I-Drive 5k Run

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The Central Florida tourism industry will wrap up National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-11) with the annual I-Drive 5k Run at Pointe Orlando on May 10th.

Hosted and organized by Pointe Orlando, the International Drive Improvement District and Track Shack, proceeds benefit the I-Drive YMCA Aquatic Center’s “Safe Start” Water Safety Program. This year’s theme is “let your inner character run free,” and all runners are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Orlando character for the race.

Race begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Kid’s Dash at 8:45 a.m. Awards ceremony will take place at 9:00 am.

For more info or to register visit: www.trackshack.com

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Great American Pie Festival

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The town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World April 26-27th. Thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers will gather together for the 14th Annual American Pie Council’s Great American Pie Festival.

Help preserve America’s pie heritage by taking part in the Never Ending Pie Buffet, pie eating contests, pie baking activities, cooking demonstrations, PieCasso art, the Baker’s Square Pietopia stage with live music and entertainment, games and lots more.

Don’t miss the announcement of the winners of the APC National Pie Championships, taking place this same weekend.

More info visit: www.piecouncil.org

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Leesburg Bikefest

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The 18th Annual Leesburg Bikefest thunders into Lake County, April 25th until 27th. This three day motorcycle rally and music event has quickly grown to one of the largest and most popular events of its kind.

The Leesburg Bikefest is a friendly, fun-filled atmosphere and draws enthusiasts from around the country. Entertainment includes bike exhibitions, merchandise vendors, the Ms. Bikefest pageant, biker games, specialty events and much more.

Music is also a big part of Bikefest, and this year’s lineup on the Gator Harley-Davidson Stage features headline performances from Vanilla Ice on Friday, chainsaw wielding rockers Jackyl on Saturday, and rockin’ country recording artist Uncle Kracker on Sunday.

More info visit: www.leesburgbikefest.com

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Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2014

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Universal Orlando comes alive this spring with its Mardi Gras 2014 celebration. Featuring 20 nights of electrifying concerts from the biggest names in music with the essence of the legendary Bayou bash February 8th to May 31st (on select nights)

You can also catch colorful beads by the handful during this year’s parade, which will feature 12 vibrant floats including three new additions celebrating Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Plus visit Universal Orlando’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Mardi Gras Music Lineup:

February 8th: Daughtry
February 15th: Barenaked Ladies
February 16th: Thomas Rhett
February 22nd: Robin Thicke
March 1st: Collective Soul
March 8th: Prince Royce
March 14th: Cody Simpson
March 15th: Foreigner
March 21st: TBD
March 22nd: Gavin DeGraw
March 28th: TBD
March 29th:TBD
April 5th: Skillet
April 12th: Lynyrd Skynyrd
April 19th: Kool & the Gang
May 10th: The Wanted
May 17th: TBD
May 24th: TBD
May 31st: TBD

More info visit and purchase tickets at: www.universalorlando.com/mardigras

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By orlandofl407