RECOMMENDED EVENTS IN DOWNTOWN ORLANDO

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What’s Up Downtown

Time: 8:30 a.m. Date: February 7 Location: Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801

Ever wonder how our police department keeps our downtown safe? Now’s your chance to listen firsthand from Chief Orlando Rolón about the initiatives the department has on safety and its collaboration with the Downtown Ambassadors. Make sure to RSVP at downtownorlando.com for this event.

Snap! Space presents Duane Michals: The Portraitist

Time: Entry time varies depending on tickets Date: February 8 Location: Snap! Orlando, 1013 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

If you love photography or are interested in learning more about it, this is the place to be. Duane Michals is an influential photographer who didn’t follow the traditional path of photography in the 1960s and continues to create original works today. The exhibition will feature over 125 portraits and include portraits of prominent figures Maya Angelou and Andy Warhol. Check out eventbrite.com for tickets and to learn more about Michals.

Paws in the Park 2019

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Date: February 9 Location: Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., Orlando, FL 32801

What better way to spend your Saturday than being around cute dogs and supporting a good cause? The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is hosting this event to fundraise for their two locations. You can register a team for the commemorative walk around Lake Eola at pawsinthepark.org. There will be different activities including raffles, food trucks and pet adoptions.

Orlando Ballet’s “Bailamos!”

Time: Varies depending on showtimes Date: February 15-17 Location: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

You probably won’t be able to stick to your seat with all the dancing you’ll be watching. This three-day celebration will highlight Latin culture through choreography and lively music. Showtimes vary and tickets cost as low as $19. Find out more information about the show on orlandoballet.org. You can purchase tickets on the website.

Orlando Wine Festival 2019

Time: 3:00 p.m. Date: February 16 Location: Heritage Square Park, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801

If you’ve ever wanted to try different wines from around the world, now’s your chance. Orlando Wine Festival will feature 50 wines from at least eight countries and a build-your-own-sangria bar. You can listen to live music and eat from local food trucks. A “wine passport” will be available to take notes on different wines and to learn about each wine. Tickets range from $10 to $65. Find out more information about the event and ticket costs at eventbrite.com.

2019 Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Date: February 17 Location: 728 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

Make sure to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Pig by heading over to the 2019 Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival. This family-friendly event will feature dragon dancing, taiko drummers, Asian food and more. It’s free admission to the festival, but make sure to check out centralfloridadragonparade.org for specific information about the parade’s start location.

5th Annual Purple Pride 5K

Time: 8 a.m. Date: February 23 Location: Orlando City Stadium, 655 W. Church St., Orlando, FL 32805

You may not be able to easily run with the bulls, but you can run with other soccer fans to kick off soccer season at the Orlando City Stadium. Each runner at the Purple Pride 5K will receive a race t-shirt, medal and one ticket to the Orlando City Home Opener on March 2. Prices vary depending on the signup date, so be sure to head over to universe.com to buy tickets and learn more about the event.

PechaKucha Night Orlando

Time: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Date: February 23 Location: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

Prepare for a night of presentations at PechaKucha Night Orlando Volume 25. This event is held several times a year and features guest speakers. The name PechaKucha stems from the Japanese term “chitchat” and it will highlight presentations that consist of 20 images with each image given 20 seconds for the speaker to talk about. Tickets start at $23 with two showtimes. Check out drphillipscenter.org for more information and ticket pricings.

City of Orlando Black History Month Celebration

Time: 5:30 p.m. Date: February 24 Location: City Hall in the Rotunda, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

February marks the start of Black History Month and Orlando has many people to honor for its history. This will be the third year the City of Orlando celebrates Black History Month at City Hall. Mayor Buddy Dyer will be there to speak to attendees as well as keynote speaker Superintendent Ron Blocker of Orange County Public Schools. Visit downtownorlando.com for more information or to RSVP for this event.

The Parramore Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Date: Every Saturday

Location: 832 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32805

The Parramore Farmer’s Market has reopened and offers a variety of fun for the family. The farmer’s market has fresh foods grown by local farmers, like Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando more. Over 30 local vendors will be featured each Saturday and Black Bee Honey, a startup by the Parramore Kidz Zone program that does youth mentoring, will be for sale.

Save The Date: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Annual Neighborhood and Community Summit

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Date: March 2 Location: Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819

This summit provides residents, community leaders, city staff and elected officials to learn from each other about how to improve our communities. There are three workshops with one session each workshop you can choose to sit in on, like asking Dyer questions about topics influencing our city, how your business can be more inclusive and how to build community. There are more sessions to choose from with details on beta.orlando. gov and you can also find the schedule on the website. Be sure to head over to the website to purchase tickets.

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