Weekend Happenings Jan 26 to 28

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




The Gladdening Light Symposium is happening this weekend at various locations throughout Winter Park.

Courtesy of Randy Robertson

Friday:

Barks, Bubbles and Brews – College Park – 5 p.m.

Woof! Orlando and Cavanaugh's Fine Wines partner to offer a night to mingle with friends and their fur kids while sipping spectacular wines and craft beer. Food trucks will be present and goodie bags will be offered with treats, free nail trim coupons and more. For more info: facebook.com/events

Art After Dark – Lake Nona – 7 to 10 p.m.

Mingle with local artists from Orlando’s bustling art scene while enjoying their latest creations and sipping your favorite wine at the Lake Nona Town Center. For more info: facebook.com/events

Saturday:

Connect with Nature Day – Harry P. Leu Gardens – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Explore nature with hands-on activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Dig up dinosaur bones or create a clay figurine to take home, learn how fossils form, create a dinosaur hat, experience prehistoric wonder with live alligators, plus more. For more info: leugardens.org

OCLS Writer's Conference – Orlando Public Library – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This one-day free conference provides tools and knowledge writers need to reach writing and publishing goals this year. Authors and publishing professionals will teach workshops on both craft and business topics. To RSVP and for more info: ocls.info/ocls-writers-conference

Sunday:

Family Fun Day – Maitland Civic Center – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Start off the new year with a healthy mind and body with hands on activities to promote health and wellness, plus learn about bully prevention with a performance by "The Upstander League" and MicheLee Puppets. For more info: facebook.com/events

NFL Pro Bowl – Camping World Stadium – 3 p.m.

From the first-timers to the players making it for yet another year, the full 2018 rosters of this annual game include starters and reserves for the AFC and NFC. For tickets and more info: nfl.com/probowl

Multi-Day Events:

Gladdening Light Symposium – Various Locations in Winter Park – Fri to Sun

Join NPR host Krista Tippett, in conversation with two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. A.O. Scott, author of Better Living Through Criticism will speak, and all will participate on a panel to ponder the art of composition and criticism with Gustavo Santaolalla, film score composer for Brokeback MountainFor more info: gladdeninglight.org

A Celebration of Harry Potter – Universal Studios – Fri to Sun

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

Blue Springs Manatee – Orange City – Sat & Sun

Typically, 100 or more manatees visit the springs each winter. Celebrate this unique mammal and enjoy live music, crafts, face-painting, dancing, and rides at Valentine Park. For more info: themanateefestival.com

IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts – New Smyrna Beach – Fri to Sun

The Atlantic Center for the Arts hosts this juried art show in Riverside Park, New Smyrna Beach. With live music, children’s art activities, food and drink. Free. For more info: atlanticcenterforthearts.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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