Apr 152014

When the weather is nice and the stars are out, there is nothing more romantic than snuggling up with your date at an outdoor movie. Date Night at Leu Gardens screens a film in its beautiful garden setting the first Friday of every month. The feature on May 2 is ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ Bring a picnic, a bottle of wine, chairs and blanket. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for kids and Leu Members are free. Check the weather before you go. The gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m.

Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

Apr 102014

Cocoa BeachSurfers of all ages and skills will flock to the beach for a little fun in the sun Easter weekend. The 50th Easter Surfing Festival at Cocoa Beach Pier is the second-longest running surfing event on the east coast. It’s scheduled for the entire weekend, April 18 – 20, 2013, and is free for the public, but bring cash for parking and food.

If you’re not hitting the waves, there will be a variety of activities for all ages. Learn to surf or skim board at onsite clinics, get a celebrity surfer’s autograph and listen to live music. To celebrate the season, there will be an Easter egg hunt for kids and a sunrise Easter service. This is a very popular event, so plan ahead and check out the event schedule before heading to the beach.

Apr 072014

The forecast calls for marshmallows. That’s right—marshmallows! The City of Oviedo will drop thousands from the sky at the annual Marshmallow Drop on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. It’s a sweet alternative to hunting for eggs this Easter. Kids collect the white puffs to redeem for candy. They can also meet the Easter bunny and play games. Tickets in advance are $1 and the day of the event costs $2.

Oviedo Sports Complex
1251 E. Broadway

Mar 302014

Take a short trip through the rolling hills of Clermont to Lakeridge Winery on April 12 and 13 for an afternoon of blues. The Blues at the Winery is a must-do for music and wine lovers. Relax outside and sip a glass of wine while enjoying live blues music by the area’s most talented musicians. Make sure to check out the complimentary wine tours and tastings. A $2 donation is required for entry. Lakeridge Winery19239 US Highway 27 Clermont, FL 34715

Mar 142014

Start off your month on a healthy note by picking up fresh produce at the Oviedo Farmer’s Market. The market runs the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It launched in 2011 on the grounds of the Lawton House by the Oviedo Historical Society as a way to foster community and invite the public and residents to learn about its history. Tours of the Lawton House coincide with the market.

Mar 132014

Did you know Sanford was once considered the celery capital of the world? That crop helped create a beautiful town with a great weekly farmers market. Plan a Saturday to experience the Sanford Farmers Market. Shop for local fruits, vegetables, homemade goods and listen to local musicians in the quaint downtown setting. For lunch, prost (cheers) with authentic German beer and bratwurst at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café. The market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East 1st St. & Magnolia Avenue in downtown Sanford.


Mar 042014

The College Park Sunday Brunch Market is a one-stop shop for piping hot meals, unique finds and farm fresh veggies. Food trucks make special appearances and local bakers sell irresistible cupcakes. Sip on mimosas while browsing vintage clothing, locally made fashion, housewares and accessories. The market is every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1600 Edgewater Drive in College Park.


Mar 022014

Winter Park Farmers MarketCentral Florida’s most popular produce and plant market, Winter Park Farmers Market, is held every Saturday morning at the historical old train depot. Enjoy a morning of shopping for fine produce, plants and baked goods. To make a day of it, stroll down Park Avenue to window shop or have a picnic in Central Park. The market is held on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 200 W. New England Avenue, Winter Park.

Mar 022014

Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park is one of my favorite places to go on a beautiful Sunday. Stroll through displays of fresh produce, flowers, plants and handmade goods. After an afternoon of shopping, relax under the shade in the beer and wine garden. The market is dog friendly, so bring along your pet for a walk around Lake Eola. The market is set up on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Central Boulevard and N. Eola Drive.


Feb 242014

Stop by Lake Mary Farmers Market for farm fresh produce, blooming orchids, local honey, organic pet treats, fruits and vegetables. Enjoy a day in the shade, music and then grab lunch with options like hot dogs, Italian ice, cupcakes and other baked goods. The market runs every Saturday at Lake Mary City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops in downtown Lake Mary if you want to stay for awhile.