Come Out With Pride Orlando Week Runs October 1-6, 2013

Come Out With Pride Orlando, a week dedicated to LGBT events, will run October 1-6 this year.

Come Out With Pride OrlandoHighlights of this year’s event include film legend John Waters at The Abbey on October 1, Martha Wash at the Church Street Block Party on May 4, Taylor Dayne at Parliament House on October 5, and more.

The centerpiece of COWP week is the Pride Parade on Saturday, October 5, in downtown Orlando. The parade starts at 4pm, and winds its way around Lake Eola. There will be fireworks later in the evening.

For more details on Come Out WIth Pride, and its events, many of which are free, visit comeoutwithpride.com.

XL106.7 Announces Concert Line-Up for Red, Hot & Boom 2013

Red Hot & BoomOrlando pop radio station XL106.7fm has announced this year’s concert line-up for the 18th annual Red, Hot & Boom event.

Scheduled to perform are the Jonas Brothers, Hot Chelle Rae, MKTO, Melissa Gorga, and Stefano. The station is also holding a contest for a local musician or band to open the show.

Red, Hot & Boom takes place July 3, at Crane’s Roost Park, in Altamonte, and includes 4th of July fireworks. It is free to attend, but it gets really packed, so get there early and bring plenty of sunscreen. Last year, over 150,000 people attended.


Celebrate Fourth of July 2012 with these Orlando Events

Wondering where to take the family this Fourth of July to catch a good fireworks show in the Orlando area?

Here are some of our picks to celebrate in 2012:

Fireworks at the Fountain – Celebrate Fourth of July with the city’s annual fireworks show downtown at Lake Eola Park. Cost: Free

A Flashback Fourth of July – Enjoy fireworks and a retro movie-themed party at Celebration’s Town Center. Cost: Free

Monumental July 4th Celebration – Kissimmee’s annual festivities start with a Naturalization ceremony and live music, and end with a fireworks display over Lake Toho. Cost: Free

Red, Hot & Boom – Once again, radio station WXXLfm brings in name acts to Cranes Roost Park on July 3, to help celebrate Fourth of July. This year’s line-up includes Cobra Starship, Karmin, JoJo, Outasight, A Rocket to the Moon, Neon Hitch, and Chris Rene. Cost: Free

Star Spangled Sanford – Enjoy a night of fireworks at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford. Cost: Free

Walt Disney World – Epcot – The park’s nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” light and fireworks show will be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. . Cost: Included with park admission

Walt Disney World – Hollywood Studios – “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration ” features fireworks and a light show backed by the sounds of the live band, Mulch, Sweat and Shears. Cost: Included with park admission

Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” is a patriotic fireworks spectacular over Cinderella’s Castle. Cost: Included with park admission

2011 Fourth of July Celebrations Around Orlando

Travelocity recently named Orlando as the #1 destination for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. If you’re going to be in town, here’s a list of some of the celebrations happening.

Altamonte Springs:

  • Red, Hot and Boom takes place Sunday, July 3, at Crane’s Roost Park. This annual fireworks show is enhanced by an all-day concert presented by WXXL-fm radio. This year’s musical line-up includes Paper Tongues, Mat Kearney, Shontelle, Cody Simpson, Hot Chelle Rae and All Star Weekend. The concert starts at 4pm and the fireworks at 9:30pm, but if you want a place to sit anywhere, you’d best get there in the early am because this free show is usually attended by over 100,000 people.

Celebration:

  • The city starts with a Fourth of July parade at 9am. The festivities resume at 5pm with Celebration Town Center’s “A Flashback 4th of July,” an 80’s-themed event featuring music from that decade played by Kattyshack and a live DJ, headlined at 8:30pm by A Flock of Seagulls. Fireworks are at 9:30pm, and the whole event is hosted by actor Justin Smith (“Vampire Diaries”; Meet the Spartans). It’s free to attend.

Downtown Orlando:

  • The City of Orlando is hosting the annual Fireworks at the Fountain from 4pm to 10pm on July 4. There will be food, live entertainment and fun for the whole family, around Lake Eola Park, culminating with fireworks at 9:30pm.

SeaWorld:

  • A special performance of the “Reflections” show featuring expanded fireworks set to patriotic music will start after dusk. Free with park admission.

St. Cloud:

  • The Fourth of July celebrations will start with a sunrise hot air balloon launch at the lakefront. It will resume at noon with live entertainment, games, kids events and more. The city of St. Cloud will then launch fireworks over the lake at 9:30pm, for this day-long free event.

Universal Studios:

  • On July 4, the Studios side of Universal Orlando will present the Universal360 show, starting at 9pm at the lagoon. Margaritaville’s Blue Stone Circle will also be performing from 5pm on at the Music Plaza Stage inside the park. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom:

  • The park will present a special showing of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks at 9pm on July 3 and July 4. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • DHS presents “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” with fireworks and a special light show set to live music performed by Mulch, Sweat, and Shears, starting at 9:45pm on July 4. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Epcot:

  • The park’s regular “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” laser light and fireworks show will be extended with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” a special overture of traditional Americana themes, July 4, starting at 10pm. Free with park admission.

2010 New Year’s Eve Events in Orlando

Still don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve? Well here is a list of all the fun events happening next Friday around Orlando.

Whether you want to go nightclubbing or want something a little more family friendly, there are so many ways to ring in 2011:

Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort – $35 to $75
$35 gets you general admission, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. A VIP ticket costs $75 and includes a private upstairs area with seating with limited viewing for Epcot fireworks with guaranteed seating and coffee, tea or hot chocolate with dessert bar and a premium bar. 21 and up to attend.

Beebs & Her Money Makers, Kaleigh Baker and Cadillac Recipe at The Social – $10 advance / $15 day of
Rock in 2011 with live music from the above bands, female body painting, free champagne toast at midnight. Must be 21 and up.

Blue Martini Orlando New Year’s Eve Celebration – $40 in advance / $50 day of
The evening includes select open bar from 8-11pm, complementary hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a balloon drop at midnight and live entertainment from C’Nergy.

Celebration Weekend at Celebration Town Center – Free
This family-friendly event features live music including a special reunion show from VonRay, and fireworks at midnight.

Classic Albums Live: Saturday Night Fever at Hard Rock Live – $27.50 Gen. Admission Floor / $50 Reserved Balcony
Dance to the soundtrack of the 70s at this NYE event, featuring a 70s costume contest with grand prize of VIP seats and dinner to Earth, Wind & Fire on May 3. Show is all ages.

DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney – $39 in advance/$45 day of
Includes access to all DisneyQuest attractions and video games, a DJ Dance Party with a New Year’s Eve countdown, party favors and a coupon for a personal pizza and soda at FoodQuest. Runs from 8pm to 1am. Tickets available online or at DisneyQuest box office.

Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Bash at Firestone Live in downtown Orlando – $20 regular / $40 VIP
Jam to the sounds of DJ Nasty and D-Strong. First 102 people 21 and over are free. 18 and over welcome.

Dragon Room NYE Party in downtown Orlando – $25 to $35
Open bar until midnight for first 100 tickets at $25 and until 2am for first 100 tickets sold at $35. VIP tables start at $250. All prices include party favors, champagne toast and a balloon drop. Click link above to get $5 off with code word DRAGON.

James Bond New Year’s Party: Dress To Kill at The Enzian Theater – $25 on up
Come dressed as your favorite James bond character and enjoy a DJ spinning until 2am. Bond classic Thunderball will be playing outside at Eden Bar.

Brantley Gilbert at The Plaza Theatre – $20
Georgia country artist Brantley Gilbert headlines The Plaza Theatre’s NYE bash, which starts at 9pm.

La Nouba New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney – $67 to $133
New Year’s Eve performances of Cirque du Soliel’s La Nouba include a  limited edition commemorative La Nouba trading pin.

Bret Michaels at Universal CityWalk – $99 for annual passholders / $119.99 regular
Enjoy a live concert from Poison frontman and reality TV star Bret Michaels as you club hop and nosh on a gourmet buffet. The evening is capped off with midnight fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street in downtown Orlando – $39 to $99
Several of the popular bars and clubs on Church Street are banding together for this party. $39 cover includes entry to Antigua, Big Belly Brewery, Chiller’s and Latitudes. $59 cover also includes unlimited domestics, wells and frozen drinks. Upgrade to the $79 Gold Package for the addition of unlimited imports, calls and shots. The top line $99 Platinum Package has all the above plus unlimited premium, super premium and Red Bull drinks. The Platinum price also includes a $25 gift certificate to use in any of the clubs.

New Year’s Eve Party at VAiN Nightclub in downtown Orlando – $25 to $75
Hosted by Joey Fatone (Dancing With the Stars; N’Sync) the party features DJ Barry Carew, A-Rock and J. Moreno spinning. $25 gets you in, $50 gets you open premium bar until midnight and $75 gets you open premium bar all night. All packages include hor d’oeurves, champagne toast at midnight, commemorative photo and more.

Old Town New Year’s Eve in Kissimmee – Free
Ring in 2011 with the weekly car show, along with live music courtesy of Reunion. Fun for the family!

101.1 WJRR Presents Big Friggin Eve with The Supervillains at House of Blues – $10.11 in advance / $13.11 day of
Celebrate the new year with the reggae sounds of Orlando’s The Supervillians.

Orlando Brewing New Year’s Eve – Free
Enjoy live entertainment by John Q at this microbrewery/pub.

SeaWorld New Year’s Eve – Free with Park Admission
Enjoy the normal shows and attractions, along with a special fountain and fireworks show at midnight.

Tabu NYE Party with Power 95.3FM in downtown Orlando – $20 women / $30 men
DJs Richie Rich, Nailz and MC Lil’ Shawn will be spinning hip-hop, reggae and more. Prices include free party favors, drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Must be 18 and up.

Ultra Nate at The Parliament House – $20
The dance diva headlines the festivities at this gay resort and entertainment complex. Room specials are available, too.

Wall St Plaza New Year’s Eve in downtown Orlando – $20 in advance / $25 day of / $100 Resolution Package
Regular admission tickets get you into the block party with 9 venues, DJs, a light show and other surprises at midnight. The Resolution Package throws in a tented lounge, open bar from 10pm to 2am, champagne toast at midnight, a 2am breakfast bar and more. Must be 21 and up.

Walt Disney World New Year’s Eve Events – Free with Park Admission
Three of the parks have events to ring in 2011. Magic Kingdom has Fantasy in the Sky fireworks at 11:50pm and is open until 2am. Epcot has a special 11:40pm showing of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” and is open until 1am. Disney Hollywood Studios has a 10pm showing of “Fantasmic!” followed by “Lights,Camera, Happy New Year fireworks” starring Mulch, Sweat and Shears at 11:55pm.

Whiskey Basin at The Barn in Sanford – $20
Enjoy live country music and all-you-can-drink specials from 9pm on.

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