Weekend Happenings in Orlando Jan 27 to 29

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



13 life-like recreations of prehistoric creatures by Guy Darrough – a self-taught and accomplished fossil collector and illustrator – are on display throughout Leu Gardens through April 30, with special events happening on Jan 28.

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Friday:

Opening Reception – Mennello Museum of American Art – 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in celebration of the opening of  Bo Bartlett: American Artist, an exhibition of large-scale oil paintings by one of the most significant Realist painters of his generation. For more info: facebook.com/events/1791984551051249

Living Room Theater – Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts – 8 pm

Embark on an emotional journey during this intimate theatrical viewing of vignettes reflecting humanity, followed by a Q&A session with the performers. For tickets and more info: bluebambooartcenter.com/shows

Saturday:

Dino Day – Leu Gardens – 9 am to 2pm

Learn about dinosaurs with hands-on activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt – and up-close encounters with lifelike replicas in the gardens’ “Dinosaur Invasion” exhibit (Jan. 13-April 30). The creatures, crafted for authenticity by fossil expert Guy Darrough, range in size from 14 inches to 33 feet. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Included in daytime garden admission. For more info: leugardens.org

Winter Music Series – Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards – 1 to 4 pm

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards offers live music on Saturday afternoons in January, with bands performing on an outdoor stage. Along with complimentary winery tours and tastings, food, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. For more info: lakeridgewinery.com

Sunday:

Indoor Acoustic Music – Winter Park – 2 pm

Central Florida Folk present live performances by Andrew McKnight with opening act Nicholas Roberts at the Winter Park Public Library. For more info: cffolk.org

Vietnam in Context – Rollins College – 5 to 6:30 pm

U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy joins Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Scholar from Pepperdine University to tell their stories of emigrating from Vietnam at the Annie Russell Theatre. For more info: calendar.activedatax.com/rollins

Multi-Day Events:

2017 NFL Pro Bowl Weekend Events – Locations Vary – Times Vary

This weekend brings to a close a week full of events to celebrate football in honor of the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl. Events include a parade on Friday at Disney's Magic Kingdom, a dance party at Disney Springs from 4 to 7 pm on Saturday, and an NFL Flag Championship at ESPN World of Sports, plus more. For more info: floridacitrussports.com

A Celebration of Harry Potter – Universal Studios – Fri to Sun, Times Vary

All things Potter, including Q&A sessions with select cast members from the movies, “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, and discussion panels and demonstrations examining various aspects of the Harry Potter stories. Included with general admission ticket. For more info: universalorlando.com/events

Repticon – Central Florida Fairgrounds – Sat & Sun 10 am to 4 pm

This two-day expo features animal breeders from around the country, vendors offering reptile pets from around the world, live animal encounters, exhibitors and vendors displaying all types of reptile and exotic pet products, and hands-on live animal presentations. For tickets and more info: repticon.com/tickets

Harvey  – Osceola Arts – Fri & Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm

It's the closing weekend for this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Elwood and his imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit friend. For tickets and more info: tickets.osceolaarts.org

Gladdening Light Symposium – Winter Park – Times Vary

Franciscan activist Father Richard Rohr anchors this series of events sponsored by Gladdening Light, a local, nonprofit spiritual initiative that explores transcendent elements of art through lectures, concerts and exhibitions. Events take place at various locations throughout Winter Park. For more info: gladdeninglight.org

Images: A Festival of the Arts – New Smyrna Beach – Fri 1 to 5 pm; Sat 9 am to 5 pm; Sun 10 am to 4 pm

A juried art show, now in its 41st year, hosted by the Atlantic Center for the Arts. More than 200 artists and 45,000 other people, with live music, children’s art activities and more. For more info: imagesartfestival.org

Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival – Orange City – Fri to Sun

Features live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and games, and animal “ambassadors” from the Central Florida Zoo. A shuttle takes you to nearby Blue Spring State Park to see manatees wintering in their natural setting. For more info: themanateefestival.com

For a full lineup of the happenings around town this month, check out our online calendar, 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.

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