Thursday, April 3, 2014

Weekend Preview: April 4th - 6th, 2014

Florida Film Festival 2014 - Orlando, Susan Sarandon, Independent and Foreign Movies

Um, perfect weekend, anyone? And we're not just talking about the weather: check out this weekend's live music shows, film screenings, art exhibits, pillow fights, drag brunches, and garage sales!

All Weekend

The ten-day Florida Film Festival is back for the 23rd time, with 173 feature films and shorts from 26 countries,  parties, panels, food, celebrities, and more. Individual tickets are $9 before 5:00pm and $11 after that, with a few free showings throughout the week. Be sure to review the schedule for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Florida Film Festival 2014 - Things to do in Orlando this Weekend

Yes, we mostly go out on the weekend to eat, drink, and be merry. But if you're trying to impress your friends (or hey, you actually just like art), then stop by one of these exhibits: Twitter Art Exhibit (CityArts Factory, free), Stitching the Seam (OMA, $8), Grass (The Falcon Bar, free), and The Solution (Orange Studio, free). 

This Saturday and Sunday, come to Lake Eola Park for the 25th Annual Fiesta in the Park, which means arts, crafts, food, kids' activities, and live music galore. Also, the OLE Spring Festival is taking place this weekend in front of the Jai Alai arena in Fern Park. Stop by for fair rides, food, and games.

SunRail, Central Florida's new commuter rail line, will start running in May with the first two weeks for free. To tour the trains before they start their regular schedule, stop by the Lynx Central Station this Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm and grab lunch at one of the food trucks that will be present.

Friday, April 4th

Rachel Simmons, Julian Chambliss. Rollins College Cornell Fine Arts Exhibit. Art Orlando / Winter Park.

This is the last month before a long summer break to catch Friday Nights at the Morse, your chance to tour the museum for free from 5:00 to 8:00pm. Also, Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum is free this first Friday until 8:00pm.

There's another installment of Uptown Altamonte's Friday Night Live at Cranes Roost Park from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Bring chairs or blankets, enjoy the live music, and grab some food and drinks from the vendors.

Another way to enjoy this awesome weather is by heading to Date Night at Leu Gardens, the monthly outdoor movie, screening Gravity this Friday at 8:30pm. The gardens open at 6:00pm, admission is $6 adults / $3 children / free for members. So grab those blankets and some wine--but no funny business!

Saturday, April 5th

Ashley Belanger of the Orlando Weekly said it best: this Saturday's DeLandapalooza is like "an all-you-can-eat buffet of Orlando-area bands and some traveling acts, with a menu boasting something for everyone." Don't miss it as 150 bands converge on 27 stages in historic downtown DeLand, starting at 1:00pm. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the gate (kids under 12 are free). 

Downtown DeLand Florida - Central Florida Music Festivals 2014 DeLandapalooza

This Saturday, the Central Florida British Car Breakfast Club (say that three times fast) is putting on the 30th Annual All British Car Show at Mead Gardens from 8:30am to 3:00pm. 

Listen up, thrifty-chasers: Baldwin Park's Community Garage Sale is this Saturday starting at 8:00am., with special flea market areas for even more Pinterest-worthy finds you probably don't need.

This year's Pillowlando MMXIV community pillow fight is happening at Blue Jacket Park. Gather by the fountain at 4:30pm, and don't forget your weapon. (For legal reasons I will point out that by "weapon" we mean your pillow.) 

Sunday, April 6th

Broadway Brunch at Hamburger Mary's vs. La La Gospel Brunch at East End vs. Gospel Brunch at Bananas. Warning: only two of these events are drag shows.

Stop by Orlando Brewing at 2:30pm for the 8th Anniversary Party with new releases and food trucks--don't forget your pups!

What are you doing this weekend? Share it in a comment below!


  1. Admission to the Cornell Museum is actually free through the end of 2014, due to a grant they received!