Weekend Happenings May 4-6

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


Before They Were Stars – CFCArts Black Box Theater – 6 & 8:30

CFCArts kicks off their annual Summer Scholarship Drive with this one-night-only show and the first ever Staff Cabaret. cfcarts.com

Jake's Beer Festival – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

This festival features more than 50 local and regional specialty craft beers, tasty foods, live entertainment and more, and takes place under the hotel's outdoor Wantilan Pavilion. eventbrite.com


Taste of Haiti – Gaston Edwards Park – 2 to 8 p.m.

Whether you are of Haitian descent or love Haitian food,  you'll find something to enjoy at this culinary and cultural celebration. facebook.com/events

Cinco de Mayo Yappy Hour – Mennello Museum – 3 to 5 p.m.

Sip on sangria and margaritas while the pups enjoy freshly made chips and dip provided by Rick's Dog Deli—all while overlooking beautiful Lake Formosa. There will be Cinco de Mayo themed art projects and a photo booth station with props for you and your pups. Free margaritas and sangria for Pet Members. mennellomuseum.org

Los Liam's Cinco de Mayo – Liam Fitzpatrick's – 4 p.m.

Three DJs, a live band, salsa dancers and more electric entertainment will be at Colonial Town to celebrate with neighbors F&D Cantina, Graffiti Junktion, Dexter’s and Corona Cigar Company joining in the fun. cincodemayolakemary.com

25th Anniversary Gala – Bob Carr Theater – 6 p.m.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announces turns 25 this year and they're celebrating with a kaleidoscope of live performances highlighting music and programs of the orchestra, an elegant cocktail hour, a fabulous three-course dinner, a live auction, and dancing. orlandophil.org

20th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo Party – Adobe Gila’s – 1 p.m. to midnight

Rock out with your guac with DJ's, food and drink specials, and opportunities to win prizes by entering contests with the following categories:  Best ‘Stache, Mexican Costume, Pee Wee Herman Dance and Cinco Selfie. adobegilas.com

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Mango's Tropical Cafe – 6 to 9 p.m.

It's all-you-can eat tacos and all-you-can-drink well margaritas, plus mariachi bands, DJ Astyles and 103.3 Rumba will be on site. facebook.com/events 


Running of the Chihuahuas – Cocina 214 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This family-friendly event invites locals, visitors and pet-lovers alike to continue the Cinco De Mayo celebration with the beloved Chihuahua run, fresh margaritas, authentic Tex-Mex cuisine and festive delights. cocina214.com

Crafts and Culture Market – Eatonville – 1 p.m.

Happening the first Sunday of every month, this outdoor family friendly event features a kid’s corner, food trucks, artisan vendors, and music. Free. facebook.com/EatonvilleCHF

Multi-Day Events:

Just for Kids Weekends – SeaWorld – Sat & Sun

Families will enjoy dancing to the beat and learning along with their favorite furry, finned and flippered friends. Included with theme park admission. seaworldparks.com

Cabaret Week Opens – Mad Cow Theatre – Fri to Sun

Enter into a time machine as you walk through the doors of Club Moo. Experience in the hits of 1952 and 1972 with four of the hottest voices in Orlando as your time-traveling tour guides. Delve into the news, the lifestyles, the gossip and most important–the music. madcowtheatre.com

Bahia Shrine Circus – Kissimmee – Sat & Sun

The Royal Hanneford Circus comes to the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park for two days. Show times 10 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. each day. 866-362-0557. ohpark.com

St. Johns River Festival of the Arts – Sanford – Sat & Sun

First Street in downtown Sanford is transformed into an art mecca, with more than 150 artists, plus workshops, demonstrations, live acoustic music, and a food court. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. stjohnsriverartfest.com

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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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