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  • Nona Adventure Park hosting FREE Community Day exclusively for Lake Nona Residents

    Great news for Lake Nona residents who can enjoy a free day of fun at Nona Adventure Park. The water-based family entertainment center in Lake Nona, Nona Adventure Park located at 14086 Centerline Drive is hosting an extra special community day on Sunday, April 21, 2024 just for Lake Nona locals. To show Nona Adventure Park's appreciation to the local community, they are inviting residents in the 32832, 32827, and 32824 zip codes to an all-access day on the house from 10 am - 5 pm. Simply bring proof of residency with your ID to redeem your complimentary pass at the gate. Are you ready for an adventure like no other? Look no further than Nona Adventure Park! They offer a variety of activities for everyone, including an Inflatable Aqua Park/Obstacle Course, Nona Wake Cable Park, 60’ Climbing Tower/Ropes Course/Rock Walls, Tot Town, and Kayak and Paddleboard rentals. for more information, click Nona Adventure Park For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Gavin DeGraw & Chris Young take the stage this weekend at SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival

    Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld Orlando this weekend. Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 refreshing wine, cocktails, and craft brews, plus live music shows for everyone. SeaWorld Orlando has announce this weekend's headlining artists performing at the Seven Seas Food Festival, and you don't want to miss either show! Get ready for a weekend filled with delicious food, inspired drinks and cocktails, and electrifying performances. All concerts are included with park admission. Saturday, April 20: Gavin DeGraw Gavin DeGraw, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter known for hits like "I Don't Want to Be" and "Not Over You," will take the stage on Saturday evening. Concert attendees can expect a high-energy performance that blends pop-rock with soulful melodies. JUST ANNOUNCED! Sunday, April 21: Chris Young Just added to the line-up, country music fans won't want to miss Chris Young's captivating performance on Sunday. With chart-topping singles such as "Tomorrow" and "I'm Comin' Over," Young promises an evening filled with heartfelt lyrics and infectious country tunes. For those seeking the ultimate concert experience, Reserved Seating is available for purchase, offering the best seats in the house. Secure your spot now at https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/seven-seas-food-festival/. Festival Food & Beverage Offerings As Orlando's largest theme park food festival, the Seven Seas Food Festival invites guests on a culinary journey around the globe, with over 200 delectable food and drink options inspired by cultures from every corner of the world. This year, the festival introduces four ALL-NEW markets, including the Indian Market, French Market, Vegetarian Market, and Half Pipe Pavilion. Guests can indulge in mouthwatering flavors while enjoying all the 60th Anniversary celebrations happening throughout the park. From award-winning attractions to captivating animal presentations, the Seven Seas Food Festival promises an unparalleled experience for guests of all ages. For more information, visit SeaWorld.com. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • New Lynx Bus Route connects MCO to Universal Orlando, International Drive, and Walt Disney World

    Locals and visitors can soon use a new low-cost transportation option between Orlando International Airport and Orlando's attractions. Starting April 21, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) is introducing a new bus route that will offer local residents, and tourists a new, reliable transportation option linking Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando's theme parks, and attractions. The new route, Link 311 will connect Disney Springs Transfer Center and Orlando International Airport with stops at Destination Parkway SuperStop, I-Drive (Orange County Convention Center), Universal Boulevard, Florida Mall SuperStop and Sand Lake Rd. SunRail Station. The service will operate every 30 minutes, daily from 5 am - 11 pm. A fixed route single ride standard pass is only $2.00, this is a one-way fare in a single direction anywhere on the Lynx system. A fixed route all-day pass is $4.50, offering unlimited full-fare rides for one day, or a fixed route 7-day standard pass is $16.00, offering unlimited full-fare rides during a seven-day period. Pass includes free transfers to connecting Links. For more information, you can learn more at www.golynx.com/servicechange The new route linking Orlando International Airport and the tourist hotspots is only one change coming into effect on April 21, with LYNX making system-wide efficiencies effective April 21. The April changes will include the following: New route Link 311. Discontinued route Link 111. Schedule adjustments on Links 15, 18, 19, 21, 40, 42, 103, 105, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 405, 436N and 436S. Route and/or schedule adjustments for Links 7, 11, 37 and 46E. April 21 Service Changes NEW ROUTE Link 311 – Disney/Orlando International Airport Express (Orange County) – Route will operate between Disney Springs Transfer Center and Orlando International Airport with stops at Destination Parkway SuperStop, Destination Parkway and International Drive/Orange County Convention Center, Destination Parkway and Universal Boulevard, Florida Mall SuperStop and the Sand Lake SunRail Station. Will operate every 30 minutes daily 5 a.m.-11:05 p.m. DISCONTINUED ROUTE Link 111 – Orlando International Airport/Destination Parkway/SeaWorld (Orange County) – Route will be discontinued and replaced by Links 42, 108, 311, 350 and NeighborLink 841. SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS Link 15 – Curry Ford Road (Orange County) – Adding weekday 5 a.m. trip and discontinuing 11:25 p.m. trip from Valencia College East to downtown Orlando. Link 18 – South Orange Ave./Kissimmee (Orange County/Osceola County) – Minor Saturday schedule adjustments. Link 19 – Richmond Heights (Orange County) – Minor weekday schedule adjustments. Link 21 – Raleigh Street/Kirkman Road/Universal Orlando (Orange County) – Increasing Sunday frequency to every 30 minutes 5:15 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Adding Sunday 4:45 a.m. trip from Universal Orlando to LYNX Central Station. Minor Sunday schedule adjustments. Link 40 – Americana Boulevard/Universal Orlando (Orange County) – Minor weekday schedule adjustments. Link 42 – International Drive/Oak Ridge Road/OIA (Orange County) – Increasing Sunday frequency to every 30 minutes. Adding Sunday 5 a.m. trip from Orlando Premium Outlets to Orlando International Airport and 5:05 a.m. trip from Florida Mall SuperStop to Destination Parkway SuperStop. Minor schedule adjustments. Link 103 – North U.S. 17-92/Seminole Centre (Orange County/Seminole County) – Minor Sunday schedule adjustments. Link 105 – West Colonial Drive (Orange County) – Minor Saturday schedule adjustments. Link 301 –Disney Direct/Pine Hills (Orange County) – Minor daily schedule adjustments. Link 302 –Disney Direct/Rosemont (Orange County) – Minor daily schedule adjustments. Link 303 –Disney Direct/Washington Shores (Orange County) – Minor daily schedule adjustments. Link 304 – Disney Direct/Rio Grande/Vistana (Orange County) – Minor daily schedule adjustments. Link 306 – Disney Direct/Poinciana (Orange County/Osceola County) – Minor daily schedule adjustments. Link 405 – Apopka Circulator (Orange County) – Minor Sunday schedule adjustments. Link 436N – SR 436/Fernwood/Apopka (Orange County/Seminole County) – Minor Sunday schedule adjustments. Link 436S – SR 436/Fernwood/Orlando International Airport (Orange County/Seminole County) – Increasing Sunday frequency to every 30 minutes between Orlando International Airport and SR 436 and University Boulevard. Adding Sunday 4:50 a.m. trip from SR 436/Colonial Drive and 6 a.m. trip from SR 436/University Boulevard to Orlando International Airport. Minor Sunday schedule adjustments. ROUTE and/or SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS Link 7 – S. Orange Avenue/Florida Mall (Orange County) – Discontinuing segment on Florida Mall Avenue between Golden Sky Lane and Voltaire Drive. Route will operate on Sand Lake Road and Summer Day Lane. Link 11 – S. Orange Avenue/Orlando International Airport (Orange County) – Extending all trips on weekends into Sand Lake SunRail Station. Minor schedule adjustments. Link 37 – Pine Hills/Kirkman Road/Florida Mall (Orange County) – Extending route via Sand Lake Road and Greenbriar Parkway to Universal Orlando’s Epic Universe team member entrance. Increasing Sunday frequency to every 30 minutes. Daily schedule adjustments. Link 46E – East First St. / Downtown Sanford (Seminole County) – Eastbound route will operate along Celery Avenue and Lake Mary Boulevard to True Health. Minor weekday and Saturday schedule adjustments. The new maps and schedules are available at golynx.com. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs to host a prohibition-era Bootlegger’s Dinner

    Sip on prohibition-era cocktails and enjoy delicious bites at a tunnel bar exuding an intimate, 1920s speakeasy-vibe. Every visit to Enzo’s Hideaway, at Disney Springs is a trip back in time, to the days of prohibition, speakeasys, and rum-running. Join Enzo's Hideaway for a tribute to the best period in history — with their Bootlegger’s Dinner, featuring Brugal rum pairings on May 16 and May 22 22 at 7 p.m. This experience allows guests to travel back in time to the days of prohibition and rum running. The menu will feature a series of Italian dishes, taking inspiration from the tropics, plus carefully selected Brugal rum pairings that are expertly aged in hand selected casks under the Dominican Republic sun, creating a complex, yet smooth liquor. Guests will start their evening with a tropical Brugal 1888 cocktail, paired with a delicious coconut shrimp arancini, tying in the taste of the tropics. This course is followed by a hearty pasta, Paccheri al Ragù Cinghiale, paired with a complex Brugal Visionara concoction. For dessert, guests will enjoy a luxurious Brugal 1888 dessert drink, accompanied by Enzo’s Hideaway’s decadent affogato, an Italian coffee-based dessert. Feeling extra adventurous? A 1 oz. pout of Brugal Maestro Reserva can be added to one’s Bootlegger Dinner for $25. Bootlegger’s Dinner Tickets can be purchased HERE for $75 + tax and gratuity. Space is limited, so don’t miss your chance to explore the forbidden flavors of the tropics at Enzo’s Hideaway. Must be 21+ to attend. Wander into Enzo’s Hideaway, a truly unique gathering place for a pre- or-post dinner drink. Inspired by Florida’s secretive “rum-running” past, this watering hole specializes in barrel-aged cocktails and has the largest selection of rums and scotches than any other restaurant at Disney Springs. When you’re craving something savory to sink your teeth into, reach for the food menu brimming with satisfying options like imported meats and cheeses, rustic pasta dishes and a collection of Italian-inspired entrees. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Samba your way to the spectacular Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival this weekend

    The 19th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival promises to be a spectacular display of costumes, music, and culture. The 19th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival on Saturday, April 20 will highlight a spectacular display of costumes, music, and Caribbean culture. The focus of this event is multiculturalism, aiming to preserve culture and history while uniting and exciting people from all over the world. The highlights of the carnival is a street parade, a festival concert with top local and International artists, a steel pan jamboree, a vendors village, food trucks and more! Plus, don't miss the JOUVERT on Sunday, April 21. Enjoy a fun time with paint and water and music... Day 1 The 19th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival will be on Saturday April 20, 2024. Parade and Concert at Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Downtown Tampa! Tickets are available via Eventbrite. Click here for tickets. Day 2 Tampa Bay Jouvert will take place on Sunday April 21, 2024 at Raymond James Stadium. The Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival Official J'ouvert 2024, features an early morning Street Parade at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, with 5 Music Trucks, 8 J'ouvert Band, plus lots of Food, and Arts & Craft vendors. Get Jouvert tickets here. The Annual Tampa bay Caribbean Carnival Festival has been organized by Tampa Caribbean Festival Inc a 501-C organization since 2005. With multiculturism being the central focus we continue to preserve and enhance the cultural and historical legacy. Further steeped in tradition Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival is alive with a volunteer spirit, uniting and exciting people from all parts of the city, state, country, and the world. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Groove to the rhythm as Reggae Day returns to Boxi Park in Lake Nona

    Join Boxi Park at Lake Nona for a day filled with good music and good vibes from local reggae bands. Get ready to groove to the rhythm as Reggae Day returns to Boxi Park in Lake Nona. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 20, as Boxi Park is bringing the ultimate reggae experience to Lake Nona! Bring your friends, family and indulge in delicious food from our diverse restaurants, drink refreshing beverages and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere. Some of the fan favorites from over the years are hitting the stage again! Rik Jam, Dal-Wayne, King Tappa, NostalJah, EarthKry, and Jah Sun will be back for another performance at Boxi Park Plus, no Reggae Day is complete without the infectious energy from Shamanic Rootz. Headlining a packed day of talent will be Jemere Morgan! DJ Crossfire and DJ RED i will be spinning the beats and keeping the fun vibes going all day. Come enjoy the soulful sounds of reggae that will transport you straight to the heart of Jamaica. I hope you like jammin', too! Tickets are available now costing only $20 each. Get yours today. If it's happening in Orlando you Gotta Go Orlando! For the latest news from Orlando and throughout Central Florida with our Daily Orlando News. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • D'aydrian Harding is bringing the Stay Sober Summer Tour to Hard Rock Live Orlando

    D'aydrian Harding and the gang are coming to Orlando, Catch them on stage in Orlando this July. D'aydrian Harding is a social media sensation who describes himself as a person who makes jokes and videos for people who aren’t sensitive. Harding from Kansas became a global sensation sharing funny clips on his TikTok account, and also has a popular YouTube channel, where he posts funny and quirky content. With millions of fans online, Harding has also started selling his own branded merchandise too. This summer Harding is hitting the road with Momma Harding, and his gang, Sammy Ndabaga, and Jaythan Lutz. The Stay Sober Summer Tour will be taking to the stage at Hard Rock Live Orlando on Saturday, July 27, 2024. Tickets are available now, starting at $42.00. Grab your tickets now! For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Fodors Travel Guide names it's Top 10 Restaurants in Orlando

    Los Angeles based travel guide, Fodors Travel Guide has named it; top 10 Best Restaurants in Orlando. check them out! Every other week brings new top 10 lists for Orlando, and one of the most popular is always food, and with such a thriving foodie scene it's no suprise to us Orlando locals that nationwide publications are always praising our local restaurant scene. The latest publication to name its Top 10 Restaurants in Orlando is Foders Travel, who have enlisted Tampa-based travel writer Terry Ward to compile the list. So is your favorite on the list? Top of Fodors list is Mills 50 favorite, Filipino restaurant Kaya, which has also just been named a 2024 James Beard Award Finalist for Best New Restaurant. From the same owners as Kadence, Kaya blends fresh Florida ingredients with Filipino food in a menu that changes daily. In second place is Chef Brandon McGlamery's Prato located on Park Avenue in Winter Park, known for it's wood-fired, Italian-inspired cooking, including veal meatballs, and Neapolitan-style pizzas. In third place is Selam Ethiopian, located in Williamsburg, at 5494 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando. This unassuming restaurant located in s strip mall offers a taste of Africa with authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes. Here is the top 10 list in full. Kaya Prato Selam Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine Knife and Spoon Capa Soseki The Ravenous Pig Kabooki Sushi Bombay Street Kitchen Prim For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Open House – A Neighborhood Social Hall and Oh Hey Cafe opens on Lee Road

    Open House – A Neighborhood Social Hall and Oh Hey Cafe is a new community space and cafe in Lockhart, created by One Church: Park District. Locates on Lee Road, Open House – A Neighborhood Social Hall and Oh Hey Cafe is a new community space and cafe created as a community hub by One Church: Park District. This new family-friendly space has been designed for relaxation and connection over coffee. Open House – A Neighborhood Social Hall is an event space for family get-togethers and community activities, and is the hub for One Church: Park District. Oh Hey Cafe is a coffee shop within Open House offering indoor and outdoor seating, plus an indoor playground for the little ones. One Church: Park District say that Open House and Oh Hey Cafe is inspired by the days when corner cafes and neighborhood hangouts were at the heart of the community. Their mission is to "create a welcoming space where people can come together to enjoy exceptional coffee roasted by Lineage Coffee, and delectable pastries, all while fostering a sense of play, connection, and community.” The new concept is located at 1325 Lee Road, and is open 8 am - noon, Tuesday to Saturday. The new community space held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, which was attended by Robert F Stuart, City Commissioner, District 3 at City of Orlando. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Celebrate National Park Week with FREE ENTRY to Florida’s 11 National Parks

    The National Park Service offers a number of entrance free days throughout the year, with everyone invited to experience the magic and wonder of national parks for free! The National Park Service protects our nation's greatest treasures and tells our shared stories. Love national parks? There's a holiday for that! Join The National Park Service for National Park Week, a nine-day celebration of everything "parks". Not just about more than 400 national parks nationwide of different shapes, sizes, and types, including 11 here in Florida. Also discover what the National Park Service does through their programs and partners to preserve natural and cultural heritage and provide recreational opportunities in places across the country—and even the world! National Park Week is happening April 20 to April 28 this year. Entrance fees will be waived on April 20, 2024, to kick off the celebration and to encourage everyone to enjoy their national parks in person. Then, National Park Service parks, programs, and partners will host events and activities all week to celebrate National Park Week. The 11 national parks in Florida include Canaveral National Seashore, the longest stretch of undeveloped Atlantic Coastline in the sunshine state, and is only a one hour drive from Orlando. In addition to Canaveral National Seashore, Florida is home to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Big Cypress National Preserve, and more. 2024 Theme Days Each day of National Park Week has a special theme to showcase many ways to experience, learn, or get involved with national parks and what we do outside of our park boundaries. Saturday, April 20: Discovery. What will you discover? A new place, a new interesting fact, a new activity... To kick off National Park Week and encourage you make that new discovery, entrance fees are waived on April 20! Sunday, April 21: Volunteers. Use your time and talents as a volunteer in your national parks. Find opportunities to volunteer for a single event or long term position. Monday, April 22: Earth Day. Join the global celebration encouraging education and stewardship of the planet's natural resources. Many parks are hosting volunteer events. You can also find ways to practice conservation at home. Tuesday, April 23: Innovation. History of our nation's innovation is preserved in national parks. Also learn about the innovative projects happening in parks or through our programs today. Wednesday, April 24: Workforce Wednesday. Meet our incredible workforce of employees, interns, fellows, volunteers, contractors, partners, and more. Consider joining our team! Thursday, April 25: Youth Engagement. Calling the rising generation of stewards! Learn about the opportunities for youth and young adults to get involved and see what your peers are up to. Friday, April 26: Community Connections. Learn about the important work our programs and partners are doing in communities across the country both within and outside of our park boundaries. Saturday, April 27: Junior Ranger Day. For kids (and kids at heart), become a Junior Ranger through in-person or online activities to learn about special places or topics. You may even earn a Junior Ranger badge! Sunday, April 28: Arts in Parks. Home of many arts past and present, find your muse creating arts within parks. Also learn about preserving and practicing arts in your communities through the work of our programs and partners. The cost to enter parks with entrance fees ranges from $10 to $35. The funds remain in the National Park Service and 80-100% stays in the park where collected. The revenue supports visitor services, including enhancing accessibility, restoring wildlife habitat, and providing ranger programs, and adding or upgrading restrooms, campgrounds, trails, and other facilities. The fee waiver for the fee-free days applies only to National Park Service entrance fees and does not cover amenity or user fees for camping, boat launches, transportation, special tours, or other activities. The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass covers entry at more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for current members of the U.S. military and their dependents, military veterans, Gold Star Families, fourth grade students, individuals with permanent disabilities, and senior citizens. The remaining entrance fee-free days for 2024 are: April 20 – First Day of National Park Week June 19 – Juneteenth August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day September 28 – National Public Lands Day November 11 – Veterans Day Will you be visiting a National Park soon? Let us know in the comments below! For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Eatonville emerges as strong contender for Florida's First Museum of Black History

    Eatonville, known as the “Town That Freedom Built,” has secured its position as the second-ranked finalist for the location of the state’s first Museum of Black History! Eatonville, known as the "Town That Freedom Built," has secured its position as the second-ranked finalist for the location of the state's first Museum of Black History. The Florida Museum of Black History Task Force will hold a special meeting in Tallahassee on Friday, April 19, 2024, to review the proposals and choose three finalists for an additional analysis by the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Architecture and Engineering Technology. FAMU will present its findings in May. The Eatonville/Orange County proposal captures the community's commitment to preserving history and cultural heritage, as well as fostering strong public, private, and philanthropic partnerships that characterize the region as the country's top tourism and meeting destination. The top four candidates the Florida Museum of Black History Task Force – in ranked order – are St. Johns County, Eatonville/Orange County, Sarasota, and Opa-Locka. "Through partnerships, the Town of Eatonville has secured the land and a comprehensive plan to build the Florida Black History Museum to further our enduring legacy of embracing those who, once enslaved, came here to thrive," said Eatonville Mayor Angie Gardner. "We hope to extend that same warm welcome globally, inviting all to explore the deep connections between our community's values and our rich history – a history that positions Eatonville as the fitting home for the museum. We are excited to create an everlasting experience for visitors worldwide and to welcome them into the heart of our community." While the final decision remains pending, this recognition reaffirms the region's commitment to celebrating the vibrant legacy and contributions of Black communities across Florida. Established in 1887, two decades after the Civil War, Eatonville is the oldest incorporated Black community still in existence in the United States. It also has a unique place in literary history as the childhood home of the celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston, whose impact endures through her influential works like "Their Eyes Were Watching God." The creation of the museum, which was signed into Florida law in 2023, will educate visitors on how individuals of African descent shaped the state's history more than 500 years ago. It will also house exhibitions on the contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans defending and preserving Florida and the United States. The multipurpose venue is planned to include research and storage facilities, meeting rooms, full-service banquet facilities, and a performance space. Visit the Florida Division of Historical Resources' website to learn more about the Florida Museum of Black History Task Force, its mission, and objectives. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

  • Orlando Parking Lot Party is throwing it down at Ivanhoe Park Brewing this Saturday!

    Orlando's favorite food truck party in a parking lot returns to everyone's favorite independent craft brewery. Orlando Parking Lot Party returns this weekend, Saturday, April 20, to Ivanhoe Park Brewing. Featuring an epic line-up of food trucks (making munchies) for you to devour! As always, Ivanhoe Park Brewing will be slinging brews all night long. Let's Party! Food Vendors Participating Include: Red Panda Noodle Cholo Dogs Chil'in Tacos Kebabs by The Pass Kitchen Gentry's BBQ Antonio's Locos Pink Salamander The Bruja's Table Chicken Waffle Grill For more information, click here. To keep up to date with the very latest happenings in Orlando, sign up to the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter, and don't forget to follow us on social media for everything Orlando: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. For the latest entertainment news and things to do in Orlando, and throughout Central Florida, follow Gotta Go Orlando on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Never miss any Orlando news! Sign up for the Gotta Go Orlando Newsletter. Got a story to tell? Contact us here. To advertise with us, click here, and to list your upcoming event with us, submit it here.

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