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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


Oct. 21

Taste of Maitland More than 40 area restaurants serve up samples of their specialty dishes, plus guests enjoy live music throughout the night. 5:30-8 pm Monday; Lake Lily Park, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; $25-$30; 407-644-0741; tasteofmaitland.com.

Oct. 23
Orlando Zombie Ball The fine folks here at Orlando Weekly host the magazine’s first costume Halloween blowout, and this spooky shindig lands you with free drinks for the first hour, live entertainment and performances on stage, plus you can compete in a costume contest with the chance to win up to $1,000 in cash prizes. Costumes are mandatory, so don’t be caught dead (or undead!) without one. 8 pm Wednesday; Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $10-$15; 407-377-0400; orlandozombieball.com.

Oct. 25

Ghost Stories Roam through the gardens while listening to spooky stories and enjoying refreshments. You might want to leave the little ones at home. 6 pm Friday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.

Sanford Pub Invasion: Walking Dead 3.0 The spirits really come out for this Halloween-themed pub crawl, where guests imbibe at a collection of downtown Sanford watering holes. 8 pm Friday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $20; 407-221-1499; sanfordpubinvasion.com.

Taste & Toast to East End Market Enjoy wine and craft beer, plus food samples from a variety of local market merchants. 6-9 pm Friday; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; $40; 321-236-3316; eastendmkt.com.

Thornton Park District Halloween Party Ghouls and gals roam the streets, with a costume contest and other spooky treats. 9 pm Friday; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; $5; 407-701-9382.

Oct. 25
East End Market Grand Opening With an aim to grow the “Good Food Movement” by highlighting Central Florida farmers and food producers, the highly anticipated, locally focused food market opens under an “All Things Good” theme. During opening weekend, guests get the chance to tour the market hall and incubator kitchen, plus visitors can grab a bite at the market’s restaurant and engage in food events and cooking classes. Beyond the demo kitchen and retail shops, East End also offers rental space where food-related events will be held year-round. 10 am-4 pm Friday; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; free; 321-236-3316; eastendmkt.com.

Oct. 25-Oct. 27

Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend Three days of horror-themed shenanigans, with guest appearances by George Romero, Peter Criss and others; plus the Freak Show Film Fest, a creepy car show, the infamous Zombie Walk and much more. 5 pm Friday, 11 am Saturday-Sunday; Universal Double Tree Resort, 5780 Major Blvd.; $30-$199; 888-690-4695; spookyempire.com.

Fall Guide 2013
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