What can you do for fun this week in Orlando without spending a lot of money? Here are our top picks for free and cheap things to do in Orlando this weekend, Jan. 16 – 19.
FREE & CHEAP THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO
Note: Sometimes, things change after we post an event. It’s always a good idea to check directly with venues and event organizers to confirm before you go.
Becoming Dr. Ruth
January 8 – February 9
Orlando Shakes in the Goldman Theater
Tickets start at $30.
She fled the Nazis as a child, trained as a scout for the Haganah in Jerusalem, and struggled as a single mother when she came to America – before she was known as Dr. Ruth, sex therapist of radio and television. You’re invited into the apartment and into the life of America’s sex therapist, Dr. Ruth.
Movie in the Park
Featuring: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Friday, January 17 at 6:30pm
Reiter Park, Longwood
FREE outdoor movie under the stars.
Evening Exchange at East End
Friday, January 17, 6pm-9pm
East End Market, Orlando
FREE event with vendors, live music, culinary demonstrations and more.
Otronicon Interactive Tech Expo
January 17 – January 20, 10am-5pm
Orlando Science Center
Adults $21, youth $15. Explore the latest technology being created from more than 50 different exhibitors, experience hair-raising live shows, enjoy a Selfie Safari with engaging photo stations, and so much more!
Family Fish Fry
Friday, January 17, 5pm-9pm
Fun Spot America, I-Drive Orlando
Admission is FREE. Bring your own chairs and money to purchase food.
Art After Dark Lake Nona
Friday, January 17, 6pm-9pm
Lake Nona Town Center
FREE event with art, music, and more.
Otter Fest: A Celebration of Craft Beer
Saturday, January 18, 2pm-5pm
Wekiva Island, Longwood
General admission $25, VIP $35 (early access at 1pm) for a celebration of craft beers with more than 12 participating breweries.
SanSe Orlando 2020
January 18 & January 19, 11am-8pm
Central Florida Fairgrounds
FREE admission. Parking $20. Celebrate the Puerto Rican culture through food and music.
Vegan Food Fest
Saturday, January 18, 12pm-4pm
Eagle Nest Park, Orlando
Parking & admission $10 per family (early bird rate ends on Jan. 17). 15+ vegan food vendors, food demonstrations, yoga, and more.
36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Saturday, January 18 at 10am
Orange Avenue, downtown Orlando
FREE event to celebrate the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Most Valuable Pet Tailgate
Saturday, January 18, 1pm-5pm
Quantum Leap Winery, Orlando
FREE admission. Dog-friendly event supporting homeless animals in Central Florida. Food trucks, costume contest and dog games.
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Winter Concert Series
Saturday, January 18, 12pm -4pm
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont
FREE outdoor concert at the vineyard.
January 18 & January 19
Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka
Family Snow Pack (4) $31.25. 45 minutes of snow time, sledding, making snowmen and more.
18th Annual Unity Heritage Festival
Sunday, January 19, 1pm-5pm
Shady Park at Hannibal Square, Winter Park
Special activities will include FREE entertainment, children’s games, career booths, food and retail vendors, as well as job training/readiness and financial literacy.
MLK Speech Read-In
Sunday, January 19 at 6pm
Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
FREE evening of inspiration as various members of the Rollins Community celebrate the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King via speech and song.
January Food Truck Night
Sunday, January 19, 5pm-8pm
FREE community event with food, music, games, and more.
Garden Bros Circus
Sunday, January 19, 1pm and 4pm
The Venue at UCF
Tickets start at $14.50.
Central Florida Scottish Highland Games and Festival
January 18 & 19
Central Winds Park, Winter Springs
Adults $15, kids $5. Scottish Highland games, drum band competitions, kids’ games, live music and more.
Family Movie Night
Featuring: Christopher Robin
Sunday, January 19, 6pm-8pm
Old Town, Kissimmee
FREE outdoor movie.
Sweet, Fresh, and Juicy: Florida Oranges in Art and History
Now through January 26
Art & History Museums, Maitland
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