$59 for two all-access admissions to '80s in the Park on September 28—29 (a $158 value)
- General admission for both days
- Two reserved seats in the private seating area
- Admission to the beach party with snacks and a private bar
80's in the Park takes guests back in time with Warrant, Quiet Riot. Slaughter, Molly Hatchet, LA Guns, The Motels, Georgia Satellites, Tommy Tutone, Gene Loves Jezebel, Thor, Bertie Higgins, plus special guest appearance by Robbie Dupree and more. In addition to appearances by icons such as Tommy Tutone and Robbie Dupree, '80s in the Park also welcomes musical facsimiles in the form of tribute bands that honor Motley Crue, Billy Joel, and more. Comedian and known watermelon hater Gallagher oversees the musical mayhem, keeping audiences engaged with snippets of his signature set.
In addition to music, '80s in the Park also honors the decade's slasher and cult flicks with an '80s horror convention. The guest list includes actors and directors responsible for some of the era's most beloved horror, coming-of-age, and actions films, such as Night of the Comet, The Karate Kid, Blood Tide, Chopping Mall, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Commando. Other guests include comic book illustrators and writers.
In the midst of the live entertainment, guests can escape to other corners of the park for engaging, decade-appropriate activities. An '80s auto show connects fans with famous vehicles, including Ghostbusters's Ecto-1 and K.I.T.T. of Knight Rider fame. Free-to-play retro arcade cabinets revive the bleeps and bloops that raised a generation of gamers, and a classic Nintendo contest may prove once and for all that The Wizard is the most inspirational movie ever made. More than 60 local vendors also peddle their wares, hawking everything from memorabilia to comic books to pizza.
The Dragon Festival
For the past century, a dragon has haunted the town of Melbourne, soaring over it by night and lighting the sky with bursts of flame. Locals have tried to slay him, but none of them have succeeded—hence this year's Dragon Festival, a two-day celebration with an ulterior motive. The fighter who proves best in the games will have to face down the dragon once and for all.
At least, so the legend goes. But even if Gedeon turns out to be a myth, the festival is real, blending elements of Renaissance Faires with pieces of Highland Games. As Celtic tunes and live performances fill the air with music, revelers try their hand at games from classic cornhole to "vegetable justice," in which they pelt a stockade-bound wretch with tomatoes and cabbages. Artisans showcase their wares at a variety tables, meanwhile, displays of old-timey crafts, such as blacksmithing and welding, give visitors glimpses of another era. As though that weren't enough excitement, acrobats, stilt-walkers, sword battles, jousting knights, and fire breathers stroll through the crowd, adding a surreal touch to the proceedings—which benefit the Save Dragon Point Foundation.