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Every festival we know about happening in Orlando spring 2019

Our guide to the best reasons to leave the house between now and May 26



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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;

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;

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;

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;

Spring Jazz & Art Festival Outdoor live jazz concert, artists, food and vendors. 6-9 pm; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free;

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;

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.

March 4-9

Wekiva Island Paint Out A weeklong art exhibit featuring dozens of artists painting outdoors. Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; $40;

March 6-9

Filmapalooza Films and workshops from the 48-Hour Film Project. Multiple locations; TBA;

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;

March 8-10

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;

March 9-10

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

March 15-16

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;

March 15-17

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;

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;

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