Showing posts with label Orange County Convention Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Orange County Convention Center. Show all posts

May 26, 2019

GUIDE: MegaCon - Orlando's Premier Fan Event

As they say... "Your fan experience starts here". MegaCon is an annual fan convention embracing every type of fandom conceivable. As conventions go, this one may very well be the most inclusive - with more than 100,000 guests from every persuasion and interest descending upon Orlando's Orange County Convention Center each year for the four-day event.

There is no right or wrong way to do MegaCon. We've been attending for four years now. Each year is a little different, and each year we learn new things to make our experience a little more enjoyable and more rewarding. Each year, we like to share a bit about what we experienced, and what we learned, with you!

Accept That You Cannot Do It All

Right off the bat - accept the reality that you are only one person. You cannot be in more than one place at a time, and there are always multiple events going on at MegaCon. If you are interested in more than one fandom - or more than one thing in general - chances are that you will find yourself drawn to events that are overlapping. Well... life is full of tough choices, isn't it? As soon as MegaCon releases the event schedule, look it over and determine your "must-dos". On rare occasions, events may be canceled, so it doesn't hurt to save some back-ups that appeal to you - the second tier events in your interest ranking, if you will. This year, MegaCon released a rough draft of the schedule first, asking guests to check for any real and direct overlaps that may pose a problem within fandoms - followed by a finalized version after giving everyone a chance to chime in. Brilliant! 

When it comes to scheduling, it's also worth noting that you can't always push your schedule too tightly either! For example... if you want to attend the Central Florida Steampunk Association's workshop on Victorian undergarments at 11:00AM in room 302, followed by a celebrity Q&A in the main theater at noon, you're going to run into a problem. Most events run about an hour in length. The "main theater" events are expected to draw large crowds - usually lining up an hour or more in advance. You also have to consider your travel time from room to room - often through thick crowds. Again... this may be a matter of prioritization. Don't let a missed event (or a late arrival to an event) ruin your convention experience, and plan to go with the flow... at least a little bit. You don't want to leave yourself too strictly scheduled anyway, as some of the best experiences you'll have during MegaCon are the impromptu things you simply stumble upon.


One Day? All Four? Somewhere In-Between?

No one should try to tell you how many days (or which days) you have to attend. Prices vary by day, and by the number of days you attend. If you can only afford to attend Thursday - by all means, do it! If you can afford all four, and you want to, that's great, too. Here's the run-down on the day-by-day at MegaCon. 
  • Thursday - Short day, but all the vendors are fresh and excited. Many celebrity guests don't attend on Thursday, but it's a great day to get the lay of the land, so to speak - and to grab up any hot, rare merchandise that you don't want to lose to other guests. Attendance is lower, mobile service is fairly strong, and opening events are enthusiastic! Not a huge show of cosplayers in general, but it's easier to interact with other guests.
  • Friday - A full day, with increased attendance, more celebrity guests, and more events to check out. Now that you've scoped out the floor on Thursday, you can make a beeline pretty easily to whatever you want to buy, the workshops and shows you want to see, and the guests you want to meet.
  • Saturday - The IT day for everything! This is the day when you'll find the most celebrity guests, the most elaborate cosplays, the most popular panels and events, and a crowd level that may make some people cringe. It's not the easiest crowd to navigate, mobile service is pretty close to nonexistent, and it can be a real challenge to smoothly make purchases, meet guests, or interact with other attendees. Yes, it's a tough, grueling, challenging day... but it's also the most interesting and certainly worth it.
  • Sunday - a bit of a shorter day, but longer than Thursday. Lower attendance, fewer celebrities, less cosplays and events, BUT - people are really looking to blow it all out of the park now. Attendees want to let loose the last of the convention energy they have stored and vendors are looking to make deals on whatever they have left. It's a great time to tackle all that you missed or the things you want to experience once more. 


Budget Your Money As You Budgeted Your Time

If you happen to have Rockefeller money, your spending may not be a concern, but you could easily spend a small fortune in four days at MegaCon, so it's wise to preplan your spending to some extent... and it's not all about the collectibles, by the way. 

Whether you'll be attending one day or all four, you're going to need to eat and drink. Even if you live locally and don't have to consider things like hotels and transportation, you're probably going to be pulling long days at the convention center, and keeping fueled up and hydrated are important. There are lots of options for food and drink at the convention center, but their prices are on the extreme side. If you're looking to cut costs, here are a few things to keep in mind. Some vendors sell snacks and candies that will help for a simple recharge. Five Hour Energy is usually on-hand as well, with a fun vendor space, and a supply of go-go juice! There are also options just off-site like McDonald's and IHOP. It isn't a bad idea to step away for a quick lunch and walk back over afterward... re-entry is a breeze! Wild Bill's has become a fixture at conventions and events as of late, offering an intriguing deal on beverages. For $25-$35, attendees could purchase a mug with unlimited refills during the event. Not at all a bad deal - especially for those staying for the length of the event. 

As far as merchandise goes... use your common sense. If you see a rare, unique, autographed item, this is obviously a bit different than a Walking Dead Funko Pop - which you may see 50 of across the vendor floor. If it's common - shop around. I saw the same t-shirt at three different booths for as much as $25. Ultimately, I bought it for $5... simply because I didn't buy the first one I saw. Don't let excitement get the better of you, and always remember - the vendors closest to the entrance are well aware that you will be seeing them before other vendors and your wallet will be ripe for the picking. Some of the best treasures and values are found in the understated small spaces buried in the center of the showroom floor. Don't be afraid to talk to the vendors, either. Aside from learning some very interesting things about some incredibly creative folks, you can also often haggle a bit! Keep in mind - you don't have to spend a fortune to leave MegaCon with cool stuff. There are always great deals to be had, and a wide assortment of items for all price ranges. Overall, just make sure you don't spend it all in one place on your first day! 



R-E-S-P-E-C-T

This should go without saying, but sadly... it needs to be said. Be respectful - of your fellow convention-goers, celebrity guests, vendors, artists, and MegaCon/convention center staff. This event, while fun, can also be quite chaotic. Exercise patience and courtesy at all times, and as the many signs remind us - remember that "cosplay is not consent". Prior to taking someone's photo (anyone's photo), simply ask their permission. For starters - you'll get better photos this way, and you may find that you meet some very awesome people when you take the time to say hello. Besides... it's just the right thing to do. No one wants to be a creeper, after all!

By the same token, be mindful of your own presence. If you are late to a workshop, panel, Q&A, etc., enter the room quietly, avoiding walking right in front of all the action or in front of people taking photos/video. If you see an incredible cosplayer who agrees to a photo, try to avoid setting up your photo session in a way that blocks a walkway or vendor space. When asked to move along, step aside, or refrain from photos - please adhere to the request. In the simplest and bluntest of terms... just don't be an ass. The "Golden Rule", and all that happy stuff - it's nothing new, folks!




Don't Limit Yourself - Try Something New

Each year, we branch out a little bit more, really trying to diversify our MegaCon experience. While there are many things to appeal to whatever fandoms and hobbies you already appreciate, there are also plenty of discoveries to be made. We all love the celebrities who bring our movies and shows to life, but some of the most enriching experiences are the panels and workshops constantly taking place in the concourse rooms. Each year, more and more worlds of knowledge and creativity open up to MegaCon attendees. 

We've explored the history of horror, Florida's greatest ghost stories, belly dancing, sword fighting, how to start a podcast, how to photograph cosplayers, teapot races, parasol duels, costume designing, recycling apparel, jewelry making, sketching, and how to speak Klingon... all at MegaCon. This is of course before all of the rooms that host gaming, interactive Nerf-style battles, speed dating, and family fun. Spread out... meet people... learn something... create!



General Tips

  • As I said before - there really is something for everyone at MegaCon: fantasy, horror, sci-fi, retro, anime, gaming, comics, art, tattoos, DIY, steampunk, literature, theatre... you name it!
  • Gamers - bring your portable game units and trading cards! Aside from organized gaming sessions, spontaneous games tend to break out amongst attendees randomly!
  • Make sure to bring your mobile device chargers! There are plenty of outlets for a quick power up throughout the convention center.
  • Cosplayers - don't miss your chance to shine on the NEW cosplay red carpet. Lucky for you, the cospital is a handy space for last-minute touch-ups before your photo moment.
  • I don't know how you cosplayers manage your day on stilts, heels, etc. For those of us mortals - wear comfortable shoes!

If you missed our various live broadcasts during MegaCon, never fear. We've saved some of our favorite highlights in videos on our YouTube Channel, and in posts on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also check out our entire raw collection of photos and videos from this year's event here.

May 22, 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE LARGEST FOOD & BEVERAGE EXPERIENCE IN THE SOUTHEAST - THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW AND HEALTHY FOOD EXPO

Two Days. Two Shows. Unlimited Opportunities.

ORLANDO, FL May 21, 2019 - For two days in September, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando will be the place to be for thousands of restaurant, foodservice and food retail professionals to attend the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida, on Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. The event is produced by Clarion UX and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA). Registration is now open at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/.

"This premier industry event, which was just recognized as one of the top US trade shows, gives thousands of industry peers a chance to enjoy samples, culinary demonstrations, education sessions, networking and more as they gather for the Southeast's largest food and beverage experience," said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "We are excited to once again co-locate these two leading events and offer an additional healthy food and beverage focus, for the restaurant owners and operators, chefs, retail buyers and other foodservice industry professionals to find the best and most current products and information to meet guest demand."

November 6, 2018

ENTER TO WIN!!! 2019-Model Central Florida International Auto Show Races Into Orange County Convention Center Thanksgiving Weekend


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The 2019-Model Central Florida International Auto Show is set to cruise more than 400 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and more into the Orange County Convention Center for Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone is invited to check out the latest models in a non-selling environment, sit behind wheels, inspect engines and even take a spin in dozens of new vehicles. The largest auto show in Florida, this annual event will also feature Camp Jeep and Ram indoor test drives, the latest electric vehicles, pre-production models and fun for the little ones. Additionally, the Festivals of Speed display will showcase nearly 100 ultra high-end exotic cars, motorcycles, luxury products and toys. Don’t miss unique display of rare Model A’s as well as the Antique Automobile Club of America’s collection of antique and collectible vehicles from the 1930s – 1970s.

September 26, 2018

TOP TEN HIGHLIGHTS AT THE SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW

Orlando, FL (September 20) – The 28th annual Southern Women’s Show returns October 25-28 at the Orange County Convention Center. This action-packed extravaganza brings together hundreds of unique, fun exhibitors for women of all ages across Central Florida to enjoy. Don’t miss your chance to explore over 100,000 sq. ft. of some of the best products and services available on the market today - all under one roof!

Here are ten things you need to know about the 2018 Southern Women’s Show:

  1. Meet Celebrity Guests: Savannah Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best graces the Fashion and Entertainment Stage Saturday, October 27. Keegan Allen of Pretty Little Liars takes the Fashion and Entertainment Stage Sunday, October 28. Chef Manny FD of Food Network Star heats up the Cooking Stage Thursday, October 25. Dana Cody of Boss Nails and Real Housewives of New York can be met at exhibit #614.
  2. Girl’s Night Out Friday: $5 admission Friday night after 5pm (with coupon), just in time for happy hour with LBD Wines. Get your glam on with Cherry Blow Dry Bar – complimentary messy buns, braids and express makeupOnce you’ve gotten your free glass of wine & glam, join us on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage as the Central Florida Firefighters strut their stuff down the runway. All donations go to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

September 4, 2018

Southern Women’s Show Returns to Orlando


Orlando, FL (August, 30) -- The 28th annual Southern Women’s Show returns October 25-28 at the Orange County Convention Center. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more.

The show features fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love!

When:            
Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28, 2018

Show Hours:
THU, FRI, SAT:  10am – 7pm
SUN: 10am – 5pm

Where:           
Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse, Hall B
9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819

Admission:    
$12 Adult, $10 Senior (55+), $6 Youth (6-12) sold at the door
Under six FREE with paying adult

Advance Tickets:
Discount tickets sold at area Walgreens starting September 25,
$8 adult, $6 youth (6-12)

Parking:
$10 per vehicle *subject to change

Sponsors:
Chevrolet, Little Black Dress Wines, Shipt, Florida Dairy

For More Details:
Call 407-830-7312 or visit www.SouthernWomensShow.com

August 29, 2018

HEALTHY FOOD EXPO FLORIDA TO BRING WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION AND NEW HEALTHY PRODUCTS TO THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW



ORLANDO, FL, August 29, 2018 - The inaugural Healthy Food Expo Florida, a new event that is focused on healthy, natural and organic food products, is co-locating with the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. One badge grants attendees access to both shows, over 450 industry-leading and innovative exhibitors and a new "Healthy" conference program that will educate restaurant, foodservice and retail professionals about the newest trends and practices in the health food industry - everything from gluten-free and allergen-free to vegan, vegetarian and plant-based foods and products. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida will be held from Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.For information visit https://www.healthyfoodexpos.com/healthy-food-florida.
 
"We have gathered top industry speakers who will lead our new education sessions for Healthy Food Expo, and fantastic exhibitors who will offer products and demonstrations to attendees looking to add healthy items to their menu, or expand existing options," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio.  "Our attendees are at the forefront of the restaurant and foodservice industry, and we pride ourselves on keeping them up to date on industry trends and innovations. Healthy Food Expo Florida will bring our attendees access to world-class exhibitors and a comprehensive education program that will teach them all they need to know to keep up with the evolving healthy food industry."

August 28, 2018

UNPARALLELED LINE-UP OF CELEBRITY CHEFS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND COMPETITIONS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW


ORLANDO, FL, August 28, 2018 - Center Stage − an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals to stay abreast of what's hot in the food world - is a feature area at the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show being held Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Some of the biggest names in culinary arts will present various cooking demonstrations, provide samples to taste, participate in panel discussions and competitions and even offer a yoga class. The Center Stage schedule is below, to access updates click here.
"Our attendees have become accustomed to seeing the most influential names in the restaurant industry on Center Stage and our 2018 event will not disappoint the restaurant and foodservice professionals attending the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio, "We are thrilled to be welcoming a terrific line-up of celebrity chefs who are involved with some of the leading restaurants in the country to Center Stage as well as present the Beacon and Torch Awards, and watch two exciting competitions."

July 22, 2018

WALKER STALKER CON BRINGS THE WALKING DEAD BACK TO ORLANDO


Stars From Hit Shows Anchor Interactive Convention and Fan Meet-Up 

Nashville, Tenn. -- Zombie enthusiasts and fans of the number-one show on television, The Walking Dead, will have the opportunity to meet their favorite stars at the upcoming Walker Stalker Con at the Orange County Convention Center, August 11-12.

Walker Stalker Con has become an incredibly popular convention, offering something for everyone - from the diehard fan, to families, to those with a growing interest in the genre. More than 25 of the most popular actors from shows such as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and more will speak to the audience, meet fans, pose for photos and sign autographs (see full list).

June 27, 2018

8,000+ FOOD INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WILL GATHER IN SEPTEMBER FOR THE 2018 FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW

Early Bird Rates Expires June 29th, Register Today at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/
 
ORLANDO, FL June 26, 2018 – Registration has officially opened for the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida, to be held Thursday, September 6-Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This trade show and conference will bring thousands of restaurant owners and operators, chefs, foodservice professionals and other food industry professionals together to take advantage of all the great product launches and networking opportunities the show has to offer. The event is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, (FRLA) a partner of the National Restaurant Association. Registration is now open here
 
The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will provide 8,000+ industry professionals with access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including the Rapid Fire Challenge, the Foodservice Council for Women, Show Party, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. The show floor will offer several pavilions, including The Food Trends Experience, Beer, Wine & Spirits, Gourmet Way, New Exhibitor, Pubware & Equipment, International Showcase and Coffee Fest Marketplace.  Attendees will also have access to the new Healthy Food Expo Florida, an event which will showcase organic, vegan, gluten-free, allergy-safe, hormone-free, non-GMO, raw, low-sodium and low-fat food solutions, as well as demos, education sessions and other special events.

June 10, 2018

REVIEW: MegaCon 2018 - Recap, Roundup Tips & MORE

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MegaCon truly is like Christmas for a great many of us. I watch an increasing number of friends, family, and acquaintances getting anxiously prepped for the fandom extravaganza each year, and I can genuinely say that the enthusiasm that swirls around it is at least equivalent to the excited frenzy that one may notice for the arrival of Santa Claus, or other such annual icons. Yes... it's like that, and every year it seems to get a little better - slowly evolving into the perfect geeky beast.

MegaCon remains one of the few events that my kids and I can all benefit from, although we do tend to split up for our own individually-tailored adventures once we arrive. This is the primary reason MegaCon appeals so much... it's very inclusive. Conventions have become a frequent occurrence in the Central Florida area, but MegaCon is one of the few that gives equal attention to all things fandom. I can benefit from the event just as much as my son - even though I haven't followed anything anime in the last ten years - and my son has all but lost interest in television serials. My daughter (whose greatest passion is shopping), considers this to be the most worthy occasion for spending, so she has her own method for MegaCon enjoyment.

While Tony and Sierra focus heavily on the things they know best, my approach is always broad exploration and discovery! So, how did we fare at MegaCon 2018?

June 4, 2018

MEGACON™, SOUTHEAST’S LARGEST FAN CONVENTION, WRAPS ANOTHER YEAR OF FUN AND FANDOM AT THE ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER – MAY 24-27, 2018

Photo Credit: Rachel Parker, MEGACON Orlando

Action-Packed Weekend Delivered Ultimate Fan Experience with Jason Momoa, Jeff Goldblum, Elijah Wood, John Cena and more

Orlando, FL – June 4, 2018 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, wrapped up the Orlando convention throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. The four-day multi-genre convention welcomed more than 100,000 fans and included programming for all ages, a star-studded celebrity lineup and more. 

This year’s featured celebrity guests included Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings); Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park); Jason Momoa (DC Justice League); John Cena, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman (WWE Superstars); Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman); Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars); Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess); Jodi Benson and Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Little Mermaid); Rob Liefeld (Deadpool and X-Force) among others. 

November 11, 2017

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 Showcases Future of Global Attractions Industry


Exhibiting Companies Provide Sneak Peek of New Products and Services

ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 10, 2017) – The premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global attractions industry — IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 — takes place Nov. 13-17, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. As the marketplace of innovation, more than 32,000 industry professionals will find inspiration along nine miles of tradeshow aisles as they look to create fresh, bold, and unique experiences for their businesses. IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest annual gathering for global attractions professionals.

More than 1,000 exhibiting companies will showcase the latest technologies, products, and services across a 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor. With an expected 21,000 buyers, representing leading amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, resorts, and other destinations from around the world the Expo is place to learn what's new.

In advance of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, several exhibiting companies shared information regarding their latest news, products, and services (listed below for reference).

October 21, 2017

AFTER BEING RESCHEDULED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA THOUSANDS OF INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS GATHER FOR THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT AND LODGING SHOW

Mike Carlucci, Sr. Vice President of Urban Expositions, producers of the show, presents Michelle Bernstein with the Torch Award.
ORLANDO, FL October 20, 2017 - This year's Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, held last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, brought together the foodservice and hospitality industry after being delayed due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. Despite a rescheduled show, restaurant owners and operators, chefs, foodservice professionals and others gathered to take advantage of all the great product launches and networking opportunities the show had to offer. The event was sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, (FRLA) a partner of the National Restaurant Association.

October 5, 2017

DOZENS OF ACTION PACKED SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR RESCHEDULED FLORIDA RESTAURANT AND LODGING SHOW

Celebrity Chefs to be Featured on Center Stage


Orlando, FL October 5, 2017 - After an unexpected delay of date due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show is back on track to provide an excellent event for the restaurant and foodservice industry. The show will be held Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

"We hope everyone in the path of the hurricane, including all the restaurant and foodservice professionals who play a role in making the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show the spectacular event it is, stayed safe and are well," says Tom Loughran, Show Director. "Urban Expositions and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association are excited to host another incredible show, and despite the delay, we know our exhibitors, attendees and sponsors will make this the best show yet."

October 3, 2017

Two sweet story opportunities this week: The Americas Cake Fair to help raise awareness, stock supplies at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as demand rises


WHAT:
With a huge influx of new residents from Puerto Rico expected in the coming months and the Thanksgiving / holidays approaching, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)’s need for food donations is rapidly increasing. The Americas Cake Fair is conducting two community outreach initiatives to help raise awareness for SHFBCF’s services and stock supplies of local emergency food pantries. Both events provide excellent visuals and interview opportunities.

September 21, 2017

TOP TEN HIGHLIGHTS AT THE SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW

Orlando, FL September 20th 2017 – The 27th annual Southern Women’s Show returns October 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. This action-packed extravaganza brings together hundreds of unique, fun exhibitors for women of all ages across Central Florida to enjoy. Don’t miss your chance to explore over 100,000 sq. ft. of some of the best products and services available on the market today - all under one roof!

Here are ten things you need to know about the 2017 Southern Women’s Show: 
  1. Meet Celebrity Guests: Olympic Gymnast and silver and gold medalist in Rio, Laurie Hernandez, will be at the Fashion & Entertainment Stage on Thursday, October 12th. Singer and New York Times Best Selling Cookbook Author, Patti LaBelle, will wrap up the show on October 15th on the Cooking Stage.
  2. Girl’s Night Out: Get $4 admission Friday after 4pm, just in time for happy hour with LBD Wines. Once you’ve gotten your free glass of wine and free “bundtini” from Nothing Bundt Cakes, join us on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage as the Central Florida Firefighters strut their stuff down the runway. All donations go to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

August 26, 2017

Southern Women’s Show Announces Celebrity Guests

Orlando, FL August 24 2017 – Mark your calendar for the once-a-year and much anticipated Southern Women’s Show, October 12-15, 2017. Returning for its 27th annual event, the show features an exciting 4 days of one-of-a-kind shopping, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, DIY workshops, makeovers and so much more!
 
The Southern Women’s Show secured two celebrities for this year! Olympic Gymnast and silver and gold medalist in Rio, Laurie Hernandez will kickoff the retail and action-packed extravaganza on opening day. Fans have nicknamed the energetic 16-year-old as the “human emoji” for her outgoing facial expressions and for her grace and artistry on the balance beam. In addition to being an Olympic athlete, Laurie also won the “Mirror Ball” on Dancing with the Stars last Fall.  She has now authored a best seller, I Got This: To Gold and Beyond, telling her story about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. Fans will have a chance to meet Laurie at the SWS on Thursday, October 12, 2017 on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage.

August 18, 2017

Southern Women’s Show Returns to Orlando


Orlando, FL (August, 17) -- The 27th annual Southern Women’s Show returns October 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. This action-packed extravaganza brings together hundreds of unique, fun exhibitors for women of all ages across Central Florida to enjoy.
 
The show features celebrity guests, exclusive retail and boutique shopping, fashion shows, how-to demonstrations, gourmet cooking with celebrity chefs, free health screenings, beauty enhancement services and so much more. Don’t miss your chance to explore over 100,000 sq. ft. of some of the best products and services available on the market today - all under one roof!

August 5, 2017

Bigger and Better 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home and Garden Returns Aug. 25-27

Ahmed Hassan from DIY’s ‘Yard Crashers’ and Skip Bedell,
Co-Host of Spike TV’s ‘Catch a Contractor,’ Slated to Appear

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2017) – Show Technology, producers of the nation’s most exciting home and garden shows, has announced that the 8th Annual Fall Orlando Home and Garden Show is returning to the Orange County Convention Center for three days from Aug. 25-27, 2017.

The Orlando Fall Home and Garden show is the biggest home and garden event of the season and THE place to get your home projects solved! Visit the convention center to enjoy thousands of square feet of exhibits, featuring landscape and gardening experts, home improvement contractors, the latest in products and services, and related businesses exhibiting and explaining everything from creating curb appeal to backyard landscapes. The Orlando Fall Home and Garden Show saves time by offering everything for your home and garden under one roof, and features fun activities for the whole family.

June 10, 2017

MegaCon 2017 - Recap and Observations

MegaCon 2017 delivered its annual deluge of fandom insanity over four action-packed days, May 25-28 at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. A festival of fun and fantasy - this year's event was speckled with memorable highlights, incredible encounters, and uniquely diverse talent. It was also a year for change, with many notable differences in the event's processes, presentation, and staffing procedures. One thing that remains consistent - MegaCon is never a disappointment. 

If you asked multiple people to explain the appeal of MegaCon, you'd likely get vastly different descriptions from each of them. The ComeSeeOrlando staff is a prime example. Though three of us consider MegaCon a must-do event, none of us agree on our favorite aspect - nor do we share common goals or expectations for our time there. When an event packs such a colossal punch, it's not much of a challenge to find something you'll enjoy. What you discover may surprise you! We've pinpointed our "Mega-motivators"... what are yours?

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