Weekend Happenings April 17 – 19

Find out the best events in and around Orlando for the weekend.

The weather forecast is gloomy. Hot, humid, and rainy all weekend. But, the events calendar is very bright! After all, we're Floridians. We don't let a stormy day rain on our parade. We just put on our rain boots and head out for fun. If you need some help planning the fun, read on for this weekend's happenings.

Friday Night:

2015 Annual Student Exhibition Reception  – Anita S. Wooten Gallery – 6:30 PM

It's the opening reception to the annual Valencia College annual juried student show featuring the work from fine art, graphic design, and digital media students. For more info: valenciacollege.edu/artsandentertainment

​Putting It Together – The Winter Park Playhouse – 7:30 PM

This humorous musical review celebrating the career of Stephen Sondheim featuring nearly 30 of his beloved songs opens tonight and runs through May 9. For more info: winterparkplayhouse.org

An Evening With David Sedaris – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center – 8:00 PM

Shake of the work-week grind with the wit and humor of David Sedaris, the best selling author and essayist. Tonight is the only night to catch him perform readings from his new work with a book signing to follow. For more info: drphillipscenter.org/shows-and-events

Guys and Dolls – The Annie Russell Theatre – 8:00 PM

See the opening performance of this beloved musical put on by the Rollins Department of Theater and Dance. Can't make it out tonight, not to worry the show runs until April 25. For more info: rollins.edu/annie-russell-theatre


Mount Dora Blueberry Festival – Sunset Park – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This is the inaugural year for this festival in Mount Dora, or otherwise known as Festival City. The day will celebrate the newly developing crops in Florida and our goal to out produce Georgia. For more info: festivalsofflorida.com

UCF Book Festival – University of Central Florida – 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

This premier annual literary event hosted by UCF brings reading as a cultural experience to people from infants to seniors. Don't miss the opportunity for book signings, cooking demonstrations, book appraisals, and much more. For more info: education.ucf.edu

Music of the Movies – Loch Haven Park – 6:00 PM

Dr. Phillip's Charities presents the third annual free outdoor concert in the park featuring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Food Truck Bazaar, and an instrument petting zoo. Pre-concert activities begin at 4:00 PM with Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds. For more info: orlandophil.org

Spring Swirl – Discovery Cove – 7:30 PM

The Ninth Annual Spring Swirl wine tasting and auction benefits the Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families. Enjoy the food, wine, and silent auction while supporting this worthy cause. For more info: springswirl.com


It's Just Yoga Festival – Cranes Roost Park – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This is a festival celebrating yogis of all experience levels, whether you've never been on a mat or you're yoga mat's been worn through ten times over. The classes are all donation based and benefit New Hope For Kids. Yoga is included, but there will also be wine and chocolate! For more info: itsjustyogafest.com

Private Gardens of Historic Orlando – Lake Eola Heights – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

For you HG TV junkies, this Sunday catch the live show. Get an exclusive look at the stylish and beautiful private gardens of ten homes in Lake Eola heights. For more info: neighborhoodlink.com

Saturday & Sunday Events:

Parade of Homes – Various Locations – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

This annual event is an opportunity to view the area's best homes and learn about the latest in home design, energy efficiency, and green home building. For more info check out their website or digital guide

Florida Film Festival – Various Locations – Various Times

This is the closing weekend of the Florida Film Festival, an event always worth making time for. There are a number of films left to see and events to attend, so don't miss out! For more info: floridafilmfestival.com

For a full lineup of the happenings around town this month, check out April's On the Town, pick up the magazine on newsstands, subscribe, or pick up your digital copy today.

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