manager from Ghost Hunters International, and author and Disney historian Jim Korkis. Also offered: Q&A panels, costume contests, pool parties, and photo and autograph opportunities. Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando. hurricanewho.com

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE: THE ALL-STARS TOUR
Oct. 31 Some of the most popular performers from the NBC variety-competition series—including comedian Taylor Williamson, singer/songwriter Emily West and Recycled Percussion—perform live at 4 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. kingcenter.com

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