Living local campaign


Living Local Logo

The City of Winter Garden launched a “Living Local” campaign to build awareness of the area’s attributes and special events as well as the importance of supporting small businesses. The Living Local campaign to supports local businesses and community organizations to assist with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The intent of the “Living Local” campaign is to encourage exploring the community’s cultural and recreational facilities; patronizing locally owned and operated businesses; buying locally produced goods; taking part in classes, programs, and/or sports leagues offered by the City Parks & Recreation Department; supporting local charitable organizations, attending city government meetings and volunteering to serve on its committees and boards; and, of course, partaking in special events that provide a sense a community and create memorable moments.

A number of events and initiatives are planned to provide “Living Local” opportunities, including the following:

SPRING & SUMMER EVENTS

Spring Fever in the Garden 

Celebrates 20 Years while Bloom & Grow Garden Society Celebrates 25th Founding Anniversary


SPRING FEVER in the GARDEN

Saturday, April 2

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Sunday, April 3   

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Historic Downtown Winter Garden │ Free


The Bloom & Grow Garden Society of West Orange County, in conjunction with the City of Winter Garden, presents one of Florida's best two-day plant, flower, and garden festivals!   

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Spring Fever in the Garden will include the following:

  • Chalkin’ It Up Sidewalk Art Contest
  • Live entertainment
  • KIDZONE
  • Nature-related arts and crafts
  • Vendor booths selling thousands of a wide array of flowers and foliage
  • And more!

A free Shuttle Service will be available both festival days from Veterans Memorial Park, 420 S. Park Avenue. This service is provided by the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden.

While attending the event, be sure to visit downtown’s new Monarch Butterfly Sculpture Park to meet Flora, the 10-foot copper butterfly sculpture gifted by the Bloom & Grow Garden Society to mark its 20th anniversary partnership with Winter Garden for hosting the festival.

For event schedule and more information, visit springfeveringarden.org.

All proceeds from Spring Fever in the Garden go toward providing financial support to West Orange County organizations, projects, scholarships, and schools to spread the love of gardening and nature

NATIONAL MOM & POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY EVENTS

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day on its national holiday by joining the downtown boutiques for a splendid evening of shopping, sips, and snacks. Participating shops will provide light refreshments, in-store raffles, special sales, as well as new merchandise to kick off the spring season. Stay tuned to cwgdn.com and downtownwg.com for details and participating stores.

DOWNTOWN BOUTIQUE WALK

Thursday, March 24 

5:00 8:00 pm 

Historic Downtown Winter Garden


SHOP, DINE & STROLL

Saturday, March 26

All Day 

Historic Downtown Winter Garden


A daylong outdoor shopping and dining experience with outdoor sales, in-store promotions, seasonal merchandise and menu items. Spring weather is ideal for dining al fresco at the expansive outdoor patios, shopping outdoors, and strolling through the flowering brick-lined streets. In the evening, take a seat or bring your own to enjoy a live music performance at Centennial Plaza. National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is in March so it’s the perfect time to show support to the local-owned businesses that make Winter Garden unique.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE AMERICANA │ May - July

Downtown will be adorned in patriotic decorations from Memorial Day through Independence Day. The red, white, and blue displays make the perfect backdrop for celebrating America’s holidays and taking photographs.

RED, WHITE & BLUES ON THE PLAZA

Friday, July 1

7:00 9:00 pm

Centennial Plaza - Historic Downtown Winter Garden │ Free


Local blues band will usher in the holiday weekend with a mix of blues and popular tunes.

 

WINTER GARDEN FARMERS MARKET INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, July 2

8:00 am – 1:00 pm  

Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Avenue


Visit the patriotic-decorated market for some good old-fashioned fun including complimentary family games on the lawn, live music, and one stop shopping for your holiday barbecue.

ANNUAL ALL AMERICAN KIDS PARADE

Monday, July 4


Pancake Breakfast (Kids eat free!) 8:00 – 10:00 am

Parade at 10:00 am

Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay Street │ Free


Come out and celebrate! This fun-filled parade is a great way to start Independence Day! Decorate your bike, scooter, or your walking shoes and join us for a red, white, and blue stroll through Downtown Winter Garden! 

PARTY IN THE PARK

Monday, July 4

Festivities start at 6:00 pm

Fireworks at 9:15 pm

Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Avenue │ Free


Bring a chair, blanket, or have a seat in the grass for this annual Winter Garden tradition! Keep your eyes on the sky for one of the best firework displays in West Orange County. Live music, family activities, food, and more keep the evening fun for all ages! Festivities begin at 6:00 pm. Fireworks show is at 9:15 pm. Parking is available at Health Central Park and Dillard Street Elementary.

Events may be postponed or cancelled due to public health and safety concerns. Please check the City’s website, cwgdn.com, for the most current information.

ARTS IN APRIL

In celebration of World Art Day, the Winter Garden Arts Association and community partners will host a series of events throughout the month of April to raise awareness for local art organizations and artists, while providing opportunities for the community to explore and create art. All of the events are FREE, except for the fundraiser Art Night VIP.

CHALKIN’ IT UP SIDEWALK ART CONTEST 

Saturday, April 2 & Sunday, April 3

City Hall, 300 W. Plant Street


Bloom & Grow Garden Society presents the Chalkin’ It Up Sidewalk Art Contest at Spring Fever in the Garden.

EXHIBITION: TOP CHOICE FINE ARTS ANNUAL AWARDS SHOW

Opening Reception, April 7

5:30 - 8:00 pm


On display April 1   May 29

Tuesday – Saturday

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

SOBO Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd Street


SOBO’s Annual Awards Exhibition showcases the best 2D & 3D Works. Awards are presented for Best of Show, People’s Choice, Curator’s Choice, and Multiple Medium Category Winners.


EXHIBITION: CHILDREN’S TOP CHOICE ART 

April 1 – 29

Monday - Friday 

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

City Hall Art in Public Places Gallery, 300 W. Plant Street

A selection of children’s works from SOBO Art Gallery’s annual top awards exhibition will be on display at City Hall. The exhibit includes 2D and 3D works with an “under water” theme.


KIDS ART SESSION AT THE WINTER GARDEN FARMERS MARKET

Saturdays: April 9, 16, & 23

10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Come by the Art Tent and create a variety of art activities.


WINTER GARDEN IN PLEIN AIR

Saturday, April 9


Join artists as they paint throughout downtown and across the city, or watch their creations come to life. 


3-5K ART FUN RUN, WALK & ROLL

SaturdayApril 23

7:00 am


Put your creative on and join us for a 5K Art Fun Run, Walk and Roll (shorter distance route available). Participants donning Costumes to Kinetic Sculptures can express themselves in themed attire as they artfully exercise for health in this 3K-5K Art Fun Run, Walk and Roll. Visit wgart.org for more details. 


ART NIGHT VIP

Saturday, April 30

6:00-10:00 pm


Historic Downtown Winter Garden

Immerse yourself in the arts on this special night that includes a variety of art experiences, a silent art auction, beverages, and light appetizers. The event grants VIP access to specially curated venues throughout downtown. This is a ticketed event ($75 advanced purchase or sponsorship to attend) to benefit the Winter Garden Art Association. Purchase tickets at wgart.org/vip.


AND MORE!

Keep an eye out for other “pop-up” art and cultural activities in Winter Garden during the month of April, including musical and theatrical performances. Stay tuned to wgart.orgcwgdn.com, and downtownwg.com.


WEEKLY EVENTS

FRIDAYS on the PLAZA

Fridays

7:00-9:00 pm

Centennial Plaza, 101 W. Plant Street


Start your weekend with live music at Fridays on the Plaza in the center of Downtown Winter Garden. Grab a nearby swing or bench or bring your own chair for front row seats to weekly performers at picturesque Centennial Plaza. Expansive outdoor table and chairs at the Plaza and nearby restaurants are perfect for a serenade under the stars while dining. Entertainment schedule is available at downtownwg.com and cwgdn.com.


WINTER GARDEN FARMERS MARKET IS IN FULL BLOOM

Saturdays

8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Avenue


Over 20 local farmers bring their local produce, dairy, honey, meat, and poultry to the market every Saturday.  The spring season is ripe and ready to harvest from now through the beginning of June. The summer months will bring fresh produce perfect for outdoor barbecues. In addition to our 100+ vendors, you will find live music, a KidZone, family-friendly games on the lawn, and special programming on select Saturdays.


March 5 │ Farm Day at the Market

April 9, 16, & 23 │ Arts in April Kids Art Session

May 14 │ Miniature Golf Day

June 4 │ Farmers Market 14th Birthday Celebration 

July 2 │ Independence Day Celebration

August 13 │ National Farmers Market Week Celebration


SNAP and Fresh Access Bucks Accepted

The Winter Garden Farmers Market accepts EBT/SNAP helping to provide nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of those in need. Visit the EBT/SNAP Tent located by the Pavilion. In addition, select produce vendors accept Fresh Access Bucks.


For up-to-date event schedules, classes, programs, and Living Local opportunities, visit the Official Downtown Winter Garden website, and follow the City’s official Instagram and Facebook platforms.

The City of Winter Garden will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak within the community and reserves the right to cancel any activities that are not in the best interest of the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.

OUTDOOR DINING PROGRAM

The City of Winter Garden implemented a Curbside and Outdoor Dining Program for Downtown Winter Garden in May 2020 that continues to be popular and convenient. Since implementing the Downtown Outdoor Dining Program, the City of Winter Garden has worked with restaurants outside of Downtown to establish outdoor dining areas.

Each year, the months of May and October are declared Outdoor Dining Month and are promoted as a safe way for our community to support local restaurants.

DOWNTOWN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The City of Winter Garden implemented the Downtown Ambassador Program in April of 2020 to assist with the Curbside and Outdoor Dining Program for Downtown Winter Garden. The role of Downtown Ambassador is to serve as the face of the City with property and business owners, residents and visitors within the Downtown District.  This program has been very well received. The ambassadors have provided much needed business support and helped with a variety of downtown duties that keeps downtown working and looking its best.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Open for Business Sign in Storefront

Whatever the issue, we are here to assist you. If we can help, please call 407.947.1720.

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