- Winter Park Harvest Festival, Central Park’s West Meadow
Here in Orlando, we might not get to enjoy the changing colors of leaves and brisk temps, but when the fall season arrives in Central Florida, along with it comes a jam-packed schedule of special events. It’s almost as though you need to map out your calendar in order to help navigate your way through this eventful fall season. Luckily, we’re here to help, and below you’ll find a vast array of outdoor festivals, food truck gatherings, pet-friendly shindigs and everything in between.
For the gore-crazed Halloween zombies we’ve got Halloween Horror Nights (through Nov. 2) and OW’s own Orlando Zombie Ball (Oct. 23). Foodies relish the East End Market Grand Opening (Oct. 25) or munch their way through the Festival of Bacon (Oct. 5). Meanwhile, locally minded shopaholics get their fill at the Fall Fiesta in the Park (Nov. 2-3), and the lit buffs honor their predecessors at There Will Be Words’ Dead Poets Slam (Oct. 26).
Maybe you’re looking to down das boot at an Oktoberfest bash? Snatch up some new vinyl records, perhaps? Or spend the day carving pumpkins with the kids? No problem, you’ve come to the right place.
Food Truck Friday Orlando food trucks offer up lunch menu options including lobster rolls, soup, grilled fare and cupcakes. 10 am-2 pm Friday; RDV Sportsplex, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd.; various menu prices; 407-916-2442; facebook.com/rdvathleticclub.
Maitland Food Truck Café Local food trucks gather around Lake Lily to dish out tacos, burgers, sandwiches, crepes and other menu items. 6-9 pm Wednesdays; Lake Lily Park, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; various menu prices; itsmymaitland.com.
Tasty Tuesdays A rotating lineup of local food trucks rolls into the Milk District to feed the hungry. Once you’ve had your fill, wash it down with a drink at one of the neighborhood watering holes. 6:30-10 pm Tuesdays; The Milk District, East Robinson Street and North Bumby Avenue; various menu prices; facebook.com/tastytuesdaysorlando.
Wild Wild Wednesdays in Conway Enjoy dinner options provided by a slew of local food trucks from the area. 5-9 pm Wednesday; Conway United Methodist Church, 3401 S. Conway Road; various menu prices; facebook.com/wildwildwednesdaysinconway.
Windermere Food Truck Friday Each month local food trucks make their way to downtown Windermere to offer dinner options to hungry residents. 5-9 pm Friday; downtown Windermere, 614 Main St., Windermere; various menu prices; facebook.com/windermerefoodtruckroundup.
Through Sept. 30
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month More than 60 Orlando restaurants offer three-course dinners for $33 throughout the month of September. Various times daily; various locations; $33; 407-363-5872; orlandomagicaldining.com.
Through Nov. 1
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Kids wear their costumes to trick-or-treat around the park with the characters, plus enjoy live entertainment on Main Street, U.S.A, a Mickey’s Boo-to-You parade each night and a Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle. Various times on select dates; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $59; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com/halloween.
Through Nov. 2
Halloween Horror Nights 23 Picture an amusement park of frights, complete with elaborate haunted houses based off shows and movies such as the Cabin in the Woods and the Walking Dead, plus gory scareactors roaming the streets and live shows playing throughout the park. 6:30 pm on select dates; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $38-$91; 407-363-8000; halloweenhorrornights.com.
Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28
Food Truck Bazaar Grab dinner from local mobile food vendors – from chicken and waffles to lobster rolls to cupcakes and more. 5-8 pm Thursday; Valencia College Lake Nona Campus, 12350 Narcoosee Road; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
Taste of Lake Nona More than a dozen local restaurants from the area, such as Sweet Mamas, Meat & Fire, Cuba Libre, Nona Tap Room and others, serve up food samples, with live entertainment, a silent auction and more. 6-9 pm Friday; Village Walk at Lake Nona, 8524 Insular Lane; $20-$30; 407-579-5576; villagewalkatlakenona.com.
Sept. 27-Sept. 28
Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale Help that green thumb bloom by purchasing a variety of plants at this annual event. The masters might event offer a tip or two for beginners. 9 am-2 pm Friday-Saturday; Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee; free; 321-697-3000; osceola.ifas.ucfl.edu/master-gardener.shtml.
Sept. 27-Sept. 29
Central Florida Coin Club Fall Club and Currency Show Buy, sell and trade rare coins and collectibles at this three-day event. 10 am-6 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; free; 407-295-3247; centralfloridacoinclub.org/index.html.
Sept. 27-Nov. 9
Food & Wine Weekends Every weekend the resort offers special menus at its restaurants, plus guests can partake in chocolate and champagne tasting, the Art of Sushi pairing dinners, afternoon Royal Tea and after-dark adults-only events with live entertainment. 5 pm Friday-Saturday; Waldorf Astoria Orlando, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane; various prices; 407-597-5500; waldorfastoriafoodwineweekends.com.
Sept. 27-Nov. 11
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Nosh your way around more than 25 international marketplaces – from Argentinian empanadas, to Mongolian beef in China, to German bratwurst and Moroccan baklava. Plus the park hosts celebrity chef demos, mixology seminars and live music in the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Be sure and stop by the Florida Local marketplace for shrimp ceviche and Orlando Brewing beer. 9 am-9 pm daily; Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $90; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Oct. 30
Walking Ghost Tour There’s no better time to learn about the paranormal activity and history of downtown St. Cloud than the time right around Halloween. Take a guided tour and see what (or who!) appears. 8 pm Friday, 8 pm Wednesday; Downtown St. Cloud, between 9th and 11th streets, St. Cloud; $15-$30; 407-281-1005; flghosttours.com.
2013 Monster’s Beertoberfest RealRadio 104.1 Monsters in the Morning host a sprawling outdoor beer fest in the park with a lineup of seasonal brews on tap, plus food from local restaurants. 4-8 pm Saturday; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; visit website for details; floridabeerfestivals.com.
Barktoberfest This annual event has potential owners meeting pets that are available for adoption, plus guests enjoy food truck fare, raffles and an assortment of pet vendors offering products for sale. 10 am-4 pm Saturday; Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; 407-836-3111; orangecountyfl.net/animalspets/barktoberfest.aspx.
Cowboy Heritage Festival Rural-inspired art displays, historical camp site tours, live country music, “Meet the Author” events with Florida writers, Florida cattle rustling reenactments and more. 10 am Saturday; Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee; free; 321-697-3333; ranchrodeofinals.com.
Third Annual Munich Style Oktoberfest Raise your spirits at this lively shindig, with live music by the Shriner’s Oktoberfest Band, plus plenty of German beer and food including pretzels and homemade potato salad. 3 pm Saturday; Bahia Shrine Complex, 2300 Pembrook Drive; free; 407-342-4585.
Sept. 28-Sept. 29
WOBtoberfest Say an ode to Oktoberfest with a slew of German beers on tap, games throughout the day and live music in the bar. Noon Saturday-Sunday; World of Beer, 155 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-834-2337; altamonte.wobusa.com.
Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23
Food Truck Crazy Head to the dog park for afternoon dining options provided by local food trucks. Noon-5 pm Saturday; Fleet Peeple’s Park, Lakemont Avenue and Glenridge Way, Winter Park; various menu prices; 407-296-5882; foodtruckcrazy.com.
Alternative Health & Lifestyle Festival This daylong outdoor event in the park features workshops focused on alternative health practices, games for the kids, live entertainment and (health-conscious!) food vendors. 10 am-6 pm Sunday; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; $10-$30; 407-843-0583.
Sept. 29, Nov. 7
Food Truck Bazaar Local mobile food vendors serve up ice cream, tacos, barbecue, cupcakes, lobster rolls, Cuban cuisine, burgers, Southern-inspired fare and more. Be sure to bring tables and chairs as well. 5-8 pm Sunday, 5-8 pm Thursday; DeVry University, 4000 Millenia Blvd.; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
An Afternoon With Downton Abbey Global Perspectives hosts an open forum with best-selling author and TV insider Jessica Fellowes, who gives you all the juicy details about the show. Or you could just show up and gossip with other fans. 3-4:30 pm Monday; UCF Student Union, University of Central Florida; free; ucfglobalperspectives.org.
Storytellers of Central Florida Share a story or simply listen to others share their stories; either way you’ll experience the art of storytelling. 7 pm Tuesday; Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-623-3300.
Oct. 2, Nov. 6
Game On Join in an open video gaming event and maybe even partake in a tournament in the Danger Room. 6-9 pm Wednesday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; $3; 407-331-0433.
PumpkinFest Head to the bar where bartenders serve up a bevy of seasonal brews on tap, plus you can join a pumpkin-carving contest and possibly win a WOB gift card. 6 pm Thursday; World of Beer, 3402 Technological Drive, Suite 201; free; 321-235-9741; wobusa.com.
Oct. 3, Nov. 7
Apopka Food Truck Round Up Local mobile food vendors serve up specialty dishes including hot dogs, cupcakes, barbecue and more. 5:30-9 pm Thursday; Kit Land Nelson Park, South Park Avenue and East Orange Street, Apopka; various menu prices; 407-703-1777; facebook.com/apopkafoodtruckroundup.
4th Annual Oktoberfest Sample more than 60 different types of beer, plus enjoy live music, food and entertainment in the market. 6:30-9 pm Friday; Whole Foods Market, 8003 Turkey Lake Road; $15; 407-355-7100; wholefoodsmarket.com.
Jake’s Inaugural Beer Festival Oktoberfest-inspired event with a plethora of beer samples, food offerings and live entertainment at the resort. 5-9 pm Friday; Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way; visit website for details; 407-503-3200; loewshotels.com.
Lady Raven’s Cotillion: A Dark, Posh Costume Ball In its inaugural year, in conjunction with Audubon Park’s annual Zombietoberfest, this spooky chic affair comes complete with theatrical entertainment by the Phantasmagoria troupe, food provided by Cuisiniers, wine and craft beer, absinthe cocktails and more. 8 pm Friday; Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive; $75-$99; 407-212-7321; apgardens.com.
Oct. 4-Nov. 2
A Petrified Forest: Museum of Mayhem It’s an outdoor haunted scare trail like you’ve never seen. If you can make it out alive, enjoy live bands, food and laser tag at the after-trail party. A backstage tour might get your blood really boiling. 7:30-11 pm Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm-midnight Oct. 31-Nov. 2; A Petrified Forest, 1360 State Road 436, Altamonte Springs; $15; 407-468-6600; apetrifiedforest.com.
BlockToberfest The folks at Wall Street go all out with an outdoor Oktoberfest-style street party with German-inspired cocktails, food and live music, plus all you can drink Sam Adams beer with purchase of a glass stein. 5 pm Saturday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Fifth Annual Zombietoberfest This annual Halloween-themed street fest runs wild this year with all of the undead of Orlando partying it up with live music, outdoor movie showings, a kids zone for the little undeads and plenty of beer and wine. 6-10 pm Saturday; Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive; free; apgardens.com.
Orlando Mini Maker Faire Family-friendly community event with local inventors and artisans showcasing projects in science, technology, arts, crafts and music. 10 am-5 pm Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $19; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
Walking Dead View an art show inspired by the show, plus join contests, listen to music, watch cosplay burlesque performances and move it to DJ music. 10 am-midnight Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; free-$10; 407-331-0433; facebook.com/acmesuperstore.
YuGiOh Regional Qualifier All players are invited to participate in a trading card game competition. 10:30 am Saturday; Exhibition Building at Osceola Heritage Park, 1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee; free, registration required; 407-227-2441; ohpark.com. Oct. 5-Oct. 6
Fossil Fair Florida Fossil Hunters present a bevy of vendors that will be selling rocks, minerals and artifacts, plus guests can participate in silent auctions, a children’s dig pit and more. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $4; 407-295-3247; floridafossilhunters.com.
WOBtoberfest Consider it a toast to the annual bash in Germany, where guests enjoy live music, German beers on tap and Oktoberfest-style games in the bar. Noon Saturday-Sunday; World of Beer, 3402 Technological Drive, Suite 201; free; 321-235-9741; wobusa.com. Oct. 5, Oct. 26
Oktoberfest It’s as authentic as it gets, as the German American Society hosts its annual shindig, complete with oompah bands and other live entertainment, while serving up steins of ice-cold German beer and homemade food items. 2-11 pm Saturday; German American Society of Central Florida, 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry; $5; 407-834-0574; gasocf.com.
The Festival of Bacon This is the first official go-round for this outdoor pig-inspired fete, and hungry festgoers get the chance to sample a multitude of bacon-inspired dishes created by more than 30 local restaurants – OLV, Porkie’s Original BBQ and the Hammered Lamb, among others. The buck doesn’t stop there, either, because you can wash down that salty, greasy pork with bacon beer and bacon cocktails (yes, you heard that right) and listen to live music provided by local standbys, including songstress Kaleigh Baker, one-man band Ben Prestage, country trio Good Luck Penny and more. With a paid ticket, you receive $10 in “bacon bucks” to spend on samples, which range from $2-$5. 11 am-7 pm Saturday; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; $25-$35; festivalofbacon.com.
Oct. 5, Nov. 2
Food Truck Bazaar Menu items such as empanadas, gelato and gumbo are served up by local food trucks. 6-9 pm Saturday; 201 E. Palmetto Ave., Sanford; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
CD & Record Show Shop for memorabilia, posters, collectible CDs and thousands of LPs and 45s. You might find that one album you’ve been long searching for. 10 am-4 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $3-$10; 407-295-3247; centralfloridafair.com.
Old Fashioned Cocktail Challenge Orlando Weekly partners with Old Forester for a drink-slinging competition where six local bartenders mix up their best cocktails for the chance to win cash and a trip to Old Forester’s distillery. Plus, guests will enjoy entertainment by Blue Starr, food and free cocktails. 7-10 pm Monday; Stardust Lounge, 431 E. Central Blvd.; free with password; 407-377-0400; facebook.com/orlandoweekly.
Alive After 5: Oktoberfest The downtown streets come alive with live music and beer and food sampling. 5-8 pm Thursday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $7 includes food and beverage sampling; sanfordwelcomecenter.com.
Feast on the 50 This is your chance to grub in the middle of the Citrus Bowl. Enjoy a gourmet meal on the 50-yard line of the football field in support of Florida Citrus Sports Foundation programs. 5:30-8:30 pm Thursday; Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $15-$20; floridacitrussports.com.
Viva Florida: Tasty Florida Treats Learn how to stay healthy through the holidays with holistic coach and motivational speaker Shahnaz Nensey, who will share tips on surviving what we like to call the holiday “food baby.” 6 pm Thursday; Herndon Library, 4324 E. Colonial Drive; free.
Oct. 10-Oct. 13
Southern Women’s Show Convention with celebrity speakers and chefs, a Taste of Home Cooking School, shopping opportunities, beauty demos, health seminars and more. 10 am-7 pm Thursday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $10-$12; 800-849-0248; southernshows.com.
Oct. 10, Nov. 14
Food Truck Bazaar TheDailyCity.com hosts a collection of food trucks that serve up anything from Cuban sandwiches to Southern cuisine to cupcakes. 5-8 pm Thursday; Bahia Shrine Complex, 2300 Pembrook Drive; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk Enjoy wine tasting at participating venues, with streetside shopping vendors and food trucks offering menu items. It’s a great excuse to get outside and enjoy an evening in one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Orlando. 6:30-9:30 pm Thursday; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; $10 cash; thorntonparkdistrict.com.
Food Truck Crazy Local food trucks land at the mall parking lot to dish out menu items. 4-8 pm Friday; West Oaks Mall, 9467 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee; various menu prices; 407-296-5882; foodtruckcrazy.com.
Oktoberfest Two-day outdoor event with German music by Europa, Alpine dancing, magic shows, food and a beer garden. It’s also family-friendly so feel free to bring the kiddies. 5-10 pm Friday-Saturday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; avalonpark.com.
Food Truck Throwdown: Miami vs. Tampa vs. Orlando From the Food Truck Breakout folks, a nonprofit group that hosts food truck roundups each month around Central Florida, comes this food fight where residents sample menu items from 15 Florida food trucks based in either Miami, Tampa or Orlando. After tasting, guests vote for their favorite truck and pick which city has the best food trucks. Orlando, this is your chance to support your favorite local mobile kitchens, so get to noshing and then get to voting. 5-9 pm Friday; Celebration Community Center, 851 Celebration Ave., Celebration; free; 407-340-1002; foodtruckbreakout.com.
Oct. 11-Oct. 13
Fall Mineral, Gem, Bead & Fossil Show Vendors sell beads, minerals, artifacts, metaphysical stones and more, plus watch demos in wire wrapping, faceting stones and more. 1-6 pm Friday, 10 am-6 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 S. Ferncreek Ave.; $5; 407-897-2713; cfmgs.org.
Oct. 11, Nov. 8
Food Truck Bazaar Enjoy dinner served by local mobile food vendors and nosh on everything from Cuban sandwiches to Italian ice and hamburgers. 6-9 pm Friday; Casselberry City Hall, 95 N. Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
Second Saturday Viva Florida: Haunted Orlando American Ghost Adventures shares the ghost stories of the City Beautiful. You never know who might be lurking around the buildings you frequent in downtown Orlando. 2 pm Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Oct. 12-Oct. 13
Florida Gun Show Shop for firearms and attend concealed weapons classes throughout the weekend. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $9; 305-266-0996.
Oct. 12, Nov. 9
2nd Saturday Seconds Monthly antique flea market shopping experience where you can buy furniture, accessories and more. 8 am-2 pm Saturday; The Carousel Emporium, 2000 Alden Road; free; 407-694-2335; facebook.com/thecarouselemporium.
Vibe Orlando This outdoor street party is booming with DJ music and food from local vendors. 4-11 pm Sunday; Downtown Orlando – Pine Street; $10; 407-376-6436.
Oct. 13, Nov. 10
Food Truck Bazaar Local mobile food vendors serve up Korean tacos, lobster rolls, burgers, cupcakes and more. 6-9 pm Sunday; Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
Food Truck Crazy Food trucks set up in the mall parking lot to serve up dinnertime dishes. 4-8 pm Sunday; Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., Oviedo; various menu prices; 407-296-5882; foodtruckcrazy.com.
Taste of Altamonte Stroll around the lake and sample bites from area restaurants – from barbecue to seafood to Mexican and everything in between. Wash it down with a beer or glass of wine and enjoy the lakeside view. 6-9 pm Monday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; $30-$35; 407-262-2773; altamonterotary.org.
Winter Park Wine & Dine Nosh on unlimited samples of food from area restaurants including Thai Orchid, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Matilda’s on Park, the Bohemian Baker and others. 6-9 pm Wednesday; Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; $35-$40; 321-396-7790; facebook.com/winterparkannual.
Oct. 16-Oct. 20
2013 American International Motorcycle Expo Exhibitors from around the world showcase new products and accessories. 9 am-6 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 9 am-9 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $15-$25; aimexpousa.com.
A Taste of Thornton Park In its 11th year now, a group of neighborhood restaurants serve up specialty dishes, while guests enjoy live music, cocktails and more. 6-9 pm Thursday; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; $30-$40; 407-678-7000; thorntonpark.org.
Pretty and Pink Orlando Sentinel sponsors an event where guests enjoy food and drink samples from local restaurants. 5-9 pm Thursday; Orlando Sentinel, 633 N. Orange Ave.; $20-$25; 407-420-5619; orlandosentinel.com.
Trucks & Tech Discuss tech trends while grubbing on fare from local food trucks. 6-10 pm Thursday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free, various menu prices; 877-525-4932.
Oct. 17-Oct. 20
Biketoberfest Thousands of motorcyclists drive into town each year for street parties, charity rides, concerts and vendor expos. Various times Thursday-Sunday; various venues, Daytona Beach; various prices; 386-255-0415; biketoberfest.org.
Oct. 17, Nov. 21
Food Truck Affair Local food trucks serve up dinner dishes, including Portuguese eats from Bem Bom and burgers from Feed Your Face. 5-8 pm Thursday; The District, 9702 Universal Blvd.; various menu prices; 407-538-2729; edgeeventsgroup.com.
Oct. 18-Oct. 19
Fourth Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Two-night outdoor event with a variety of food and wine stations, educational seminars, chef meet-and-greets and live entertainment. 5:30-9 pm Friday-Saturday; Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; $85-$300; 800-227-1500; swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com.
Latin Food & Wine Festival Two-day event with a “Savor the Night” wine and food pairing on Friday, followed by the Grand Tasting on Saturday. 6:30-10 pm Friday, 4-10 pm Saturday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free-$130; 407-428-5870; lfwfestival.com.
Major League Gaming Fall Invitational Video gamers compete in a Call of Duty: Black Ops II series for the chance to head into the championship. Get those thumbs prepared. Various times Friday-Saturday; Full Sail, 3300 University Blvd., Winter Park; visit website for details; 800-226-7625; majorleaguegaming.com.
Oct. 18-Oct. 20
Hogtoberfest Hop on your motorcycle and ride on over for three days of live music, circus-themed entertainment, motorcycle displays, demo rides and more. 9 am-9 pm Friday-Sunday; Harley-Davidson of Orlando, 3770 37th St.; free; 407-423-0346.
Lakeside Inn Street Palooza Featuring Mixed Nuts, West Side Tropico Expect a picturesque view of the lake as you listen to live concerts, shop around arts and crafts vendors, and have a little fun with family-friendly activities. 5:30-9:30 pm Saturday; Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora; free; 352-383-4101.
Nude-A-Palooza 6 The nudist resort hosts a daylong music festival with a lineup of tribute bands playing songs by James Taylor, Bad Company, ZZ Top and others. 11:30 am Saturday; Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, 4425 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee; $25; 407-933-5870; cypresscoveresort.com.
Pints for Paws Lakeland Beer Fest Humane Society of Polk County pet-friendly fundraiser with more than 90 types of beers to sample, plus live music and food truck fare. 6 pm Saturday; Lakeland Center, 700 W. Lime St., Lakeland; $30; 863-834-8111; thelakelandcenter.com.
Pumpkinfest The bar hosts a pumpkin tap takeover, serving up the likes of Southern Tier Pumking, Cigar City Good Gourd, Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider and many more. 6 pm Saturday; Oblivion Taproom, 5101 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-802-4800; obliviontaproom.com.
The Halloween Pub Crawl Wear your costume and drink your way through downtown Orlando with drink specials at each stop. Visit website for time Saturday; Downtown Orlando; visit website for details; orlandopubcrawl.com.
WOBtoberfest 2013 Oktoberfest-inspired party with live music, German food and plenty of beer. Pull on your lederhosen and get ready to drink ice-cold German beer from das boot. We’ll see how well you can keep up. Noon Saturday; World of Beer, 1125 TownPark Ave., Lake Mary; free; 407-878-6693; wobusa.com.
Taste of Maitland More than 40 area restaurants serve up samples of their specialty dishes, plus guests enjoy live music throughout the night. 5:30-8 pm Monday; Lake Lily Park, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; $25-$30; 407-644-0741; tasteofmaitland.com.
Orlando Zombie Ball The fine folks here at Orlando Weekly host the magazine’s first costume Halloween blowout, and this spooky shindig lands you with free drinks for the first hour, live entertainment and performances on stage, plus you can compete in a costume contest with the chance to win up to $1,000 in cash prizes. Costumes are mandatory, so don’t be caught dead (or undead!) without one. 8 pm Wednesday; Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $10-$15; 407-377-0400; orlandozombieball.com.
Ghost Stories Roam through the gardens while listening to spooky stories and enjoying refreshments. You might want to leave the little ones at home. 6 pm Friday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Sanford Pub Invasion: Walking Dead 3.0 The spirits really come out for this Halloween-themed pub crawl, where guests imbibe at a collection of downtown Sanford watering holes. 8 pm Friday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $20; 407-221-1499; sanfordpubinvasion.com.
Taste & Toast to East End Market Enjoy wine and craft beer, plus food samples from a variety of local market merchants. 6-9 pm Friday; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; $40; 321-236-3316; eastendmkt.com.
Thornton Park District Halloween Party Ghouls and gals roam the streets, with a costume contest and other spooky treats. 9 pm Friday; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; $5; 407-701-9382.
East End Market Grand Opening With an aim to grow the “Good Food Movement” by highlighting Central Florida farmers and food producers, the highly anticipated, locally focused food market opens under an “All Things Good” theme. During opening weekend, guests get the chance to tour the market hall and incubator kitchen, plus visitors can grab a bite at the market’s restaurant and engage in food events and cooking classes. Beyond the demo kitchen and retail shops, East End also offers rental space where food-related events will be held year-round. 10 am-4 pm Friday; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; free; 321-236-3316; eastendmkt.com.
Oct. 25-Oct. 27
Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend Three days of horror-themed shenanigans, with guest appearances by George Romero, Peter Criss and others; plus the Freak Show Film Fest, a creepy car show, the infamous Zombie Walk and much more. 5 pm Friday, 11 am Saturday-Sunday; Universal Double Tree Resort, 5780 Major Blvd.; $30-$199; 888-690-4695; spookyempire.com.
Central Florida Veg Fest This daylong outdoor event packs in educational exhibits, vegetarian food vendors, food demos, a kids zone, live music and more. 10 am-6 pm Saturday; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; free; 321-331-1859; cfvegfest.org.
Diwali Mela The Association of Asian Cultural Festivals presents dancing and singing performances, food and clothing vendors and a Miss Teen Diwali pageant. 4 pm Saturday; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-202-2161.
Flagler Avenue Wine Walk Grab a glass and enjoy tasting a variety of more than 100 wines at merchants along the avenue. 1-7 pm Saturday; Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach; $25; partyonflagler.com.
Halloween Howl Daytime family-friendly Halloween party with a costume contest, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, carnival games and refreshments. 2-5 pm Saturday; Mills Memorial Hall, Rollins College, Winter Park; free; 407-691-1250.
Plazaween Wall Street Plaza’s annual Halloween blowout with a light show, live music and a costume contest at midnight. Competitors usually go all out with their costumes, so you better step up your game for this one. 8 pm Saturday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free-$10; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza Create your own jack-o-lantern with direction by Scott “Stormin’” Norman, past contestant on America’s Got Talent. 11 am Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Supervillains Themed Art Event & Halloween Party/Costume Contest With an art show, contests, free beer, cosplay burlesque performances, belly dancing and more. 10 am-midnight Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; free-$10; 407-331-0433; facebook.com/acmesuperstore.
Festival Calle Orange This annual massive street party packs in live Latin music bands on various stages, food vendors and more. Noon-8 pm Sunday; Downtown Orlando; $15; 407-381-5310; renesproductions.com.
Food Truck Bazaar A collection of local mobile food vendors serves up dinner options such as mac and cheese, barbecue brisket, omelets and gelato. 6-9 pm Sunday; Avalon Park Sports Fields, 3680 Avalon Park Blvd.; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
Church Street Halloween Party The strip along Church Street in downtown Orlando turns into a massive outdoor bash with live music, portable bars and a costume contest with a $3,000 cash prize. You’re going to have to get creative to win this one. 8 pm Thursday; Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Church Street; $10; 407-649-4270; churchstreetbars.com.
Halloween Block Party Join a sprawling street party with tons of drink specials, live bands and costume contests. 9 pm Thursday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free-$5; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Nov. 1-Nov. 3
Orlando Greek Festival The church goes all out for this annual outdoor celebration, with authentic Greek food, Hellenic dance performances, iconography demos, live bands and more. 4-11 pm Friday, 11 am-11 pm Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland; $3; 407-331-4687; orlandogreekfest.com.
14th Annual Taste of Orlando Sample bites from area restaurants, including 100 Montaditos, Boston Coffeehouse, Mellow Mushroom, B Cupcakes, Goodfella’s Pizzeria, Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly and more. 11 am-5 pm Saturday; Waterford Lakes Town Center, 413 N. Alafaya Trail; $15-$20; 407-737-2866; simon.com/mall/waterford-lakes-town-center.
Beer and Bacon Festival Sip on more than 30 different craft brews, plus nibble on bacon-inspired fare from local restaurants. If the gut fills up too fast, take a seat by the lake and admire the view. 3-7 pm Saturday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; visit website for details; 407-571-8863; beerandbaconfestival.com.
Neanderthal Ball Annual fundraising cocktail party event for the museum set in the DinoDigs exhibition area and themed “Our Planet, Our Universe” comes complete with food, wine, a silent auction and live music. Be sure to adhere to the “cavemen couture” dress code. 7 am-11 pm Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; call for price; 407-514-2233; osc.org.
Nov. 2-Nov. 3
Fall Fiesta in the Park More than 600 vendors set up shop around Lake Eola to sell all sorts of goodies – artwork, jewelry, clothing, crafts, handmade pieces, food items and more. Plus, the weather is usually a perfect cool temp for this annual outdoor festival, giving you the ideal excuse to spend a day (or two!) outside perusing the arts and crafts booths. Last year we scored novel finds like locally made dried pasta and hand-sewn pet accessories, but you never know what kind of treasures you’ll scoop up while shopping at this sprawling fiesta. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; 407-855-0606; fiestainthepark.com.
Casselberry Food & Wine Festival Food and wine tastings provided by area restaurants, plus a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Casselberry Art House, Casselberry Elementary Food Pantry and the Casselberry Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. 6-9 pm Monday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; $10-$15; casselberryfoodwinefest.com.
Casselberry Craft Beer & Blues Festival Sip on local craft beers while listening to tunes by local bands including the Honeyslides, the Jeff Howell Blues Band and more. 5-9 pm Friday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700; casselberry.org.
Nov. 8-Nov. 10
22nd Annual Holiday Open House Local artisans display their work, with live music on the outdoor stage and free winery tours and tasting. The gift shop also offers a great selection of wine and wine-related items for holiday gift-giving. 10 am-5 pm Friday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday; Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. Highway 27 North, Clermont; free; 800-768-9463; lakeridgewinery.com.
Nov. 8-Dec. 20
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party This holiday-inspired event comes complete with castle dream lights on Cinderella Castle, a Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, free cookies and hot cocoa, and a snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. Various times daily; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $62; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Alive After 5: Holiday Harvest Seasonally inspired street party complete with live music, food sampling and plenty of cocktails. 5-8 pm Monday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $7 includes food and beverage sampling; sanfordwelcomecenter.com.
Retro Game Night Grab a drink from the cash bar and then play games such as Pictionary, Parcheesi, Twister and Candy Land. 7 pm Friday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $5; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org.
Nov. 15-Nov. 17
Renninger’s Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza Indoor and outdoor shopping experience with vendors selling antiques, furniture, vinyl records, pottery and much more. Get there early to beat the crowds and score a better parking spot. 8 am Friday-Sunday; Renninger’s Antique Center, 20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora; $4-$15; 352-383-8393; renningers.com.
Nov. 15-jan. 5
Winter in the Park Central Park transforms into a winter wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink and other holiday-inspired activities. 3-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 3-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday, noon-8 pm Sunday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $10, includes skate rental; 407-599-3399; cityofwinterpark.org.
Celebrate Guyana Family-friendly cultural festival with food, live music, dance performances and more. Noon Saturday; Festival Field at the Citrus Bowl, 400 S. Rio Grande Ave.; $5-$10; 407-490-2862.
Fall Harvest Dinner Local chefs prepare a meal featuring local and seasonal foods, plus diners enjoy wine, locally brewed beer and a signature autumn cocktail. 7 pm Saturday; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; $125; 321-236-3316; eastendmkt.com. Nov. 16-Nov. 24
Festival of Trees The Council of 101 hosts its annual holiday event featuring designer-decorated Christmas trees, plus a kids’ Reindeer Romp, Gingerbread Village, a festival café and more. Various times daily; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; various prices; 407-896-4231; omart.org. Nov. 17-jan. 5
Leu’s Holiday House Tour the historic estate, which is decked out in holiday decor. 10 am-3:30 pm daily; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org. Nov. 20-Nov. 24
The Sunburst Convention of Celebrity Impersonators & Tribute Artists Weeklong convention with live tribute bands, seminars, guest speakers, cocktail parties and more. Various times Wednesday-Sunday; Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road; $95-$275; 407-226-9088; sunburstconvention.com.
Nov. 22-Nov. 24
Southern Pinball Festival Three-day event with classic pinball machines up for sale, a pinball tournament and game-inspired art displays. 3 pm Friday, 10 am Saturday-Sunday; Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal, 7800 Universal Blvd.; $20-$45; 407-781-2107; southernpinballfestival.net.
A Christmas Invasion: A Doctor Who Holiday Art Event With cosplay burlesque, free beer, music, an art show and sales on comics and games. 10 am-midnight Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; free-$10; 407-331-0433; facebook.com/acmesuperstore.
Jingle Eve Holiday-themed evening along Ivanhoe Row, with live music, food vendors and shopping at area merchants. 6-11 pm Saturday; Ivanhoe Village Main Street, Orange Avenue between New Hampshire and Princeton streets; free; 407-484-5839; facebook.com/ivanhoevillage.
Winter Park Harvest Festival Showcase of local farmers and artisans with a producer-only market, mobile community garden, crafts and gardening activities, live music, cooking demos and a beer garden. 10 am-4 pm Saturday; Central Park’s West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 321-236-3316; winterparkharvestfestival.com.
Nov. 23-dec. 31
Christmas Celebration Holiday carolers stroll the streets, while guests watch the Winter Wonderland on Ice and Shamu Christmas ... Miracles shows, plus you can end the night with a Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountain Finale. Various times daily; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $82, visit website for select dates; 407-363-2613; seaworldparks.com.
Nov. 23-jan. 5
Ice! Featuring Frosty the Snowman Explore rooms full of hand-carved ice sculptures, ride down ice slides and watch “Artisans in Action” at a live ice-carving zone. Various times daily; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $9.99-$29.99; 407-586-4423; marriott.com.
Night B4 Thanxgiving Block Party Before the family time, get in some drinking time at this outdoor shindig. 10 pm Wednesday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Nov. 29-dec. 30
Holidays Around the World Live holiday music, seasonal culinary fare at each country, a candlelight processional with celebrity narrators and an Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show. Various times daily; Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $90; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Sept. 26-Sept. 29
Orlando Bear Bash III Massive annual LGBT-leaning event with organized visits to Disney and Universal, a vendor fair, pool parties, karaoke contests and more. Various times Thursday-Sunday; Doubletree Resort Orlando, 10100 International Drive; $95; orlandobearbash.com.
Into the Light With Alan Bounville As an openly gay man, Bounville discusses his trek across the country in support of LGBT equality. 4 pm Saturday; Rollins College, Annie Russell Theatre, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2253; rollins.edu. Trailer Trash Bash With a trailer trash costume contest and a “Redneck Revue” by the Footlight Players. 9 pm Saturday; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.
The Closet Ball Drag beauty pageant with special guests Darcel Stevens, Angelica Sanchez and others. 9 pm Monday; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $12; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.
An Evening With John Waters As part of the Come Out With Pride film fest, relish a presentation by the filmmaker and writer, plus film screenings of Pecker, A Dirty Shame and other movies. 7 pm Tuesday; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $39-$150; 407-704-6261; comeoutwithpride.com.
Oct. 1-Oct. 6
Come Out With Pride Orlando This weeklong LGBT-leaning celebration packs in pool parties, a film festival, comedy shows, a Church Street block party and finishes up with a massive parade and festival around Lake Eola. Various times daily; various locations; various prices, visit website for details; 321-800-3944; comeoutwithpride.com.
Oct. 2, Nov. 6
MBA Orlando Monthly Networking Mixer LGBT businesses come together for networking opportunities. 6-8 pm Wednesday; MBA Orlando Headquarters, 23 S. Osceola Ave.; $10; 407-610-7412; mbaorlando.org.
Pride Featuring Taylor Dayne Live concert plus music by DJ Randy Bettis and DJ Brianna. 9 pm Saturday; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; call for price; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.
Oct. 5, Nov. 2
Illusions in Review Celebrity look-alike show starring Leigh Shannon and others. 7 pm, 9:45 pm Saturday; Hamburger Mary’s, 110 W. Church St.; free; 321-319-0600; hamburgermarys-orlando.com.
Headdress Ball Each year this black-tie extravaganza, which raises money for the Hope and Help Center’s mission of treating and helping prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Central Florida, continues to entertain. In its 24th year now, guests of this affair will not only be dazzled by over-the-top Las Vegas-style entertainment and a flamboyant headdress competition, but they’ll also delight in gourmet bites, sip handcrafted cocktails and indulge in bidding on an impressive lineup of live auction items. 5:30 pm Saturday; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; $300; 407-645-2577; headdressball.org.
Equality Florida 2013 Greater Orlando Gala In support of equality and justice for Florida’s LGBT community. 8 pm Friday; The Mezz, 100 S. Eola Drive; visit website for details; eqfl.org.
Fun With Flowers – Pumpkins Say Fall Learn how to create a fall table arrangement. 10 am Wednesday; Winter Park Garden Club, 1385 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $25 includes all materials; 407-644-5770.
The Longest 90 Miles: Cuban Migrations to South Florida Since 1959 Luis Martinez-Fernandez, Ph.D. speaks about the Cuban exile and Cuban-American politics. 7 pm Wednesday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $20; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org.
CreativeMorning Orlando Monthly morning gathering features short lectures followed by a group discussion. 8:30-10 am Friday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Backyard Florist Fall Workshop Learn to make fall floral arrangements in a workshop led by Teresa Eddy. 10-11:30 am Saturday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $16; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Homemade Mozzarella Cooking Class Ilene Colwill leads a hands-on cooking class on how to make your own cheese. 10 am-1 pm Saturday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $40; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Science Night Live Adult-only event with evening sky viewings in the Crosby Observatory, food and a cash bar. 8-11 pm Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $15; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
Sept. 28-Sept. 29
The Downtown Guitar School Learn to play the instrument with Roger Docking. 10 am-1 pm Saturday-Sunday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Sept. 28-Dec. 31
Sesame Street Presents: The Body Interactive exhibit explores the human body by identifying body parts and learning how physical activity and nutritious foods help keep your body healthy. 10 am-5 pm Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $19; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
The History of the Negro Spiritual Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush explores African-American spiritual music. 3 pm Sunday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Creating Your Positive Self Learning practical skills to become a more positive person. 6:30 pm Monday; Hiawassee Branch Library, 7391 W. Colonial Drive; free.
Lessons Learned From My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World Winter Park Institute presents a lecture by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. 7 pm Wednesday; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-691-1995; rollins.edu/wpi.
Oct. 4, Oct. 20
Wild Weeds Herb Walk Meander through the gardens and learn to identify edible and medicinal plants. 4 pm Friday, 4 pm Sunday; Mead Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $20-$25; 407-623-3342; holisticlivingschool.org.
America’s Response to the Holocaust Ian Gold leads a presentation on America’s role in helping or delaying justice for Holocaust victims. 6 pm Thursday; Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org.
Anya Kamenetz: The Education Revolution Presentation by Anya Kamenetz. 8 pm Thursday; Bush Science Center, Rollins College, Winter Park; free; 407-646-2192; rollins.edu.
Sinkholes: Are They in Your Future? How sinkholes form and what to expect in the coming years. 6 pm Thursday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
TEDxOrlando: The Ripple Effect Annual TEDxOrlando conference with short talks by guest speakers and a light lunch. 10 am-5 pm Saturday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $75; 407-877-4736; tedxorlando.com.
Small Business ... Big Ideas: How Local Foodies & Farmers Are Revolutionizing Orlando The folks from East End Market share on the budding local food scene. 6 pm Tuesday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
The Archaeology of Death Dr. Rachel Wentz explores ways to investigate ancient culture. 2 pm Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Law & Ethics: How to Do It the Right Way the First Time Drew Sorrell leads a workshop. 6:30-9:30 pm Tuesday; Rollins College, Crummer Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $195; 407-691-1252; rollins.edu.
Religion 499 Topic: How Can a God of Love and a World of Suffering Coexist? Join in a discussion on the topic. 7 pm Tuesday; Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org.
Reptile Ownership Class Learn about what it takes to care for amphibians and reptiles. 7-9 pm Tuesday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; $15; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
The Africa That Might Have Been: Wakanda, the Black Panther and the Postcolonial Narrative in Marvel Presentation and lecture by Julian Chambliss. 6 pm Tuesday; Rollins College, Crummer Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2158; rollins.edu.
Kristallnacht Panel Discussion Richard Gair of Valencia College moderates a discussion with local Holocaust survivors. 2 pm Sunday; Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org.
The Principles of Pumpkin Carving Join Scott “Stormin’” Norman for lessons in knife safety, carving techniques and pumpkin science. 6:30 pm Monday; Alafaya Library, 9318 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-277-0021.
Floral Design Class Learn the principles of floral design. 10 am Wednesday; Winter Park Garden Club, 1385 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $10, includes materials; 407-644-5770.
Memories From Kristallnacht: Last Glimpses of a Dying World Teacher forum led by Mitchell Bloomer. 6 pm Tuesday; Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org.
Prisoners of War: Stolen Freedom Lunch & Learn lecture by Michael Rothfeld and Capt. Giles Norrington. Call for time Thursday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org.
Religion 499 Topic: How Much Has Your Religion Made the World Better? Join in a discussion on the topic. 7 pm Tuesday; Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org.
Leveraging Conflict for Positive Results Tim Flanagan leads a workshop on dealing with conflict with an emphasis on long-term relationships and lasting agreements. 6:30-9:30 pm Tuesday; Rollins College, Crummer Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $230; 407-691-1252; rollins.edu.
Di-Verse Word Share a piece in this open mic spoken word night hosted by Shawn Welcome. 8-10 pm Tuesdays; Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; 407-362-1864; dandelioncommunitea.com.
Prose and Poetry Writing Workshop Learn new writing skills in a workshop led by poet Elaine Person. 7 pm Wednesdays; Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; $15-$104; 407-623-3300.
Wednesday Open Words Open mic poetry night for writers to share their works. 8:30 pm Wednesdays; Austins Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-975-3364; austinscoffee.com.
Author Visit: Andrea Beaty Book sale and signing with the author of Dorko the Magnificent. 1 pm Wednesday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Cuatro Gatos Book Club Join in a discussion with the Spanish-language book club. 6 pm Thursday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
100,000 Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change Festival & Picnic Orlando Poetry Group presents a day of workshops, music and poetry slams. 2 pm Saturday; Mead Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; free; 407-623-3342.
Lost Orlando Discussion with authors Stephanie Gaub Antequino and Tana Mosier Porter. 2 pm Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Picture Book Pow Wow Students and unpublished authors learn how to create their own children’s book. 10 am-noon Saturday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; $140; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Susan Hubbard and the Art of Florida Storytelling The author talks about her own books, which are set in Florida. 11 am Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Hispanic Heritage Month With Junot Díaz The Pulitzer prize-winning author speaks about his new book, This Is How You Lose Her. 6-10 pm Tuesday; Ferrell Auditorium, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-1173; ucf.edu.
Oct. 5-Oct. 26
Beginning Creative Writing: Short Stories Intro to creative writing workshop with local author Colette Petersen. 1:30-4:30 pm Saturday; Herndon Library, 4324 E. Colonial Drive; free.
Central Florida Romance Authors Book sale, signing and panel discussion with Jax Cassidy, Lori Sjoberg, Wynter Daniels and others. 4 pm Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida’s Magical Waters With author Rick Kilby. 1 pm Saturday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org.
Viva Florida: Seeking the Spirit of Cassadaga Author Marie Dees shares insights into her mystery book series. 3 pm Sunday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
New Adult Books: The Next Big Thing With authors Carol and Adam Kunz, Tiffany King, Raine Thomas and Sarah M. Ross. 2 pm Sunday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Oct. 22, Nov. 19
Tuesday Voices Open mic poetry forum for participants to share an original poem or otherwise. 7 pm Tuesday; Seminole State Student Center, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-708-2691; seminolestate.edu/english.
4th Annual Lawyers for Literacy Spelling Bee Teams of two local attorneys compete to raise awareness and money for the Adult Literacy League. 5:30 pm Thursday; Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd.; $100; 407-422-1540; adultliteracyleague.org.
Viva Florida: Florida Ghost Stories Hear eerie tales from author Dave Lapham. 3 pm Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
There Will Be Words Presents Dead Poets Slam This version of the monthly TWBW offers a chance for local lit nerds to pay homage to their beloved late poets, as guests are invited to read poems in full costume with accompanying props. No doubt you’ll see a few tribute ’staches – whether it’s a macabre Poe or an unruly Twain – from the gentlemen, while the ladies might take a lyrical approach as Sara Teasdale or go a bit darker with stanzas by Sylvia Plath. We’ll give big ups to anyone who can pull off a Whitman beard, and we’d be pretty impressed to see someone show up in a full-on Emerson three-piece suit. At the very least, light a cig and say your Cummings. 9:30 pm Saturday; Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-623-3393; stardustie.com.
An Evening With David Sedaris The NPR humorist and bestselling author takes the stage to deliver a reading and then engage in a Q&A session with the audience. 7 pm Sunday; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $35-$65; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
Viva Florida: A Land Remembered Rick Smith presents a high-energy experience based on his father’s book A Land Remembered. 4 pm Tuesday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Nov. 1-Nov. 2
Patrick Smith Day The author’s son Rick leads a presentation on his father’s book A Land Remembered. 4 pm Friday, 10 am, 2 pm Saturday; Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; visit website for details; 407-957-9794; alandremembered.com/forever_florida.
Aimless Love: A Reading Winter Park Institute presents U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as he reads from his book Aimless Love: New and Collected Poems. 7 pm Tuesday; Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-691-1995; winterparkinstitute.org.
Back-to-Back Back to the Future Movie Marathon Watch both Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II in the library. 2:30 pm Wednesday; Eatonville Branch Library, 200 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville; free; 407-835-7323; ocls.info.
Storytime With Andrea Beaty Kids listen to the award-winning children’s author of books including Rosie Revere and Dorko the Magnificent; a book sale and signing follows. 10 am Wednesday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Reactory Factory’s Wacky Science Lab Kids delight in songs and dancing with Dr. Reacto and DJ Dan. 3 pm Saturday; Hiawassee Branch Library, 7391 W. Colonial Drive; free.
Speed Racers Kids learn about motion, speed and force in this informative and educational workshop. 3 pm Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Sept. 28-Nov. 3
Pinocchio String-puppet musical about the boy made of wood. 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 5 pm Saturday, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm Sunday; Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $6; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.
Oct. 2-Nov. 27
Storytime at the Zoo Little ones listen to animal stories and then get up-close with the zoo animals. 10-10:30 am Wednesdays; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; free; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
The Berenstain Bears Live: In Family Matters Sing and dance along with the characters in this kid-friendly musical performance. 10:30 am Thursday; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $11; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
Oct. 4-Oct. 6
Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing Characters from the popular TV show perform live on stage, with interactive songs and dancing for the little ones. 10:30 am Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Saturday, 1 pm, 4:30 pm Sunday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; $18-$65; 407-823-6006; cfearena.com.
Discovering the Music of Hand Chimes Marie Loeffler leads an interactive music program for children. 11 am Saturday; Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere; free; 407-876-3939.
Oct. 5-Oct. 27
Brick-or-Treat The park turns into a Halloween-inspired playground, with scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating around the park, costume contests and live entertainment. 9:30 am-7 pm Saturday, 9:30 am-6 pm Sunday; Legoland, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven; $74-$81; 877-350-5346; legoland.com.
Halloween Spooktacular Trick-or-treat around the park, with Penelope’s Party Zone, cookie decorating, live Sesame Street shows and craft zones. Noon-8 pm Saturday-Sunday; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $82; 407-363-2613; seaworldparks.com.
Let’s Get Moving Kids Run/walk for families in support of a healthy lifestyle. 9 am Sunday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; visit website for details; 407-571-8863; facebook.com/letsgetmovingkids.
Oct. 6, Nov. 3
CFAMilies The museum offers art activities for kids and adults. 2-3:30 pm Sunday; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2526; rollins.edu/cfam.
Oct. 7, Nov. 4
Story Time at Leu Gardens Kids enjoy indoor readings and songs. 10-11 am Monday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Bat House Building Workshop Learn about the living habits of bats and then create your own house for the flying animals. 1-2:30 pm Saturday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; $25 per family/bat house; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
Exhibit Explorers: A Sweet Halloween Celebration Kids go behind the scenes of the Halloween Horror Night exhibition and then create a sweet treat. 10:30 am-noon Saturday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $10; 407-836-8580; thehistorycenter.org.
Oct. 13, Nov. 10
Free Family Day on the Second Sunday With make-and-take crafts and mini tours of the galleries. Noon-4:30 pm Sunday; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; free; 407-246-4278; mennellomuseum.com.
The Math Maniac Show Featuring Max Millions Learn about how math can be fun in an interactive learning program. 10:30 am Tuesday; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $11; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
Haunted History Family Camp-In Spend the night in the museum, with spooky entertainment, games, storytelling and other activities. 7 pm Friday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $15; 407-836-8580; thehistorycenter.org.
Family Days at the Museum: No Tricks, Just Treats Kids decorate trick-or-treating bags to use on Halloween night. 1 pm Saturday; Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; free with admission; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
Oct. 19-Oct. 20, Oct. 26-Oct. 27
Zoo Boo Bash Wear your Halloween costume and enjoy trick-or-treating around the zoo, with face painting, a costume contest and goodie bags. 9 am-3 pm Saturday-Sunday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; free-$14.95; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
Oct. 24-Oct. 25
Discover Days: Magic and Illusion Ever wonder about the mystery behind magic shows? This is your chance to get the backstage scoop. 9 am-3 pm Thursday-Friday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $10; 407-836-8580; thehistorycenter.org.
Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds | A Halloween Concert Kids can wear their costumes out for an afternoon of singalong tunes. 1 pm Saturday; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $5; 407-896-7365; orlandorep.com.
Spooktoberfest Halloween Costume Contest and Parade Bring the little ones for trick-or-treating fun, a Ghost & Ghoul Dance Party, costume contests and more. 5-9 pm Saturday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700; casselberry.org.
Trick or Treat Safe Zone Creepy crafts, games, pumpkin decorating and a haunted maze. 11 am-4 pm Saturday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.
Casper’s Friendly Halloween Party Costume party with a barbecue lunch, carnival games and a showing of the film Casper starring Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman. 11 am Sunday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $5-$15; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.
Halloween at Cranes Roost Park Kids can trick-or-treat in a safe lakeside environment, with local vendor booths, costume contests and live entertainment. 5-9 pm Thursday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownaltamonte.com.
Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park Halloween-themed event with a trick-or-treating trail, games, bounce houses and a costume contest. 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday; Shady Park, corner of New England and Pennsylvania avenues, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3275; cityofwinterpark.org.
Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales Hear stories of genies, princesses and wizards through puppetry, costumes and pantomime. 10:30 am Wednesday; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $11; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
Nov. 8-Nov. 9
Disney’s Jungle Book Kids In the Limelight production of the children’s musical. 7 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday; In the Limelight Theater, 5555 S. Kirkman Road; $10; 407-340-0920; inthelimelightorlando.com.
Nov. 9-Dec. 15
Santa’s Holly Follies Singalong string puppet musical about cultural holidays around the world. 10:30 am, 4:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm Saturday, 1 pm, 3 pm Sunday; Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $6; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.
Family Days at the Museum: Give Thanks Learn about Thanksgiving traditions. 1 pm Saturday; Waterhouse Residence & Carpentry Shop Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland; free with admission; 407-629-1532; artandhistory.org.
Nov. 21-Nov. 24
Charlotte’s Web In the Limelight production of the play based on the book by E.B. White. 7 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; In the Limelight Theater, 5555 S. Kirkman Road; $10; 407-340-0920; inthelimelightorlando.com.
Nov. 25-Nov. 27
Discovery Days: Famous Forts and Ports Kids make their own model fort, re-create a battle and sink a pirate ship. 9 am-3 pm Monday-Wednesday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $10; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.