Ten reasons to get off campus
Published: September 11, 2013
6. Christmas in the Park
6:15-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Central Park, Winter Park
The Morse Museum brings some of its world-renowned collection of antique Tiffany windows into the park along with members of the Bach Festival Choir; allow yourself to be filled with the holiday spirit at this free concert as the chorus sings carols in front of the glorious backlit stained glass.
7. Florida Film Festival
April 4-13, 2014
1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland
Central Florida’s best-established and beloved film festival premieres current, independent and international films, along with a slate of special events and parties. You might get to shake hands with a movie star at a fancy brunch, or just revel in the movies and the smell of popcorn for 10 days.
8. Florida Music Festival
April 2014 (dates TBD)
FMF is the longest-running music festival in Orlando, featuring national and local acts, both established and emerging. Industry types congregate at panels and networking events by day, but most of us just take advantage of the chance to see multiple bands every night in venues all over downtown for a three-day-long musical pub crawl.
9. Orlando Weekly Restaurant Week
May 1-31, 2014
Orlando Weekly sponsors this annual event, which celebrates the fine art of eating out without going broke. Dozens of area restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus, often at a fraction of their usual prices, giving you the chance to experience new flavors with little risk to the wallet.
10. Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
May 17-24, 2014
Loch Haven Park
900 E. Princeton St.
Theater groups descend upon the Orlando Shakespeare Center and various spaces in the arts complex at Loch Haven Park, presenting offbeat, original, fiercely independent plays and performances. Tickets are cheap, with 100 percent of proceeds going back to the artists, and the outdoors food-and-beer tents create a 10-day party on the lawn.