February 2021 Calendar

Check out some fun events happening around Central Florida this February!
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Visitors to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts can explore their creative side in the areas of food, performance and visual arts. (BROOKE FEHR)

SPECIAL EVENTS

SHEN YUN

Through Feb. 4: Experience a lost culture through the art of classical Chinese dance as legends come to life through stunning costumes, high-tech backdrops and orchestral music. Tuesday & Thursday 2 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

JURASSIC QUEST DRIVE THRU

Through Feb. 7: More than 70 lifelike, animated dinosaurs transform the parking area of the Orange County Convention Center into a prehistoric land. Audio accompanies the hour-long tour, in English and Spanish. Hours vary. South entrance of OCCC, 9899 International Drive, Orlando. Purchase tickets in advance.
jurassicquest.com

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Through Feb. 22: The trifecta of fabulous with artistic cuisine, visual arts to see and become a part of and live entertainment. Included with park admission. Walt Disney World Epcot Showcase, 200 Epcot Center Drive, Orlando. 407-824-4321. disneyworld.disney.go.com

PIRATE & PRINCESS WEEKENDS

Through March 7: Swap tales with a pirate captain and his crew, take the pirate oath, become an honorary princess and join in a scavenger hunt and pool party as pirates take over Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center for an adventure for the whole family. 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407-586-0000. marriott.com

BABY AND ME STORY STROLL

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23: Join professional teaching artists from the Orlando Repertory Theatre and UCF on a safe and engaging 30-minute stroll through Loch Haven Park created just for prewalkers from infant to two years of age. Each week is uniquely themed and requires an admission ticket. 11 a.m. 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-896-7365. orlandorep.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY JURIED SHOW

Feb. 2-March 27: CFWS members exhibit their best work during this annual show. All paintings will be available for purchase. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception Feb. 4. Show is hosted by SOBO Art Gallery & Studio, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden.
centralforidawatercolor.org

AN EVENING WITH NEIL deGRASSE TYSON

Feb. 3: The well-known astrophysicist presents an illustrated talk on the perennial mismatch between expectations of where humans should be in space by now and the geopolitical, cultural and economic realities that limit exploration. 7:30 p.m. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 407-839-0119. drphillipscenter.org

THE JOURNEY OF FOOD TO ISRAEL

Feb. 3, 10, 17: The Jewish Community Center of Orlando presents a Zoom series on Israel’s 3,000-year history that has resulted in a rich culinary melting pot. Get to know ethnic dishes that tell the history of Israeli immigration. 6:30-8 p.m. 407-645-5933. orlandojcc.org

MOUNT DORA ARTS FESTIVAL

Feb. 6-7: Explore the 46th year of this juried show filled with works from artists nationwide, set near a beautiful lake in downtown Mount Dora, with entertainment, food and shopping. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave. 352-383-0880. mountdoraartsfestival.org

WINTER WAVE FESTIVAL

Feb. 6-7: Rap/hip-hop artists hit the stage in a music festival that welcomes fans of all ages. Headliner Rod Wave is joined by Moneybagg Yo and Hotboii. Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday noon. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. winterwavefestival.com

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Feb. 6-March 14: Creative City Project presents this magical adventure in which guests follow Alice through Mead Botanical Garden as they encounter all their favorite characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and are immersed in the beloved story through costuming, theatrical lighting, special effects and music. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. creativecityproject.com

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO MARDI GRAS INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS OF CARNAVAL

Feb. 6-March 28: The French Quarter festival returns to Universal Studios Florida with an emphasis on global cuisine. Colorful floats are on view, performers parade in the streets and live New Orleans music can be heard throughout the park. Included with regular admission. universalorlando.com/mardigras

IN MY OWN WORDS—HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR STORIES

Feb. 7: Join a live, virtual conversation between Bernice Lerner and her mother, Ruth Mermelstein, in “A Conversation with My Mom” as they explore on a deeply personal level the horrifying and tragic circumstances of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to annihilate the Jewish people. 3 p.m. Presented by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. 407-628-0555. Registration required to receive link to event. holocaustedu.org

OTRONICON

Feb. 12-15: This year’s hybrid version of the tech expo offers in-person and virtual opportunities to explore cutting-edge technologies from the video game and simulation industries. Meet industry leaders and learn more about STEM careers. Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. otronicon.org

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS EXTRAVAGANZA

Feb. 19-21: Browse the goods from more than 800 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, vintage items and more in stalls outdoors, under open-air buildings and in tents. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets, 20651 U.S. 441, Mount Dora. 352-383-3141. renningers.net

Categories: Art & Entertainment