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Events and Things to Do in Sanford 

This weekend in Sanford: the BIG Battle of the Food Trucks, a fun Back to the 80s Fundraiser, and the Winter Laser Fest! And that is only the beginning... Check our weekend list below to find out what's happening and make plans to join us :) It's always a good time when you're out #sanfording  

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Featured Event: Puttin on the Ritz: Back to the 80s!
January 18th

GREAT SCOTT! The 80s are racing back at 88 miles per hour to 201 Magnolia at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center! Relive the best pop culture and musical moments of the 80s with this all inclusive evening complete with FREE food from local partners and a full length live concert blasting the best music from the decade! The Puttin' on the Ritz event is the annual street party fundraiser for the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, so put on your best slated glasses and leg warmers and come support your local community theatre! 
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Food Lovers: Sanford Battle of the Food Trucks
January 18th

Join us for Central Florida's biggest and awesomest Food Truck Event where thousands from the Orlando metro area pack the brick-lined streets of Historic Downtown Sanford!

The 'Sanford Battle of the Food Trucks' boasts over 40 amazing food trucks, craft artisans and vendors, dozens of craft beer options, live music and a whole lot of family fun!

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Night Out: 6 Guitars, starring Chase Padgett
January 17th, 18th & 19th

IT'S BACK!! The love letter to music returns to Theater West End this January!

6 GUITARS is a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy and characters. A single performer portrays 6 different guitar playing characters each sharing their own style of music. As the show unfolds, audiences are treated to great songs from each genre that showcase breathtaking musicianship. This sonic feat is done not merely with just one performer but just one guitar as well. There are plenty of laughs too! Each character, from the young rock prodigy to the weary blues picker, shares hilarious anecdotes that only a life playing music can give. These balance out the moving stories each deliver about how music has touched their lives and made them a better person along the way. You don’t need to play music to love this show. You just need...Read More!


Friday, January 17th
  1. Senior Golf Specials at Mayfair Country Club!
  2. Florida Lightning and San Juan 21 Winter Series Regatta
  3. Beginner Hatha Yoga 
  4. Happy Hour at 119 French 
  5. Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Chick-fil-A Sanford 
  6. Campfire Stories- Audubon Center for Birds of Prey 
  7. Rush 2112 Laser Experience at Emil Buehler Planetarium 
  8. The Sanford Shuffle, a monthly tournament 
  10. Live Music by Chris Hendren at Wop’s Hops! 
  11. Live Music with Jeremy Johnson at 119 French 
  12. Winter Laser Fest 2020 at Sanford Planetarium 
  13. Bike Night hosted by Chases on the River 
  14. Sanford Ghost Tours in Historic Downtown Sanford 
  15. Honeypot at Celery City 
  16. 6 Guitars, starring Chase Padgett at Theater West End 
  17. Joint Operation & Dub-321 at West End 
  18. Nick Moss Band ft Dennis Gruenling | Live Music at The Alley 
  19. Live Music Brendan Nolan on The Sullivan Stage 
  20. Diamond Dixie returns to SBC Country 
Saturday, January 18th
  1. Yoga In The Park
  2. Saturday Morning Soldiers SHRED 
  3. Gentle Yoga 
  4. Splash Saturdays Pool Party at Chases on the River 
  5. Teen Game Changers at Sanford Library 
  6. Tom & Dan Foot Golf After Party at Celery City Craft! 
  7. Jurassic Party: Velociraptor Painting & Themed Beer 
  8. Sanford Battle of the Food Trucks in Historic Downtown Sanford 
  9. Strengthening Yoga 
  10. Cheese Making at Sanford Homebrew! 
  11. Puttin on the Ritz: Back to the 80s! 
  12. Perpetual Beauty – New Art by Theresa Disney 
  13. New York to Florida – Recent Artwork by Debe and Kevin Abbott 
  14. John Lazar at St. John’s 
  15. Live Music with Josh Snyder of Smoking Jackets 
  16. Worship Night at Central 
  17. Aaron Lightnin’ at 119 French 
  18. Sanford Ghost Tours in Historic Downtown Sanford 
  19. 6 Guitars, starring Chase Padgett at Theater West End 
  20. Spiral Light and Friends with Rich Whiteley from UJB 
  21. Live Music Brendan Nolan on The Sullivan Stage 
  22. Fiestas de la Sanse Puerto Rico featuring Javier Carbadillo 
  23. Muddy Puddle at Sanford Brewing Co. 
  24. The Noble Experiment Speakeasy 
Sunday, January 19th
  1. $2 Sunday Bowling until noon
  2. Keeping Sanford Sparkling 2020 Kickoff Event 
  3. Mind Body Reset Sundays 
  4. DancingMoon Goat Yoga 
  5. Namaste for a Beer Yoga 
  6. Kundalini Chair Yoga 
  7. Sunday Bloody Sunday: Bloody Mary Tasting for Sanford Sundays 
  8. NFL Sunday Ticket – live every week at Throwbacks 
  9. Live Music Iesha Marie at Celery City Craft 
  10. Kurt Frohlich Acoustic Sunday at SBC 
  11. Groovin’ On a Sunday Afternoon Open Mic at The Alley 
  12. 6 Guitars, starring Chase Padgett at Theater West End 
  13. Paint Pouring Class at Smiling Bison
  14. Jim Mahoney’s All Star Sunday Blues Jam 
  15. Marcello & Fred are BACK, Two Comedians and a Mic 
Sanford Planetarium: Winter Laser Fest 2020
January 17th

Join us for this limited edition laser night event! One night of amazing music set to laser lights! 4 different shows to enjoy!

Event Details:
7:00pm - Beatles
8:00pm - Laser Vinyl (AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, KISS, Aerosmith, Journey, Boston & More!)
9:00pm - Led Zeppelin
10:00pm - Hypnotica

For full show descriptions, please visit

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Create: Paint Pouring Class at Smiling Bison
Sunday, January 19th

Learn from Sally Dehler, an expert in poured paintings and a Sanford artist. Create 3 beautiful paintings to take home for only $50. And 20% of proceeds goes to local charities through Ladies 327. To reserve a seat please leave your email on the Facebook event page 

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Community: Keeping Sanford Sparkling 2020 Kickoff Event
Sunday, January 19th

Starting the new year with a Sunday AM cleanup downtown! Meet at the parking lot on the corner of 2nd/Sanford Ave, where we will have bags and gloves provided. Fun for all ages! Come spend an hour making a difference in your community, meeting neighbors, and keeping Sanford sparkling!  

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Race: The Deviant Wolfe Adventure Race
January 26th

Ron Thomas owner of the Smiling Bison & Lisa Harris Pampered Chef Director present Kids Cooking Classes! 

First Class is for 5th grade students and higher

$100 fee includes $90 of take home pampered chef tools, all ingredients & 2 hour class. 

Reservations and payment can be made by calling Lisa Dalton @ 386-405-2665 or 

Space is limited and you must secure your spot by 1/17/2019! ...Read More!

Sports: The Deviant Wolfe Adventure Race
February 1st

The 24-hour Deviant Wolfe Adventure Race (aka DWAR) will start in the east coast of Florida, and finish in Sanford, at the Deviant Wolfe Brewery.

Racers will be bused to a location on the east coast (beach-side). They will then paddle/bike/trek their way across all varieties of terrain to make their way back to the Deviant Wolfe Brewery for the grand party - food and beer and a downtown Sanford celebration. Race finish time will be 2 PM on Sunday, with plenty of time to prepare before (and while) being bused to the start location...Read More!

Film Festival: 10 Year Anniversary Love Your Shorts Film Festival
February 13th-16th

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival celebrates short films in Sanford, Florida (located just twenty minutes north of Orlando).
We screen only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening and the audience votes for their favorites. The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner.
At the end of each block a brief Q&A session is conducted between the filmmakers and audience members.
Click Here to Purchase Your Tickets!

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Street Party: 6th Annual Sanford Mardi Gras Street Party
February 15th

Grab your beads and come enjoy the Sanford Mardi Gras Street Party in the ‘Famous L’ between Celery City Craft and West End Trading Co. in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford!

The parade starts on 6th Street and Sanford Avenue! Gathering starts at 330pm and then at 4pm Sashay your way down Sanford Avenue all the way down to West End Trading Co.!

There will be food trucks, live music and tons of craft beer & cocktails to be had!

Thank you to our beverage sponsors Bud Light and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey!

Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels, Etc.

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Support Local: Sanford Indie Market
February 16th

The Sanford Indie Market is held 4 times a year in front of Tuffy's Bottle Shop and Lounge. We have over 100 Vendors that specialize in Vintage, Handcrafted, Art & Boutique items. There are Food Trucks, Live Music and Libations too.
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Music Lovers: 3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival
February 22nd

Join us on Saturday, February 22, 2020 for the 3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival! 

50 bands. 12 porches. an entire community. one cause. 

This event is built and ran entirely on goodwill. 100% of the proceeds (general donations / merchandise sales) will be reinvested into the community in the form of performing arts scholarships and tuition for select children. 

FREE to attend. Family, Pet, Bicycle & Foot Friendly.

Load up your bikes, bring your chairs and pack a picnic (no alcohol per FL State Law) as we transform the historic district into an artistic gathering space! Spend the day meeting new neighbors and experiencing all that Sanford Porchfest has to offer. 

Food will be available for purchase through our amazing food vendors: Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café, Outback Snack Shack, Sanford Brewing Company, Rollin' Dough

Stop by the Producer's Porch to pick up your merch, maps, and other information when we kick off with the opening band at 11am!
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Craft Beer Festival: 9th Annual Pints n' Paws

Join us for the 9th Annual Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford!

Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Fest is a craft beer festival that you bring your dog to. Enjoy a multitude of beer, interact with other pet lovers, and most importantly help raise funds for local pet do-gooders Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy!
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We have been working on something beautiful!
An Illustrative Map of Sanford

✨Tah-dah!! We are beyond thrilled to finally share this exclusive, high quality Poster Print with you!

For months we have been working behind the scenes with artist Anna Coleman Illustration to bring this beautiful illustrative Sanford map poster print to you! This is not just any map, this map holds significance for both, us and all those who live, work and play in Sanford. 💖

You see, in order to keep Sanford365 going we need your support. And what better way to do that than by hanging this beautiful piece of art in your home, office, car, closet, bathroom...this is a no judgement zone! All as a way to show your love and support not just for us, but for all of those that make up Sanford, the charming town we all adore.

🎁 Give it as a gift or surprise yourself with a gift. Whatever you decide to do with it, just know that with every purchase you are supporting us and allowing us to continue Sanford365 and all that comes with it! Keeping you in the know about upcoming events, sharing local business owners' stories, running our app, sharing our weekly newsletter and simply keeping you connected to all things fun and lighthearted in Sanford. We literally could not and cannot do this without your support so from the top of our head to the tip of our toes we say THANK YOU! 💕

➡️ Purchasing Info:
Our 12"x18" Sanford, FL Illustrative Map will be available for purchase starting today (12/18/2019) during our presale at Magpies Modern General, but hurry quick because the presale only includes 50 prints. After those are gone you'll have to wait until January 2020, when our full orders will be ready for purchase.

You can purchase this print and support Sanford365 for $32 at
Magpies Modern General
215 East 1st Street
Sanford, Florida 32771

Happy Holidays and Love,
❤️ Claudia & Jess

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Have a lovely weekend,
❤️, Claudia

👩🏻‍💻Editor & Founder of Sanford365

🏡Realtor at Charles Rutenberg Realty
13+ Years of Experience in Central Florida 

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