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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

Sept. 30

An Afternoon With Downton Abbey Global Perspectives hosts an open forum with best-selling author and TV insider Jessica Fellowes, who gives you all the juicy details about the show. Or you could just show up and gossip with other fans. 3-4:30 pm Monday; UCF Student Union, University of Central Florida; free; ucfglobalperspectives.org.

Oct. 1

Storytellers of Central Florida Share a story or simply listen to others share their stories; either way you’ll experience the art of storytelling. 7 pm Tuesday; Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-623-3300.

Oct. 2, Nov. 6

Game On Join in an open video gaming event and maybe even partake in a tournament in the Danger Room. 6-9 pm Wednesday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; $3; 407-331-0433.

Oct. 3

PumpkinFest Head to the bar where bartenders serve up a bevy of seasonal brews on tap, plus you can join a pumpkin-carving contest and possibly win a WOB gift card. 6 pm Thursday; World of Beer, 3402 Technological Drive, Suite 201; free; 321-235-9741; wobusa.com.

Oct. 3, Nov. 7

Apopka Food Truck Round Up Local mobile food vendors serve up specialty dishes including hot dogs, cupcakes, barbecue and more. 5:30-9 pm Thursday; Kit Land Nelson Park, South Park Avenue and East Orange Street, Apopka; various menu prices; 407-703-1777; facebook.com/apopkafoodtruckroundup.

Oct. 4

4th Annual Oktoberfest Sample more than 60 different types of beer, plus enjoy live music, food and entertainment in the market. 6:30-9 pm Friday; Whole Foods Market, 8003 Turkey Lake Road; $15; 407-355-7100; wholefoodsmarket.com.

Jake’s Inaugural Beer Festival Oktoberfest-inspired event with a plethora of beer samples, food offerings and live entertainment at the resort. 5-9 pm Friday; Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way; visit website for details; 407-503-3200; loewshotels.com.

Lady Raven’s Cotillion: A Dark, Posh Costume Ball In its inaugural year, in conjunction with Audubon Park’s annual Zombietoberfest, this spooky chic affair comes complete with theatrical entertainment by the Phantasmagoria troupe, food provided by Cuisiniers, wine and craft beer, absinthe cocktails and more. 8 pm Friday; Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive; $75-$99; 407-212-7321; apgardens.com.

Oct. 4-Nov. 2

A Petrified Forest: Museum of Mayhem It’s an outdoor haunted scare trail like you’ve never seen. If you can make it out alive, enjoy live bands, food and laser tag at the after-trail party. A backstage tour might get your blood really boiling. 7:30-11 pm Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm-midnight Oct. 31-Nov. 2; A Petrified Forest, 1360 State Road 436, Altamonte Springs; $15; 407-468-6600; apetrifiedforest.com.

Fall Guide 2013
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