Thursday, March 6, 2014

Weekend Preview: March 7th - 9th, 2014

Is it a coincidence that I go out of town for a few days, and the weekend I come back there's a mix of uniquely Floridian events? I'm starting to think the fairs, bike weeks, lit events, and art exhibits are trying to tell me something...

All Weekend

This weekend marks the finale of this year's Florida Strawberry Festival. Check here for the complete list of entertainers, guest appearances, and more. (Um, Boyz II Men, anyone?)

This is also the last weekend of the 2014 Central Florida Fair. General admission starts at $10 for adults gets you into the shindig, complete with animals, rides, and crazy unique food options.

Since we're talking about classic events of a, shall we way, "Florida flavor," don't miss the first weekend of the 73rd Annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach.

This week kicks off the month-long Art31 celebration happening at the Art & History Museums Maitland. Events this weekend include Ladies Art Lounge, Workshop with Artist-in-Action Trent Tomengo, and the eagerly anticipated Art Car Party.

Friday, March 7th

Randy Wayne White will be signing his latest Florida-based novel at the Bone Deep Reading at the Colonial Barnes & Noble this Friday at 7:00pm. (Looking for locally grown Florida reads? Don't miss There Will Be Words this Tuesday, March 11, and Functionally Literate on Saturday, March 29. But don't worry, we'll remind you.)

"What would develop if unsuspecting people around Central Florida found cameras with these instructions: Take this camera and photograph your life. Capture the moments and experiences that, when combined with others, will make up a larger portrait of our community." To see the result, check out the Panorama Reveal Show for a sneak preview, this Friday at 8:00pm at Downtown Credo.

Saturday, March 8th

Any event that requires a waiver is one you want to be at, right? Then don't miss The Great Bull Run this Saturday at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, about an hour west of Orlando. It's surprisingly expensive to put your life in the hands of a stampede of bulls (or to be pelted by tomatoes, for that matter), but spectator tickets are just $10 and you could even try to volunteer and get in for free.

If you're in the mood for a calmer way to spend your Saturday, try a movie at Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema (showing Yogi Bear at 7:00pm, free) or a Saturday Matinee Classic at the Enzian (showing Talk to Her at noon, $8). 

Some not-to-miss exhibits this weekend are Taking Flight at the Snap! Space (Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm) and Immersed at the CityArts Factory (11:00am - 6:00pm). 

Sunday, March 9th

I just got back from an expedition up north, and let me tell you something, Floridians: cherish this gorgeous weekend. If you don't do something like yoga in the park, visit a farmer's market, or play in your local park, I will come for you. 

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


  1. Going to Lake Wales for a great art festival (with some of our local food trucks!) and to a couple of farmer's markets!

  2. Date night at Leu Gardens tonight . It's fun to bring a picnic, blanket, and lawn chairs to watch an outdoor movie!

  3. Attending the very first One Chic Fete event at Firestone Live. One Chic FĂȘte will be an incredible fusion of all things creative for one grand celebration. Over 40 local artists, musicians, fashion designers, and more, will be highlighted throughout the evening mixed with cocktails and creativity.!/events/453734621420269/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

  4. Yoga Saturday 9:15am at Mark St. Senior Center (young peeps allowed, too! :)).

  5. Wow, thanks for the awesome suggestions, everyone!