Ourlando Events

Annual Community Events

World Fair Trade Day  From festivals to tea parties, there is always some creative way to support fair wages
for folks producing coffee, tea, chocolate, and other Fair Trade Certified goods.  World Fair Trade Day is observed on the second Saturday of May every year.
Central Florida Earth Day  A local, entertaining, earth-friendly, environmental, and educational event featuring vegetarian food, music, art, and activities for all ages every April.
Central Florida VegFest  This festival takes place in October (in honor of World Farm Animals Day) in Orlando, Florida. The themes of VegFest include health and wellness, vegetarian cuisine, the environment, animal welfare and rights, and community-building activism.
Third Thursdays Gallery Hop  On the third Thursday of each month, visitors converge in the core of the Downtown Arts District for the Third Thursday Gallery Hop. They come to celebrate art and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan fun.
Ourlando Green Drinks  Every third Thursday, at Dandelion Communitea Cafe, Green Drinks hosts a speaker in an informal environment to discuss a range of topics from a generally eco-friendly, progressive perspective.  The social meetup, sponsored by Ourlando, is an opportunity to eat, drink, enjoy great music, and talk and learn about the issues concerning our environment and the greater Orlando community.
Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities  Zora! Festival is a week of art and music celebrating the history and culture of the oldest incorporated black town in the US, Eatonville, as well as African-American cultural creatives in general.  The namesake is famous author and resident of Eatonville, Zora Neale Hurston.  The festival takes place from the end of January through the first week in February.
Gay Days  Orlando Florida’s Gay Days Celebration is not a single event. It is a total gay and lesbian vacation experience. Gay Days is comprised of multiple events staged at world famous attractions, gay and lesbian clubs, and unique venues secured for the purpose of creating a gay and lesbian atmosphere at Orlando’s greatest theme parks and at multiple parties occurring during this long weekend.   Gay Days will be held from May 31st to June 6th, 2011
Florida Film Festival  Featuring more than 100 films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world, the Florida Film Festival unfolds at Enzian Theater in Maitland every April.
OLA Fest  The Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival (OLA FEST) is dedicated to presenting independent and new Latin American cinema.  It focuses on socially relevant and challenging films not readily offered in Central Florida. Part celebration and part education, OLA FEST is more than a showcase of movies.  It is a community-building initiative promoting an open space for passion, dialogue, conviviality, and usefulness.  OLA VERDE (Green Wave) fosters sustainability as a community practice through films, open discussions, and symposia brought to you by eminent scholars, academics, artists, and environmental leaders in order to expand the qualities, relationships, and possibilities for a different future.

Past Events

World Fair Trade Day

Fall Harvest Festival


Thanksgiving Weekend

from 6:00pm – 9:00pm



After a long day of shopping come to The Garden District and get your wine on. Listen to some music as you stroll through our shops slowly weening yourself from the hectic shopping frenzy. You could do all of your shopping with us. We bet those other places don’t serve you wine, have live music and great ambiance like Audubon Park. Did we mention there will be homemade Christmas cookies?

11.28.09 from 10:00am – 5:00pm


It’s back, with cooler weather this time (well, here’s hoping). Step away from those leftovers and kick start your holiday shopping season

11.29.09 at 6:00pm

5 guys, 3 basses, 2 drum kits: Bring the 3-day holiday weekend to a instrumental close with a live instore performance from Orlando’s own Basements of Florida!

Ourlando Events,  November 13-20

Nov 14.   American Students Achievers Awards Banquet 2009

Sat at Sheraton Hotel Downtown Orlando – 60 South Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, Tickets $30 and $20 for applicants and children.

Website: http://www.aahc-cf.org/index.html

Nov 15.  Farm to Table Event: featuring the film “Food Fight”


Time 12pm-2:30

Enzian Theater

1300 S.  Orlando Ave.

Cost: $18

Website: http://www.enzian.org/film/farm_to_table_ft._food_fight

Nov 17. Slow Food Orlando- Thanksgiving Potluck

Time: 7:00 pm at

Harmoni Market- College Park

2305 Edgewater Drive, Suite H

Cost: Free with a dish

$3 for Slow Food Members

$8 for all other Foodies

Nov 19. Asian American Chamber of Commerce Annual Election and Sponsor Appreciation Dinner

6pm – 8pm Fresco Italian Restaurant – 7605 Turkey Road, Orlando.  Members – $35(paid by 11/13) and $45 at the door  Non-Members – $45(paid by 11/13) and $55 at the door

Past Event


Be sure to check out Ourlando members participating at Earthday such as: Dandelion Communitea,  Etoile, Evolve, The Florida School of Holistic Living,  Slow Food Orlando, AE Foods,  Slow Food Orlando, Simple Living Institute, and The Ravenous Pig.

The 1st Bi-Annual Central Florida Summit; Building the New Solidarity.  Saturday, May 2, 2009

IBEW 606 Union Hall- 820 Virginia Dr. Orlando, FL. 32803

10am – 2pm (Lunch will be served)

This event is part of a broader vision in which we will begin to lay the foundation for a mass movement of workers, community members, faith activists and students.  We will also begin to examine how this mass movement can win transformative victories that shift the balance of power in the region and around the state. Voice your organization’s top priorities for working people amongst other community and labor allies in the Central Florida area.

RSVP for yourself and up to 1 guest to:

Denise Diaz



On Sunday

3rd Annual Battle of the Parks

Come to the Beacon(100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando) to watch some of the greater Orlando area’s most lauded including: Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and Wine Bar in College Park,Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park and Jephanie Foster ofGraze in Thornton Park chef’s compete at the Battle of the Parks.

After the chef show down the battle of the palates will take place. Sommeliers from each of the chef’s restaurants will sniff, swish and swirl their way through blind wine tastings to see who has the most educated palate. Seasons 52’s George Miliotes will host the wine competition.Marty McArtt will represent Graze, Lee Kaleel is in for The Pig and Dan Francoforte will raise his glass for K.

Tickets are $35 and available at all participating restaurants. You can get VIP access for $50 (tickets sold only at The Beacon).

If you’re looking for music this weekend here’s the schedule at Will’s Pub

May 1 Cure for Caska, The Darling Cavaliers, Mary Christ

May 2  Shak Nasti, Murph

May 3 The Supervillians


Ourlando Events this Weekend

Check this out on Friday

Friday Frolics in The Garden
Please join us April 24th for Friday Frolics in The Garden. With a $10 donation you can enjoy incredible wines and fabulous desserts at 25 different locations. Feel free to enjoy as much or as little as you wish at our beautiful event. This evening event is from 6 to 8 p.m. It starts at O’Stromboli Restaurant and continues with participating businesses and vendors along East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive. Hope to see you there and let’s make it happen in the garden.

Wine and dessert tasting

As always the last Friday of every month features a Critical Mass Bike Ride

On Saturday

Check out all the cool stuff going on on Ivanhoe.


The fun continues just down the street as Ethos is hosting a Vegan Barbeque


Don’t forget to swing by Nora’s Lake Ivanhoe Wine &  Cigars to complete the perfect day with their extensive collection of local and national wines, beers, and cigars.

If you’re interested in a simple introduction to growing your own food check the Simple LIving Institute’s Mushroom Log Workshop.


Saturday, April 25, 9 AM to 4 PM
Design Charette ( get a sneak peak into what plans on the horizon for Corrine Drive)

Interested in your community? Want some input in its future? Curious to see what Corrine Drive looks like on a diet? Please join us Saturday, April 25, at a Design Charette for the Audubon Park Garden District at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 East Winter Park Road. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. residents, businesses, and commercial property owners will work together in groups to chart out a vision for the future of the Corrine Drive corridor. It will be intense, fun and creative. For more information please contact Kat at kat@apgardens.com.

That’s not all! If music is your thing be sure to swing by Will’s Pub Saturday night as Will’s Pub and Post Records present a special reunion show for The Punching Contest, as well as performances by Khann, and Watch me Disappear.


Hoots & Hellmouth, Thomas Wynn & the Believers, Lauris Vidal

Saturday, April 18 at 9 pm The Social

54 N. Orange Ave.$8

Record Store Day: 3OH!3

Park Ave CDs

2916 Corrine Drive

Saturday, April 18 at 1 pm (Discounts, exclusives, and a dj set by 3OH!3)

Volunteer Orlando Fair

Saturday, April 18 at 11 am-2 pm

Orlando Public Library

101 East Central Blvd.


Appleseed Cast, An Horse, The Pauses

Back Booth

37 W. Pine St. 7PM $10

Built to Be Broken CD Release Party, Ambertone, Black Ship Sky, Sound Cannon

Sat plaza theater

Future on Films in Space, Franchise, Villanova Junction, Dr. Moonstein

Saturday, April 11 at 9 pm

Will’s Pub

1042 N. Mills Ave. $5

Nikki Talley, Robert Johnson

Saturday, April 11 at 9 pm

Orlando Brewing

1301 Atlanta Ave.

Solid: Q-Burns Abstract Message, Rob Slac, Edson Xavier, John Stuart

Saturday, April 11 at 9 pm

AKA Lounge

68 E. Pine St.

Love As Laughter, Kingsbury, Aboretum, Dangerous Animals

Sunday, April 12 at 9 pm Will’s Pub

1042 N. Mills Ave. $6-7


Mumpsy, The Magpies, The Dealers and Lost Time Accident

Copper Rocket Pub 106 Lake Ave.

Ticket Info: $5 Friday, April 3 at 9 pm

Black Box Collective Anniversary Benefest: Drop Out, Ugly Eyes, Change of Ideas, Idols End, Suburban Lock down, The Rookies, Go Rydell, Bogart, Sounds Like Justice

Friday, April 3 at 6 pm

The Black Box Collective  630 W. Central Blvd. Tickets $5

The Legendary JCs

Friday April 3 at 7pm

Back Booth  37 W. Pine St.

G.R.O.W. Training

Sundays at Various times, Fridays at Various times and Saturdays at Various times

Opens Friday, April 3  Ends Sunday, April 5

Lessons and tools for activists looking to form strong grassroots movements, hosted by the Student Labor Action Project

University of Central Florida  4000 Central Florida Blvd.  407-823-2000 Ticket Info: $25

An Evening With Glenn Close

Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm

Star of such films as Dangerous Liasons attends a screening of Fatal Attraction

Enzian Theater  1300 S. Orlando Ave. Venue phone: 407-629-0054 Ticket Info: $50

Festival Among the Lakes

A weekend fair with rides, games, food and the Windermere Art Fair, showcasing poetry and juried artists of all different genres

Saturday, April 4 at 9 am-5 pm

(Also on 4/5 at 10 am-5 pm ) Camp Down 3409 Maguire Road  Event Phone: 407-765-3131

Randall Shreve, Thomas Wynn and the Believers

Sunday, April 5 at 8 pm

The Plaza Theatre 425 N. Bumby Ave. Tickets $9

Edith’s Big Party: Alias Punch, Wheels Above!

Saturday, April 4 at 10 pm

Taste Restaurant 717 W. Smith St. Tickets $5


Check out these Ourlando Picks

Food Fight

Sunday, March 29

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM at Regal

Fashions for food change as regularly as the seasons.  As we begin the 21st century with an increased sensitivity about what’s “green” as well as what’s “healthy,” how did we stray so far from the fresh vegetables and fruits of our farmer forebears?  An overlooked part of the cultural revolution of the ’60s incorporated a back-to-the-land movement that has resulted in some of the finest cuisine in the country. Organic farmers, inner-city activists, chefs, as well as renowned restaurateur Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma author, Michael Pollan, anchor this homage to good food.  The food revolution that has taken us, quite literally, back to our roots is chronicled in this free-wheeling film about American agricultural policy, its unintended consequences, and the Herculean and very Californian effort to get us to care about good taste–in food, that is.  Highly entertaining and informative, FOOD FIGHT is narrated by Justin Kirk (TV’s Weeds) and won the Audience Award for 2008 from the esteemed International Documentary Association.

The Garden

Sunday, March 29
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM at Regal

Thursday, April 2
1:30 PM – 3:15 PM at Enzian

In this gripping Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, bullies and bulldozers face off with family farmers in an unlikely battleground–a garden. One of the silver-green linings of the 1992 Los Angeles riots was the emergence of the South Central farmers. Dozens of city-dwelling Latino gardeners worked an abandoned fourteen acres of blighted land to create the nation’s largest urban farm. But when vacated land becomes valuable land, promises made in 1992 started to crumble. More than sustenance of food was threatened by the would-be commercial developers of this property. Over time, the garden has created a sense of place–a place where the values of justice, hard work, and discipline are shared from generation to generation. This sense of place fuels the farmers to fight City Hall and other vested interests. Internecine and intra-racial fights also erupt as the power of money trumps the power of solidarity and justice. Will might make right? Will the intervention by famous Hollywood activists make a difference?  Skillfully, filmmaker Scott Hamilton (OT: Our Town) puts us in the center of a series of political, legal, and physical battles that will jump-start your heart and activate your sense of moral and legal justice.


Check Out Some Great Local Theater

Rat Race: The Secret Lives of Theme Park Workers” @ Cameo Theater, ORLANDO

The Orlando Premier of my new one-man show, “Rat Race: The Secret Lives of Theme Park Workers”!!! Come out to The Cameo Theater for this special one-night preview and experience “Rat Race” before it heads to Chicago, New York, and beyond!

Doors open at 7:00. Show starts at 8:00.

Tickets are only available the night of the show at The Cameo box office. CASH ONLY, so bring your dollas. Ticket sales go directly towards the “Rat Race“ tour fund. Cash Bar supports The Cameo. Tickets are:

$4 for Theme Park & Ourlando Business Employees
$8 with an Ourlando Business Receipt*
$12 – Regular Admission

*3/20 or later. See Ourlando.com/directory for list of businesses.

“Rat Race: The Secret Lives of Theme Park Workers” is a magical and engaging journey through one man’s attempt to document the lives of theme park workers. This provocative and entertaining one-man show will leave you laughing, thinking, and quite possibly (dis)believing.

Conceived and Performed by: Eric Paul Jakobsen
Written by: Eric Paul Jakobsen and Margaret Eginton
Directed by: Margaret Eginton
Assistant Director: D’ariel Barnard

The Cameo Theater is one block West of Mills and Colonial (Or one block North of Dandelion/ShineOn/Evolve/MistyForrest) in Downtown Orlando. Click below for directions:



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Taste Of Mills 50 – A celebration of food, drink, music, art, spirit + culture. LIVE Music | Visual Artists | Food + Drink | Culture Date: Saturday, March 28, 2009 Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm Location: Inside the historic Cameo Theater + Cruises Only building Street: 1011 + 1013 E. Colonial Dr. City: Orlando, FL $10 admission @ door (night of ONLY) — Includes: access to food, art, music + 1 drink ticket (cash bar after that). Additional $5 = 1 experience is this area / $10 = 3 experiences in our “Mind – Body – Soul” Experience, featuring: massage therapy, holistic health, tarot card readings, acupuncture + more. This will be a “Taste of…” event like no other you’ve experienced. The Mills50 district is home to a unique blend of urban restaurants, markets, artists, specialty shops, holistic services + dive bars unlike anywhere else in Orlando. This event is a celebration of our vibrantly-creative and progressively-minded diversity. Get a sitter, leave the dog at home and some out for a truly inspiring experience.



Aaron’s Vegan HotDog Eating Contest (SIGN UP 12-2…CONTEST STARTS AT 2:15 SHARP!)
Andrew Spear- unveiling his mural
Live bands from Florida’s Dying
Outdoor pool tables from Sportstown
SurfRider Raffle
Red Bull
Vit Water
Beef Wellington
DJ Frances
Turntablism w/ Swam
MC Battle (Drop Shop)
DJ’s Mot & Spear
Future on Films in Space (tent.)
Ourlando Interactive Photo Booth
Bike Co-op/Critical Mass (tent)
bold hype- interactive art installation
alchemy- haircuts
vitamin water- thirst quenchingness
+ Sales at all the Shops! COVERT, ETOILE BOUTIQUE & BETA!!!

Come out and  get connected with the whole Ourlando crew!




Get your very own Homegrown apparel and sport a message.  These shirts help start conversations to spread the good news about local food in Central Florida, and support the operations of the co-op.  Plus they’re printed on organic cotton.

Enjoy this beautiful color logo on the front, with a small Homegrown logo on the back

Pre-Order through March 15
Pre-order the shirts or hats you want in the sizes, colors, and styles you love.Shirts will arrive for pick up the week of April 1st
We will call when your order has arrived, for pick up at the Evolve store, or with your co-op order.



It’s time for another Lake Ivanhoe Village Stroll!
Friday, March 6th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

Enjoy live music while checking out the shops and goodies.

To help you celebrate, enjoy a coupon good for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more at heather: handmade goods & more.

Pass this email along and your friends can enjoy the coupon too.
(coupon is good Friday night only)

In an effort to save a tree, you don’t need to print the coupon, just mention it when making your purchase.

Thanks, and I hope to see you Friday




BOLD HYPE: Mural Show

Saturday March 7th

8- 12pm

Ten Contemporary Artist Take on Ancient Mythology

Music Spun by DJ Kittybat

1844 East Winter Park Rd, Orlando Fl 32803




This year’s Veg Fest brought together thousands of people.

Some of these folks stopped by the Ourlando booth and took a few pictures.

This is what community looks like.
Hope you enjoy it. Feel free to sing along.

The photo booth pictures can also be viewed at photo.latu.net.

Julie Norris & Emily Rankin at the Ourlando Booth

Julie Norris & Emily Rankin at the Ourlando Booth

Many thanks to the Veg Fest folks for organizing this wonderful event.
Their devotion to our community is greatly appreciated.
We love you guys.

Think Local First!

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