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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: Opera, UCF Arts, Taco Crawl, Science Center, and Record Store Day



A new outdoor music festival called Opera on Eola is being put on at Lake Eola by a group called Opera Del Sol. My mother’s name is Del, so thank you for that. Expect opera performances, visual art, a vendor market, and food. Opera on Eola is Sunday 12 to 4 at Lake Eola Park. Continuing this weekend, UCF is taking over the Dr. Phillips Center for its annual “UCF Celebrates the Arts!” Take in shows like Pip Squeak- An anti-bullying magic show, When Pigs Fly- theatre for the very young, and Sergio Mendes. For times and details go to arts.ucf.edu While you’re downtown, stay for the Taco Crawl. Pay one fee and get four tacos and the chance to …


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

Spotlight: Little Merman, Spring Fever in the Garden, Spring Porch Sale, and OMART



A 1950’s horror film meets a classic cartoon fairy tale in a totally new theatrical experience inside a bar that has a hot tub as a  performance space. A group of scientists travel the Amazon in search of the legendary ‘Gill-Man’, and come face to face with Ethyl the Merman and his friends from “under the lagoon.” The new theatre experience The Little Merman from the Black Lagoon will be performed Sunday at 1 at Stonewall Bar right next door to the soccer stadium building thing. The 19th annual Spring Fever in the Garden will feature live entertainment, food vendors, a kid’s zone and thousands of plants and flowers for sale. Spring Fever in the Garden is Saturday 9 to …


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

Spotlight: Markets, Festivals and Handel’s Messiah



The Florida Blueberry Festival is back! Enjoy fresh locally produced blueberries, listen to live music, shop a lot of vendors, and enjoy wines and desserts. The Festival runs all weekend long at Formosa Gardens in Kissimmee Orlando Flea, put on by The Daily City, featuring 35 vendors, desserts and lunch, adult drinks and music returns to downtown Orlando. Kid and dog friendly too, the Orlando Flea takes place Sunday 12 to 4 at Celine in downtown Orlando. For parking details go to orlandoflea.com. Another great looking shopping event Sunday is The Vicious Bazaar, a moto and music gear swap meet which includes an eclectic street market, food trucks, ice cream and coffee, a skateboard contest and more. The Vicious Bazaar …


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

Spotlight: Uptown Art Expo, Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, and Stonewall Bar



Fans of yacht rock need to perk their ears up. The band Pablo Cruise is coming to Orlando Sunday. The concert is part of the Uptown Art Expo, a two-day art festival with live music, street food, and more. Uptown Art Expo runs Saturday 10 to 7:30PM and Sunday 10 to 5pm. Pablo Cruise goes on Sunday at 3. The fun takes place at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.


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

Spotlight: Caribbean, Water Lantern, Art, and Celtic Festivals and Golden Gals Live!



Enjoy live Caribbean music, Caribbean food, and a wonderful island vibe during the Orlando Caribbean Festival Saturday. The fair opens at noon and the festival runs 3 to 11 at the Orlando Amphitheatre. Witness the magic of lanterns as they light up a lake and pay admission for it! The Orlando Water Lantern Festival comes to Orlando Saturday at 5 at Orlando Watersports Complex. For details go to waterlanternfestival.com. The largest Celtic Festival in all of Central Florida features three days of live Celtic music, Irish dancers, local vendors, food and beer! The 4th Annual Crooked Can Celtic Festival is all weekend long at Crooked Can Brewery in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy winding through narrow lanes in between rows and …




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

Spotlight: Central Florida Fair, Brian Feldman, and Neighborhood Summit



Ferris wheels – I got it. Midway games – I got it. Cotton candy – I got it. Snickers fried and covered in powdered sugar -I got it. The Central Florida Fair is back and it will have a few of my favorite things all weekend day and night at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. For details go to centralfloridafair.com. Orlando art reviewers critiqued the works of Performance artist Brian Feldman for years and years. Now he wants them to sit across a table from him and read those same reviews out loud to his face in a new piece entitled “Knives Out.” The event will take place at the perfect venue for an event called Knives Out – The …


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

Spotlight: Food & Wine Fest, Star Wars Swap Meet, and Oscars at the Enzian



I always forget that downtown Orlando has its own food and wine festival because I am so focused each year on Epcot Food and Wine! Let’s remind ourselves together that we can enjoy sample size dishes from some of Orlando’s premier restaurants, over 50 domestic and international wines, and live entertainment ranging from DJs to national headliners during the Downtown Food and Wine Fest taking place Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. at Lake Eola Park. Like Star Wars? I don’t! Then you’ll love the Star Wars Swap Meet with 50 dealers, door prizes, a Millennium Falcon car, cosplay, hot food and an ATM machine! The Star Wars Swap Meet is Sunday 9 a.m. to …


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Spotlight: Monique Heart, Boxi Park, Black History Month Arts Fest, and Dragon Parade



Monique Heart, the heart of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season 4, the true winner whether she wins or not, the perfect person to dress up as Wendy Williams because she has those eyes that just pop out of her beautiful head, is coming to Orlando Saturday at the Parliament House during their Red Ball. She performs at 10 p.m. and again at midnight. Drag queens, they’re relevant. Boxi Park, an outdoor food and entertainment complex made from old shipping containers, is having its soft opening this weekend. Expect live music, food and shopping. Boxi Park’s soft opening is Saturday 4-11 p.m. and Sunday 4-9 p.m. in Lake Nona. Enjoy a fashion show, step show, walk thru art exhibit, music, …





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