Weekend Happenings April 21 to 23

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


Bernadette Peters – Dr. Phillips Center – 8 pm

Under the vision and leadership of artistic director Rodney Whitaker, the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra will give its first performance with special guest three-time Tony Award®-winner Bernadette Peters as part of Morgan Stanley Moments. For tickets and more info: drphillipscenter.org


Central Florida Earth Day – Lake Eola – 10 am to 6 pm

The group Vegetarians of Central Florida hosts the largest and longest-running Earth Day festival in Central Florida, with educational exhibits, speakers, live music and family activities. This is a free, vegan, dog-friendly and smoke-free event. For more info: cfearthday.org

Goldilocks and the Three Bears – The Plaza Live – 10 & 11:30 am

The Symphony Storytime Series at The Plaza Live presents live music for young children, ages three to seven by Orlando Philharmonic musicians, along with narration and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that bring this favorite children’s classic to life. For tickets and more info: orlandophil.org/family-friendly

Anything that Floats – DeLand – 10 am

This St. Johns River race allows you to push, pull, paddle or even shimmy your vessel to the finish line at the Lake Beresford Yacht Club. Awards for the fastest entries as well as best-decorated and “fastest sinker.” For more info: mainstreetdeland.org

Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Festival – Winter Park – 10 am to 4 pm

More than two dozen Florida artists—including members of the original Florida Highwaymen—sell their art throughout the day. There’s live music and a special “kid-folk” workshop for children that culminates in a parade. For more info: hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org

Earthday Birthday – Central Florida Fairgrounds – 11 am 11 pm

A rock concert and festival featuring nine bands, three stages, vendors, art displays and more. For more info: wjrr.com

Festival of Bacon – Seneff Arts Plaza – 11 am

An eight-hour homage to bacon. More than two dozen top restaurants and food vendors create bacon-inspired dishes for sampling outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the performing arts and live music with family- and pet-friendly entertainment. For more info: drphillipscenter.org


Winter Park Paint Out – Albin Polasek Museum – through April 20

It's opening day for this week-long affair with artists painting outdoors—or en plein air—at locations throughout Winter Park; finished works are immediately displayed and available for purchase at the Polasek, whose museum and gardens are open free to the public the entire week. For more info: polasek.org

Kathleen Blake Hosts Women in the Kitchen – Ocoee – 3 to 6:30 pm

This seated four-course dinner takes place on the beautiful grounds of Lake Meadow Naturals farm and will celebrate, support, and feature food from James Beard Foundation Award-winning women chefs and restaurateurs from across the country, hosted by JBF award nominee Kathleen Blake of Orlando's The Rusty Spoon. For tickets and more info: eventbrite.com

Multi-Day Events:

Florida Music Fest & Conference – Downtown Orlando – Fri to Sun 7 pm to 2 am

Each night, more than 50 bands and musical artists perform on a dozen stages throughout downtown Orlando. The Friday-Saturday afternoon industry conference also gives artists a chance to network with music companies and to hand out resumes and demos. For more info: floridamusicfestival.com

Florida Film Festival – Locations Vary – Times Vary

It's opening weekend for the 26th annual Florida Film Festival. Friday night is the annual opening night party starting at 6 pm with a showing of The Hero at the Enzian. Films will be shown at varying theaters and times for the duration of the ten-day festival. For tickets and more info: floridafilmfestival.com

Mulan, The Musical – CFCArts Blackbox Theatre – Fri & Sat 7 pm

The CFCArts Middle School Musical Theatre Company presents the Disney classic live with free admission for children 12 and under. For more info:  cfcarts.com/mulanjr

Urinetown, The Musical – Rollins College – Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm

Poking fun at corporate greed, bureaucracy, and Broadway musicals, this satirical musical tells the story of revolution incited by one hero who decides it’s not “a privilege to pee.” Running through April 29 in the Annie Russell Theatre. For tickets and more info: rollins.edu

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