Upcoming Festivals in Orlando

It may be the middle of winter for most of the States, but here in Orlando, highs are in the 70's and there's a nice breeze. Sunshine is Nature's cure for those Winter Blues. Spend a little time outside in Orlando's paradise. From live concerts to crafts, culture, art, and food, take advantage of the weather at any of these fun festivals through February:

Yeehaw Junction Bluegrass Festival, Jan. 26 - 28
It's hard to resist a Bluegrass jig, and next week Central Florida will have plenty of them them. This four-day event, held at Yeehaw Junction, brings together some of the biggest names in pickin' and foot-stompin' music. See lively performances by Rhyme ‘N' Reason, Rhonda Vincent &The Rage, and more. The music fest also features arts, crafts and carnival fare. Admission: Thursday $20, Friday $25, Saturday $30, $75 weekend at gate; children ages 12 and younger free with paid adult ticket. Camping prices are $100 for electric sites and $25 for dry sites. 

ArtsFest 2012, Feb. 1 - 29
Get ready for the Art and Culture event of the year! ArtsFest is a cultural sampling for every taste and pocketbook. From moving ballet and theater performances to cutting-edge films and art exhibits, this festival showcases Central Florida's best in arts and culture. Attend the Starlite Film Festival Feb. 3, check out the unforgettable rock n' roll experience DRIP presented on various days in February, but your tickets for the Sleeping Beauty Ballet on the 5th, and of course, you won't want to miss the The Great Duck Derby Feb.18th.  Special performances and free admission to select museums like the Waterhouse Residence or the City Arts Factory will be offered throughout the Festival. Presented by Bank of America, ArtsFest is held in venues across Central Florida's four-county area and kicks-off United Arts' annual fundraising campaign. Admission: Free.  

Mount Dora Arts Festival, Feb. 4 - 5
Enjoy a relaxing walk through the charming hillside town of Mount Dora as you take in the wide variety of more than 300 juried artists mixed with live entertainment, children's activities and food. Celebrating its 37th anniversary, the festival displays works of Artists competing for awards in painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture and numerous other categories. Admission: Free.

Children's Art Festival

Children's Art & History Festival, Feb. 11
Held at the Maitland Art Center from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the event exposes kids and families to the visual and performing arts. Presented in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, activities include hands-on art, open studio demonstrations, interactive puppet theater, children's art exhibits, scavenger hunts and face painting. Admission: Suggested donation of $4 for adults and children are free.    

77th Annual Bach Festival, Feb. 17 - March 4
Like a little music to unwind with this month? Book yourself some "You Time" or snuggle up with your sweetie while you enjoy the various performances at this event. Year after year, this festival brings world-class talent to the Rollins College campus in Winter Park. Festival highlights include performances featuring the works of J.S. Bach and other great composers by the highly acclaimed Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra.  Admission: Prices vary by performance and series.  


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