PROGRESS 2020: CVB brings new event to Orange – Event CANCELED

Published 3:18 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Out of precaution, the City of Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau has canceled the Family Fun & Food Fest scheduled to take place at the Riverfront Boardwalk and Pavilion on Saturday, March 21.

The City of Orange is saddened to make this decision; however, the health and well-being of our community, citizens, and visitors is of utmost importance. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, the City of Orange is taking precautionary measures to reduce unnecessary risks.


By Dawn Burleigh


Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is hosting a new event this year as it continues to bring new and fun events to the area.

This year it will host the inaugural Family Fun & Food Fest from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the Riverfront Boardwalk and Pavilion.

“It is a one-day event for kids,” CVB Coordinator Brandy Judice said. “We wanted to offer a family-oriented event.”

The event is free and will have something for kids of all ages.

Kingdom Zoo will be on hand as well as a mini carnival.

“There will be pony rides and a petting zoo,” Judice said.

There will also be informative booths as well such as dentist Nina Leifeste, LifeShare, and Exceptional Emergency.

“The police department and fire department will be there as well,” Judice added.

The purpose of the event was to have something for kids centered festival.

Attendees are invited to grab great bites to eat from a number of food trucks available on site. End your fun-filled day with a movie on the lawn featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on a large inflatable screen beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The movie is the 1971 version directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder.

“We wanted to do something different,” Judice said. “We wanted something just for kids and for families to have a good time.” 

Attendees are invited to grab great bites to eat from a number of food trucks available on site. 


The city is pulling out all the stops for this event.

“This is a new direction and something new we are doing,” Judice said. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for viewing of the film.

The CVB hosts several events throughout the year such as partnering with the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce with Mardi Gras festivities.

“We host the Friday night Motorcade,” Judice said. 

The event was followed by a free concert featuring L.A. ROXX, an 80s cover band in keeping with the 80s theme for the parade.

“We try to do something a little different each year,” Judice said.

Another event residents look forward to each year is Art in the Park. 

In an effort to promote tourism, the event includes over 100 artists and crafters from Southeast Texas, Southwest Louisiana, and surrounding areas.

Vendors are on site serving a variety of foods and drinks and several children’s activities are also be available.

The event, which began in 2003, was originally created as a means to bring people into downtown Orange so they might experience all the city has to offer and it has been a booming success for people of all ages over the years.

Have questions? Contact the Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau at 409-883-1011.