• Student shoots self at Lake Minneola High School, deputies say

    A student shot themselves Tuesday morning at Lake Minneola High School, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.
  • Back to School Bash 2018

    On July 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Hope Now Foundation will be hosting their yearly Back to School Bash! Celebrate the start of another school year by enjoying their many free services and giveaways.
    Offerings include 10,000 backpacks, 400 dental screenings, 1,500 free haircuts and 500 health screenings. All services and giveaways are on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Kids are encouraged to bring one can of food to donate at the event.
  • Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Getaway to Orlando

    Get U.K. blogger Carrie Bradley's expert tips for planning a family visit to Orlando, including money-saving suggestions.By Carrie BradleyAfter a fun and relaxing — but fleeting — family trip to Orlando earlier this year, we couldn't wait to return to see more of one of the world's most visited family destinations. Our planning for a 2019 visit is well underway, and the timing fits well with Visit Orlando's latest research, showing that the average British family begins planning holi
  • Pamper Yourself With VIP Experiences at Orlando Theme Parks

    Get the star treatment you deserve with VIP experiences at Orlando's world-famous theme parks.
    By Nate SheltonA trip to Orlando is always a special occasion — and VIP experiences at our theme parks can make your visit even better. Backstage tours, front-of-line access and hands-on animal encounters are some of the many ways the parks will make you feel like a star, including these popular packages!VIP Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort
    VIP Guides at Disney's Magic Kingdom in OrlandoWa
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  • Florida Blue Florida Classic 2018

    The nation’s largest HBCU rivalry features the Florida A&M Rattlers against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Since its inception in 1978, the game has now seen over 1.5 million spectators attend the game (1,560,893). The game is famous for the halftime show featuring the FAMU Marching 100 and the B-CU Marching Wildcats. For more information, click here.The post Florida Blue Florida Classic 2018 appeared first on DowntownOrlando.com.
  • 11th Annual MBGC PROM * Viva Las Vegas

    It’s Prom season again for adults! Mel’s Bad Girls Club (MBGC) Charitable Organization presents the highly anticipated return of the 11th annual “Prom” on Saturday, August 4 at The Mezz in downtown Orlando starting at 7:30 p.m. For this year’s special “Viva Last Vegas” themed event, guests are encouraged to dress in their Sin City-est prom attire as they enjoy MBGC’s signature over-the-top fun evening featuring a live DJ, special performance from &
  • Zoo Zen

    It’s time for an introduction to yoga with zoo animals and friends! Learn fun movements as you go on a wild and magical journey full of movement and stories. Comfortable clothing is encouraged and mats are welcomed. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. For more information, click here.
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  • Ready, Set, Sail

    Ahoy! Join us junior sailors and explore during a fun event filled with stories and activities. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. For more information, click here.
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  • Food 101: Potatoes & Root Vegetables

    The Food 101 series introduces you to a new topic every month, examining the historical and social significance of what we eat. In August, learn about potatoes and other root vegetables, and how they’re consumed around the world. Samples limited, registration required. For more information, click here.
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  • Melrose in the Mix: Terri Binion

    With famous admirers from Jimmy Webb to Lucinda Williams, North Carolina-born singer-songwriter Terri Binion has long been a beloved fixture in the Orlando music community. Her critically-acclaimed 2016 album The Day After the Night Before was hailed as a collection of immensely personal songs that spoke of inspiration and heartache, delivered with beauty and honesty. Terri brings her captivating style to the Melrose Audio Studio for our August Melrose in the Mix live recording session. Seating
  • Goal Getter Affirmations Workshop

    Join Sara Brown, Success & Beyond life coach, for an interactive workshop on how to use positive affirmations to align your thoughts and affirm your goals. Participants will create personalized affirmations and learn simple ways to incorporate their affirmations into their everyday lives. For more information, click here.
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  • War Cry for the Oppressed by Shayna “Simba” Castano: Spoken Word Album Release Celebration

    Join Shayna “Simba” Castano for the release of her debut spoken word album War Cry for the Oppressed, which addresses social issues in Central Florida. Simba is the founder of Exodus United Inc., which serves at-risk youth in Central Florida by empowering them through creative expression and encouraging civic engagement. After the presentation, join some of those youths, Simba, local poets and Central Florida civic organizations in a forum discussion of the topics addressed by the al
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  • From Pages to Plate: Alice in Wonderland

    All who wander are not lost but will find a land full of wonder. Join Chef Farah Davids for high tea as she shares classic recipes from the Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. There will be a game of chessboard sandwiches while sitting on toadstool treats and sipping Alice’s “drink me potion” that will do all but make you shrink. Space is limited. Registration required. For more information, click here.
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  • The Great American Read: Alice in Wonderland

    Join us for this book to big screen film featuring Lewis Carroll’s little heroine, Alice (Natalie Gregory) as she explores a musical fantasy land of strange notions and characters. For more information, click here.
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  • G.A.T. Part 2 – A Day Party

    Day party focused on having fun!!! Come eat, drink, play, and be merry. For more information, click here.
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  • CF Adrenaline Sports

    Join CF Adrenaline Sports for a day full of exciting sports events. We’ll be featuring Archery Tag, Hover Darts, Knockerball, Human Bowling and more! Food, giveaways and music from 12-5 p.m. Bring the family or your buddies and get extreme with us! Price per participant is $5 per game or $25 for unlimited play per person. For more information, click here.
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  • Downtown Pour 2018

    For over 15 years Downtown Pour has hosted event throughout Central Florida and has attracted an average of 1,000 attendees per event and a variety of featured beverage brands and local business sponsors. Socialize and enjoy beer, wine and liquor samples provided by over 30 vendors from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. in downtown Orlando hosted in Thornton Park on Sunday, July 22, 2018.  Food purchase will be available.  Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. 21 & Up Only. Drink Responsi
  • Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

    Admission is free with your Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day ticket, plus join us for free family activities from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Celebrate National Honey Month at the History Center. View never-before-seen artifacts from our collection, learn the history of our citrus industry and its reliance on pollinators like bees and butterflies, “meet” the legendary citrus grower Dr. Phillips, and enjoy honey tasting from local farms.
    Download a ticket for you and one guest here.
  • Retro Game Night: Nineties Edition

    The History Center’s much-requested Retro Game Night returns with a 1990s twist! Play treasured games from the past and show off your skills at trivia. Enjoy free nostalgic snacks and a cash bar for those of age.
    The event is for ages 18 and up. Nineties retro attire is encouraged. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. Get your ticket in advance here.
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  • Sun Screens Movie: “Apollo 13”

    Keep cool with a series of Sunday matinees featuring movies linked to Florida. We’ll supply the popcorn, along with fascinating facts about each film, hosted by Joy Wallace Dickinson of the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Flashback feature. After the movie, we’ll also have the opportunity for a short behind-the-scenes discussion with an expert about the subject of each film.
    There’s nothing like seeing a movie the old-fashioned way: with a group of fellow movie fans.
  • History in a Glass: Hot, Hot, Hot!

    Local craft bartenders compete for bragging rights by creating libations with the theme of ”Hot, Hot, Hot!” In the summer Orlando and Central Florida get hot, hot, hot! Celebrate this History in a Glass with a little fire. We will share artifacts and stories of fires blazing, fireworks poppin’, and even a fire insurance company with some risqué sales tactics!
    Enjoy great food and music, plus three hand-crafted cocktails. Members $20, general admission $25.  Thi
  • First Friday Lunch & Learn: 100 Years of Fashion

    On the first Friday of each month, bring a lunch or let us order one for you while you enjoy an hour-long program with History Center staff and special guests about the museum, Central Florida history, and more.
    “100 Years of Fashion”Join the History Center’s Collections Manager, Whitney Broadaway, to take a look at how clothing and fashion has evolved over the past hundred years with our changing lifestyles and environment. Bring a lunch or let us order one for you while
  • Sun Screens Movie: “Creature from the Black Lagoon”

    Keep cool with a series of Sunday matinees featuring movies linked to Florida. We’ll supply the popcorn, along with fascinating facts about each film, hosted by Joy Wallace Dickinson of the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Flashback feature. After the movie, we’ll also have the opportunity for a short behind-the-scenes discussion with an expert about the subject of each film.
    There’s nothing like seeing a movie the old-fashioned way: with a group of fellow movie fans.
  • MDA Muscle Walk of Orlando

    Join the Muscle Walk on September 8, 2018. At MDA, families are our stars and heroes. Muscle Walk gives us the opportunity to unite around a cause that binds us together and celebrate all the stars in our lives — you, supporters, caregivers, friends and family — who make this journey possible.
    Sign up for Muscle Walk as an individual or with a team, or create your own team. Ask others to join you and support you with a donation — they’ll be grateful for a fun, easy w
  • Movieola – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (rescheduled from June 29th)

    Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. Show up early to visit the Game Truck and try your hand at some of the hottest video games! For more information, click here.
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  • Top 10 Reasons to Visit ICON Orlando 360

    See the 10 best reasons to visit ICON Orlando 360, including attractions, dining, nightlife, shopping and more.By Christia LumpkinLooking for fun attractions in Orlando? How about memorable dining and nightlife? Maybe unique shopping? Great news: ICON Orlando 360 (previously I-Drive 360) is a one-stop shop for all of them on International Drive, the heart of our main tourism district! Here are our 10 favorite reasons to visit the all-in-one entertainment complex, and why you'll want to experienc
  • Like a Local: The City of Winter Park

    Learn about the dining, culture, shopping and gorgeousnature that make Winter Park a favorite among Orlando's locals.By Nate SheltonThink you know Orlando? If you've only experienced ourtourism districts, think again. Throughout the area, unique cities andneighborhoods offer outstanding restaurants, vibrant arts and culture, bespokeretailers and outdoor adventures, and the Cityof Winter Park is one of the best. If you haven't been there yet, you owe yourselfa visit - here's why!Getting to Know W
  • Trendhunter.com CEO to Speak at Visit Orlando Luncheon Aug. 23

     Visit Orlando's annual Business Insights Luncheon & Economic Forum, always one of our most popular member events, is set for Aug. 23 at the Hilton Orlando - and I'm very pleased to announce that Jeremy Gutsche, CEO of Trendhunter.com, will deliver our keynote speech.Described as "an intellectual can of Red Bull" and "on the forefront of cool," Gutsche is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning innovation expert and top-flight management consultant. He's also one of the most-
  • International Passenger Bookings Trending Up

     Total international passenger bookings to Orlando for the next six months are 2.6 percent higher than the same time last year. Latin American markets including Argentina, Colombia and Mexico all show positive booking pace. Canada, Orlando's largest international origin market, is also a bright spot, with advance bookings up 4 percent over last year. The booking pace from Brazil has softened recently, as the Brazilian currency has fallen in value. The value of the British Pound, and uncerta
  • Visit Orlando Updates: July 12

     Menus Available for Magical Dining Month 
    Start planning your dining adventures now! With more than 100 participating restaurants, Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, offers three-course, prix fixe meals for just $35. Go to OrlandoMagicalDining.com to view the menus and explore Orlando's incredible culinary scene. Magical Dining starts Aug. 24.Magical Dining Will Benefit Two CharitiesVisit Orlando is pleased to announce that two local nonprof

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