Enjoy Orlando's wonderful outdoor weather at one of several unique outdoor festivals and events this upcoming week featuring everything from motorcycle rides to big band music. Here's what's happening in Orlando Jan. 16 - 22:
The Real Music Concert Series at Busch Gardens, Jan. 18 - Mar. 24
From sock-hop era idols to swingin' big bands, this concert series at Busch Gardens has something for everyone! This week be sure to catch The Terry Myers Orchestra with The Swing Sisters performing Wednesday to Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Stanleyville Theater. Admission is included with regular park ticket.
66th Annual Camellia Show & Festival, Jan. 21
Witness for yourself why January in Central Florida is camellia season at the Camellia Show & Festival. Taking place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Mead Botanical Garden and featuring the beauty of thousands of camellia flower blooms, this is the perfect event to enjoy the beauty of Orlando in January. The festival includes camellia plants for sale, a special 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. "Camellia 101 Class" (RSVP for classes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) and 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. tours of the Mead Botanical Garden with expert gardeners available to answer any winter gardening questions. Admission to the festival is free.
Zora Neale Hurston Festival, Jan. 21 - 29
This inspiring festival highlights the life and works of one of America's most celebrated collectors and interpreters of Southern rural African-American culture through theatrical performances, educational programs and a juried art show. The nine-day extravaganza takes place in various locations throughout Orlando and Eatonville, the nation's oldest incorporated Africa-American municipality. Admission to the festival is free, performance prices vary.
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Ride, Jan. 22
Orlando Harley-Davidson is hosting a pair of special events to benefit the Tri-County Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse. From 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., a police-escorted bike convoy will travel on I-4 from Downtown Disney West Side to the Orlando Harley-Davidson I-4 Historic Factory Dealership. Ride registration will be from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in the Downtown Disney West Side parking lot N and requires a $10 donation per rider, and $5 donation per passenger. Immediately following the bike convoy will be an after-party from 12 - 3 p.m. The party will feature free entertainment and food, including live music by The Pendletones and a whole lot of rider-related activities. Attendance is free and open to the public.