2017 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – If you have never been to a home and garden show before, this is the place to be on this weekend of August 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Admission to this show is $9.68 with a surcharge. There is much too see and do and this year’s show where you can have your home and garden project solved. See industry experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions. This home and garden show is under one roof. Also, this is a family friendly show, so bring the kids too.

It is only a quick drive from Downtown Orlando. Check your GPS for the best possible route. Parking on the property of OCCC is $10-18 per car. OCCC parking is located in the back of the building. Sorry, no free parking in the area.

It is recommended to wear comfortable shows to this event. One will be doing a lot of walking. Don’t forge to bring your camera and pad of paper along with a pen to write down some notes for your own place. On one day, attendees plan on spending 3-4 hours at this show. (The Fall Home and Garden Show) can help you get your Projects Solved! With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more. Sorry, promoter does not list the vendors attending this Fall’s Home & Garden Show.

Upon entering the convention hall, one will be amazed of the beautiful lush gardens with fountains surrounded by natural plants. Master Gardeners will be on hand to explain to attendees how to grow these native plants in our tropical climate in Central Florida.

There will be rows and rows of a variety of vendors on hand show casing their products and services. Some of these products may not be found in any retail stores. This is your opportunity to test out these new products in the marketplace. Some vendors even give out free sample and coupons of their products. Plus, Cool 105.9 FM is giving away a Virtual Garage at Booth 948. The virtual garage has washer & dryer, tools, shop vacuum, garage cabinets, and much more.

Here are some of the features at this year’s home and garden show in Orlando. There will be design, décor & home improvement down every aisle. Plus, see landscapes, gardening & plants to take home for purchase too. See featured Gardening Expert, Tom MacCubbin live and in person. Also, there will be DIY Workshop Stage by The Home Depot. Check out Boyce Thompson’s Life Changing New Product Zone. Wine & Shop for art, gift, gourmet & wine tasting. Plus, there is a Fun Filled Kid’s Zone. Finally, see Live Birds of Prey & Pet Zone to round out your show experience.

Also, there will be some celebrity guests on hand at this year’s Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show. Some of the celebrity guests are Ahmed Hassan, Celebrity Landscaper as seen on DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers”, kip Bedell, Co-Host of Spike TV’s “Catch A Contractor”, and Boyce Thompson with his life-changing products. Many of these celebrity guests will appear at various times throughout this home and garden show. Check this show schedule for more information.

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and this is the place to be. Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit this home and garden show. For more information on this show go to http://showtechnology.com/event/orlando-fall-home-garden-show . If you missed this home and garden show there are other ones throughout the United States from this promoter. 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 Hope Now Back 2 School Bash in Orlando Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Are you looking to get your kids ready back to school? If you said yes, than this is the place to be on Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 10am – 2pm, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Hope Now International and WFTV 9 Family Connection are sponsoring this FREE event. This event is on a first come, first serve on school supplies and services.

This event is located at Camping World Stadium at 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805. Check your GPS for the best travel route to this location. There is free parking available on the property of Camping World Stadium. Look for parking attendants directing traffic.

The background of Hope Now International is a 100% all-volunteer organization, which has no paid staff members. Plus, is a non-profit organization with a 501c3 certified organization. The very first Back 2 School Bash was started in 1995 and has grown ever since then. Hope Now truly cares about the Central Florida community. Many other organizations, companies, and individuals, have donated school supplies to this worth cause. This is what makes this event so special.

If you plan on arriving early to this event before 10am, expect to wait in a long line. Most people arrive early to get a choice of a color and style backpack when entering the stadium gates. This event does not open any early than 10am. When entering the stadium gates there is a security checkpoint to enter for all attendees. Sorry, certain items are not allowed inside this stadium. Check with security for more information. Your child must be present to get free school supplies and services at this event.

This place is a one-stop shop to get your children ready for school. There are many health screenings such as dental checks, haircuts, eye screening, and physicals. All services are free. Please bring your patience while waiting in these lines. There are trained medical and licensed professionals that are providing these free services.

Plus, many other vendors will be on hand giving out free things as well. Stop by the WFTV booth and meet some on-air personalities. Also, check out the Orange County School District (OCSD) has a yellow mini-school bus golf cart that kids can have their photos taken with. This is one of the family favorites. Another vendor is FunSpot America, which will be on hand too giving out candy. Check out Brownie’s Plumbing and Septic Alligator will be on hand to your photo taken with. Plus, there will be much more to see and do at this event.

So if your kids are not prepared for school yet, then come out down to this event. When leaving this event please thank the event host and sponsors for all that they do. For more information go to www.hopenowinternational.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 Megacon Orlando Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Megacon is coming back to Central Florida for their annual convention. Get ready for a jammed packed day full of comics, sci-fi, anime, gaming and horror, all under one roof on May 25-29, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. It is a day packed with a whole lot of fun. Get your tickets now.

Traveling from Downtown Orlando to the Orange Convention Center (OCCC) is a quick and easy drive. Check your GPS for the best travel route. Follow the signs at the convention center. Arrive early for the best parking on property at the OCCC. Sorry, no free parking available. For overflow parking follow the signs off property to the Convention Center Satellite Parking Lot if open. Some area hotels will charge for parking on their property. For alternative transportation it is recommended to take the I-Ride Trolley, a ride sharing service, and or a taxi to and from this venue. Streets around the convention center may have traffic jams during high peak times of the day.

Some brief history about Megcon which started in Orlando in 1974 and have grown ever since then. On April 7, 2015, it was announced that MegaCon had been sold to Informa Canada Inc.. The con now operates under the auspices of Informa’s Fan Expo group, which also runs Fan Expo Canada and Dallas Comic Con. Following Megacon 2015 it was announced that for the first time Megacon will be extended to 4 days in 2016. Shortly after Megacon 2016, Megacon Tampa Bay was announced for October 28–30. This information was found at Wikipedia.com .

When arriving at the OCCC, please be aware that everyone must go through the security checkpoint. Megacon staff must approve cosplay weapons of any sort before entering the convention center floor. Ticket packages will vary. It is advised to buy your tickets on-line to avoid the long lines at the ticket counter at OCCC. Go to http://megaconorlando.com/tickets/

What to expect at this year’s convention? See celebrity guests, artists’ alley, workshops, photo opportunities, Q & A Sessions, attractions and much more. One cannot take all the action in one day. It is recommended spend 2-3 days at Megacon. Attendees and vendors are very friendly. By the end of the day attendees will be tired.

There will be many featured celebrity guests, which are Stan Lee and Tim Curry along many other guests making appearances too. Plus, there are celebrity autograph and photo booths to see your favorite celebrity. Many celebrities charge a fee for autographs and posing with them. The photo fee is usually from $10 – $100 plus. Prices will vary depending on the celebrity. Most celebrities will only take cash as a form of payment. Attendees tend to take photos with their personal cell phone camera to pose with a celebrity. If you forget to bring a glossy 8×10 photo of your favorite celebrity many of them will sell them with an autograph. Pack your patients for long lines for celebrities with huge followers.

There is so much more to see. Explore and shop in the artists’ alley. Many of these are full-time artists making a living on their creations. See these artists at work sketching away, painting, showing art demonstrations. Prices on artwork will vary depending on the artist. Many artists sell original artwork, prints, and limited edition lithographs too. Don’t be shy these artists are friendly and want to talk to the general public.

The must see attractions at this year’s convention are Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine, Costume Contest, 1989 Tim Burton’s Batmobile, Starwars – 501st Legion, and much more. There is just to much to list so check out the Megacon website.

To wrap up your Megacon experience one will want to see and do everything at this year’s convention. Don’t miss your opportunity of a lifetime. For more information on Megacon please visit www.megaconorlando.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 Main Event PBA Tour Finals in Orlando Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

The Professional Bowlers Association is coming back to Central Florida for a bowling tournament. This sporting event is being held at the Main Event Entertainment Center (MEEC) in Orlando on May 19 & 20, 2017. This is a huge tournament stop for Orlando. Get your tickets now.

This venue is located south of Orlando in the tourist area. It is an easy drive to get too. Check your GPS for the best travel route. The Main Event Entertainment Center is located at 9101 International Drive, Suite 1032, Orlando, FL 32819, on the Pointe Orlando property. There is plenty of parking in the Point Orlando parking garage. Parking is for a fee. This is based on the hourly or day rate. Sorry, no free parking available on this property.

The MEEC open in November 2015 has 18 high end bowling lanes with state of the art electronic scoring system, surround entertainment system that rocks, music videos on HD screens, black and ambient lighting. There is much more than just bowling. They have multi-level laser tag, full-service American Grill, bar, and much more.

The Orlando Sentinel just recently published an article about the PBA Tour coming back to town. To attend a live PBA Tour finals show in Orlando please call 407-352-3300. Spectator seating on the lanes start at $35 each ticket and go on up from there. There is general admission and VIP seats are available. Some general admission spectators will have bleacher to seating on which is on either the side of the lanes or in the back facing the lanes. The seating very limited and tickets are expected to sell-out fast for the finals. The Orlando Sentinel reported the last big tournament held in Florida since 2009 was the “King of Bowling” in Lake Wales.

The PBA Tour has just released more information about this tournament stop. There will be only a 42’type of oil pattern on the lanes for both the semifinals and finals. This tournament stop will have a round robin match-play bowling format.

The bowlers have been announced and are list at the PBA website. Who are the current top bowlers to watch for? Here is the list of top bowlers such as EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Jesper Svensson, Dom Barett, Pete Webber, Tommy Jones, Jason Belmonte, Franocis Lavoie, Walter Ray Williams Jr, and Amleto Monacelli. The first place winner will take home $30,000 along with a trophy. Just keep an eye out for one of these top bowlers to take home the PBA Tour Finals trophy. Who will win this trophy? This is up for grabs.

Every game will be taped which is a first time for the PBA. This event is tape-delayed and will air at a later date on CBS Sports on May 30, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, June 6, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, June 13, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, June 20, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, and June 27, 2017 @9:30pm. It is unknown why they are tape-delaying this event. Air times maybe subjected to change without notice. Years ago ABC sports had the live telecasts of the bowling finals every Saturday afternoons.

If you love bowling then check out this tournament. For more information go to www.pba.com/Tournaments/Details/2421 or www.mainevent.com/locations/orlando-fl . 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


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 Funk Fest Tour Orlando Preview


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Good Music. Good People. Good Times. With classic hits by legendary artists like Frankie Beverly and Maze and the Ohio Players, to the sounds of contemporary music’s heavy hitters like Jill Scott and Outkast, Funk Fest delivers an all-star line up that has the “old school,” “new school” and everyone in between jamming all night long. For more than 20 years, the Funk Fest has attracted music enthusiasts from across the globe who enjoy partying with a purpose while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of different musical genres. Your Music Experience Will Never Be The Same. Attend this event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on West Colonial Drive in Orlando. Gates open at 3pm and Showtime starts at 5pm.

This event is only a short drive from Downtown Orlando on West Colonial Drive at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Parking is available at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Parking is a first come first serve basis. It is recommended to car pool and use a ride sharing service. Once the parking fills up, attendees will have to make other arrangement for other parking locations. Event tailgating is at the digression of the promoter and property management.

Ticket prices, performance details and additional show information can be found on www.funkfesttour.com .  Click on “More Info” for the city you are inquiring about.  The artists are not necessarily listed in order of performance. All ticket prices listed on our web site are per seat / per person.  To purchase the entire table, enter the number of total seats for the table when making your purchase online.  Tables are assigned and are not first-come, first-served.  Assignments will be made at time of purchase and will be evident on the ticket.  Table locations depicted on the site are for illustrative purposes only and are subject to change. There are NO REFUNDS and NO EXCHANGES for ANY reason whatsoever.

Attendees will see Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Mystikal, Joe, Da Brat, plus many more to be announced. Some artists are subject to change without notice. This is one event you won’t want to miss on this weekend. This event is only a one day concert!

Here are some of the sponsors for this event which are Star 94.5 FM, AT&T, Pepsi, Sankofa Project, MediaShrinx Multi-Media Development, Lemon Lemon Sparkling Lemonade. If your company would like to be a sponsor in the future, please contact the event promoter.

If you can’t make it to Orlando’s FunkFest than try attending another Funkfest in these cities such as Birmingham, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Mobile, Little Rock, Kansas City, Charlotte, Tallahassee, and Miami. Funkfest Tour will be expanding to new cities in the near future along with keeping the current cities too.

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Experience an Orlando City Soccer Game in 2017


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – This year is a new season and a new home for the Orlando City and the Orlando Pride in the heart of Downtown Orlando. The Orlando City Soccer Club is one of the hottest sporting event tickets in town compared to the Orlando Magic. Read on to get a real feel of the game day experience.

With all the hype, Orlando City season tickets are hard to come by. Now there is a waiting list for season tickets for next year’s games. Single game tickets are a little easier to come by for this year. The hottest team Orlando has sells-out games almost every time. It is recommended to buy your tickets on-line for the best seating location. The club has gone paperless. Now fans must download the team app to show their ticket electronically at the gate to the stadium.

The Orlando City Stadium is a whole new experience for the fan and for the club. One cannot compare Orlando City Stadium to Camping World Stadium. These are two different places to attend sporting events. Orlando City Stadium holds 25,000 spectators, which has all natural grass surface, fans are closer to the field, covered stadium seating, cup holders at each seat, the only standing supporter section in North America, limited parking around the stadium, free WIFI inside the stadium, and much more. During half time the concourse is clogged with a sea of fans trying to use the restrooms and buy some food and drinks.

While Camping World Stadium hold 62,500 spectators, has an Astro Turf grass surface, more parking spaces surrounding the stadium. Plus, there are bigger suites, larger media area, bigger Team Locker Rooms, and larger concourse. In the future, larger soccer games will be held at Camping World Stadium as opposed to the Orlando City Stadium.

When attending an Orlando City and or Orlando Pride game. Parking maybe an issue. It is recommended to pre-plan your parking ahead of the game day. Most fans are parking at the Gieco Parking Garage, City Commons Parking Garage, Church Street Station Parking Garage, and others throughout the Downtown area. Parking fees will vary depending on the location. It is recommended to walk in groups to and from the stadium as a safety precaution. Many fans may encounter some homeless walking and begging on the streets. There is a heavy presents of law enforcement on game day.

I suggest arriving early on game day for the Fan Zone. There are various activities and vendors giving away free things. There is even food trucks row for those hungry fans to snack on down. Many people meet up with friends and family outside the stadium. Plus, there is some great entertainment to watch and listen too.

What to experience at an Orlando City game is the crowds having a great time. There is sure to be a bunch of yelling, chants, and a whole lot of noise. Don’t forget to bring your earplugs. Another thing fans will experience are the smoke bombs going off when our team makes a goal and the confetti thrown on to the field. This happens in the Supporters Section on the North side of the stadium. Most fans will tell you they have a great fan experience on game day.

After the game many fans head to Church Street Station for some post-game fun. There is many shops and restaurants. Prices on food and drinks will vary. I urge all Central Floridians that has not seen an Orlando City soccer game to come out and support our home team. This is a once is a lifetime experience. Now the team is restructuring to build a championship team for the near future. If your unable to make it for an Orlando City Team A game than try Team B. Team B has been averaging 1,000 – 3,000 fans per game. One can pick just about any seat in the house. Just remember Team B players are working hard to move up to Team A. The USL league is still an exciting game. Ticket prices for Team B are vary inexpensive.

For more information on Orlando City and their other clubs, please visit www.orlandocitysc.com . Orlando City has changed how Central Floridians enjoy a sporting event. 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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