Ten reasons to get off campus
Published: September 11, 2013
Feeling stir crazy on your academic island? Sick of seeing the same faces everywhere you go? Here are 10 awesome events that take place in Orlando that’ll help you break up the monotony of the dorm-class-study-bar-repeat lifestyle. And don’t forget: We update our event listings at calendar.orlandoweekly.com all the time, and we always know where the best stuff is happening.
1. Halloween Horror Nights
Sept. 20-Nov. 2, 2013
Universal Studios at Universal Orlando
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando is a town that loves Halloween, and Halloween Horror Nights is the big boss of all the spooky attractions. The monthlong frightfest features scare zones, haunted houses based on pop culture (like Cabin in the Woods, The Walking Dead and Resident Evil) and plenty of skin-crawling, spine-
tingling startles and jumps.
2. Come Out With Pride
Oct. 1-6, 2013
Lake Eola Park
A celebration of equality and a lot of fun, Pride features a colorful downtown parade and a festival in Lake Eola Park every year; 2013 also brings a food and wine festival,
a comedy night, a production of Broadway show Mamma Mia and a meetup at Halloween Horror Nights.
3. Solar Bears
season starts Oct. 19, 2013
You might not expect a city with warm weather year-round to support an ice hockey team, but the Orlando Solar Bears, founded in 2011, play a full season at the Amway Center. So far they don’t have a sterling record (28 won and 37 lost in the 2012-2013 season), but games are just as much rowdy fun as any hockey fan would expect.
4. Central Florida Veg Fest
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 26, 2013
Orlando Festival Park
2911 E. Robinson St.
An outdoor festival devoted to all things vegetarian and vegan, with speakers, product vendors, animals, a free concert and dozens of food stands. Committed veggies and meat-eaters alike are welcome to enjoy tasty vegetable-based cuisine outdoors in the sunshine.
5. Renninger’s Markets Extravaganza
Nov. 15-17, 2013; Jan. 17-19, 2014;
Feb. 14-16, 2014
20651 U.S. 441, Mount Dora
Liven up your dorm room or apartment with some vintage flair. Renninger’s Twin Markets – one side is a flea market, one side is full of vintage furniture and collectibles – are open every weekend, but three or four times a year, hundreds of out-of-state dealers set up shop offering goods at every price point.