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Local Orlando Halloween

Local Orlando HalloweenAs the weather begins to cool down just a little bit, the unofficial start to the holiday season is quickly approaching, Halloween. Candy is already being stocked in local supermarkets and costumes are popping up in stores all over. In just a couple weeks, confirming that fall has truly arrived, Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) 23” will be open for business. Running most weeks Thursday through Sunday beginning September 20th and lasting until November 2nd (check out the HHN official website for official dates), hundreds of thousands of guests are expected from around the world!

Named the “best in the business” by the Editor of Fangoria Magazine, Orlando transforms its movie theme park into haunted houses inspired by shows and video games like “The Walking Dead”, “Resident Evil”, and “Cabin in the Woods” with live shows such as “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. There are videos on the HHN website previewing the haunted houses and they look absolutely terrifying, a great way to really get into the season! Rides like “Transformers,” “Revenge of the Mummy,” and “Men In Black Alien Attack” are also a part of the admission.


Tickets to this one of a kind Halloween experience comes in all different types of packages. General admission for a single night at HHN are $91.99 plus tax. If you buy a regular day time park ticket you can purchase an add on for HHN good for the same day as the daytime ticket. These add-ons run from $38.99 to $69.99 depending on the day of the week. The best deal by far is the Rush of Fear ticket. This ticket gets you into the park as many nights as you would like for the first three weeks of HHN for $72.99. There are a number of other packages like this one and all details can be found on the HHN website. Florida residents are also in luck with significant discounts, individual ticket prices starting at $42.99 and the other available packages are also much more affordable.

Awarded the Best Halloween Event Golden Ticket Award by Amusement Today from 2008 through 2012, it is not something you want to miss and with HHN running from 6pm to midnight every night they are open (the weekend prior to Halloween HHN is open until 2am), there is no reasons not to check it out! Grab some friends, take the quick trip to Orlando, and prepare to get a good scare!

Oktoberfest Food

One of the most well-known worldwide celebrations is Oktoberfest, a 16 day festival dedicated to all things beer. The official festival is held in Munich, Germany and is attended by over 6 million people each year. For those who can’t make it to Munich, local cities around the world hold their own celebrations and the Brevard County area is no exception. This year Orlando and Viera will be hosting their own weekend tribute festivals.

A big misconception about the Munich Oktoberfest is that it occurs in October. The festival actually begins late in September. Orlando will be home to two separate celebrations this year. The first, the Orlando Oktoberfest, follows with the traditional timing of the Munich festival being held for one day on September 28th from 4pm to 11pm at the Bahia Festival Grounds. Entry to this festival is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest is not just about the beer, the food plays just as big a part. The Orlando celebration will include brats, potato salad, and pretzels along with “Schunkel Musik” and “Schuhplattler Dancing”. For the kids in attendance, there will be bouncy houses to enjoy.


The second Orlando Oktoberfest runs from Friday, October 11th through Saturday, October 12th from 5pm to 10pm each evening. This event is also free and features a beer garden for the adults and a root beer garden for kids. There will also be games and contests along with German music, Alpine dancing, and performances by Magic Curtain Productions, a nonprofit community theater. This festival can be found at Avalon Park in the Downtown of East Orlando.

Viera is putting on its first Oktoberfest celebration this year, a couple weeks after the Munich celebration ends from October 25th to 27th. Included in this festival are the typical German food and beers, music, and of course a “hoffbrauhaus” or beer tent. Along with the traditional entertainment, there will be a pumpkin carving contest and Wizard of Oz costume contest. In addition, there will be amusement and hay rides, arts and crafts vendors, and a host of other entertainment. Held on Judge Fran Jameson Way in Viera, the event begins on Friday at 6pm, on Saturday at 8am, and Sunday at 10am.

With three weekends to celebrate Oktoberfest, Brevard County and Orlando are paying tribute to the world’s largest festival in style. So stop on by these celebrations and join in the fun and enjoy some food and drinks. Cheers! Or as the Germans say, Prost!

Melbourne Fla

Melbourne FlaFor the 20th year running Melbourne Main Street’s “Fall Festival” is just around the corner. The festival is being held this year officially on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th (with some pre-events on Friday, October 4th) among the beautiful historic downtown area of Melbourne. On a typical day in the downtown area, visitors can partake in shopping, dining, and even yoga – the fall festival adds to the already vibrant area with live music, family activities, and more food and drinks!

Catering to families, retirees, and young adults/professionals, this festival is the place to be in Melbourne the first weekend in October with over 30,000 people expected to attend. East New Haven Avenue will act as the main thoroughfare for the festival with many of the side streets serving as branches with additional vendors. Main attractions this year include the main stage, the Gen-X Motors exhibit, food court, the Rockstar Energy Drink side stage, and a kids zone.


Previous years vendors and exhibits have included a variety of live music, great food and drinks, various merchants, along with face painting, bouncy houses, and temporary tattoos for kids. In addition to all this, one of the real draws to this festival is the availability of arts and crafts. This year will feature two separate shows: “The Fine Art Promenade” and “Artisans on the Avenue”. The “Promenade” will be displaying work from over 150 fine artists who will be competing for at least $3500 in prize money. “Artisans” will be made up of 60 to 70 artisans selling various wares such as decorative art, vintage goods, and hand-made creations. They will be off the main track on Deport Road.

Finally, while the daily offerings are all family oriented, there are evening and nighttime activities more geared for adults. Just off East New Haven Ave, on Municipal Lane, there will be a silent disco. Truly a hysterical thing to behold and an even more fun activity to participate in! It will be running prior to the festival on Friday from 7pm to 2am and again on Saturday from 3pm to 2am. This type of event first debuted at the Bonnaroo festival in 2005 and has since grown in popularity. If you haven’t seen or heard of this type of event, participants wear wireless headphones, all broadcasting live music. Those who don’t have the headsets will only hear silence so it looks like there are a bunch of people dancing in silence! People watching at its finest.

Make sure to stop by at this year’s 20th Melbourne Fall Festival the first weekend of October. Between the food, music, and kids zone – it will be fun for the whole family!

Arena Bowl in Orlando

Arena Bowl in OrlandoAre you ready for some football? If so, you are in luck, even before the professional football season starts! Orlando will be hosting the Arena Bowl XXVI this year at the Amway Center on August 17th at 1pm. It will air nationally on CBS.

The Arena Bowl is the Arena Football League’s (AFL) equivalent to the NFL’s Super Bowl. The Arena Bowl was first held in Pittsburgh in 1987 and has taken place almost every year since except 2009 when the AFL filed for bankruptcy and was going through changes in management. Currently consisting of fourteen teams split into two conferences (American and National) and then into two divisions (North, Central, South, and West), the regular season, made up of twenty games, begins in the second week of March. Post-season begins in August with four teams from each conference, two division winners and two wild card teams, competing for a spot in the Arena Bowl.


The two final teams competing in this year’s Arena Bowl haven’t been determined yet. The final four teams now in the playoffs are actually the last four Arena Bowl champions. The final two teams will be decided this Saturday with the Philadelphia Soul versus the Jacksonville Sharks (7pm) and the Spokane Shock versus the Arizona Rattlers (9:30pm).

For those living in and around Orlando, the Arena Bowl itself is actually only the culmination of events beginning on Thursday, August 15th with Media Day at the Rosen Centre from 1pm to 3pm. There will be team photos and interviews along with an appearance from the current AFL Commissioner, Jerry B. Kurtz. The day continues at 6:30pm with the 2013 AFL Celebrity Gala also at the Rosen Center and it promises to be a party with AFL Hall of Famers, former players, and the rock band KISS. The night will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by a three-course meal, live music, and an award ceremony. The long weekend continues on Friday night at 7:30pm with a KISS concert at the Amway Center.

Gameday events begins at 10am with the Arena Bowl XXVI Fan Fest, again at the Amway Center. Attendees will be able to enjoy a full “interactive Arena Football experience” with the chance to exhibit their football skills and learn more about the AFL. Live music and entertainment will also be on hand and the coveted Arena Bowl championship trophy will be on display and to get everyone ready for the big game in the afternoon

If you can’t make it to the game, go for a Superbowl Sunday party in August. What better excuse to hang with friends, eat too much pizza, and watch a great game than Arena Bowl XXVI!

Local events Central East Coast Florida

Local events Central East Coast Florida

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July, then to remember where it all began. 1776 is performing July 4th thru July 14th at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. 1776 is a musical play depicting the lives of our famous founding fathers during the tumultuous year of 1776. It takes the audience back in time during the height of political unrest in the New England colonies. The war against the British is already underway, as 56 delegates bunker down in the assembly hall at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia. The task before them is enormous. They must manage a war effort while at the same time create a new government from scratch. The play brilliantly portrays the perils these brave men faced and overcame to establish the United States of America. Fears, worries, pride and indignation all bubble to the surface as these congress members persevere to draft what is today referred to as the Declaration of Independence.

The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, affectionately nicknamed “Broadway on Brevard”, is located at 300 Brevard Avenue in Cocoa, FL. The playhouse, entertaining the public since 1924 recently underwent renovations. The Playhouse now boasts a new three story technical support annex. With the new renovations, The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is able to bring in other larger travelling performing acts, including upcoming ballet company productions. The first show for 1776 begins on the Fourth of July for a special 2 p.m premiere showing.

Tickets for 1776 can be purchased online or directly at the Historical Cocoa Village Playhouse. Ticket prices range in price from $16 to $24. It is best to reserve in advance as shows are known to sell out quickly.