Weekend Happenings Feb 23-25

Know what's happening in and around Orlando for the weekend.




The Downtown Food & Wine Fest is happening this Saturday and Sunday in the heart of Orlando.

Courtesy of Downtown Food & Wine Fest Via Facebook

Friday:

Opening Night and Pre-Show Party – Orlando Shakes – 6:15 p.m.

Arrive early for the opening night of Twelfth Night and enjoy free light appetizers followed by a brief, informative discussion about the creative process with the director and members of the creative team. Free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary. Running through March 23, other show times include Saturday 2 & 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. For tickets and more info: orlandoshakes.org

Championship Boxing – Osceola Heritage Park – 7:30 p.m.

All-Star Boxing brings you Boxeo Telemundo Championship Boxing with Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez battling Mexico’s Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez in the fight for the WBO Regional Flyweight Title. For tickets and more info: ohpark.com

Opening Night: Steel Magnolias – CFCArts Blackbox Theater – 7:30 p.m.

Like the classic movie with the same name, the story is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where anyone who is anyone comes to get their hair done. Running through March 11, other show times include Saturday 7:30, and Sunday 3 p.m. For tickets and more info: cfcarts.com/steelmagnolias

Saturday:

Cinderella Preview – Orlando Museum of Art – 1:30 p.m.

As one of the many lead-up events to opening night, Opera Orlando’s Studio Artists invite you on a musical walk through Rossini’s comic masterpiece. For more info: operaorlando.org/cinderella

Latin Jazz Nights – Timucua White House – 7:30 p.m.

Concluding the series, one of the most important exponents of the Cuban piano jazz style, Hernandez is a purveyor of world-class Latin music with a strong jazz flavor. For more info: timucua.com

Sunday:

Dragon Parade & Lunar New Year Festival – Fashion Square Mall – 11 a.m.

Start off the Year of the Dog with a bang. Parade begins at 11 a.m.; festival begins at noon with Asian food, arts, cultural performances and live music. For more info: centralfloridadragonparade.org

Jewish Book Festival – Writers Block Bookstore – 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In partnership with The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, four Jewish authors Michelle Edwards, Paul Goldberg, Pam Jenoff and Justin Loeber will be present for a series of special events throughout the day. For tickets and more info: facebook.com/events

Purim Carnival – Congregation of Reform Judaism – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

It's Orlando’s only community-wide Purim celebration. Enjoy the rides and attractions, carnival games, costume parade, craft and activities led by CRJ youth staff, photo booth, and lots of treats for purchase, including various flavors of dipped Hamantashen. CRJ encourages carnival attendees to wear costumes in the holiday tradition. For more info: crjorlando.org

Violin Concert – Polasek Museum – 2 to 4 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed violin and viola player Dr. Ayako Yonetani and a variety of guest instrumentalists perform. Held in the elegant Capen-Showalter House, concert-goers experience acoustic perfection in an intimate setting. The performance is followed by a private reception. Limited to 45 seats. For more info: polasek.org

Trout Fishing in America – Fodor's Grove – 2 to 5 p.m.

Catch a live performance by this award-winning folk/pop band. For more info: facebook.com/events

Piano Concert – Stetson University – 7:30 p.m.

An intimate evening with one of the world’s most recognized contemporary solo pianists, and former Stetson student, George Winston performs a benefit concert in support of Stetson University’s School of Music Scholarship Fund. For tickets and more info: stetson.edu/music

Multi-Day Events

Downtown Food & Wine Fest – Lake Eola – Sat & Sun

Experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe a this two-day fest featuring mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and live entertainment. For tickets and more info: downtownfoodandwinefest.radio.com

Science Play Fest – Mad Cow Theater – Fri to Sun

For it's fifth year, the theater presents four play-readings that explore the many intersections between art and science. For tickets and more info: madcowtheatre.com

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Walt Disney World – Fri to Sun

Whatever sort of princess you are, this weekend is for you, with shorter races and related events in addition to the Sunday half-marathon at Epcot. For more info: disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/disney-princess-half-marathon-weekend

Concertos by Candlelight – Rollins College – Fri to Sun

Knowles Chapel comes alive with an evening of sublime melodies and exciting virtuosic concertos featuring Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, the rarely heard Romanze for Viola by Max Bruch, the dramatic Cello Concerto in A Minor by Saint-Saëns, and the world premiere of Daniel Crozier’s Concerto for Two Clarinets—all accompanied by the Bach Festival Orchestra. For tickets and more info: bachfestivalflorida.org

For a full lineup of the happenings around town this month check out On the Town, pick up the magazine on newsstands, subscribe, or pick up your digital copy today. Prefer to get your news in smaller bites? Sign up to receive our e-newsletter, CityScene delivered straight to your inbox.

Want to see your event listed in the Weekend Happenings? Contact Rita at rita.sotolongo@orlandomagazine.com with your press release or event information.

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