138th Silver Spurs Rodeo Returns To Kissimmee Feb 17-19

Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

Silver Spurs Rodeo is a family tradition in Kissimmee, and it returns to the Silver Spurs Arena for its 138th edition the weekend of Feb 17-19, 2017.

Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, and is the work of the Silver Spurs Riding Club, an all-volunteer organization started in 1941 by Osceola County ranchers. They began the rodeo in 1944, selling war bonds as admission to raise funds for our military.

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Osceola County Fair Returns to Kissimmee Feb 10-19, 2017

Osceola County Fair at night - photo by Carol Garreans

Fun for the whole family, the annual Osceola County Fair returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, February 10-19, 2017.

Enjoy a midway featuring rides, games, and food, along with the Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, live music and entertainment, animals, and so much more.

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4th Annual A Celebration of Harry Potter Comes to Universal Orlando Jan 27-29

4th Annual A Celebration of Harry Potter Comes to Universal Orlando Jan 27-29

This weekend, Jan 27-29, muggles from around the world will come together to celebrate at the 4th annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, hosted by Universal Orlando and Warner Bros.

Author J.K. Rowling has inspired many with her tales of the Wizarding World, and this three-day event will give fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in that world at Universal Orlando.

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Meet Monster Jam Drivers and Their Monster Trucks on January 19 For Free

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Monster Jam 2017 is coming to Camping World Stadium here in Orlando on January 21, but this Thursday, January 19, you can meet some of the drivers and their monster trucks for free.

Seven of the show’s biggest stars and their trucks will be at various locations in Central Florida during the afternoon.

Here’s where you can find them:

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Out and About: Monster Jam Thrills Tampa Before Orlando Show on January 21

Monster Jam in Tampa Jan 16 2016 by Kirk Garreans

Monster Jam rolled into Raymond James Stadium in Tampa this weekend on Saturday, and we had an opportunity to watch it.

I arrived with two of my close friends who have seen the show before, and my mother who knew nothing about Monster Jam. Read more

Otronicon Returns to Orlando Science Center Jan 13-16 2017

Otronicon Returns to Orlando Science Center

For the 12th consecutive year, Otronicon returns to the Orlando Science Center January 13-16, letting guests have hands-on experience with the latest in technology.

Otronicon will connect visitors with the creative professionals and technology that are turning Central Florida into a hub for innovation. Attendees can fly a real-world military simulator, operate a surgical robot or get a preview of tomorrow’s technology.

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Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College to Host #SpaceWeek2017

The Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College is proud to present Space Week 2017, a celebration of all things astronomy, January 6-14.

The Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College is proud to present Space Week 2017, a celebration of all things astronomy, January 6-14.

The week-long celebration will showcase the planetarium’s capabilities and the far-reaching impacts of space exploration to the local community via lectures and demonstrations, as well as laser light shows, culminating in the Winter Sky Festival at the end of the event.

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Orlando Performer Joins Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus XTREME as First-Ever Female Ringmaster

Kristen Michelle Wilson joins Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME as its first-ever female ringmaster

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME will feature its first-ever female ringmaster when it comes to the Amway Center January 12-16…and she’s from Orlando.

A professional singer with a background in theater, Kristen Michelle Wilson will make her debut with the hometown Orlando shows, then continue on the national tour, including Amalie Arena in Tampa from January 25-29. She will be the 39th ringmaster in Ringling Bros. history.

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Monster Jam Rumbles into Orlando’s Camping World Stadium January 21, 2017

Monster Jam in Tampa Jan 16 2016 by Kirk Garreans

Orlando kicks off 2017 in high gear as Monster Jam returns to Camping World Stadium on Saturday, January 21, with tickets starting at just $15.

Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. By generating 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. these trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet across the track, and up to 35 feet in the air.

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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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AKC Canine Extravaganza Brings Everything Dog to Orlando Dec 17-18, 2016

AKC Canine Extravaganza Brings Everything Dog to Orlando Dec 17-18, 2016

Canine Extravaganza, presented by the American Kennel Club and Royal Canin, returns to Orange County Convention Center in Orlando the weekend of December 17th and 18th.

This two-day event, the nation’s largest celebration of dogs, allows attendees to meet and play with over 150 dog breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds. This interactive, educational showcase helps individuals learn which breeds are best for their lifestyle, straight from the experts themselves.

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Out and About: ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is in full swing for the 2016 holiday season, and the centerpiece of the celebration is ICE!, which this year tells the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice by artisans flown in from China, the classic Christmas tale is told in life-sized full-color ice creations.

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Light Up UCF Returns For 2016 Holiday Season Nov 18 – Jan 7

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, takes place at the CFE Arena at UCF

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 18, 2016, and runs through January 7, 2017.

During the event, the area in and around the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Bring Circus XTREME to Central Florida Jan 2017

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Bring Circus XTREME to Central Florida Jan 2017

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey kick off 2017 with January Circus XTREME shows in Orlando and Tampa.

Circus Xtreme will be at the Amway Center in Orlando January 12 through 16, for 8 shows. It will then visit Amalie Arena in Tampa January 25 through 29, for another 8 performances.

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Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Earlier this week I got a sneak preview of this year’s Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, at the Orlando Museum of Art, and I was amazed at the creativity and beauty of the trees, each decorated by different individuals or groups.

I was also invited to be one of three judges who would decide which decorated trees would get “Most Original,” “Most Whimsical,” and “Best of Show.” And let me tell you, it was a really hard decision.

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