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Key Initiative Scavenger Hunt for Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida

Rally your friends, family, and co-workers, form a team of up to 6 individuals and put your detective skills to the test! This fun and unique scavenger hunt will take place throughout Downtown Orlando and Thornton Park on Sunday, April 8th from 12:30pm-5:00pm.

The top three teams will be awarded prizes!

PLEASE NOTE: This scavenger hunt will be conducted entirely through Instagram, so if you haven’t downloaded the app yet – now is the time!

Not sure what to think? Open up Instagram and search for: #KISHO2016 to see some submissions from last year.

Registration fees

Individual- $30.00 each

Team of up to 6 people- $150 each

Prices will increase on April 1st!

Sponsorships are available for $300.

Event timeline

  • 12:30pm: Check-in at World of Beer
  • 1:00pm: The rules for the hunt will be reviewed with all participants
  • 1:15pm: All teams are released and the hunt begins
  • 4:15pm: The hunt ends and all teams head back to World of Beer
  • 4:30pm: Check-in at World of Beer, enjoy drink & appetizer specials
  • 5:00pm: Top three winning teams announced and prizes will be awarded


If you have questions, please email Shelley Butler or give her a call at 407-206-0957 ext 106.

Top 5 Community Spotlight: Thornton Park

Orlando has ten main street districts and each one has a distinct vibe which helps define Orlando. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to feature each neighborhood and the Top Five things to check out in each one. If you haven’t explored one of these main street districts, you should most definitely take some time to check out each one. First up: Thornton Park!

The Thornton Park Main Street District lives in the heart of Orlando and includes some of the most iconic local Orlando spots. It’s home to both luxury apartments and bungalow style homes giving the feel of both a hip modern metropolitan city and turn of the century Florida, you will find the wonderful holiday apartments from Interhome and enjoy your stay. For family and friends that wants fun activities to do for your bonding, checkout NYC escape games. There are a lot of companies who buy homes quickly in Riverside, so why should you consider working with 2nd Chance Investment Group LLC?

The Thornton Park District website calls it “Downtown for Grownups” and that is definitely the feel of this district, visit us online to hire a lime and take this pleasant trip as soon as you are ready. As one of the most walkable districts in Orlando, Thornton Park’s luxury shops, resturants, and events attracts a crowd looking for a good time but with a bit of style and class.

1. Lake Eola

How could we start a post about Thornton Park and not start with Lake Eola. With the iconic fountain sitting right in the middle, Lake Eola is the symbol for the non tourism part that is Orlando. It is the epicenter for community activity. With a walking path that snakes the lake, you will always see people and pets walking (and running!) around or simply taking in the view. As per Grand Junction Accident Attorney driver fatigues is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Dallas and nationwide. While there are strict guidelines that dictate the amount of time a driver can be behind the wheel in any given time period (known as Hours-of-Service rules), these rules are not always followed.

Lake Eola is also a favorite spot for public classes like yoga in the park, and along the Central Street side of the lake, there are even a few resturants where visitors can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and scenery. If you want an up close view of the iconic Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain at Lake Eola, you can even rent a swan boat and paddle around the lake for a few hours.

And if you want an even closer look, check out Central Florida Top 5’s behind the scenes tour of the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain on Facebook. Top 5 recently shared an exclusive, very special look inside the fountain!

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2. Brunch

If you want to meet friends for Sunday brunch, Thornton Park is a great place to meet up. There is so much to do here on a Sunday, it’s the perfect neighborhood to park your car and spend a few hours in the district enjoying your Sunday Funday.

There are plenty resturants that offer brunch like Dexter’s, Spice Modern Steakhouse, Baoery Asian GastroPub, and Sonoma Kitchen. Many of the resturants even offer great drink specials like bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas.

3. Farmer’s Market

After Sunday brunch, stop by the nearby Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola. It’s is one of the biggest markets in town and runs from 10am-4pm every Sunday. With an eclectic mix of food and artisan vendors, there are new things to explore every week.

At the center of the market is an area to relax with a drink and a good treat while you listen to a local musician play a few songs for the crowd. This market is dog friendly too, and many vendors will have some water waiting on hot days for your pooch to enjoy.

4. Second Thursday Wine and Art Walk

If you’re looking for a sophisticated version of a bar crawl, check out Thornton Park on the 2nd Thursday of every month where you can enjoy the Wine and Art Walk. Over 25 businesses participate in this walk every month where $15 will get you a glass and an opportunity to check out various shops, resturants, and bars you might not be familiar with in the neighborhood. While you explore the neighborhood, live music, artists, and DJs line the street to keep you entertained from stop to stop.

5. The Beautiful Bungalows

Drive or bike around the Thornton Park neighborhood, and you’ll see why it is one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods to live in Orlando. Lining the brick neighborhood streets are beautiful 1920 style bungalow homes tucked away under towering wizened oak trees with Spanish moss dripping down shading the streets. These beautiful bungalow homes harken back to a time when Orlando was smaller and Walt Disney World was only a dream of a young 20-something animator.

Mad Cow Theatre presents The Big Meal

The Big Meal plays Thursdays – Sundays, August 5 – 28, 2016 in The Harriett Theatre.
Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal  tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. Dan LeFranc’s new American play is as much an exhilarating challenge to theatrical structure and storytelling as it is a sincere portrayal of the family at its heart.
Curtain time is 7:30pm for all evening performances and 2:30pm for Sunday matinees.
Talk Backs – Join us for an enlightening discussion with the cast of The Big Meal following every Thursday and Sunday performance.
Preview performances for The Big Meal are Wednesday, August 3 & Thursday, August 4 at 7:30pm.
Monday Nights – Each Harriett production includes two discounted Monday Night performances.  Monday Night performances for The Big Meal are being held on August 15 & 22 at 7:30pm.
Second Saturdays – a new performance time is being added this season.  Join us on the second Saturday of each production for a special matinee, and we’ll treat you to half-off all drinks from the bar!  The Saturday matinee for The Big Meal will be held on August 13 at 2:30pm.
Group Sales – Discounts start at 15% off for groups of ten or more.  Student groups of ten or more receive a 50% discount.  Email groups@madcowtheatre.com if you would like to bring your group to Mad Cow.

Red, White, & Brew: 4th of July Block Party at Wall St. Plaza

Happy Birthday America!!
Celebrate Independence Day with a giant block party with 2 city streets and 7 venues in the heart of Downtown Orlando!

We’ll have drink specials on Sam Adams, great food, outdoor games, tons of giveaways, live music from Audio Exchange, and more!

Love beer? Hang out in the beer garden with UNLIMITED Sam Adams from 5-8pm for $20.

That’s not all! There will be a karaoke competition on the main stage before the fireworks for prizes!
1st place: $200 CASH
2nd place: $100 Wall St. Plaza Gift Card
3rd place: $50 Wall St. Plaza Gift Card
Finalists for the karaoke completion will be picked during the month of June during Korndogg’s Karaoke in Sideshow on Thursday nights. $25 gift cards awarded to all weekly finalists!

Can’t wait until 4th of July? Come out the night before for more partying and live music from The Adam Moreno Project!

No cover both nights! 21+ only.

United Forever at Cheyenne Saloon

Join us on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the Cheyenne Saloon to show the world that though wounded, Orlando is not broken. We are UNITED FOREVER! Enjoy music, performances, ice cold beer, cocktails, raffles and more in support of Pulse employees and One Orlando Fund.

100% of the proceeds, including tickets and tips, are being donated! (50% to the Pulse Employee Recovery Fund and 50% to OneOrlando Fund)

The following performers are donating their services and their tips to this worthy causes:
Carol Lee
Doug Bowser
DJ Captain Kirk
Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004
Ginger Minj
JB Burgos
Jeff Jones
Leigh Shannon
Maya Andrews
Nicky Monet
The Broadway Brunch Bunch
The Minxx
Tia Devine
More entertainment will be announced as it is booked! Check back for updates.

If you would like to support the event or donate items for raffle, please email Zackary@OrlandoWeekly.com or Brad@OrlandoWeekly.com.

Beer, cocktails and beverages provided by:

  • Bud Light
  • Coors Light
  • Absolut Vodka
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Ketel One
  • Traders Joes
  • Malibu
  • Jameson
  • Heineken
  • Coca-Cola

Sponsored by:

Love is Love. Orlando Strong.


3rd Annual Saddle Splash

Downtown Orlando, 100 N. Orange Ave (2pm-12am)
From drinking games, to hot dog eating competitions, to live music, we have you covered inside and out! Oh yeah, did we mention the GIANT SLIDE! Bring friends you’ll need them to compete at our games or just relax in our mini pools!

Sponsored By: City Beverages, Bud Light, City2nite, Saddle Up, Jaegermeister

Saddle Up, Orlando’s newest country bar is conveniently set in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Comprised of over 5000 square feet of pure country, Saddle Up is located at 100 North Orange Avenue, at the corner of Orange and Washington. Saddle Up offers specialty cocktails, nightly specials on beer and wine, and we are the original home of the $1 Fireball at midnight. Not enough you say? Come watch your favorite sports teams play on two projection screens and wall to wall HD TV’s. Listen to music from local artists and DJs, or just relax with darts, pool, ping pong, or enjoy our patio. Saddle Up is open seven days a week and there’s NEVER a cover charge. Also known for our themed event block parties, we are always ready for a good time. We’ll see ya’ll soon!

Historic #CopaAmerica Centenario matches play this week in Orlando #Copa100

We’ve been counting down since last year, and the months of anticipation are finally over. Copa America Centenario is finally here! This weekend, the tournament will kick off for the first time in history right here in the United States. This is hands down the biggest international soccer event in the United States since the 1994 World Cup!

Copa America 2016 stats

In the words of Central Florida’s own John Arie Jr. (the Fun Spot America guy), IT’S HUUUUUGE! The City Beautiful will host three matches during the group stage of the tournament. Here’s how the matches will play out:

Copa America Groupings

The Copa America Centenario will run from June 3rd thru June 26th, with the final being played at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. The tournament will consist of four, 4 team groups, with the top 2 teams advancing to the knock out stage of the tournament. The groups are as follows:

Group A – United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay

Group B – Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru

Group C – Jamaica, Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay

Group D – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Panama


Copa America Trophy

The Copa America trophy has toured all over the United States in 2016! It was here in Orlando in March during Orlando City Soccer’s opening game!

Copa America matches played in Orlando

Copa America tease

Saturday June 4th, Costa Rica vs Paraguay 

This will be the opening match here in Orlando.  These countries do not have a deep history against each other. In fact, they have only played eight times since 1965.  The only time the two countries faced off in Copa America was back in 2004, where Paraguay defeated Costa Rica 1-0. With the United States playing against Colombia in the opening match on June 3rd, the result of this match could play a huge role in the final group standings. The United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay make up Group A in this tournament.

Monday June 6th, Panama vs Bolivia 

The second match in Orlando will put Panama against Bolivia.  Since 1970, these two countries have also only played each other eight times, and Bolivia holds the advantage with 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw. This will be their first meeting in Copa America.

Wednesday June 8th, Brazil v Haiti 

Since 1974, these two countries have only played each other twice, both matches won by Brazil. This will be the first time Brazil and Haiti will face off in Copa America.  There was talk of Orlando City’s Kaká playing for Brazil this year in Copa America but, as of the writing of this post, he is out with a muscle injury. However, Orlando City fans may recognize the name Mechack Jerome from their inaugural season back in 2011.  He has been called up to play for Haiti, and should get the start against Brazil.

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Orlando City is on break until June 18th but fear not, there will be plenty of soccer to keep you entertained here in The City Beautiful; from Copa America to the Orlando Pride, we are the Soccer Capital of the South!

ProTip(s): The I-4 Ultimate project’s lane and ramp closures will be suspended on June 4, 6 and 8 from Kirkman Road (State Road 435) to Colonial Drive (State Road 50). Closure restrictions are due to anticipated crowds traveling to hotels in the attractions area and to Downtown Orlando. Download the Florida Department of Transportation’s FL511 app before you go, or sign up for route specific updates via texts HERE. Also great news, SunRail WILL BE RUNNING on game nights!

Copa America events in Orlando

Copa America Fan HQ

Register for Copa America’s FanHQ Presented by Sprint events here: 

Friday, June 3: 7-11pm, Wall St. Plaza (Downtown Orlando)

Sunday, June 5: 2-6pm, Wall St. Plaza (Downtown Orlando)

Tuesday, June 7: 6-10pm, Wall St. Plaza (Downtown Orlando)

Florida Mall Celebrates Copa America! 


Where: The Florida Mall – Macy’s Court, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809 (Directions)

When: Saturday, June 4, 12-3pm

What: Free family friendly activities, live entertainment, giveaways, interactive games, a photo booth, activations and promotions in Florida Mall participating stores (Macy’s, United World of Soccer, Microsoft, M&M World)

Miller’s Ale House Orlando

Watch all 32 matches on Ale House’s huge flat screen televisions and enjoy all day drink specials!

Copa America Ale House

Church Street Bars

Copa Americana Church Street Bars

Mad Cow Theatre presents Avenue Q

Avenue Q plays Thursdays – Sundays, June 3 – July 3, 2016 in The Harriett Theatre.

 Naughty puppets are coming the Church Street!

A gang of eclectic, foul-mouthed puppets burst onto the scene in 2003 creating the worldwide phenomenon known as Avenue Q. Taking on the lessons of life without the fluff, these colorful characters advise their new friend Princeton on everything from getting a job and finding an apartment to hangovers and internet porn. With unforgettable numbers such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “If You Were Gay,” and “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” the Q puppets will have you rolling in the aisles and coming back for more. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this winner of the rare ‘Tony Triple Crown’ – Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score.

Curtain time is 7:30pm for all evening performances and 2:30pm for Sunday matinees.
Talk Backs – Join us for an enlightening discussion with the cast of Avenue Q following every Thursday and Sunday performance.
Preview performances for Avenue Q are Wednesday, June 1 & Thursday, July 2 at 7:30pm.
Monday Nights – Each Harriett production includes two discounted Monday Night performances.  Monday Night performances for Avenue Q are being held on June 13 & 20 at 7:30pm.
Second Saturdays – a new performance time is being added this season.  Join us on the second Saturday of each production for a special matinee, and we’ll treat you to half-off all drinks from the bar!  The Saturday matinee for Avenue Q will be held on June 11 at 2:30pm.
Group Sales – Discounts start at 15% off for groups of ten or more.  Student groups of ten or more receive a 50% discount.  Email groups@madcowtheatre.com if you would like to bring your group to Mad Cow.

Mad Cow Theatre presents Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey Into Night plays Thursdays – Sundays, March 18 – April 17, 2016 in The Harriett Theatre.
Widely considered the masterwork of one of America’s most respected playwrights, Long Day’s Journey Into Night blends dramatic autobiography with poetic designs to create one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century. A miserly and proud patriarch, James Tyrone, Sr. has made a successful acting career but refuses to accept the reality of his crumbling family. His wife Mary suffers from a crippling Morphine addiction. His oldest son Jamie is a womanizing alcoholic, and his youngest son Edmund has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. Over the course of a single day, this epic American drama explores the dangers of the pursuit of wealth while exposing our most basic human flaws.
Curtain time is 7:30pm for all evening performances and 2:30pm for Sunday matinees.
Talk Backs – Join us for an enlightening discussion with the cast of Long Day’s Journey Into Night following every Thursday and Sunday performance.
Preview performances for Long Day’s Journey Into Night are Wednesday, March 16 & Thursday, March 17 at 7:30pm.
Monday Nights – Each Harriett production includes two discounted Monday Night performances.  Monday Night performances for Long Day’s Journey Into Night are being held on March 28 & April 4 at 7:30pm.
Second Saturdays – a new performance time is being added this season.  Join us on the second Saturday of each production for a special matinee, and we’ll treat you to half-off all drinks from the bar!  The Saturday matinee for Long Day’s Journey Into Night will be held on March 26 at 2:30pm.
Group Sales – Discounts start at 15% off for groups of ten or more.  Student groups of ten or more receive a 50% discount.  Email groups@madcowtheatre.com if you would like to bring your group to Mad Cow.

Mad Cow Theatre presents Art

Art plays Thursdays – Sundays, January 22 – February 21, 2016 in The Harriett Theatre.

Three men.  A white canvas.  No holds barred.

Master of dark humor Yasmina Reza creates a searing tale of three seemingly sophisticated friends. Serge has just purchased a peculiar painting for an exorbitant sum of money. However, Serge’s prestigious acquisition is met with confusion and disgust from his longtime friend Marc. The painting is nothing more than a white canvas with white diagonal lines. How could Serge have been deceived into valuing something so silly and juvenile? Another mutual friend Ivan is pulled into the heated exchange that gives way to personal attacks revealing the alarming fragility of the men’s bond. In this Tony Award-winning comedy, Yasmina Reza digs deep under the surface of so-called sophistication to find the root of our attraction to one another.

Curtain time is 7:30pm for all evening performances and 2:30pm for Sunday matinees.
Talk Backs – Join us for an enlightening discussion with the cast of Art following every Thursday and Sunday performance.
Preview performances for Art are Wednesday, January 20 & Thursday, January 21 at 7:30pm.
Monday Nights – Each Harriett production includes two discounted Monday Night performances.  Monday Night performances for Art are being held on February 1 & 8 at 7:30pm.
Second Saturdays – a new performance time is being added this season.  Join us on the second Saturday of each production for a special matinee, and we’ll treat you to half-off all drinks from the bar!  The Saturday matinee for Art will be held on January 30 at 2:30pm.
Group Sales – Discounts start at 15% off for groups of ten or more.  Student groups of ten or more receive a 50% discount.  Email groups@madcowtheatre.com if you would like to bring your group to Mad Cow.

OUC Orlando Half Marathon & Track Shack Lake Eola 5k

One of the Southeast’s top road race events, now in its 39th year, winds through scenic Downtown Orlando and beautiful Lake Eola. You will join over 6,000 runners for this Orlando tradition and enjoy live music along the course. Discover the City Beautiful and the fun beyond the run…


Date, Time & Location

Saturday, December 5, 2015
7:30 am: Half Marathon Start
7:40 am: 5k Start
Lake Eola
Orlando, FL

About the Event

One of the Southeast’s top road race events, now in its 39th year, winds through scenic Downtown Orlando and beautiful Lake Eola. You will join over 6,000 runners for this Orlando tradition and enjoy live music along the course. Discover the City Beautiful and the fun beyond the run…
Registration is limited to 4,500 entrants in the half marathon and 2,000 in the 5k. Register today!

Event Highlights

Run Orlando Merchandise

Get ready for the 2015 OUC Orlando Half Marathon! Order your Run Orlando apparel and headwear to train in style. New designs and colors available for immediate purchase.

Post Race Party

  • Registered participants (over age 21) receive two Michelob Ultra drink vouchers.

  • Florida Dairy Farmers will serve up ice cold chocolate milk while supplies last along with post race towel.
  • Get “ICED by Florida Hospital” in the Cool Zone.
  • Refreshments from Publix, where shopping is a Pleasure.

Event Photography

Be sure to wear your bib number on the front using all four pins so that it’s visible to photographers! Visit www.bbactionphoto.com to view race day photos. Participants will be notified by email when photos are ready for viewing!


For safety reasons, bicycles, roller skates, inline skates, and dogs will be prohibited from the race. The use of headphones is discouraged.

Walker Friendly Events

Keeping Central Florida Fit is our mission. Walkers are encouraged to participate in all Track Shack races. Municipalities require that road ways are clear of participants and opened as soon as the race is complete. That is why a maximum pace of 15 minutes per mile is set. If the pace isn’t maintained, race officials will ask you to move to the sidewalk to re-open the roadways.

Stroller Restrictions

Participants with baby joggers or strollers must start behind designated stroller signage and are REQUIRED to walk/jog no faster than 15 minute per mile in the 5k ONLY; stroller/jogger operators may not weave through packs of runners, and must always yield the right of way to other runners. Failure to comply will result in deletion from official race results and disqualification from participating with a stroller in future events.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Orlando

Join our Managing Editor, Jen Vargas, the American Cancer Society and a few thousand new friends as we walk through Downtown Orlando on Halloween morning! Register your team, your company or to volunteer your time/talents at www.orlandostrides.com!

Why do you walk? Maybe you walk in honor of a breast cancer survivor – the memory of their journey still fresh in your mind. Maybe you lost a loved one to breast cancer and you are walking in their memory. Maybe the memories of your own breast cancer experience motivate your efforts. Or maybe you walk to make sure no one ever has to hear the words “you have breast cancer.”

Whatever your motivation, when you join our family of supporters, you help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against breast cancer. Because of the dollars you raise and the steps you take, the American Cancer Society is able to help those touched by breast cancer in every community today and work to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.

Date: October 31, 2015
Event Time: 7 a.m. registration,  9 a.m. walk
Walk Length: 5K (3.1 miles)
Location: Lake Eola Park
Contact Us: Christy Clelland, Christy.Clelland@cancer.org
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Orlando Zombie Ball at Venue 578

This party will be EPIC! The Party to Die For returns this year BIGGER, SCARIER, and now on SATURDAY! (And with open bar all night on select brands!)*

– Haunted scare zone
– Thrilling live performances by Phantasmagoria and more.
– $1000 costume contest
– Costumes and creativity are encouraged

Doors open at 7 pm and you must be 21 to attend.
Will you make it out alive??

– Sponsored by Redd’s Apple AleCoors LightBlue Moon beer.

*Complimentary open bar will include a selection of vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila, rum & select beers and ales.

CityArts Factory’s 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory

Now in it’s 6th year, CityArts Factory and the Downtown Arts District is happy to bring you CityArts Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory Exhibit!

Join us on opening night, Thursday, October 15, 2014 from 6pm-11pm for the Sixth Annual Dia de los
Muertos & Monster Factory fun-charged block party & exhibit featuring:

– Live Music from Ka Malinalli (Hispanic Folk music) and O Mi Lasa (Salsa music)
– Original Artwork by Local & National Artists themed in Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) & Halloween
– Macabre Cirque Performance by Phantasmagoria
– Readings by Shaman Kiyen
– Live Dance Performance by Florida Tribal Dance
– Face Painting by Central Florida Face Painting guild
– Artist Vendors
– High energy performance by Salvador Live
– Photo Opportunity
– Kids Craft Area from 6pm-8pm Hosted by the Downtown Arts District’s Young Artist Group & Sam Flax
– Food Vendors including: Tamale Company Food Truck
– Face Painting, Costumes Contest, Raffles and more!

Admission: $5 donation
Evening line up:

6:30pm Phantasmagoria
7:30pm Katya Graham
8:30pm Florida Tribal Dance
9:00pm O Mi Lasa
10:00pm Costume Contest
10:30-10:45pm Salvador Live
Are you an artist that would like to participate in this years show? Check out the call to artists:

Orlando iX Opening Night Party

Don’t Miss the Fun!

It’s downtown’s biggest celebration of the biggest tech event in the southeast.Celebrate your city and its growing reputation as a technology hub at the opening party of the Orlando Interactive Experience! Feel the energy and music courtesy of Red Bull. And score some free swag to wear at the festival.

TECHnically speaking, it’ll be the best party ever.

Thank you IZEA, for presenting this fun night!

GIFN, by Purple Rock Scissors
First Friday: OrlandoiX Edition, by MacBeth Photography (RSVP!)
Play FIFA, ladder golf, beer pong and corn hole, with Orlando City Soccer Club
Gaming gear raffles and giveaways from Rated Gamer Gear – check this site out for details
Get hyped with Orlando Magic‘s Blue Crew
Wildly Different will hold Minute To Win It Challenges for prizes!
Lots of additional giveaways via in-person and social media contests!
Join with #OrlandoiX15!

Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Wall Street Plaza
Downtown Orlando

Free and open to public (over 21 to attend)


Blessing of the Animals – Cathedral Church of St. Luke

Join us Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Courtyard
All animals are welcome to receive an individual blessing from a member of our clergy.
(Must be properly restrained)

Creative Connections Showcase 2015

What: The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC), along with sponsors Ad 2 Orlando, a professional division of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), proudly presents a first time effort, “Creative Connections Student Showcase 2015.” The juried exposition features artwork produced by students or alumni who have graduated within the past year. The show is free and open to the public.

When:  Sept. 17-Oct. 9, 2015, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and featuring special nights from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 23, Student/Alumni; Sept. 29, Professional Industry; and Oct. 7, Culinary.

Where:  City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32801

More Information: ccss2015.com

About FAPSC: FAPSC has been the voice of Florida’s career schools since 1956. The association of more than 250 members works on behalf of the more 1,000 licensed private career schools and colleges in Florida that prepare students each year for employment in more than 200 occupational fields by offering degree programs, certification and training.

Art in Odd Places Festival Makes Orlando Debut Sept. 17-20

If you haven’t yet done anything of particular interest this summer, this is your chance to take some intriguing selfies and tuck away some conversation pieces for your next dinner party. The opportunity to contemplate the meaning of a red light bulb in a gum ball machine, explore your city’s unique symphonic sound or reach out and touch a “street urchin” does not come around often, so mark your calendars for the Art in Odd Places festival (AiOP). This new-to-Orlando event is an annual international visual and performance public art festival making its O-town debut downtown from September 17-20 along Magnolia Avenue.

The festival’s theme is TONE, so expect interpretations of tone ranging from the notions of sound and color to character and skin tone. Artists will transform Magnolia Avenue into a laboratory of sorts, stretching the boundaries of public communication outside the confines of traditional public spaces through visual and audio installations and performances. “By introducing Orlando to Art in Odd Places, we hope it will locate the cracks in public space policies, and to inspire the popular imagination for new possibilities and engagement with civic space,” said Barbara Hartley, executive director of the Downtown Arts District (DAD).

The inaugural event will feature nearly 50 works of art in a variety of disciplines from artists around the globe, including 27 from Orlando, five from within Florida, 15 from across the United States and two from across the pond (England and Ireland).

On the fence about attending? Be careful — the Pied Piper may lure you into an art experience via his theremin bike… yes, I said, beware the theremin bike!

Pied Pipers Payback, Klimchak

Pied Piper’s Payback, Klimchak

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the low-brow/high-brow/what-brow-is-this nature of an art festival like this, you can always start in the Reading Room, a popup immersive space for reading and learning about the rich history and context of contemporary performance art. I don’t blame you for trying to understand; however, performance art is generally more fun, sometimes enlightening, if you just go with it.

Reading Room, Paul Finch

Reading Room, Paul Finch

AiOP began under director Ed Woodham’s leadership to encourage participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, in New York City, Woodham re-imagined AiOP as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village and, since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of it participants. The festival has traveled the world before landing in Orlando.

“I’m hoping that the festival will engage the diverse cultural communities of Orlando,” said Ed Woodham, AiOP founder and director. “Just a few years ago, we were invited to take the event on the road to explore various themes in other locations around the world. To date, AiOP has spanned from Los Angeles to Russia and from Boston to Australia; and now we couldn’t be happier to bring it to the cultural destination of Orlando.”

What do we love more than a diverse and dynamic cultural event in The City Beautiful? A FREE diverse and dynamic event! You read that correctly — AiOP is free to attend. Exhibit times will vary daily. Here’s an overview of when you can find events going on:

Sept. 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sept. 18 & 19, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sept. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In addition to the festival’s interactive exhibits, these featured events will also take place:

  • AiOP Kickoff: Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Arts District’s monthly Third Thursday Gallery Hop, which also features numerous galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging local and non-local acclaimed artists. The Downtown Orlando Partnership will also be hosting “Taste of Downtown” from 6-9 p.m. in the Orange County Regional History Center’s courtyard, where festival-goers can indulge in some of Orlando’s culinary highlights and experience AiOP; also enjoy complimentary admission into the History Center.
  • Senior Day: Friday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes performance groups, such as the acclaimed Downtowners from Lutheran Towers, along with additional  special programming.
  • Family Day: Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ArtReach Orlando, an art outreach program that supports creative and collaborative art projects between teachers, organizations and local artists, offers family art activities that invite the public to engage more with the exhibits. The Orange County Regional History Center will offer complimentary admission to festival-goers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Artists Panels: Occur at the Gallery on Avalon Island (upstairs) located at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. on Thursday, September 17 and Saturday, September 20, each at 7 p.m. The first panel will feature “What is AiOP?,” while the second will feature “TONE explored.”

For more information about AiOP’s history and artists’ project descriptions and schedules, visit artinoddplaces.org/orlando.

Learn more about the Downtown Arts District at orlandoslice.com.

Stay tuned for a future post featuring our Top 5 don’t miss Art in Odd Places picks.



Featured image – top: Drum Machine Circle, GREG LEIBOWITZ

AiOP 2015: TONE/ORLANDO is produced by the Downtown Arts District, Inc. with co-curators, Patrick Greene, and Genevieve Bernard; AiOP Festival Producer Tim Turner; DAD Executive Director, Barbara Hartley; and AiOP founder and director, Ed Woodham.

AiOP 2015: TONE/ORLANDO is sponsored by Aloft Orlando Downtown, City of Orlando, Dr. Phillips Center, Downtown City Beverages, Downtown Development Board, Downtown Orlando Partnership, Orchid Medical, Florida Blue, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Orange County Arts & Cultural Alliance, Orange County Regional History Center, Starling Cadillac and United Arts. Media partners are Clear Channel Outdoor, Orlando Weekly, 98.9 WMMO, WRBW-TV My 65 and Fox 35 Orlando.




Step Up Orlando – Labor Day Poverty Awareness Rally

What: Step Up Orlando – Labor Day Peaceful Protest and Demonstration in Downtown Orlando.

When: 9am to 11am September 7 (Labor Day)

Where: Meet at Wall Street Cantina at corner of South Orange Ave and Wall Street anytime between 9 and 11.

How: volunteer protesters will be paired with another volunteer to march the full circuit of Orange Ave from the Orlando Sentinel to City Hall and back. One volunteer will serve as the guide for their partner who will be blindfolded and holding an awareness or protest sign. Blindfolds represent Orlando being blind to the reality that we are the lowest wage economy in the country with the highest homeless population. Water and signs will be provided along with materials to make your own signs should you wish to do so.

Why: According to the US bureau of Labor Statistics, Metro Orlando ranks last out of the top 50 markets in median wage, last in % of adults earning over $50,000 annually, first in the number of adults earning less that $25,000 annually and 1st in homelessness among similar sized cities. This is NOT a protest to encourage a minimum wage hike. It is not left or right issue and we are avoiding getting sucked into a third rail discussion on the minimum wage. This demonstration is for the protesters as much as it is for the leaders in our community. We want to raise the level of discourse when it comes to livable incomes beyond just the one dimensional issue of a minimum wage.

Parking: please be prepared to pay for your own parking in the Central Avenue Library garage or any available street parking.

Details: Children, Pets, Wheelchairs, Skateboards and Rocketpacks are all welcome. Please no alcohol, wear comfortable clothing and no smoking. All participants must remain on public sidewalks, not loiter in one place for more than five minutes and obey all traffic and pedestrian safety laws. Distributed materials may be kept by all participants.

SAK Comedy Lab’s Brawl for All Starts Tonight

My favorite part of the summer begins tonight: Sak Comedy Lab’s Brawl for All! For the past three summers, at 11:30 p.m. every Friday night I sit right in the front row and laugh my face off at a variety of themed improv teams.You might wonder what makes the Brawl so special. Well, for me, it’s the competition aspect. These teams are not only making hilarity happen via your suggestions, they’re also in the middle of a heated battle to win the coveted Brawl Belt.

Twelve teams will compete head to head in a single-elimination competition, trading off rounds of improv comedy in hopes of receiving your vote at the end of the night. The ultimate winner will be crowned at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25.

Previous year’s champions have included clueless (but utterly hilarious) moms and Calvin Klein models gone extra dramatic(ly funny). Who will win this year? Here are the contenders:

– TOUGH GUYS: Max Hilend and Josh Hurtado

– CAMP KIDDIES: Stevie Todd, Jess Marie, Andy Dunscmombe

– TWO DUDES ABROAD: Lorraine Rosemary, Brian Spain, Leo Uhakheme

– PUN DMC: Isaac Folch, Jordan Keyes, Sam Hammersley

– POKING THE BEAR: Ryan Holmes, Charlie Bowie, Rachael Thompson

– REAL HOUSE-SPOUSES OF ORLANDO: Rebecca Siegel, Jim Doyle, John Connon, Robyn Kelly

– COUPLES COUNSELING: Melanie Leon, George Crudo, Matthew Jones

– 3 JUDYS: Mark Baratelli, Chris Dinger, Joel Warren

– JOEL WARRENS IMPROV CLASS: Lindsay Taylor, Julie Snyder, Michael Geniac, Kristin Eley

– THE ORPHANS: Amanda Wirtz, Emily Fontano

– JUST-US LEAGUE: Cody Bush, Danny Loecken, Eric Novella

– PAPAS BOYS: Matt Hartin, Drew Gooden, Akmal Tajihan

The fight for your laughs (and votes) kicks off tonight, Friday, July 17 at 11:30 p.m. at Sak Comedy Lab. Let’s brawl.