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Move to the Rhythm of Viva La Música® at SeaWorld® Orlando

The cool sea-inspired fun of SeaWorld® Orlando is heating up this spring with waves of hot Latin concerts. The Hispanic music festival, Viva La Música®, is returning to SeaWorld, Saturdays, April 13-May 4. Along with the theme park’s amazing animals, thrilling rides and entertaining shows, you and your family can enjoy live musical performances by hit Latin artists and flavorful cuisine.

Starting at noon, visit the festival event area and have your fill of delicious food. Savor new flavors and traditional favorites created by SeaWorld’s executive chef, Héctor Colón. Sample  dishes inspired by South America, Mexico and the Caribbean including arroz con pollo (chicken with rice), lechón (roasted pork), alcapurrias (meat fritters), ceviche, sweet guava pastries and much more. Eat to the beat of local Latin bands on the side stage performing merengue, salsa, Spanish pop and more.

At 3 p.m., take your seat for a concert by one of these award-winning artists:

  • April 13: Daddy Yankee
  • April 20: Willie Colón
  • April 27: Grupomanía
  • May 4: El Gran Combo

Admission to Viva La Música® is included with theme park admission to SeaWorld® Orlando. Food is available for purchase. Concert seating is on a first come, first served basis or you can purchase a VIP package to reserve your spot. Click here for more information.

Add comment March 26th, 2013

Rock Out to Your Favorite Disney Hits at Mickey’s Music Festival

Hear some of the most famous Disney songs of all time live on stage. At “Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival,” Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy combine melodies with other familiar Disney stars and remix Disney hits to the hottest sounds of today during an unforgettable concert experience. Jam to songs from “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” DisneyPixar’s “Toy Story” and a few surprises played with a fresh twist of hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and more. At this music festival, Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Woody, Buzz, Bullseye and Jessie; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie and the gang put on a musical jam session fit for the entire family. Come join in the excitement as you dance, sing, clap and laugh along with more than 25 Disney Character band members.

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival” is performed at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 3, at the UCF Arena in Orlando, less than 45 minutes from Kissimmee. Click here to purchase tickets; ticket prices range from $15-$50. If you won’t be in Orlando in time for this performance, click here to view dates and times for locations in your area. You won’t want to miss this live concert with characters straight out of a magical world!

Add comment February 13th, 2013

Savor More Sweet Tunes and Saucy Barbecue at SeaWorld® Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ

Bands, Brew & BBQ is back at SeaWorld® Orlando, Saturdays and Sundays, February 9-March 17, and this year’s sizzling line-up features six full weekends of classic rock and country music concerts. Experience this event that’s bigger and better than ever before with more music, more barbecue and more for your family to enjoy.

The 2013 Bands, Brew & BBQ concert lineup includes:

  • Saturday, February 9 – Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann
  • Sunday, February 10 – Merle Haggard
  • Saturday, February 16 – The Beach Boys
  • Sunday, February 17 – Styx
  • Saturday, February 23 – Big & Rich
  • Sunday, February 24 – Third Eye Blind
  • Saturday, March 2 – Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • Sunday, March 3 – Darius Rucker
  • Saturday, March 9 – Michael McDonald
  • Sunday, March 10 – Josh Turner
  • Saturday, March 16 – Rodney Atkins with Uncle Kracker
  • Sunday, March 17 – Sheryl Crow

In addition, rock out to local bands on the side stage, and learn to line dance or show off your skills while a DJ spins hot hits. Through March 3, you can even take in a display of 2013 model Harley-Davidson® motorcycles!

Hungry for more? Indulge in SeaWorld’s signature finger-licking, lip-smacking barbecue along with local favorites from Tony Roma’s, Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q and Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q. Grab some tangy barbecue sauce and sink your teeth into pulled pork, ribs, chicken, brisket and more!

Bands, Brew & BBQ takes place, Saturdays and Sundays, February 9-March 17, and is included with park admission to SeaWorld® Orlando. Barbecue, beverages and other food items are available for purchase. Concerts begin at 4 p.m. Click here for more information. Tip: Ride your Harley motorcycle to Bands, Brew & BBQ and receive free parking!

Add comment February 5th, 2013

Attend the Biggest Bash this Side of the Bayou at Mardi Gras at Universal Studios®!

Let the good times roll once again at Universal Studios Florida®! Get ready to catch beads, see amazing floats and party ‘Nawlins-style for the most spectacular Mardi Gras celebration this side of Louisiana. At Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida®, Saturdays and select nights, February 9-April 20, enjoy hot concerts, spicy Cajun cuisine and a colorful parade. Gather up the family and celebrate all day with a schooner full of fun and entertainment.

If you’ve never experienced a Mardi Gras celebration, be prepared to be amazed during an authentic and family-friendly adaptation of the famous New Orleans street party. Listen to some of the hottest performers in music during the event’s concert series. This year’s concert schedule includes:

  • Lifehouse
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Boys Like Girls
  • Trey Songz
  • Demi Lovato
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Sean Kingston
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Austin Mahone
  • Phillip Phillips
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
  • Pitbull

You can also stroll on over to the French Quarter Courtyard to listen to musicians direct from New Orleans playing blues and Zydeco. While you’re there, sample favorite foods from the Big Easy like jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice, Andouille sausage, beignets, king cake and more.

And what Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without a parade? Your family won’t want to miss the must-see parade where they can catch handfuls of sparkling beads, see over-the-top costumes, watch street performers and stilt walkers and greet the Mardi Gras king and queen. This year’s theme is “Colorful Cultures Around the World.” Young children can visit the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area for a special viewing area and festive activities just for them.

Admission to Mardi Gras, February 9-April 20, is included with theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida®. Food and some special activities require a separate fee. Click here for more information.

1 comment January 17th, 2013

Experience All-New Fun with the Return of SeaWorld’s Just For Kids Festival

The return of the Just For Kids family festival at SeaWorld® Orlando, January 12-Februrary 2, is making a splash with some brand new, kid-centric fun! In addition to your favorite rides, animals, shows and experiences, dance and sing along with a schedule of special live performances and jam with Elmo in a new Fun Zone.

Start your day off right with a character breakfast! Meet some friendly Sesame Street pals for Elmo’s VIP Character breakfast or make waves at Shamu & Friends Character Breakfast Buffet. Snap photos, share a hug or two and satisfy your craving for food and fun.

After breakfast, play the day away with music, rides, activities and Fun Zones designed especially for young children. Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie for an unforgettable rock concert. Play games and dance to tunes from a kid-friendly DJ with Shamu and other SeaWorld characters in Shamu’s Party Zone. Ride, spin, slide and climb on kid-size attractions in Shamu’s Happy Harbor. For an exciting adventure, become a Junior Animal Ambassador, learn about amazing animals and collect four cards and stamps for a prize! Also, meet the newest member of the SeaWorld family, Franklin from the TV show “Franklin and Friends™.”

Best of all, enjoy a lineup of live performances and concerts, just for kids:

January 12
Imagination Movers

January 19
Laurie Berkner – Solo!

January 26
Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve

February 2
Kratt Brothers Live featuring the stars of Wild Kratts

Admission to SeaWorld’s Just For Kids festival concerts and events are included in park admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and take place on Saturdays, January 12-February 2. Tickets for the concerts are distributed to park guests across from the Nautilus Theater on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. on concert days. Seating is limited. A separate ticket is required for the character breakfasts. Click here for more information.

Add comment January 8th, 2013

Cheer to the New Year at the Celebration Town Center

Everyone can enjoy this New Year’s Eve party – no tickets required! At the Celebration Town Center New Year’s Eve Bash, enjoy live music, food, dance contests, the last snowfall of the season and a spectacular fireworks show at midnight. Best of all, admission and parking are free! You and your family can count down together to 2013 during an evening of action-packed festivities.

Beginning with a snowfall at 6 p.m. and live musical performances, the Celebration Town Center New Year’s Eve Bash lights up with a schedule of activities and fun for the entire family. Katty Shack, ‘80s cover band and national touring headliner, will perform various hits throughout the night sure to get your toes tapping. You can also move to the fresh beats of TamiDJ all night long! If you want to show off your best dance skills, participate in one of the event’s dance parties and contests. In addition, cheer to the New Year during the following:

  • Endless ice skating
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Snowfalls at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
  • Food and refreshments
  • Bounce houses
  • Face painting
  • Interactive games
  • Celebration Express Train rides
  • Fireworks at midnight

Parking and admission to Celebration Town Center New Year’s Eve Bash are free. The event ends at 1 a.m. Click here for more information. Ring-in the New Year with your family!

Add comment December 24th, 2012

Unwrap a Sleigh Full of Holiday Events Around Orlando

The holiday season is on its way! Soon it will be time to unpack ornaments, hang decorations, bake Christmas cookies, share meals and spend time with family. For 2012, Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida are spreading holiday cheer with the return of your favorite holiday events and some festive additions. Whether you are celebrating a child’s first Christmas, making new holiday memories, reconnecting with friends or simply want to enjoy at getaway to Orlando, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. Checking it twice is optional!  

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld® Orlando
Select nights, November 17-December 31
Waves of holiday spirit splash over you and your family during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Walk through a sea of more than 100 trees that sparkle to music, watch a special holiday show starring Shamu, take an enchanted ride to the North Pole to meet Santa at The Polar Express Experience, learn about the meaning of Christmas with Sesame Street® friends and laugh along with Santa’s funny flippered helpers, Clyde and Seamore. Included in regular admission.

Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional
Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort
November 23-December 30
Attend international celebrations of Yuletide traditions at Holidays Around the World. As part of Holidays Around the World, enjoy a celebrity narrated retelling of the story of Christmas during the Candlelight Processional accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Included in regular admission. Tip: seating for the Candlelight Processional often fills quickly; arrive early or secure a seat by purchasing a dining package.

Grinchmas™ Wholiday Spectacular
Islands of Adventure® at Universal Orlando® Resort
December 1-January 1
Seuss Landing™ transforms into the whimsical world of Grinchmas! Settle into story time with a live retelling of “The Grinch” featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. Meet friendly Whos from Who-ville as they stroll through Seuss Landing. Get an unforgettable autograph or get your photo taken with the mean Mr. Grinch himself! Included in regular admission.

Macy’s Holiday Parade™
Universal Studios Florida® at Universal Orlando® Resort
December 1-January 1

See actual floats and balloons direct from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® in New York City. Dance and clap along with a parade featuring marching bands, clowns and even Santa. Afterward, treat yourself to gingerbread cookies and watch the tree lighting. Other entertainment throughout the theme park includes The Blues Brothers® Holiday Show, A Barney® Holiday show for young “elves” and performances from Mannheim Steamroller (on select nights.) Included in regular admission.

Christmas Bricktacular
Weekends in December

Have you ever seen a giant Christmas tree that was made of LEGO® bricks? Examine a more than 30-foot-tall tree built from a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks. As part of the Christmas Bricktacular, visit the historical botanical gardens decorated for the holidays, take pictures with Santa and attend the tree lighting ceremony. Included in regular admission. Tip: stay until dark to get a good nighttime view of the lighted LEGO tree.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort
Through January 6

This breathtaking display of millions of glittering lights, choreographed to holiday music, lines the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. A holiday tradition started by the Osborne family’s annual display of lights, this exhibition of multicolored lights blankets entire buildings and will leave you awestruck. On select nights, the 10-minute light show features a finale of dancing snow. Included in regular admission.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort
Select nights through December 21
Holiday magic returns to the Magic Kingdom® Theme Park with special decorations and Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle. Experience Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, an exclusive fireworks show, snow fall on Main Street U.S.A., holiday shows and meet and greet opportunities with Disney Characters. Requires separate event admission ticket.

Visit the official websites for each theme park for more information on holiday events and activities, admission details, event dates and times. You’re sure to make a stocking full of memories at these famous holiday events!

1 comment November 12th, 2012

Enjoy Fresh Tastes with Hot Tunes During the Eat to the Beat Concert Series

What pairs better with food than a glass of fine wine? Musical entertainment! Offering more than amazing cuisine and culinary experiences when it begins September 28, the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival also presents the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Enjoy three show times daily from one of nearly 20 musical groups, including some acts making their festival debut. The schedule of performers will be music to your family’s ears:

Night Ranger
September 28-30

Sugar Ray
October 1-3

STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
October 4-7

Boyz II Men
October 8-10

Smash Mouth – NEW
October 11-12

Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice” – NEW
October 13-14

Air Supply
October 15-17

Gin Blossoms
October 18-19

October 20-21

October 22-23

The Pointer Sisters
October 24-25

Sister Hazel
October 26-28

Billy Ocean
October 29-31

.38 Special
November 1-2

Howard Jones LIVE
November 3-4

Blues Traveler – NEW
November 5-6

Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX – NEW
November 7-8

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
November 9-12

Admission to the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, during the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, September 28-November 12, 2012, is included with Theme Park admission to Epcot®. Show times are presented daily at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase. Entertainment is subject to change without notice. Click here for more information.

Add comment September 18th, 2012

Get “Soaked” at Lake Eola with Extreme Water Sports and Family Fun this Weekend

This weekend, September 7-8, world-champion water skiers will be making waves in Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola for the first ever Soaked extreme water sports festival. Located in Orlando, the water ski capital of the world, get ready for two days of water skiing, wakeboarding and other exhilarating water sports paired with live musical performances, carnival rides, food and more for the entire family.

During Soaked, watch in amazement as the world’s best competitors push themselves to the limits in extreme water sports for a chance to win $100,000. Athletes will compete in open slalom, jump and freestyle demonstrations. After the sun sets, the action ignites with nighttime ski jumps of 200+ feet under the lights of Lake Eola. See what it takes to jump the furthest and ski the fastest and be crowned the first-ever Soaked champion. In addition, enjoy a muscle car and motorcycle show, carnival rides, an Extreme Zone featuring DJs and a skate park, graffiti art, a special Kidz Zone, autograph signings with the pros and live music by 20+ bands. Musical performances include Breathe Carolina, Civil Twilight, A Silent Film and more! Click here for the current music lineup.

General admission to Soaked extreme water sports festival, September 7-8, is $10 for Friday, September 7 and $15 for Saturday, September 8. Tip: An early-bird weekend pass is available for $20. Soaked runs from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. each day. Click here for more information. Lake Eola is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, less than 35 minutes from Kissimmee.

Add comment September 4th, 2012

Discover the “Magic” of Christian Music at Night of Joy

For 30 years, visitors to the Magic Kingdom® Park have been experiencing the “magic” of the Night of Joy Christian music festival. Come celebrate the event’s 30-year milestone, September 7 and 8, with two extraordinary nights of contemporary Christian rock, pop and gospel. From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night, enjoy live performances from 16 artists and select Magic Kingdom® attractions.

Bands and artists include:

Friday, September 7
Casting Crowns
Chris Tomlin
Francesca Battistelli
Brandon Heath
Royal Tailor

Saturday, September 8
Third Day
Chris August
Yolanda Adams
Thousand Foot Krutch
Dara Maclean

Admission to Night of Joy, requires a separate ticket, and can be purchased for $62.95 the day of the event. Tip: You can purchase advance tickets, before the event date for $52.95. Group tickets are available. Click here for more information and tickets.

Add comment August 24th, 2012

Become Immersed in Faith and Fun at Rock the Universe

Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, Rock the Universe, returns to Universal Orlando® Resort, September 7 and 8. Move to the spiritual sounds of 16 Christian rock bands and explore Universal Studios® Florida during this popular two-day event. With uplifting music, thrilling rides and a variety of special activities, you and your family can come together to share both faith and fun.

At Rock the Universe 2012, jam the night away with an all-new line-up of some of today’s biggest and most popular Christian music groups. Each night from 4 p.m.-1 a.m., rock to the sounds of your favorite Christian bands with Skillet, Newsboys and Jeremy Camp on Friday, September 7 and TobyMac, Switchfoot and Relient K on Saturday, September 8. Also enjoy performances by For King & Country, Group 1 Crew, Rhett Walker Band, Robert Pierre, Tenth Avenue North and more! Visit the FanZone for Christian rock karaoke, autograph sessions with the bands, merchandise and live music by Everfound, Jason Castro and We As Human. Saturday night only, participate in a special Candlelighting Ceremony featuring Tenth Avenue North and feel the power of your faith.

In between Rock the Universe concerts, experience the out-of-this-world attractions of Universal Studios®! At Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®, customize your experience to hear one of your favorite Christian rock songs while twisting, turning and flipping at  65 miles per hour! Go on an adventure with mischievous minions at Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, ride to escape the darkness and doom of Revenge of the Mummy®, blast away aliens during MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™, and more!

Admission to Rock the Universe 2012, at Universal Studios® Florida, September 7 and 8, requires a separate admission ticket, valid after 4 p.m. Click here for more information and admission prices. Tip: You can purchase some tickets in advance, on or before August 31, to receive special discounts. Events are held rain or shine.

Add comment July 30th, 2012

The Celebration Town Center Is Your Ticket to “Reel” Fourth of July Fun!

Lights! Camera! Action! Visit downtown Celebration this Fourth of July for a unique “A Salute to Cinema”-themed fireworks event and a night of entertainment straight from the silver screen.  Rated one of the top fireworks shows in the Southeast, this year’s “A Flashback 4th of July” Independence Day celebration will have you seeing stars!

Grab some popcorn and take a seat as the curtain rises on this year’s “A Flashback 4th of July” event. Themed “A Salute to Cinema,” the night offers Oscar-worthy activities suitable for an audience of all ages.  Enjoy a movie-themed costume contest; live music by Mo Geetz, DJ Tami, Gina Marie Incandela and more; patriotic music from The Dixieland Jazz Band; inflatable games and activities for kids; and much more.  At the conclusion of “A Flashback4th of July,” a grand finale display of fireworks will leave you spellbound.|

“A Flasback 4th of July” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Downtown Celebration at the Celebration Town Center. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. A free Park and Ride shuttle service is available. Click here for more information.  Happy Independence Day!

Add comment June 27th, 2012

The Sizzling Sounds of Summer Soon to Rock Epcot®

Can you hear it? It’s the rockin’ sounds of summer coming to you and your family through talented tribute bands playing your favorite hits live at the America Gardens Theater in World Showcase at Epcot®. June 10 through July 28, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series makes “hot” summer nights sizzle courtesy of music and entertainment from seven of the most popular tribute bands.

Dance, move and tap your feet to re-creations of classic hits from the Eagles, Billy Joel, The Bee Gees, Police, U2, Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynyrd. With the tribute bands showing off signature moves, wearing costume replicas and impersonating band members, you’ll be amazed at the similarities – if you have ever been lucky enough to experience the actual bands perform. Some of the musicians have even played with the actual bands!

Tentative schedule of performances:

  • June 10-17: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 18-23: Mike DelGuidice and BIG SHOT – The Ultimate Billy Joel Experience
  • June 24-30: Stayin’ Alive Canada – A Tribute to The Bee Gees
  • July 1-7: Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 8-14: The Police Experience – A Tribute to the Police
  • July 15-21: SouthBound and Company – A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • July 22-28: 2U – The World’s 2nd best U2 Show

*Please note: the schedule is subject to change without notice. Please visit the official website as the event gets closer for confirmation. 

Admission to the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot® is included with theme park admission. Concerts take place June 10-July 28 at 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Special performance times on July 4 are 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Please visit the official event website to confirm dates and times prior to planning your trip.

Add comment May 18th, 2012

Christian Music Battle of the Bands Returns to Wet ‘n Wild® Orlando this Weekend

Wet ‘n Wild® Orlando is getting even wilder this weekend with the 4th Annual Waves of Glory Christian music festival and Battle of the Bands, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Dance, move and sway to contemporary rock, hip-hop and praise Christian music as bands compete for cash and prizes. With admission to Waves of Glory included in Wet ‘n Wild admission, your family can enjoy both the water park’s thrilling tube rides, slides, wave pool surf lagoon and lazy river and the spiritual melodies of the Waves of Glory concerts.

Starting with opening prayers each day, enjoy two days of faith-filled fun and a jam-packed schedule of musical performances. Bands include 410 East, Hope for Heroes, Judah, The Broken, Alma Vertical, The Invocation, Lastwatch, Carisa Turner, Stu Sanders and more! Cheer and clap to cast your “vote” for your favorite group as talented singers and bands “battle” to impress judges and claim their spots as finalists – and ultimately as champion. Watch special performances by the 2011 Waves of Glory Champions, the R Anthony Band, and 2010 Waves of Glory Competitor, Prodigal Son. In addition, learn the hula from the Salem Lutheran Church’s Hawaiian Worship Team and how to use it in worship.

Admission to Waves of Glory is included with admission to Wet ‘n Wild® Orlando. Click here for event times and more information.

2 comments May 14th, 2012

Viva La Música Heats Up SeaWorld® Orlando this Spring

Looking to warm up after the winter months? This spring’s hot and spicy Viva La Música festival will leave you feeling muy caliente. Every Saturday, April 14-May 5, SeaWorld® Orlando hosts Viva La Música, a food and music festival that showcases popular Latin artists, exquisite ethnic cuisine and more.

The festival kicks off at noon with lunch. And amigos, do we mean lunch! SeaWorld’s executive chef, Héctor Colón, has created some outstanding traditional delights from South America, Mexico and the Caribbean presented along with a variety of beverages that complement each dish. On the menu are arroz con pollo (chicken with rice), lechón (roasted pork), sweet guava pastries and much more. For those of you with a curious palate, try something new like alcapurrias (Puerto Rican meat fritters) or mofongo con carne frita (plantain balls with fried pork and stock).

After lunch, don’t miss the Latin concert series starting at 3 p.m. This year’s event features internationally renowned artists who perform merengue, salsa and Spanish pop. Here is a list of entertainers:

•  April 14: Elvis Crespo
•  April 21: Grupo Niche
•  April 28: RKM & Ken-Y
•  May 5: Gilberto Santa Rosa

SeaWorld’s Viva La Música festival is included with admission, and there is a nominal fee for food. Concert seating is available on a first come, first served basis. View additional details at Viva La Música’s official website.

Add comment April 3rd, 2012

Food and Wine Lovers Will Rejoice at Orlando’s Downtown Food and Wine Festival

How would you like to taste Tuscan cooking, sip on Valencian wine and listen to Australian music, all in one place? This weekend, March 31 and April 1, the City of Orlando hosts the Downtown Food and Wine Festival, bringing together top restaurants, celebrity chefs, live entertainment and worldly wines to captivate your senses:

  • Wine: From Napa Valley in California to the Loire Valley in France, some truly delightful wines have traveled over mountains and seas to this event for you to sample.
  • Food: Your mouth will be watering as you enjoy delectable dishes from 40 of Orlando’s top restaurants such as Cantina Laredo and Taverna Opa.
  • Demonstrations: Celebrity chefs will be showcasing scrumptious meals and taste-bud-thrilling desserts, prepared right in front of you.
  • Music: Don’t leave out your aural senses; listen to some fantastic musicians including “American Idol” winner David Cook and Australian Rockers of the Little River Band.

The Downtown Food and Wine festival will be open Saturday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and take place in Downtown Orlando around Lake Eola, on Robinson Street. Tickets cost $15 per person at the door or $10 in advance; admission for children under 12 is free. Visit the official event website for more details, including parking information and directions.

1 comment March 28th, 2012

Find your way to Raglan Road for a Real Irish “St. Patrick’s” Celebration

Whether you’re Irish or Irish at heart, gather your family and head over to Raglan Road for three days of leprechaun-approved St. Patrick’s Day fun at this pub and restaurant located in the Downtown Disney® area. Running Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17, 2012, the
St. Patrick’s Day Festival presents bands imported straight from Ireland, award-winning Celtic dancers and a variety of authentic festivities.

Here are a few highlights:

Thursday, March 15:

  • Exclusive luncheon and culinary demonstration with Irish Master Chef Kevin Dundon, who will prepare a few deliciously authentic dishes (reservations required)
  • Live music and dancing featuring a performance by Creel, a band that combines rock music with traditional Irish sounds

Friday, March 16:

  • Musical performances by Creel with special guests and Murphy’s Law & The Irish Rogues
  • Impressive shows featuring the Raglan Road Dancers

Saturday, March 17:

  • Musical performances by Creel and Murphy’s Law & The Irish Rogues
  • Raglan Road Dancers performing throughout the day
  • A concert featuring ELEVATION, “the world’s greatest U2 tribute band”
  • Dancers from the Watters School of Irish Dancing
  • St. Patrick’s Day themed face-painting, stilt walkers, and more

Choose your best shamrock-shade attire and check out Raglan Road’s official event site for celebration times and details. You can also view a video of last year’s festivities.

1 comment March 14th, 2012

Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival Is Twice the Fun this Year at SeaWorld® Orlando

What could be better than a day of rockin’ bands, thirst-quenching brews and mouthwatering BBQ? Two days of bands, brews and BBQ! This year, SeaWorld® Orlando has expanded its Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival to include both Saturdays and Sundays, each week, through March 4.

The fun starts at 11:30 a.m., just in time for lunch! Grab plenty of napkins and satisfy your craving for authentic BBQ as SeaWorld’s culinary team, along with local restaurants, dish up some delectable plates including beef jerky, ribs and a whole lot more. To all beer enthusiasts, don’t miss the expansive beer garden for the “Brew-licious Beer Sampler” that consists of nearly 50 craft brews from domestic and international breweries. 

At 4 p.m., the main concert series showcases some of your favorite artists like Sara Evans and the Doobie Brothers. The concerts take place at Bayside Stadium, and be sure to get there early because seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Here is a list of upcoming performances and festival dates:

  • Saturday, February 25: Doobie Brothers
  • Sunday, February 26: Ronnie Dunn
  • Saturday, March 3: Sara Evans
  • Sunday, March 4: Scotty McCreery

Also at the festival, check out some of Orlando’s local bands that will be performing on a side stage. For those of you who like to show off your “slide and strut moves,” a DJ will play tunes that you can line dance to.

The Bands, Brew & BBQ festival is included with park admission and takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through March 4. Click here for more information.

Add comment February 20th, 2012

Let the Good Times Roll at Universal Studios Mardi Gras!

Grab some beads, put on your favorite feathered mask and stroll over to Universal Studios Florida® for a Mardi Gras celebration only New Orleans could top! With concerts, Cajun cuisine and a parade of elaborate floats for the whole family to enjoy, Universal Studios® Mardi Gras brings the Big Easy to you!

Universal Studios® Mardi Gras hosts concerts on Saturdays and select nights through April 14. Upcoming performances include Kelly Clarkson, Boyz II Men, Big Time Rush, Hot Chelle Ray and KC & The Sunshine Band.

What Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without a parade? Your family won’t want to miss the must-see parade where they can catch handfuls of colorful beads, jive and clap to Zydeco music, watch street performers and stilt walkers and wave to the Mardi Gras king and queen. This year’s parade is themed “Blue Planet” and debuts some all-new floats. The theme for the parade explores the beauty of planet earth with floats decorated to represent the sea, rainforest, bayous & swamps and different parts of the world. Small children will enjoy the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area and KidZone Mardi Pardi Krew where they can watch a parade just for them, get lots of free beads and party with some of their favorite characters.

In between the parades and concerts, visit the French Quarter Courtyard to listen to musicians direct from New Orleans playing blues, Zydeco and more while you snack on New Orleans-style food. Sample jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, red beans & rice, andouille sausage, beignets and other Cajun favorites. Surrounded with the tastes, sights and sounds of New Orleans, you’ll feel like you’re back in the bayou.

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida® occurs Saturdays and select nights through April 14. Admission is included with park admission. Click here for a full concert schedule.

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Pottery, Puppets, Cloggers, and A Cappella? Enjoy Free Cultural Events All Month Long at ArtsFest

Looking for entertainment that doesn’t cost a dime? ArtsFest, presented by United Arts of Central Florida, celebrates local arts and culture by hosting various events in the Central Florida area during the month of February.
Feed your family’s artistic spirit or discover a new curiosity by attending one of the 302 free cultural events including theater, dance, comedy, art and exhibition galleries, workshops, storytelling and much more. Some family-friendly events located close to Kissimmee or worth the drive downtown include:

  • Osceola Arts Festival (Kissimmee): February 11 and 12, head to Valencia College and see over 150 artists from around the U.S.
  • The Storyteller (International Drive – Orlando): February 18 and 25, celebrate diversity and learn about struggles and successes of African-Americans.
  • SomeBunny Special Puppet Show (Downtown Orlando): February 21, join Miss Bunny on her forest adventure full of surprises, where kids learn that they are “SomeBunny Special” too.
  • Tree of Light (Downtown Orlando): All month, 24 hours a day, interact with the Tree of Light, a tall sculpture made from recycled materials, and discover what happens once all the lights are on.

Keep in mind that some events do require a fee for parking. Click here for more information and a detailed schedule of non-ticketed events. (Although the ticket lottery has ended, more than 260 events are non-ticketed where you can just show up and enjoy.)

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