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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.

Spotlight: OrlandoIX, Swamp Sisters, Family Expo, Vegan Fest, and Steel Panther



OrlandoIX is the Southeast’s Largest Gathering of Creators in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Video Games, and Digital Arts. Open to professionals and consumers alike, OrlandoiX brings together creators, investors, influential brands, and tech enthusiasts for keynotes, speaker presentations, interactive exhibits, gameplay, and networking. OrlandoIX is Saturday at 11am at Full Sail. Beth McKee’s Swamp Sisters Songwriting Circle is playing live original music and presenting interesting conversation. The Songwriting Circle is Saturday at 8 at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park. 150 exhibitors will be talking about whatever parents and kids want to learn about during the Florida Kids and Family Expo Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 5 at the Orange County Convention Center. …


Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.

Spotlight: OMNOM, Weed Walk, Flamingo Fest, and Home & Garden Show



OMNOM is a DJ – Producer from San Francisco with an unconventional brand of House described by some as “a whirlpool of weird” featuring his unmistakably peculiar vocals will be performing live Saturday 8 to 2:30 at Celine in downtown Orlando. Kids will walk a real wildflower farm and learn from experts about the things adults want to get rid of: weeds! Some are lovely, grow naturally and are even edible! This is a walk to learn about the friendly plants that grow here in Florida that many people try to remove. The Weed Walk is Saturday 9 to 10:30 at the Orlando Wildflower Farm. Kids can learn and paint during Creative Kids Art Part Flamingo Fest!  Learn where the …


Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.

Spotlight: Mad Cow Theatre, Paper Art Workshop, and Cirque du Soleil on Ice



Set in the deep South at the turn of the 20th century, the play “The Little Foxes” is Lillian Hellman’s great American family drama. Clashes over inheritance, business schemes, and domestic abuse define the ebb and flow of the Hubbard family, who have built their empire on cotton. The play “The Little Foxes” runs Saturday and Sunday at Mad Cow Theatre. Enjoy a day-long workshop creating a “found papers” collage using vintage book pages, sheet music, letters, and personal found papers taught by local artist Linda Saracino. Linda will provide a brief history of collages and then spend the bulk of the day providing one-on-one assistance helping students create their collages from prep to finished take-home piece. The found papers …


Image: Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer Cover Art.

Spotlight: Xanadu, Planetarium, and Janelle Monae



Eleven years ago the musical version of the cult classic movie Xanadu opened on Broadway. This weekend the Garden Theatre is strapping on their roller skates and telling the tale in which Ancient mythology collides with the 1980s. The Greek muse Kira descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California to help struggling artist Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of his life –the world’s first roller disco. The stage musical Xanadu is being performed Saturday at 2 and 8, and Sunday at 2 at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden. Mars makes its closest approach to Earth since 2003 this weekend! The staff of the Emil Buehler Planetarium and the members of the Central Florida Astronomical Society are …


Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.

Spotlight: Repticon, Free Movie, Vintage Shopping, Jazz & Seafood, and Hair.



Enjoy a reptile good time at Repticon slithering your way thru vendors offering reptile pets, reptile supplies, reptile feeders as well as live reptile seminars and frequent free reptile raffles. You get a gecko! You get a gecko! The snakey good time at Repticon Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4 at Osceola Heritage Park. The Amazon Treasure Truck is putting on a free family movie screening with free popcorn called Amazon Treasure Truck Summer Movie Series. The film to be screened is Hotel Transylvania. How timely! Enjoy the outdoors Amazonian activation fun Saturday at 6 at Blue Jacket Park. Enjoy vintage shopping and local food at the Advintage Fair & Flea Market all day Saturday 9 to 2 at the …


Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.

Spotlight: Orlando Philharmonic, PechaKucha, Vegan Potluck, and Osmonds



Join the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Christopher Confessore, for a free patriotic concert called “God Bless America” Saturday 8pm at the Orlando International Airport. Enjoy 30 artists, a beer tasting and more during “Arts and Crafts Beer” Saturday 1 to 5 at the Ivanhoe Village shopping center with Retro City Cycles and Blue Bonnet. Enjoy an evening of intelligent talks presentations from a group of local thought leaders including an Artist in Residence with Orlando Ballet, the Executive Director of Teach for America-Orlando, the Founder of Timucua Arts Foundation, a Hairdresser and more… during the special event called PechaKucha Saturday 6 to 9 at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy a completely meatless and cruelty free …


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Spotlight: Comedy Fest, One Day University, Tater Tots, Zoo, and Donuts



Enjoy Improv and Sketch comedy performed by groups from Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Miami and more during the Shenanigans Comedy Festival Saturday starting at 5 and running through the night at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center. Go to Orlandocomedyfestival.com. One Day University brings stars of the academic world to cities across the country to give their most thought-provoking talks. Attendees experience award-winning speakers and countless fascinating ideas all in one day. One Day University Saturday starting at 9:30 at Orlando Museum of Art. Win gift cards and beer during the Kiwi’s Pub Tater Tot eating contest Saturday 2:30 to 6 at Kiwi’s Pub and Grill in Altamonte Springs. Enjoy a guided nighttime flashlight tour of a real …


Image: Poses For Pups: A Rescue Yoga Event, Peaceful Peacock Orlando facebook page‎

Spotlight: Curiosity Market, Anderson Cooper, Holocaust Exhibit and Puppy Yoga



Some of the finest oddities dealers and artists from around the state are selling bone art, taxidermy, wet specimens, antiques, Jewelry, and more inside a brewery! Meet fellow collectors and talk shop at the Orlando Oddities and Curiosities Market Saturday 1 to 6 at Hourglass Brewing. Join Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation with the two interviewing themselves and taking questions from the audience. An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen is Saturday 8 to 10pm at Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Explore the history of the early 20th-century international eugenics movement and the complicity of physicians and scientists in Nazi racial policies. This exhibition challenges us to …


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Spotlight: Playwriting Class, Italian Ice, Pop Up Shop and World Oceans Day



Young playwrights of all different experience levels will learn how to cultivate their ideas into theatrical text, learn conflict, plot, dialogue, drama and how all those elements come together into a successful product during a special Playwriting Class Saturday 2 to 3 at The Center in the Mills50 District. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice hosts its grand opening of its newest location in College Park Saturday starting at 11 at 2213 Edgewater Drive. Free Family Funday takes place on the second Sunday of every month and comes with free admission, a free miniature fine art project based on the current museum exhibit and free museum tours at the Mennello Museum of American Art. Free Family Funday is this Sunday 12 to 2:30 …


Image: The 2018 Florida Prize artists, omart.org

Spotlight: Florida Prize, Drunk Spelling Bee and Musical at Mad Cow Theatre



10 of the most progressive and exciting artists working in the State today have been invited to show their works in the Orlando Museum of Art during the 5th Annual Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art Exhibit. Meet all 10 artists and hear them speak about their works during a panel discussion at the museum Saturday 11am at Orlando Museum of Art. The United States Pole Sports Federation is hosting a 2 hour children’s pole workshop. Your kids can learn some new moves including dynamic drops. A choreographed routine will be taught using the moves and filmed for a video. The children’s pole workshop is Saturday 1:30-3:30 at Lotus Fitness Studio. Drunk Spelling Bee- The name says …



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