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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.
The Daily City

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 …
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Image: Rachel Parker Photography, MegaCon Convention FB page
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Spotlight: Fringe Fest, Cosplay, Smart Car Show and Buddhism 101


It’s week two of the gigantic stage arts festival, Orlando Fringe. Week one saw artists from all over the world performing their original stage shows day and night. You can catch these shows all weekend long at Loch Haven Park. The South East’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event, attracting over 100,000 fans each year, Megacon, is taking place all weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. A gift shop in College Park is holding the grand opening of its new Winter Garden location this weekend. A place for gifts and home decor, Driftwood Market’s grand opening party is Saturday 11 to 4 at 46 W. Plant Street. Did you know the teeny tiny Smart Car’s origins dates …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Fringe takes a deep dive into superheroes and sci-fi


Every May, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival takes over Loch Haven Park. This year’s celebration of performance kicked off Wednesday and runs through May 28. More than 50,000 people will show up to to enjoy 130 shows, ranging from short plays to dance performances to musicals, magic, comedy, cabaret and some work that’s just impossible to label. As wide-ranging as Fringe is, the festival does have a common thread this year: as on the big and small screens, suddenly nerd culture is dominant. There are shows based on Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, and even the Muppets. The fandom focus can be attributed to a few different things: for one, Fringe …
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Image: Artist from previous Artlando, by Patrick Ledbetter & Ryan Glaze, orlandoweekly.com
The Daily City

Spotlight: Artlando, Oktoberfest, Brunch Fest and Sleepy Hollow


Orlando Weekly is putting on their annual day of arts and culture called Artlando this weekend. There will be performances, artist tents, food, and more. Admission is free. Artlando takes place Saturday 11 to 11 at Loch Haven Park. For details go to artlando.com. Try four different festbier brews while enjoying live music, festival contests, food and more during Oktoberfest Saturday at 11 at the Brewstillery in Winter Park. It’s next to Foxtail Coffee. Try brunch offerings and what not from multiple restaurant vendors during the all-day Orlando Brunch Festival Saturday at noon at Festival Park. For details go to orlandobrunch.com. A corn maze, scavenger hunt and pumpkin patch all await guests during the Fall Maze and Pumpkin Patch at …
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Barktoberfest, Artlando, Date Night and Lunar Eclipse


Rescued pets available for adoption, pet microchipping and rabies vaccines, pet related vendors and food trucks this Saturday 10 to 4 at Lake Eola Park during Barktoberfest. Art vendors, film screenings, performing arts, cultural attractions, kid’s zone and food trucks this Saturday 11 in the morning until midnight at Loch Haven Park during Artlando. The “Do Good Date Night” connects couples with a local nonprofit for an hour of volunteering plus an hour of great food, drinks and good times. Including food provided by Cask & Larder, tickets at orlandodatenight.com …they’re not cheap, but available. And finally, watch the mysterious “blood moon” using high power telescopes during the “Full Lunar Eclipse Watching Party” Sunday at 8pm at Seminole Sate College …
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