This Weekend

This Weekend

The Orlando Whiskey Festival is celebrating its 3rd annual event at Mercedes-Benz of Orlando in Maitland this Saturday, May 13th. The event will feature fine single malts, blended Scotches and, of course, whiskeys of all types including Bourbon, rye and many, many other blends and flavors. This unique event will allow you to taste over 100 different types of whiskeys from different parts of the world with an indoor tasting area and an outside lounge setting with live on-site entertainment and cigar rolling for the ultimate whiskey experience. For those of you who are not into whiskey, don’t worry as we have various craft beers and wine in plentiful supply. You will also get to enjoy a Gourmet menu selection from some of Orlando’s most popular restaurants throughout the event. The annual Whiskey Festival also includes the Ultimate Whiskey Dinner Experience held a day before the event on Friday, May 12th at DoveCote in Downtown Orlando. All proceeds after event expense from this event supports The Lovely Project, a non-profit organization here in Orlando that empowers young women from all walks of life by providing them with the education, peer-mentorship and tools needed to lead a purposeful, productive life. Tickets and info on the event can be found at www.orlandowhiskeyfestival.com. Come join us for a great time supporting an amazing cause!   By Carlos...
Spring Fiesta in the Park

Spring Fiesta in the Park

The weekend before last thousands of people headed to Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando to enjoy the 28th Annual Spring Fiesta in the Park, a two-day family-friendly event held on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd. This free community event was a welcome opportunity for more than 200 artists and crafters who came from all over the country to display and sell their original work. Vendors were lined in tented booths along the streets and around the park. Some of the work featured at Fiesta included beautiful handmade jewelry, paintings, crafts, glass art home décor and much more. Patrons enjoyed live music along with a wide variety of food stalls and lots of family and kid-friendly activities while strolling through the park. A huge kid’s play area with bounce houses, games, train rides around the lake and face painting were some of the fun-filled activities that made for a perfect outdoor weekend for the family. Spring Fiesta in the Park also had a special place for your four-legged friends to enjoy and relax. Several pet adoption booths were present at the event’s Pet Fiesta area, with additional rescue groups placed at several locations all around the park. A big thank you to our 11-time presenting sponsor Southern Ford Dealers, the City of Orlando, Central Florida Expressway Authority and Tobacco Free Florida for sponsoring this year’s Spring Fiesta in the Park! Be on the lookout for a fully revamped Fiesta in the Park web site with more information for the general public and a new and simple artist, crafter and food vendor registration process coming soon to www.fiestainthepark.com.  ...

Upcoming Events for Us

The City of Orlando’s 11th Annual Blues B-Q Featuring dual headliners Robert Randolph and the Family Band and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, this year’s eleventh installment of Blues B-Q is another way the City of Orlando continues to shine on the national stage with diverse events. Alongside great local and national artists performing on two stages, we have lined up the usual suspects: Local barbecue vendors you cannot necessarily find in a traditional brick and mortar or in other cities. We’ve found the best in brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork and sausage, let alone the sides, like homemade mac ‘n cheese, black eyed peas, baked beans, cole slaw and fries. Over the past decade of Blues B-Qs, there have been performances by Buddy Guy, the late, great Koko Taylor, Jonny Lang, Trombone Shorty, Robert Cray and WAR. Cox Events Group started partnering with the City of Orlando in 2007 and we’ve never looked back. While Wes from our team books and manages the national talent, Mariah manages our second stage and puts in extra time performing with her band, Mo’mo-Browne. Natasha and Dan handle all sponsor and vendor relations prior to and during the event, while Felicia plays band liaison and runner the entire day. Cox Events is supported on-site by a group of talented interns and radio station promotions staff, not to mention our amazing production partners like Complete Production Resources, Nelsons Tents and Events, Andy Frain Security Services and a handful more that make our production run seamlessly. For more information on Blues B-Q, check out www.bluesbq.com for lineup, VIP tickets and more.   Make-a-Wish Walk for Wishes...
The Internship

The Internship

By: Jennelle Mendes When I first applied for an internship with Cox Events Group, I had no clue what I would be getting myself into. When Natasha told me in my interview that I may be moving porta-potties, I thought she was joking…turns out she wasn’t.  She wasn’t kidding about producing amazing events for crowds of over 500 people either.  Or about driving various celebrities and bands around from time to time. Or about making sure their Publix deli platter is in their trailer when it needs to be.  What she didn’t mention however, is that I would be working with an amazing group of hard working, fun and talented individuals that I could learn a lot and grow from. When my internship in spring 2015 ended, I was genuinely sad. I felt like there was so much more I wanted to accomplish in my role and I had only scratched the surface.  I regretted not taking advantage of all the opportunities that Cox has to offer.  I wanted to gain more Photoshop skills, study how a sound board operates, and learn more about digital media.  All of these things they encourage you to do during your internship along with plenty more.  My problem though, was that I was too shy and scared to step out of my comfort zone. When I got offered to come back the following year and intern with Cox Events Group for summer 2016, I leaped at the opportunity to be back with the company and team I had learned to love and appreciate!  It’s time to step out of my box.  This time...
The City of Orlando’s Fireworks at the Fountain

The City of Orlando’s Fireworks at the Fountain

For nearly four decades, the City of Orlando has hosted this amazing event at iconic Lake Eola Park in the heart of our downtown. For the eleven years I’ve been part of Cox Events Group, we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside the City’s Communications Team as the production arm that executes the logistics for the event. We’re keeping things fresh this year with a new television partner, News 6. We are excited to have them on-board, and they will broadcast live from the park, which is pretty cool and it’s the only fireworks show to run live on television in Central Florida. So if you can’t make it out of the house that night, we’ve got you covered on TV, no problem. This heritage event is pretty spectacular and includes the following awesome American-ness: Tons of vendors – as in 20+ food options, including everything from Americana to German to Greek to Thai – truly the American eating experience. We’ve got another 30+ sponsors that offer everything from games to prizes to shady/dry hangout areas around the park. Live music – we’ve got it. In multiple areas of the park, you’ll get to see and hear solo acoustic acts to engaging musical trios to our local orchestra, the Orlando Concert Band. Four major downtown roads are closed for the event, including Rosalind Avenue, Robinson Street, Eola Drive and Central Boulevard, which creates a square perimeter around the park that allows us to welcome thousands upon thousands of extra guests to Lake Eola. A mirrored Orlando skyline gets interesting around 9:10 when the fireworks go off. You can actually...
April Schedule of Events

April Schedule of Events

April showers bring May flowers indeed! Our month of April is JAM PACKED with tons of events for you to enjoy! Although the showers may come, it wouldn’t be Florida if the sunshine didn’t make an appearance too. Visit our facebook (www.facebook.com/coxeventsgroup) to grab more information on all of these events! If you have any more questions on these events, feel free to visit the links provided or leave us a message by visiting our ‘Contact Us’ tab on the site! Sincerely, Cox Events Group...