Well, we can finally answer that with 100% certainty. Starting this November, Fiesta in the Park will officially open from 10am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday of the event weekend. In the past, we have had a soft opening on Sunday morning of 10am, where some artists and vendors opened up, but the official start time was noon and that’s how it’s always been promoted through the years. Everyone has been a bit confused from vendors to sponsors to attendees, so we’re clearing it up once and for all.Read More
Spring is here and we are enthused to welcome the beautiful weather at Spring Fiesta in the Park this April 2-3! As we come upon our 27th year we are honored and thrilled to celebrate 10-year anniversaries with Bright House Networks and Southern Ford Dealers as valued sponsors and partners of the event.Read More
The 27th Annual Spring Fiesta in the Park is full of surprises. After 26 years, we are integrating a beer and burger garden in the southeast corner of the park for the first time ever (the grassy area otherwise known for its weekly Sunday Farmers’ Market). We tried it out at November’s Fall Fiesta in the Park, and it was highly successful, bringing more families out to the area for picnicking and games, while raising the level of food vendors participating in the event. This continues with our plan of creating specialty areas within the event that patrons can get excited about.Read More
While the Fiesta in the Park event series has been around for 45 years, our committee is always working on ways to improve it and its efforts to be a true partner in the local community.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve committed to giving back to the City of Orlando’s Community Youth Trust Fund with a required donation after each event. If we reach our revenue goals, the Committee adds an additional percentage to the bottom line donation, which we did after the Spring Show for the first time.
This year’s Fall Fiesta in the Park will be its 45th installment. Almost half a century of time has passed since the first one was held back in November, 1970. Over four and a half decades later, Orlando has changed dramatically. From the days of Disney World opening in 1971 to the glory years of Church Street Station in the ‘70s and ‘80s, to the mega suburban growth that continues today and our own Downtown’s resurgence, there are so many stories to tell along the way that have contributed to the success and makeover of our beautiful city’s landscape.
What is your favorite moment living in Central Florida? Was it the Orlando Magic starting off as an expansion franchise in 1989? Maybe the total resurgence of our downtown area, including local park renovations, new high-rises and businesses along with a state-of-the-art performing arts center to boot? Was it the crazy baseball-sized hail storm in 1992? Okay – obviously if you were here for that, it isn’t your favorite moment, but looking back it was quite spectacular and an important time in our history. We can go on and on and would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below.
With that said, there is still more work to do and growth to come. This city is rising as quickly as any other in the nation, and is a budding community for healthcare, technology and education. It’s an exciting time to be an Orlandoan, and we’re happy to have many of you attend our events every year. In the coming years, expect more green space in the downtown area, more innovation on urban planning, and some really cool amenities like the new soccer stadium and even more events on a regular basis.
Summer is almost here and what better time to enjoy all of the beauty and fun in Florida. There are so many things to do like go to the beach, visit a museum or enjoy a day at a park, such as our favorite – Lake Eola in beautiful downtown Orlando. There is always an abundance of activities but if you can’t think of anything to do, then below are some ideas you can share with friends and family, guaranteeing a fun and inexpensive time for everyone involved. Enjoy your summer!
Spring has sprung and another successful Spring Fiesta in the Park has come and gone. We were honored to have presenting sponsor Southern Ford Dealers and co-sponsor Bright House Networks back for a 9th consecutive year! Spring Fiesta welcomed a few new sponsors, too – Strayer University and Solar Ray, who had so much positive feedback from attendees they are both planning on participating in Fall Fiesta in November.
Also new to Fiesta in the Park was Pet Fiesta. Local radio station, 98.9 WMMO brought the music and the people brought their pets! Guests were able to bring their furry family members to a designated area just for them! While the entire event is pet friendly, Pet Fiesta offered up services like pet blessings, afterlife pet care, and pet adoption and rescue. We’re excited to make it bigger and better in November for Fall Fiesta!
In its 26-year history, Spring Fiesta in the Park has seen many changes, but this year brought on a significant change for our artists and crafters. The Fiesta in the Park Committee felt that it was time to transition into a flat fee for participation in place of the old booth fee + percentage of sales. Although the flat fee was met with resistance from some long-time participants, our judges saw great improvement all the way around. This seemingly minor modification had a huge impact making things run much smoother on the backend, leaving little room for accounting errors. This year’s Spring Fiesta even attracted new artists while keeping the same “Fiesta flavor,” one judge said. Fiesta in the Park is the only arts and crafts show that hosts a variety of fine arts as well as unique items like homemade candles and spices.
The Fiesta in the Park Committee is constantly working to bring innovation and improvement to Fiesta, and promises to always keep that “Fiesta flavor.” Thank you to our participants, sponsors and volunteers who make it possible for us to produce this wonderful Orlando event. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the 45th anniversary of Fall Fiesta in the Park November 7th and 8th!
Are you looking to spice up your weekend and get some edible variety in your life? The 44th Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park is the place to be this November 1st and 2nd for all of your tasty pleasures! Alongside hundreds of original artist and craft vendors, foodie booths and trucks play a big part in the event, and come in all different ethnicities and unique options. Specialties range from smoked BBQ, to festival fare, to old fashioned American cuisine to Thai food and everything in between. In previous years vendors have specialized in gourmet coffee, one-of-a-kind hot sauces, homemade fruit jams, seasoned pickles and more to give you an idea of the wealth of options you have to choose from. Some even offer free samples. Put it on your calendar now to attend this year’s 44th Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park, November 1st and 2nd at Lake Eola Park, and check out our !Read More
As downtown Orlando evolves in order to keep up with the changing of time, the one thing that remains a consistent staple is beautiful Lake Eola Park. Located in the heart of the city, Lake Eola brings the beauty of Orlando to life. Surrounded by the Central Business District, Thornton Park, and the South Eola District, you’ll never have difficulty finding something to do. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat, take your dog on a walk, or lighten your wallet at local shops and restaurants, you’ll find it at the park.
Lake Eola Park is also your one-stop-shop for everything family-friendly. It’s perfect for picnicking, exercising, or relaxing on a cool day and you can even get an up-close view of the historic and rebuilt fountain by taking a swan boat ride for a few bucks. Let’s not forget, though, that the Spring and Fall Fiestas in the Park are held here, too. Encompassed in breathtaking scenery, it will be hard for you to find a more perfect area for events to take place. The changing of weather in autumn and the blooming of flowers in spring allows the festivals to come alive in full force, bringing the community out to the park to enjoy the day and ringing in the seasons the right way.
Make sure you come see the park this November 1st and 2nd at the 44th Annual Fall Fiesta, and bring a blanket for a family picnic while you’re at it. We hope to see you there!