FALL GUIDE 2008 - EVENTS 


What does it cost to mingle with the dead, become one with the spirits and let go of orgiastic tendencies? A lot.

"A Don Post `mask` will go for 10 or 15 grand," says Neil Goldsmith, an Orlando hobbyist latex-smith who runs the website Latex Mask Central (www.latexmaskcentral.com). And for the record, he's not talking about a mask of Post, but a mask by Post, the man who invented the mass market for commercial latex masks.

Goldsmith, who works out of his garage, says collectors are the biggest chunk of the false-face market; even some celebrities are in on the action. He has sold to people from Dustin Diamond to Daniel Roebuck from Lost. And though he doesn't command Don Post money, custom work from Goldsmith is still pricey. "If someone says they want such and such a character, and I sculpt it, mold, paint, etc., it would probably be about $800, because it is a custom commission."

Customers can also request the only copy. "People want authentic," Goldsmith says. "The classics are still the best sellers."

But what about the sexy? On the same night men decide to paint themselves as undead lepers, women often decide that it's about time they wore a thong in public. For a unique twist on the scantily clad nurse or cop, Fairvilla Megastore, 1740 N. Orange Blossom Trail, is bringing in costumes from Los Angeles—based Trashy Lingerie.

Trashy, known for custom costumes decorating celebrity bods, has anointed Fairvilla to be one of only three retailers in Florida to sell their product. For the occasion, the store has set aside a room to be lined with velvet and guarded by a sales associate who will only let in people serious about dropping the cash. Costumes start at $100 and can easily top $1,000 with accessories.

"Everything is sewn and original," says Fairvilla CEO Tom Berger. "`Trashy Lingerie` built a reputation on incredible quality."

"As our world has changed, the boomers and following generations have refused to let go of this holiday," adds Berger. "They want authentic. They want quality."

And they're willing to pay for it.

T.I. Fraser

HALLOWEEN

Sept. 5-Oct. 31

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Disney tames down the scariness of Halloween, turning the park into a G-rated celebration of spooky. 7 pm Thursday-Friday. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $49.95-$55.95; (407) 934-7639.

Sept. 26-Nov. 1

Halloween Horror Nights The elaborate scarefest is back for its 18th year, this time bringing urban legends to life, headed by mascot Bloody Mary. 6:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, Wednesdays starting Oct. 22. Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $69.99; (407) 363-8000.

Howl-O-Scream Frights and terrors abound at the theme park after dark. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday. Busch Gardens, 3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa Bay; $64.95; (888) 800-5447.

Oct. 4

HallowScream The Footlight Players perform a special spooky show. 11:59 pm Saturday. The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $8; (407) 425-7571.

Oct. 4-Oct. 26

Halloween Spooktacular Pirates, ghouls and goblins invade the park as kid-friendly, holiday-themed entertainment. Get full details at www.seaworldspooktacular.com/swfspook.html. 11 am Saturday-Sunday. SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive; $59.95-$69.95; (407) 363-2613.

Oct. 15-Oct. 16

Death Note II: The Last Name The sequel to the acclaimed Japanese thriller is screened at five local theaters (check www.fathomevents.com for full details): Altamonte Mall 18, Pleasure Island 24, The Loop Stadium 16, Regal Winter Park Village 20 and. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Thursday. Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20, 541 North Alafaya Trail; various prices; (407) 207-9110.

Oct. 17

Ghost Stories Project Imagination presents chilling and eerie tales. 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Friday. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $6-$9; (407) 246-2620.

Masquerade Ball Learn some quick classic steps, followed by professional and amateur performances and a general dance. Bring a food item for the World Food Bank. 7:30 pm Friday. Bahia Shrine Auditorium, 2300 Pembrook Drive; $10; (407) 644-6286.

Oct. 17-Oct. 19

All Hallows 10-for-the-Fringe A night of spooky short plays, food, an auction and a costume contest to benefit the Orlando International Fringe Festival. 6 pm Friday, Sunday. Footlight Theater, The Parliament House; $10; (407) 425-7571.

Spooky Empire's Screamfest 2008 Horror convention features Malcolm McDowell and other celebrity appearances, live music, film screenings, tattooing, vendors and more. 5 pm Friday, 11 am Saturday-Sunday. Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive; $25-$175; (954) 258-7852.

Oct. 17-Nov. 1

Zombies From the Beyond Enjoy this musical comedy celebration of Eisenhower-era sci-fi camp. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $22-$18; (407) 877-4736.

Oct. 18-Oct. 26

Zoo Boo Bash All-ages Halloween party providing kids with a safe place to trick-or-treat as well as hayrides, demonstrations and activities. 9 am-3 pm Saturday-Sunday, Central Florida Zoological Park, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; $6.95-$10.95; (407) 323-4450.

Oct. 24-Nov. 1

Howling Halloween Take a nighttime tour of Hell Ranch and enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment. 7 pm Friday-Sunday. Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; $10; (407) 957-9794.

Oct. 25

Halloween Extravaganza Children can compete in a costume contest, take police car tours and walk through a haunted cemetery, followed by the planetarium show "Into the West: The Astronomical Origins of Halloween." 7 pm-11 pm Saturday. SCC Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $4-$6; (407) 708-2360.

Rocky Horror Picture Show The Rich Weirdoes present a screening of the film accompanied by live pantomime performance and audience participation. Midnight Friday-Saturday. Universal Cineplex 20, CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $9.25; (407) 354-5998.

Trick or Treat Safe Zone Kids have three floors to hunt for candy, enjoy creepy crafts and a Mystery House, and compete in a costume contest. 6 pm-8 pm Saturday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; free; (407) 836-8500. 697-3333.

Truck or Treat Monster truck champions and death-defying motocross riders put on a motorsports spectacle. 2 pm, 7 pm Saturday. Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Highway 192, Kissimmee; $14-$17; (321) 697-3333.

Unknown Hinson 8 pm; Back Booth; $13-$15.

Oct. 28

Cult Classics John Carpenter's The Thing. 9:30 pm Tuesday. Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $5; (407) 629-0054.

Oct. 30

Halloween Cookie Decorating and Costume Party Come in character and ready for treats without tricks. 3 pm Thursday. Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive; $12; (407) 999-5255.

Zombie Dance "Marvel Zombies" is theme for this year's ghoulish gala presented by A Comic Shop, including live music. 9 pm Thursday. Back Booth, 37 W. Pine St.; various prices; (407) 332-9636.

Dead Poets Slam Slammers compete in the personae of poets from beyond the grave. 9 pm Thursday. Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; (407) 623-3393.

Oct. 31

Halloween at Cranes Roost Annual celebration with contests, booths, trick-or-treating and live music. 5 pm Friday. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; (407) 571-8863.

Halloween Block Party All ages are welcome to this community event with games, food and a costume contest. 7 pm Friday. John H. Jackson Community Center, 1002 W. Carter St.; free; (407) 246-2327.

Plazaween VIII Holiday block party featuring extravagant costumes and live entertainment on two stages. 5 pm Friday. Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free-$6; (407) 849-9904.

Shine Psycho Circus Halloween Masquerade Dress up for live entertainment from the Donnert Party acrobat troupe, Richard the Adequate, music by Ostrich and more. 9 pm Friday. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; $20; (407) 648-7060.

Spooky Hollow A safe and fun trick-or-treat trip among the downtown shops. 6 pm Friday. Downtown Sanford, West 1st Street and South Park Avenue; free; (407) 330-5697.

Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Halloween Costume Contest Two nights of elaborate and outrageous outfits competing for $2,000. 8 pm Friday-Saturday. The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $10; (407) 425-7571.

Haunted Walk & Orb Tours The guides at Central Florida's spiritualist camp lead visitors on a spooky tour of this historically eerie locale. 7 pm-11 pm Friday-Saturday. Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, Cassadaga Road and Stevens Street, Cassadaga; $10; (386) 228-2880.

EVENTS

Sept. 26-Nov. 9

International Food and Wine Festival Annual celebration of food, beer and wine from around the globe, with live jazz, rock or funk music nightly. 11 am-9 pm Friday-Sunday. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $80.57; (407) 824-4321.

Sept. 27

Bavarian Brewfest German food and beer festival featuring a variety of competitions, including burpmeister, bratwurst eating and barrel tossing. 6 pm Saturday. The Dutton House, 332 W. New York Ave., DeLand; $25; (386) 740-6957.

Central Florida Beer Festival 2008 Indoors and air-conditioned with 80 beer tents distributing unlimited samples of over 200 varieties of beer, plus food, live entertainment, games and more. 3 pm Saturday. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $35-$45; (407) 687-8967.

History Center Anniversary Celebration The Florida Highwaymen will be showing their work to ring in the historic courthouse location's eighth year. 10 am-5 pm Saturday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; free; (407) 836-8500.

Festival de Sabores Latin flavor is on display, with demonstrations by internationally recognized chefs, wine seminars and spirits tastings, flare bartender shows and celebrity appearances. 4 pm Saturday. Festival Bay Mall, 5250 International Drive; $20; (407) 248-5870.

Sept. 27-Sept. 28

Fiesta del Coquí Celebration of the Hispanic culture with live music, crafts, activities and demonstrations. 11 am-6 pm Saturday-Sunday. Central Florida Zoological Park, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; free-$10.95; (407) 323-4450.

Oct. 3-Oct. 5

Daytona Beach Boat Show Check out hundreds of new models for recreation, fishing and everything the water has to offer. 10 am-9 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; free-$7; (386) 254-4545.

Winter Garden Music Fest 2008 Over 20 different genres of music are represented, plus workshops, crafts and more. 5 pm-10 pm Friday, noon-11 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday. Downtown Winter Garden, West Plant Street and South Park Avenue; free; (407) 656-3244.

Oct. 4

Cowboy Heritage Festival Explore the unique Cracker Cowman way of life and history with horse-shoeing demonstrations, Native American Seminole tribe camps and more. 9 am-6 pm Saturday. Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Highway 192, Kissimmee; free; (407) 846-6221.

Diwali Mela The festival of lights presented by the Association of Asian Cultural Festivals features live music, dancing, guest personalities and lots of authentic cuisine. 4 pm-9 pm Saturday. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park; free; (407) 246-2827.

Oktoberfest Traditional celebration with German music, food and beer. 2 pm Saturday. German American Society of Central Florida, 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry; $4; (407) 834-0574.

Oct. 9-Oct. 12

Southern Women's Show Annual expo featuring fashions, food, furnishings and fun. Various times Thursday-Sunday. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $8; (800) 849-0248.

Oct. 10

An Evening in the Grove A citrus-themed party with auctions and live entertainment to benefit the Maitland Historical Society. 6:30 pm Friday. Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, 600 N. Lake Destiny Drive, Maitland; $45-$90; (407) 644-2451.

Big Bang Miss Sammy hosts this kickoff party for the Come Out With Pride Festival, featuring music and live entertainment. 6:30 pm-10 pm Friday. Hamburger Mary's, 110 W. Church St. ; $10; (321) 319-0600.

Oct. 11

Fall Beer Fest and Brewniversity A sampling of more than 20 beers, plus discussions of beer pairings with Ed Measom of the UCF Rosen School of Hospitality. 4 pm-7 pm Saturday. Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; $5; (407) 673-8788.

Florida Cracker Oyster Festival Enjoy an assortment of Louisiana, Texas and Florida foods, with live music and other activities. 2 pm-9 pm Saturday. Isle of Pine's South Beach Park, 13040 Lake Mary Jane Road; $15-$30; (407) 384-9211.

Herb Day Festival Spice up your kitchen with fresh herbs from vendors, plus classes, demonstrations and live entertainment. 11 am-4 pm Saturday. Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; (407) 595-3731.

Oct. 11-Oct. 12

Fossil Fair Annual expo features fossils, rocks, minerals, gems, artifacts, books, vendors, a children's dig pit and silent auctions. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $1-$4; (407) 699-9274.

Sanford Bikefest Iron horse stunts, contests and live entertainment along the waterfront. 5 pm-11 pm Friday, 10 am-11 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; free; (407) 322-2212.

Oct. 12

Come Out With Pride A festival celebrating the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities with a parade, speaking engagements and live entertainment this year including Kristine W. and Lisa Lisa. Noon-6 pm Sunday. Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free; (407) 246-2827.

Oct. 13

Taste of Altamonte Sample a variety of cuisine from community restaurants. For details, visit altamonterotary.org/TheTasteofAltamonte.htm. 6 pm-9 pm Monday. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; $25-$30; (407) 262-2773.

Oct. 13-Oct. 15

Culture Quest: Rogues and Rascals, Arts and Artists, Aberrant Architecture — Orlando Style Immerse yourself in the wild days of Central Florida. 9 am-3 pm Monday-Wednesday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; $75; (407) 836-8500.

Oct. 14

Vans BBQ and Athlete Meet & Greet Free food, giveaways and guest appearances by Bucky Lasek, Ryan Guettler and more. 6 pm Tuesday. Vans Skatepark, 5220 International Drive; free; (407) 351-3881.

Oct. 16

A Taste of Thornton Park Local merchants provide food and wine tastings, in addition to a silent auction and live music. 6 pm-9 pm Thursday. Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street, Orlando; $25-$35; (407) 765-5050.

Oct. 16-Oct. 19

Biketoberfest The city of Daytona Beach becomes a biker's paradise for this annual event. Various times Thursday-Sunday. Downtown Daytona Beach, North Beach and Bay streets; various prices; (866) 296-8970.

Oktobearbust The Bears of Central Florida host this four-day celebration, including parties, field trips, dinners and activities. Go to www.bearbust.org/2008/index.php for details. Various times Thursday-Sunday. Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel, 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd.; $30-$110; (407) 766-1970.

Oct. 18

Fall Auto & Boat Show Check out new models and classics, plus a full schedule of events and vendors throughout the day. 9 am-4 pm Saturday. Baldwin Park Village Center, 1097 Bennett Road; free; (407) 206-3300.

Swans of the World Habitat Soiree A gala marking Orlando's signature park becoming one of the world's few sites to house all species of swans, with proceeds benefiting the swans of Lake Eola. 3 pm-11 pm Saturday. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park; $50; (407) 246-2827.

Oct. 20-Nov. 2

Concours d'Elegance Annual competition and display of exotic and rare automobiles and motorcycles along Park Avenue. 9 am Sunday. Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (352) 383-1181.

Oct. 23-Oct. 26

MagnoliaFest Four-day Americana music festival with camping, arts and crafts and a parade. Various times Thursday-Sunday. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak; $30-$130; (904) 249-7990.

Oct. 24-Nov. 1

Oktoberfest 2008 Good old Bavarian-style food, entertainment and beer. 4 pm-10 pm Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Saturday. Yalaha Bakery, 8210 Country Road 48, Leesburg; $8-$30; (352) 324-3366.

Oct. 25

Central Florida Blues Challenge Blues bands and solo/duo acts compete for a chance to represent Central Florida at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Noon-8 pm Saturday. Coconut Bay, 4270 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; $12; (407) 696-5653.

Central Florida Veg Fest 2008 Festival for vegetarians and others who want to include more healthy foods in their diet, with restaurant booths, cooking demos, speakers, games, pet adoptions, and live entertainment. 10 am-6 pm Saturday. Loch Haven Park, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; free; (321) 331-1859.

Greater Orlando Scavenger Hunt Zynergy and Allgen Financial Services Inc. host this large-scale hunt for teams of co-workers, families and friends to compete for $2,500. Meeting location will be provided. For more information, visit www.zynergy.com/gosh. 9 am Saturday. James Zimbardi, 301 E. Pine Street; $25-$40; (407) 210-3888.

Oct. 25-Oct. 26

Mount Dora Craft Fair Over 350 crafters from around the country will be on display at this nationally ranked, juried annual event. Various times Saturday-Sunday. Downtown Mount Dora, East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street; free; (352) 735-1191.

Oct. 26

Festival Calle Orange Latin American festivities including live entertainment from celebrity guests, dancing and food. 11 am-8 pm Sunday. Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard; $15; (407) 381-5310.

Nov. 1

Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes Wellness expo and walk for awareness about the disease. 7 pm Saturday. Loch Haven Park, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; free; (660) 926-3054.

Nov. 1-Nov. 2

Fall Fiesta in the Park More than 600 arts and crafts vendors display their works at the two-day event with music, food, activities and demonstrations. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free; (407) 649-3152.

Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts More than 200 artists exhibit works, plus a juried art show and the festival's classic car show, music and entertainment. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Oval Park, West Lake Mary Boulevard and International Parkway, Lake Mary; free; (407) 444-0484.

Nov. 3-Nov. 15

Fall Jazz Stroll Enjoy live jazz as you walk through the gardens with only the moon (and some candles) to light your way. 6 pm Saturday. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $17; (407) 246-2620.

Nov. 6-Nov. 9

Riverhawk Music Festival and Camping Camp in the park and enjoy over 60 performances of Americana-styles of music. Various times Thursday-Sunday. Sertoma Music Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville; $25-$120; (863) 984-8445.

Nov. 8

Great Outdoor Days The ninth annual event includes a tour of Conservation Village, activities, barbecue, and music from the Marshall Tucker Band. 10 am-6 pm Saturday. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee; free; (321) 697-3333.

Orlando Veterans' Day Parade Current and former members of the military are honored with a procession down Orange Avenue. 10 am Saturday. Downtown Orlando, North Orange Avenue and East Robinson Street; free; (407) 246-3095.

Park Avenue Fashion Week Kickoff Party An evening of luxurious runway shows and drinks. 5 pm Saturday. Winter Park Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park; $45-$200; (843) 478-0396.

UCF Homecoming Parade Students and alumni celebrate their team with floats and live music. 8 am Saturday. University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; (407) 823-2000.

Nov. 8-Nov. 9

Space & Air Show Witness stunt aviation and acrobatics as the Blue Angels and a host of star pilots show off the best the skies have to offer. 1 pm-4 pm Saturday-Sunday. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, State Road 405, Titusville; $12.72-$100.70; (321) 449-4400.

Nov. 9

Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass The program commemorating the first event of the Holocaust features a new drama, Upstanders: The Stories of Courage in the Face of Ethnic Hatred. 4 pm Sunday. Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; (407) 628-0555.

Nov. 12-Nov. 16

Walking With Dinosaurs — The Live Experience Based on the award-winning BBC television show, this theatrical performance is a blend of special effects and information that brings ancient creatures to life. 7 pm Wednesday-Friday, 11 am, 3 pm, 7 pm Saturday, 1 pm, 5 pm Sunday. Amway Arena, 600 W. Amelia St.; $27.50-$65; (407) 849-2020.

Nov. 15-Nov. 16

Orlando Food & Wine Fest Local restaurants put their best wares up for sampling. Noon-9 pm Saturday, noon-6 pm Sunday. Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; $10; (407) 647-5557.

Nov. 20

Covenant House International Candlelight Vigil Annual event allowing people to help shed light on the problem of homeless youth. 6 pm-7:30 pm Thursday. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park; free; (407) 246-2827.

Nov. 21-Nov. 23

Avalon Jubilee Fall carnival with rides, games and food. 3 pm-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday. Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; (407) 658-6565.

Nov. 22

Ninth Annual Patrick Smith Day The author, voted the Greatest Living Floridian by the Florida Historical Society, signs copies of his books and discusses wildlife conservation. 10 am-2 pm Saturday. Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; $5-$10; (407) 957-9794.

Ninth Annual Patrick Smith Day The author, voted the Greatest Living Floridian by the Florida Historical Society, signs copies of his books and discusses wildlife conservation. 10 am-2 pm Saturday. Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; $5-$10; (407) 957-9794.

LEARNING

Sept. 27

Buddhism Discussion Author Matthew Flickstein will discuss and screen parts of his unedited documentary, With One Voice: The Meeting Point of All Spiritual Traditions, after which he will lecture on Buddhist principles. 3 pm-5 pm Saturday. The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave.; free; (407) 523-6700.

Oct. 4

History Book Club: Tupperware Unsealed by Bob Kealing Kealing discusses his book about Brownie Wise and the creation of "Tupperware Parties." 3 pm-5 pm Saturday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; free; (407) 836-8500.

Nov. 11

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Veterans Day Retired, highly decorated veteran of three wars Chief Master Sgt. Ortega discusses battles he saw from Omaha Beach to Vietnam. Noon-1 pm Tuesday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; free; (407) 836-8500.

FAMILY

Sept. 21-Dec. 7

CFAMilies Enjoy hands-on art projects for children and adults. Call to reserve a space. 2 pm-3:30 pm Sunday. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park; $5; (407) 646-2526.

Sept. 25

Feast on the 50 Tailgating party featuring games, food, fireworks and fun for the entire family. 5:30 pm Thursday. Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; free-$10; (407) 423-2476.

Oct. 10-Oct. 19

Honk Jr. A contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's tale "The Ugly Duckling". 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $10-$15; (407) 321-8111.

Oct. 11

Oktoberfest Live music and traditional dance will be featured all evening long. Also for your enjoyment: a kids root beer garden, a chili cook-off and Avalon Rotary Car Show. 5 pm-9 pm Saturday. Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; (407) 658-6565.

PowerFest Orlando Family-friendly event with vendors, displays, auto shows, stunt shows and other activities. 1 pm Saturday. Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; free; (321) 356-1626.

Oct. 25

Fall Fest This one features live music, conservation exhibitors and animals from the Central Florida Zoo and Gatorland. 9 am-4 pm Saturday. Wekiva Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiva Circle Blvd.; free; (407) 884-2008.

Family Fall Festival Families are invited to come out for games, moonwalks and Halloween safety tips. 11 am-2 pm Saturday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 599-3506.

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