Educator Appreciation Days returns to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, offering free admission to Florida K-12 School Employees from September 2 to October 19.
Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible for free admission by showing a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction. Additionally, up to five guests can get 50% off their admission, as long as they are accompanied by the educator.
This offer is available at all Ripley attractions in Orlando, Panama City Beach, St. Augustine and Key West.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11pm). Tickets are regularly $19.99 per adult, though they are discounted if purchased online. There is also free parking.
For more information, please visit ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.
If you’ve been thinking about enjoying some Shake Shack for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, these special offerings may convince you to go.
- Shack Corn Dogs – A Vienna all-beef hot dog dipped in Shack-made corn batter, cooked golden brown and served with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish for $4.50
- Peach Pie Oh My Concrete – A vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of delicious Shack-made peach pie. Single: $4.25/Double: $6.50
The Labor Day Weekend also marks your last chance to enjoy a pint of Shack X IPA, a special edition collaborative beer brewed by longtime partner Brooklyn Brewery. $5.25 will get you a 16oz glass.
Shake Shack is located at 119 N. Orlando Ave in Winter Park. For more information, visit shakeshack.com or read our review.
Do you love Monster Trucks? Then you’ll want to get tickets to the 2015 Monster Jam when it returns to the newly rebuilt Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Saturday, January 24.
Monster Jam is one of Orlando’s most popular and largest, annual single-day stadium events, attracting capacity crowds of over 60,000 fans, so I highly recomment you get your tickets as soon as possible to avoid a sell-out.
Tickets are $15. $20 (Endzone seating), $25 (Corners seating), $35 (Gold Sideline seating), and $45 (Platinum seating), and go on sale August 27 at 10am. Buy tickets at Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.
For more information, visit MonsterJam.com.
One of my favorite annual events at Walt Disney World is the Festival of the Masters, held in the fall, so I’m sad to report that the event will not be held this year.
The reasoning given by the theme park is that with all the construction going on coverting Downtown Disney, where the festival is held, to Disney Springs, much of the area that hosts the arts festival will be unavailable.
While I can understand this, surely Disney could’ve accommodated the event elsewhere, such as the Epcot resort area, with the Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club stepping in for Downtown Disney.
Disney Springs construction is set to continue until 2016, so there’s a possibility the Festivals of the Masters won’t take place again until then. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for cool art festivals in the Orlando area this fall, The 41st Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival will take place October 11-12 at Central Park in downtown Winter Park.
This year’s event runs August 29 through September 1, and includes all things Irish – food, music, dance, and drink. Best of all, it’s free to attend.
Among the bands scheduled over the 4 day Irish festival are Scythian (with a new album), Drops of Green, The Raglan Rebels, The Brayzen Heads, and The West Coast Trio.
The weekend will also feature renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack, of the original Riverdance cast, with “From Roots to Riverdance.” Guest participation is encouraged. The Raglan Road Dancers will be performing all weekend, too.
Raglan Road’s food and drink menus will be available the entire weekend, and they will also offer Celtic face painting from noon until 10pm Saturday through Monday.
For more information, or to make a dining reservation, visit RaglanRoad.com.
The Brink Lounge in downtown Orlando will host the grand opening of “Collective Culture,” a new local music showcase, on August 28 at 8pm.
This weekly showcase will celebrate Central Florida’s most talented local musicians, lyricists, and other artists. The opening night artists are Everyday I, Hadley’s Hope, Shout London, and The Cold Start.
Admission is $10 at the door, and there are $2 drinks until 9pm. 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. There is lit and secure parking for $6 behind the venue.
The Brink Lounge is located at 47 Amelia St, and is part of the Firestone Live Entertainment Complex. For more info, visit brinkorlando.com.
Earlier this week, we were invited to join other area bloggers to witness the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at the Rosen Centre.
The event started with a soiree in the newly re-christened Sam and Bubbe’s, named after founder Harris Rosen’s maternal grandparents, Sam and Rose “Bubbe” Rosenhaus. In addition to drinks, this lounge located near the lobby also offers light bites.
We then moved out to the pool area, and after a few introductions, Harris Rosen himself took over and regaled us all with stories of his upbringing, including those of Sam and Bubbe, along with his paternal grandfather Harry Rosenofsky. Harry was another immigrant who settled in NYC’s Lower Eastside, and he is the namesake of the new poolside venue.
That’s only $9.99 (plus tax) for every Florida resident, regardless of age. That’s a saving of $15 off the regular adult rate! Adults must have a valid Florida I.D.
Florida residents will also be allowed to apply the cost of their admission towards the purchase of an annual pass with extended benefits that include 30% admission discounts for accompanying guests, 50% off the Adventure Hour, 20% off Rookie Wrestling Experience & in-park photography stations, 20% off Gift Shop purchases and 10% off food & beverages within the park.
Fans going to see Umphrey’s McGee at the House of Blues Orlando on August 30, would do well to get there early to see the openers, South Florida’s The Heavy Pets.
To call this quintet a “jam band” doesn’t quite do justice to their sound, which takes a classic rock sound and mixes in jazz, funk, R&B, reggae, and more. They’ve been called “a living, breathing force of nature” by Relix Magazine, and their live performances have gotten them raves at festivals ranging from Bonnaroo to AURA.
The Heavy Pets have recently released the latest in their EP series, Rags and Aces, and its three songs sound great, but are quite different from each other. “Movie Star” is a light summery reggae-influenced pop tune. “Dewpoint” is a jazzy little funk number that segues into disco territory. “Chew” wraps up the release with an indie rock ode to long nights of indulgence. The EP is available to stream and purchase at http://bit.ly/THPRagsAces.
For more information on the band, visit TheHeavyPets.com.
As part of its annual National Park Service Birthday celebration, the US Park Service is waiving entry fees to all national parks, including those in Florida, August 25,2014.
- Canavaral National Seashore and Wildlife Refuge on the Space Coast between Titusville and New Smyrna Beach
- Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine
- De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton
- Fort Caroline at the Timucuan Preserve in Jacksonville
- Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine
- Timucuan Ecological Preserve in Jacksonville
Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise
For a list of the national parks waiving their fees, visit nps.gov.
The Orlando Science Center is fun for the whole family, but it’s an even better deal when admission is only $5 per person, like it will be on Sunday, August 24.
Walmart $5 Day makes it possible for the Central Florida community to visit the Orlando Science Center, and inspire science learning for life at a significant discount. Admission to the Science Center is cut down from the original $19.00 for adults and $13.00 for children (ages 3-12) to $5.00 for one day only.
Guests will be able to enjoy all of the exhibits, live programs and giant-screen films OSC offers. This amazing opportunity is made possible by the charitable contribution of the Walmart Foundation.
Parking is available in the Orlando Science Center Parking Garage located directly across the street from the Science Center for $5 per vehicle. Hours are 10am to 5pm.
For more information, visit OSC.org.
Since the early 70s, Hayward has helped the band chart hit after hit, including their signature song, “Nights in White Satin.” He has also released several solo projects and worked with other artists.
Billed as “An Intimate Evening with Justin Hayward,” tickets for this show range from $36.75-$56.75, and go on sale today, August 22. This show is all ages.
The Plaza LIVE! is located at 425 N. Bumby Ave. For more information, visit plazaliveorlando.com.