Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando?


Did you know that the downtown Orlando area has it’s very own 50 acre botanical heaven? You can’t tell from the road, but the Harry P. Leu Gardens is vast with many different gardens, trees and species of wildlife. Leu Gardens is also home to the historic Leu House which holds history dating back to the 1800′s (you can tour it!). Once a month the Gardens host a Date Night with a feature movie. Date nighters can bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic baskets (alcohol allowed). The admission for the event is $6 and includes access to the gardens (normally $10).

The next Date Night is Friday, May 2nd. The movie that will be screening is “A Street Car Named Desire”. The gardens open at 6 with the movie starting at 8:30. If you don’t want to bring your own dinner, Dixie Land Food Truck will be at the event serving up some noms’.

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?


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

Big Box of Orlando Holiday Pop Up ShopBig Box of Orlando: A Holiday Pop Up Shop is coming to the Mills 50 District this Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7th!  Thirty local and national vendors will be featured at this one-stop shopping event for a charitable cause, with $1 from each ticket going to Saving Grace in Uganda. West Elm, Modern Grace and other shops will gather inside the downtown Orlando warehouse at Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave. The preview party takes place tonight, from 6 p.m. to midnight.  Tickets are $10.  Open shopping runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow with tickets selling at $5.  This event is being organized by The Daily City.


When I started this blog several years ago I wanted to focus on the lifestyle and living in Downtown Orlando and Winter Park. This is the reason people purchase homes and live in these areas of town. So I love seeing all the local bloggers in the area sharing the great activities and events around this great city.

A new one that I recently found is The ORLANDOAN: Founded by Alex Lenhoff and Andi Perez, two urban planners with a nerdy passion for great events, unique places to hang out, and thrifty entertainment, the ORLANDOAN is your source for enjoying Orlando and Central Florida through events and outings under $20 and for discovering new places and people who are making this city great. To summarize, Andi says “Orlando doesn’t suck. And we’ll help tell you why!”

What are you favorite blogs or websites to learn about interesting and fun things happening around town?


ImageAs you know, this Saturday is Small Business Saturday.  There are so many small business and shops in the Downtown Orlando and Winter Park area.  You can certainly do all of your holiday shopping through local shops!  If you don’t know where to start, check out the Orlando main street districts and other shopping districts below.  Your best bet is to attend the Audubon Park Wine Walk this Saturday.  Shop + Sip on Saturday throughout the eclectic local shops and businesses in the Audubon Park Main Street District from 2- 5 pm.  It’s $10 in advance and $15 that day.  Buy tickets and enjoying your shopping with a little wine!

Shopping Districts:

Thornton Park
Downtown South
Audubon Park
College Park
Mills 50 
Ivanhoe Village (Facebook page shows some deals local businesses are having)

Designers Row in Winter Park
Hannibal Square in Winter Park
Park Avenue Winter Park Shopping

Or looking for other events and fun activities around Orlando this weekend?  Check out The Orlandoan’s Holiday Weekend Guide

It’s that time of year again!  There are so many fun events happening around town throughout the holidays.  To kick off the season, check out Ivanhoe Village’s Jingle Eve tomorrow evening.  There will be food trucks, neighborhood open house, a wine stroll (limited tickets available!), a beer garden, a boat parade, and…of course… Santa Claus!   Ivanhoe Village is an Orlando Main Street district located near Virginia Drive and Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando.


OTHER Downtown Orlando Holiday events:

Ice Skating in Winter Park! Central Park West Meadow, 150 N New York Ave.

November 30th, Saturday All Day:  Small Business Saturday.  Shop local!
americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small (search nearby small businesses)

December 5th, Thursday 5 pm – 9 pm:  Holiday on the Drive.  Festivities in College Park on Edgewater Dr.

December 7th, Saturday 10 am – 10 pm:  Big Box Holiday Pop Up Shop.  A specially curated shop of gifts for sale.  Say It Loud 1121 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803

December 8th, Sunday 6:30 pm:  Light Up Downtown South with Orlando Philharmonic at Lake Beauty Park (corner of Orange and Miller) downtownsouthorlando.org

December 19th, Thursday 7 pm:  Holiday Movies in Lake Eola Park (“Elf”). Lake Eola Amphitheater

December 30th, Monday 10 am – 1 pm:  Citrus Parade at Lake Eola Park

The Daily City also has a comprehensive list of activities in their awesome…and thorough…holiday guide.

Are you headed to Jingle Eve tomorrow?

ImageThe highly anticipated East End Market is now open in Audubon Park near Downtown Orlando.  The market is said to be a cultural food hub inspired by Central Florida’s local farmers and foot artisans.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to stop by soon.  Or if you want to fully experience the local food scene in Orlando, register for the Fall Harvest Dinner tomorrow night!  The event will feature seasonal ingredients from the area, hand selected wines for the event, craft beer, live music, and a special fall cocktail.

Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early this year with Audubon Park’s new market.

Register for tickets before it is too late!

Fall Harvest Dinner Saturday November 16th from 7 – 9 pm



Image: flyer from East End Market website

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