2017 Florida Strawberry Festival Announces Headliner Entertainment

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival Information

The Florida Strawberry Festival returns March 2-12, 2017, and after the strawberries, the concerts are a huge draw for attendees.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, the festival has announced its headliner line-up for 2017, and these are concerts you can enjoy (each act is a separate show).

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Orlando and Central Florida

Looking for a place to celebrate the end of 2014 and the arrival of the new year? Then check out this list of options to ring in 2015 here in Orlando.

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Orlando

From the theme parks to massive parties to low key celebrations to family events, here are our picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Orlando area. Some are even free:

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating New Year’s Eve 2014 in Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating New Year's Eve 2014 in Orlando

Looking for a place to celebrate the end of 2014 and the arrival of the new year? Then check out this list of options to ring in 2015 here in Orlando.

From the theme parks to massive parties to low key celebrations to family events, here are our picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Orlando area. Some are even free:

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American Q – New Year’s Eve Dinner
Cost: $60
Enjoy a 4-course dinner from 5pm-midnight, with a champagne toast at midnight. Visit americanq.com for more information.

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Amway Center – Billy Joel
Cost: $49.50 – $150
End 2014 in concert with the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. This performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance in Orlando since 2007. Visit amwaycenter.com for more information.

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Church Street Bars – New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street
Cost: $25 – $99
Orlando’s biggest street party plus entry to Chillers, Big Belly, and Latitudes. Packages range from entry only to unlimited drinks. 21 and over only. For more information, visit churchstreetbars.com.

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Dave and Busters – NYE Family Fun Celebration
Cost: $27.99 – $34.99
Celebrating with the whole family can be fun with this special event that runs from 5-8pm. There are two packages that include appetizer buffet, unlimited soft drinks, a Power Card for game play and more. For more information, visit daveandbusters.com.
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Summer Nights Returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Through August 17, 2014

The thrills come out at night for park guests at Busch Gardens Tampa, during their annual Summer Nights promotion, now through August 17

Busch Gardens TampaDuring Summer Nights, you can enjoy a different park experience when you ride all of the coasters after dark. Kinetix® also returns for a rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics every Sunday through Friday night on the Gwazi® Park stage, with nightly fireworks.

On Saturday nights, there will be concerts by a headlining national act. Here is the schedule:

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Universal Launches Mardi Gras 2014 With Star-Studded Musical Lineup Starting February 8

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Resort comes alive this spring with its annual Mardi Gras celebration, featuring 20 nights of concerts from the biggest names in music, starting February 8, 2014.

On select nights through May 31, guests will experience a “N’awlins”-inspired, family-friendly version of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida. There will be Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands, and an evening parade, all capped off with a concert by a headlining act. All rides will be operational, too.

Several dates are yet to be filled, but here is the current list of headliners:

  • Saturday, February 8: Daughtry
  • Saturday, February 15: Barenaked Ladies
  • Sunday, February 16: Thomas Rhett
  • Saturday, February 22: Robin Thicke
  • Saturday, March 1: Collective Soul
  • Saturday, March 8: Prince Royce
  • Friday, March 14: Cody Simpson
  • Saturday, March 15: Foreigner
  • Friday, March 21: A Great Big World
  • Saturday, March 22: Gavin DeGraw
  • Friday, March 28: Kelly Rowland
  • Saturday, March 29: Weezer
  • Saturday, April 5: Skillet
  • Saturday, April 12: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Saturday, April 19: Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, April 26: Mardi Gras is not scheduled for this evening
  • Saturday, May 3: Nelly
  • Saturday, May 10: The Wanted
  • Saturday, May 17: The Roots
  • Saturday, May 24: Cher Lloyd
  • Saturday, May 31: Huey Lewis and the News

Universal Mardi Gras is included with regular admission, and annual passes. There is also a special Florida Resident Mardi Gras ticket for $69.99, that is good for admission after 5pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

Universal Orlando Announces 2013 Mardi Gras Headliner Entertainment Line-up

One of the most popular annual events at Universal Orlando‘s theme parks is their Mardi Gras celebration.

This year’s event runs on select nights from February 9 through April 20, 2013. In addition to the normal theme park attractions, guests will get to enjoy a nightly parade, authentic New Orleans musicians, Cajun cuisine and live concerts by high-profile artists.

UO just released the line-up for the 2013 headliners, and it includes a really good cross-section of music genres.

Here is the list:

  • Saturday, February 9 – Lifehouse
  • Saturday, February 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • Sunday, February 17 – Boys Like Girls
  • Saturday, February 23 – Trey Songz
  • Saturday, March 2 – Demi Lovato
  • Saturday, March 9 – Montgomery Gentry
  • Friday, March 15 – Sean Kingston
  • Saturday, March 16 – Matchbox Twenty
  • Friday, March 22 – Austin Mahone
  • Saturday, March 23 – Phillip Phillips
  • Saturday, March 30 – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
  • Saturday, April 6 – Kool & the Gang
  • Saturday, April 13 – Pitbull
  • Saturday, April 20 – The All-American Rejects

This line-up is subject to last minute changes. But as of right now, this is what you can expect for this year’s Mardi Gras headliners.

Mardi Gras is included with regular admission to Universal Studios, including tickets and annual passes.

For more information, or to buy admission tickets, visit universalorlando.com.

Orlando This Weekend: November 25-27, 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, November 25:

  • 2012 Central Florida Auto Show at Orange County Convention Center – $9 adults/$5 military, senior citizens/$3 kids age 3-12
  • CIA at Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • ...|: Mira Sorvino

    Britt Daley (EP release party) w/guests at BackBooth – $7

  • Candlelight Processional feat. Mira Sorvino at Epcot at Walt Disney World – Free with park admission
  • Harbor Nights – Holiday Edition at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando – $35 advance/$45 at door
  • The Legendary JC’s at The Social – $10
  • The Ludes w/guests at Will’s Pub – $5
  • Don Omar w/guests at House of Blues – $52
  • Raw Dawg Comedy presents Kevin James and Steve Lazlow at Route 46 in Sanford – $10
  • Sanford Art Walk in downtown Sanford – Free

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Orlando This Weekend: November 18-20, 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, November 18:

  • 14th Annual Classic Greek Step Show at Bob Carr P.A.C. – $15-$25
  • 15th Annual Jingle Eve in Ivanhoe Village – Free
  • Alesana w/guests at Firestone Live – $18
  • Avalon Jubilee Fall Carnival at Tanja King Memorial Park at Avalon Park – Free (rides/food extra)
  • ...|: Josh Turner

    Boom Chick at McRaney’s Tavern – $5

  • Burning Fair Verona w/guests at The Haven in Winter Park – Free
  • Cephalic w/guests at BackBooth – $8
  • Flicks on the Bricks feat. “Little Giants” in downtown Kissimmee – Free
  • Florida Classic Battle of the Bands at the Amway Center – $15-$27
  • Jim O’Rourke and The Rugs w/guests at Will’s Pub – $7
  • Kings County at Kitty O’Sheas in Lake Buena Vista – Free
  • Last Damn Show 13 feat Drake, Public Enemy and more at the St Pete Times Forum in Tampa – $25-$175
  • Light Up UCF 2011 feat. “Elf” at Knight’s Plaza at UCF Arena – Free
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – $62.95 adult/$57.95 age 3-9
  • Movie Under the Stars feat. “Zookeeper” at Town Park in Avalon Park – Free
  • Papa Grows Funk at Plaza Live – $15-$18
  • Bob Saget at Hard Rock Live – $35-$45
  • Sixty Watt Sun at Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • Southern Culture on the Skids w/guests at The Social – $15
  • Southern Pinball Festival at the Maitland Civic Center in Maitland -$15 adult (13 and older)/$5 children 12 and under/$35 3-day weekend pass
  • Josh Turner w/guest at House of Blues – $44

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Orlando Event Highlights – Week of November 14-17, 2011

Who says all the fun stuff to do happens on the weekends? In Orlando there’s plenty of stuff to do all week long.

Check out these concerts and events:

Monday, November 14:

  • ...|: Former President Bill Clinton

    Author Event: Former President Bill Clinton signing (8pm) at Barnes & Noble (E. Colonial) – Free

  • DailyCity.com Food Truck College Park Pod at Alchemy – Free (food extra)
  • Food Truck Crave feat. live entertainment from Emily Kopp and Chris Burns at Plaza Live – Free (food extra)
  • Hellbender w/guests at Will’s Pub – $6
  • Impact Wrestling at Universal Orlando – Free (no park admission required)
  • Low Dough Mondays presents Rocksteady Soundsystem at Will’s Pub- Free
  • Miller Music Mondays w/Jeff White at WaiTiki at the Wall Street Plaza – Free

Tuesday, November 15:

  • AP Tour feat. Four Year Strong w/guests at The Beacham – $18
  • CFL Blogger Tweet Up at Amigos Waterford Lakes – Free
  • ...|: Impact Wrestling

    Diverse Word Poetry Night at Dandelion Communitea Cafe – Free

  • Impact Wrestling at Universal Orlando – Free (no park admission required)
  • Korndogg’s Rock Band Karaoke at One Eyed Jacks at Wall St Plaza – Free
  • Sondre Lerche w/Peter Wolf Crier at The Social – $17
  • Maitland Food Truck Pod at Lake Lilly in Maitland – Free/Food extra
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – $56.95 adult/$51.95 age 3-9
  • The Protomen w/guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $12
  • Josh Ritter w/guest at Plaza Live – $18
  • Rockstar Karaoke w/the Leonard Brothers at Blue Martini at Mall at Millenia – Free
  • Taco Tuesday at Wall St. Cantina – Free w/$2 food & drink specials

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Orlando This Weekend: November 11-13, 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, November 11:

  • 21st Annual Holiday Open House at Lakeridge Winery in Clermont – Free
  • Afterglow Radio at Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando – $5
  • “Altar Boyz” at The Abbey in downtown Orlando – $21
  • Bender at Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • Benise at Plaza Live – $27.50-$85.50
  • Classic Albums Live: The Beatles “White Album” at Hard Rock Live – $15-$30
    ...|: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • The David Crowder Band at House of Blues – $25
  • “Driving Miss Daisy” at Pointe Orlando P.A.C. – $20/$35 with dinner
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival feat. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Walt Disney World – Free with park admission (food & drink extra)
  • Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World – Free
  • 5 Billion Dead w/guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $6
  • Light Up UCF 2011 opening night feat. “Home Alone” at Knight’s Plaza at UCF Arena – Free
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – $56.95 adult/$51.95 age 3-9
  • Ryan Montbleau Band w/guests at BackBooth – $12
  • Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge at Firestone Live – $25
  • Not Just A Walk In The Dark! Downtown Orlando Ghost Tour at Orange County Regional History Center – $15-$30
  • Orlando Calling Launch Party at Wall St Plaza – $5
  • Servando y Florentino at Plaza Live – $35-$65
  • Volusia County Fair feat. Craig Campbell in Deland – $8 adults/$5 ages 6-12 (ride bracelets additional)
  • Worlds Within Us w/guests at Will’s Pub – $5

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Orlando This Weekend: November 04-06, 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, November 04:

  • 1st Friday Arts Stroll in Ivanhoe Village – Free
  • 1, 4, 5’s w/guests at Will’s Pub – $5
  • “Altar Boyz” at The Abbey in downtown Orlando – $21
  • Author Event: David McCullough (8pm) at Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College in Winter Park – Free
  • ...|: Chris Cornell

    Broadway Across America presents “The Addams Family” at Bob Carr P.A.C. – $35.50$75.50

  • Chris Cornell at Hard Rock Live – $37-$82
  • Daddy Long Legs w/guests at McRaney’s Tavern – $5
  • Date Night feat. “Sherlock Holmes” at Harry P. Leu Gardens – $5 adult non-members/$2 children/Free adult members
  • “Driving Miss Daisy” at Pointe Orlando P.A.C. – $20/$35 with dinner
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival feat. Night Ranger at Walt Disney World – Free with park admission (food & drink extra)
  • Florida Metal Showcase V at Firestone Live – $10
  • “God of Carnage” at Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $26-$38
  • Iced Down at Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • J. Medicine Hat at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $19
  • Lady of the Lake Renaissance Faire in Tavares – $13 adults/$7 children
  • Yngwie Malmsteen w/guests at House of Blues – $27
  • Murphy Project (CD Release) w/guests at The Social – $8
  • Pinkberry Grand Opening at The Mall at Millenia – Free (food/drink extra)
  • Robotic Pirate Monkey w/guests at BackBooth – $15
  • Ryan Star w/guest at Plaza Live! – $12
  • Volusia County Fair in Deland – $8 adults/$5 ages 6-12 (ride bracelets additional)
  • Wednesday 13 w/guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $15

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Orlando Event Highlights – Week of October 31 – November 03, 2011

Who says all the fun stuff to do happens on the weekends? In Orlando there’s plenty of stuff to do all week long.

Check out these concerts and events:

Monday, October 31:

  • Brandt Brauer Frick w/guests at Plaza Live! – $12
  • ...|: Hanson
    Chimaira w/guests at Firestone Live – $18
  • DailyCity.com Food Truck College Park Pod at Alchemy – Free (food extra)
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival feat. Hanson at Walt Disney World – Free with park admission (food & drink extra)
  • Halloween Horror Nights XXI at Universal Studios – $81.99 single night/$41.99-$66.99 single night with Coke or Burger King FL resident coupon/$69.99-$219.99 multi-night passes
  • Haunted Swamp Walk of Terror at Enzian Theater in Maitland – $10 advance/$15 day of/$25 VIP
  • Low Dough Mondays presents Rocksteady Soundsystem at Will’s Pub- Free
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – $53.95-$67.95
  • Miller Music Mondays w/Jeff White at WaiTiki at the Wall Street Plaza – Free
  • An Old Town Halloween at Old Town in Kissimmee – Free
  • Kevin Seconds w/guests at McRaney’s Tavern – $10
  • Butch Walker and The Black Widows w/guests at The Social – $17

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Orlando This Weekend: October 28-30, 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, October 28:

  • “Altar Boyz” at The Abbey in downtown Orlando – $21
  • Astronautalis w/guests at Firestone Live – $5
  • Born From Ashes w/guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $5
  • ...|: Colbie Callait

    Colbie Caillat w/guests at House of Blues – $28

  • Mark Curry at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $23
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival feat. Gin Blossoms at Walt Disney World – Free with park admission (food & drink extra)
  • Flicks on the Bricks feat. “Monsters, Inc” at Toho Square in downtown Kissimmee – Free
  • Ghost Stories at Harry P. Leu Gardens – $10 adult non-members/$5 adult members and children
  • “God of Carnage” at Lowndes Shakespeare Center – $26-$38
  • Guns n’ Roses at Amway Center – $45
  • Halloween Horror Nights XXI at Universal Studios – $81.99 single night/$41.99-$66.99 single night with Coke or Burger King FL resident coupon/$69.99-$219.99 multi-night passes
  • Haunted Swamp Walk of Terror at Enzian Theater in Maitland – $10 advance/$15 day of/$25 VIP
  • Lionize w/guests at Will’s Pub – $10
  • “Little Shop of Horrors” at Garden Theatre in Winter Garden – $22-$26
  • Locos Por Juana w/guests at The Social – $5
  • Beth McKee (CD release) at Plaza Live! – $15
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – $53.95-$67.95
  • Movie Under the Stars feat. “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at Avalon Park downtown – Free
  • My Generation at Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • An Old Town Halloween at Old Town in Kissimmee – Free
  • Raw Dawg Comedy presents Frankie Paul w/guests at Route 46 in Sanford – $10
  • SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando – Free with park admission
  • Gloria Steinem at Alfond Sports Center at Rollins College in Winter Park – Free
  • Vulcan Events presents Away Mission: Orlando feat. Patrick Stewart and Jewel Staite – $20-$45 daily /$69-$89 weekend pass
  • Yelp Free Day at Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park – Free (just mention Yelp)

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Orlando Event Highlights – Week of October 24-27, 2011

Who says all the fun stuff to do happens on the weekends? In Orlando there’s plenty of stuff to do all week long.

Check out these concerts and events:

Monday, October 24:

  • ...|: Boyz II Men

    DailyCity.com Food Truck College Park Pod at Alchemy – Free (food extra)

  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival feat. Boyz II Men at Walt Disney World – Free with park admission (food & drink extra)
  • Miller Music Mondays w/Jeff White at WaiTiki at the Wall Street Plaza – Free
  • Shannon and the Clams w/guests at Will’s Pub – $7
  • The Toasters w/guests at The Social – $14

Tuesday, October 25:

  • Deas Vail at McRaney’s Tavern – $10
  • Dissident Aggressor w/guests at Will’s Pub – $6
  • Diverse Word Poetry Night at Dandelion Communitea Cafe – Free
  • EP3 w/guests at BackBooth – $10
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival feat. Boyz II Men at Walt Disney World – Free with park admission (food & drink extra)
  • Korndogg’s Rock Band Karaoke at One Eyed Jacks at Wall St Plaza – Free
  • Maitland Food Truck Pod at Lake Lilly in Maitland – Free/Food extra
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – $53.95-$67.95
  • Orlando aLive at The Social – $5
  • Rockstar Karaoke w/the Leonard Brothers at Blue Martini at Mall at Millenia – Free
  • Taco Tuesday at Wall St. Cantina – Free w/$2 food & drink specials
  • Yelp Free Tour Day at Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park- Free (just mention Yelp)

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