On The Town: September 2015

27 special events happening in the month of September.




Learn how the Orange Audubon Society Avian Reconditioning Center helps injured birds of prey, like this Crested Caracara, Sept. 17 at Leu Gardens.

Milton Heiberg Studios

THE GREAT IRISH HOOLEY
Sept. 4-7
What better way to spend the Labor Day weekend than to dance and sing to great live Irish music by several bands, including the Screaming Orphans, the Blaggards and the Raglan Roots Coalition. Irish food, Celtic face painting, the Raglan Road Dancers and other entertainment will have everyone seeing green. Raglan Road Irish Pub, Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. thegreatirishhooley.com

DOG DAY OF SUMMER AT BOK TOWER GARDENS
Sept. 5
Leashed and friendly dogs are invited for this special day, with activities including dog health & safety information and adoptions. Dog admission is $5 each, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Polk County. Regular human rates apply. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. boktowergardens.org

DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC
Sept. 5-7
As Mouse-ter of Ceremonies, Mickey will lead a parade of characters through sing-a-longs and the retelling of many favorite Disney tales. Friday at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. disneyonice.com

ARTEGON MARKETPLACE ART OF BEER
Sept. 8
An evening of craft beer, live music and tantalizing treats from marketplace vendors. Sip freshly poured ales from a local brewer and mingle with the artisans from the Village at Artegon Marketplace. Free. Second Tuesday of each month from 5-8 p.m. 5250 International Drive, Orlando. 407-351-7718. artegonmarketplace.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Sept. 10
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 

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
Sept. 11
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 walking-distance venues. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

ROCK THE UNIVERSE
Sept. 11-12
An entire weekend of faith and fun at Universal Studios Orlando, with guest speakers, fan-zone autographs, a candle-lighting ceremony, Sunday morning worship, and Christian-music concerts headlined on Friday night by Switchfoot and on Saturday by Grammy Award-winning Casting Clowns. Your RTU ticket gives you access to all attractions at Universal Studios. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. universalorlando.com

NIGHT OF JOY
Sept. 11-12
Soak up the spirited sounds of a contemporary Christian-music festival featuring performances by superstars in Christian rock, pop and gospel. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Separate ticket required for access to the event in the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World. disneyworld.disney.go.com

ORLANDO FALL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
Sept. 11-13
Turn your home-and-garden dreams into reality with help from thousands of square feet of exhibits featuring the latest in products and services—everything from builders and contractors to decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage systems, plants, kitchenware and much more. This show’s celebrity guest is Bravo TV’s Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out. Bring an ugly-kitchen photo and enter to win a makeover. Friday noon-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, North Hall B, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. orlandohomeandgardenshow.com

TEDX ORLANDO
Sept. 12
This event offers the Orlando community an opportunity to gather and share the excitement of big ideas worth spreading, and to celebrate technology, entertainment and design in Central Florida. 1-5:30 p.m. Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden. gardentheatre.org

MAKER FAIRE ORLANDO
Sept. 12-13
A community-organized, family-friendly celebration featuring local do-it-yourselfers active in science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music and more. People show others what they are making and share what they are learning. Participants range from scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. makerfaireorlando.com

ANTON BREES’ BIRTHDAY CARILLON CONCERTS
Sept. 14
Anton Brees performed at Bok Tower Gardens until 1967, leaving a legacy of musical contributions to the carillon world. Celebrate the birthday of the Singing Tower’s first carillonneur with recordings of his performances from the 1950s. 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. boktowergardens.org

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
Sept. 15-Nov. 1
Dress up for this kid-friendly Halloween celebration, with all kinds of candies and sweets just waiting to be found throughout the Magic Kingdom. The spirits of the season transform the theme park into a happy but haunted hallows, with many favorite Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes. Select days from 7 p.m.-midnight. Walt Disney World. Separate park ticket required for this event. disneyworld.disney.go.com

WINTER PARK INSTITUTE AT ROLLINS COLLEGE
Noted authors, historians and experts speak on a variety of subjects within their disciplines. Free. 407-691-1995. rollins.edu/wpi 
Leymah Gbowee: Leading Change Through Activism—The Liberian Women’s Experience
Sept. 16 The 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian Peace Activist is the first speaker of the institute’s 2015-16 season.

ORANGE AUDUBON SOCIETY AVIAN RECONDITIONING CENTER
Sept. 17
Staff from the Avian Reconditioning Center will share how they evaluate and rehabilitate injured birds of prey at the 10-acre center in Apopka. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see several of the raptors up close. 7-9 p.m. Free. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. orangeaudubonfl.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Sept. 17
Visitors converge on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate art. 6 p.m. City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

ART IN ODD PLACES (AIOP)
Sept. 17-20
This is a visual and performance art festival showcasing art in unexpected public spaces. Artists from all disciplines and mediums will work with the event’s stated theme of “Tone”—notions of sound, music, tuning, resonance, timbre, inflection, etc. Selected works and projects will involve collaboration with the public and use of public spaces. artinoddplaces.org/orlando

FASHION WEEK AT MALL AT MILLENIA
Sept. 17-24
Enjoy fashion shows, trunk shows, guest appearances, champagne receptions, in-store activities and more. Times vary. 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando. mallatmillenia.com

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
Sept. 18-Nov. 1
On select nights the theme park comes alive with hordes of horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs. Jack the Clown makes a triumphant (and twisted) return to present the biggest and scariest Halloween Horror Nights yet, one filled with truly original scares and authentic horror-movie moments. Explore terrifying haunted houses, make your way through multiple scare zones, enjoy outrageous live shows and experience many of the park’s rides and attractions. 6:30 p.m. A special park ticket is required for this event. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. halloweenhorrornights.com

ART & WINE STROLL AT THE VILLAGE AT ARTEGON
Sept. 19
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 music, tasty treats and wine from Orlando’s Quantum Leap Winery. Free. 5250 International Drive, Orlando. 407-351-7718. artegonmarketplace.com

PIRATES OF THE SAINT JUANS FESTIVAL
Sept. 19-20
AARGGH! The weekend begins Friday night, when pirates invade the bars of historic downtown Sanford. Download your treasure map, get it stamped at each pub and receive a swag bag. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. On Saturday, the fun starts at 5 p.m. with a parade leading to Sanford’s entertainment quarter, where there will be live music, games, a costume contest and more. stjuanspirates.com

CULTURAL ARTS SHOWCASE
Sept. 20
Join the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Eau Gallie Arts District and the King Center for the Performing Arts for concerts, live entertainment, a musical-instrument “petting zoo” and more. Free. Food trucks on hand as well. Noon-6 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. culturalartsshowcase.com

SANFORD ART WALK
Sept. 25
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

FLORIDA WILDFLOWER SYMPOSIUM
Sept. 25-26
Learn about Florida’s native wildflowers, their landscape uses and natural habitats. Participants can expect field trips, educational sessions and a plant sale. A banquet benefiting the Florida Wildflower Foundation will be held on Sept. 25 at Leu Gardens, featuring J. C. Cahill of PBS’ Nature documentary “What Plants Talk About.” Tickets for the banquet are $35-$45. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. flawildflowers.org

RANCH RODEO AND COWBOY HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Sept. 25-26
Bronco riding, stampede races, arts and crafts, living-history exhibits and a beef cook-off are features of this family-oriented event. Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. floridacattlemen.org

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FEST
Sept. 25-Nov. 16
Taste the world from one spot 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

LATIN JAZZ & ART FESTIVAL
Sept. 26
Great live music, art and food. Free. 5-9 p.m. Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. casselberry.org

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