A guide to summer events in Orlando

Fairs, festivals, films and more


MAY 31, JUNE 1, 7, 8, 14, 15

Star Wars Weekends
Star Wars characters and celebrities take over Hollywood Studios. Saturdays and Sundays through June; Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, 351 S Studio Drive, Lake Buena Vista; price of admission; waltdisneyworld.com

JUNE 3-9

Gay Days
The gayest and most fabulous party of the summer. Pool parties, circuit parties, park parties … it’s just a giant fucking party. See page 47 for Gay Days events listings. Tuesday-Monday; Multiple locations. Host Hotel – Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive;
407-896-8431; gaydays.com

JUNE 3 - SEPT. 9

Tasty Tuesdays
Food trucks flock to the Milk District neighborhood to feed the hordes of hungry who make this weekly event a don’t-miss street party. 6:30 p.m.; 2424 E. Robinson St., facebook.com/TastyTuesdaysOrlando

JUNE 4, JULY 2, AUG. 6

Wine Art Wednesdays
Wine tasting, art displays, food trucks and shopping. 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, downtown Lake Mary, 136 N. Fourth St., Lake Mary; free; 407-486-8478

JUNE 6-7

133rd Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions
Top rodeo professionals compete in bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and tons more. 7:30 p.m., Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee; $15; silverspursrodeo.com

JUNE 6, JULY 11, AUG. 1

CFAM First Friday
Monthly art event with refreshments, artist talks and rotating programming. 4 p.m. Friday; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2526; rollins.edu/cfam


Baldwin Park First Friday Festival and Art Stroll
Drink your way through the local shops while checking out local artists and restaurants. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays; New Broad St., Baldwin Park; free; 407-923-3849; facebook.com/baldwinparkfirstfridayfestival


Schools Out Summer Fest
Kick off the summer season with two sound stages, DJs, dance competitions, foam pits, water slides and obstacle courses. 10 a.m.; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Dr.; 407-295-3247; festivalnet.com

Get Lei’d Luau Pub Crawl
Wear your coconut bra, grass skirt and flip-flops to this annual pub crawl. Start at WaiTiki on Wall Street Plaza and end up at Latitudes by the end of the night. Meet at 8 p.m.; WaiTiki, 26 Wall St.; $15 ($20 at the door); orlandopubcrawl.com

Universal Mardi Gras: Robin Thicke
9 p.m.; French Quarter Courtyard, Universal Studios; price of admission; universalorlando.com

JUNE 7, JULY 5, AUG. 2, SEPT. 6

TheDailyCity.com’s Food Truck Bazaar
A popular monthly food-truck roundup. 6 p.m.; 265 N. Palmetto Ave., Sanford; thefoodtruckbazaar.com

JUNE 8, JULY 13, AUG. 10, SEPT. 14

TheDailyCity.com’s Food Truck Bazaar
A popular monthly food-truck roundup. 6 p.m.; Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, thefoodtruckbazaar.com


Peace Through Your Eyes
Global Peace Film Festival and Out in the Open present this storytelling-with-a-twist event, which includes brunch, a screening of a film about a local young woman who worked to end bullying of gay and lesbian students in Leesburg and a theatrical performance. 12 p.m., The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; 407-704-6103; $30 with brunch, $20 for movie and play only; abbeyorlando.com

JUNE 12, JULY 10, AUG. 7

Thornton Second Thursday Wine and Art Walk
More than 1,000 people flock every month to Thornton Park to drink and browse their way through one of Orlando’s most walkable downtown neighborhoods for this monthly event. See art, sample the food, shop and enjoy a glass of wine at participating businesses. 6:30 p.m., Thursdays; Thornton Park, Downtown Orlando; $10 for a glass, a stamp and a map of participating locations; thorntonparkdistrict.com

JUNE 12, JULY 10, AUG. 7

Alive After 5
Touted as Central Florida’s longest recurring street festival, this monthly Sanford event takes over downtown’s First Street, with food and drink samples from over 50 vendors, live music and art. Check the schedule for seasonal themes. 5 p.m.; 230 E. First St., Sanford; 407-302-2586; $7; sanfordwelcomecenter.com


Third Annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival
Caribbean-American Association of Lake County hosts this fest, which features a jerk cook-off, live reggae and steel-drum music, Afro-Caribbean dancers, vendors and more. 11 a.m.; Waterfront Park, 100 Third St., Clermont; $5; caalc.org

Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular
A reimagining of the 40-year-old musical into a modern arena-rock show, featuring Incubus’ lead vocalist Brandon Boyd as Judas, ‘N Sync vocalist JC Chasez as Pontius Pilate, Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, Superstar winner Ben Forster as Jesus.
8 p.m.; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; 407-440-7000; $34-$149.50; amwaycenter.com

JUNE 19, JULY 17, AUG. 21

Third Thursday Art Hop
Downtown Orlando’s Art District hosts this monthly art gallery hop through multiple arts venues like CityArts Factory, Gallery at Avalon Island and NV Art Bar. 6-9 p.m. Thursdays; CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; 407-648-7060; cityartsfactory.com


Central Florida International Reggae Festival
Featuring local and international artists like Jahnesta, Khalilah Rose, Aima Moses, Natural Vibes, Lady Juice, Singa Vytal, Anagogi and more. 10 a.m.; Orlando Festival Park, 2106 E. Robinson St.; $15; facebook.com/cflreggaefest

Night Hike at the Zoo
Experience the sights and sounds of the zoo at night, with up-close encounters with animals by flashlight. 7:30 p.m.; Central Florida Zoo, 3755 NW Highway 17-92, Sanford; 407-323-4450; $20; centralfloridazoo.org

This annual event at everyone’s favorite downtown party spot features 20 different types of rum, rum-laden drinks and three hours of unlimited sampling and live music. 5-9 p.m.; Wall Street Plaza, 26 Wall St.; $25; wallstplaza.net

JUNE 20-22

Lakeridge Winery 24th Annual Harvest Festival
Annual stomping of the grapes, more than 80 local artists and crafters and live music are part of this popular annual event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Lakeridge Winery, 19239 N. US 27, Clermont; 800-768-9463; $2; lakeridgewinery.com

JUNE 26, JULY 24, AUG. 28

TheDailyCity.com’s Food Truck Bazaar
A popular monthly food-truck roundup. 6 p.m.; 12350 Narcoosee Road; thefoodtruckbazaar.com


The Voice Tour
With Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Dia Frampton, Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington, Jake Barker and Josh Kaufman. 7:30 p.m.; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; 407-849-2577; $33-$63; nbc.com/thevoice


Bastille Day
Join the Audubon Park Garden District in celebrating all things French. Food trucks, baguette fencing, Marie Antoinette signing autographs, guillotine photo op, open air market and much more. 5-10 p.m.; 1603 Winter Park Road, Audubon Park Garden District; free-$30; apgardens.com

Crazy ’80s Pub Crawl
Dress like your favorite new-wave band and enjoy drink specials at tons of downtown bars, including Independent Bar, Dive Bar, Chillers, Eye Spy and more. This is an insanely popular pub crawl, now in its ninth year. Meet at Wall Street Plaza, Wall Street; $15 ($20 day of event); orlandpubcrawl.com

Blue Def Velocity Tour: Professional Bull Riding
The best bull riders from around the world face off to see who can last eight seconds with the most style and grace. 7 p.m.; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; $15-$75; 407-440-7000; amwaycenter.com

JULY 25-27

Anime Festival Orlando
This “otaku-friendly” convention is now in its 15th year. It celebrates the best in anime and Japanese culture, with intriguing panel discussiong and special guests Troy Baker and Kari Wahlgren (more to be announced). Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive; $50;


Splash ’n Dash Fun Run
The Orlando Sport and Social Club sponsors this crazy race around Lake Baldwin Trail, in which runners compete for fun and encounter watery challenges, like spectators armed with Super-Soakers, people throwing water balloons and slip-and-slides along the way. The race will be followed by a water war after-party. You can bring your own water-guns to add to the fun, but your admission fee includes one squirt gun. 10 a.m.; Baldwin Park; $35 in advance, $50 at the door; orlandosportandsocialclub.com

JULY 26-27

Mascot Games
More than 30 mascots from professional sports teams spanning MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and the Arena Football League from across the country compete gladiator-style for our amusement. This is
a fundraiser for New Hope for Kids. 12:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; 407-440-7000; $12; amwaycenter.com


Vans Warped Tour
With a great lineup of bands, this tour is not to be missed. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $28-$38; vanswarpedtour.com

AUG. 9

Big Bang Bazaar
Get out of the sun and browse more than 100 indie crafts, artists’ works and vintage vendors who pack this super-popular Maitland bazaar. 11 a.m.; Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; 386-624-1215; $5; bigbangbazaar.net

AUG. 16

Black Tie on the Wild Side
Party like a crocstar – get it? – at this Central Florida Zoo benefit. Live animal encounters, an auction, dancing and music. Black tie not necessary. 6 p.m., Central Florida Zoo, 3755 N.W. Highway 17-92, Sanford; 407-323-4450; $150; centralfloridazoo.org

AUG. 23

The Amazing Mind Race
Teams of two or four solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and use social media to meet challenges at various locations around downtown Orlando. Followed by awards celebration. 10 a.m.; meet at Wall Street Plaza, Wall Street; $35 (fee rises to $60 as date gets closer); orlandopubcrawl.com

AUG. 29-31

Gulf Coast Jam
Party on the beach while you listen to some musicians like Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley; Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City; $89-$189; gulfcoastjam.com


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