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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: Bastille Day, Save Me Dolly Parton, and Sneaker Ball



Why do French People eat snails? Because they don’t like fast food! Where do fruits go on vacation? Pear-is. What does a frog in Paris eat French Flies. If you like this than you’re five years old. If you like French stuff you’ll love Audubon Park’s Bastille Day! Enjoy a whole evening schedule of live music, food specials, a Moulin Rouge Show, a French Artisan Market, a Marie Antoinette character and more during Audubon Park’s Bastille Day Saturday starting at 3 at Audubon Park Garden District. Did you miss the show at the Orlando Fringe this year that won patrons pick and Best of the Fest Top 20 called “Save Me Dolly Parton”? Well here’s your chance to save yourself …


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

Spotlight: Se7en Bites, A Chorus Line, and The Fountain Pen Meetup



Se7enbites, a successful woman-owned business, is celebrating and supporting other woman-owned businesses by hosting a 6-vendor Pop-Up Market on their back patio Sunday at 9 at Seven Bites in the milk district. Celebration Theatre Company is doing A chorus Line, the first show of it 2019 theatre season. A Chorus Line! It’s the story of dancers attending a cattle call being asked highly inappropriate questions that have nothing to do with one’s ability to memorize choreography and do a quick costume change — but instead reveal that surprise, dancers are human being just like us! Celebration Theatre Company’s production of A Chorus Line is playing at Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts all weekend. With so much of life dominated by digital devices, IPOGS and …


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

Spotlight: Comedy Festival, Black Cow Jumps, Fun Spot, and Tap Dance Festival



The Orlando Comedy Festival is a 2-day festival featuring  improv and sketch comedy tonight and tomorrow at the Hilton Garden Inn at SeaWorld. The full line up of shows and workshops can be found at Orlandocomedyfestival.com. Yes and… Black Cow Jumps—Orlando’s Experimental Theatre Project—was formed to push the boundaries of theatrical structure and was created by Banks Helfrich, described as a Theatrical philosopher. The performance is described as exciting, insightful and most important, it’s free. Black Cow Jumps is Saturday at 7 at the Kerouac House. Enjoy a day of fun obstacle courses and challenges throughout Fun Spot America. End the course with a live high energy foam concert with DJ’s and more. I have a friend named James who …


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

Spotlight: The Milky Way, Come from Away, Dance Festival, and Make Fest



Spend an evening walking in the Milk District enjoying a sample of wine, beer, or specialty cocktail at each business during their new event called The Milky Way tonight 6 to 10 at the Orlando Elks Lodge. Florida’s largest Symphony Orchestra with 150 members will perform a concert of Broadway songs Saturday at 2 at Calvary Orlando. The national tour of the Broadway musical “Come From Away” has landed in Orlando. It’s the story of the people aboard 38 planes who were forced to land in a tiny Canadian town on 9/11 and what happened to them… and the locals who welcomed them. Come From Away plays Saturday at 2 and Sunday at 1 at Dr Phillips Center for the …


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

Spotlight: Love and Kindness, Tony Awards Watch Party, Bicycle Art, and Play in a Day



Gather in gratitude to celebrate community and the spirit of #OrlandoUnited during The One Orlando Alliance’s event called Love and Kindness on the Lawn. Enjoy local music, food trucks, hugs, a group Loving Kindness Meditation, a giant “human heart” group photo and more Sunday 12:30 -2:30pm on the front lawn of the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Watch the Tony Awards® on a big projection screen while enjoying food from @SwedeDISH food truck, The vegan hot dog cart, and @Orlan-dough donut maker, themed drinks, trivia during the commercial breaks, and more during Orlando Shakes’ Tony Awards Viewing Party Sunday starting at 6 at Orlando Shakes. A bicycle themed poster show based on ArtCrank®, the original poster party for …


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

Spotlight: Culture Pop, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Eatonville Craft & Culture Market, Orchids, and Florida Highwaymen



Printmaking activities for all ages, live performances, a makers market, pop up exhibition, and the unveiling of the new telephone museum can all be found at Culture Pop – A Celebration of Printmaking Saturday 1 to 10 at Art & History Museums – Maitland Enjoy watching bull riding, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and more tonight and Saturday starting at 7:30 at the 75th Annual Silver Spurs Rodeo at Osceola Heritage Park. For tickets and details go to silverspursrodeo.com. Enjoy crafts, makers, music and food at the Eatonville Craft & Culture Market Sunday 1 to 5 at the Eatonville Cultural and Heritage Foundation. Orchids, growers, people speaking about orchids, and an orchid hunt take place at the 63rd …


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

Spotlight: Indie Market, Chicken Supper, Yoga & Beer, and The Orlando Urban Film Festival



The Sanford Indie Market features over 50 Vintage, Art, Handcrafted & Boutique Vendors all in one place for a lovely day of shopping, music, food and drinks. It’s held four times a year in downtown Sanford. Enjoy Sanford Indie Market Sunday starting at 11 at Tuffy’s Bottle Shop. Olde Dixie Fried Chicken, the long-time Orlando institution that closed its doors for good a year or so ago, will be serving up their famous cooked-to-order fried chicken and sides one day only for a classic Sunday Fried Chicken Supper. And you better believe they are bringing back all their fried desserts! Have you had the fried cookie dough?! Get a taste of old Orlando with Olde Dixie Fried Chicken Sunday 11:30 …


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

Spotlight: Waterfront Festival, Book Festival, Vintage Market, and Fringe Festival



The sixth annual all-day Clermont Waterfront Festival includes food and crafts, entertainment, kid’s zone, dragon boat and canoe races. The fun takes place Saturday starting at 7:30 at Waterfront Park near downtown Clermont. The day long Orlando Book Festival put on by the Orlando Public Library includes panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. From NYC to California, from Wyoming to Boston – The fun takes place Saturday 10 to 5 at the downtown Orlando public library. The Vintage Spring Market is a full day of local vintage clothing and vintage object vendors, food trucks, and drinks. Who doesn’t like old stuff? The fun takes place Saturday 11 to 5 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 Pottery Fest, Holden Heights Block Party, College Park Spring Fest, and Botanical Jewelry Workshop



38 local pottery artists will be selling everything from dishware to sculptural art at Central Florida’s largest celebration and market of ceramic arts, Orlando Pottery Festival, Saturday 9 to 5 at the National Guard Armory in downtown Orlando. Family-friendly food, fun and prizes, and community building will take over a public park in Holden Heights in Parramore for the second annual Holden Heights Block Party presented by OBTNEXT Saturday 10 to 3 at Kaley Square Park. Five blocks of Edgewater Drive will be shut down and covered with thousands of people listening to the sounds of yacht rock music coming from the Nashville Yacht Club Band, food trucks, street vendors, and a beer garden for the annual street party formerly …



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