Orlando Event Calendar for May
Covering the I-4 corridor from Daytona to Tampa plus Sarasota and Brevard County
March 2-May 20: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Spring special event filled with flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational events. See millions of blooming flowers and a vibrant collection of specially themed topiaries. Meet with top horticulturists at one of the many Garden Town Programs and learn helpful gardening tips. Attend public demonstrations of advanced gardening techniques from around the world or get up-close with hundreds of colorful butterflies inside Fawn’s Butterfly House outside of the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden. At Walt Disney World’s EPCOT with admission. 407-824-4321. www.disneyworld.com/flower
May 1: Taste of Collier, Naples. Afternoon of family fun featuring live entertainment, an ice-carving contest, chefs competition, and savory samples from 30 of the best restaurants in Collier County. Held each year on the first Sunday in May. At Bayfront in Downtown Naples. Noon to 4 p.m. Adults $4; children 5 and under free. 239-272-1907. www.tasteofcollier.org/
May 5: Winter Garden Harvest Festival, Winter Garden. . It is as simple as it is difficult for the local food movement these days. If you’re going to cheerlead the farm-to-table revolution, you have to bring it to the table. The organizers of the popular Winter Park Harvest Festival have done just that this year, expanding their homegrown message to west Orange County. Enjoy vendors, live entertainment and cooking demos at the main festival, then cap the day off with a “Sips and Skylines” tour of Green Sky Growers’ rooftop gardens with cocktails at Al Fresco. Hungry for more? Register for the Farm to Table Dinner showcasing the best bites from Winter Garden chefs. Plant Street Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (with Sips and Skylines tour and tasting at 4-6 p.m. and Farm to Table Dinner at 7 p.m.). Free ($75 for Farm to Table Dinner, $5 for Sips and Skylines). wintergardenharvestfestival.com
May 4: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Orlando. Fiesta with dance and Mexican cuisine: 5 p.m. today; Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando; free; 407-420-6896.
May 4-6: Indian River Festival, Titusville. Unlimited rides and activities: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday; Sandpoint Park, 10 A. Max Brewer Pkwy., Titusville; $12 Friday-Saturday, $10 Sunday; 321-267-3036.
May 5: Art of the Automobile, Daytona Beach. Auto show with music and entertainment: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; Halifax Marina, Basin Street, Daytona Beach; free; 386-255-5922.
May 5: Sunflower Gala Day Festival, Cassadaga. Spiritualist festival with vendors and readings: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, 1112 Stevens St., Cassadaga; free, some readings and events extra; 386-228-2880.
May 5: Space Coast Waterfest, Palm Bay. Music, children’s activities and environmental vendors: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Drive, Palm Bay; free; 321-953-8996.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, New Smyrna Beach. 4-10 p.m. Saturday; Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-428-1600.
May 5: Church Street Car Show, Orlando. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday; Church Street District, Garland Avenue and Church Street, Orlando; free; churchstreetdistrict.com.
May 5: Dancing on the Drive, Orlando. Street party in College Park neighborhood with dance instruction and vendors: 6-10 p.m. Saturday; College Park, Edgewater Drive and Smith Street, Orlando; free; 407-579-0023.
May 5-6: St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Sanford. A new art festival in downtown touting live demonstrations and audience participation opportunities. With a juried art show, food vendors, live acoustic music. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. 407-323-9272. http://stjohnsriverartfest.com/
May 5-6: Smoke n’ Blues, Bikes and BBQ, St. Cloud. Florida BBQ Association sanctioned competition for both pros and backyard teams. Festivities include live blues entertainment, bike show, crafts, children’s play area, BBQ vendors and much more. At St. Cloud Lakefront. Free admission. 407-498-0008. www.stcloudmainstreetflorida.org
May 5-6: Jazz on the Vineyard Green, Clermont. Live jazz music, free tours and wine tasting, and food and beverages available for purchase. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $2 donation. 800-768-WINE. www.lakeridgewinery.com
May 6: Festivals of Speed, Howey-in-the-Hills. Exotic auto showcase: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Mission Inn Resort & Club, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-in-the-Hills; $10; 352-385-9450.
May 6: Homespun Chic Marketplace, Maitland. 2-6 p.m. Sunday; Home Builders Association of Mid-Florida, 544 Mayo Ave., Maitland; free; 561-308-3465.
May 6: Playground Music & Arts Fest, Altamonte Springs. Family-friendly exhibits and entertainment: noon-5 p.m. Sunday; Cranes Roost Park, 275 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863.
May 10: Alive After 5, Sanford. Monthly themed street party with vendors and entertainment: 5-8 p.m. Thursday; Downtown Sanford, 300 N. Park Ave., Sanford; $7 for food and beverage samplings; 407-302-2586.
May 11: Art and Music in the Park, Casselberry. Food trucks and entertainment: 5-8 p.m. May 11; Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700.
May 11: Virginia Drive Live, Orlando. Outdoor fest with car show and vendors: 6-10 p.m. May 11; Virginia-Mills District, Virginia Drive west of Mills Avenue, Orlando; free; 407-393-8765.
May 12: Arcadia Watermelon Festival, Arcadia. Held annually in May, which is the height of watermelon harvesting season. Features a variety of pageants, contests, vendors and activities. Historic Downtown. Free admission. 863-494-2020. http://www.arcadiamainstreet.com/events.html
May 12: Asian Cultural Festival, Orlando. Food and entertainment: 4-9 p.m. May 12; Avalon Park, 13001 Founder’s Square Drive, Orlando; free; 407-648-0880.
May 12: Florida Youth Outdoor Experience, Silver Springs. Tutored outdoor activities: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12; Ocala Conservation Center, 7325 NE 170th Ave., Silver Springs; free; 352-625-2804.
May 12-13: Mayfaire-by-the-Lake, Lakeland. Begun as a crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, this event has grown into one of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals. Held on Mother’s Day weekend each year, Mayfaire is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Morton in the downtown area and is one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lawn party Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. with fireworks and Mayfaire Classic 5K Race. Lake Morton Drive. Free. 863-688-7743 ext. 237. https://polkmuseumofart.org/events/midflorida-mayfaire-by-the-lake-2012/
May 18-20, May 25-27, June 1-3, June 8-10: Disney Star Wars Weekends, Lake Buena Vista The Force is always with you as Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios Park sets the scene for an out of this world event: Star Wars Weekends. Held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 18 through June 10. the event features celebrity autographs, shows and a nightly party with Wookies, Ewoks, Stormtroopers and other characters from the Star Wars series. Children ages 12 and under can hone their light saber skills at the Jedi Training Academy, while the whole family can enjoy the Star Tours — The Adventure Continues attraction at the park which was inaugurated last year. Star Wars Weekends festivities are included in the price of admission to the park ($85 for adults, $79 for children). There are various ticket plans including Florida resident discounts. Visit www.DisneyParks.com.
May 18-20: Blues and Wine Festival, Mount Dora. Event kicks off with a welcome party including entertainment by Blues Brother imitator bands and an Elwood Blues Brothers contest. Saturday includes wine tasting and live entertainment. At Lakeside Inn. Admission. 800-556-5016. www.mountdora.com/events.php
May 18-19: Gator Nationals World Karate Championships, Daytona Beach The Ocean Center sets the scene for this sporting competition. Visitors can sit back and watch martial arts professionals kick, punch, knee and elbow their way into locks, throws and restraints. The Ocean Center is at 101 North Atlantic Avenue. Ticket price TBA. For details, call 800-858-6444 or visit www.oceancenter.com.
May 18-20: Celtic Music Festival, Ormond Beach Celtic performers, pipers and dancers entertain continuously on two stages and a jam tent on Saturday and Sunday. Pre-festival concert at the Performing Arts Center on May 18 and there will be a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting at Billy’s Tap Room on May 18. The event, at Rockefeller Gardens, 25 Riverside Drive, also features a workshop open to all who wish to bring their instruments. Vendors offer foods from around the world and merchandise. Visit www.ormondbeachcelticfestival.com.
May 19: Inverness Farmer’s Market, Inverness. A large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, breads and pastries, handmade crafts and more. Last market of the season. At Inverness Government Square. Free 352-726-2611 x1309. www.invernessfarmersmarket.com/
May 19-20: Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival, Sarasota. More than 100 talented crafters display their wares, from baskets and homemade soaps to jewelry and much more. On Main Street downtown. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 941-957-1877. http://www.escape-to-sarasota.com/sarasota-calendar-of-events.html
May 25-28: Blue Crab Festival, Palatka. Florida’s largest Memorial Day celebration. Includes Memorial Day Parade, seafood cook-off, live entertainment, helicopter and airboat rides, arts and crafts, antiques, and more. Downtown. Free admission. 386-325-4406. www.bluecrabfestival.com
May 25-27: Oldsmar FreedomFest, Oldsmar. This fourth annual event features live music, vendors, play area for kids plus bike shows, stein holding and wing eating contests. Bands include Jaded and The Alter Eagles, Diamond Gray, Stormbringer, The Greg Billings Band, Trigger City Trio and The Black Honkeys. 100 State Street W. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 813-855-4233. http://www.facebook.com/OldsmarFreedomFest
May 26: Mini Maker Faire, Orlando. A family-friendly celebration featuring DIY science and technology, rockets, robots, arts, crafts and music. At the Central Florida Fairgrounds. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance tickets $8 for adults, $5 for children 2-18; Day of event $10 for adults and $7 for children. http://www.orlandominimakerfaire.com.
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