My new Local Love series is going to be a whole lot of fun! One of my favorite things about Orlando is all the wonderful local businesses and Orlando specific hot spots that we have. I decided to start my Local Love series so that I can spotlight some of my favorites. This week I’ve decided to start off my Local Love series with Artegon Marketplace on I-Drive.
Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that has transformed Orlando shopping into a new kind of experience. Located on the north end of International Drive and catering to local residents and visitors, alike, Artegon Marketplace is the area’s destination for one-of-a-kind stores, shops and foods. Unique to the shopping attraction is The Village at Artegon Marketplace, housing 165 artisanal shops and stores where local craftspeople sell and demonstrate their products and services. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sheplers Western Wear and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, plus climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theaters, and much, much more.
In addition to experiencing Orlando’s most unique shopping experience, visitors to Artegon Marketplace Orlando are also treated to a frequent schedule of special events and recurring activities. From the permanent Sky Trail ropes course to weekend entertainment and seasonal events, there’s always something fun going on for everyone at Artegon Marketplace. Here’s a look at the line-up ahead and mark your calendar:
SIGNATURE SPECIAL EVENTS
THE ART OF BEER – TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 5:00-8:00 P.M.
Mark your calendar to join Artegon Marketplace for The Art of Beer on Tuesday, April 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy a night of craft beer plus live music and tantalizing treats from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, all for FREE (while supplies last). Relax on the patio while enjoying freshly poured, hand-crafted ales from Orlando Brewing. Mingle with the artisans from The Village at Artegon Marketplace and discover a new way to shop local.
THE ART OF FASHION – SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
Art and fashion will come alive during this FREE, one-of-a-kind fashion show featuring upcycled fashions and original, handmade goods from marketplace artisans Jortra Boutique, Pletora and Enviroelectric. After the show, stick around for the sip and stroll!
ART AND WINE STROLL – 3RD SAT. MONTHLY, APRIL 18, MAY 16, JUNE 20, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
The third Saturday of every month features this FREE art, food and wine stroll through the Village at Artegon Marketplace. Mingle with artisans displaying their hand-crafted items and art while enjoying complimentary bite-sized treats, wine from Orlando’s own Quantum Leap Winery, and the jazz jams of a live three-piece band.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS – 4TH FRI. MONTHLY, APRIL 24, MAY 22, JUNE 26, 5:00-9:00 P.M.
Artegon Marketplace’s “Food Truck Friday” truck rally held on the fourth Friday of every month returns on April 24. Gather on Artegon’s front patio for live music, entertainment and a kaleidoscope of food options, plus savor a unique deal: bring a purchase receipt of at least $10 from The Village at Artegon Marketplace to guest services and redeem for $5 in Food Truck Bucks.
ORLANDO ART & WELLNESS EXPO – SATURDAY, MAY 16, 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
Loft 55 Gallery & Boutique has partnered with Artegon Marketplace to present Orlando’s first-ever Art & Wellness Expo featuring over 100 craftspeople, artisans and wellness vendors. This is a FREE event for the public showcasing Central Florida’s cultural arts and natural health community. Highlights include color therapy yoga; workshops in art therapy and breathe-work/meditation; a live body painting competition; aura photography; a community mural; guest speakers; raffles and giveaways; artists at work; live performances, DJs and more! Keynote guest speakers include medical expert and plant-based pharmacist Dustin Rudolph, author of the book “The Empty Medicine Cabinet.” This event is sponsored by: Loft 55 Gallery & Boutique; Artegon Marketplace; Defined Enterprises; Get a Board Foundation; Wolfefx Body Makeup; Cafe TuTu Tango
If you haven’t checked out Artegon yet, you definitely should add it to your to-do list. Its not your average “tourist trap” on I-Drive and worth a visit.