ARTlando 2016 Returns to Orlando for Free Show Oct 1

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ARTlando, an annual free one-day art festival, returns to take over Loch Haven Park on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

The day, which starts at 11am, features an art walk and competition, and interactive exhibits, with the Orlando Museum of Art as a base.

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Maker Faire Orlando Expands to Orlando Museum of Art

Maker Faire Orlando has gotten so big, it will be expanding into the Orlando Museum of Art for the 2015 edition.

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Thanks to a new partnership between Orlando Museum of Art, The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Science Center, Maker Faire Orlando 2015 will be held on September 12 and 13 in the Orlando Science Center, Loch Haven Park and the neighboring Orlando Museum of Art.

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24th Orlando Fringe Festival Returns to Amaze and Entertain May 13-25, 2015

The 24th Annual Orlando Fringe Festival returns May13th-25th in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village and Loch Haven Park, with a wealth of artistic endeavors, music, and more.

24th Orlando Fringe Festival

What is the Fringe? It is a 14-day arts festival that is founded on the concept of being 100% unjuried, uncensored, and accessible. Fringe Festivals began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and made its way to Orlando where it was started 24 years ago, in 1991.

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Dr. Phillips Charities and the Orlando Philharmonic Present a Free Outdoor Concert in Loch Haven Park on April 12, 2014

Join Dr. Phillips Charities and the Orlando Philharmonic for a free outdoor concert of “Peter & the Wolf and Other Musical Stories” in Loch Haven Park on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Orlando PhilharmonicPre-concert activities begin at 4:30pm. The concert itself starts at 7:30pm, and the Orlando Philharmonic will be joined by Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds, and special guests from Orlando Repertory Theatre.

It is suggested to bring blankets to sit on. There is plenty of parking in and around Loch Haven Park.

For more information, visit

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents The True Story of the Three Little Pigs from March 27 – April 27, 2014

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF presents The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, March 27 through April 27, at Lowndes Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park in Orlando.

The True Story of the Three Little PigsThis production offers audiences the opportunity to hear the wolf’s side of the story in this dynamite rock musical for the entire family.

Alexander T. Wolf (aka the Big Bad Wolf) is accused of deplorable crimes. Facing a jury of his piggy peers and a tough-as-nails judge with a weakness for musical theater, can the Wolf ever hope for a fair trial? The audience decides the ending of this play – guilty or not guilty?

Directed by Steve MacKinnon, this musical features actors Sophie Bell, Bridgette Hoover, Chris Metz, Jeffrey Todd Parrott, and Seth Wallen.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Julius Caesar Through April 20, 2014

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents the bard’s classic play, Julius Caesar, through April 20, at Lowndes Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park in Orlando.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Julius CaesarBased on true events, Julius Caesar is a dazzling masterpiece of betrayal, violence, and even love, mixed up in the politics of Ancient Rome.

Directed by Tina Packer, the cast features Jason Asprey, Anne Hering, Paul Bernardo, Nigel Gore, Jim Ireland, Esau Pritchett, and A. Ross Neal.

Starting 30 minutes before each performance of Julius Caesar, an Orlando Shakes actor leads the audience in a discussion of the plot, themes, and major characters in the production.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Pluto February 27 – March 23, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is proud to present Steve Yockey’s Pluto, part of Harriett’s New Play Series, from February 27 – March 23, 2014.

Pluto - Suzanne O'Donnell, Heather Leonardi, & Chris Metz
Suzanne O’Donnell, Heather Leonardi, & Chris Metz

In the play, single mother Elizabeth Miller is having a bad day. A tree has crashed through her ceiling, the fridge is on the fritz, a forceful crowd threatens to invade her family’s kitchen — and then there’s the odd new family pet! At the center of this chaos, time stands still as mother and son jump-start their relationship and try to confront reality together across the breakfast table.

Directed by Mark Routhier, the production features Orlando actors John Connon, Jillian Gizzi, Heather Leonardi, Chris Metz, and Suzanne O’Donnell.

Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700, online at, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.

Preview shows on February 27 and 28, as well as a senior matinee on March 5, are only $17.

Photo courtesy Orlando Shakespeare Theater/Landon St. Gordon, photographer.

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.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Through December 29, 2013

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the holiday cheer of Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play through December 29 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayPerformed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, five actors play the dozens of characters in Bedford Falls as well as produce all the sound effects.

Prior to the performance, theater-goers will take part in a holiday singalong amongst busy telegram boys, popcorn girls, and 1940’s paparazzi.

Tickets are $17-$40, and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 or online at Senior matinees are December 11 and 18, with tickets for $17. Shows are at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm on Sundays.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Dracula: the Journal of Jonathan Harker October 9 – November 10, 2013

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will present Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker from October 9 through November 10, at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Dracula: the Journal of Jonathan HarkerExperience the original Prince of Darkness like never before in a one-man tour-de-force based on Bram Stoker’s original text of journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings.

In the production, Jonathan Harker has no idea what’s in store when he is sent to deliver deeds to the eerie Castle Dracula. Upon arrival, he is captured by the dark and mysterious Count, and discovers horrors behind the castle walls. Jonathan must risk his life to destroy the Count before he becomes more powerful than ever, but will he live to tell the tale of this undead creature of the night?

Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker stars John P. Keller, and is adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by Orlando Shakes Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and directed by Michael Carleton.

Tickets are priced at $17-$40. Previews are October 9 and 10, with opening night on October 11. There will be an opening night party after the performance on the 11th only, complimentary for all ticket holders.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is celebrating their 25th Anniversary on the 25th of each month. Purchase any seat in the house for any amount you choose for the October 25th performance of Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker. Tickets must be purchased in-person at the Box Office on the day of the performance. First come, first serve until sold out. Limited to two tickets per person.

For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, visit

2013 Orlando International Fringe Theater Fest Runs May 15-28


The annual Orlando International Fringe Fest will be returning to the Loch Haven Park area May 15 through 28, 2013.

This 2-week festival is founded on the concept of “100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible theatre, music, dance, and art to all types and ages” – or in plain speak, something for everyone.

During the course of the festival a multitude of shows ranging from all-ages to adults-only will be performed at several venues in and around Loch Haven Park (or within a few blocks of it). A complete list of shows is available at The Fringe website.

Prices for most shows are $10 or $11 (plus a $1.25 service charge if bought online or $1 if in person). In addition to the show prices, every ticket buyer must also purchase a Fringe button for $9 (one button for the entire Fringe). 100% of the box office ticket sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe, and the button sales help fund the festival.

There is also a free stage of entertainment that will be sponsored by the Orlando Weekly. It runs from 7-10pm on weeknights, 7pm-midnight on Fridays, 4pm-midnight on Saturdays, and 4-10pm on Sundays. It will showcase acts from many facets of Orlando’s performing arts scene with a focus on live music. The stage will also host competition poetry, stand-up comedy, grand scale illusion magic, a vocal resonance meditation experience, improv comedy, and an international DJ live music and sound collaborative act from Scotland.

For more information on the Orlando Fringe, or to purchase your advance tickets, visit

Orlando Philharmonic and Orlando Repertory Theatre to Perform Free Concert on October 20

The Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Philharmonic are joining forces to celebrate their 10th and 20th seasons on Saturday, October 20, 2012, in a patriotic outdoor event.

The Star Spangled Birthday Concert” will take place at Loch Haven Park (on Princeton Ave, near Hwy 17-92) from 5pm to 9pm.


There will be pre-concert entertainment by Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds at 6pm, followed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring The REP Power Chords, at 7pm.

There will also be food trucks providing eats and drinks, and an instrument petting zoo.

“The Star Spangled Birthday Concert” is an alcohol-free event, suitable for the whole family. Attendees may bring their own picnics and seating, and pets are allowed if on a leash.

Free parking will be available in the Florida Hospital parking garage on Alden Road, near the intersection of Alden and Fairbanks. There are other pay garage locations near the park.

In the case of rain, call the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071 to confirm the concert will take place as scheduled.

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, or during the Festival at Box Office locations in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center and the Orlando Repertory Theatre.

Central Florida Veg Fest 2011 to Take Place October 22 in Orlando

If you are a vegetarian, vegan or have an interest in the dietary lifestyle of either, you’ll definitely want to check out Central Florida Veg Fest, which takes place October 22, 2011.

Veg Fest will feature healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations, all promoting the vegetarian options available in Central Florida.

Speakers include Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (The Compassionate Cook), Matthew Rice (Mercy for Animals), Lynette Pate (Organic Infusion), and Ellen Jaffe Jones (Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day).

There will be live cooking demonstrations all day, as well as food booths to purchase vegetarian and vegan dishes. Over 250 vendors will be on hand, promoting the lifestyle, including many non-profits.

The event will also have a vegan food drive, so please bring non-perishable items to donate.

Entertainment comes via two stages of live music and there will be fun and games for the kids They even welcome dogs, so bring the fur kids, too.

Veg Fest takes place in Loch Haven Park (900 E. Princeton St) from 10am to 6pm. It is free for all to attend.

Orlando Fringe Festival Starts May 18 – Get Out and See Something!

It’s here! The 20th anniversary of the Orlando Fringe Festival starts tomorrow and it definitely promises some interesting and fun shows to see.

This year’s Orlando Fringe runs from May 18 to 30 and offers up a variety of original, uncensored and experimental art, theater, music, dance and more. In fact, Orlando’s Fringe is the longest running US Fringe festival.

There are over 70 shows. Due to the nature of Fringe, some will be totally awesome and some, well, won’t. That’s the nature with any live arts/theater festival. The Orlando Fringe website has a complete listing of shows, and you can also check out the awesome guide to Fringe at The Daily City blog.

Admission to any of the shows requires the purchase of an $8 Orlando Fringe button. This helps raise funds to put this whole shindig together and you won’t be let into any show without it. Then each show requires a separate admission ticket, that can cost from free to up to $10, depending on what you see, plus a $1 surcharge per ticket.

Buttons and tickets can be bought at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater or Orlando Rep ticket booths, both at Loch Haven Park, where the Fringe is being held.

If you go to any of the shows, please drop us a comment with what you saw and whether you liked it.

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