Central Florida is a vibrant hub of arts and culture, offering a myriad of destinations and events. This month immerse yourself in the creativity that our region has to offer. Here are ten must-experience arts and culture events spread throughout Central Florida, including Loch Haven, Downtown Orlando, SODO, Maitland and Winter Park.

1. The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

June 1 to August 25, 2024

The Orlando Museum of Art’s signature exhibition, the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, will mark its tenth anniversary during the museum’s centennial celebration. This annual event highlights the state’s most innovative artists, selected through extensive research by the curatorial team. Ten artists are invited to participate, each presenting multiple works or large-scale installations. This approach offers a comprehensive view of each artist’s vision, showcasing Florida’s cultural vitality and some of the most captivating contemporary work being done in the state.

Website: https://omart.org


2. Rhythms of the Caribbean

June 13, 2024


In honor of Black Music Month and Caribbean American Heritage month, The Winter Park Playhouse has teamed up with Barbara Chandler Productions to present an evening celebrating Caribbean music showcasing Caribbean steel pan, poetry, folk songs and gospel singers. From the islands of Trinidad and Tobago comes “The Pannist and The Poet,” featuring steel pan virtuoso Anthony Lewis alongside poet Winston Andrews. Joining them on stage is Caribbean Gospel singer Stacey “Elevated” Wilson, whose soul-stirring vocals infuse the evening with a sense of spiritual upliftment and joy. Additionally, audiences will be captivated by the enchanting storytelling of Jamaican folklorist Violet Lawrence, whose tales evoke the rich oral traditions of the Caribbean.

Website: https://www.winterparkplayhouse.org


3. The 4th Annual Facets of Freedom – A Celebration of Juneteenth

June 19, 2024

A night of remembrance and celebration of Black culture with performances by local artists commemorating Juneteenth, the historic national holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. Taking place on June 19th, 2024, at the Orlando Family Stage starting at 7 pm, this interdisciplinary arts event will reflect on our history, celebrate our vibrant community, and honor the sacrifices of those who came before us. Featuring musical performances, dance, spoken word, and a visual art exhibit from Black Central Florida artists, the event will showcase the richness of African American artistry and community resilience. Attendees will have the opportunity to appreciate and purchase local Black artwork. As we celebrate this significant holiday, we reflect on the progress made and the work ahead, believing in the power of the arts to heal, inspire, and drive change. Tickets for Facets of Freedom 2024 are $25 ($15 before June 1), including access to all performances and offerings from Black-owned vendors. Proceeds will support local organizations promoting racial justice and equity.

Website: 4th Annual Facets of Freedom – A Celebration of Juneteenth


4. Hooray for Hollywood by Central Florida Community Arts

June 15 – 16, 2024

Experience the nation’s largest community choir as they present a rousing review of spellbinding classics from Hollywood’s greatest films and TV shows. Featuring nearly 300 voices, a 50-piece symphony orchestra, soloists, actors, and dancers, this concert will feature selections such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “I’ve Had The Time of My Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On.” Additionally, moments from fan-favorite movie musicals will include “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story,” and “Mamma Mia.” Put on your red carpet best and join this dazzling journey to the Hollywood Hills and beyond.

Website: https://cfcarts.com/series/hooray-for-hollywood


5. Joe Fritz Trio

June 16, 2024

The Joe Fritz Trio, led by Hungarian clarinetist Joe Fritz, brings the classic sounds of 50’s and 60’s jazz, influenced by legends like Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. Having arrived in the USA in March 2024, Joe Fritz, ranked among the top 30 jazz clarinetists globally in 2012, boasts an impressive discography of 11 solo albums and 54 as a sideman. Known for his masterful, well-composed solos, Joe plays a delightful mix of swing music, American standards, popular Hungarian tunes, and his own compositions, appealing to all jazz enthusiasts. Admission is free. Due to limited seating at Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations at melodycortez@live.com or 407-636-9951

Website: https://bluebambooartcenter.com


6. Latin American Performing Arts Festival (FLAE)

June 17 – 23, 2024

Dancer with candle on the floor

A week-long contemporary performing arts festival produced by Open Scene, the event showcases theatrical productions, workshops and online programming. Two Florida Premieres grace the stage, Gustavo Ott’s “Bandolero y Malasangre” from Washington D.C., and “Odd Man Out” from New York– a gripping pitch-black experience that promises to captivate audiences. The Latin American Performing Arts Festival (FLAE) will happen at Fringe Art Space in Downtown Orlando.

Website: https://www.openscene.org/flae


7. Downtown Orlando 3rd Thursday

June 20, 2024

The event kicks off with a Happy Hour at CityArts from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., offering free drink tickets to the first 30 attendees. Magnolia Avenue will be closed for art activations, featuring an outdoor stage with live music, live painting by local artists, and makers market. Additionally, enjoy free admission to the Orange County History Center from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., where you can explore four floors of Central Florida history through rotating and permanent exhibits, immersive displays, and interactive experiences. Heritage Square, in front of the Orange County Regional History Center, will also be activated with vendors and live music.

Website: https://downtownartsdistrict.com


8. EarthTonez Music Collective

June 22, 2024

As part of the Jazz Series, World Music Series, and Live at Timucua, EarthTonez Music Collective takes listeners on a vibrant musical journey, blending sound and color for an immersive experience. Inspired by pioneers who fused multiple genres to craft unique styles, EarthTonez continues the legacy of experimental and instrumental music, incorporating both top 40 hits and original compositions. The band features two guitars, two keyboards, drums, electronics, and vocals, and includes Collin Oliver, a well-known keyboardist beloved by Timucua audiences.

Website: https://timucua.com/event/earthtonez-music-collective


9. The Florida Festival of New Musicals

June 20 – 23, 2024


A treat for musical theater connoisseurs, this 4-day event presented and hosted by The Winter Park Playhouse features one hour readings of new works with professional actors singing and acting one act of the musical. After the performance, there is a 20 minute talk-back for audience members to interact with the writers and composers and give suggestions for improvements.

Website: https://www.winterparkplayhouse.org


10. A&H Conversations – View from Within: Poetry Workshop and Gallery Performance

June 26, 2024

Discover the poem within the painting. Attendees will create poetry inspired by the visual art in the exhibition, guided through the writing process by author Casey Curry. Participants will share their work in a gallery performance, giving voice to the visual art and revealing their own personal “views from within.” A&H Conversations invites lifelong learners to discuss fascinating topics rooted in Central Florida history, arts, and culture, with new themes presented monthly by visiting subject matter experts. Admission is free.

Website: https://artandhistory.org/ah-conversations

By Thali Sugisawa

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