Events On The Town: September 2019

22 Special Events and 13 fundraisers happening during the month of September




Catch singer/songwriter and local favorite Beth McKee performing twice this month, for Central Florida Folk on Sept. 29, and at Blue Bamboo on Sept. 14.

Mike Dunn

Special Events

SEAWORLD ELECTRIC OCEAN
Through Sept. 1: As the sun sets on select nights, 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

DOG OBEDIENCE CLUBS OF FLORIDA COMPETITION
Through Sept. 1: Teams of dogs and handlers come from all over the state to compete in the only obedience competition of its kind in the U.S. 8 a.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. 321-697-3333. ohpark.com

THE GREAT IRISH HOOLEY
Through Sept. 2: This annual Labor Day weekend Irish music festival combines authentic Celtic step dancing, traditional food and drink, face painting and fun, plus the best Irish music this side of the Atlantic. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Disney Springs, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. raglanroad.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, and new this year is a fireworks spectacular. Select nights from 7 p.m.-midnight. Separate park ticket is required for this event. Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Through Nov. 23: Taste the world from one location in Central Florida as dozens of international food markets pop up within this Disney theme park. Experience the work 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

MY BROTHER, MY BROTHER AND ME
Sept. 1: Join Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy for a live podcast episode of their modern-era advice show at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 7 p.m. 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
Sept. 6-Nov. 2: Universal Studios Florida comes alive with 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. This year features all-new “Stranger Things” mazes and the debut of “Depths of Fear” and “Nightingales—Blood Pit.” Select nights starting at 6:30 p.m. A separate park ticket is required. Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. halloweenhorrornights.com

DISNEY ON ICE
Sept. 6-8: This year’s touring production presents “Road Trip Adventures” where guests embark on an interactive adventure to iconic Disney destinations. Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m., Sunday 1 & 5 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-440-7000. amwaycenter.comdisneyonice.com

FLORIDA BLOGGER & SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE
Sept. 7: 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. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Full Sail University, 3300 University Boulevard, Winter Park. flblogcon.com

HE SAID SHE SAID—TASTYTRADE TOUR
Sept. 7: Tom and the Tasty crew are coming to The Abbey for a brand new behind-the-scenes roadshow featuring games, stories and general trader shenanigans in a new format where guests meet their favorite star and have chances to win prizes. 9-11 a.m. 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando. 407-704-6261. abbeyorlando.com

FLORIDA SMASH BEER FESTIVAL
Sept. 7: 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. 2-7 p.m. Reiter Park, 301 W. Warren Ave., Longwood. facebook.com/floridasmashbeerfestivaleventbrite.com

SHIN LIM—LIMITLESS
Sept. 7: The winner of “America’s Got Talent,” season 13, and self-proclaimed “Sleight of Hand Artist” performs his carefully self-choreographed routines and finger moves that leave audiences wondering if what their eyes have seen is truly possible. 2 & 7 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

SYMPHONY STORYTIME
Sept. 14: The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs alongside a narrator and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. After each concert, children enjoy hands-on activities while acting out characters from the story. They’ll also have the opportunity to play instruments with the musicians. 10 & 11:30 a.m., 2 & 3:30 p.m. Plaza Live Orlando, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-770-0071. orlandophil.org

GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL
Sept. 16-22: A full slate of movies at more than a half-dozen Orlando-area venues demonstrate the power of film to further the cause of peace on Earth. In addition, finalists in the FusionFest Contest are screened on Sept. 18 & 21 and a jury will award winners to be presented at FusionFest in November. Check website for venues. peacefilmfest.org

WINTER PARK INSTITUTE AT ROLLINS COLLEGE
Sept. 17: The institute’s 2019-20 season kicks off with former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein and his discussion, “Global Challenges to Human Rights Today.” 7 p.m. Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College campus, Winter Park. 407-646-2145. rollins.edu/wpitickets

ORLANDO SHAKES 31ST ANNIVERSARY SEASON GALA
Sept. 20: An evening with “a little touch of star quality,” exceptional food and live entertainment. 5 p.m. John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700, ext. 1. orlandoshakes.org

HOWL-O-SCREAM AT BUSCH GARDENS
Sept. 20-Nov. 2: 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. 21-Oct. 21: 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

THE COLOR RUN LOVE TOUR
Sept. 21:  This year’s run is filled with love as runners get doused in color at every kilometer. 9 a.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. ohpark.com

CRUZ ’N CAR SHOW
Sept. 21: Approximately 275 cars of all makes and models park along Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden with WJBJ Cruisin’ with the Classics providing entertainment. Free. 4-8 p.m. cwgdn.com

LATIN JAZZ & ART FESTIVAL
Sept. 28: Honor Hispanic Heritage Month with world-class musical jazz stars performing live in Lake Concord Park.  5-9 p.m. Free. 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. casselberry.org


Ongoing Events

Monthly Happenings Around Town

EATONVILLE CRAFTS & CULTURE MARKET
Sept. 1: Experience the history, heritage and culture that is the historic Town of Eatonville, the first Sunday of each month, with storytellers, performers, reenactments, local merchants and more. Free. 1-5 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. eatonvillechf.com

FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA
Sept. 5: Mingle with local artists and view their work, enjoy live music and walk through the galleries of the Orlando Museum of Art. Food and drink available for purchase. This month’s theme: “UCF Eclectic Knights XI.” 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Sept. 12: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses of this downtown neighborhood. Free, but $15 gets you a glass for wine (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. 12: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, is a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. The event takes place on the second Thursday of each month, rain or shine. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

ART AND MUSIC IN THE PARK
Sept. 13: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord, the second Friday of each month. Food trucks and other vendors on site as well. 6 p.m. Free. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART IN THE ALLEY
Sept. 13: Downtown galleries are open to the public, while art exhibitors line Royellou Lane showcasing their original works and handmade goods, and acoustic musicians perform. Free. Galleries are open 6-8 p.m. Sidewalk exhibitions are open until 9 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Sept. 19: 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. Rogers Kiene Building, 39 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 3rdthu.com

EVENING EXCHANGE
Sept. 20:  Every third Friday, meet at East End Market for interactive workshops and a chance to browse wares from over 30 artisan makers, plus culinary demonstrations, specialty cocktail bars and food specials. 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando. 321-236-3316. eastendmkt.com


World of Good

September Fundraisers

Sept. 4
ANNUAL SUCCESS STORIES LUNCHEON, benefits Prospera while honoring Hispanic entrepreneurship in Central Florida. Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando. eventbrite.com

Sept. 7
AMERICAN PATRIOT GALA, benefits Camaraderie Foundation for our Veterans. Hyatt Regency Orlando. camaraderiefoundation.org

PLAYERS BALL—SWEET 16, benefits the Bridges of Light Foundation. Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando. bridgesoflightfoundation.org

SPARKLE & SHINE 5K, benefits Runway to Hope’s Family Assistance Program, which supports families primarily in Central Florida fighting pediatric cancer while seeking a cure. Harbor Park at Lake Baldwin, Orlando. sparkleandshine5k.com

Sept. 13
STARDUST BALL, benefits the Art & History Museums—Maitland. The Venue on the Lake, Maitland. artandhistory.org

Sept. 14
TASTE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, benefits the children’s feeding programs of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando. tastecfl.org

BATTLE OF THE BANDS 5K, benefits Cultural Arts Organizations in Casselberry through the Track Shack Youth Foundation. Lake Concord Park, Casselberry. trackshack.com

Sept. 20
STAND UP! EMPOWER KIDS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, benefits Michelee Puppets. The Alfond Inn, Winter Park. micheleepuppets.org/events

Sept. 21
30TH ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE GALA, benefits Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee. Hyatt Regency Orlando. gktw.org

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

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

RUN NONA 5K & NEMOURS KIDS’ RUN, benefits the Tavistock Foundation. Lake Nona Town Center, Orlando. trackshack.com

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

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