Worried that the end of summer break means the conclusion of all things fun? Are you afraid that because all of the children are heading back to school, that you will be stuck with nothing to do? Well, fear not. Scattered around Central Florida are all kinds of things to keep you entertained.
August 18 is another Third Thursday Gallery Hop in the Downtown Arts District right here in Orlando. Admission is free, and the CityArts Factory will even validate your parking for $4/day when you bring them your voucher from the Plaza Parking Garage. CityArts Factory is the main hub for the event, and the place to start the adventure. On the third Thursday of each month, the CityArts Factory and many local restaurants, bars, and shops, showcase local artists as well as art from around the country. The event takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. CityArts Factory is located at 29 South Orange Avenue. If you can’t make it Thursday night, they are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00.
August 19 you can venture over to Mount Dora with your furry friends. The Wine Den and Piglets Pantry at Fourth and Donnelly are hosting Yappy Hour! For maybe the first time you can enjoy a nice glass of wine out with friends and relax with your dog! Bring your pooch and ten percent of all proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Lake County. Can you think of a better way to show gratitude for your pup than to contribute money to helping other dogs in need? Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water or two, to keep that pup of yours hydrated too! What a treat for you both.
August 20 experience Jazz Jams in Uptown Altamonte at the Eddie Rose Amphitheater in Cranes Roost Park. This Jazz concert series takes place from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Kick back this Saturday night and take in the fresh air and sweet sounds of Jazz. Performing in this final concert of the series is Four80East. This event is also free, but you may want to bring some cash or a credit card for dinner. Bubbalou’s BBQ and Jersey Mike’s Subs will be selling some eats. No pets, coolers, or outside alcohol will be permitted.
August 21 the Beautiful Music Quartet with Shannon Caine is performing at Casa Feliz in Winter Park. This historic home has been turned into a museum, and this weekly open house and live music series is free. On Sundays from 12:00 to 3:00 you can hear various artists and pay nothing more than the gas that it takes to get there. If you don’t get enough on August 21, Peter Thatcher Jazz Guitar is scheduled for the 28. September 4 you can see The Olde Noyse Chamber Music, and the Lisa Ferrigno Violin Ensemble is performing on September 11. Click here to look at the entertainment schedule through October.
So there you have it. You can see that the entertainment never stops here in Central Florida. There is always something to do for those without kids, with grown kids, or even adults with kids who just don’t want to give up occasional kid-free outings. And remember the huge plus to parents sending those kids back to school: the tourists clear out! Orlando loves the contribution they make to the local economy, but if you like to visit the theme parks when they are less crowded, fall is the perfect time to go! Just as it starts to get cooler, before the holidays crop up, the theme parks are more magical than ever. This is also a good time to squeeze in the water parks before it gets too cold to enjoy them. Get out there and enjoy Central Florida this fall, entertainment fanatics! Before you know it, the Halloween fun will begin!