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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: Aladdin, Jazz Fest, Family Concert, and Art Fest



Enjoy a drive-in style showing of Disney’s new Aladdin movie, food trucks, and kid’s activities at the Eastwood Movie Night Saturday 5 – 9:30 at Sunrise Elementary. Immerse yourself in live jazz, rock, and R&B performances from 12 bands on 3 different stages, eat dinner from local food trucks and restaurants, and shop local vendors and more at the College Park Jazz Fest Saturday night 5 to 11 in College Park. Enjoy a free outdoor family classical music concert and performance of Dr. Seuss’s “The Sneetches” and “Green Eggs & Ham” alongside food trucks, family-friendly activities, and more at the Orlando Philharmonic Outdoor Family Concert Saturday 1:30 to 4 at Seneff Arts Plaza in Downtown Orlando. Enjoy art from over …


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

Spotlight: Cat Cafe, Fur Ball, Yellow Ribbon Project, and Caribbean Fest



This weekend is the grand opening of the cat cafe in downtown Orlando called The Kitty Beautiful. They’ll have cat movie nights, yoga classes with cats walking all around, and regular cuddling hours where you make a reservation, come in and cuddle with the cats for an hour. All the cats are adoptable as well. For details and info go to thekittybeautiful.as.me. And speaking of cats, the most furry charity gala of the year is this weekend featuring a night of adoptable puppies and kittens in their cuddle lounge, live entertainment, auction items and the return of the Stanley Steamer After Party during Fur Ball 2019, Saturday 6 to 11 at the Four Seasons Resort. Ever fiberbombed a tree …


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

Spotlight: CFL Veg Fest, Chills 50, Jazz in the Garden, and Calle Orange Fest



Enjoy healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; food preparation demonstrations, live music, entertainment and more at the Central Florida Veg Fest Saturday 10-6 at Orlando Festival Park. For details go to CFVegFest.org. Buy a wristband at Wally’s Bar between 7:30pm and 11pm and enjoy specials at a bunch of Mills50 District bars, restaurants and businesses all night long during the “Chills50 Pub Crawl and Costume Contest” Saturday at 7:30 in the Mills50 District. For details go to mills50.org. Enjoy an afternoon of electric Jazz music, tasty food, craft cocktails, and shopping, all in a beautiful, serene setting benefitting Mead Botanical Garden during Bobby Koelble Presents Jazz …


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

Spotlight: The Animatronicans, Meet Mayor Demings, Taste of Nona, and Florida Wedding Expo



The stage comedy The Animatronicans follows the adventures of 4 theme park animatronic characters who also happen to be roommates: Hall of President’s Abraham Lincoln, Journey into Imagination’s Dreamfinder, Maelstrom’s Polar Bear, and Carousel of Progress’s John. The play was a hit at Orlando Fringe and spawned an equally successful sequel. See both at The Animatronicans Double Feature Sunday at 2 at Orlando Museum of Art. For tickets go to orlandofringe.org. Meet Mayor Demings, his staff, and the County Commissioners, interact with county departments for hands-on demonstrations, and enjoy giveaways and activities during the Mayor Jerry L. Demings Open House Saturday 10 to 2 at the Orange County Administration Center in downtown Orlando. To RSVP go to ocfl.net/OpenHouse. Enjoy an …




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

Spotlight: CFL Soul Food Fest, CFL Zoo, Food & Drink Fest, and Barktoberfest



Enjoy live music from 4 DJs and 3 bands, be in or watch a cooking competition, and eat from over 20 local food trucks at the Central Florida Soul Food Festival Saturday 4 to 9 at Eagle Nest Park. Enjoy a nighttime, flashlight adventure in the woods with a tour guide during which you’ll get to see zoo animals like you’ve never seen them before – in the dark with a flashlight! – During Night Hike at the Zoo Saturday 7:30 to 10 at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford. Enjoy authentic traditional fare from countries all over the world, live music, entertainment, eating contests, prizes, and a ride on the Orlando Eye at The International Food …


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

Spotlight: This is My Brave, Trader Maes, Ballet & Brunch, Orlando Shakes, and CFL Auto Show



This Is My Brave, a show about what it’s like to live through mental illness and come out on the other side, is a live presentation of touching essays, original music, comedy and poetry, performed by over a dozen individuals living with―or loving someone with―a mental illness. This is My Brave takes place Sunday at 3 at the Dr Phillips Center. Enjoy 150 Indoor Outdoor vendors selling crafts, home goods, Gift card giveaways, food trucks and more at Trader Mae’s Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday 9 to 6 at Trader Maes Furniture and Decor Market in Apopka. Get an inside look into United Ballet Theatre’s unique regimen that stands out from any other ballet company, meet their 20 dancers from …



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