Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns Jan 12-Feb 19, 2018

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 - February 19, 2018.

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 – February 19, 2018.

Running seven days a week, the festival will feature seminars and workshops from top Disney, local and nationally-renowned artists including classes on drawing animation, photography, the art of making topiaries, and more.

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Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Returns March 20-22, 2015

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival 2015 poster by John CarolloThe Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, and it returns to delight Central Florida art lovers the weekend of March 20-22.

Every year 225 national and international artists are selected to attend the show. Booths are set up in Central Park, and along Park Avenue, where over 350,000 visitors will enjoy the original works of art.

There will also be live entertainment throughout the festival, as well as food and drink for purchase.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is free to attend. For more information, visit wpsaf.org.

[Poster art by John Carollo]

Walt Disney World Cancels Festival of the Masters for 2014

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.

Festival of the MastersThe 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.

The Mennello Museum of American Art Presents the 12th Annual Orlando Folk Festival February 8 & 9, 2014

The 12th Annual Orlando Folk Festival returns to The Mennello Museum of American Art at Loch Haven Park, the weekend of February 8 and 9.

orlandofolkfest2014This is a celebration of art, music, and traditional crafts. Local musician/promoter Joseph Martens has booked a varied lineup of local musicians this year, including Bing Futch, Terri Binion, Drums of Umoja, The JCs Trio, JUNOSmile, and Beartoe.

Dozens of artists and artisans from around the country will feature their paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, traditional crafts and other creations and inventions during the festival.

There will also be a Kids Corner featuring interactive artistic activities, food trucks, and other vendors.

The festival is free to attend, and runs from 10am-5pm both days. Admission to the museum itself is $5 for adults and $1 for students and children ages 6-18.

For more information, visit the Orlando Folk Festival website.

Festival of the Masters Returns to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Nov. 9-11, 2012

Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels returns to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World from Nov. 9-11, 2012 for its 37th year.

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This open-air fine arts festival features nearly 150 award-winning artists, sidewalk chalk art, limited-edition fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass art, Disney collectibles, live music and more.

The Disney Artist Village tent at Pleasure Island will feature Disney character art created by masters from various Disney disciplines, including Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative design and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. At the Art of Disney, artist Dave Avanzino will create art pieces using prop-like elements and fonts based on signs and attractions found around Disney theme parks. Both locations will feature artist appearances throughout the weekend.

For the first time ever, the event will feature an Emerging Masters area, where more than 30 juried up-and-coming artists will showcase works and compete for awards.

Guests also can become part of the festival with interactive fun. Various activities presented by Michaels will be available, including “Make It Take It” crafts, a do-it-yourself fashion show, and the “Michaels Master Mural” where guests can help create a mosaic-like mural.

Other activities will include complimentary face painting and live entertainment by performers from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a chance to construct an 8-foot tall LEGO Hulk figure, domino games at Fuego by Sosa Cigars, live music at various venues, such as House of Blues and Bongos Cuban Café, and more.

Festival of the Masters takes place from 10am-5:30pm Friday and Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday. Admission is free, as is parking.

[image courtesy of Walt Disney World]

Orlando This Weekend: May 06-08, 2011

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Here’s a round-up of concerts and other events happening in the Orlando area this weekend.

Friday, May 06:

  • Arena Football: Orlando Predators vs Tampa Bay Storm at the Amway Arena – $25-$250
  • |: Kaleigh Baker

    Kaleigh Baker with guests at The Social – $10

  • Matt Butcher & The Revolvers with guests at BackBooth – $7
  • Epcot Flower & Garden featuring Davy Jones at Walt Disney World – Free with Park Admission
  • Forever Silenced with guests at The Haven in Winter Park – Free
  • Grand Opening Celebration at Funky Monkey Vault – Free
  • Hayfire at The Barn in Sanford – $5
  • Leading Ladies at Theatre Downtown – $20
  • Bobby Lee at the Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $20
  • The Mommies – A Musical Blog at Plaza Live – $36
  • Orlando Cabaret Festival at Mad Cow Theater – $12-$20
  • The Radio Jones at The Garage in Sanford – Free
  • Sleepy Vikings (CD release) with guests at Will’s Pub -$6
  • Vilifi at Little Fish Big Pond in Sanford – Free
  • Xanadu: The Musical at The Pointe Performing Arts Center at Pointe Orlando – $20/$35 with dinner

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Orlando This Weekend: April 01-03, 2011

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Here’s a round-up of concerts and other events happening in the Orlando area this weekend.

Friday, April 01:

  • Brevard County Fair at Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne – $12
  • Circle Mirror Transformation at Mad Cow Theater – $27
  • Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets (CD Release show) with guests at The Social – $10
  • Dominique at the Orlando Improv – $23
  • Epcot Flower & Garden Festival featuring Starship w/ Mickey Thomas at Walt Disney World – Free with Park Admission
  • FedEx Music Series: Adam Ezra Group and Jonnie Morgan Band at Wall St. Plaza – Free
  • |: The 5 Browns

    The 5 Browns at Plaza Theatre Live – $40-$50

  • Freud’s Last Session at Mad Cow Theater – $24
  • Iced Down at The Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • International G.I.Joe Convention 2011 at The Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort – $12 adults/$8 kids
  • Jason Jones at The Barn in Sanford – Free
  • Livewire feat. Beeb & Her Money Makers, Soul Insanity & The Family Gang at Hard Rock Live – Free
  • Local Band Showcase feat. Savannah, Lily & The Tigers & more at the BackBooth – $5
  • Mardi Gras feat. Sean Kingston at Universal Orlando – Free with Park Admission
  • Seminole County Fair at Seminole Town Center in Sanford – Free admission/$15 all-you-can-ride daily arm bands
  • Shockwave Sound with NYC at McRaney’s Tavern – $5
  • SMB Project with guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $5
  • Eugene Snowden & Liberation 44 at Little Fish Huge Pond in Sanford – $3
  • Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo at Lakeland Regional Airport – $25 FL residents/$35 non-FL residents

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Orlando This Weekend: Nov 19-21, 2010

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some suggestions:

November 19:

  • The Ataris at Backbooth – $10
  • Florida Classic Battle of the Bands at the Amway Center – $15-$25
  • Light Up UCF at University of Central Florida – Free; Skating additional
  • Jim Lauderdale at The Plaza Theatre- $10-$20
  • Dax Riggs at The Social – $10
  • Talking with Gods documentary screening at The Geek Easy – $5 members/$8 non-members
  • Tiesto at UCF Arena – $50
  • Warrant at The Garage Bar in Sanford – $15

November 20:

  • 13th Annual Florida Classic After Party w/ Doug E Fresh at House of Blues – $40-$55
  • Afterglow Radio at The Haven in Winter Park – Free
  • Art of the Highwaymen Weekend (meet the artists) at the Orange County Regional History Center – $9 / $15 weekend pass
  • Audubon Park Beer Festival in Audubon Park – $25 advance / $30 day of + canned food for donation
  • Before You Exit (CD Release Party) at Backbooth – $8
  • DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts in DeLand – Free
  • Earthbound Misfits presents the Music of Pink Floyd at The Plaza Theatre- $17.50
  • Feile Irish Fest at Blue Jacket Park – $10 advance/$15 at gate
  • Florida Classic Football at Citrus Bowl – $10-$200
  • Elton John and Leon Russell at Daytona Ocean Center – $45-$135
  • Light Up UCF at University of Central Florida – Free; Skating additional
  • Tyrone Wells at The Social – $13
  • Winter Park Harvest Festival in Winter Park – Free

November 21:

  • Art of the Highwaymen Weekend (meet the artists) at the Orange County Regional History Center – $9 / $15 weekend pass
  • DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts in DeLand – Free
  • Gallagher at The Plaza Theatre – $30-$45
  • Elton John and Leon Russell at Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena – $45-$135
  • Light Up UCF at University of Central Florida – Free; Skating additional
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