On The Town: September 2016

38 special events and fundraisers happening in the month of September.




Marlin and Dory are just two of the ice-skating characters from this year’s “Disney On Ice” performance at Amway Center, Sept. 2-4.

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DISNEY ON ICE
Sept. 2-4: This year’s touring production features characters from the new Disney movies Finding Dory and Inside Out as well as old friends such as the Disney Princesses and the gang from the Toy Story movies. Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday 1 and 5 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. disneyonice.com

GREAT IRISH HOOLEY
Sept. 2-5: What better way to spend the Labor Day weekend than dancing and singing to top Irish musicians such as the Screaming Orphans, Marianne Fraser Band, and the Raglan Roots Coalition. Plus authentic step dancing, Irish food, Celtic face painting and other entertainment befitting a make-believe journey to the Emerald Isle. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. thegreatirishhooley.com

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
Sept. 2-Oct. 31: Dress up for this not-so-scary Halloween celebration, with all kinds of candies and sweets waiting to be found throughout the Magic Kingdom. The boo-tiful spirits of the season transform the theme park into a happy but haunted hallows, with many favorite Disney characters dressed in Halloween costume. Select days from 7 p.m.-midnight. Walt Disney World. Separate park ticket required for this event. disneyworld.disney.go.com

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Sept. 8: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering on the second Thursday with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. Free. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

ORLANDO FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Sept. 9-11: Turn your home-and-garden dreams into reality with help from exhibits that feature 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 year’s celebrity guest is Alison Victoria, star of the DIY Network show Kitchen Crashers. Lots of activities for children as well. 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 A, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. 
orlandohomeandgardenshow.com

ROCK THE UNIVERSE
Sept. 9-10: An entire weekend of faith and fun at Universal Studios Orlando, with Christian-music concerts headlined on Friday night by Skillet and on Saturday by Lecrae. But there’s more than music, including guest speakers, fan-zone autographs, a candle-lighting ceremony, Sunday morning worship—and your RTU ticket gives you access to all attractions in the Universal Studios theme park. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
universalorlando.com

NIGHT OF JOY
Sept. 9-10: Disney World also features a two-day contemporary-Christian music festival this weekend—and this year it’s at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with performances by superstars in Christian rock, pop and gospel throughout the evening. 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; separate event ticket required for access to the festival. 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee. disneyworld.disney.go.com

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
Sept. 9: A festive evening of art, music, and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Mount Dora, designed to showcase the work of regional artists on display at several local venues. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora.
mountdoracenterforthearts.org

FASHION WEEK AT THE MALL AT MILLENIA
Sept. 12-18: Enjoy fashion shows, trunk shows, guest appearances, champagne receptions, in-store activities and more. Times vary. The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando. mallatmillenia.com

AN EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR 
Sept. 13: The Winter Park Institute at Rollins College kicks off its 2016-17 season with Keillor, the public-radio legend who retired over the Fourth of July weekend. The creator, writer and star of the long-running radio series A Prairie Home Companion will perform his eclectic one-man show, An Evening with Garrison Keillor. 7:30 p.m. Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center, Rollins College. rollins.edu/rollins-winter-park-institute/

ARTEGON MARKETPLACE ART OF BEER
Sept. 13: An evening of craft beer, live music and tasty 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. artegonmarketplace.com

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD& WINE FESTIVAL
Sept. 14-Nov. 14: 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 celebrity chefs, attend culinary demonstrations, and enjoy “Eat to the Beat” concerts. This year’s festival is nine days longer than last year’s—a full two months of food and fun. Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Sept. 15: You’re invited to descend on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District for the evening to celebrate all that is art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com, 3rdthu.com 

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO
Sept. 16-Oct. 31: On select nights Universal Studios Florida comes alive with hordes of horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs. The theme park becomes a nightmarish Halloween event filled with original scares and authentic horror-movie moments. Those attending can explore haunted houses, make their way through multiple scare zones, see outrageous live shows, and experience many of the park’s usual rides and attractions. 6:30 p.m. A special park ticket is required for this event. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. halloweenhorrornights.com

SANFORD ART WALK
Sept. 17: Explore galleries and art spaces along historic downtown Sanford’s First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues; this month’s theme is photography. Discover this river town’s culture and nightlife, food, and art each third Saturday of the month. 6-9 p.m. sanfordartwalk.com, sanfordwelcomecenter.com

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “Ovo”
Sept. 21-25: This new touring show from Cirque du Soleil comes to Orlando for seven performances. Cirque du Soleil, which operates a year-round Orlando show, “La Nouba,” out of a theater at Walt Disney World, offers the touring show as an alternative for Central Florida residents. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. cirquedusoleil.com, amwaycenter.com

SPIRITS IN SANFORD HALLOWEEN ART SHOW & SALE 
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: This annual show organized by Jeanine Taylor Folk Art in Sanford’s historic downtown draws art collectors with a passion for Halloween artwork with its juried, one-of-a-kind pieces. Reservations are required (407-323-2774 or info@jtfolkart.com) for the Friday evening preview, which gives devoted collectors first shot at the art; Saturday’s show is open to the public at a reduced rate. Friday 6-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. spiritsinsanford.com

RANCH RODEO AND COWBOY HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Bronco riding, stampede races, cow-dog competition, arts and crafts, living history exhibits, and a beef brisket cook-off are features of this family-oriented event. Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. floridacattlemen.org


World of Good

September Fundraisers

9/7
WHAT’S YOUR STORY?, benefits Mustard Seed of Central Florida. Participants tell five-minute stories based on the evening’s theme; this month it’s “guts,” as in  courage, determination or fortitude. The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com

9/10
AMERICAN PATRIOT GALA, benefits the Camaraderie Foundation, which provides counseling and support services to military service members, veterans, and their families. Hyatt Regency Orlando. camaraderiefoundation.org

CAMP BOGGY CREEK CHALLENGE RIDE, benefits the organization, which provides fellowship and more to children with severe illnesses and their families. Camp Boggy Creek, Eustis. boggycreek.org/support/events

GREATER ORLANDO HEART WALK, benefits the American Heart Association. University of Central Florida, Orlando. greaterorlandoheartwalk.kintera.org

9/10-11
CORKS FOR CANCER, festival benefits Leesburg Regional Hospital Cancer Programs. Lakeridge Winery, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

9/11
CHAMPIONS RIDE FOR CHARITIES, benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, its Seminole County branches, and the Longwood-based Christian Sharing Center. AAA National Office, Heathrow. championsrideforcharities.com

9/14
HBIF SUCCESS STORIES LUNCHEON, benefits the nonprofit Hispanic Business Initiative Fund. Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando. hbiffl.com

9/17
WALK FOR WINNIE, benefits Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and the Alexander Center for Neonatology. SeaWorld Orlando. give.orlandohealth.com

ROCK ’N’ RUN 5K, benefits Casselberry’s cultural-arts organizations. Secret Lake Park, Casselberry. trackshack.com

HEADDRESS BALL—LOVE, benefits Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, which provides assistance for people affected by HIV/AIDS. Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando. headdressball.org

STROLL ‘N’ ROLL 4K WALK, benefits the Center for Independent Living, which helps disabled persons lead independent lives. Harbor Park, Lake Baldwin, Orlando. cilorlando.org

ORLANDO TEAM HOPE WALK, benefits Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs. hdsa.org

SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE!, benefits Orlando Science Center with an adults-only evening program. Orlando Science Center, Orlando. osc.org

FAN FEST ORLANDO, a one-day merger of two separate events, Heroes & Villains and Walker Stalker, to benefit the OneOrlando Fund for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Orange County Convention Center, Orlando.
fanfest.com/orlando

9/18
RIDE-4-RONALD, bicycle ride benefits children and families who stay at Orlando-area Ronald McDonald houses. Laureate Park, Lake Nona. ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.org

PANTRY TO PLATE—CHEF’S CHALLENGE, benefits Jewish Family Services of Orlando. Winter Park Civic Center, Winter Park. pantrytoplatechallenge.org

FALL COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT, benefits Runway to Hope, which helps Central Florida children and families affected by pediatric cancer. The Mall at Millenia, Orlando. mallatmillenia.com 

28TH SEASON GALA: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, benefits Orlando Shakespeare Theater. John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando. orlandoshakes.org

9/24
BLACK & WHITE GALA, benefits Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee. Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando. gktw.org

PLAYERS BALL, benefits Bridges of Light Foundation, which provides mentoring for local at-risk youth. Four Seasons Resort Orlando. bridgesoflightfoundation.org

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