2017 Casselberry Rock ‘N’ Blues Concert and Car Show Preview

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Looking for something to do over the Memorial Day weekend? Then check out the 2017 Casselberry Rock ‘N’ Blues Concert and Car Show featuring the singer Mike Zito and his band at Lake Concord Park on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from 5pm – 9pm. This is a free annual event from the City of Casselberry and is sponsored by the radio station 105.9 Sunny FM.

It is only a short drive from Orlando to Casselberry in Seminole County. Check your GPS for the best travel route. There is limited parking around this event. Attendees are advised to park at either the Casselberry Target or Home Deport parking lots. Some street around this event will be closed.  Limited handicap parking is available at the Casselberry Police Department. Contact the City of Casselberry for information on handicap parking for this event.

 Here is a little background on the opening act and headliner at this event. Zito co-founded the Royal Southern Brotherhood that features Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott and went on to major international success. In 2012, Zito debuted his new band “The Wheel,” and its 2014 album “Gone to Texas” was nominated for a Blues Music Award. In 2015, the band released “Keep Coming Back” and Zito has been on the road ever since. “I love the blues, I love rock ‘n’ roll and I love country music. It’s what I do and who I am,” Zito said. “Having fun and playing music you love and believe in.” Opening up for Zito will be Tony Sheridan’s Band and Paul Stott and Band.  Back in 2015, Devon Allman was the headliner act at the Casselberry Hot Rods & Rock N Roll event.

Besides the music taking you down Memory Lane, there will be plenty of classic cars, muscle cars, and hot rods for car enthusiasts to enjoy. DJ Don from Cruising Orlando will be spinning some tunes. Plus, there will be awards for the best cars at this show. So bring your clean and shinny vintage to modern car or truck to this event for all to see.

Along with this holiday, Casselberry City Hall will have a Rock ‘N’ Blues Art Exhibit on display from May 25 – July 31, 2017, theme on cars and music. The City of Casselberry is a proud champion of the arts, and its City Hall reflects this through the display of quarterly art exhibitions. Visitors to City Hall will find it adorned with artwork by renowned local and national artists, featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media works.

As part of this Memorial Weekend celebration, the City will again honor all veterans for their service with a color guard display and plaque. Plus, There will be over 20 vendors providing food, beverage, and an assortment of products will be on hand. So come down and enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs and come join us for this event.

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2017 Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout in Oviedo Preview

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Oviedo, FL (April 24, 2017) – The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (OWSRCC), the City of Oviedo and Helpful Hands are thrilled to announce the entertainment lineup for Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout presented by Sonny’s BBQ and Oviedo Roofing. The BBQ Blowout will take place on Saturday, May 27, from 2pm-10pm at Oviedo Mall. Admission is free. Alexa Neilen will be singing the National Anthem at 1:50pm,and the final performance will be the Jeff Howell and Bubba Wilson Band from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

OWSRCC is collaborating with Helpful Hands, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a better quality of life for children and their families by picking up where other agencies leave off.

“We are thrilled about this year’s stage line up,” stated Bridget Lake, Senior Director of Sponsorships and Events. “Amazing musicians and delicious BBQ, it doesn’t get better than that.”

Below is the main-stage entertainment lineup:

1:50 Alexa Neilen

2:00 Bailey Callahan

3:00 Paul Stott Duo

4:00 Michelle Lambert

5:00 Hoot n Holler

6:00 Megan Katarina w/ Band

7:00 Jeff Howell, Bubba Wilson and Band

Our emcees include OWSRCC’s house emcee Arnie Lee Nussbaum; Mr and Miss UCF, Angelo Baldado and Madison Daniel; Josh Strzalko, Helpful Hands; Alex Diaz, MIX 105.1; Mitchell Kenneth Perera, film director; and Brandon Lunzman, screenwriter and director.

For more information about Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout please visit http://www.bbqblowout.com

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The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. With corporate offices located at 376 N. Central Ave., near downtown Oviedo, the purpose of the chamber is to serve as an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. For more information on the Chamber, please visit www.oviedowintersprings.org.

Helpful Hands, Inc. is a 100% volunteer run nonprofit charity. 96% of all fundraising and donations go to grant funding of Community Partners that strategically align with Helpful Hands, Inc. mission. With this support, Helpful Hands, Inc. funded $78,000 in grants in 2016 and over $84,000 in grants in 2017. All funded programs benefit more than 2,300 children and families in crisis. For more information on Helpful Hands, please visit www.helpfulhands.org. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please visit us at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 WMMO Downtown Concert Series featuring George Thorogood with the Destroyers Band Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Come down an experience a WMMO DCS concert in person at City Commons on Orange Avenue by Orlando City Hall. This event is being held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 4pm -11pm. This concert is free and everyone is welcome. Rain or Shine this concert will go on.

In previous years this event has always been packed with people. Arrive early to secure your place to watch the George Thorogood and the Destoryers live and in person. What make this event great are the various food trucks and the live band on stage. These two combinations are what make it a great event in Central Florida. Parking for this event are scattered through Downtown Orlando. There are many public and private parking garages to park for a fee. Sorry, no free parking near concert location.

Who is George Thorogood and the Destroyers? Some music fans may have heard of Thorogood popular songs, which are Bad to the Bone, Madison Blues, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Move It On Over, and Who Do You Love?

The sights and sound of a WMMO DCS event brings many people down together for a great Rock and Roll music. DCS opens the gates at 4pm. The main gate is located on Orange Avenue and East South Street. There is a security checkpoint to access this concert event. All bags will be searched. Law Enforcement is present during the duration of this venue. For general admission it is recommended to bring your own folding chair. One may not want to stand the whole time for the concert.

For preferred Listener / Sponsor VIPs there are more amenities that the general admission doesn’t get. For the Listener VIP ticket go on-line and purchase them ahead of time. These VIP tickets sell out fast when released. Plus, VIP attendees get close seating near the stage, private pot-a-lets, and a private cash bar.

This event is a great photo opportunity for serious amateurs and advanced photographers to capture Thorogood and the Destroyers Band. Check with event security if they allow long 70-200mm lens and or 150-500mm lens. Please note that images of the singer and the band are copy righted.

Besides the music, there are vendors and other service providers on hand selling their goods and services. These vendors are located near the front entrance of the concert area. Some of the previous vendors have been law firms, cell phone providers, a motorcycle dealer, a winery, party merchandise, and much more.

If you come hungry than don’t worry, they have you covered. There are a limited number of food trucks and other food vendors. Prices on food will vary depending on the food item. Bring cash however some vendors may take credit cards. There will be many types of foods sold Attendees have a choice from chicken, hamburgers, BBQ sandwiches, fish, and much more. For dessert one will find cupcakes, ice cream, and much more.

There are a few local bands that will open for the headliner singer and or band. Usually, the headliner comes on stage around 8:30pm. Times are subject to change without notice. Some band may be repeat acts from previous DCS events. Some of the local bands are Amp’d, AM/FM Stereo, and much more. These bands play some great rock music with some song that everybody likes and knows.

There is usually 2-3 WMMO DCS concerts a year. Check back for future rock concerts in Downtown Orlando. For more information go to www.wmmo.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Winter Springs Food & Wine Festival Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Are you looking for some great food and wine samplings? Then get your ticket now for this year’s 2017 Winter Springs Food & Wine Festival held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at 5pm, at Winter Springs Town Center. Gates open at 4pm. Attendees must be 21 and up to sample alcohol. Under 21 welcome, but cannot sample without wristband. This event will happen Rain or Shine. Sorry, no refunds.

Driving from Orlando to Winter Springs is an easy drive depending on the route you take. Check your GPS for the best route. There is plenty of free parking in the Winter Springs Town Center Shopping Center and at Winter Springs High School. Some streets may be closed off for this event. Arrive early for the best parking spaces closest to this venue.

Hungry? Check out the ABC Fine Wine & Sprits and iHeartRadio present the 2nd Annual Winter Springs Food and Wine Festival taking place Saturday, May 6th, 2017 starting at 5pm. Enjoy a nice evening in the beautiful Winter Springs Town Center with samples of wine, spirits and craft beer. Plus, enjoy delicious food from area restaurants and live entertainment.

Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. If purchasing tickets on-line there is a service charge. Cash only when buying tickets at the door on day of event. To save on the service charge pick up your tickets at Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, Winter Springs Town Center, Big City Pizza, Casey’s Grill on Tuskawilla Road, and Zoo Health Club in Winter Springs Town Center. Each ticket includes a five food samples, 10-1oz wine sample or 2oz beer sample. To purchase tickets online go to

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There are many participating restaurants dishing out some of their best samples. Here is a list of restaurants such as Dunkin Donuts, BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse, Old Fashion Amarena Gelato, Rock & Brew, Crave it Love It, Casey’s Restaurant, Stefano’s Trattoria Restaurant, Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders, Victorios II Italian Restaurant, Kona Ice, Gator’s Dockside, King’s Smokehouse, DeVine Wine &Grill, Festive Affairs Food & Catering Service, Senor Tequila Mexican Grill, and Bonefish Grill. Some restaurants may change without notice. Attendees to this event will only be receiving samples and not a full meal from each of the restaurants.

Besides eating, there will be plenty of wine to choose from. Here is a list of choices such as Valckenberg Dornfelder, Undone Pinot Noir, Valckenberg Pinot Blanc, Malbec del Mercado, Sainta Julia Dry Rose, Kawin Sauvignon Blnac, The Ripper Shiraz, Ca’Momi Rosso, Bianco, Chardonnay, Cabernet , Vista Peak Chardonnay, Vista Peak Cabernet Sauv, Yellow Bird Chardonnay, Yellow Bird Shiraz, Oak Grove Reserve Zinfandel, Ste Genevieve Sweet Moscato, Yellow Bird Cabernet, Oak Grove Pinot Grigio, Oak Grove Sauv Blanc, Oak Grove Merlot, Vista Peak Charonnay, Arctic Fox White, Morro Bay Cabernet, Shannon Ridge Wrangler, Kawin Sauvingnon Blanc, M Lynch Merlot Cab, Paisajes De Los Andes Classic Carmenere, Le Temps Des Vendanges Dry White, Domaine Maby Tavel, Gouleyant Malbec Cahors, Castell Silvaner, Les Fosses D’Harengs Vouray, Chevalier de Bayard, Duca d’Amalfi, Southern Red, and Sunblush. Additional wines may be provided by Lakeridge Winery & Vineyard and PRP Wine International. Some wine selections are subjected to change without notice.

Some of the beer selection on hand are White Claw Black, Cherry, Lime, Grapefruit Brooklyn Brewery lager, defender, local 1, and Bel Aire Sour, Sailfish, Hedden Springs, Infinite, Walking Tree, Ocean Sun, Slim Pickens, Anchor Brewing – Blood Orange, Blackberry Daze IPA, Mango Wheat, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Radberger and Palm Amber Ale, Deep Roots , Spook Hill, Boricua Beer, Taino Light, Tomoka Red Ale, Tomoka Oceanside IPA. Also, some beers are provided by Rogue Pub, Red Cypress Brewery, and Boricua Beer. Plus, there are some selection spirits on hand as well too. Choose from Pigalle Vodka with Steve’s Gourmet Olivesand Bloody Mary Mix, Tequila, and Moonshine.

This event was made possible by the following sponsors by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, iHeart Radio, XL 106.7, Real Radio 104.1, and Magic 107.7. For more information on this event please visit www.winterspringsfoodandwine.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 28th Annual Spring Fiesta in the Park in Orlando Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – It is now that time again to enjoy spring with Orlando’s bi-annual Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola Park and Robinson Street. This event runs from April 1 & 2, 2017, from 10am – 5pm. The Fiesta in the Park Committee along with a group of volunteers and sponsors come together to help produce this annual event to support the Greater Orlando area. This event is FREE and open to all families, adults, and children.

The Fiesta in the Park Committee’s mission is to bring family and pet friendly arts and entertainment to Downtown Orlando each Spring and Fall season, while promoting local urban development in the City of Orlando and through the Orlando Community & Youth Trust.

If driving a vehicle in downtown Orlando going to this event. Parking is very limited around Lake Eola Park. There are public and private parking garages that are available for a fee. If you’re looking for free parking park, there is some in the residential area, which is a short walk to this venue. It is recommended to arrive early at the beginning of this event. Crowds tend to peak in the middle to the end of the day.

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Bring your family down for a fun filled day at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. There are plenty of activities to see and do. Take in the various fine artists and crafters booths on displaying their handmade works of art. This is a juried art show and awards are given out on Sunday for the top artists. If good music is your thing than check out the WMMO radio station with local singers who will be performing live on the small stage. If you come hungry to this event, there are plenty of food vendors to choose from. Plus there are various commercial vendors selling their goods and services. Don’t miss a moment so plan a day at this year’s Spring Fiesta in the Park.

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2017 Seminole County Fair in Sanford Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Sanford, FL – It is that time of year again when the Seminole County Fair rolls back into town. There is free parking, free admission, and a variety of rides and games at one location. This fair runs from March 24 – April 1, 2017. Opening and closing times will vary. Open rain or shine.

Getting to the fair is only a short drive from Orlando. Check your GPS for the best travel route to this fair. The fair is located at Hickman Drive in Sanford, which is just right off of Interstate 4. Just follow the fair signs directing drivers to free parking. The fair is located in an open field.

Over the years, the fair has been at many locations within the county. They have been at the Seminole Town Center Mall parking lot, the Old Bill Heard Chevy Dealership (now Audi North Orlando, and at the 17-92 Wal-Mart parking lot. In the future, the fair will have to find another location to set up shop. The current owners of the property are waiting to build on this commercial real-estate property. Stay tuned for more information on a new location the coming years ahead.

The Seminole County fair is really a big carnival with some odd attractions. This fair is considered a smallest fair in the area compared to the Central Florida Fair, Volusia County Fair, and Osceola County Fair. This fair is run by Strates Shows, which owned and managed out of Orlando. Strates Shows is one of the largest east coast fair shows.

When arriving at the fair one will see two ticket booths. Besides the ticket booths are ATM machines. Prices for ride and game tickets as follows 120 tickets for $50, 40 tickets for $20, and 2 tickets for $1. There are no refunds, rain checks and or replacements. All rides have manufacturer’s height, weight, and age restrictions. There are many typical rides and games at this fair.

Here is a listing of all the rides at this fair. They a Mary-Go-Round, Quad Runner, Jumbo, Raiders, Heavy Haulin Inflate, Bouncezone, Scooter bumper cars, Giant Ferris Wheel, Cobra, Family Swinger, Scrambler, Junglewalk, Bear Affair, Cushing Casino, Haunted House, Cucko Haus, The Force (Starship 2000), Pirate Rocking Ship, Sizzler, Zipper, Thunder Bolt, Sky Flyer, Mario Land, Bumper cars, Giant slide, Dinosaur Volcano Ride, Construction Zone ride, Silver Streak Ride, Dizzy Dragon, Volkswagon Ride, Fire Ball, and Tractor Ride.

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Besides the rides are the games. Here is the list of games at this fair which are Filler Up, Basketball, Ring Toss Coke Bottle, Ring toss, Football toss, Shootout the Star, Ping Pong & Goldfish Toss, and Water Gun Fun. Try your hand at a game of skill or luck. Many of these games award various prizes. Come away a winner get a large stuffed animals of your choosing.

If you’re looking to just relax that are some feature attractions at this fair to see. Check out the World’s Smallest Horse called Tinny Tim, The World’s Smallest Woman who is Jamaican, The Snake Child Born Alive, Girl-Snake, which is half girl – half snake, and finally the Museum of World Oddities. Each attraction has a separate admission price ranging from 50¢ – $2.00. Some days they run specials on admission.

There are many food vendors on hand for your hungry stomachs. They have a variety of foods to choose from. One will find corndogs, pizza, hamburgers, chicken fingers, ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn Fried Oreos, fried bubble gum, fried pickles, funnel cakes, snow cones, Polish & Italian Sausage, jumbo turkey leg, Fried Twinkies, sirloin streak and nachos . Prices will vary depending on what one orders. An average price of a meal is from $2 – $12.

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Come on down and have a great time. Spend a day or just a few hours and you’ll have a lot of fun. Bring the entire family and friends with. This is where memories are made. For more information go to www.seminolecountyfair.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 5th Annual Altamonte Springs Uptown Art Expo Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Altamonte Springs, FL – This annual art festival is held at Cranes Roost Park next to the Altamonte Mall. The venue has free admission and parking. This event is being held on March 25 & 26, 2017. So mark your calendar and come on down to this weekend event.

It is just an easy drive from Orlando to get to Altamonte Springs. Take I-4 going east. Then take exit 92 off of I-4. Look for the Altamonte Mall signage. There is plenty of free parking at the Altamonte Mall. It is advised to park in the Northwest side of the mall, which is close to the park. Check your GPS for the best travel route to Cranes Roost Park.

This art show is set near the lakeside area featuring a walking path, plaza with fountain show & amphitheater with live entertainment. While walking around beautiful Cranes Roost Park there will be many artists and vendor booths lined up on Cranes Roost Blvd. The Art Festival will feature 150 juried art & fine crafts with displays of glass, jewelry, mosaics, paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture and more all available for purchase.

This year’s music on stage is Rick Derringer Band presenting Storyteller – Alive and Well Performance. Derringer is a Legendary Guitarist, Singer, Producer Hear the stories behind the Hits! Some of his hits are “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo”, “Hang on Sloopy” “Frankenstein”, “Free Ride”, “Real American”, “Still Alive and Well” and many more!

Another big music headliner is the tribute band The Long Run – A Journey Through The Music Of The Eagles! This band tours around the world and has played over 400 shows worldwide. This band has appeared on over 30 albums with many famous singers and bands. What makes this band unique is that they perform on many cruise ships around the world. Some of the band members Randy Ridenour and Chuck Kirkpatrick have ties to Florida. The Long Run has performs many of the Eagles greatest rock music hits. Listen to this tribute band play the songs such as “Hotel California”, “Take It Easy”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, and much more.

Another popular feature at this art festival is the sidewalk chalk paintings. Many local artists with different ages from all walks of life compete for awards for the best chalk painting. One will see a variety of subject matters. These sidewalk chalk artists start in the morning and end in the early evening. There is a limited amount of time to complete one sidewalk chalk painting. When these sidewalk chalk paintings are finished one will be amazed of how they created a masterpiece within a short amount of time. This is a must see when attending this venue.

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For the hungry festival attendees – International Street cuisine and good old-fashioned Festival Foods along with Craft Beer featuring Bold City Brewery, Islamorada Beer Company, 3 Daughters Brewing Company, Kona Brewing, Bud Light and Wines – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Merlot. Prices of food will vary.

This event is produced by Orlando Art & Living Expo, Inc., and is a non-profit corporation, whose mission is to bring art and music together, and enhance the quality of life in Central Florida. For more information on this art show go to www.uptownartexpo.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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