Spring may come in like a lamb and out like a lion (or vice-versa) in other places, but in Central Florida, it’s more like spring comes while you were busy sneezing your face off and leaves before you even noticed. The pollen factories coat everything, including your poor sinuses, with a thin, yellow powder. The mercury sometimes swings as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit in a single day. The public pools aren’t open yet. It’s kind of a pain. But if you spend too much time worrying about histamines, you’ll miss out on all of the festivals and parties that come along with spring. Whether it’s at the theme parks, in a Mills 50 parking lot or under the stars, there are plenty of activities to look forward to in the springtime. Especially once that Claritin kicks in. Gesundheit!
Through March 3
Winter Park Bach Festival Choral, orchestral and chamber performances. Through March 3; multiple locations; free-$79; bachfestivalflorida.org.
Through March 10
Florida Strawberry Festival 10 am-10 pm; Florida Strawberry Festival, 2209 W. Oak Ave., Plant City; $20-$45; 813-752-9194; flstrawberryfestival.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
BBQ on the Boulevard More than 800 of Orlando's top business leaders and elected officials come together for a barbecue. 5-9 pm; Orlando Economic Partnership, 301 E. Pine St.; $60-$65; 407-422-7159; orlando.org.
Feb. 28-March 17
Central Florida Fair Central Florida's 107th annual fair, featuring live music and entertainment, STEM education and livestock and agriculture displays. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $8-$25; 407-295-3247; centralfloridafair.com.
Friday, March 1
Get Your Jazz On Enjoy unlimited wine, beer, cocktails, roast pig and sides while a live jazz band plays on the lawn. 6:30 pm; The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; $55-$80; 407-998-8090.
Orlando City Pub Crawl Bar crawl for Orlando City fans to kick off the soccer season. 5-10 pm; Lion's Pride, 123 W. Church St.; $32; 407-203-4099; lionsprideorlando.com.
Orlando Home & Garden Show Home improvement show featuring home and landscape solutions from local vendors, as well as food and entertainment. Noon-6 pm; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $9; 407-685-9800; orlandohomeandgardenshow.com.
Playlist Live Three-day event for online creators and their biggest supporters. Marriott Orlando World Center, 8701 World Center Drive; $114-$240; 407-239-4200; playlist-live.com.
Thundering Spirit Family Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow Intertribal Native American pow-wow. Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora; free; 352-383-8393.
Saturday, March 2
Appetite for the Arches Central Florida's top chefs from renowned restaurants and resorts showcase their skills by creating high end dishes using McDonald's ingredients. 7 pm; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; $200-$250; 407-206-0957; rmhccf.org.
Chef's Gala Silent auction for Central Florida United Way featuring exquisite cuisine from more than 20 of Florida's top chefs. 7-10 pm; Epcot, 200 Epcot Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista; $350; 407-824-4321; hfuw.org.
Kissimmee Cuban Sandwich Festival The best Cuban sandwiches around, plus live music and dance performances. 11 am-6 pm; Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 101 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee; free; ilovecubansandwiches.com.
Orange County Mayor's Jazz in the Park A free evening of live jazz music presented by Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. 2:30-6 pm; Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave.; free.
Science Night Live Special adults-only science night featuring new traveling exhibits, telescope experiences, guest speakers, drinks and more. 8-11:30 pm; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $16; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
Spring Jazz & Art Festival Outdoor live jazz concert, artists, food and vendors. 6-9 pm; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; casselberry.org.
Sunday, March 3
Eatonville Crafts & Culture Market Learn about the historic town of Eatonville through poetry, music and art, and enjoy unique vendors, food trucks and family-friendly activities. 1 pm; Downtown Eatonville, Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville; free; eatonvillechf.com.
Winter Park St. Patrick's Day Parade One of the longest-running St. Patrick's Day parades in Central Florida. 1-4 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free.
Wekiva Island Paint Out A weeklong art exhibit featuring dozens of artists painting outdoors. Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; $40; wekivapaintout.com.
Filmapalooza Films and workshops from the 48-Hour Film Project. Multiple locations; TBA; 48hourfilm.com.
Friday, March 8
International Women's Day at the Nook A night dedicated to female-led breweries, pop-up vendors, artists and more. 4 pm; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St.; free; facebook.com/thenookonrobinson.
Orlando Boat Show Boat exhibition with more than 400 boats, boating and fishing seminars and fun activities. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $9; 407-685-9800; orlandoboatshow.com.
Gasparilla Music Festival Tampa-based music festival featuring heavy-hitting acts from across the country, including the Avett Brothers, the Pharcyde, Michigan Rattlers and more. Multiple locations; $40-$200; gasparillamusic.com.
Leu Gardens Plant Sale Plant and outdoor accessories sale featuring more than 50 local growers and vendors. 9 am-5 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Saturday, March 9
Leu Gardens Plant Sale More than 50 growers and vendors selling a variety of plants and outdoor accessories to enhance your landscape and home. 9 am-5 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Orlando Whiskey Festival Gourmet food selections and whiskey samplings, plus cigar vendors and live entertainment. 7-10 pm; Mercedes-Benz of Orlando, 810 N. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $75-$125; 407-645-4222; orlandowhiskeyfestival.com.
Rotary Craft Beer Festival Showcase of local craft breweries and their beer offerings. 2-6 pm; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; $25-$40; 407-658-6565; avalonpark.com.
Spring Fest at Deadly Sins Brewing A day of family fun, food, arts and crafts, music and more. Noon-6 pm; Deadly Sins Brewing, 750 Jackson Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-900-8726; deadlysinsbrewing.com.
Sunday, March 10
It's Just Yoga Health & Fitness Festival Free yoga classes for newbies, pros and everyone in between. 10 am-5 pm; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free.
OK Fest 2019 Daylong festival featuring Mexican bands. 2-10 pm; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; TBD; 407-295-3247; centralfloridafair.com.
Oviedo Birthday Bash Community party in the park with a chili cook-off, cupcake wars, kids activities, entertainment and local vendors. 11 am-4 pm; Center Lake Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo; free-$15; oviedobirthdaybash.com.
Women in the Kitchen Four-course dinner on the beautiful grounds of Lake Meadow Naturals farm with food from James Beard Foundation Award-winning women chefs and restaurateurs from across the country. 3-6 pm; Lake Meadow Naturals, 10000 Mark Adam Road, Ocoee; $100-$150; 407-399-7670.
Thursday, March 14
Alive After 5 Shamrock Festival Street festival with live music and green beer. 5-8 pm; Downtown Sanford, Sanford Avenue and First Street, Sanford; free; historicdowntownsanford.com.
The Science Play Festival Staged readings of plays exploring the many intersections between art and science. 8 pm; Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church St.; $12; 407-297-8788; madcowtheatre.com.
Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Live entertainment, including Irish music and Irish dancers, food, craft beer and more. Raglan Road Irish Pub, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista; 407-938-0300; raglanroad.com.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Art festival featuring fine arts and crafts in an array of mediums from artists across the country. 9 am-6 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; wpsaf.org.
Saturday, March 16
Dama to the Death 2 Kendama tournament featuring tons of tricks, mini-games, pro players, vendors and a victorious bonfire. 2-8 pm; Dead Lizard Brewing Company, 4507 36th St.; free-$10; 706-829-9193.
Holi: Festival of Colors Learn about this festival and how it is celebrated in India and around the world. 2:30-3:30 pm; Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden; free; 407-835-7323; ocls.info.
Jungle 51 House music, DJs and a laser light show. 2 pm; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $25-$70; 407-295-3247.
My-Con Anime and comics convention. 10 am-7 pm; Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive; $5; 407-460-2676; mystic-con.com.
Orlando Caribbean Festival Caribbean music, food and crafts, plus fair rides and live entertainment. 3-11 pm; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $50-$125; 407-295-3247.
Orlando Women's Fest Festival honoring women trailblazers in politics, business and social causes. All live bands, food trucks and vendors are women-owned. Noon-6 pm; Eagle Nest Park, 5165 Metrowest Blvd.; $10-$75.
St. Paddy's Day Truck Pull & Street FestivalTeams of 10 attempt to pull a fire truck, live music on several stages, food trucks, craft beer and more. 4 pm; Historic Downtown Sanford; contact for price.
St. Practice Day Pub Crawl A second opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, featuring bars in downtown Orlando. 8 pm; multiple locations; $10-$20.
Water Lantern Festival Enjoy food trucks, music and fun in a magical night as water lanterns light up the water for a beautiful and memorable evening. 5-10 pm; Orlando Watersports Complex, 8615 Florida Rock Road; $25; waterlanternfestival.com.
Lake Mary St. Patrick's Block Party Tribute artists, beer, bag pipers and more. Liam Fitzpatrick's Restaurant & Irish Pub, 951 Market Promenade Ave., Lake Mary; free; 407-936-3782; lakemaryblockparty.com.
Mount Dora Spring Festival More than 200 artists, craft exhibitors and musicians fill the historic streets of downtown Mount Dora. 9 am-5 pm; Downtown Mount Dora, East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora; free; 352-217-8390; mountdoraspringshow.com.
Sunday, March 17
St. Patrick's Day at Lizzy's Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at downtown Orlando's favorite traditional Irish bar. 11 am; Lizzy McCormack's, 55 N. Orange Ave.; free; 407-426-8007; lizzymccormacks.com.
St. Patrick's Day Party St. Patrick's Day block party with Guinness, Irish food and live music. 10 am; The Harp & Celt, 25 S. Magnolia Ave.; free; 407-481-2928; harpandcelt.com.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration St. Patrick's Day party with music, drinks and food. 4-11 pm; B.B. King's Blues Club, Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive; various menu prices; 407-370-4550; bbkings.com.
Wednesday, March 20
Winter Park Wine & Dine Unlimited tastings from more than 35 restaurants, plus craft beers, wine and live music. 6:30-9:30 pm; Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; $44-$74.
Thursday, March 21
Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Festival View more than 70 classic and antique boats. 8 am-10 pm; Wooten Park, U.S. 441 and St. Clair-Abrams Ave., Tavares; $10; acbs-sunnyland.org.
Country Thunder Country music festival featuring headliners Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and Luke Combs. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee; $75-$250; 321-697-3333; countrythunder.com/fl.
Spooky Empire Spring Edition A rock & roll, tattoo, horror and film festival rolled into one. Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive; $30-$70; spookyempire.com.
Wine & Seafood Festival Three days of seafood, live music and local artists. 10 am-5 pm; Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, 19239 N. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont; $10; 800-768-9463.
Saturday, March 23
Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival A forum promoting environmentally friendly, sustainable gardening practices featuring speakers, demonstrations, and plant and gardening supplies. 9 am-3 pm; Downtown DeLand, Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard, DeLand; free; mainstreetdeland.org.
Orlando Holi Festival Indian Holi celebration with live music, cultural dances, food and lots of colored powder. 11 am-7 pm; Bill Frederick Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road; free; 321-662-1887.
Pints N Paws Craft Beer Festival Interact with other pet lovers while enjoying unlimited beer sampling from over 100 breweries. 1-6 pm; Historic Downtown Sanford; $40-$65.
United We Brunch All-you-can-eat event featuring samples from Orlando's top brunch destinations. 11 am-3 pm; The Orchid Garden, 122 W. Church St.; $45-$80; orlandoweeklytickets.com.
Uptown Art Expo Exhibitions from fine artists and chalk street artists, as well as live music, food and other vendors. 10 am-7:30 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownartexpo.com.
Caribbean Food & Music Festival Featuring live performances by Jah Movement, LIPS International, and headliner Rupee. Fun Spot, 5700 Fun Spot Way; free; fun-spot.com.
Sunday, March 24
Mexican Food Festival Featuring Mexican art, food, tequila cocktails, music, dancing and more 1-6 pm; Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave.; $10-$15; orlandoweeklytickets.com.
Salsa y Sazón Enjoy culinary delights, artisan crafts and live music. Noon; Seneff Arts Plaza, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.; $15; 844-513-2014; drphillipscenter.org.
Will's a Faire Outdoor vintage and handmade art market with live music, drinks, food and more. 1 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; free; willspub.org.
Monday, March 25
Taste of Lake Mary Gourmet food and wine tasting alongside live entertainment. 5:30-8 pm; Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary; $55; 407-995-1100; lakemaryrotary.com.
Wednesday, March 27
UCF Vegfest A festival celebrating and promoting a vegan lifestyle. Includes guest speakers, vegan food, yoga, vendors, raffles and more. 4-10 pm; University of Central Florida, Memory Mall, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; 954-778-5775.
Friday, March 29
Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers A museum-wide showcase combining awe-inspiring fresh floral Art in Bloom arrangements inspired by works from the Orlando Museum of Art's permanent collection and current exhibitions. 10 am-5 pm; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $15; 407-896-4231; omart.org.
Retro Game Night: College Edition Represent your alma mater at this college-themed Retro Game Night. Play treasured games from the past and show off your skills. 7 pm; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $8; 407-836-7046; thehistorycenter.org.
Sideline Wine & Dine Enjoy wine and bites in the suites at Camping World Stadium. 7-10 pm; Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place; $75-$90; 407-423-2476; floridacitrussports.com.
Saturday, March 30
Community Chalk Art Festival Live chalk painting dedicated to the local community's diversity. 10 am-5 pm; Carrabba's Italian Grill, 5475 Gateway Village Circle; free.
Fort Christmas Bluegrass & Backyard BBQ Fest Barbecue contest for best chicken and St. Louis pork-style ribs. 10 am-5 pm; Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum, 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas; free; 407-254-9310; orangecountyfl.net/cultureparks.
Longwood Pirate Seafood Festival Festival filled with vendors, mermaids, a pirate village, great music, a pirate ship for kids to climb and a shark ride. An assortment of ocean delights are available, along with beer and wine. 11 am-7 pm; Reiter Park, 301 W. Warren Ave., Longwood; free; 352-217-8390; longwoodfestival.com.
Soundwalk A nature excursion where participants are encouraged to listen to the environment and take in its sounds. 11 am-12:30 pm; Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; donation; 407-623-3342.
World Food Festival Culinary delights from around the world, cultural performances, vendors and more. Noon-7 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; altamonte.org.
Sunday, March 31
Arab Fest Cultural heritage festival celebrating Arabic art, food and traditions. 11 am-7 pm; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; aaccflorida.org/festival.
Poca's hottest sauce cook-off Annual cook-off using Poca's Hottest sauces, along with live music, a taco bar and more. 2 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $15-$40; willspub.org.
Private Gardens of Historic Orlando Tour Self-guided tour of 10 gardens in the Lake Eola Heights Historic District. 12-5 pm; Broadway United Methodist Church, 406 E. Amelia St.; $20-$25; 407-841-8902.
Friday, April 5
Chairs 4 Charity Celebration and live auction of art made from upcycled furniture. Includes a red carpet reception, food stations, a DJ, a cash bar, a silent auction and mingling with Central Florida artists. 6-11 pm; Hilton Orlando North, 350 S. North Lake Blvd., Altamonte Springs; $100; 407-875-2040; mustardseedfla.org.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Orlando Benefit Dinner Benefit gala with former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder as a featured speaker. 6-10 pm; The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; $175; 941-365-3913 ext. 3619; myplannedparenthood.org/events.
UCF Celebrates the Arts Annual showcase featuring performing and visual arts. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.; TBD; 844-513-2014; arts.cah.ucf.edu.
Saturday, April 6
Cattle Baron's Ball Western-style charitable gala in support of the American Cancer Society. 6-11 pm; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; TBD; 407-996-9939; cattlebaronsballorlando.com.
Central Florida Top Brewer Beer Festival Thirty-three breweries compete to brew the best beer with mystery ingredients. 1-5 pm; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; $30.
FL ANTIFEST IV Music festival celebrating Florida's experimental music scene. 6 pm; Grumpy's Underground Lounge, 1018 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-237-9180; facebook.com/grumpysunderground.
Orlando Carnival Kickoff Block Party 10 pm-2:30 am; Bloodhound Brew Pub & Eatery, 5801 Conroy Windermere Road; $15; 407-490-2862; bloodhoundbrew.com.
Retro Modern Home Tour Self-guided tour of stunning mid-century modern homes in Audubon Park, Beeman Park and Winter Park. Noon-7 pm; Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive; $20-$35; audubonparkgardens.com.
Hollerbach's Springfest A spring version of Oktoberfest complete with sausages, pretzels, beer and people dancing to polka music in lederhosen and dirndls. 2 pm Saturday, noon Sunday; Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe, 205 E. First St., Sanford; free.
Spring Fever in the Garden Flower and garden festival with live entertainment, food vendors and thousands of plants for sale. 9 am-5 pm; Winter Garden - Plant Street, Plant Street and State Road 429, Winter Garden; free; wearewg.com.
Spring Fiesta in the Park Arts, crafts and food vendors at Lake Eola. 10 am-5 pm; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; fiestainthepark.com.
Vintage Garden Show Displays of vintage and antique garden decor, plants and herbs. 9 am-5 pm; Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora; free; 352-383-8393; renningers.net.
Sunday, April 7
Ice Cream Social Enjoy an assortment of ice cream served by celebrity servers and provided by Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream. Other treats include Jeremiah's Italian Ice, Peak Season Pops, the Father's Table Cheesecake, popcorn, and Publix cake. 1 pm; Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Ave.; free; 407-206-0957; rmhccf.org.
Thursday, April 11
Taste of College Park The best food and wine in College Park, plus silent and live auctions for local charities. 6-9 pm; Dubsdread Country Club, 549 W. Par St.; $75; 407-650-0100.
APC National Pie Championships Pies from across the country go crust-to-crust for the national title. 5:30-7 pm; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; free; piecouncil.org.
Friday, April 12
Orange Blossom Jubilee Celebrating Winter Park Day Nursery's 80th year of providing affordable preschool education to the community's children, this benefit event features silent and live auctions, a buffet dinner, live art demonstrations and entertainment. 6:30-10 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $100; 407-647-0505; winterparkdaynursery.org.
Florida Film Festival Oscar-qualifying film festival featuring more than 180 independent and international films. Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $12-$675; 407-629-0054; floridafilmfestival.com.
Saturday, April 13
Brewmaster's Invitational Beer Festival Craft beer samples from more than 50 breweries, plus local artists and live music. 3-7 pm; Port Canaveral, 625 Cargo Road, Cape Canaveral; $30-$60; 321-459-2200; brewmastersinvitational.com.
Brews Around the Zoo Adults-only night featuring food samples, live music, beer samplings and special encounters with the animals. 6-10 pm; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; $50-$70; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
Illuminate: A Symphony Under the Stars An 80-piece symphony orchestra plays under a sky filled with glowing, floating lanterns. Food trucks, a kids' glow-in-the-dark dance party, raffles and prizes are also available. 6-10 pm; Lake Catherine Blueberries, 5849 Lake Catherine Road, Groveland; $15-$40; 352-551-4110; cfldreamplex.com/illuminate.
Mount Dora Earth Day Celebration Celebrate the Earth with live music, exhibits, craft and plant vendors, yoga, educational workshops and much more. 9 am-3 pm; Donnelly Park, N. Baker Street and E. Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora; free; 352-217-8390; mountdoraenvironment.org.
Spring Jazz 'n Blues Concert Outdoor concert featuring multiple jazz artists. 7-10 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $15-$20; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
WJRR's Earthday Birthday Concert featuring Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Pop Evil and more. 11 am-11 pm; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $65-$175; 407-295-3247; wjrr.iheart.com.
Sunday, April 14
Opera on Eola Outdoor opera and classical music festival with vendor tables, live art and food trucks. Noon-4 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-246-2827; operadelsol.org.
Tuesday, April 16
AIDS Walk Orlando Music, entertainment and guest speakers raising funds and awareness for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. 8-11 am; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-246-2827; aidswalkorlando.com.
Sanford Mini Masters Miniature golf tournament throughout downtown Sanford. noon-5 pm; Celery City Craft, 114 S. Palmetto Ave., Sanford; contact for price; historicdowntownsanford.com.
Thursday, April 18
IOA Corporate 5K 5K race for Florida's corporate community. 6:45 pm; Track Shack, 1104 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-898-1313; corporate5k.com.
Asteria Arts & Music Festival Music festival on secluded grounds in a nature preserve, with between-show activities like basketball, volleyball, hiking, biking and more. Camping or glamping available. Asteria Arts & Music Festival Grounds, 5000 Firetower Road, Haines City; $20-$1,000; asteriamusicfestival.com.
Saturday, April 20
Baked Fest A limited ticket affair including Ten 10 Brewing Company beers being used as an ingredient. 1-5 pm; The Thirsty Topher, 601 Virginia Drive; contact for price; 407-491-4342; facebook.com/thethirstytopher.
Central Florida Earth Day Earth Day festival featuring healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitions, environmental education, vendors, crafts and more. 10 am-6 pm; Lake Eola Park, East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive; free; cfearthday.org.
Orlando Beer & BBQ Festival Noon; Dezerland Action Park, 5250 International Drive; free; 321-754-1700; dezerlandactionpark.com.
Winter Park Paint Out Live painting event featuring 25 professionally-acclaimed artists. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-647-6294; polasek.org.
World Ballet Competition Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $30-$100; 407-685-9800; worldballetcompetition.com.
Friday, April 26
Whiskey Business Whiskey, craft beer and lite bite samplings with live music and burlesque entertainment. A portion of proceeds benefit The Barber Fund. 6-10 pm;Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House, 128 W. Church St.; $20-$80; 407-839-3000; orlandoweeklytickets.com.
Florida Funk Fest Funk music festival featuring headliner Erykah Badu. 4-11 pm; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $50-$400; 407-295-3247; centralfloridafair.com.
German Fest German food, beer and music acts. 5-10 pm; German American Society of Central Florida, 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry; $5-$95; 407-834-0574; orlandogermanclub.com.
Saturday, April 27
Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival A celebration of Central Florida's richly diverse culture through art, music, food and more. 10 am-4 pm; Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-539-2680; cityofwinterpark.org.
Science of Wine A scientific exploration of wine, with presentations on growing and tasting plus more than 150 wines to sample. 7-10 pm; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $110-$125; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
Cocoa Beach Uncorked Two-day celebration of food, wine and craft beer on the shores of Florida's Space Coast. Noon-4 pm; Alan Shepard Park, 211 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach; $65-$85.
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival 9 am-5 pm; Donnelly Park, N. Baker Street and E. Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora; free; 352-217-8390; mountdorablueberryfestival.com.
Friday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Pepe's Third annual outdoor party celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Winter Park. 7 pm; Pepe's Cantina - Winter Park, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; TBA; 321-972-4881; pepescantina.com.
Saturday, May 4
Derby Day A Kentucky Derby party for the UCF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. 3:30 pm; Ember Bar and Restaurant, 42 W. Central Blvd.; $44.95-$125; 407-849-5200.
Derby on Park Kentucky Derby party Prizes awarded for best Derby Day attire. 3:30-7:45 pm; University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $59-$220; 407-644-6149; uclubwp.org.
May the Fourth Be With You Sip & Stroll A Star Wars-themed sip and stroll, along with a costume contest, trivia contest, movie screening and more. 6-10 pm; Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive; TBA; audubonparkgardens.com.
Renaissance Festival of Central Florida Camp Challenge, 31600 Camp Challenge Road, Sorrento; TBD; 352-383-4711; renfestcfl.com.
St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Fine arts and crafts for sale along with "Art-in-Action" at live artist demos and workshops plus talented chalk artists adding more color to the streets of Sanford all weekend. Historic Downtown Sanford; 10 am-6 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; stjohnsriverartfest.com.
Wednesday, May 8
Celebration of Motherhood Charity breakfast to benefit the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County. 8:30-11 am; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $50; 407-228-1481; healthystartorange.org.
Friday, May 10
Monster Jam World Finals Monster truck competition. 7 pm; Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place; $50; 407-423-2476; monsterjam.com.
Saturday, May 11
Mayday Picnic Traditional picnic setting and outdoor Mayday games. 11 am-1 pm; Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Bush Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-665-2489.
Orlando Pottery Festival Spring Arts Market 9 am-5 pm; Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 S. Ferncreek Ave.; free; 407-897-2713; orlandopotteryfestival.org.
Sunday, May 12
Mother's Day at Leu Gardens Leu Gardens celebrates with free admission for moms on Mother's Day. 9 am; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free-$10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Orlando Fringe The 28th annual Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St.; free-$15; orlandofringe.org.
Orange Blossom Jamboree Multi-day music and art festival in Brooksville, FL. Sertoma Music Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville; $30-$110; orangeblossomjamboree.com.
MegaCon Multi-day event celebrating gaming, anime, comics, sci-fi and horror. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $20-$429; 407-685-9800; megaconorlando.com.
Wine Quest Tasting & Auction Hundreds of fine wines and craft spirits, a multi-course dinner, silent and live auctions and raffles. 7-10 pm; Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way; $95-$195; (407) 445-4469; questinc.org/winequest.html.
Mickey Mouse Club Reunion 30th anniversary celebration of the "new" Mickey Mouse Club, hosted by Joey Fatone. 6-11:30 pm; Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive; TBA; mickeymouseclubreunion.com.
Saturday, May 18
Beer 'Merica Craft beer festival featuring more than 100 American craft brews. 2-6 pm; Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave.; $35-$70; orlandoweeklytickets.com.
Thursday, May 23
The Unity of Dance Festival Four days of workshops, classes and parties for dancers of kizomba, merengue, bachata, salsa and more. 6 pm; Caribe Royale Resort Suites Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive; $15-$169; theunityofdancefestival.com.
Sunday, May 26
Carnival Rehab The "last injection of Orlando Carnival," featuring DJs, dancing and more. 8 pm; Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando, 8126 International Drive; $30; 407-673-4422; mangos.com.
Orlando Carnival Downtown Caribbean American festival with a wide assortment of DJs, Caribbean cuisine, and an enormous music lineup. 12-11 pm; Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place; $20; 407-423-2476; orlandocarnivaldowntown.com.