May 2021 Central Florida Calendar

Check out some fun events happening around Central Florida this May!
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Snow White and Dopey, one of the Seven Dwarfs, are just a couple of the delightful topiaries that greet guests at the Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. (BROOKE FEHR)

SPECIAL EVENTS

SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL

Through May 9: Sip and sample your way around the world of international coastal cuisine paired with wines and craft beers and enjoy live performances from top country, rock and soul artists as well as tribute bands. Truly international tastes await from the Caribbean, Polynesian, All-American, Italian, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Brazilian, Asian, Mexican, Gulf Coast, Vegan and German markets. 11 a.m. until park closing. seaworld.com

SPRING IT ON

Through May 16: Welcome springtime with family fun at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center and experience an interactive show that brings classic fairy tales to life, ride the rapids in the new Crystal River Rapids action river at Cypress Springs Water Park, indulge in spa treatments, have breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and much more. 407-586-000. 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. marriott.com

TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL

Through July 5: Take in enchanting topiaries and gather gardening tips while sampling seasonal foods from the outdoor kitchens throughout the World Showcase. Enjoy live music while picking up outdoor-living advice that you can use at home. Included with regular admission. disneyworld.disney.go.com

10TH ANNUAL CARILLON CLASSIC 5K RUN & WALK

May 1: Experience what many consider Florida’s most challenging course, where runners take on elevation changes and a variety of running surfaces. Presented by AdventHealth, the 5K has become a tradition among runners who enjoy up-close looks at rare plant species and beautiful gardens and citrus groves. 7:30 a.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org

19TH ANNUAL TASTE IN
MOUNT DORA AND CRAFT BEER FEST

May 1: This Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce event promises fabulous cuisine from local restaurants along with craft beers and other works of art. 6-10 p.m. Sunset Park, 230 N. Alexander Street, Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. mountdora.com

ST. JOHNS RIVER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

May 1-2: Historic Downtown Sanford’s brick streets are transformed into an artists’ mecca for the 10th annual festival of fine arts and crafts. See live art demonstrations, create your own art in a workshop, enjoy the Culinary Arts Court and listen to acoustic performances. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 407-416-1779. stjohnsriverartfest.com

MOTHER’S DAY IN LEU GARDENS

May 9: Leu Gardens celebrates moms as Florida’s largest rose garden is in full bloom. Stroll the 50-acre garden’s winding pathways and discover all the colorful flowering displays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

IN MY OWN WORDS—CONVERSATIONS WITH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

May 12: Join the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida for a live virtual discussion with Judith Rapp Hara, whose parents survived the Holocaust. In 2020, Hara wrote Journey: The Story of Ernest and Sylvia Rapp to honor her parents’ experiences in Europe and the United States. Noon. 407-628-0555. Register for the event on the center’s website. holocaustedu.org

FAMILY FEST

May 15: This year’s family event focuses on learning activities and demonstrations as well as a scavenger hunt and classic activities such as a fishing derby. Noon-4 p.m. Cranes Roost Park, 274 E. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs. 407-571-8863. altamonte.org

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

May 18-31: Back for its 30th year, this unjuried, uncensored and unforgettable celebration of theater, music and dance takes place at various venues in and around Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. orlandofringe.org

RIDE OF SILENCE

May 19: An international event, this slow-paced, eight-mile ride honors cyclists who have been injured or killed and seeks to raise awareness of the need for motorists and cyclists to share the road. 7 p.m. Waterfront Park, 100 3rd St., Clermont. rideofsilence.org

ROCK N’ BLUES CONCERT & CAR SHOW

May 29: Apocalypse Blues Revival headlines Casselberry’s Memorial Day celebration and return to major events. Along with the music, there will be more than 100 classic cars ranging from Camaros to Mustangs and five food trucks for culinary adventurers. 4-8 p.m. Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive. 407-262-7700. casselberry.org

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