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October 20, 2018

TOP FESTIVALS IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

Events for the entire family are celebrated in 2019

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- What do frog legs, pelicans, and craft brews all have in common? They are all festivals held throughout the year that connect locals and travelers alike to art, food, Mother Nature and yes, even beer. Festivals bring about a sense of community, where thousands of like-minded strangers become friends sharing in the celebration while introducing visitors to the unique personalities of Vero Beach, Fellsmere and Sebastian.

Here a few upcoming festivals to add to your calendar of events:

  • Sebastian Clambake – In 2002, a nonprofit corporation started a November festival that deeply affected the local community and has continued to make waves to this day. Past events raised more than $600,000, which were then distributed to local nonprofit organizations. The organizers believe that exceptional eats, soul-stirring music, historical re-enactments and plenty of family fun make this festival a wonderful way to give back to the community. The clambake takes place from November 2-4, 2018 and around the same time in 2019.
  • If frog legs and gator tails are your thing, then you’re in good company! Every January for the past 25 years, the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival puts Fellsmere, Florida, on the map. This festival has become a huge draw for visitors who want to experience homespun, Florida-fun, and of course locals who want to join their family and friends enjoying the best the sunshine state offers. Hop to the festival from January 17-20, 2019.

October 16, 2018

NOVEMBER EVENT LINEUP AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO

Jack Hanna Weekend: Nov. 3 – 4,
Craft Beer Festival: Weekends, Nov. 3 – 11,
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Select Days Starting Nov. 17

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2018) – This November, the event lineup at SeaWorld Orlando offers something for everybody with three unique opportunities to add value to a visit to the park and events taking place every Saturday and Sunday.

Jack Hanna Weekend – Nov. 3 – 4
World-renowned animal expert “Jungle Jack” Hanna is back for another weekend of excitement and storytelling at SeaWorld Orlando on Nov. 3 and 4. The internationally-known conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer will share animal facts and his travel tales during captivating and interactive presentations at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. inside the Nautilus Theater.

CENTRAL FLORIDA’S ULTIMATE WINTER WONDERLAND LIGHT UP UCF RETURNS FOR ITS ELEVENTH ANNUAL SEASON AT CFE ARENA ON NOVEMBER 16




RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CAN EXPECT SNOWY NIGHTS AND SPARKLING LIGHTS WITH A SPECTACULAR LIGHT SHOW, OUTDOOR SKATING RINK, EXCITING HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS AND MORE!

ORLANDO, FL – We’re spreading holiday cheer at CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of CFE Arena, Light Up UCF will open Friday, November 16 and run through Tuesday, January 1. This year’s festival offers 47 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and much more.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF — Playing Dr. Phillips Center March 5 – 10, 2019


— Tickets go on sale Friday, October 19, 2018 

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 15, 2018) - Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. for the Orlando premiere engagement of the Tony® and Pulitzer Prize-winning hit musical Fiddler on the Roof. Part of the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando series, Fiddler on the Roof will play the Walt Disney Theater from March 5 through March 10, 2019Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Groups of 10 or more contact groups@drphillipscenter.org. or 407.455.5550. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice.

October 14, 2018

REVIEW: Terror at the Inn - Holiday Inn Orlando Suites & Waterpark



We have some of the coolest hotels here in Orlando, don't we? In October of 2010, we gathered the whole clan for a weekend-long birthday event at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. It was one of the most memorable family celebrations we've had, and we were all quite impressed with the expansive, useful space, as well as the associated amenities. Eight years later, that same birthday boy returned to this location to enjoy another event with me - Terror at the Inn! A lot has changed, including the ownership of the resort, but we still found a brilliant use of space tucked away in a central area of the theme park corridor.. even more so, in fact - with the creation of this all-original, family-friendly attraction spookily suitable for the Halloween season! Best of all, Terror at the Inn is open to the public, so you can visit the attraction even if you are not a registered hotel guest.

Terror at the Inn consists of a haunted house, 4D movie experience, and more. The haunted house is themed around the curse of an Egyptian crypt. It is devoid of gore and disturbing scenes, making it suitable for younger guests who likely find events like Halloween Horror Nights to be too intense. There are well-conceived scenes routed cleverly in a winding pathway lined with a smart mix of both animatronic and live-actor encounters - providing genuine jump scares without the terrors that may be a bit much for more squeamish guests. I am an easy target in haunted houses, but my son is not. Once I made him go ahead of me in the house for a span, I was amused to see him startled a time or two, so the efforts were effective by non-chicken standards, too! The overall quality of the house was frankly surprising, and the length was more than fair. Definitely one to recommend, and now I will admit that I was not going into this expecting to be impressed! Halloween attractions are very easy to go cheesy... but this one had substance and effort - undoubtedly.


Your Terror at the Inn ticket also includes a visit to the in-house theater for the Panic House 4D experience. This immersive cinematic experience provides a haunted house tour from another, sensory perspective... with a few surprises that you wouldn't expect to encounter from the safe comfort of a movie theater seat. You may have escaped one haunted house during this visit - now you've tempted fate with a second harrowing exploration!

After all these tests of courage, you deserve a reward - and lucky for you, your admission includes 20% off the Lakeside Café, Hideaway Lounge, Club Candy, and Hershey’s Ice Cream Shop! These are located in the Marketplace area, just beyond the haunted house and 4D theater. Grab a snack and a drink before testing your skills at the carnivalesque midway area for prizes (and bragging rights). Don't miss all the great photo ops along the way, and keep your eyes peeled for roaming characters, too! Now through October 31, Terror at the Inn is open select weekdays from 6pm-10pm, and 6pm-11pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission is just $19.95, with $5 discount available to military personnel, first responders, and Florida/Georgia residents. Parking is complimentary. For more information, visit terrorattheinn.com


REVIEW: UNDead in the Water - Tampa Bay


Thanks to the resurgence in mainstream popularity of zombie culture, the apocalypse is a topic we're able to ponder from a sort of "fantasy" slant. After all, the rise of the undead for a human harvest couldn't really become a realistic event... right?

But, what if...

Work with me here. Even if you haven't considered your survival plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse, haven't we all had a moment to wonder where we would go and what we would do if an apocalyptic event were to unfold? Let's face it - we Floridians have emergency plans embedded in our brains thanks to hurricanes anyway, so maybe it's not a huge leap to throw the potential for flesh-eating monsters into the mix - just in case. (Right about now, you are raising an eyebrow at me, but let me profess - I actually took a course through UC Irvine: 'Survival Lessons From The Walking Dead'... it's a thing, people! But I digress...)

It just so happens - in the case of a zombie apocalypse, those lucky folks near Tampa's Channelside District have a pretty nifty escape option... the American Victory Ship!

October 13, 2018

ENCORE RESORT AT REUNION WELCOMES FAMILIES NEAR AND FAR FOR FESTIVE HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Memorable Orlando Holiday Vacations Await Guests of All Ages with
Turkey Trot 5k Walk/Run, Thanksgiving Dinner, Jingle Bell 5k Walk/Run,
Elf-Tuck-In’s on Christmas Eve, Brunch with Santa and a New Year’s Eve Celebration
Florida Residents Receive a 10 Percent Discount on Reservations

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2018) — There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than in a luxurious home away from home in the family vacation capital of the world. Encore Resort at Reunion, the premier luxury vacation home rental community in Orlando, Florida, is pleased to announce its spectacular line-up of holiday activities, parties and family/children’s activity programs that will be offered to guests at the Resort during the 2018 Holiday Season. Located only seven miles from Disney World, Universal Orlando and other local theme parks and attractions, Encore Resort at Reunion is the first of-its-kind in the vacation home rental space to offer guests all of the services and amenities of a luxury resort with the comforts and privacy of a home.

Below is a list of Encore Resort at Reunion’s Festive 2018 Holiday Activities and Offerings:

FALL INTO SEASON WITH FREE FESTIVAL AT LUCKY’S MARKET

Annual ‘Harvest Fest’ Showcases Seasonal Produce and Products with
Interactive Activities for All Ages

Despite the still sizzling summer weather, fall has officially begun at Lucky’s Market stores throughout Florida. To celebrate the changing season, and showcase some of Florida’s most popular fall produce and seasonal products, the specialty grocer will host its annual ‘Fall Into Something Different Harvest Fest’ on Saturday, October 20, from 11 am – 4 pm, at each of its Florida locations. All event activities are free to the public.  

All Florida locations are stocking up on everything fall-flavored, including 15 varieties of apples, several types of squash, berries, pumpkin spice flavored cheeses, fall florals, and seasonal beer and wine, including an especially ghoulish ‘Trick” (red) or “Treat” (white) wine.

International Sand Art Competition to Bring Master Sculptors to Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy creativity, unique “art supplies” and playful beachside fun characterize the International Sand Art Competition, set to provide an intriguing experience for spectators over Thanksgiving weekend in Key West.

Visitors can watch nine leading U.S. and international sand sculptors construct and display large-scale creations Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 21-25, on the Atlantic Ocean beach at Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, at 1500 Reynolds St.

Scheduled competitors are Jakub Zimacek from the Czech Republic; champion sculptor Joo Heng Tan of Singapore; international award winner Fergus Mulvany of Ireland; Canadian-born master Abe Waterman; defending champion Morgan Rudluff of San Francisco, California; competition veteran Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts’ Deborah Barrett-Cutulle; and husband-and-wife team Adam Russell and Kelly Lever, Key West residents and sculptors of functional pottery who are turning to the medium of sand.

According to competition organizer Marianne van den Broek, owner of Key West’s Just Sand And Water LLC, each entrant is to receive approximately 7 tons of sand. They have four days to craft their sculptures out of only sand and water, using hand tools such as trowels and brushes but no electric tools, molds or glue.

October 11, 2018

Celebrate the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with Central Florida's Festival of Trees

'Tis the season to buy your tickets to the event that kicks off the 
holidays in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2018) - Those in Central Florida might already have their minds on gift giving, decking the halls, and warm gatherings with friends and family - but it's not really the holidays in Orlando without the annual tradition of the Festival of Trees.

Tickets are now on sale for Council of 101's annual event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland with sparkling trees, glittering holiday vignettes and stunning décor. Now in its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees is celebrating the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with the Central Florida community. Visitors can admire designer Christmas trees of all sizes, custom wreaths, a gingerbread village and more, all created by Orlando's finest designers. Each piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.

DETAILS REVEALED FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT


ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2018) – Universal Orlando Resort today revealed details about New Year’s Eve festivities across the destination, offering many opportunities for guests to find their ideal celebration.

The ultimate New Year’s Eve upscale party for guests 21 and up, EVE at Universal CityWalk is a separately ticketed event that includes an unlimited selection of gourmet dishes, access to six CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs, featuring DJ M-Squared on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor, plus a Champagne toast at midnight underneath a magnificent display of confetti bursts and pyrotechnics.

October 7, 2018

Annual Pink Off Park Celebration and Fundraiser Event Returns Friday, October 19 in Winter Park


Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Care Fund at Florida Hospital Foundation
 
WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 5, 2018) – Pink Off Park (formerly Pink Bash) is an annual community celebration and fundraiser event designed to bring breast cancer awareness to Central Florida in an interactive, uplifting way. Pink Off Park features a survivor fashion show, live music, pink carpet photos, a silent auction, enter-to-win prizes and more -- all to support the cause and honor those that are fighting, have been touched or have lost their battle to breast cancer. 
 
Pink Off Park, produced by Orlando Sentinel Media Group, is a FREE event to attend with options to purchase food and drink sampling passports. One hundred percent of the passport proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Care Fund at Florida Hospital Foundation.

October 5, 2018

MISSOURI - Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas Features Christmas In Midtown Light Spectacular, 6.5 Million Lights, Light Parade & Time Traveler


        (Branson, Mo. 2018)    Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas presents the park’s brightest season with 6.5 million lights, featuring the popular Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular, and 30 miles of new lights illuminating the walkways and load station area for the new ground-breaking coaster Time Traveler. The festival also features an evening light parade, two Broadway-style original musical productions, a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas tree with a sound and light show and holiday dining, November 3 – December 30.

        Christmas in Midtown takes holiday lighting to a new level, filling over an acre with 1.5 million LED lights -- 145 miles of lights covering 70,000 square feet -- in the Midtown area alone. Huge light tunnels and wreath portals lead into the area, which includes light displays 9 stories high, flying angels, running reindeer, moving trains, a 90-foot tree, musical trees with moving lights, dozens of stars and snowflakes, and a giant turning globe, all created at Silver Dollar City.

Key West’s Goombay Festival to Blend Music, Food and Island Spirit

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy family fun, entertainment and multicultural taste treats await revelers Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, during the annual Goombay street festival.

The lively festival runs from noon to midnight both days, with the action centered on Petronia Street in the heart of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Attractions include live music, food and a spirited celebration of the cultural connection between Key West and the Bahamas.

Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, Key West’s 10-day masking and costuming gala. The 2018 festival is themed “Oh … The Games We Play!” and is scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Each year Goombay attracts thousands of people ranging from national and international visitors to Florida Keys residents who have made attending the event a local tradition. 

Against the vibrant backdrop of Bahama Village, they view and purchase island arts and crafts, savor the flavors of vendors’ delicacies and spend two rocking evenings dancing in the streets.

September 29, 2018

Phantasmagoria Orlando/DiDonna Productions is proud to present the ninth ALL ORIGINAL installment in their Critically Acclaimed “Whimsically Macabre” Halloween Celebrations PHANTASMAGORIA IX “HOMECOMING”

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PHANTASMAGORIA AS FEATURED NATIONALLY ON PBS 

Called One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.”  by Good Day Atlanta, and direct from its successful sold out performances in multiple cities and states Phantasmagoria is proud to present their next main stage installment of this long running critically acclaimed series PHANTASMAGORIA IX “Homecoming” to celebrate the 2018 Halloween Season and its ninth year of ongoing production! 

With the ongoing critically acclaimed success of the past eight year’s installments - as well as special events and appearances throughout the year the brand new  PHANTASMAGORIA IX thunders on to the stage in five Florida counties with all new stories of terror!  Live performersPhantastical dance, explosive stage combat, large scale puppetry, aerial performance and haunting storytelling combine to create a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror!   

Join Phantasmagoria’s evocative troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus as they embark on their newest and perhaps darkest journeys yet through literary tales of terrorand horrific folk stories, legends, and myths. Enter with us into dark and sometimes whimsical tales from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas HoodMexican FolkloreVictorian Poetry and Song, an ancient centuries old  Irish Vampire and much, MUCH more  – all to set the tone for a truly Phantasmagorical Halloween season!     
  
Special VIP Experience!  Available in select cities The VIP show experience will include  Specialty actappearances by members of the Phantasmagoria  troupe woven together to top the evening off in the best and darkest of ways (also includes drink, Phantasmagoria souvenir and more - VIP available in Orlando, Eustis, Sanford and Deland only)