Comets, circus, gardening, racing, some golf or some theatre? But there’s also a concert, and of course, the big parade on Monday. You pick – there’s something for every age and budget this weekend in Sanford…

Here are our top 10 events for the upcoming long weekend of January 16 through 19…

friday-family-fun1. Family Friday Fun Night

When: Friday, January 16, 5-8pm

Where: Mayfair Country Club, 3536 Country Club Rd, Sanford FL

What: Mayfair Country Club offers a free clinic for the kids at 5pm, followed by dinner in the Oak House Restaurant & drink specials from 6-8pm. Games and fun for the whole family.

Admission: Free to attend – Dinner Menu prices: for Adults: $13.95, for kids $7.95

More Info: Call 407-322-2531 to make a reservation for the free 1-hour clinic!

2. Comet Watch: LoveJoy

When: Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17 from 7:30-10:30pm

Where: Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College – Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL

What: Join the planetarium staff and members of the Central Florida Astronomical Society this weekend as we observe the bright new Comet Lovejoy, visible high in the southern skies. Telescopes and binoculars will be available on both Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30-10:30 p.m. We will be setting up the telescopes and binoculars in the faculty/staff parking lot to the north of Building B on the main campus of Seminole State College.

Admission: Free

More Info: Call (407) 708-2360 for more info.

Regularly scheduled planetarium shows will still be presented at 8:30 p.m. both evenings: “Central Florida Nights” on Friday, and “Story of the Universe” on Saturday.

Regrets presented by Cornerstone Theatre Company at The Princess Theater in Sanford FL3. Regrets

When: Friday, January 16 at 8pm, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday, January 18 at 2pm (more shows next weekend)

Where: The Princess Theater, 115 West 1st Street, Sanford, FL

What: A play by Matt Charman presented by The Cornerstone Theatre Company.

The Story:

Caleb Farley is the youngest man ever to show up at Mrs. Duke’s cabins, a ramshackle desert retreat in Nevada—one of the only places to secure a quick divorce in 1950’s America. But the other men, there to shed the lives and wives they’ve known and begin anew, quickly begin to suspect Caleb may be hiding more than just a broken heart. In a time of heightened fears and political distrust, this boy’s presence is set to test each man’s loyalty—to country and to one another.

Admission: Tickets: Adults $20 | Students $15 (under 25 with valid ID)

More Info: Call (407) 494-8474 to order tickets.

Central Florida Soap Box Derby4. Central Florida Soap Box Derby

When: January 17, 8am

Where: Derby Park, 2199 Oregon Ave, Sanford, FL

What: A soap box derby right here in Sanford. Come out with the whole family and watch the races.

Admission: Free


community-workshops5. Organic Seed to Garden: Sprouting Seeds for Spring

When: January 17, 10am-12pm

Where: Public History Center 301 W. 7th Street, Sanford, FL

What: A Hands-On Educational Workshop! Learn how to start your own organic seeds this spring! Join us for this informative workshop, where you will learn about the historical roots of organic gardening and what you need to know in order to get seeds started, including:

  • Permaculture concepts and principles
  • Soil composition, seed quality and bio-diverse planting practices
  • Hands-on activity: Plant and take home your own seed starting tray using organic soil/seed and recycled materials
  • Catalogue Coffee Klatch: Enjoy coffee and a chat, while thumbing through organic and heirloom seed catalogues
  • Take home seed packets and catalogues
  • Refreshments provided

Admission: $25 registration fee

More Info: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register by emailing Visit or call 407-936-1679 for more information.

martin-luther6. 28th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Banquet

When: Saturday, January 17th, 6pm

Where: Sanford Civic Center, 401 East Seminole Boulevard, Sanford, FL

What: A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Event hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Steering Committee of Sanford, FL.

Speaker: Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President of Bethone Cookman University

Admission: Tickets: $30

More Info: More information: Alrene Davison at 407-688-5007 or


7. Concert: The Long Run Eagles Tribute

When: Saturday, January 17, 7:30pm

Where: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 203 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL

What: The Long Run, an amazing Tribute to THE EAGLES Eagles Tribute. Don’t miss Florida’s finest and most respected musicians who have reproduced the sound that made the Eagles one of the most successful musical groups in rock and roll history. Hits such as “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Take It Easy,” “Desperado”, “Get Over It” and many more. Brought to you by Allengang Entertainment, LLC.

Admission: $23

More Info: Tickets at

8. Kidgits Bounce House Event

When: Sunday, January 18, 1-5pm

Where: Seminole Towne Center, 200 Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL

What: Kidgits Bounce. Simon Kidgits Club Members are invited to come and have a bouncing good time in our bounce house. All new and existing members may join in on the fun. Not a Kidgits member? Register for membership at the event.

Admission: Free to members. Membership is $5 for the year.

More Info: (407) 323-1843

circus-troupe9. Worldwide Circus Troupe

When: Sunday January 18 and Monday, January 19 at 2pm, 4:30pm and 7pm

Where: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 South Magnolia Avenue, Sanford, FL

What: Amazing Performers! Family fun! Don’t miss it! Only 2 days in Sanford! With every ticket purchased you have the chance of winning a giant inflatable ball.

Admission: Ticket prices $15 Adults and $5 for Kids

More Info: For tickets please call 714-402-3421 or purchase them at the door.

Picture courtesy of The Sanford Project. Parade 2014.

Picture courtesy of The Sanford Project. Parade 2014.

10. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Rally

When: Monday, January 19, 10am

Where: Parade starts at Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, Festival in Ft. Mellon Park

What: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Rally, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Event. Immediately following the parade there is a festival in Fort Mellon Park. Vendor opportunities, presentations, music and children activities. Hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Steering Committee of Sanford, FL

Admission: Free. Parade entry fee: $10

More Info: Alrene Davison at 407-688-5007 or