Orlando Events


This one is fun for the whole family! The Spring Fiesta in the Park is in it’s 25th year at Lake Eola. The lake is already a fun weekend spot and this weekend will be no exception. The fiesta includes live entertainment, a kids area (complete with inflatable fun), and over 200 arts and crafts booths with original work from around the country. The event will also have food and drink vendors, and is pet-friendly. The fiesta is a great way to kick off spring in Central Florida, and oh yeah – it’s free to attend!

The Spring Fiesta in the Park is April 5th & 6th from 10am-6pm. Check the website for additional information.

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You may or may not have seen that little “Winery Open” sign near the corner of Virginia and Mills. Tip: follow it! We visited Quantum Leap over the weekend and can say these folks know what’s up! The staff is extremely friendly and super knowledgable about the many different wine offerings. You can get a “tasting” of many wines or a full glass and enjoy it inside or on the patio outside.

Quantum Leap Winery is Florida’s only sustainable winery, meaning that they focus on reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional wine production. Basically, they have found a way to bring us delicious wine that is also eco-friendly! Bravo.

The winery is open on Thursdays & Fridays 2-7pm as well as on Saturdays from 12-6pm. About once a month or so there is also a “Wine Down” event with live music. The very cool urban feel also makes the winery an ideal location for private events and parties.

front, postcard, McRae Spring 2014Don’t miss out on one of Winter Park’s hidden art gems. The McRae Studios house some of Orlando’s finest talent in the visual arts. Tucked away in a warehouse by the railroad tracks, the studio has 22 different artists working in a variety of medium.

McRae will be having an open studio tour on Saturday, March 29th from 6-9pm. This is a great chance to  check out the artists studios, and see new work as well works in progress. We went to the last open house in December and it’s truly a great time. The event is free and artists are available for questions and conversations (there’s also refreshments!)

imgresIt’s that time of year when we celebrate the Irish! Orlando has a lot going on all weekend, so put on some green and take your pick!  And if you’re in the market for a home stop by our open house near Downtown Orlando…before you head out for some fun!

Wall St. Plaza St. Patrick’s Day Block Parties – Starts Saturday March 15th at 5pm

Yes you read that correctly, Wall St. will have a party on Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. Everything kicks off Saturday at 5pm with the “St. Practice Day” block party, wake up and do it again with a Sunday Funday at 3pm, or wait until Monday where the party starts at noon! There will be live music and green drinks, so get your party pants ready!

Fiddler’s Green - Saturday, Sunday & Monday

This place doesn’t mess around! Celebrate in Winter Park all weekend from Saturday March 15th  -  Monday March 17th. Entertainment includes Irish Dancers, Bagpipers and all kinds of live music. You can also get your nom’ on with some of that delicious irish fare that Fiddler’s Green is known for.

Otown 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Sunday Funday Scoot – Sunday March 16 at 1pm

Kick of your Sunday with some food on Don Jefe’s then scoot on over to Finn Henry’s, Saddle Up and Lizzie McCormick’s. The scoot is $10 and includes a complimentery drink at each location. If you’re feeling extra festive, you can also purchase a green “Otown Happy Hour” shirt for $10.

HOPE’s Sham Rock n’ Run - Saturday March 15th at 7am

This family friendly event is a charitable fun run and race that will provide much-needed additional funds for HOPE’s programs and services. HOPE’s mission is to prevent and reduce homelessness in Central Florida and Orlando by equipping individuals and families to become self sufficient through Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education. Get fun with this one! Dress up and paint your face green.

What are your weekend plans?


Like art? Like yoga?  Orlando Museum of Art will start holding three different classes in the art galleries throughout the museum. Admission will be $10 and will include the yoga class PLUS full museum access, pretty cool deal! The first classes will be held on March 20th at 7pm. For more info contact rross@omart.org or call 407.896.4231 ext. 239.

*Image from Orlando Museum of Art

The Great Orlando Mixer Party Tickets Giveaway Free 2014

Channel your inner Gatsby this weekend at The Great Orlando Mixer! Craft cocktails are all the rage and the best bartenders in town will be serving them up. You’ll also get your nom’ on with hors d’ oeuvres and jive along to live entertainment. The event will take place in the vintage-esqu Cheyenne Saloon at the historic Church Street Station.

Need some outfit inspiration? Check out the photos from last year’s event.
Tickets are $30 pre-sale (and going fast!)

*Image from The Orlandoan




Celebrate Fat Tuesday as Mills 50 presents Mardi Gras at The Peacock Room! $5 cover – $3 hurricanes all night – live music by the Brown Bag Brass Band and authentic cajun & creole cuisine by Voodoo Kitchen Food Truck!

  Laissez les bons temps roule



A very unique story… A very special varieTEASE.  If you missed the “Hammers and Lambs” collaboration last year in Ivanhoe Village, you missed out on a unique glimpse into the talent that lives and works in our city limits.  Last year Orlando artist Patrick Fatica and  Blue Starr, producer of the varieTease shows at The Venue, combined their efforts to put on a show that was inspired by Mr. Fatica’s artwork.  The women within the frames came to life on stage.

A few shots from last year’s show!

This year they’ve done it again, and have taken things to a new level!  “Shadows of the Waifs” is a new experiment in storytelling.  It uses visual art, performance, video production, dance and original music through multiple venues to tell one story.  Original music was written by Jef Shumard of Big Jef Special and was inspired by the artwork and words Patrick Fatica used to create the story-line.  Check out the trailer for this Orlando Event and buy your tickets today!  They do sell out so purchase them in advance.

The show times are March 7, 8 and 10.  The show kicks off at The Hammered Lamb at 8pm Sharp, and finishes at The Venue. Tickets are on sale now: $15 advanced or $18 at the door.  Call The Venue at 407-412-6895 for tickets.

The Hammered Lamb  (SHOW BEGINS HERE at 8 pm)
1235 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, Florida 32804

The Venue Orlando
511 Virginia Drive Orlando, FL 32803

Artists have transformed the normally mundane material of cardboard into art this weekend, filling the floor, walls and even ceiling of a Mills 50 District venue. TheDailyCity.com is organizing the Cardboard Art Festival at Say It Loud/The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando Fl.

Last year’s show featured inventive, diverse uses for the medium, such as interactive sculptures and wearable art.

The event kicks off Friday, Jan. 24th with an opening DJ Dance Party from 7 to 11 p.m.. Tickets are $10. Cardboard Art Festival
Events continue as follows:

Jan 25th
Gallery Hours : 10AM – 4PM : $5
Cardboard Concert Series : 7PM – 11PM : $10

Jan 26tH
Kid’s Cardboard Camp : 10AM – 12PM : $1
SUPER JOY RIDERS After Party : 12PM -1PM : $0
Confectionfest : 6PM – 8PM : $40

In keeping with the recent post featuring the local bloggers from TheOrlandoan, we’re featuring a FREE event in Winter Park for this Friday’s Who Says There’s Nothing to do in Orlando post!

There is a free art opening featuring Henri Matisse this weekend at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.  The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4th.  The museum is located at 1000 Holt Avenue in Winter Park.  For more information, call the museum at (407)646-2526.


Matisse is a major figure in art history.   He is known for his celebration of the female figure.  The exhibit, “Matisse as Printmaker”, at Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College features primarily Matisse’s women, from line drawings to etchings to woodcuts.

What will you be up to this weekend?


Image credit:  Henri Mattise Dance 1 by ten safe frogs via Creative Commons

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