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Back to School Events



Aug. 24: Taste of UCF Concert featuring Chiddy Bang, Big Sean 7:30 p.m. UCF Arena, University of Central Florida; free-$20; 407-823-6006; ucfarena.com

Aug. 25: Back to School Open Mic Musicians, comedians and spoken-word artists invited to perform. Call to sign up at 10:30 a.m., open mic starts at 8 p.m.; Natura Coffee & Tea, 12078 Collegiate Way; free; 407-482-5000; naturacoffeeandtea.com

Aug. 25: Baby’s Back to School Bash College fight songs, dueling pianos, drinking games and more. 8 p.m. Baby Grands, 54 W. Church St., Suite 250; free; 407-849-1911; babygrandsduelingpianos.com

Aug. 27: Back to School Annual UCF Black Out 10 p.m. Bliss Premiere Ultra Lounge, 123 W. Church St.; $10; 407-849-5060; blissorlando.com

Aug. 27: Back to School Block Party 9 p.m. Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; call for price; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net

Aug. 27: Back to School Party with the 13th Floor Band 9:30 p.m. World of Beer – UCF, 3402 Technological Drive, Suite 201; free; 321-235-9741; wobusa.com

Sept. 3: The Patch Parade of Champions Mardi Gras-style floats, community representatives, the Marching Knights and various campus groups. 3:30 p.m. University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; 407-823-2000; ucfathletics.com

Sept. 8: Back to School Bash with Hyper Crush 10 p.m. Roxy Nightclub, 740 Bennett Road; $10-$30; 407-898-4004; roxyorlando.com

Sept. 9: Back to School Comedy Jam Comedy with Buzz Sutherland and Ron G from Comedy Central. 7 p.m., Valencia Performing Arts Center, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free with Valencia student ID, $5 general admission; 407-582-2332


Show your student ID at the following places and save a few bucks on admission.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231; omart.org; $7 with student ID.

Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 Prince-ton St., 407-246-4278; mennellomuseum.com; $1.70 with student ID.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2526; rollins.edu/cfam; free with student ID.

Blue Man Group, Sharp Aquos Theatre at Universal Orlando CityWalk, 407-258-3626; blueman.com/tickets/Orlando; $30 college rush tickets available on day of show. Limit two per student.

Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-629-0054; enzian.org; movies are $8 with student ID at Orlando’s only arthouse cinema cafĂ©.

SAK Comedy Lab, 29 S. Orange Ave., 407-648-0001; sak.com; students and hospitality industry employees get into SAK’s “Duel of Fools” improv show for just $5 on Thursday nights – plus free popcorn while it lasts!


Bananas: A Modern American Diner

924 N. Mills Ave., 407-480-2200, bananasdiner.com

Drag queens, sake shooters and fried pickles: You may regret it the next morning, but this is the spot for late-night raucous fun. Open until midnight Monday through Thursday, 24 hours Friday and Saturday.

California Burrito Express

3922 E. Colonial Drive, 407-894-8250, californiaburritoexpress.net

If you sit inside the restaurant after midnight, you can hear the drunken drive-through orders. Try the carne asada-topped “super fries.” Open 24-7.

Lazy Moon Pizza

12269 University Blvd., 407-658-2396, eatdrinkandbelazy.com

Crazy-huge slices, great combo specials and an adventurous beer menu. Open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Pita Pit

11798 E. Colonial Drive, 407-608-7482

12140 Collegiate Way, Suite 105, 407-380-2333

140 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-478-8688

1 S. Orange Ave. 101, 407-447-7482


Hours vary slightly at the four Orlando-area Pita Pits, but they’re mostly open until 3 a.m. daily. Full nutritional info for the veggie-heavy wraps is available online as well – though if you’re eating at 3 a.m., you probably don’t care.

Planet Pizza

14 W. Washington St., 407-650-8859, planet pizzaorlando.com

Right in the middle of the Orange Avenue post-bar madness and open until 3 a.m. End your downtown drunk with the best people-watching to be had at that hour and a slice of the pizza bianca.

Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria

67 N. Bumby Ave., 407-894-0865, pompoms teahouse.com

Pom keeps her doors open until 5 a.m. Thursday and round the clock from 11 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday. Some of the tastiest sandwiches in town (try Mama Ling-Ling’s Thanksgiving, with turkey, cranberry chutney, stuffing, mashed potato and a side of gravy), a wide selection of teas and a groovy arty vibe keep the tables crammed at all hours with fiercely devoted fans. n