Don't even tell us there's nothing to do around here – all season long, our calendars are packed with so much stuff we can hardly cram it all in. From recurring events that we adore, like TheDailyCity.com's monthly Food Truck Bazaars or the terrifying exhilaration of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, to fantastic one-offs we can hardly wait to attend, including Burrow Press' Knockers & Novellas pre-order and release party for Don Peteroy's debut novel Wally and 2012's Winter Park Harvest Festival, we can't even imagine how we're going to get to it all. But we're damn well gonna try. And so should you.
To make it just a little easier to navigate the offerings, we've compiled this handy list of must-see, must-do, must-participate in happenings. It's got something for everyone – the foodies, the nerds, the beer lovers, the bikers, the kids and even the dogs. So don't tell us you're bored and that our city's lame – because if you're bored after going through the following list of parties, fests and feasts, then you're the lame one.
Winter Park Sip & Stroll Always had your eye on one of those gorgeous-looking restaurants that line Park Avenue, but you just haven't had the time (or maybe even the cash) to invest in a full-on dining-out experience? Then this event was made for you. For just $25 you can sample wine and food from Park Avenue-area merchants, including Cocina 214, Luma on Park, Spice & Tea Exchange, the Ancient Olive and the avenue's newest culinary hotspot, Galopin. Stroll, mingle, eat. 5-8:30 pm Thursday; Park Avenue, Park Avenue at Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $25; 407-644-8281; facebook.com/winterparksip.
Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23
Greater East Orlando Food Truck Frenzy Yes, it's another food-truck roundup – grab dinner from one of the area's mobile food vendors. 5-8:30 pm Friday; University Congregational Church, 9300 University Blvd.; free admission, various menu prices; 407-442-9914.
Sept. 28-Nov. 12
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival This celebration of culinary adventure features the cuisine of six continents. Taste your way around the world with food from 30 international food and beverage marketplaces, celebrity chef demos, mixology seminars, home-entertaining presentations, wine tastings and live concerts. 11 am-9 pm daily; Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission, various menu prices, visit website for details; 407-939-3378; disneyworld.com.
Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District
Sometimes, you just can't wait around for the monthly Food Truck Bazaar to get your next meal on wheels. Every Tuesday evening, a rotating lineup of local food trucks rolls into the Milk District to feed the hungry. Once you've had your fill, wash it down with a drink at one of the neighborhood watering holes. 6:30-10 pm Tuesday; The Milk District, East Robinson Street and North Bumby Avenue; free admission, various menu prices; facebook.com/tastytuesdaysorlando.
A Life Worth Living This event at a local nightclub features special drag and burlesque performances, as well as a silent auction, to benefit To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit movement that combats depression, addiction, self-inflicted injury and suicide. 8 pm Saturday; Revolution Nightclub, 375 S. Bumby Ave.; $5; 407-228-9900; revolutionorlando.com.
Barktoberfest This outdoor pet-adoption event, which features more than a dozen local pet rescues, pet-related vendors, food trucks and a kids zone, is hosted by Orange County Animal Services. 10 am-4 pm Saturday; Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; free; ocfl.net/
Limousine Scavenger Hunt Teams of up to 14 people hop in limos around town to complete tasks and win prizes, with proceeds to benefit the Coalition to Defeat Childhood Obesity. 5:30 pm Saturday; World of Beer - Dr. Phillips, 7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd.; $65 per person; 407-355-3315; drphillips.wobusa.com.
Sanford's 135th Birthday Celebration: Party in the Park A family-friendly afternoon with live music, food vendors and a kids zone – this event also features local authors Jim Robinson and Ed L'Heureaux, who'll be on hand to discuss the city's past. Also: Tour the Sanford Museum's "Sanford 1877" exhibit. 1-5 pm Saturday; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-688-5120; sanfordfl.gov.
What started out as a simple, low-key night where people could play video games and hang out has blossomed into a monthly event with DJs, vendors and music for people who, as event founders Emily Fidler and Myk Freitag say, "don't usually go out." At this iteration of the monthly nerd showcase, local musician Marc With a C will perform along with DJ Spank and the nerdy set can play around with retro video games while drinking two-for-one beers and $3 wells. 9 pm Saturday; Bikkuri Lounge, 1919 E. Colonial Drive; $5; 407-894-4494; facebook.com/NerdNite.
Sept. 29-Nov. 3
A Petrified Forest Try this on for size: A Petrified Forest is an 85,000 square foot outdoor haunted scare trail, featuring zombies and blood and gore and monsters. After you've walked the trail, stick around and check out the Halloween festival, which features live music, mini golf and laser tag. 7:30 pm-11 pm on select dates, 7:30 pm-midnight Friday, Nov. 2-Saturday, Nov. 3; A Petrified Forest, 1360 State Road 436, Altamonte Springs; $15-$20; apetrifiedforest.com.
Zombietoberfest Sure, the Halloween season is upon us and everybody's got some kind of horrorshow going on to celebrate. But nobody does it quite like Zombietoberfest, when the undead invade the city's hippest haven, Audubon Park. There's a zombie walk, a king and queen zombie pageant, a human vs. zombie tag game, zombie art shows, live bands and more. A lot of the fun's for the big kids, but your undead tykes can play as well – kids in zombie costume will even get treat bags. Saturday; Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive; free, visit website for details; apgardens.com.
Dustoberfest Wear your lederhosen or dirndl to Stardust's version of Oktoberfest and you'll get a free beer. And yes, there will be the requisite bratwursts and sauerkraut, music and more. 3-8 pm Sunday; Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-623-3393; stardustie.com.
Shampooch! 2012 Dog-washing fundraiser with pet portraits, food trucks, outdoor cash bars, a pet adoption drive and more to benefit Apopka's C.A.R.E. Foundation. 9 am-5 pm Sunday; Lambs Eat Ivy Salon, 804 E. Washington St.; donations accepted; 407-245-7006; facebook.com/pages/shampooch.
Oct. 3, Nov. 7
Wine Not Wednesday It's a Dechoes tradition: On the first Wednesday of every month, the College Park store hosts a customer-appreciation party, where you can shop, socialize and just hang out. Enjoy free wine, beer, food and live music while browsing the store's carefully curated collection of gently used clothing. Just don't spill your cabernet on the merch. 6-10 pm Wednesday; Dechoes, 2110 Edgewater Drive; free; 407-898-9791.
Come Out With Pride This is the celebration of LGBT life in the City Beautiful. Pride Day in Orlando is Oct. 6, but the Pride celebration begins with opening ceremonies on Oct. 4 at the Abbey, followed by the Pride parade and celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6. When the colorful parade around Lake Eola ends, the festivities have just begun! More than 150 vendors will be set up around the park by day, and live music, beer tents and a fireworks show will light up the night. After the parade is over, grand marshal Debbie Gibson (yes, that Debbie Gibson) performs in the evening at the Parliament House. Hamburger Mary's downtown hosts a recovery brunch with $2.50 mimosas and $6 bloody Marys on Sunday, Oct. 7, and closing ceremonies will take place that evening at Macy's at the Mall at Millenia. Various events at various locations from Oct. 4-7; Come Out With Pride Parade, 4 pm Saturday; Lake Eola Park, East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive; free-$65; 321-800-3944; comeoutwithpride.com.
Oct. 4, Nov. 1
Apopka Food Truck Round Up The food truck revolution has headed west, and from what we hear, Apopkanians are eating it up (har!). A collection of local food trucks gather from 5:30-9 pm Thursday; Kit Land Nelson Park, South Park Avenue and East Orange Street, Apopka; free admission, various menu prices; 407-703-1777; apopka.net.
Oct. 5-Oct. 7
Away Mission: Orlando Three-day Star Trek convention with appearances by Avery Brooks, Colin Ferguson, Dwight Schultz and others. 5 pm-midnight Friday, 8 am-1 am Saturday, 10 am-6 pm Sunday; Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; $15-$299; 401-488-5226; away-mission.com.
Oct. 5, Nov. 2
The Food Truck Bazaar This is one of TheDailyCity.com's food-truck events. Bring your own chairs and tables and sample food from some of the best mobile eateries in the area. 5-8 pm Friday; Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee; various menu prices; thefoodtruckbazaar.com.
Oct. 5-Oct. 7
Orlando Home Show If we can give you no other reason to go to this massive home-improvement/remodeling/redecorating trade show, we give you this one: Clean House star Mark Brunetz, who we love to watch transform borderline hoarders' living rooms into totally gorge spaces we could live in, is one of the celeb guests this year. The three-day event also features hundreds of exhibitors, design showcases and local experts who'll share practical tips for sprucing up your boring house. Don't miss the Smart Home exhibit, a state-of-the-art home that features all the latest bells and whistles in home design – it's no Jetsons house, but it's probably as close as we can come in 2012. 10 am-9 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm Sunday; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $10; orlandofallshow.com.
Carrie's Blood Prom: A '70s Disco Blood Bath Art show, film showings and dance party based on the horror film Carrie. 8 pm Saturday; Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; visit website for details; 407-623-3393; stardustie.com.
Seminole County Gardening Expo Daylong garden tours and demos, how-to clinics, plant sale and presentations by Disney's Eric Darden, TV personality Tom MacCubbin and Robert Bowden of Leu Gardens. 9 am-4 pm Saturday; Seminole County UF/IFAS Extension Auditorium, 250 W. County Home Road, Sanford; free; 407-665-5550; seminolecountymastergardeners.org.
Oct. 6, Nov. 3
The Food Truck Bazaar This is one of TheDailyCity.com's food-truck events. Bring your own chairs and tables and sample food from area mobile eateries. 6-9 pm Saturday; Palmetto Avenue and Seminole Boulevard, Palmetto Avenue and Seminole Boulevard, Sanford; various menu prices; thefoodtruckbazaar.com.
Taste of Altamonte Outdoor street party with food and beverage samples from local restaurants, ranging from barbecue to international cuisine. 6-9 pm Monday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; $30-$35; 407-262-2773;
Oct. 8, Nov. 3
Knockers and Novellas On Oct. 9, local literary publishing company Burrow Press will release author Don Peteroy's book Wally. As if that weren't enough to celebrate, Peteroy also just won the 2012 Playboy College Fiction Contest, and his short story "The Circuit Builders" will appear in the magazine's October issue. Pre-order Wally by Oct. 8 and Burrow Press will send you a free copy of the Playboy issue featuring Peteroy's story (while supplies last). Then, on Nov. 3, you can attend the local book release party at Urban Rethink, featuring work by the book's cover artist, Brian Phillips. Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com
Oct. 10, Nov. 14
Food Truck Bash Eight local food trucks, like The Crooked Spoon, Monsta Lobsta and Kona Dog, will be parked at this riverside marina-meets-bar-meets-nature-preserve. 5-9 pm Wednesday; Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; free admission, various menu prices; 407-862-1500; wekivaisland.com.
Oct. 12-Oct. 13
Latin Food & Wine Festival Two-day culinary event with local restaurants offering the best in Latin cuisine, wine and beer booths and live entertainment by the lake. 6:30-9:30 pm Friday, 4-10 pm Saturday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free-$99; latinfoodandwine.com.
Oktoberfest Family-friendly outdoor event with German music by Europa, Alpine dancing by Schuhplattler Gruppe Alpenrose, a beer garden for adults and a root beer garden for the kids. 6-10 pm Friday, 5-10 pm Saturday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; avalonpark.com.
Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Outdoor culinary festival with dishes from 17 restaurants, beverage stations, cocktail 101 classes and appearances by celeb chefs Todd English and Michael Mina. 4:30 pm Friday, 5:30 pm Saturday; Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; $80; 800-227-1500; swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com.
Oct. 12-Oct. 14
Sanford Bikefest: Thunder in the Streets Daytona Bike Week isn't until March, but you can get your fix to hold you over til then right here in Sanford. This motorcycle gathering alongside Lake Monroe will feature live entertainment, food vendors, stunt shows, a biggest beer belly contest and more. 11 am-11 pm Friday, 10 am-11 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-688-5000; sanfordfl.gov.
Oct. 12, Nov. 9
The Food Truck Bazaar This is one of TheDailyCity.com's food-truck events. Sample eats from area mobile food vendors. 6-9 pm Friday; Casselberry City Hall, 95 N. Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
Mythbusters: Behind the Myths If you're addicted to the Discovery Channel TV show, in which Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman blow stuff up, drive cars way too fast and perform sometimes bizarre experiments in an attempt to debunk (or prove) urban legends, you may pee your pants with delight when you hear that Savage and Hyneman are going to do their thing live, onstage during this appearance at UCF. They'll perform some experiments, occasionally enlisting audience help, and tell tales from behind-the-scenes at the show. Ever wonder if the unorthodox attempts to disprove something go wrong? Has anyone ever been hurt in a filming of Mythbusters? (answers: yes and yes). Here's your chance to hear the war stories. 8 pm Friday; UCF Arena, University of Central Florida; $33-$148; 407-823-6006; ucfarena.com.
Blocktoberfest Street party with stein-holding competitions, German food, live music and all-you-can-drink Sam Adams Octoberfest beer specials. 5 pm Saturday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free-$5; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
re:deux Fashion Show Orlando designer Anne Benson is a self-professed shopaholic and an artist. She created re:deux, her line of repurposed clothing, to satisfy her need for creativity and to support her shopping habit. At this event, you can get a look at some of her one-of-a-kind creations, like jeans and hoodies recycled into dresses, embroidered pieces and cardigans with unexpected ruffles and embellishments. 8 pm Saturday; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.; free; 407-423-2788; thefalconbar.com.
The Food Truck Bazaar This is one of TheDailyCity.com's food-truck events. A variety of local mobile food vendors offer up menu items. 6-9 pm Saturday; World Bowling Center, 7540 Canada Ave.; free admission, various menu prices; 407-352-2695; thedailycity.com.
Oct. 13-Oct. 14
21st Annual Fossil, Mineral and Gem Show Florida Fossil Hunters present an indoor display of educational vendors, a kids dig pit and silent auctions. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $4; 407-699-9274; floridafossilhunters.com.
Oct. 14-Oct. 20
Harriett's Park Avenue Fashion Week Local fashion retail and design event with a runway show, trunk shows, designer meet-and-greets and more. Various times daily; Central Park's West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $50-$200; parkavenuefashionweek.com.
Oct. 14, Nov. 11
Food Truck Crazy Sample eats from a variety of local mobile food vendors. 4-8 pm Sunday; Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., Oviedo; free admission, various menu prices; 914-646-1676; foodtruckcrazy.com.
The Food Truck Bazaar This is one of TheDailyCity.com's food-truck events. Bring your own tables and chairs for a tailgate-style food event with menu items served up by local mobile eateries. 6-9 pm Sunday; Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive; free admission, various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
A Taste of Thornton Park 10th anniversary event features entree samples from area restaurants, cocktails and dessert items. 6-9 pm Thursday; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; $30-$40; 407-872-7202; thorntonpark.org.
The Halloween Pub Crawl Wear your costume and drink your way through downtown Orlando with drink specials at each stop. Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard; $10-$15, visit website for details; orlando
Pumpkins & Pies: Orlando Folk Festival Fundraiser Enjoy home-cooked barbecue dinners, pumpkin beer and ice tea, home-baked pies, live music, scarecrow-making activities for the kids, an outdoor concert by Orlando Phil-harmonic Orchestra and more. 3-6 pm Saturday; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; free; 407-246-4278; mennellomuseum.org.
Zooloween Adult Halloween party with cocktails at the cash bar, dancing, live bands, a costume contest and more. 7 pm Saturday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; $18-$25; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
Cupcake Challenge Third annual fundraiser showcases a collection of 20 local bakeries competing for awards to benefit Dress For Success. Noon-3 pm Sunday; Cuba Libre, 9101 International Drive; $20-$25; dfsgocupcakechallenge2012.eventbrite.com.
Ghost Stories The gardens come alive with haunting storytelling, food and drinks for purchase. 7:30 pm Friday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Oct. 26-Oct. 28
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend Three-day horror convention with the Freak Show Film Festival, tattoo festival, psychic medium show, the infamous zombie walk and guest appearances by celebrities including Robert Englund, Tyler Mane, John Kassir and others. Various times Friday-Sunday; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; $30-$199; 888-690-4695; spookyempire.com.
Oct. 26-Oct. 31
Plazaween Halloween block party with costume contests, live bands and drink specials. 9 pm Friday-Wednesday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; call for price; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Central Florida Veg Fest Seventh annual outdoor festival with more than 250 vendors offering vegetarian cuisine, cooking demos, an artist corner, a kids zone, live music and more. 10 am-6 pm Saturday; Orlando Festival Park, East Robinson Street and North Primrose Drive; free; 321-331-1859; cfvegfest.org.
Orlando Brewing's Halloween Party The brewery offers haunted brewery tours, live bands, food and a costume contest. 1 pm Saturday; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.; free; 407-872-1117; orlandobrewing.com.
Diwali Mela Indian cultural festival with a beauty pageant, live singing and dancing performances, retail and food vendors. 4 pm Saturday; Walt Disney Amphitheatre, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-202-2161
Czech Independence Day Free admission to the galleries and scheduled docent tours of Czech-influenced works in recognition of the country's freedom. 1-4 pm Sunday; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-647-6294; polasek.org.
Festival Calle Orange Downtown Orlando shuts down 10 blocks for this annual Hispanic Festival complete with live bands across five stages, Latin food vendors and kids activities. 11 am-7 pm Sunday; Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard; free, call for details; 407-381-5310; renesproductions.com.
Fourth Annual VIP Winefest Tasting and Sale Sample more than 50 wines paired with hors d'ouevres and artisan cheeses. 3-6 pm Sunday; The Wine Room, 270 S. Park Ave. ; $75; 407-696-9463; thewineroomonline.com.
Through Oct. 31
Halloween Horror Nights 22 The park turns into your worst nightmare, with elaborate haunted houses, streetside scare actors and the brand new 3D haunted house "Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas." Don't let the price of a theme-park ticket scare you off this fave Halloween event – though a full-price, general admission ticket is $88.99, Florida residents can score tickets for just $41.99 with promo codes from specially marked Coca-Cola products. 6:30 pm on select nights; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $88.99 general admission, with other packages available; 407-363-8000; halloweenhorrornights.com.
Halloween at Cranes Roost This one's good to take the kids to: They can go trick-or-treating around the lake, enter costume contests, bounce around in inflatable houses and take in the live entertainment. 5-9 pm Wednesday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownaltamonte.com.
Neanderthal Ball Upscale fundraising dining event with gourmet food, cocktails, live music and a silent auction. 7-11 pm Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $125; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
Snoopy's K-9 Friends Outdoor dog fair with discounted shots, training tips and info on pet care. 10 am-3 pm Saturday; Heritage Square, South Magnolia Avenue and East Central Boulevard; free; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org.
Wall St. Plaza's Craft Beer Fest Outdoor street party with more than 50 different craft and specialty brews. 4-8 pm Saturday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; call for price; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Caribbean Splash featuring Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Mavado, Fay Ann Lyons, Bunjii and more Outdoor music festival with live music, food vendors, arts and crafts and a kids zone. 11 am Sunday; Lee Vista Park, 7050 Augusta National Drive; $25; ticketmaster.com.
Orlando Japan Festival Family-friendly event with taiko drummers performance, traditional Japanese dance, ethnic food vendors, martial arts demos and more. Noon-5 pm Sunday; The Village at Hunter's Creek, John Young Parkway and State
Road 417; free; orlandojapanfestival.com.
Tribute to the Latin Heritage Outdoor family-friendly cultural festival with ethnic food vendors, arts and craft activities, live performances by musical and dance groups and more. Noon-6 pm Sunday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownaltamonte.com.
Nov. 3-Nov. 4
Fall Fiesta in the Park Every year, this event draws thousands of people who come to browse this huge, outdoor arts festival. Hundreds of vendors display jewelry, art, crafts and more. There's also live entertainment, a kids zone and plenty of food vendors. It's free to get in, and it's right on the shores of Lake Eola all weekend long. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free; 407-855-0606; fiestainthepark.com.
Nov. 9-Nov. 11
Greater Orlando Antiques Festival Dealers sell collectibles, jewelry, artworks, coins and currency, furniture and more. 1-6 pm Friday, 9 am-6 pm Saturday, 10 am-4:30 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $6-$18; 407-226-2288; orlandoantiqueshows.com.
Eat Local Week Slow Food Orlando sponsors this week-long celebration of locally produced foods. The goal is to build awareness of local food producers and to help local restaurants, farmers and artisans work together to make local food more profitable – and a more popular choice for consumers. Various times, various locations. Visit eatlocalweek.com for details, participating restaurants and events.
Art & Music in the Park Live jazz music and dinner options courtesy of the Food Truck Bazaar. 5-8 pm Friday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; casselberry.org.
13th Annual Taste of Orlando A group of local restaurants dish up their specialties, with live entertainment and more throughout the day. 11 am-3 pm Saturday; Waterford Lakes Town Center, 413 N. Alafaya Trail; visit website for details; 407-737-2866; simon.com.
Baldwin Brewfest Outdoor street party with more than 75 craft and import beer samples, live music and food vendors. 4-8 pm Saturday; Baldwin Park, New Broad Street and Jake Street; $25; 734-891-2082; baldwinbrewfest.com.
Motorcycles and Martinis XL 106.7 FM's Johnny Magic emcees an evening of cocktails, live bands, bachelor/bachelorette auctions and more to benefit Caring for the Children, Nap Ford Community School and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7-11 pm Saturday; Ember Bar & Restaurant, 42 W. Central Blvd.; $30-$40; 407-849-5200; motorcyclesandmartinis.com.
Nov. 10-Nov. 18
25th Annual Festival of Trees Council of 101 sponsors this annual holiday event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a holiday wonderland. Designer-decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and vignettes on display at the museum will help get you in the holiday mood, do some early shopping at the holiday boutique and maybe catch a local dance troupe or choir perform while you browse. Various times daily; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $6-$10; 407-896-4231; omart.org.
Nov. 10-Jan. 1
Ice! Merry Madagascar-themed holiday event with rooms full of hand-carved ice sculptures, a two-story ice slide and a Luminescence Christmas show. Various times daily; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $13.99-$27.99; gaylordhotels.com.
Nov. 12-Nov. 16
Downtown Orlando Fashion Week 2012 Themed "The End of the World: A Love Story," the weeklong event features designer showcases, a charity dinner, runway fashion shows and live performances. Various times Monday-Friday; Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard; $25-$175; 321-225-9070; facebook.com/downtownorlandofashionweek.
Nov. 16-Nov. 17
22nd Annual Sunshine Challenge Central Florida Home Brewers host a two-day beer competition and festival. Various times Friday-Saturday; Hilton Orlando North, 350 S. North Lake Blvd., Altamonte Springs; visit website for details; cfhb.org.
Nov. 16-Nov. 18
Avalon Jubilee Annual fall carnival with a variety of food vendors and midway rides in the park. 3-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday; Tanja King Memorial Park, Corner of Honey Locust Boulevard and Tanja King Road; free; eventsatavalonpark.com.
Southern Pinball Festival Three-day event with classic pinball machines, a pinball tournament, art displays and more. Noon-midnight Friday, 10 am-midnight Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal, 7800 Universal Blvd.; $15-$35; 407-781-2107; southernpinballfestival.com.
Nov. 16-Dec. 27
Festival of the Seasons Outdoor holiday event with streetside carolers, live holiday music, costumed stilt walkers and street performers, DJ dance parties and more. Various times daily; Downtown Disney, 1478 E. Buena Vista Drive; free; 407-934-7639; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Nov. 16-Jan. 6
Winter in the Park Annual holiday event features an outdoor ice skating rink in Central Park, kids games, holiday carolers and more; through Jan. 6. Various times daily; Central Park's West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $10 all day includes skate rental; 407-599-3203; cityofwinterpark.org.
Winter Park Harvest Festival This is the third annual edition of this super-popular day-long local food event, which focuses on locally sourced and sustainable foods. Highlights include a producers-only farmers market, cooking demos, food-related seminars and roundtables, live acoustic music, DIY activities for kids and a mobile community garden display. 10 am-9 pm Saturday; Central Park's West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free, [email protected]; winterparkharvestfestival.com.
Jingle Eve Holiday street party with shopping opportunities, live entertainment, food trucks, street vendors, a boat parade on Lake Ivanhoe and an appearance by Santa Claus. 3-11 pm Saturday; Ivanhoe Village Main Street, Orange Avenue between New Hampshire and Princeton Streets; free; 407-393-8765; facebook.com/jingleeve.
The Night Before Thanksgiving Block party with turkey bowling and drink specials. 9 pm Wednesday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Oct. 1-Oct. 3
Out in the Open Film Festival 2012 Three-day LGBT film festival with screenings of short films, documentary Love Free or Die, Thom Fitzgerald's Cloudburst and others, with an appearance by special guest Chely Wright. 7 pm Monday, 6 pm Tuesday, 5 pm Wednesday; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $10-$150; 321-800-3944; comeoutwithpride.com.
An Evening with Amy & Freddy Live comedy show as part of Come Out With Pride. 8:30 pm Friday; Hamburger Mary's, 110 W. Church St.; free; 321-319-0600; comeoutwithpride.com.
Pride in Business Luncheon MBA Orlando invites LGBT and Allied business owners and others for networking and lunch. 11:30 am-1:30 pm Friday; Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive; $25-$50; 321-800-3946; mbaorlando.org.
Oct. 11, Nov. 8
Klitz This ladies night features burlesque performances, go-go dancers, DJ music and more. 9 pm Thursday; Pulse, 1912 S. Orange Ave.; $8; 407-649-3888; pulseorlando.com.
Oct. 18-Oct. 21
Bear Bust 2012 Parliament House hosts a four-day LGBT party with pool parties, live performances and more. Various times Thursday-Sunday; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; visit website for details; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.
The Black and White Gala Gourmet hors d'oeuvres, dessert table, cash bar, silent auction, two free glasses of wine, dancing and more to benefit the Center, Orlando's GLBT community organization. 7:30 pm Friday; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $60-$150; wanziepresents.com.
Re:Design presents Book Making with Greg Leibowitz and Adrian Gonzalez Book-binding workshop on how to make a sketchbook, journal or custom portfolio. 7 pm Thursday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; $5; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Fire of Creation: The Maya Planetarium show explores the importance of astronomy in the everyday lives of the Mayan people. 8:30 pm Friday; Seminole State College Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $6; 407-708-2360; seminolestate.edu/planet.
Nighttime in the Gardens Guided flashlight tour of the gardens at night. 8:30 pm Friday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Honey Bees & Beekeeping for Beginners Environmental scientist/backyard beekeeper Christopher Stalder leads a workshop on keeping honey bees in your backyard and harvesting wildflower honey and beeswax. 1:30 pm Saturday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $14; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Latin Cultural Expo A collection of vendors offer info on Hispanic music, literature, art and dance. 10 am-1 pm Saturday; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Permaculture Food Production Intensive Workshop The Simple Living Institute's Tia Meer leads a session on biointensive gardening techniques, composting and plantings installation. 8:30-11:30 am Saturday; Winter Park Urban Farm, 1650 Pine Ave., Winter Park; $40, registration required, breakfast included; 321-217-8492; winterparkharvestfestival.com.
Terra Planetarium show explores the beginnings of the earth. 8:30 pm Saturday; Seminole State College Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $6; 407-708-2360; seminolestate.edu/planet.
collide•scope A group of participants take on a challenge and share their approach with the audience. 6:30 pm Monday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
The Making of Puerto Rican Orlando Luis Martinez-Fernandez leads a presentation on the Hispanic population of our area. 7 pm Tuesday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $5; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org.
Oct. 9, Oct. 23
Knotty Knitters Meet up with other knitting and crocheting enthusiasts. 6-8 pm Tuesday; Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-623-3300.
Women Hold Up Half the Sky Winter Park Institute hosts a presentation and book signing by journalist Sheryl WuDunn. 7:30 pm Wednesday; Rollins College, Alfond Sports Center, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-691-1995; rollins.edu/wpi.
Legends & Legacies: Letters Home: Love, Courage & Survival Open-forum discussion, Q&A session and autograph signing with World War II veterans. 10 am Friday; Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City; $28.95; 941-984-3500; fantasyofflight.com.
TEDxOrlando Annual conference with participants sharing ideas about technology, entertainment and design. Noon Saturday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $75; 407-877-4736; tedxorlando.com.
Black American Music (#BAM) Past, Present, Future James Weldon Johnson lecture series on the history of black music in America. 10:30-11:45 am Tuesday; University of Central Florida, Student Union, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; 407-823-0026.
Buzz Donahoo Talks About Peru The travel writer shares a visual presentation on his visit to South America. 7 pm Sunday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
PechaKucha Night Orlando v7 Local notables conduct brief PowerPoint presentations on their topic of choice. 7-10 pm Friday; The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave.; $5; pecha-kucha.org/night/orlando/7.
Kristallnacht Evening of remembrance for Jews who lived throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. 4 pm Sunday; Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org.
Nov. 9-Nov. 11
Orlando Startup Weekend Workshops for developers, designers and other entrepreneurs to share ideas and learn about launching professional ventures. Various times Friday-Sunday; Voxeo, 189 S. Orange Ave., 10th floor; $75; orlando.startupweekend.org.
OngoingDi-Verse Word Hosted by Shawn Welcome. 8-10 pm Tuesdays; Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; 407-362-1864; dandelioncommunitea.com.
Solo Acoustic/Spoken Word Open Mic Night 9 pm Sundays; Natura Coffee & Tea, 12078 Collegiate Way; free; 407-482-5000.
Sept. 26, Nov. 3
UCF, Rollins and the Kerouac House Reading Monthly reading series with writers and poets from the universities and writing program. 7 pm Wednesday, 7 pm Saturday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Holocaust Center Community Book Club The group discusses Kristin Harmerl's The Sweetness of Forgetting, with the author as guest facilitator. 2 pm Sunday; Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org.
The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of Florida Cookbook Release Party Join chefs James and Julie Petrakis for hors d'oeuvres inspired by the new cookbook, cocktails, beer and wine, and a signed first-editon copies of the book. 5-7 pm Sunday; The Ravenous Pig, 1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park; $50 per couple; 407-628-2333; theravenouspig.com.
Oct. 9, Nov. 13
There Will Be Words J. Bradley hosts a reading series featuring a group of local writers. 7 pm Tuesday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Oct. 14, Nov. 11
Parcels: MFAs In Progress Reading series features poets and authors in UCF's Creative Writing Masters of Fine Arts program. 7-9 pm Sunday; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; $5; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Oct. 16, Nov. 20
Speakeasy Spoken word open mic night hosted by Tod Caviness. 9 pm Tuesday; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-898-5070; willspub.org.
Lawyers for Literacy Spelling Bee Third annual Adult Literacy League fundraiser pits local attorneys against each other, with a buffet lunch and cash bar. 5:30 pm Thursday; Sheraton Orlando Downtown, 400 W. Livingston St.; visit website for details; 407-422-1540; adultliteracyleague.org.
Writing Workshops with Patricia Charpentier Learn how to write your life story. 9:30 am-12:30 pm Thursday; Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; $25-$35; 407-623-3300.
Lustig Book Group Group discussion on Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind. 7 pm Tuesday; Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-623-3300.
History Book Club with Eliot Kleinberg Discussion and book signing for War in Paradise: Stories of World War II in Florida. 10:30 am-noon Saturday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.
Through Nov. 2
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Wear your costume to the park for the Boo-to-You parade, spooky music, a fireworks display and costumed characters. 7 pm-midnight on select nights; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $50.95-$69.95; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com.
Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Brick-or-Treat Family-friendly Halloween events in the park including a LEGO pumpkin build, scavenger hunts, dance parties, costume contests and a brick-or-treat trail around the park. 10 am-9 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; Legoland, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven; included with park admission; 877-350-5346; legoland.com.
Oct. 1, Nov. 5
Story Time at Leu Gardens Indoor stories and songs. 10-11 am Monday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Oct. 3-Oct. 14
Funny Bunnies of Humflumm Farm Family-friendly hand-puppet musical. 10:30 am, 4:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 5 pm Saturday-Sunday; Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $6; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.
Oct. 3-Nov. 28
Storytime at the Zoo Kids listen to animal stories and visit with the zoo animals. 10 am Wednesdays; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; free; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
Oct. 5, Nov. 2
Mr. Richard's Teatime Dance Party A teatime dance party! With Mr. Richard! 10 am Friday; Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive; free; 407-999-5255; infusionorlando.com.
Oct. 6-Oct. 28
SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular Kid-friendly music, games, trick-or-treating, sweet treat decorating, sea creature characters and more throughout the park. Noon-8 pm on select dates; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; included with park admission; 407-363-2613;
Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music Characters perform and sing live on stage. 7 pm Tuesday; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $15-$30; 407-849-2020; orlandovenues.net.
Oct. 14, Nov. 11
Free Family Day Themed activities, make-and-take craft stations and mini tours of the galleries. Noon-4:30 pm Sunday; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; free; 407-246-4278; mennellomuseum.org.
Oct. 17-Nov. 30
Beauty & the Beast Family-friendly string-puppet musical. 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 5 pm Saturday-Sunday; Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $6; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.
Oct. 20-Oct. 28
Zoo Boo Bash Wear your costumes to trick-or-treat in the zoo, take a haunted hayride, snap photos in the pumpkin patch, participate in a costume contest and enjoy face painting. 9 am-3 pm Saturday-Sunday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; free-$12.95; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
Halloween Spooktoberfest and Costume Contest The City of Casselberry sponsors an evening of family-friendly trick-or-treating, parades, crafts, live dance performances and DJ music. 5-9 pm Saturday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; casselberry.org.
Trick or Treat Safe Zone Kids enjoy three floors of trick-or-treating, with pumpkin decorating, creepy crafts, photo opportunities and more. 11 am-4 pm Saturday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.
Kids Halloween Party Dress in your costume for a pizza buffet, cupcake decorating, contests and a showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas. 11 am Sunday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $5-$15; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.