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Ritz Theater Launches 100th Anniversary Season

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Beginning in July, the Ritz Theater at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center will begin a year-long celebration marking its 100th Anniversary of entertaining the community. “In a country less than 300 years old, celebrating a centennial milestone is quite the achievement. The Ritz Theater has seen her hometown of Sanford, FL, grow and change immensely in her time. No matter what...

Sanford Art & Jazz Night Every 3rd Thursday Showcases the Best in Local Music & Visual Arts

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The greater Orlando area offers up several monthly arts nights, sure. But Historic Downtown Sanford is changing the game with a new monthly evening showcasing the best in local visual arts and music. Recently we saw the re-launching of Sanford Art & Jazz Night, an art-walk-style event with a few unique twists, nestled in the heart of Sanford’s beautiful downtown....

Sanford Civic Center Added to the City’s List of Local Historic Landmarks

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In time to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, the Sanford City Commission added the Sanford Civic Center to the City’s list of local historic landmarks on April 25, 2022. Historically and architecturally significant, the Civic Center is one of the 50 flagship structures featured in Florida’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture (1945-1975) by the University Of Florida School Of Architecture. This shortlist...

15th Annual Hurricane Party Music Festival Returns Saturday May 28

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Sanford’s biggest party of the year is back and better than ever A storm is brewing. The 15th annual Hurricane Party Music Festival is back to start your summer off on a high note Saturday, May 28 at 12 p.m. in Historic Downtown Sanford. Rain or shine, hosted by West End Trading Co., the music festival will feature over 40 bands...

Hollerbach’s Art Haus Soft Launch on Sanford Art & Jazz Night

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Sanford Art & Jazz Night is a multi-venue celebration of visual and auditory arts that occurs on the 3rd Thursday of each month. On May 19th, the venues hosting live music and exhibiting artists will be Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, Tuffy’s Music Box & Lounge, Sanford Brewing Company, Deviant Wolfe Brewing and Magpies Modern General Store. Hollerbach’s presentation of art...

Dees Brothers Brewery – Vegan Friendly

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Located across the Historic Ritz Theater sits a 100+-year-old warehouse that has been converted into Sanford’s newest brewery: Dees Brothers Brewery. Once upon a time, the 6,400 square feet space was home to a Buick dealer and a paint store, miraculously surviving a raging fire fifty years ago. Opening in August 2021, Dees Brothers (also known as Dees Bros) serves...

Spice is Nice International Heat Market Opens in the ‘Famous L’

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Historic Downtown Sanford’s *hottest* new business is no doubt the Spice is Nice International Heat Market located at 106 S. Palmetto Ave.! Former Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens CEO Dino Ferri opened his doors to this blazing retail venue recently, specializing in spicy foods and groceries from around the world. Unique products from the four corners of the globe,...

Top 10 Vegan Dishes For All to Enjoy

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The Sanford Vegan’s Guide to Local Plant-Based Eating Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious, Historic Downtown Sanford, FL is a must-see destination. From Buffalo Mac & Cheese to Bavarian Bratwursts to Mint Milkshakes and Orange Zest Pizza--the Historic District is home to some of Central Florida’s most acclaimed vegan destinations! Join us in the exploration of Historic Downtown Sanford’s...

Hot Asian Buns to Open Up Eatery in Historic Downtown Sanford

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We have some amazing news to share! The most popular food truck in Central Florida Hot Asian Buns will be opening up a new eatery on Sanford Ave. in the old Moon's Subs location! If you don't know them already they make these delicious handmade bao buns which are extremely popular as we witness the longest lines from open to...

4th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Fire Truck Pull and Street Festival is Bigger and Better Than Ever

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Do you think you and nine other friends have what it takes to pull a fire truck? Hosted by Historic Downtown Sanford® and the newly formed Famous L Collective, the St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull being held on Saturday March 19th from 4 p.m to 9 p.m. will include live music, food trucks, artisans and craft beer in a family...