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Check out our list of the Top Things To Do in Orlando this Weekend: February 24 - 26

Welcome to another fun filled edition of our popular Weekend Guide, and as always we've brought together a bumper list of amazing things to do here in Orlando and throughout Central Florida.


Things to do this Weekend in Orlando February 17 - 19


Discover the BEST Things to Do in Orlando This Weekend!

Check out our bumper weekend list with something happening for everyone



2023 Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval
Universal Studios Florida
Now through April 16, 2023

Every spring, the fun and excitement of the Big Easy makes its way to Universal Orlando Resort for an authentic celebration that completely transforms Universal Studios Florida into a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans street party.


Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval runs through April 16, 2023.


The parkwide celebrations will transform Universal Studios Florida into Florida’s biggest party, complete with the return of the parade, the beads, the tribute store, the food, and the big name concerts.


2023 Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval Universal Studios Florida


3 Doors Down at Universal Mardi Gras!
Saturday, February 18, 2023

3 Doors Down's debut The Better Life became certified seven-times RIAA platinum and was fuelled by the success of juggernaut hit "Kryptonite."


See the band this weekend at Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval at Universal Studios Florida, included with valid park admission.




The 2023 SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival
Now through May 7, 2023

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct offerings.


Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 refreshing wine and cocktail selections, including more than 75 craft brews.


Add a taste of rock, country, Latin, or throwback sounds at our live music shows, and enjoy even more diverse entertainment and surprises at special times like Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo.


With so many exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animal encounters, the Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to fill the belly!


Available with valid theme park admission


The 2023 SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival


Don McLean at SeaWorld Orlando
Saturday, February 25, 2023

See legendary singer Don McLean as part of SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival.


Don McLean is best known for his 1971 hit song "American Pie", an eight-and-a-half-minute folk rock "cultural touchstone about the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation.


His other hit singles include "Vincent" (about Vincent van Gogh), "Dreidel", and "Wonderful Baby"; as well as his renditions of Roy Orbison's "Crying" and the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You".


McLean's composition "And I Love You So" has been recorded by Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Helen Reddy, Glen Campbell, and others. In 2000, Madonna had a hit with a rendition of "American Pie".


In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In January 2018, BMI certified that "American Pie" and "Vincent" had reached five million and three million airplays respectively.


Included with a valid park admission.




Ludacris at SeaWorld Orlando
Sunday, February 26, 2023

See Ludacris as part of SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival.


Ludacris is a rapper, actor, record producer and record executive.


For his music, Ludacris has won three Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.


Ludacris achieved national attention with his first major label debut, Back for the First Time. It contained the hit singles "Southern Hospitality" (featuring Pharrell), and "What's Your Fantasy" (featuring Shawnna).


In 2001, he released Word of Mouf, followed by Chicken-n-Beer in 2003 and The Red Light District in 2004, all of which were certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


He took a more serious approach with his next two albums, Release Therapy (2006), and Theater of the Mind (2008). He was featured on Justin Bieber's hit single "Baby", which became one of the highest-certified singles of all time in the US and a defining song in modern-day popular music.


Included with a valid park admission.




MARDI GRAS at SeaWorld Orlando
Now through February 26, 2023

POP-UP PARADE – The Wild Arctic Plaza will come to life as entertainers, bead captains, stilt walkers, and musicians bring the Mardi Gras spirit to SeaWorld during this special pop-up parade. Select times from 12:30 - 6 p.m.


LIVE MUSIC – Immerse yourself in the music of New Orleans as our live band brings Cajun and jazz classics to Orlando. Select times from 12:30 - 6 p.m.


STREET PARTY – The sights and sounds of Bourbon Street will take over Wild Arctic Plaza with a DJ, street performers, and physically distant dance party. Select times from 12:30 - 6 p.m.


GULF COAST FLAVORS – Enjoy classic Gulf Coast flavors as part of our Seven Seas Food Festival including beignets, po’ boys, and southern libations. 1:00 p.m. to park close.


MARDI GRAS at SeaWorld Orlando


Mardi Gras At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Now through Sunday, March 5, 2023

Get jazzed up with Mardi Gras-style live music and New Orleans-inspired entertainment. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday though March 5, 2023 at Busch Gardens Mardi Gras.


Catch some festival beads from strolling performers throughout the day, and get caught up in the fun as you dance through the park.


Feast like kings and queens on classic Cajun cuisine as Busch Gardens brings the “Big Easy” to Tampa Bay.


Mardi Gras At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is available with valid theme park admission.


Mardi Gras At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida 1st Birthday Celebrations
Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26, 2023

Come on everyone, let's go! Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida is turning One!!


This weekend, Friday, February 24 until Sunday, February 26, 2023, the kids theme park is hosting an OINKTASTIC celebration, and everyone is invited.


Peppa Pig Theme Park is celebrating ALL weekend with an exclusive show, fun activities, and limited-time party treats.


All the fun is included with Included with a valid park ticket and select passes.




Art After Dark in Lake Nona
Friday, February 24, 2023

Every Friday night, Art After Dark takes over Lake Nona Town Center from 6 pm.


Perfectly nestled between Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen and Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine of Lake Nona, Art After Dark is a perfect evening out for the whole family.


Enjoy a stroll through our Town Center as you explore hand crafted artisan products, and tasty cuisine.


Be sure to grab a glass a wine, stay a while to enjoy the art displayed on the six story art installation, The Beacon.




Rock Of Ages at Garden Theatre, Winter Garden
Now through March 12, 2023

ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos, and sporting even bigger hair! This five-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and more.


The show features an all-star cast, including American Idol Bo Bice, The Voice finalist Omar Cardona, and Broadway star Justin Sargent.



Rock Of Ages at Garden Theatre, Winter Garden


Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, until March 5, 2023

In this powerful musical production, you’ll laugh as much as you cry while Billie Holiday sings her most famous songs and reminisces about the great triumphs and losses of her life.


The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie’s last performances—four months before her untimely death.


With the help of her piano man, Jimmy Powers, she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful, heart-wrenching, and bawdy songs from her memorable canon including: “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.”



Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Orlando Shakes


German American Society Family Fun Day
Saturday, February 25, 2023

This weekend join the German American Society in Casselberry on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from Noon - 5:00 pm for their inaugural Family Fun Day!


Bring the kids and enjoy an outdoor play area and beer garden, bounce house, games, live entertainment, and more.


Oh and there will be a German (of course!) Beer Garden, wunderbar!!


Everyone is welcome to this FREE family fun day, and as the organizers say, you don't have to be German to party like one!

The event is taking place at the German American Society in Casselberry at their festival grounds. For more information check out orlandogermanclub.com.




Free Family Movie Night at Aquatica Beach Nights
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Free family movies are back at Aquatic Water Park.


The whole family can enjoy fun days and nights at SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica Beach Nights.


Saturday, February 18 Movie at 5:45 pm, Beauty and the Beast (1991)


From thrilling slides like Riptide Race to relaxing waterways like Loggerhead Lane and more, Aquatica has splashy surprises for the whole family.


Aquatica’s pools and waterways are even heated to maintain the perfect temperature throughout your day during “Florida winter.”


After a day of fun in the water stay late for family-friendly movies and games on Orlando’s largest beach!


Bring a blanket or sit on one of our beach chairs and enjoy a different movie every weekend.


Fresh popcorn, delicious food, snacks, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks will be available for purchase at Kura’s Beachside Panini.


Free Family Movie Nights at Aquatica Beach Nights


Collect-A-Con Orlando
Saturday, February 25 - Sunday, February 26, 2023

Collect-A-Con is returning to the Orange County Convention Center this weekend!


What is billed as the nation's largest trading card, anime and pop culture convention is taking place on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, 2023.


Collect-A-Con is a collectibles trade show event boasting over 500 dealers showcasing trading cards, sports cards, comics, pop's, video games, vintage toys, and more!




Sarah McLachlan: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Storytelling
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She has received three Grammy Awards and twelve Juno Awards over her career and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.


Sarah’s music embodies the art of songwriting on its most personal level and her indelible vocals resonate with people everywhere. Her songs have had a profound influence; “Angel,” “Building A Mystery,” “Fallen,” “I Will Remember You,” “Adia,” “Sweet Surrender,” “World On Fire,” “Possession,” and countless others are an inspiration to music lovers around the globe.


Sarah performs Saturday night at Dr Phillips Center, with limited tickets still available.




The Florida Vintage Market at Ace Cafe Orlando
Sunday, February 26, 2023

The Florida Vintage Market returns to Ace Cafe Orlando this Sunday, February 26 from 12 pm until 5 pm.


Organized by The Florida Vintage Market, at Sunday's event you'll discover over 60 local vendors where you will find a curated variety of vintage clothing, sustainable fashion, street wear, custom clothing, sneakers, makers, artists, food and drinks and more.


Browse 1000s of vintage clothing items and much more, vendors include, 999 Thrifts, The Thrift Agent, Re,purposedgoods, Bee Briezy Boutique, and Binana.Vtg


Get there early and enjoy tasty food and drinks by Ace Cafe!


The Florida Vintage Market at  Ace Cafe Orlando


Orlando Area Farmers Markets
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Every weekend there are some awesome farmers markets happening throughout the area,


Winter Garden Farmers Market

The Winter Garden Farmers Market is your hometown market open every Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. in beautiful Historic Winter Garden.


Winter Park Farmer's Market

The Saturday Farmers’ Market is one of the best produce and plant markets in central Florida which takes place every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park.


Lake Mary Farmer's Market

The Lake Mary Farmers Market features local vendors of produce, plants, baked goods, and arts and crafts. The market is open every Saturday, from 9am-1:30pm at Lake Mary City Hall.


City of Longwood Farmer's Market

Visit every Saturday at the City of Longwood Farmer's Market at Reiter Park from 9 am to 2 pm, with locally sourced seafood and produce to handmade crafts and more.


Lake Nona Farmers Market

Join in every Saturday morning in Lake Nona in the beautiful Town Center from 11 am - 3 pm, shop local with the freshest produce and more.


Lake Nona Farmers Market


Orlando Area Farmers Markets
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Every weekend there are some awesome farmers markets happening throughout the area,


Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park

One of the most popular farmers markets in Central Florida, Orlando Farmer’s Market is located in the heart of Orlando at Lake Eola park, and takes place Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Celebration Farmers Market

Every week at Celebration Farmers Market there are multiple vendors here selling everything from fresh food and produce, to local crafted jewelry, and much more, with a beautiful backdrop of Lakeside Park, this is a must go to farmers market on Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m


East Orlando Farmer's Market

The popular East Orlando Farmers Market offers hand selected produce, creative local small business owners, along with botanical varieties to chose from. Every Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.


Clermont Farmer's Market

Clermont Farmer's Market features over 60 vendors selling seafood, organic produce, and other household items, this popular market is the place to go on Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Downtown Mount Dora Village Market

Mount Dora’s open-air Mount Dora Village Market in Sunset Park is open Sundays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm offering fresh products from over 50 market vendors.


Central Florida Farmers Markets

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