The India International Film Festival (IFF) of Tampa Bay selects a small sampling of more than 1,000 films produced in India each year to demonstrate that the most prolific film industry in the world is more than just masala musicals. Like the culture from which they spring, the films speak in a lush polyglossia of English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, Kashmiri—but the common language of humanity unites them all, whether the subject is Down syndrome, terrorism, patriotism, or simply losing yourself to spiritual bliss. Opening-night ceremonies and filmmaker Q&As round out the schedule of events, offering a more immersive movie experience than watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 3-D.
Situated on the scenic shores of Lake Eola, Jammin Food and Rum Fest brings together delectable snacks paired with rum drinks from all over the world. As guests take sips at rum tastings, they also drink in the sounds of live DJs and radio personalities conducting meet-and-greets across the park's grassy expanses. Other festive activities include contests, giveaways, and interactive games, such as pin the tail on the rum cask.
It's hard to say what the biggest draw is at this year's RP Funding Orlando Chili Cook-off. Of course, there's the chili itself; more than 100 booths will be serving up samples by chefs from around the country, and prizes will be awarded for the best-tasting batches. Then for sheer amazement, you have the World Chili Eating Challenge, in which the world's best eaters go jaw to jaw during a six-minute test of wills. (For perspective, Joey Chestnut set a new world record in the 2014 competition by eating 2.125 gallons of chili in six minutes.) And finally, there's the free Friday Night Concert featuring Vertical Horizon, which kicks off the weekend's events with live music from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The cook-off the next day will also feature live music all day, not to mention a large kids' zone, a raffle, and beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase.
In the kitchen of the world, the ocean is the refrigerator—it's cold, mostly dark, and full of things that start to smell if you don't eat them in time. This June, you can celebrate the water and all of its edible treasures during the Festival of the Sea. Throughout this one-day event, you'll have the chance to munch on seafood creations from a multitude of vendors and restaurants. What's more, you'll be able to fill the time between bites by checking out the festival's other offerings, which will include:
Arts and craft vendors
A beer and wine garden
Live music from several different bands and DJs
A kids play area, complete with face painting, rock climbing, balloon animals, and a bounce house
Live music and a cold craft beer. It's hard to top that combination, though a second glass filled with hard cider might make things even better. The North Brevard Craft Brew Fest brings together craft breweries such as Bugnutty Brewing Company, Florida Beer Company, and Woodchuck Hard Cider. While attendees sample the various brews, live bands round out this summer celebration of all things hoppy.
The Rotary Club of Titusville hosts the event. When not throwing festivals, the organization hands out scholarships to students and supports many social initiatives.
No matter when your birthday is, you deserve a massive celebration. Each iteration of The Birthday Run—held in more than 125 cities and a dozen countries—invites people of all ages to come together in celebration of another year of existence. During each untimed event, participants walk or jog along a 5K course peppered with multiple party zones where live DJs and light shows get runners dancing. The whole event culminates in an after-party on the mainstage with guest performers that vary from city to city.