Orlando Weekly Fall Guide
EVENTS: Everything from food truck gatherings to zombie walks to literary readings to pet-rescue fundraisers
Published: September 25, 2013
BlockToberfest The folks at Wall Street go all out with an outdoor Oktoberfest-style street party with German-inspired cocktails, food and live music, plus all you can drink Sam Adams beer with purchase of a glass stein. 5 pm Saturday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
Fifth Annual Zombietoberfest This annual Halloween-themed street fest runs wild this year with all of the undead of Orlando partying it up with live music, outdoor movie showings, a kids zone for the little undeads and plenty of beer and wine. 6-10 pm Saturday; Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive; free; apgardens.com.
Orlando Mini Maker Faire Family-friendly community event with local inventors and artisans showcasing projects in science, technology, arts, crafts and music. 10 am-5 pm Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $19; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
Walking Dead View an art show inspired by the show, plus join contests, listen to music, watch cosplay burlesque performances and move it to DJ music. 10 am-midnight Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; free-$10; 407-331-0433; facebook.com/acmesuperstore.
YuGiOh Regional Qualifier All players are invited to participate in a trading card game competition. 10:30 am Saturday; Exhibition Building at Osceola Heritage Park, 1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee; free, registration required; 407-227-2441; ohpark.com. Oct. 5-Oct. 6
Fossil Fair Florida Fossil Hunters present a bevy of vendors that will be selling rocks, minerals and artifacts, plus guests can participate in silent auctions, a children’s dig pit and more. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; $4; 407-295-3247; floridafossilhunters.com.
WOBtoberfest Consider it a toast to the annual bash in Germany, where guests enjoy live music, German beers on tap and Oktoberfest-style games in the bar. Noon Saturday-Sunday; World of Beer, 3402 Technological Drive, Suite 201; free; 321-235-9741; wobusa.com. Oct. 5, Oct. 26
Oktoberfest It’s as authentic as it gets, as the German American Society hosts its annual shindig, complete with oompah bands and other live entertainment, while serving up steins of ice-cold German beer and homemade food items. 2-11 pm Saturday; German American Society of Central Florida, 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry; $5; 407-834-0574; gasocf.com.
The Festival of Bacon This is the first official go-round for this outdoor pig-inspired fete, and hungry festgoers get the chance to sample a multitude of bacon-inspired dishes created by more than 30 local restaurants – OLV, Porkie’s Original BBQ and the Hammered Lamb, among others. The buck doesn’t stop there, either, because you can wash down that salty, greasy pork with bacon beer and bacon cocktails (yes, you heard that right) and listen to live music provided by local standbys, including songstress Kaleigh Baker, one-man band Ben Prestage, country trio Good Luck Penny and more. With a paid ticket, you receive $10 in “bacon bucks” to spend on samples, which range from $2-$5. 11 am-7 pm Saturday; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; $25-$35; festivalofbacon.com.