Thursday, February 5, 2015

Weekend Preview: February 5th - 8th, 2015

Photo by Tina Craig
Weekend Events

The Florida State Fair kicks off this weekend outside Tampa. It's happening February 5th through the 16th with all the things you love about fairs: fried this, stuffed that, crazy rides, and plenty of "Wow, that's how people used to live?" exhibits. Tickets are $7 to $9.

Also kicking off this weekend is the 40th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival. The down buzzes with art, food, and music this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The FAVO First Friday and Saturday Art Show and Market is going on this weekend. Stop by Friday from 5:00 to 9:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm for art, food trucks, kids' activities, and live music.

Bonus: Thursday, February 5th

Ladies Night Valentine Shopping & Cocktails is happening at Cloak & Dapper this Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The event includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvre, and shopping specials. (If you don't have a valentine to shop for, you can always flirt with the male models...)

Smiling Bison is hosted its First Thursday Songwriter Series this Thursday from 8:00 to 11:00pm with live acts and good food.

This Thursday is the third annual Orlando Mix Tape. It's $25, but I'm sneaking it in because this concert benefits the amazing Urban Think Foundation, a non-profit that supports local culture, education, literacy, and literature. Tickets can be purchased at The Social starting at 7:30pm.

Friday, February 6th

It's time for another Date Night Movie at Lou Gardens, Gardens open at 6:00pm and the movie starts at 7:30pm. $6 adults, free for members.

Over in Baldwin Park, check out the First Friday Festival, a monthly event with live music, free samples, food and drink specials, and other vendors.

For the third year in a row, everyone's favorite literary podcast, The Drunken Odyssey, hosts Erotic Poetry Night. The live recording of some TDO all stars reading their sexy lyric takes place this Saturday at 7:00pm. 

Saturday, February 7th

This Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00pm, 10-time Grammy award-winner Arturo Sandoval and the Orlando Philharmonic take over Bob Carr; $20.

If you're down for a little road trip, come out to the 3rd Annual Daytona's Mainstreet Live. From 2:00pm to 2:00am, over 130 acts at 18 different stages take over the city in a giant street party. Tickets are $10 advance at $15 at the gate.

Get retro and join the Orlando Shuffle this Saturday at 7:00pm for some shuffleboard (free!). 

Sunday, February 8th

Will's Pub hosts Uncomfortable Brunch presenting Blue Valentine, $10, brunch buffet and an uncomfortable-to-watch movie

For a movie that's a little bit tamer (maybe?), Enzian is hosting FilmSlam again this Sunday at 1:00pm. See all eight shorts for $5. 

Start your Valentine's Day activities early this year with some great events this Sunday. One is Vintage Valentines, happening all day in the in the Audubon Park Garden District. Up in Winter Park, The Sweetest Sounds is a free Valentine's Day Concert in Central Park from 4:00 to 6:30pm. 

For a completely authentic DJ experience, check out Lazy Afternoon Four-Year Anniversary this Sunday at 5:00pm; tickets are $10-20. 

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


  1. Orlando Shuffle Saturday nite at 7 pm

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