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Bank of America on Us Weekend at Orlando Science Center

The first full weekend of every month Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission to Orlando Science Center on Saturdays and Sundays through the Museums on Us program!

To gain free entry, present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card and a photo ID. The deal applies to cardholder only and does not include guests.

SPECIAL OFFER: Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get 10% off of an Orlando Science Center Membership during Museums on Us weekends!
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HIGHLIGHTS

Explore all four floors of Orlando Science Center during the first Museums on Us Weekend of 2017! Take a walk through New KidsTown seven dynamic zones that encourage your little learners to create and discover while also promoting cognitive development!

Make the most of the Museum on Us Weekend by joining us for a Star-Studded Evening (Saturday only)! Learn a little more about our place in outer space through the Crosby Observatory. Remember that observing outer space requires good weather here on Earth. Our knowledgeable staff can even give you tips on how to stargaze at home!

Admission also includes films and live programming so you can enjoy giant-screen films in the Digital Adventure Theater and the Dr. Phillips CineDome. Get excited for our next traveling exhibit Astronaut (Opening January 28), with the film Journey To Space, narrated by Patrick Stewart!

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ELIGIBILITY

To qualify, simply present your active Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain one free general admission for the cardholder only. Guests are not eligible for free admission.

*Excludes special exhibitions, ticketed shows and fundraising events.

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COST

Museums on Us weekends are free to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders and Orlando Science Center Members. General admission to Orlando Science Center is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and students, and $13.95 for youth (ages 3 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming.

To become a Member for unlimited access to Orlando Science Center all year long, discounts to camps, and special Member-only events, visit www.osc.org/membership

SCIENCE FOR ALL: General Admission Access Program:

If you have an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card and a valid form of photo ID, please show it at the admissions desk to receive $3 admission per person for up to six individuals. This discount applies to general admission and may not be applicable for special engagement exhibits or certain events.

A guide to Central Florida Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday

Here’s to the small and smaller ones. The odd ones. The unexpected ones.

Listed below are a few Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you may have missed – or didn’t even realize were out there. Take advantage of them! Shop local, shop small, and get some truly amazing deals for you and the family.

#ProTip from our friends at Better Business Bureau of Central Florida: Stay safe and informed this holiday season! Protect yourself offline and online.

(Did we miss a good deal? Let us know about it in the comments!)

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Get 25% off of shows using promo code HOLIDAYS25!

Website

Orlando Ballet

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Purchase tickets for The Nutcracker, Masterworks or Cinderella this weekend and enjoy 25% off on select seats! Promo code: CYBER.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.drphillipscenter.org/shows-and-events/Shows-Events/dance/201278-orlando-ballet-the-nutcracker.stml

Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Small Business Saturday: receive a buy one, get one $10 off discount on tickets for The Great Gatsby and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Only valid for regularly priced performances. Patrons must buy at least one ticket to each production to receive discount. Offer valid only on Saturday, November 26. Promo code: LOVEGATSBY.

Cyber Monday: $35 Stocking Stuffer certificate ($50 value) which can be redeemed for tickets to any remaining production in Orlando Shakes’ 28th Season. Certificates will be mailed out within 5 business days and may not be redeemed on date of purchase. Certificate expires on April 30, 2017. Offer valid only on Monday, November 28. Not valid for previously purchased tickets. Limit 6 per person.

Orlando Shakes also offers $50 fully-verified Gift Admissions that can be redeemed for one ticket to a Signature Series production. Gift Admissions cannot be redeemed for cash and never expire. SecurityInfo also donated gift tickets that can be redeemed for cash, sneak a peek at this website.

Website: orlandoshakes.org

Mad Cow Theatre

Black Friday: All seats for ‘It Was A Very Good Yule’ are $15.00. Use the promo code YULE15 when purchasing online or calling the box office at (407) 297-8788, ext 1.

Website: madcowtheatre.com

DRIP Orlando

Black Friday: 50% off gift certificates!

Purchase herehttp://ilovedrip.com/drip-tickets


Orlando City Soccer Club and Orlando Pride

PURPLE Friday: 50% off of City and Pride merchandise at Camping World Stadium. Free parking!

11am – 7pm on Friday: Season Ticket Members only.

11am – 7pm on Saturday & Sunday: Open to the public.

(Looking for more MLS gear? Save 20% on orders over $50 on mlssoccer.com using promo code: MLSBF!)

Orlando Solar Bears

Black Friday: Ticket BOGO! Use promo code: BLACKFRIDAY. Starting on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) fans will be able to purchase Buy One, Get One tickets for the following Solar Bears home games:

  • Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Brampton Beast – 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 28 vs. Brampton Beast – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 2 vs. Florida Everblades – 7 p.m.

Purchase tickets herehttp://orlandosolarbearshockey.com/blackfriday/

Orlando Magic

Black Friday: In store deal – 40% off entire purchase between 10am – 1pm. $10 Hardwood Classic t-shirt. Spend $20, get 25% off. Spend $75, get 30% off. Spend $100, get 35% off. Use promo code: PUREMAGIC.

2 Tickets, 2 Games – $20! Choose from:

  • Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Washington Wizards – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27 vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Denver Nuggets – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 16 vs. Brooklyn Nets – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18 vs. Toronto Raptors – 7 p.m.

Purchase herehttp://www.nba.com/magic/blackfriday


Boardwalk Bown & Aloma Bowl

Black Friday: Boardwalk Bowl: Guests can enjoy two games of bowling and shoe rental, a $10 game card and a round of play at the brand new Zombie Boardwalk attraction for only $13.99 Mondaythrough Thursday and $16.99 Friday through SundayAloma Bowl: Guests can save with two games of bowling and shoe rental and a $10 game card for only $12.99 Monday through Thursday and $14.99 Friday through Sunday.

Orlando Science Center

Cyber Monday: Orlando Science Center is offering 15% off of Gift Memberships ON MONDAY ONLY, 12am to midnight! Give a gift stuffed with VALUE this holiday season and don’t miss the deepest discount of the year! It offers all of the same benfefits of a regular Membership with full access to exhibits, free parking and many other perks! This Cyber Monday deal is more than the discount current members receive when they renew, so take advantage of this limited time offer to SAVE ON SCIENCE!

Purchase memberships here: www.osc.org/cybermonday

The District at Mills 50

Small Business Saturday Market and Bazaar: Hosted by The District At Mills 50Vita Luna Cafe & Mills 50 District. Get all your holiday shopping done in one day! Vintage/Handmade/Unique/Reto/Upcycled/Antiques, Food Trucks (La Empanada & Dixieland Diner), Pop-Up Shops, Drinks, and more!

Make sure to say hi to Biggie and Deli Fresh Threads while you’re there! He’s debuting the new BLT shirt, and he’ll have FREE Cuban Sandwiches from Black Bean Deli (while supplies last)!

Event infohttps://www.facebook.com/events/174122179660439/

Lake Nona

Small Business Saturday: Shop small this holiday season! Support local vendors, artisans and craftsmen at the Lake Nona Holiday Market. Lake Nona Town Center, 6900 Tavistock Lakes Boulevard | Orlando, FL 32827, 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Food Trucks: Little Blue Donut Co. & The Local Chef LLC

Vendors include:
Chloe+Isabel by Jenny Lynn
Lularoe Katie Wu
Ruthie’s Market (Ruth + Olly)
Younique by Chelsea
Magical Moments Vacations – Kristina Herndon
Jewels by La’Zarr
Aries Designs
Smart Racks – Edwin Rivera
Nona Image
Nona Brew Crew
Global Ocean Center
Ancient Language Inc.
Gina Alexander Made with Love by Fab Divas
Melissa Divine Rodriguez-Orlando/Lake Nona FL, Independent Scentsy Director
Badspade
All Four Paws Design
YogaKid Orlando
Plexus by Jeni
The Fold Agency
Celebration Lane
Jody’s let me Pamper you with POSH
Caroline Randall Made
Young Living by Amanda Brindamour
Jennifer’s Usbourne Books
The O’dea Collection
Felt Too Fun
Bonjour Nona
Nerium International by Danielle
Bob’s Hobby Center
Simply Maurita
Raw Threads Orlando
Gourmet Coquito
Lemongrass Spa by SandyA
Matilda Jane Clothing
Southwestern and Native American Pottery
Indulgences
My Nona’s Garden
Stampin’ Up! with Linda

Seminole Towne Center

Black Friday: The first 250 shoppers to visit Seminole Towne Center’s Guest Service Booth on Black Friday will receive a free Black Friday Fanatic bag filled with goodies (while supplies last). Also, complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided at the seating area behind the Guest Service Booth. Extended hours (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.) will continue throughout the holiday shopping season.

More info: For a complete list of holiday hours, retailers and special events, call (407) 323-1843 or visit www.seminoletownecenter.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/SeminoleTowneCenter and follow us on Twitter @SeminoleTC and on Instagram @seminoletc

Light Up UCF

Black Friday: Come out to ice skate before 5pm for only $5. After 5pm, skating is only $10, or you can purchase a $17 Ultimate Pass all day long! Share on social using #LightUpUCF!

Purchase tickets herehttp://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2200514BA825804F?camefrom=EMCL_1373998_52737713

Gods and Monsters (Artegon Marketplace)

Black Friday: Join us at Gods & Monsters for 20% off storewide and 20% off at the bar 11am-12am. PLUS, roll our big D20 at checkout, and if you roll a 20, you get an extra 20% off the highest priced item in your purchases! (Sale excludes consignment items)

More infofacebook.com/godmonsters/

A Comic Shop

Black Friday (and technically Saturday): Everything in the shop is Buy 2, Get 1 FREE! The 1st 25 people through the door get a FREE Paper Girls #1 1st print comic! The 1st 50 people get a FREE Power Rangers Pink #1, Faith #1, and either Grizzly Shark or SSB based on age. The 1st 100 people get a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1!

Everyone who purchases using our buy 2, get 1 FREE sale gets another FREE new comic! Spend $50 and you get a FREE Walking Dead or Marvel Minimates 2 pack! Hundreds of graphic novels are marked 50% off and thousands of new comics are marked $1 or $2! The Geek Easy will open at noon with beer and movies, and at 8pm Nerdy Karaoke starts!

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/248129892271159/

Park Ave CDs

Black Friday: Extended hours, 9am – 11pm! Special vinyl and CD releases (plus a few extras!) are made exclusively for RSDBF; if it is a US RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY BRANDED RELEASE, WE WILL BE STOCKING IT (please keep in mind, quantities will vary greatly)!! For complete descriptions, track listings, notes and pressing info, please visit the official Record Store Day site by clicking here!

20% OFF ALL CD/LP BOX SETS! ALL $3/5/7 USED LPS BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE! Give the gift of music this year by shopping at and supporting your local independent record store!

Small Business Saturday: The first 100 customers who make a purchase on Saturday, November 26th, will receive a FREE CD GRAB BAG ($5 value)! Each grab bag contains 10 random CDs, the perfect conversation-starter for the long holiday weekend with extended family!

Not familiar with our popular assortment of grab bags?  We also stock LP (10 LPs for $7), 7″ vinyl (14 7″s for $7), DVD (5 DVDs for $7), Toy (5 blind-box toys for $10), Greeting Card (6 cards for $5), and Sticker (10 stickers for $5) grab bags, perfect for stocking stuffers and gifting!

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2017

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Receive 25% off all merchandise when using promo code: OKEE25!

Shop nowhttp://okeechobeefest.shop.redstarmerch.com


Attractions, Parks, and more…

Fun Spot America

Celebrate your #BestYearEver with a 2 park Fun Spot America annual pass for only $74.50 with NO blackout dates! This includes; admission to both parks (Kissimmee & Orlando), all day riding privileges on the Go-Kart tracks, roller coasters, thrill rides, and Kid Spot rides, admission to Gator Spot (Orlando), member perks, and free parking! [Kissimmee’s Bull Ride, SkyCoaster and Arcade are not included]

Single Day and Combo Ticket specials are available online for $40.95 and $55.95, respectively.

Purchase tickets here: http://fun-spot.com/affordable-theme-park/

Gatorland

Our friends at Gatorland have a great Black Friday deal on annual passes! $29.99 for adults ($45.99) and $21.99 for kids ($31.99). (Screaming Gator Zip Line is an additional cost.) You can purchase this deal online or at the park, but wait for it…

They will also have a Cyber Monday deal which includes the Screaming Gator Zip Line for $29.99. (Normally $69.99)

Purchase tickets here: http://www.gatorland.com/public/annual-passes.cfm

Crayola Experience (Florida Mall)

Black Friday 50% off and BOGO specials on merchandise, coloring kits, and more! [Link]

Buy a kid’s Annual Pass and get a Big Kid Annual Pass (55+) FREE now through December 31. Also, get $5 off admission when you bring a food donation in for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida thru November 30.

Get 4 annual passes for only $99, December 1 – 31!

Purchase passes herehttps://tickets.visitcrayolaorlando.com/webstore/shop/viewitems.aspx?CG=TKTS&C=ADM&_ga=1.142916661.1878678142.1480052456

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Black Friday: Make a reservation to visit before December 29, 2016 and receive a discounted Atlantis Crew Package. Atlantis Crew Package valid Nov 25 through Dec 29, 2016. Available only by calling 877.634.0720 November 25, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm EST. Must be redeemed by December 29, 2016. Call for more details.

A sliding scale discount off daily admission is based on the number of tickets with a minimum purchase of 2 tickets. [Ex: Two tickets: 10% discount, three tickets = 15% discount, four tickets = 20% discount]. $10 discount on each additional ticket for more than four.

LEGOLAND Orlando

Legoland’s version of Black Friday is, appropriately, Brick Friday! Buy a day pass in December for $71 and get a pass to use in January through April – FOR FREE! Current Annual Passholders can save 30% off a stay at LEGOLAND Hotel (Jan 1 – April 6, 2017) & Beach Retreat (June 1 – Sept 3, 2017)! Non-passholders can save 20% on room-and-ticket package stays.

The Awesomer Annual Pass is reduced to $99 plus tax ($50 savings), which is a GREAT deal for families. This annual pass will LEGOLAND Orlando as well as unlimited admission to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium and Atlanta’s Legoland Discovery Center!

More info: Sign up on the website to qualify: http://www.legoland.com/brickfriday.


Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Black Friday & Cyber MondayRosen Inn closest to UniversalRosen Inn InternationalRosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista are serving up the lowest rates of the year, starting at $49.99 plus tax, per night, when booked on Black Friday, Nov. 25, or Cyber Monday, Nov. 28, only for travel through Dec. 23, 2017 (based on availability). The Bed and Breakfast package includes breakfast buffet for two adults daily with the (they usually layer up with these in the room for all the customers), complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public areas and shuttle transport to area theme parks. Shuttle transport is based on availability and must be reserved in advance.

To book: Call 877-224-5377 or visit http://orlandohotels4less.com/blkfricymon/.

AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek is offering one of its lowest rates of the year in a special $199 two-night package for two when booked Black Friday through midnight Cyber Monday. Guests can book one night in one of the award-winning hotel’s recently enhanced, plush guestrooms at $199 plus tax and receive one night free for the consecutive night Dec. 9-24, 2016 (based on availability). The package includes a breakfast buffet for two each morning at Café Osceola, complimentary self-parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, 25% off treatments at The Spa at Shingle Creek (excluding packages and couple’s treatments) and 25% off green fees at Shingle Creek Golf Club, the newly-redesigned course by Arnold Palmer Design Company. Individual complimentary transportation to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and Orlando Premium Outlets is offered, based on availability, reservations required. Additional nights can be booked at the best available rate, but are not subject to exclusive package offers.
To book: Call 407-996-9939 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com.
Save 10% off best available rates at Rosen Plaza and Rosen Centre overnight stays from Dec. 19-25, 2016 (based on availability) when booked from Nov. 25 through Nov. 28, or take advantage of a special two-night package at Rosen Shingle Creek. Rosen Plaza features stylish, contemporary guestrooms, discounted self-parking, 25% off Smoooth Java and BOGO buffet dining in Café Matisse. Rosen Centre guests enjoy luxurious accommodations, complimentary self-parking and two I-Ride Trolley tickets, as well as 10% off the breakfast buffet at Café Gauguin and The Spa at Rosen Centre.
To book: Call 407-996-9700 or visit rosenplaza.com, or call 407-996-9840 or visit rosencentre.com.

Visit Orlando is offering free shipping (including impact monitoring within all shipments, you just have to know how to calculate dimensional weight, because only lighter packages are free https://www.spotsee.io/impact) and 5% off of already discounted tickets to area theme parks, hotels, water parks, dinner shows, tours, and sporting events, and their list is LONG. Use promo code: GIFT. 

More info: http://www.visitorlando.com/blog/index.cfm/2016/11/16/Save-in-Orlando-with-Black-Friday-and-Cyber-Monday-Deals/

Sea World Parks: Blue Friday Sales! Fans MUST register online to receive SeaWorld Orlando’s e-mail updates or already be subscribed. To do so, fans can visit SeaWorldOrlando.com/BlueFriday.

More infohttps://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/promotions/blue-friday/FL-res

Universal Orlando: Various Florida Resident specials!

More infohttps://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/Florida-Resident-Tickets/Hotel-Offers.aspx

Disney Springs: Over 40 deals at retailers within Disney Springs!

More infohttps://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/11/disney-springs-two-day-black-friday-event-starts-friday/

2015 Fall Fiesta in the Park

                                                                     2015 Fall Fiesta in the Park

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to attend the 45th annual Fall Fiesta in the Park on November 7-8 at beautiful Lake Eola Park.

The festival will include 300 artists and crafters, great food, live music and a children’s play area.

 

City of Orlando 45th Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park

Date: November 7-8

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday

Location: Lake Eola Park

Admission: Free

2015 Fast & Free Flu Shots in Colonial Town

Over the past 13 years, Florida Hospital Centra Care, with Get Healthy Florida, has provided over 200,000 free flu shots to Florida residents. This year, they are doing it again by offering five different local opportunities to get your flu shot, fast and free.

“To combat last year’s unexpected flu strain, this year’s flu vaccine has been strengthened for broader protection,” says Centra Care President & Senior Medical Director Scott Brady, MD. “We want to remind Floridians that the single best protection against the flu is the flu shot, even for healthy children and adults.”

To help encourage the little ones, Kids Urgent Care and Florida Hospital for Children are sponsoring a special Fun & Free Tent for Kids during two of the free flu shot event days. Bring your children to get a flu shot and while there, they can enjoy: face painting; refreshments; kids activities; Flu Fighter prizes and much more!

Who Should Be Vaccinated?

The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone, especially those who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. Including:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

   Health care workers and household contacts of children less than 6 months of age (these infants are too young to be vaccinated)

For those unable to attend one of the Fast & Free Flu Shot events, Centra Care offers convenient, $25 shots, 7-days a week at their 28 Florida urgent care centers; open late and weekends. Walk in anytime, or visit www.centracare.org to schedule an online No Wait Reservation.

PUBLIC CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: 407-833-9201

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!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS
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!

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

WHERE
Wall Street Plaza
Downtown Orlando

COST
Free and open to public (over 21 to attend)

RSVP HERE

Fast & Free Flu Shots in Hunter’s Creek

Over the past 13 years, Florida Hospital Centra Care, with Get Healthy Florida, has provided over 200,000 free flu shots to Florida residents. This year, they are doing it again by offering five different local opportunities to get your flu shot, fast and free.

(No reservations. First come, first served, while supplies last.)

“To combat last year’s unexpected flu strain, this year’s flu vaccine has been strengthened for broader protection,” says Centra Care President & Senior Medical Director Scott Brady, MD. “We want to remind Floridians that the single best protection against the flu is the flu shot, even for healthy children and adults.”

To help encourage the little ones, Kids Urgent Care and Florida Hospital for Children are sponsoring a special Fun & Free Tent for Kids during two of the free flu shot event days. Bring your children to get a flu shot and while there, they can enjoy: face painting; refreshments; kids activities; Flu Fighter prizes and much more!

Who Should Be Vaccinated?

The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone, especially those who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. Including:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

   Health care workers and household contacts of children less than 6 months of age (these infants are too young to be vaccinated)

For those unable to attend one of the Fast & Free Flu Shot events, Centra Care offers convenient, $25 shots, 7-days a week at their 28 Florida urgent care centers; open late and weekends. Walk in anytime, or visit www.centracare.org to schedule an online No Wait Reservation.

PUBLIC CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: 407-833-9201

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.

 

 

 

Tom Joyner Family Reunion

Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show®, along with Allstate Insurance Company, is celebrating family fun and excitement with the 2015 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion®. Labor Day weekend, September 3rd – September 7th, families from all over the country will join Joyner and his celebrity friends for a weekend filled with stellar concerts, interaction with celebrities and leaders, enlightening seminars, and endless activities for people of all ages inside the free expo which is open to the public.

Highlights include a huge “fam” fest with the cast of Black-ish, a Good Times reunion, and a special appearance from the cast of Living Single as well as an appearance by basketball legend and philanthropist Dominique Wilkins and concerts from Frankie Beverly and Maze, Teddy Riley, Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin. Tickets to Friday night’s The 90s Experience concert, Saturday night’s Soulful Saturday concert and Sunday’s Gospel Explosion can be purchased at BlackAmericaWeb.com/entertainment. Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s concerts are $49 while tickets for Sunday are $29.

Healing with Yoga: A JFS Orlando and Sharsheret Event

You’ve heard yoga is good for your health, but why? Demystify the ancient Indian practice and separate out myths from facts! This class will cover the basic history and practice of yoga, introduce Ayurvedic medicine, meditation, and chanting. Rebekah, a blogger for https://www.yogaburnreviews.com, will also explain the differences between common yoga classes offered at gyms and studios and answer any questions. No mats or props are required for participation.

The event is free of charge but space is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact Amanda.Benedit@JFSOrlando.org or call 407-644-7593, ext. 227.

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STEP RIGHT UP: Art of the Sideshow

Time: July 16, 2015 to August 29, 2015
Location: UCF Visual Arts Building, Art Gallery (140A)
Organized By: UCF

Event Description:
The University of Central Florida Art Gallery is proud to present our newest exhibition “Step Right Up: Art of the Sideshow” opening July 16 from 6-8 pm and will be showing Thursday, July 16, 2015 – Saturday, August 29, 2015 in the UCF Visual Arts Building, Art Gallery (140A).

Special Events

Thursday, July 16; 6-8pm
Opening Reception

Tuesday, August 25; 6-8pm
Screening and discussion of Tod Browning’s 1932 cult classic film Freaks

Wednesday, August 26; 6-8pm
Screening and discussion of the 1996 documentary Sideshow: Alive on the Inside

Thursday, August 27; 6-8pm
Reception with special guest appearance and book-signing by banner painter Johnny Meah, “The Czar of Bizarre”

Saturday, August 29; 4-6pm
Performance by Theatre UCF students

Admission is free and open to the public.
This exhibition features historical carnival sideshow banners from the collection of Howard Marks by artists including Fred Johnson, Snap Wyatt, Jack Sigler, and Johnny Meah; photographs of the fair taken by Reginald Marsh, Marion Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, Russell Lee, and Laine Wyatt; contemporary paintings by Arnold Mesches; and contemporary sculpture by Rigoberto Torres.This exhibition has been curated by Dr. Keri Watson.  For more information visit http://gallery.cah.ucf.edu/.

Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout Presented by Sonny’s BBQ

BBQ Blowout

Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout presented by Sonny’s BBQ is a free admission event that you won’t want to miss! This Florida Bar-B-Que Association- sanctioned event will be held at the Oviedo Mall on May 22nd and 23rd, 2015. Try the best BBQ around in the People’s Choice Tent and choose your favorite! Friday night’s concert is the Bubba Wilson and Jeff Howell Band while Saturday’s lineup includes JB Crockett Band, Franc Robert, Greye and Buddy Ayache. Plenty of fun for the whole family with water rides and games for the kids, local vendors (businesses and arts & crafts) and plenty of delicious BBQ!

Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout won Best New Event of the Year in 2013, its first year. The BBQ Blowout is not just a signature event, but it also is for a great cause. Two organizations, the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and Helpful Hands Inc. bring their strengths together and invite you to join in helping to Build Commerce and Community!

Sponsorships and vendor spaces available at www.BBQBlowout.org

SunRail Celebrates One Year, You Get Free Coffee

If you can believe it, it’s already been a year since Central Florida’s passenger rail started running. So if you haven’t taken a ride yet, this seems like a good time to give SunRail a try. In its first year, SunRail has gained a solid group of commuters and “just for fun” riders, as well as passionate group that wants more night and weekend trains. On Friday, May 1, to celebrate SunRail’s birthday, Clayton Alexander, a great businessman and coffee mug maker, will be offering free coffee, coffee cups and donuts at select stations. In case you missed that… Free coffee! 
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will join with Florida Department of Transportation District Secretary Noranne Downs to ride SunRail at 10 a.m. from DeBary to Downtown Orlando Friday morning. The City of Orlando encourages Central Florida residents to ride tomorrow and to use the hashtag #RideSunRailMay1.
“Keeping Orlando moving continues to be a priority for the City of Orlando with SunRail as the backbone of our growing transit system,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer who also is chairman of the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission.  “With just a year of operation under its belt, SunRail has connected more of our residents with access to jobs and opportunity, spurred development and investment and laid the foundation for enhancing and growing our transportation options throughout our entire region.”

If you do get out and take the birthday ride, you can enjoy FREE donuts and coffee to start the morning off right, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts. The Dunkin’ Donuts sampling team will be at three SunRail stops on Friday, May 1 from 6-9 a.m. to treat commuters. Guests can enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts croissant donuts and the new One World hot coffee.

While the coffee and donuts are free, Note that regular SunRail fares still apply on May 1. 

Happy birthday, SunRail!! 


Music of the Movies Free Outdoor Concert

I vividly remember going to see the musical Bye, Bye Birdie in the park as a kid. Since then, I’ve had an intense love of outdoor arts events. Luckily, our outdoor event season here in Central Florida is much longer than most places, so we often have the chance to enjoy the arts along with some fresh [maybe humid] air. The Orlando Philharmonic is gearing up to treat us to a free outdoor concert on Saturday, April 18 in Loch Haven Park. Don’t waste this opportunity to simultaneously infuse your spring with some culture and some nature.

If you’ve never heard the Orlando Philharmonic play, you’re in for a treat. In its third annual free outdoor concert, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs Music of the Movies. Conducted by Chad Shoopman, the concert will feature a combination of themes from films such as “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars” and “The Incredibles,” as well as classical music popularized by movies. Don’t miss a special appearance by the cast of Orlando Repertory Theatre’s production of “Shrek the Musical.” Music of the Movies starts at 6 p.m.

Lounging in the park sounds like enough fun, but before the concert, you can visit the instrument petting zoo and enjoy entertainment by Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds at 4 p.m., followed by the REP Power Chords at 5 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand to make sure your grumbling tummy doesn’t disrupt the concert.

The concert is funded by Dr. Phillips Charities, with additional sponsorship from Orlando Family Magazine. The concert will be performed in honor of Della Phillips, the wife of early citrus pioneer, Dr. Philip Phillips, once the largest producer of citrus in the world. Mrs. Phillips was known for her love of classical music, especially works by Mendelssohn, and for hosting outdoor concerts on the lawn of the Phillips family home on Lake Lucerne in downtown Orlando. Mrs. Phillips’ interest in music stemmed from early training in piano and music theory while attending private schools in New Orleans and Mobile. 

This is an alcohol-free event, but you are encouraged to bring your own seating and picnic if you won’t be partaking in food truck fare. Leashed pets are permitted in the park. In the case of rain, call the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office to confirm the concert will take place as scheduled. Information at www.OrlandoPhil.org, or call 407-770-0071.

See you at the park!

Taste of Oviedo 2015

taste of oviedo 2015

Save the Date for the 21st Annual Taste of Oviedo! Get to know Oviedo businesses, talented locals, and other residents celebrating the city’s traditions and uniqueness.

Taste of Oviedo presented by Air Flow Designs Heating and Air Conditioning will feature our new “Cirque” theme including extreme jugglers, a contortionist, an aerialist, and more! In addition Taste provides live entertainment on the main and kids stage, kid-friendly activities such as face painting and bounce houses, the Citrus and Celery Cook-off, samples from a wide array of local cuisine, drinks, and freshly cooked food. The event will be FREE admission and the chamber is expecting more than 50,000 attendees!

Get your vendor space before they sell out! Chamber members are eligible to save $150 on booth space. To register and select your own space, please visit www.TasteofOviedo.org

Latin Food and Wine Festival Saturday October 18

LatinFoodWineAltamonThe best of Latin cuisine and culture come together Saturday, October, 18 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Latin Food and Wine Festival at Crane’s Roost in Altamonte Springs. The event features a main stage with Latin music and entertainment, a VIP area, and a chef stage with cooking demonstrations. Guests can purchase tasting-size portions from local restaurants and vendors, and enjoy the foods and flavors from the Latin community from the Beer & Wine Guide. General admission is free.

 

Rollins CFAMily Day August 8

Rollins Family Days Museum of Fine Arts

Rollins Cornell Fine Arts Museum will hold a free event for kids and their parents Friday, August 8. The second in their summer RollinsFamDayfamily free days, CFAMily Day will include Hands-on Art Activities, Docent-led Tours, Scavenger Hunt Competitions and Individual Free Sketching.

Limited parking is available next to the museum.  Free parking in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue with museum validation. 
Email cfameducation@rollins.edu for more information.

CFAMily Days This Summer

Friday, June 20, 2014 and Friday, August 8, 2014, from 2 to 6 p.m., The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College invites Central Florida families to enjoy “CFAMily Day at the Cornell.” This free event will be filled with fun and educational activities. From gallery tours to hands-on art-making to scavenger hunts and games, there’s something for everyone in the family. The programs designed for children ages 6 and up, but all are welcome.

As the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is perfectly suited to provide art education for every member of the family.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, 1000 Holt Avenue – Building Number 303, Winter Park, Fla. 32789.

For more information, call (407)-646-2526,  or visit cfam.rollins.edu.

#NationalDoughnutDay2014 at Krispy Kreme

Whether it’s powdered, filled or a hot Original Glazed®, stop in for a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme. In honor of National Doughnut Day, on Friday, June 6, stop in to any Krispy Kreme in Central Florida for a FREE doughnut of any variety — including the world famous Original Glazed® doughnut. No purchase necessary.
National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by The Salvation Army to raise funds for people in need during the depression era, and is observed every year on the first Friday of June.
Offer valid for one FREE doughnut of any variety at participating Krispy Kreme U.S. and Canadian locations on Friday, June 6, 2014 only. No purchase necessary, while supplies last:
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (SundayThursday) and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Drive thru Open 24 hours
 
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746 
Open 24 hours
Follow the National Doughnut Day fun at nationaldoughnutday2014.com, and @KrispyKreme #NationalDoughnutDay2014. Stay connected with Krispy Kreme at KrispyKreme.com, Facebook, foursquare and Twitter.

“Movieola” City of Orlando Launches Monthly Free Movies at Lake Eola Park!

The City of Orlando invites residents and visitors to Movieola, a free monthly movie series in Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando.

Beginning on Friday, April 25, and continuing on the last Friday of every month through August, a free, family-friendly movie will be shown on the East Lawn.  The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with lawn games, music and food available for purchase at the park with the feature movie showing at 8:00 p.m

 

MOVIEOLA DATES AND FEATURES:MoviEolaOrlando

  • Friday, April 25, 2014 featuring “Frozen”
  • Friday, May 30, 2014 featuring “Thor – The Dark World”
  • Friday, June 27, 2014 featuring “Despicable Me 2”
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 featuring “Muppet’s Most Wanted”
  • Friday, August 29, 2014 featuring “Lego Movie”

WHERE:

Lake Eola Park – East Lawn, 512 East Washington Street, Orlando, Florida 32801

WHEN:

April – August 2014 on the last Friday of the Month

Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

 

Artist Critique and Conversation

The critique will review the works of up to 9 artists, all medium and skill levels welcomed.  All artist must sign up in advance.  After the critiques a social time is planned which will include a cash bar.

The critiques are led by Maitland based artists Dawn Schreiner.  Joining her for the September critique will be Cherie Dacko and local art columnist Terrence Hummel.

For more information check out our post on the event.