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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: Holiday Block Party, Broadway Christmas, and Orlando Flea



I like block parties but have you ever been to a block party that takes up block, after block after block then you turn the corner and there’s more blocks and you’re like this is a block party? It’s not! It’s bigger! It’s a blocks party, hello? The annual Jingle Eve block party put on by Ivanhoe Village Main Street district will include performances, a wine walk, vendors, fireworks and Santa. Jingle Eve is Saturday 5 to 10 in Ivanhoe Village. Christmas and Broadway. Sounds like heaven to me unless it’s a Broadway musical post 1965 and Christmas songs not sung by Bing Crosby. Anything else is garbage. The festive musical revue A Very Broadway Christmas put on by the …


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

Spotlight: Pecha Kucha and Arcade & Pinball Convention



I like hearing smart people talk. Sitting in comfy chairs, soaking in their knowledge and knowing that everyone around me is there for the same reason. This is why I love PechaKucha Night. PechaKucha Night is an entertainment event held several times a year that rests on a simple idea: a presenter is allowed to show 20 images in total, with each image remaining on the screen for 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes the presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. Speakers present their PechaKuchas on any subject, from the personal to the public. PechaKucha Night has two performances tonight: once at 6 and again at 9 at 455 S. Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando. …


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

Spotlight: Augmented Reality, LGBT Center, Sandwiches, and Fall Fiesta in the Park



City Unseen is bringing Augmented Reality to downtown Orlando this weekend with AR works by international artists and cutting edge technology. Experiences include murals coming to life, a virtual world projection map, and a teleport to a Los Angeles artist studio. The City Unseen opening night takes place tonight 7 to 10 at Snap! Space in downtown Orlando. Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orlando LGBT Center during it’s Big Celebration. Performances by Martha “It’s raining men” Wash, Varietease, and Orlando Gay Chorus. The fun takes place Saturday at 7 at Plaza Live. The 50th iteration of the Sandwich Eat Up presented by Deli Fresh Threads, is a monthly sandwich meet up where anyone who enjoys a good sandwich can …


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

Spotlight: Vintage Market, TED Talks, Disney in Concert, and Safe Trick or Treating



The Vintage Market shopping event is a fun day of local vendors, food trucks, and drinks. The Vintage Market takes place Sunday 2 to 6 at The Abbey. The theme this year for the annual TED Talks Orlando event is “Home.” There will be three sessions of people getting up and giving Ted Talks examining family relationships, our environment, Global issues and more — all offering a unique glimpse into what “home” means. Ted Talks Orlando is Saturday 1 to 6 at Full Sail Live in Winter Park. Enjoy watching the classic film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” while the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra plays the entire score right in front of you while seated inside the beautiful Dr Phillips Center for …


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

Spotlight: Immerse, Artober Fest, Steampunk, and Will’s A Faire



Enjoy music, dance, acrobats, murals, projection experiences, theater, interactive installations… classical to hip hop and everything in between all in the streets and public spaces of Downtown Orlando. It’s for art lovers and people who think they don’t like art at all. Bring your family. Gather your friends. And experience IMMERSE Saturday starting at noon and running all day long in downtown Orlando. Winter Springs is celebrating 11 years of ArtoberFest with exceptional art, tasty German food and drink, musical entertainment, kids’ crafts and much more this weekend!  Artoberfest takes place all day Saturday and Sunday at the Winter Springs Town Center. Experience two amazing days of fantasy, cosplay, steampunk bands, entertainers, Victorian themed shows and shopping during Renninger’s Steampunk …


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

Camera Swap Meet, Night Market, Pride Wrap, and DeLand Indie Market



The bi-annual Kiwi Camera Swap Meet is a buy, sell, trade event for all things photography! Bring your film, digital, lenses, dark room, studio equipment, and ephemera. This is a free community event, and open for everyone to bring whatever you want to sell! The Kiwi Camera Swap Meet is Sunday 9 to 3 at Kiwi Camera Service in Winter Park. The Night Market at Audubon will feature locally and regionally made crafts, street food, art, photography, a DJ and live music, two beer gardens, fortune tellers, movies, food and drink specials. Night Market at Audubon Park takes place Saturday 5 to 10 in the west Corrine plaza in the Audubon Park Garden District. Kick off Pride Month and be …


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

Spotlight: Shampooch, Food and Drink Festival, and Milk Mart



I don’t own a dog. I own cats. They bathe themselves. Dogs don’t. Just one more reason why cats are better than dogs. If you weren’t lucky enough to be born a cat person and want to help out a good cause, bring your dog downtown for a doggie wash block party called Shampooch! All proceeds go to Rescue Me Orlando. The sudsing and scrubbing takes place Sunday 9 to 4 in front of Lambs Eat Ivy salon in Thornton Park. Last year more than 8,000 people attended the International Food and Drink Festival at Lake Eola Park according to the producers. I wasn’t there so I cannot vouch for them. But typically people don’t lie. I trust people. I …


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

Spotlight: In the Heights, Library Book Sale, Nick Cannon, and Central FL Zoo



The musical “In the Heights” tells the story of a vibrant community of friends and family in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. The musical “In the Heights,” plays Saturday at 7:30 at Orlando Shakes. For tickets go to orlandoshakes.org. The Orange County Library System’s annual Fall Book Sale is back and takes place on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando and features a great selection of already discounted fiction and non-fiction, recorded books, DVDs, CDs and more will be available for half price. The Fall Book Sale is …


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

Spotlight: BookNet Fest, Dogs, Plants, Anime, Fitness, and Film



The online book community is the subject of a two-day event full of panels and activities called BookNet Fest! Topics include self-publishing, portrayals of mental health in fiction, Instagram, and more. Booknet Fest is all day Saturday and Sunday at Caribe Royale Resort. Go to booknetfest.com for details. Enjoy an evening of wine, dogs, dog owners, professional pet photography and swag bags during Barks, Bubbles & Brew. The fun takes place tonight at Digress Wine in College Park. Learn all about the edible and medicinal plants growing in your neighborhood during the Wild Edible Plant Walk Saturday at 9 at Mead Gardens in Winter Park. Enjoy a day-long expo all about Anime including panels, screenings and vendors during Orlando Anime …


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

Spotlight: Megastore, Wakanda, Cat Videos, and Mommy Con



Shop over 100 vendors including artists, vintage and handmade furniture, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, tasty treats, garden decor, and more during Unhinged Market Day! The fun takes places Saturday starting at 10am and runs all day in front of the Adjectives Megastore in Altamonte Springs. After a being picked as one of the top things to do in Tampa Bay and having a sold out event in Tampa, Wakanda is being brought to the Bronze Kingdom Museum in Orlando.  Blending the pop culture phenomenon of the Black Panther movie with the true history and culture of Africa, Sankofa Productions presents “ A Night in Wakanda”, an intimate social gathering that fuses learning and entertainment to …



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