Packing the Deland Artisan Inn on the last Saturday of every month, Red Dog Comedy puts national and local comedians in front of the mike for a night of laughter and libations. Past shows have featured Vishaun Roberts, Matthew Lalanne, and TV-veteran Dean Napolitano, who many may recognize from his roles on Passions and The Shield.
On August 9, dozens of independent artisans will converge on the Maitland Civic Center for the Big Bang Bazaar. The one-day festival looks to feature a wide array of items that ranges from soy candles and handmade jewelry to more unexpected gifts, such as beaded X-Files posters. There will be some packaged foods for sale as well, including cake balls and homemade pickles, which are much more enjoyable than pickle-made homes.
At Volusia Speedway, racers hurtle around a half-mile banked clay track on which racing gurus as Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader occasionally make appearances. Select a Friday or Saturday night from the schedule for a night of multiple races in various vehicular categories, including street stocks, open-wheel modifiers, and swan boats affixed with tank treads. Fuel the high-octane action with intermittent bites of two concession-stand hot dogs and chilly sips from two sodas. The grandstand opens at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights, so arrive early to snag seats with the best view of the track and of the tops of the heads in front of you.
Unveiled on Broadway in 1966, Cabaret has since spawned award-winning films and innumerable productions in playhouses and dental-office waiting rooms across the globe. The classic musical delves into the volatile Berlin of 1929 as it chronicles the patrons and performers of the decadent Kit Kat Klub, particularly its star songstress, Sally Bowles. Her tumultuous relationship with aspiring author Cliff Bradshaw progresses parallel to the tentative romance of a German boardinghouse matron and a Jewish fruit vendor—both of which are thrown into jeopardy as the sensual and artistic freedom of the Weimar Republic gives way to the jackboots of Nazi Germany.
The Florida Collegiate Summer League assembles 160 top college athletes each summer to play wooden-bat baseball in a competitive atmosphere intended to prepare them for careers in professional baseball. Four general-admission tickets unlock a plethora of best-available seating options at one of five home fields for your quad-pod pack of family members. Alternate nourishing bites from four hot dogs and bags of chips with hydrating drags from four icy soft drinks while viewing inspiring feats of athleticism such as grand slams, base burglary, and home-stretch backflips.
Engineheads and tire buffs will be seated intimately close to 180 mph stock cars in the Grandstand general-admission section (a $42 value, including lowest-possible service fee). With the grace and power of a motorized, aerodynamically enhanced mountain goat, the next-generation Nationwide Series cars zip around the Speedway, shaking fences and burning up the road. Old-school NASCAR fans will nostalgically appreciate Dale Earnhardt Jr. powering around the track in a car painted like the vintage blue-and-white #3 Wrangler Chevrolet driven by his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr. The deal also includes the Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass (a $25 value), which grants access to the pre-race area, where fans can drop by a driver's Q&A session, discreetly peek into the garages, and sign the start/finish line—which is also the latitudinal divide where all objects must be traveling at least 150 mph.