Events On The Town: September 2018

36 Special Events and 11 fundraisers happening in the month of August.




Fashion Week at The Mall at Millenia kicks off Sept. 17 with runway shows, in-store events, guest appearances and more.

Jeff Davies

SUNBURST SHOWCASE OF CELEBRITY IMPERSONATORS
Through Sep. 1: Celebrity impersonators invade Central Florida at this popular convention featuring special performance showcases that are open to the public Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1. The Florida Hotel & Conference Center, The Florida Mall, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando. sunburstshowcase.com

GREAT IRISH HOOLEY
​Through Sept. 3: This annual Labor Day weekend festival returns with lively dancing and singing to top Irish musical acts. Plus, authentic step dancing, Irish food and drink, Celtic face-painting and more. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. raglanroad.com

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

VISIT ORLANDO’S MAGICAL DINING MONTH
Through Sept. 30: Satisfy your cravings for haute cuisine at reasonable prices during this five-week culinary promotion of the region’s best dining. More than 70 of Central Florida’s top restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinners for $35 each, with a dollar from each meal donated to a local charity. 407-363-5872. visitorlando.com/magicaldining

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
Through Oct. 31: Dress in costume for this Halloween celebration with candies and sweets just waiting to be found throughout the Magic Kingdom. The theme park is transformed into a happy but haunted hallows. Select days from 7 p.m.-midnight. Separate park ticket required for this event. Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Through Nov. 12: 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. It’s more than two full months of food and fun. Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

GREAT GATSBY EVENT
Sept. 1: Bring your dance shoes and swing dance the night away to classic tunes from the 1920s-’50s, or come to enjoy the music of the Vivacity band. 8 p.m. Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. 407-636-9951. bluebambooartcenter.com

LATIN JAZZ & ART FESTIVAL
Sept. 1: Honor Hispanic Heritage Month with world-class musical stars Harold López-Nussa and Pedrito Martinez.  5-9 p.m. Free. Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. casselberry.org

DOG OBEDIENCE CLUBS OF FLORIDA COMPETITION
Sept. 1-2: Teams of dogs and handlers come from all over Florida to compete for trophies and awards in the only obedience competition of its kind in the United States. 6 a.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. 321-697-3333. ohpark.com

CRAFTS AND CULTURE MARKET
Sept. 2: 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.

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
Sept. 6: 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. 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

ROCK THE UNIVERSE
Sept. 7-8: Faith mixed with fun at Universal Studios Orlando, starting with Christian music concerts headlined by Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, TobyMac and For King & Country. Also: a moving Candlelighting Ceremony on Saturday and the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, plus access to all attractions in the theme park. Separate park ticket required for this event. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. universalorlando.com

DISNEY ON ICE
Sept. 7-9: This year’s touring production presents “Mickey’s Search Party,” where guests embark on a search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook tries to capture her magic. As each scene unfolds, compelling storytelling will be delivered through multi-level production numbers by skaters, performers and acrobats. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. disneyonice.com

FLORIDA SMASH BEER FESTIVAL
Sept. 8: Celebrate brewers in the Sunshine State with roughly 80 beers to sample including a special one-off concoction from each brewery involved. Proceeds benefit the Sharing Center. 4-9 p.m. Reiter Park, 301 W. Warren Ave., Longwood. floridasmashbeerfestival.com

WAR ON THE CATWALK—THE QUEENS FROM SEASON 10
Sept. 9: An evening of high-energy drag starring some of the contestants from the reality television show on VH1. 8 p.m. The Plaza Live Orlando, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-228-1220. plazaliveorlando.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Sept. 13: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 gets you a glass (pay and pickup 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
Sept. 13: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a gathering with live music, local artists, food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

12 RULES FOR LIFE TOUR—AN ANTIDOTE TO CHAOS
Sept. 14: Join Dr. Jordan B. Peterson for a one-of-a-kind uplifting lecture, where he discusses overcoming life’s biggest obstacles, how to improve oneself, and his new book, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” followed by a Q&A session. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
Sept. 14: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord just east of U.S. Highway 17-92. Food trucks and other vendors on site as well. Free. 6 p.m. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART SPLASH
Sept. 14: 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

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS OF METRO ORLANDO
Sept. 14-16: Browse this upscale vintage-inspired indoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings and more. 10 a.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. 321-697-3333. ohpark.com

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO
Sept. 14-Nov. 3: Universal Studios Florida comes alive on select nights with horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs. Explore haunted houses, pass through “scare zones,” see outrageous live shows and experience many of the park’s usual rides and attractions. New this year: The Upside Down from “Stranger Things,” “Chucky” and “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” Starts at 6:30 p.m. A separate park ticket is required. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. halloweenhorrornights.com

SYMPHONY STORYTIME
​Sept. 15: The Orlando Philharmonic orchestra performs the music alongside a narrator and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. After each concert, children enjoy hands-on activities while acting out characters from the story and getting a chance to play instruments with the musicians. 10 a.m. The Plaza Live Orlando, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-770-0071. orlandophil.org

NICK CANNON PRESENTS WILD ’N OUT LIVE
Sept. 15: Based on the popular TV series, the tour features stand-up performances by fan-favorite Wild ’N Out cast members and live interaction with audience members as they participate in the show’s most popular game segments with Cannon and the cast. It concludes with a live music performance from today’s top hip-hop stars. 8 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. amwaycenter.com

SANFORD ART WALK
Sept. 15: 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. 6-9 p.m. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

FALL FASHION SHOPPING PARTY
Sept. 16: Macy’s hosts a fall fashion shopping party themed to help “Find the Remarkable You” and showcase items from The Edit and IT List. Macy’s Florida Mall, RTW Department, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. macys.com/events

ORLANDO SHAKES 30TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON GALA
Sept. 16: Attend a one-night-only cabaret created by “In the Heights” performers, with exceptional food, live entertainment and an extensive variety of experiences and items up for auction. 5 p.m. John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700, ext. 1. orlandoshakes.org

FASHION WEEK AT THE MALL AT MILLENIA
​Sept. 17-23: Enjoy fashion trend presentations, runway shows, grand court pop-ups, influencer appearances, in-store activities, fundraisers and more. Times vary. 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando. For details visit mallatmillenia.com

GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL
Sept. 17-23: This festival, in its 16th year, uses the power of film to further the cause of peace on Earth. In addition to a full slate of movies at more than a half-dozen Orlando-area venues, this year’s festival includes a FusionFest Film Contest. Up to 20 finalists will be screened at the GPFF and a jury will award winners to be presented at FusionFest in November 2018. peacefilmfest.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Sept. 20: Visitors converge on the core of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to browse the galleries and nontraditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. 3rdthu.com

ORLANDO JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sept. 21-22: Central Florida’s premiere jazz event features an exhilarating mix of performances by Damien Escobar, Sax Pack, Pieces of a Dream, Jazmin Ghent, Will Downing and more. Friday 4 p.m., Saturday noon. Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

HOWL-O-SCREAM AT BUSCH GARDENS
Sept. 21-Oct. 28: Scary creatures roam the theme park and guests are surprised at every turn. Chilling live shows are combined with some of Florida’s most challenging thrill rides. The fear and fun begin at 7:30 p.m. on select nights; a separate admission fee is charged, with park access after 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. seaworldparks.com

SEAWORLD’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
​Sept. 22-Oct. 28: Meet your favorite Sesame Street friends, watch the silly, not-so-spooky live shows and trick-or-treat for candy and goodies throughout the park. Costumes are encouraged. Included in regular park admission on select weekends. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

WINTER PARK INSTITUTE AT ROLLINS COLLEGE
Sept. 26: The institute’s 2018-19 season kicks off with young American philanthropist and founder of BlinkNow, Maggie Doyne and her discussion “Start Now, Use What You Have.”  7:30 p.m. Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College campus, Winter Park. 407-646-2145. rollins.edu/wpitickets​

FLORIDA BLOGGER & SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE
Sept. 29: This one-day gathering of bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, marketers and others, known informally as FLBlogCon, offers panels and workshops to help online entrepreneurs take their work to the next creative level and make money with it. The eighth annual conference includes two keynote presentations and 22 breakout sessions. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Full Sail University, 3300 University Boulevard, Winter Park. flblogcon.com

CASA DE MEXICO GALA
Sept. 29: Celebrate Mexican culture with colorful ethnic attire and performances by Mariachi Cobre and Ballet Mexico Folklorico of Guadalajara. 6 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org


9/5
ANNUAL SUCCESS STORIES LUNCHEON, benefits Prospera (formerly the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund) while honoring Hispanic entrepreneurship in Central Florida. Rosen Plaza, Orlando. eventbrite.com

9/8
TASTE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, benefits the children’s food programs of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando. centralfloridataste.org/taste

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

AMERICAN PATRIOT GALA, benefits Camaraderie Foundation for our Veterans. Hyatt Regency Orlando. camaraderiefoundation.org

HOPE & HELP GALA—MYSTIC ISLAND, benefits Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, which promotes action against HIV/AIDS. Rosen Centre, Orlando. hopeandhelp.org

9/9
ATHLETES AND ANIMALS, benefits Special Olympics Florida and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Fun Spot America, Orlando.
athletesandanimals.steemteam.com

9/15
30TH ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE GALA, benefits Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee. Hyatt Regency Orlando. gktw.org

KICKING KIDS’ CANCER COCKTAIL EVENING, benefits pediatric cancer research trials. XL Sports World, Orlando. xlsoccerworldorlando.com/kkc

9/29
CF CLIMB, benefits the Central Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For speed or endurance, climb 28 flights of stairs at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando. fightcf.cff.org

HATS & HEROES BALL—DREAM THE DREAM, benefits Kids Beating Cancer. Waldorf Astoria Orlando. kidsbeatingcancer.org

WALK FOR WINNIE, benefits the neonatal intensive-care unit at Orlando Health’s Winnie Palmer Hospital. SeaWorld Orlando. give.orlandohealth.com

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