Agricultural Fest at Fort Christmas [Free]

Fort Christmas was built in present-day Christmas, Florida during the Second Seminole War. Construction began on December 25, 1837, with the arrival of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama volunteers.

The event features a Barbeque Chicken and Rib Cook Off for 4-H and FFA chapters, Cattle Battle exhibition of steer and Heifers (entry fee required), and Chicken Pickin’ competition (entry fee required).

This event is FREE to attend.

Meet Monster Jam Drivers And Their Monster Trucks For Free On January 17, 2019

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Monster Jam 2019 is coming to Camping World Stadium here in Orlando on January 19, but this Thursday, January 17, you can meet some of the drivers and their monster trucks for free.

Four of the show’s biggest stars and their trucks will be at various locations in Central Florida during the afternoon.

Here’s where you can find them:

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for New Year’s Eve 2018

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Orlando

Looking for a place to celebrate the end of 2018 and the arrival of the new year? Then check out this list of options to ring in 2019 here in Orlando.

From the theme parks to massive parties to low key celebrations to family events, here are our picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Orlando area:

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The Orlando Citrus Parade Rolls Through Downtown Orlando Dec 29, 2018 #OrlandoCitrusParade

Florida Citrus Sports announces the all-new Orlando Citrus Parade, which takes place on Saturday, December 29th, in Downtown Orlando, and we have all the details.

Florida Citrus Sports, in association with Parades R Us, announces the all-new Orlando Citrus Parade, which takes place on Saturday, December 29th, in Downtown Orlando.

Formerly known as the Florida Citrus Bowl Parade, the Orlando Citrus Bowl Parade has grown to become one of the largest sports affiliated parades in the nation, an annual tradition that occurs each year between the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.

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Iced Out at Rosen Plaza Orlando [Free]

the third annual Iced Out competition returns to the Rosen Plaza in Orlando

 

This free, family friendly event pits local chefs against each other as they take chainsaws to 300 lb blocks of ice to carve out majestic frozen works of holiday art.

There will also be face painting, photo booth, holiday characters, and a DJ spinning tunes, along with delicious holiday treats and specialty cocktails available for purchase. Ten percent of food and beverage sales will benefit Canine Companions for Independence.

General Parking is free; Valet Parking is $10.

Rosen Plaza Hosts its Annual Iced Out Free Event Dec 15, 2018

the third annual Iced Out competition returns to the Rosen Plaza in Orlando

Start the chainsaws…the third annual Iced Out competition returns to the Rosen Plaza in Orlando on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

This free, family friendly event pits local chefs against each other as they take chainsaws to 300 lb blocks of ice to carve out majestic frozen works of holiday art.

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ICON Orlando Introduces New Experiences and Savings for Holidays #ICONOrlando

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Just in time for the holidays, ICON Orlando is rolling out a festive collection of seasonal savings for group and individual flights, exciting new options for group celebrations and gatherings, nightly light shows, and unique dinner experiences.

One of the tallest observation wheels in the world, the 400-foot ICON Orlando provides riders with a bird’s-eye view of Central Florida.

Making your ride more festive, ICON Orlando’s new seasonal experiences and savings include:

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Historic Militia Encampment at Fort Christmas [Free]

Fort Christmas was built in present-day Christmas, Florida during the Second Seminole War. Construction began on December 25, 1837, with the arrival of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama volunteers.

Join Orange County Parks and Recreation at Fort Christmas Historical Park for the Historic Florida Militia Encampment to learn about the Second Seminole Indian War (1835 – 1842) from soldiers in uniform in their camp.

Programs presented at 12:30 and 2:30pm on both Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, with park hours 8am to 6pm.

This is a FREE event.

CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks For Celebrating Halloween 2018 In Central Florida

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebration Halloween in Central Florida

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in Central Florida, so if you still haven’t made your plans for the upcoming Halloween weekend, there’s definitely no shortage of things to do.

From family-orientated scares to adults-only thrills, here are our picks for celebrating Halloween in Central Florida:

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Sloth Week at Wild Florida [Free]

Wild Florida is honoring a slow-moving, intensely adorable member of the animal kingdom with Sloth Week

This week will be packed with sloth-themed games and activities the whole family will love, and best of all, admission is free the entire week!

With a mission to promote a connection with animals that inspires education and conservation with guests, Sloth Week is dedicated to educating guests on two-toed sloths, their unique personalities, and how everyone can help preserve their environment in the wild through fun games and activities.

Wild Florida Hosts Sloth Week with Free Admission Oct 15-20 @WildFlorida

Wild Florida is honoring a slow-moving, intensely adorable member of the animal kingdom with Sloth Week

Wild Florida is honoring a slow-moving, intensely adorable member of the animal kingdom with Sloth Week October 15-20, 2018.

This week will be packed with sloth-themed games and activities the whole family will love, and best of all, admission is free the entire week!

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Come Out With Pride 2018 Celebrates Orlando’s LGBTQ+ Community Oct 8-14 #KeepDancingOrlando @OrlandoPride

Come Out With Pride will honor and celebrate Orlando's LGBTQ+ community and its allies

Come Out With Pride 2018 will honor and celebrate Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community and its allies October 8-14.

It kicks off with a Drag Race 5K through Baldwin Park, and finishes with a big weekend featuring the Come Out With Pride festival at Lake Eola, and the Recovery Brunch at Celine Orlando.

Below is a list of events and other details for Come Out With Pride 2018:

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iHeart Radio Hosts Free Monster Jam® Triple Threat “Feast with the Beast” Zombie Bash at Ace Cafe Orlando Aug 17

Meet famed Monster Jam Zombie driver Bari Musawwir and get up close to his customized vehicles during a free event at Ace Cafe Orlando, in partnership with iHeart Radio, on August 17, 2018. 

Meet famed Monster Jam Zombie driver Bari Musawwir and get up close to his customized vehicles during a free event at Ace Cafe Orlando, in partnership with iHeart Radio, on August 17, 2018.

Ocoee resident Musawwir, is the first local driver to ever appear in a Monster Jam. He is also the sport’s first African American driver, and won Rookie of the Year in 2012.

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Where to View the Mars Opposition Event in Central Florida This Weekend

Where to View the Mars Opposition Event in Central Florida
Photo: NASA

Because of Mars‘ close proximity to Earth this weekend, the Red Planet will appear brighter in our sky than it has since 2003.

Here’s where you can get a good look at our neighboring planet:

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