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The 32nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities

Zora Neale Hurston, a Southern African American culture writer and Harlem Renaissance influencer, grew up in Eatonville, Florida. This town located just north of Orlando is the setting of much of her writing, including what is often considered her best-known work, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Eatonville is also the setting of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival that celebrates Zora’s life and the impact she had on Southern African American culture and the cultural contributions that all people of African descent have had on the United States and worldwide.

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival, held each year in January, to coincide with Zora’s birthday, is a multidisciplinary event featuring public talks, museum exhibits, theatrical productions, art education programming and an outdoor Festival of the Arts.

The festival, which commenced in 1990, has welcomed over 1.5 million attendees to this culturally robust central Florida community. Featured prominent figures in the African-culture community have included poet, memoirist and civil rights activist Maya Angelou; actor, director and political activist Danny Glover and American historian John Hope Franklin.

This year’s monthlong event launches on January 7, 2021, with a “Happy Birthday, Zora” celebration. Participants can celebrate virtually or attend in person between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to enjoy a piece of what would have been Zora’s 130th birthday cake.

Other festival highlights include:

  • Experiencing Eatonville – An opportunity for attendees to tour historic locations throughout the community such as the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. Includes the “Eating Extravaganza: A Taste of Eatonville” with stops at several local restaurants.
  • Women’s Forum – The theme for this year’s annual Women’s Forum is “Women Empowered for Economic Revival Beyond the Pandemic and Injustice.”
  • Afrofuturism – This two-day event is part of a cultural movement featuring futuristic themes that incorporate black history and culture.
  • Community Conversations – The first of a series called “Community Conversations: A Three-Part Series on Race and Economic Realities in 21st century America” will launch during the festival.

The format of this year’s festival is a special “hybrid event” with virtual and in-person programming that will follow CDC guidelines. Be sure to check the festival website for precise details about each festival event.

As of this writing, the festival is currently sponsored by several of Eatonville’s surrounding Central Florida neighbors, including the University of Central Florida and Full Sail University. For more information about sponsor opportunities, check out Sponsor Opportunities on the festival website.

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival showcases Eatonville as the vibrant Southern African American cultural epicenter it truly is! For more information, including the complete schedule of events, visit zorafestival.org or call 407-647-3307.

“The Zora Neale Hurston Festival is America’s longest-running arts and humanities festival celebrating the cultural contributions of people of African ancestry throughout the diaspora.”

Executive Director, N.Y. Nathiri
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January 2021

January 1

Each week features a family friendly movie and weekend matinees!

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January 1

Holiday Break Camps
At the Lab in the Oviedo Mall
9am-4pm. $60/Day Includes all Materials & Take Homes
Ages 5-11.

12 Children Max.
Masks Required. Bring a Nut-Free Lunch!


December 23: Candy Chemistry
December 24: Holiday Fun Lab
December 28: Dinosaur Adventures
December 29: Maker Fest
December 30: Glow Party
Due to small group numbers, pre-registration IS required.
Please go to https://cfl.madscience.org/parents-register-a.aspx to sign up!

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 1

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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Class / Educational / Festivals

Spanish Online Live Program

All Kids Spanish
All working days 10:00 am / 6:00 pm
April 6
Toddlers-5th Grade We are here to help! We understand that even though we are going through a tough time, your children's learning process must continue.We have different Spanish online live program options.
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7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
January 1

Host A Family Movie Night At Home

Gather the gang for Family Night, weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming.

Download printable Family Night movie tickets , movie marquee signs and a movie snack box !

Don't miss family night every Friday from 7 - 9 PM on PBS KIDS!

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January 2
  • The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is normally held at the old train depot, located at 200 West New England Avenue, that has been restored into an historical landmark that hosts this NUMBER ONE produce and plant market in Central Florida. The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more.
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 2

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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January 2

WELCOME TO GOAT YOGA AT ALASKA FARMS!

THIS IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN BE THEMSELVES AND ENJOY SOME QUALITY TIME WITH OUR MIX OF MINI BABY GOATS. HERE AT ALASKA FARMS OUR ANIMALS ARE OUR PRIORITY AND WE TAKE PRIDE IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR ANIMALS. WHETHER WE ARE DEALING WITH OUR PET COWS, LEMURS, GOATS, SHEEP, HORSES, EMUS, PIGS, AND MORE!

***CLASSES START PROMPTLY AT 9:30AM & 11:00 AM. ***

DEPENDING ON WHICH CLASS YOU ARE ATTENDING. UPON ENTERING THE STUDIO, A CLASS SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED FOR YOUR HOUR-LONG SESSION WITH THE MINI GOATS OF ALASKA FARMS. YOGA CLASSES TAUGHT BY CAMILA C. AND KARINA P.
YOGA MATS WILL BE PROVIDED AND ALREADY SET IN PLACE IN THE STUDIO, JUST PICK A COMFY SPOT

YOU WILL ALSO HAVE AREAS TO SAFETLY HIDE AWAY ANY PURSES, BAGS, WATER BOTTLES, KEYS, ETC. THIS WILL ALLOW THE GOATS TO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS NIBBLING ON SOMETHING THEY SHOULDN’T BE. CONSIDERING THESE GOATS ARE PLAYFUL, AND DO TEND TO JUMP WHEN EXCITED, OR POOP/PEE ONCE THEY HAVE EATEN OR AGAIN EVEN IF THEY ARE EXCITED, WE DO RECOMMEND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THESE AREAS. WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY FOR THE YOGIS AND OUR GOATS. .

WE WILL HAVE DESIGNATED TIMES WHEN EVERYONE WILL GET A CHANCE TO FEED THE MINI GOATS, HOLD THEM, TAKE PICTURES, AND GET TO KNOW EACH OF THEIR SPECIAL NAMES.

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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
January 2

Weekly Open House every Saturday at The Orlando School of Music!!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!

Come visit us to view the school, receive a VIP tour of the school, and schedule a trial lesson! We have a lot of great perks for students and parents!

4968 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803! (321) 281-8386!

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1:00 pm
January 2

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

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January 2

All Your Favorite Classic Cars Come Together at One Place.

Join us every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida.

The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00 pm and welcomes show-quality 1983 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30 pm and all registered cars are able to participate.

The Classic Car Show is free for participants and free for the public to attend. It's the perfect outing for families of every generation, young and old, to enjoy.

Here are some reminders and safety precautions to ensure everyone enjoys their time at Old Town:
- Practice safe social distancing between you and other guests of at least 6 feet.
- No gatherings or congregating of more than 10 individuals.
- Face masks or coverings are strongly encouraged while you enjoy Old Town.
- Face masks are county mandated inside public facilities in Osceola County.
- Old Town has placed additional sanitizing stations throughout the property and at each restroom.
- All Old Town staff, security and housekeeping are required to be temperature checked and wear masks at all times.
- Old Town requires cars be parked at least 6 feet apart to ensure cruiser and guest safety.

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy during your visit to Old Town, please visit Stay Safe.

PARTICIPATING CLASSIC CARS: enter Old Town from Highway 192 under the east (left) side of the Jukebox signs where you’ll be greeted by Event Staff. They will then direct you to a security escort down the brick streets. Please do not drive on the bricks without permission.

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January 3

New Weekly Indoor Sunday Market inside the Altamonte Springs Mall featuring Fresh Produce, Packaged Foods, Food Finds, Flowers, Local Artisans just off Center Court 1st floor

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January 3

Hockey is back and you and yours will LOVE this fun family activity!

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Kiddie Culture / Recurring Events
January 3

Disney Movie Night To Debut Dec 13
Starting December 13, a dash of magic comes to downtown Orlando nearly every Sunday evening through May, as Dr. Phillips Center presents classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library. The weekly series is sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort and supported by Experience Kissimmee.

Movies already on tap:
Dec 13 at 6 p.m. – Toy Story ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 6 p.m. – Finding Nemo ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 9:30 p.m. – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ©Disney
Jan 3 at 6 p.m. – A Bug’s Life ©Disney/Pixar
Jan 10 at 6 p.m. – Black Panther ©Marvel Studios
Jan 17 at 6 p.m. – The Lion King ©Disney
Jan 24 at 6 p.m. – Frozen ©Disney
Jan 31 at 6 p.m. – The Incredibles ©Disney/Pixar
Tickets for December movies go on sale today, Friday, Dec 4 at 2 p.m. and are $5 and $10 each—based on box location—with a two-ticket minimum for each private box.

About Frontyard FestivalTM
Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival is an innovative, six-month live-entertainment event in downtown Orlando designed to re-engage artists and guests in a safe, socially-distanced setting. Festival-goers purchase tickets in their own private, elevated box that allows them to enjoy a concert or film, or take part in a fitness class, while keeping a healthy distance from others. They may also order food and beverages from one of several on-site restaurants, which is then delivered directly to their box. The festival is made possible by AdventHealth, City of Orlando, Orange County and a host of other generous partners.

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January 4

Every Kids Meal comes with a FREE $5 Game Card EVERY Monday!

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 4

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 5

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

Read More
1:00 pm
January 5

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 6

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

Read More
1:00 pm
January 6

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

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Foodie Fun
5:00 pm
January 6

On Wednesdays, kids eat free* with the Little Piglet Dinner Special.

Wednesday, starting at 5pm, stop by Pig Floyd's locations for dinner and along with your dinner purchase, your child can enjoy a Quesadilla or Chicken tender kids meal, ON US.
Don't have kids, perfect night to invite a friend that does.

See you for dinner!

*Special offer restricted to this date/time only and applies to quesadilla or chicken tender kids meals. Items cannot be substituted.
FoodKid FriendlyFood tasting

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 7

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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January 7

You can do the $25 drop-in class rate or monthly membership is $75. There are limited spots available so please be sure to message me to reserve your spot. Social distancing will be practiced during this class.

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 8

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

Read More
7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
January 8

Host A Family Movie Night At Home

Gather the gang for Family Night, weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming.

Download printable Family Night movie tickets , movie marquee signs and a movie snack box !

Don't miss family night every Friday from 7 - 9 PM on PBS KIDS!

Read More
January 9
  • The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is normally held at the old train depot, located at 200 West New England Avenue, that has been restored into an historical landmark that hosts this NUMBER ONE produce and plant market in Central Florida. The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more.
Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 9

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

Read More
January 9

WELCOME TO GOAT YOGA AT ALASKA FARMS!

THIS IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN BE THEMSELVES AND ENJOY SOME QUALITY TIME WITH OUR MIX OF MINI BABY GOATS. HERE AT ALASKA FARMS OUR ANIMALS ARE OUR PRIORITY AND WE TAKE PRIDE IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR ANIMALS. WHETHER WE ARE DEALING WITH OUR PET COWS, LEMURS, GOATS, SHEEP, HORSES, EMUS, PIGS, AND MORE!

***CLASSES START PROMPTLY AT 9:30AM & 11:00 AM. ***

DEPENDING ON WHICH CLASS YOU ARE ATTENDING. UPON ENTERING THE STUDIO, A CLASS SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED FOR YOUR HOUR-LONG SESSION WITH THE MINI GOATS OF ALASKA FARMS. YOGA CLASSES TAUGHT BY CAMILA C. AND KARINA P.
YOGA MATS WILL BE PROVIDED AND ALREADY SET IN PLACE IN THE STUDIO, JUST PICK A COMFY SPOT

YOU WILL ALSO HAVE AREAS TO SAFETLY HIDE AWAY ANY PURSES, BAGS, WATER BOTTLES, KEYS, ETC. THIS WILL ALLOW THE GOATS TO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS NIBBLING ON SOMETHING THEY SHOULDN’T BE. CONSIDERING THESE GOATS ARE PLAYFUL, AND DO TEND TO JUMP WHEN EXCITED, OR POOP/PEE ONCE THEY HAVE EATEN OR AGAIN EVEN IF THEY ARE EXCITED, WE DO RECOMMEND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THESE AREAS. WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY FOR THE YOGIS AND OUR GOATS. .

WE WILL HAVE DESIGNATED TIMES WHEN EVERYONE WILL GET A CHANCE TO FEED THE MINI GOATS, HOLD THEM, TAKE PICTURES, AND GET TO KNOW EACH OF THEIR SPECIAL NAMES.

Read More
10:00 am / 12:00 pm
January 9

Beginning August 8th, join us every second Saturday of the month for an extra special, fun-filled breakfast at the Skateway!

Each admission includes skate rental, breakfast, raffle ticket, and meet/greet with characters from Tutu Tales Party Productions during our Tiny Tot Sessions from 10am-12pm.*

Come early and participate in our Lrn2Sk8 class at 9am.

Breakfast includes choice of beverage and entreé:

Omelet Tacos
French Toast Sticks with Syrup
Macaroni & Cheese

*Characters will vary monthly. Stay tuned to our Facebook Event for updates.

PLEASE NOTE: We are operating at 25% capacity. To view all our safety measures, please visit semoranskateway.com/safetymeasures

Dates, times, featured guests subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges.

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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
January 9

Weekly Open House every Saturday at The Orlando School of Music!!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!

Come visit us to view the school, receive a VIP tour of the school, and schedule a trial lesson! We have a lot of great perks for students and parents!

4968 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803! (321) 281-8386!

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10:00 am / 12:00 pm
January 9

Join us every second Saturday of the month for an extra special, fun-filled skate at the Skateway during our Tiny Tot/Pre-Teen Sessions from 10am-12pm.

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1:00 pm
January 9

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

Read More
January 9

All Your Favorite Classic Cars Come Together at One Place.

Join us every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida.

The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00 pm and welcomes show-quality 1983 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30 pm and all registered cars are able to participate.

The Classic Car Show is free for participants and free for the public to attend. It's the perfect outing for families of every generation, young and old, to enjoy.

Here are some reminders and safety precautions to ensure everyone enjoys their time at Old Town:
- Practice safe social distancing between you and other guests of at least 6 feet.
- No gatherings or congregating of more than 10 individuals.
- Face masks or coverings are strongly encouraged while you enjoy Old Town.
- Face masks are county mandated inside public facilities in Osceola County.
- Old Town has placed additional sanitizing stations throughout the property and at each restroom.
- All Old Town staff, security and housekeeping are required to be temperature checked and wear masks at all times.
- Old Town requires cars be parked at least 6 feet apart to ensure cruiser and guest safety.

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy during your visit to Old Town, please visit Stay Safe.

PARTICIPATING CLASSIC CARS: enter Old Town from Highway 192 under the east (left) side of the Jukebox signs where you’ll be greeted by Event Staff. They will then direct you to a security escort down the brick streets. Please do not drive on the bricks without permission.

Read More
January 10

Paddle with Manatees! With temperatures at a constant 72 degrees, manatees migrate to Blue Springs, a designated refuge for them.
From November to March, hundreds of manatees make their way to the warmer waters of the spring, which is converted into a sanctuary, making this a popular spot to view them in their natural habitat.

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January 10

New Weekly Indoor Sunday Market inside the Altamonte Springs Mall featuring Fresh Produce, Packaged Foods, Food Finds, Flowers, Local Artisans just off Center Court 1st floor

Read More
Kiddie Culture / Recurring Events
January 10

Disney Movie Night To Debut Dec 13
Starting December 13, a dash of magic comes to downtown Orlando nearly every Sunday evening through May, as Dr. Phillips Center presents classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library. The weekly series is sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort and supported by Experience Kissimmee.

Movies already on tap:
Dec 13 at 6 p.m. – Toy Story ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 6 p.m. – Finding Nemo ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 9:30 p.m. – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ©Disney
Jan 3 at 6 p.m. – A Bug’s Life ©Disney/Pixar
Jan 10 at 6 p.m. – Black Panther ©Marvel Studios
Jan 17 at 6 p.m. – The Lion King ©Disney
Jan 24 at 6 p.m. – Frozen ©Disney
Jan 31 at 6 p.m. – The Incredibles ©Disney/Pixar
Tickets for December movies go on sale today, Friday, Dec 4 at 2 p.m. and are $5 and $10 each—based on box location—with a two-ticket minimum for each private box.

About Frontyard FestivalTM
Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival is an innovative, six-month live-entertainment event in downtown Orlando designed to re-engage artists and guests in a safe, socially-distanced setting. Festival-goers purchase tickets in their own private, elevated box that allows them to enjoy a concert or film, or take part in a fitness class, while keeping a healthy distance from others. They may also order food and beverages from one of several on-site restaurants, which is then delivered directly to their box. The festival is made possible by AdventHealth, City of Orlando, Orange County and a host of other generous partners.

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January 11

Every Kids Meal comes with a FREE $5 Game Card EVERY Monday!

Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 11

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 12

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

Read More
1:00 pm
January 12

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

Read More