Experience the Asian Cultural Expo and Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival October 18, 2014

 Asian Cultural Expo Orlando

Experience the wonders of Asian culture and the thrill of Dragon Boat racing at Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake on October 18.

The Asian Cultural Expo runs from 10am to 3pm, and includes exhibitions, performances, ethnic foods and crafts, showcasing many Asian cultures like China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines and more.

The Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival takes place during the expo, and features teams of racers competing to see who is fastest.

Admission is free for all, and so is parking. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Central Florida Scottish Highland Games Return January 19 – 20, 2013

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The Scottish-American Society of Central Florida was founded in 1976 to celebrate and carry on the Scottish traditions here in the US. One of their most popular events is the annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games.

This year’s games will be held the weekend of January 19 – 20, 2013, at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs, FL.

Come out to cheer the athletes tossing rocks and trees. Watch dancers and listen to bands. Dance to the old tribal rhythms. Meet distant kin in Clan Row. See how far you can carry a boulder. Even if you aren’t Scottish, you’ll enjoy immersing yourself in the culture.

A Saturday pass gets you admission to the games from 8am to 9pm, and includes the evening ceilidh (party). For adults, it is $17 in advance and $20 at the gate.

A Sunday games pass offers admission from 9am to 5pm. It is $12 in advance for adults and $15 at the gate.

Children 6-11 are $5 both days.

For more information, to buy advance tickets or to get directions, visit flascot.com.

2012 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival to Take Place May 16-28

As far as Orlando cultural events go, the annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is one of the city’s biggest. Voted “Best Festival” by the Orlando Weekly for nine consecutive years, the 2012 Festival showcases over 500 theatrical performances over a thirteen-day period, throughout ten indoor venues at Loch Haven Park.

This year’s event, which marks its 21st year, takes place from May 16 through 28.

To attend any of the performances, you must first purchase an $8 fest button. Proceeds from these buttons are what fund the festival.

Then you can attend the actual performances, which range in price from free to $11. Any money raised by individual tickets goes to the artists performing that particular show.

In addition to ticketed performances at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E Rollins St. Orlando, FL 32803) and Orlando Repertory Theatre (1001 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803), the Orlando Fringe Festival hosts a number of interdisciplinary activities and exhibits.

Kids Fringe, held at the Mennello Museum of American Art (900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803), offers free arts and theatre activities for the whole family from 10am to 4pm on the weekends. Visual Fringe is on display throughout Festival venues, and exhibit artwork is available for purchase.

Festival hours are 4pm to Midnight on weeknights, and 10am to Midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets for Festival performances can be purchased at www.OrlandoFringe.org, or during the Festival at Box Office locations in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center and the Orlando Repertory Theatre.

Orlando Public Library to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Lion Dance

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the downtown branch of the Orlando Public Library tomorrow, Thursday, February 3.

The library will host a special Lion Dance performance featuring members of the Hung Fut Hung Man Fei Chinese Martial Arts & Lion Dance Association. The dance is a tradition over 2000 years old and is used during celebrations.

This special event is family-friendly and free to attend. It starts at 6pm.

The downtown branch is located at 101 E. Central Blvd.

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