Ace Cafe Orlando Hosts Grand Opening Weekend May 19-21, 2017

Hard Hat Preview of the Ace Cafe Orlando - mock up

Orlando get your engines ready…North America’s first Ace Cafe will host its Grand Opening Weekend May 19-21, 2017.

All three days of the grand opening weekend will feature cool cars and hot bikes, live rock ‘n roll inside and outside both day and night, a BMW R nineT Racer motorcycle raffle benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APCH), live demonstrations by three world-famous artists, onsite activities and brand partner merchandise (while supplies last), and a free Friday night concert by Memphis’ Rockin’ Jason D. Williams

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Creative City Project 2016 Returns to Downtown Orlando October 15

Creative City Project Orlando

Creative City Project returns to bring downtown Orlando alive with free art and music Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Among the groups participating in the various stages, which will run along Orange Ave from Robinson south to Central, are La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Ballet, Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra, Orlando City Soccer Club, the Downtown Arts District, and so much more.

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8th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns to Orlando February 27-28, 2016

The Eighth Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest will take place February 27 and 28, in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola Park.

Downtown Food & Wine Fest Orlando 2016

The two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, as well as 50 domestic and international wines to sample.

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City of Orlando Hosts 2015 Veterans Day Parade Downtown on November 14

The City of Orlando celebrates the contribution of Veterans with its annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 14.

The City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade

This signature Orlando event features more than 50 Central Florida veterans groups, the UCF Marching Knights and other marching bands, 13 ROTC and JROTC units, first responders, community groups and military vehicles.

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Out and About: Creative City Project Brings Downtown Orlando Alive with Free Art and Music

In addition to checking out the Captain Morgan Cannon Blast party at Wall St. Plaza, I also ventured out onto Orange Ave on Saturday night (Oct. 17) to experience the annual Creative City Project.

Creative City Project - Orlando City SC

The entire street was shut down for several blocks and every few hundred feet was a stage or other artistic area to enjoy for free.

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Out and About: Captain Morgan Celebrated New Cannon Blast With Human Cannonball Stunt

Saturday night, Captain Morgan chose Orlando to help launch their new Cannon Blast Shot, and they did it by launching a man out of a cannon, not once, but twice.

Captain Morgan Cannon Blast - Brian Miser and the Captain

This is probably one of the craziest things that has happened at Wall St. Plaza in downtown Orlando in the two decades I’ve called Orlando home…and one of the most fun!

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Captain Morgan to Launch Man From Cannon October 17 in Downtown Orlando

This weekend, in addition to the Creative City Project, downtown Orlando will be the setting for a man being shot out of a cannon.

Captain Morgan's Cannon Blast Bar Crawl in Orlando

It’s part of Captain Morgan‘s “Cannon Blast Bar Crawl,” to promote their new Cannon Blast variety. Cannon Blast features a blend of Caribbean rum and unique bold spices, providing Captain Morgan drinkers with a blast of citrus sweet flavor, followed by a spark of unexpected heat. The product’s innovative packaging includes a cannonball shaped bottle that glows in the dark when featured with a black light.

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Creative City Project to Bring Downtown Orlando Alive with Free Art and Music October 17, 2015

Reason #1436 why I love living in Orlando: Creative City Project, which returns to bring downtown Orlando alive with free art and music Saturday, October 17.

Creative City Project Orlando

For one night, Orange Ave will be filled with art being brought to life before your very eyes and ears. There will be marching bands and orchestras. There will be aerial acrobatics and dancing. There will be visual artists creating as you watch.

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Cheap Trick to Headline WMMO Downtown Concert Series for October 2015

Every few months, Orlando radio station WMMO sponsors a free concert in downtown Orlando, and the next one will be Cheap Trick on October 24.

Cheap Trick to Headline WMMO Downtown Concert Series
The legendary rockers have been entertaining their legion of fans for over four decades, and show no signs of slowing down.

The band, comprised of Robin Zander (lead vocals), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass), and Bun E. Carlos (drums), first formed in the early 70s in Rockford, Illinois. Their biggest hits since then include “Surrender”, “I Want You to Want Me”, “Dream Police” and “The Flame,” and their live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, is still one of the best concert albums ever.

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Wahlburgers Coming to Downtown Orlando

It was confirmed this week that Orlando will be getting a Wahlburgers restaurant.

Wahlburgers

The Boston-based brand was founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul, in 2011, and has spawned a hit reality show of the same name on the A&E network. Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg are also known for their acting and music.

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WMMO Presents Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in their Free Downtown Concert Series May 23, 2015

It’s time for another of WMMO’s Downtown Concert Series, and this month it will feature Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Saturday, May 23.

WMMO's Downtown Concert Series with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Benatar and her husband Giraldo have been making beautiful music together for over three decades, with hits like “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and “All Fired Up.”

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Iration to Co-Headline Reggae on the Block 2 in Downtown Orlando May 9, 2015

Alternative-reggae band Iration returns to Orlando to co-headline Reggae on the Block 2 on Saturday, May 9.

Iration

Iration hails from Hawaii, via California. The group is made up of members Micah Pueschel (vocals/guitar), Adam Taylor (bass), Joseph Dickens (drums), Cayson Peterson (keyboard/synth) and Joseph King (engineer, who have been touring together nationally since 2008.

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Nerd Nite Orlando’s 2-Year Anniversary Coincides with Pi Day March 14, 2015

To coincide with Pi Day and the 2-year anniversary of the very first Nerd Nite in Orlando, there will be a special edition of Nerd Nite presented with Canvs at the Church Street Exchange on March 14.

Nerd Nite Orlando Pi Day 2nd AnniversaryNerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines presented in a casual bar atmosphere. Speakers present for up to 20 minutes, each on a fascinating subject of their choice. Following each presentation is a 5-10 minute Q&A with the audience.

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City Of Orlando And Orange County Officially Welcome New Red Lobster Support Center

On Friday, March 6, Red Lobster Seafood Co. officially opened its new restaurant support center and headquarters at CNL Tower 1, in downtown Orlando.

Red Lobster Seafood Co. officially opened its new restaurant support center and headquarters at CNL Tower 1, in downtown Orlando
Ribbon Cutting Moment from left to right: Former Chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants Joe Lee, President of Red Lobster Salli Setta, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, CEO of Red Lobster Kim Lopdrup, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Operating Partner of Golden Gate Capital Neale Attenborough and Mary Darden.

On hand to celebrate were Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who proclaimed March 6, 2015, “Red Lobster Day” during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Dyer and Mayor Jacobs were joined by Red Lobster’s executive leaders, as well as city commissioners and other special guests to officially welcome Red Lobster to Downtown Orlando.

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Betty Wright Headlines 9th Annual City of Orlando Blues B-Q Feb 28, 2015

The City of Orlando is throwing the 9th edition of their annual Blues B-Q in downtown Orlando on Saturday, February 28.

City of Orlando Blues-B-Q 2015

From 4pm to 10pm, enjoy delicious BBQ for purchase from local vendors like Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Blazin’ Bones, Johnny Henry’s, Mister Bar-B-Que, and more.

There will also be live blues music courtesy of the legendary Betty Wright, and The Gerry Williams Band throught the event.

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