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Orlando Weekly Fall Guide

EVENTS: Everything from food truck gatherings to zombie walks to literary readings to pet-rescue fundraisers

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Winter Park Harvest Festival, Central Park’s West Meadow

Nov. 1-Nov. 3

Orlando Greek Festival The church goes all out for this annual outdoor celebration, with authentic Greek food, Hellenic dance performances, iconography demos, live bands and more. 4-11 pm Friday, 11 am-11 pm Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland; $3; 407-331-4687; orlandogreekfest.com.

Nov. 2

14th Annual Taste of Orlando Sample bites from area restaurants, including 100 Montaditos, Boston Coffeehouse, Mellow Mushroom, B Cupcakes, Goodfella’s Pizzeria, Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly and more. 11 am-5 pm Saturday; Waterford Lakes Town Center, 413 N. Alafaya Trail; $15-$20; 407-737-2866; simon.com/mall/waterford-lakes-town-center.

Beer and Bacon Festival Sip on more than 30 different craft brews, plus nibble on bacon-inspired fare from local restaurants. If the gut fills up too fast, take a seat by the lake and admire the view. 3-7 pm Saturday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; visit website for details; 407-571-8863; beerandbaconfestival.com.

Neanderthal Ball Annual fundraising cocktail party event for the museum set in the DinoDigs exhibition area and themed “Our Planet, Our Universe” comes complete with food, wine, a silent auction and live music. Be sure to adhere to the “cavemen couture” dress code. 7 am-11 pm Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; call for price; 407-514-2233; osc.org.

Nov. 2-Nov. 3
Fall Fiesta in the Park More than 600 vendors set up shop around Lake Eola to sell all sorts of goodies – artwork, jewelry, clothing, crafts, handmade pieces, food items and more. Plus, the weather is usually a perfect cool temp for this annual outdoor festival, giving you the ideal excuse to spend a day (or two!) outside perusing the arts and crafts booths. Last year we scored novel finds like locally made dried pasta and hand-sewn pet accessories, but you never know what kind of treasures you’ll scoop up while shopping at this sprawling fiesta. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; 407-855-0606; fiestainthepark.com.

Nov. 4

Casselberry Food & Wine Festival Food and wine tastings provided by area restaurants, plus a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Casselberry Art House, Casselberry Elementary Food Pantry and the Casselberry Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. 6-9 pm Monday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; $10-$15; casselberryfoodwinefest.com.

Nov. 8

Casselberry Craft Beer & Blues Festival Sip on local craft beers while listening to tunes by local bands including the Honeyslides, the Jeff Howell Blues Band and more. 5-9 pm Friday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700; casselberry.org.

Fall Guide 2013
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