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Dine with the Departed, the Elite and Balloon Art


I see dead people… and I eat with them! Join me and the other dead bodies for “Dine with the Departed” at the creepy old Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee on Saturday. Guests will enjoy dinner, bid on silent and live auction items, and take lantern-lit tours through the cemetery to meet & hear stories of some of Osceola County’s past influential residents. For more information go to facebook.com/osceolacountyhistoricalsociety If you want to eat with dead people go there, if you want to eat with fancy people, join me at the Taste of Windermere Saturday 6 to 9pm at The Grove shopping center in Windermere. Guests will enjoy samples from local restaurants and great wines. For more info go to …
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Food & Wine and Star Wars Universe by Doug


The Downtown Food and Wine Festival brings 30 restaurants and 30 thousand people to a Lake Eola Park for all-day noshing and boozing this Saturday noon to 9 and Sunday noon to 7. Full disclosure for the third year in a row I am one of the judges. So if you see me cutting in line, waving at fans and taking selfies with my mahi mahi gnocci, say hey girl. The Port Canaveral Seafood Music Festival is all weekend long featuring seafood and outdoor fun. It all takes place at Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. For more information go to portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com Local legendary artists Doug Rodehamel, featured at The Daily City’s Cardboard Art Festival the past 2 years, will be …
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Dogs, Films, Music Legend and Folk Fest


5 dogs and a bird from Austin put on a live stage show involving a journey, a juggler and the Circus Chickendog’s Rehabilitation Home for Wayward Dogs in “Circus Chicken Dog” Thursdays thru Sundays now to February 21st at The Venue in Ivanhoe Village. For more info go to chickendog.net/stageshow. Short films play and you pay at the annual downtown Sanford Love Your Shorts Film Festival all weekend. For more info go to loveyourshorts.com. Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does a fun community dog walk with dock diving, dog activity course, dog sports area and more Saturday 9 to 1 in Lake Eola Park. For more info go to pawsinthepark.org. Diana Ross is performing in Saturday night at Universal during …
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Art, Birds, Beer & The Big Easy


Row after row after row of art from all over the country, live music lots of people watching and free admission is what’s in store at the Mount Dora Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5 in lovely historic Mount Dora. For more info go to mountdoracenterforthearts.org Bus tours, walking tours, photography hikes, live animal encounters, kids activities and more all combine to give you a glimpse at Lake Apopka’s beautiful nature offerings during the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza Saturday 9 to 4 at Magnolia Park in Apopka. Admission is free. For more info to go birdapalooza.com. 350 different beers from 100 breweries including rare vintage beers, cask beers, over 50 Florida breweries and three Homebrew Clubs …
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Vietnamese New Year,Pet Rescue, Zora Fest and East End Market


A cultural festival with Vietnamese Street food, pageants, lion and dragon dancers, karaoke and games is happening called Vietnamese New Year Saturday 10:30-5 and Sunday 8:30-5 at the Central Florida Fairground. Admission is free. There’s a Pet rescue festival with adoptable dogs, trainers, pet sitters, pet communicator, pet boarding services, food trucks, entertainment rescue groups at Pookie’s Rescue Fest Saturday, January 30 at Lake Lily Park. For more info go to pookiesrescue.org. The Zora Neele Hurston festival continues with a special benefit brunch celebrating Zora and big hats At an event called Hatitude Party and Brunch Saturday at the doubletree by Hilton Orlando. For details go to zorafestival.org. And finally there’s a day of activities, workshops, a volunteer fair to …
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Manatee Fest, Star Trek and National Geo


Central FL Zoo Presentations, Animal Ambassadors, Arts & Crafts, Dancing, Face Painting, Shows & Rides, Walk-on-water Balls, SPCA Adopt-A-Pet, food and entertainment are all part of The Manatee Festival happening at Valentine Park in Orange City 9 to 5 this Saturday and Sunday. Go to themanateefestival.com for more information. Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings five decades of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time in this Galaxy or any other. This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a …
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Otronicon, Renningers, Southern Fried & Key Lime Pies


Otronicon v.11 is back at Orlando Science Center. Guests can play with state-of-the-art gaming and simulation technologies, military and medical simulators, attend panels and look at art at otronicon every day this weekend at the Orlando Science Center. Go to otronicon.org for details Renningers is doing their Antiques Extravaganza again now which means you can walk around acres of stuff and potentially buy it and all of it is old. The antique show runs now thru Sunday at Renningers in far, far away Mount Dora. Southern Fried Sunday 10-Year Anniversary Show is this Sunday at 1pm. The 10-year anniversary celebration concert will include performances by many, many bands and… food trucks! The show and food trucks take place at Will’s …
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Art Space, Trains, Recycle and MLK Jazz Cookout


The Art Hives Network connects small and regenerative community arts studios together in order to build solidarity across geographic distances.  This effort seeks to strengthen and promote the benefits of these inclusive, welcoming spaces known as “public homeplaces.” These spaces create multiple opportunities for dialogue, skill sharing and art-making between people of differing socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures and abilities. This will be the topic of the Creative Placemaking Symposium being held at UCF Saturday 9:30 to 4 at 4143 Andromeda Loop. For more information go to artsforhealthflorida.org. Large train layouts, a real train that kids can ride, Scale Model Railroad Items for Sale and more can be seen at the 51st Annual Florida Railfair and Model Show Saturday and Sunday …
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Murder Mystery, Bubble Tea and SAK Comedy


Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery play. Edmonton journal called it the riskiest show in town. The show runs this evening at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 at Orlando Shakespeare center. For tickets go to orlando shakes.org. Go give the new bubble tea purveyor Bubbology a try. Grab one of the honeydew, Assam, or jasmine milk teas or a lychee, kumquat or Kimi fruit tea. Bubbology is inside the Florida mall dining pavilion. Sak comedy lab has multiple comedy shows tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Choose from duel of fools, King of the hill and gorilla theatre.  The shows are performed by professional improvisers in a fun family friendly setting. …
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Nutcracker, New Brew, Silent Disco and Orlando Remembered


The Nutcracker presented by Orlando Ballet, the recent beneficiary of over $160,000. dollars from the money middlemen at United Arts is tippy-toeing its way across the Dr. Phillips stage every day this weekend because little girls and ladies of a certain age. For tickets go to drphillipscenter.org Sugarplum candies are the inspiration for the beer called La Fée Dragée which is having its Bottle Release Saturday starting at 11 in the morning hello day drinking. The bottles will be for sale at Hourglass Brewery in Longwood all day Saturday. Fight your way through the ironic holiday sweaters and 90s tank tops to enjoy our city’s first (in a few years) silent disco. You get headphones and have a dance party …
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