Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekend Preview May 31st - June 2nd, 2013: Things to Do in Orlando

Weekend Events

Get ready for PETA's favorite event (to picket)! Friday and Saturday is the 131st Silver Spurs Rodeo at Kissimmee's Silver Spurs Arena (1875 Silver Spur Ln). Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for groups of 10 or more, and free for kids under 10 and military personnel; doors open at 6:30pm. Come for the bull riding and steer wrestling, and stay for the live country music (4:30 to 7:30pm) and down-home food.

Don't forget to wear your favorite graphic cowboy button-up shirt!! (we hear the ladies totally dig em...) 

Gay Days Orlando is a yearly week-long LGBT party happening across Orlando, and it's going on this weekend. Check out the official website for a variety of events, which include everything from theme parks visits and pool parties to foodie events and expos. Prices vary, so be sure to check the calendar.

Friday, May 31st

Groovy guys and gnarly ladies, listen up: from 7:00pm to midnight, stop by the History Center (65 E Central Blvd) for another installation of Retro Game Night. $5 cash at door gives you access to tons of games - including giant Jenga and retro video games - as well as $1 hot dogs, $2 pizza, free candy, and a cash bar.

Friday night, starting at 8:00pm, is you chance to participate in the Sanford Pub Invasion, where $10 gets you access to nine different locations where you can spend one of your nine free drink or $1 draft tickets.

Over at the Peacock Room (1321 N Mills Ave), $5 gets you into the Two Piece Mini Fest 5, where you can see a dozen diverse duos playing on two different stages.

Got a bike? Got a need to be seen and paid attention to? Join the Critical Mass crew Friday night for a rain or shine ride leaving from Loch Haven Park promptly at 6pm.

Saturday, June 1st

Have an idea for an app or website that could make our city better? Are you a programmer looking to brainstorm with like-minded locals? Then be sure to come to National Day of Civic Hacking, this Saturday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Tickets are free and include free coffee, beer, wine, pizza, and - of course - a chance to brainstorm with other Orlandoans who want to make a difference by dreaming up better ways to use public data.

At 2:00pm on Saturday, the Alafaya Branch (12000 E Colonial Dr) of the Orange County Library System will host Jenny Torres Sanchez, young-adult-author of Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia. This is a Book Release Party for her second book and includes a reading and book signing.

It's not part of Gay Days, and it doesn't look like something targeted to the traditional bachelorette crowd... Then again, maybe I'm way off base about "South Florida's First and Only" All-Male Burlesque Review. For the morbidly curious out there, it's happening at Backbooth this Saturday at 8:30pm and tickets are $6 - $8.

Take in a full-dome video presentation at Seminole State College Planetarium (100 Weldon Blvd) and learn about the origin and influence of our sun. 8:30pm, $4 - $6, free for students.

Check out the free Superman Art Show at ACME Superstore in Longwood from 10am-9pm with reception from 6-9pm. They'll be celebrating 75 years of the Man of Steel with live drawings & trivia contests, interviews, an Injustice video game tournament at 3pm, Nerd-prov interactive comedy performances by Six Degrees Improv at 2pm & again at 5pm.

Doors open at 4:30pm for a Roller Derby Match between the Orlando Area Derby Revolution and the Alachua County Rollers. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 advance.

Sunday, June 2nd

Ever had the urge to see guys pummeling each other on bikes? Check out Sunday Night Polo run by Orlando Bike Polo. 5 pm, Langford Park. (The entry posted on their website by 'Dr. Blackbear' [we cannot confirm that he is indeed a doctor. Or a blackbear.] reminds you to BYOB).

Fancy yourself an art connoisseur? How about random art/museum collections? Here are a few oddly intriguing collections on show:

What are you doing this weekend, Orlando? Leave a comment below!

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