Special Events

May 10 About 1,600 Florida women of all shapes, sizes and abilities are expected to participate in a Mother’s Day race that emphasizes finishing is winning. The Orlando event is the first in the 2009 series, and it includes a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Minimum age 14. 6 a.m. $95 day of race, $165 for relay teams, plus $10 USA Triathlon membership fee for nonmembers. Disney’s Fort Wilderness, Walt Disney World Resort. 1-800-452-9526.

May 13-16 Past bands that have played this annual festival include Flogging Molly, Third Eye Blind and current pop country darling Taylor Swift. Check out this year’s potential up-and-comers on 15 stages on Wall Street and various clubs in downtown Orlando, mostly in the area of South Orange Avenue between Washington and Church streets. Wristbands for admission to all showcases, $10-$25, available at the door of each venue, via ticketmaster.com or wallstplaza.net. Shows and conference, $50. Artists and schedules will be posted at floridamusicfestival.com as they are confirmed.


May 3 The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando presents entertainment, food, activities and educational programs in celebration of the 61st anniversary of the State of Israel’s independence. 3-8 p.m. Free admission but some activities will require $1 tickets. Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs. 407-645-5933. israeldayorlando.org

May 14-25 This annual celebration of uncensored theater, music, dance and art includes a variety of shows at Loch Haven Park. A purchased button is required for entry to all shows; additional ticket prices may apply. Show times and prices will be posted at orlandofringe.org when available.