Weekend Happenings Mar 16-18

Our top picks for what's happening in and around Orlando this weekend.


Burrow Press Presents Clean Time – Gallery at Avalon Island – 7 p.m.

Celebrate the release of Ben Gwin's debut novel Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton, a darkly comic satire of recovery memoirs, celebrity worship and academia. For more info: facebook.com/events

Ella and the Bossa Beat – Blue Bamboo Center – 8 p.m.

Enjoy a mixture of Brazilian styles of Bossa Nova, Samba, Jazz Standards and original songs from their upcoming CD. For tickets and more info: bluebambooartcenter.com


St. Patrick's Day Block Party – Liam Fitzpatrick's – 9 a.m. 

Indulge in Irish tradition and join the biggest block party in Lake Mary's Colonial Town Park. Free and open to the public, guests are encouraged to dress in green as they celebrate outside Liam’s and throughout the plaza with continuous live entertainment and music, authentic Irish cuisine and drink specials all day long. For more info: liamfitzpatricks.com

Orlando Caribbean Festival – Central Florida Fairgrounds – 3 to 11 p.m.

Explore the Caribbean Culture through its food and musical excitements featuring an array of performances including Grammy Award-Winning international artist Wyclef Jean of the Fugees,  and several other critically acclaimed performers. For tickets and more info: orlandocaribbeanfestival.com

Dan Rather – Hard Rock Live – 8 to 10 p.m.

The notable journalist and former news anchor will deliver a speech followed by a Q&A session with the audience. 8-10 p.m. Hard Rock Live Orlando, 6050 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For tickets and more info: hardrock.com/live/locations/orlando


Bach Festival Society – Rollins College – 3 p.m.

As part of its Visiting Artists Series, the Bach Festival Society presents the Grammy Award-Winning Takács Quartet in concert performing string quartets by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven at Tiedtke Concert Hall. For tickets and more info: bachfestivalflorida.org

Forever Dancers – Orlando Public Library – 4 to 5 p.m.

What started as a group of dancers sharing their steps grew into a local troupe wishing to share their moves with their community. Free and open to the public. For more info: facebook.com/events

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Celtic Festival – Crooked Can Brewing – Fri to Sun

It's three days of live Celtic music, Irish dancers, local vendors, food and more. Oh, and the local craft brews from the brewery. Free and open to the public. For more info: facebook.com/events 

Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival – Raglan Road Pub – Fri to Sun

If you’re a bit Irish or want to be, head for the Irish food, drink, live music, dancing and bits of blarney at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista. Events run each day from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. For more info: raglanroad.com

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival – Central Park – Fri to Sun

One of the biggest and best juried art shows in the Southeast; booths are spread throughout Central Park, along Park Avenue between New England and Garfield avenues in downtown Winter Park. Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. For more info: wpsaf.org

Orlando Ballet's Family Weekend – Dr. Phillips Center – Sat & Sun

Introduce your family to the magic of ballet with Arcadian Broad's Beauty and the Beast at affordable ticket packages that include entrance to a lobby full of child friendly fun and activities. Saturday 1 & 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. For tickets and more info: drphillipscenter.org

Twelfth Night All Female Production – Orlando Shakes – Fri to Sun

As a part of her graduate thesis at the University of Central Florida, MFA Acting Candidate Amanda Lee has put together an all-female production of this Shakespeare classic and it is showing this weekend only. Friday -Sunday 7 p.m. For tickets and more info: mandilee.net
And read more about Amanda, her inspiration and how the show came together in our latest Arts Beat: "Be Not Afraid of Greatness…"

Wekiva Paint Out – Longwood – Fri to Sun

It's the closing weekend for this premier plein air art event, with artists painting in the open surroundings of Wekiva Island. All proceeds benefit the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and Keep Seminole Beautiful. For more info: wekivapaintout.com

Spring Fest – Mount Dora – Sat & Sun 

More than 275 vendors display an eclectic mix of art, collectibles and crafts on the downtown streets of Mount Dora. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info: visitmountdora.com

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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