Orlando Weekly Fall Guide
EVENTS: Everything from food truck gatherings to zombie walks to literary readings to pet-rescue fundraisers
Published: September 25, 2013
Through Nov. 2
Halloween Horror Nights 23 Picture an amusement park of frights, complete with elaborate haunted houses based off shows and movies such as the Cabin in the Woods and the Walking Dead, plus gory scareactors roaming the streets and live shows playing throughout the park. 6:30 pm on select dates; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $38-$91; 407-363-8000; halloweenhorrornights.com.
Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28
Food Truck Bazaar Grab dinner from local mobile food vendors – from chicken and waffles to lobster rolls to cupcakes and more. 5-8 pm Thursday; Valencia College Lake Nona Campus, 12350 Narcoosee Road; various menu prices; thedailycity.com.
Taste of Lake Nona More than a dozen local restaurants from the area, such as Sweet Mamas, Meat & Fire, Cuba Libre, Nona Tap Room and others, serve up food samples, with live entertainment, a silent auction and more. 6-9 pm Friday; Village Walk at Lake Nona, 8524 Insular Lane; $20-$30; 407-579-5576; villagewalkatlakenona.com.
Sept. 27-Sept. 28
Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale Help that green thumb bloom by purchasing a variety of plants at this annual event. The masters might event offer a tip or two for beginners. 9 am-2 pm Friday-Saturday; Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee; free; 321-697-3000; osceola.ifas.ucfl.edu/master-gardener.shtml.
Sept. 27-Sept. 29
Central Florida Coin Club Fall Club and Currency Show Buy, sell and trade rare coins and collectibles at this three-day event. 10 am-6 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; free; 407-295-3247; centralfloridacoinclub.org/index.html.
Sept. 27-Nov. 9
Food & Wine Weekends Every weekend the resort offers special menus at its restaurants, plus guests can partake in chocolate and champagne tasting, the Art of Sushi pairing dinners, afternoon Royal Tea and after-dark adults-only events with live entertainment. 5 pm Friday-Saturday; Waldorf Astoria Orlando, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane; various prices; 407-597-5500; waldorfastoriafoodwineweekends.com.
Sept. 27-Nov. 11
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Nosh your way around more than 25 international marketplaces – from Argentinian empanadas, to Mongolian beef in China, to German bratwurst and Moroccan baklava. Plus the park hosts celebrity chef demos, mixology seminars and live music in the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Be sure and stop by the Florida Local marketplace for shrimp ceviche and Orlando Brewing beer. 9 am-9 pm daily; Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $90; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Oct. 30