March 2021 Calendar

What’s happening in the area this month in theater, film, music, art and more.
Raglan Band

Join in the fun and Irish festivities at Raglan Road’s Mighty Unplugged St. Patrick’s Day Festival. (COURTESY RAGLAN ROAD)

SPECIAL EVENTS

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. gaylordpalms.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY JURIED SHOW

Through 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. Show is hosted by SOBO Art Gallery & Studio, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. centralforidawatercolor.org

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Through March 14: Creative City Project presents this magical adventure in which guests follow Alice through Mead Botanical Garden and encounter all their favorite characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Participants 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’S MARDI GRAS 2021—INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS OF CARNAVAL

Through March 28: The French Quarter festival returns to Universal Studios Florida with an emphasis on global cuisine, with more than 70 dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the world. Colorful, intricately detailed Mardi Gras floats are stationed throughout the park and spectacular performers parade through the streets in the nightly Big Easy bash, where you can catch beads and listen to New Orleans brass bands. Included with regular admission. universalorlando.com/mardigras

SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL

Through May 9: Sip and sample your way around the world of international coastal cuisine paired with wines and craft beers and enjoy live performances from top country, rock and soul artists as well as tribute bands. Truly international tastes await from the Caribbean, Polynesian, All-American, Italian, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Brazilian, Asian, Mexican, Gulf Coast, Vegan and German markets. 11 a.m. until park closing. seaworld.com

TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 3-July 5: Take in enchanting topiaries and gather gardening tips while sampling seasonal foods from the outdoor kitchens throughout the World Showcase. Enjoy live music while picking up outdoor-living advice that you can use at home. Included with regular admission. disneyworld.disney.go.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA FAIR

March 4-14: Rides, midway games, live entertainment and youth livestock and culinary competitions make for a traditional, family favorite event in its 109th year. Check website for event times. 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. centralfloridafair.com

FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

March 4-14: It’s not all about the strawberry shortcake; this 11-day celebration of eastern Hillsborough County’s berry harvest also features a youth livestock show, rides, exhibits of commerce and live entertainment. 10 a.m. daily. 2209 W. Oak Ave., Plant City. flstrawberryfestival.com

DR. CHARLES WHITE SPEAKER SERIES

The Creative Arts Department Anti-Racism Committee for Equity started this virtual series as part of its mission to advance inclusion of all ethnicities. The program brings visiting artists of color to Stetson University’s campus to share their work and experiences with students and the broader community. To register and receive Zoom links, email creativearts@stetson.edu

March 9: Chotsani Dean, 4 p.m.

March 15: Biraaj Dodiya, 10 a.m.

March 31: WoC in the Arts, a panel discussion on career paths, 6 p.m.

Raglan Road mighty st. patrick’s festival—unplugged!

March 12-17: Celebrate everything Irish during this authentic St. Patrick’s Day fest complete with gift competitions, live Irish bands, Celtic dancing, food, drink and more. $10 per person for a two-hour slot. Reservations are highly recommended and can be booked online. 10 a.m.-closing. Raglan Road at Disney Springs. raglanroad.com

LEU GARDENS PLANT SALE

March 13-14: Growers and vendors offer plants and outdoor accessories for sale to enhance your landscape and home. Experts on hand can help solve your landscape problems. Bring a wagon or plant cart for your new friends. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

TASTE IN MOUNT DORA & CASINO NIGHT SPRING FLING

March 14: This 19th annual culinary event, with food prepared by 15 of Mount Dora’s finest restaurants, includes a casino night with blackjack, roulette and poker tables, plus its largest-ever silent auction. 6-10 p.m. Historic Downtown Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. mountdora.com

WRITE WITH PRIDE READING SERIES

March 20: The UCF Creative Writing MFA Program presents the Write with Pride Reading Series, with the inaugural reading scheduled as a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. Contact Terry Thaxton at terry.thaxton@ucf.edua or 407-823-2112. ucf.edu

MOUNT DORA SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND CRAFTS

March 20-21: More than 225 handcraft exhibitors and original artists display an eclectic mix of art, collectibles and crafts on the historic streets of the downtown Mount Dora walking district. There will be a bounce house for kids, wine tasting for adults and festival food for all. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 352-217-8390 or 352-217-5072. mountdoraspringfest.com

THE OFFICE! A MURDER MYSTERY PARODY

March 23-April 11: The World’s Best Boss and other characters from TV’s “The Office” lead intrepid audiences through a murder mystery in an immersive and interactive parody walking tour through Thornton Park to unmask the Scranton Strangler. Times vary. Presented by The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando. 407-704-6103. abbeyorlando.com,
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TASTE OF OVIEDO

March 27: This annual event features restaurants in the Oviedo area offering their best food and beverages. This year’s theme is “The Cheesier, the Better!” and all food vendors will highlight one cheese-themed dish. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo. tasteofoviedo.org

FLORIDA MANATEE FESTIVAL

March 27-28: Crystal River’s most famous residents, the gentle, slow-moving manatees, are the stars of this annual celebration. See the herbivores in their natural setting through free bus tours to Three Sisters Springs or for a small fee, join a Manatee Boat Tour to some of their favorite hangouts in Kings Bay. Three stages fill the air with live entertainment while festival-goers browse arts and crafts, enjoy a beer garden and two food courts serving everything from fresh seafood to local barbecue. 915 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 800-587-6667. gomanateefest.com

SALSA Y SAZON

March 28: Experience the rhythms of Latin music and culinary delights from the Caribbean and Central and South America as the 6th Annual Latin Food and Music Festival returns with doubled VIP space and more amenities. Artists include Oscar De Leon, Eddy Herrera, Fulanito, Brenda K. Starr and Karibe Kings. Live music begins at 2 p.m. Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

PAULEY LECTURE SERIES ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS—CAN NATIONS FORGIVE?

March 29: “The Case of Japan and its Asian Neighbors” examines the historical abuses that continue to divide Japan, China and Korea and what steps may be taken toward reconciliation. 5:30 p.m. This is a virtual event presented by the University of Central Florida. Contact Tiffany Rivera at history@ucf.edu

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