Things to Do in Orlando

February is coming to a close this week, and spring is on the way! If you're looking for something to do, Orlando is celebrating the warmer temperatures and balmy breezes of the season with several fun events, many of them outdoors.

Flogging Molly Concert - Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Head to House of Blues in Downtown Disney to see this Celtic punk band blow the roof off! With St. Patrick's Day in just a couple of weeks, it's great way to get in the Irish Spirit and celebrate Leap Day. Tickets are going fast at $75 each- get yours now!

Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival - March 1 to 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
It's finally strawberry season! This year the festival is celebrating 77 years of fun with music, contests, rides and of course, a lot of strawberries. Headline acts include Gretchen Wilson and Hank Williams Jr. In addition, the festival features more than 80 thrilling rides and 400 vendors, exhibitors and delicious food concessions (fried strawberries, anyone?) Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Orlando Museum of Art

1st Thursdays - March 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Orlando Museum of Art offers a fresh way to take in some amazing artwork on the first Thursday of each month. With food, music, and of course, featured art, you can make a date or a friend's evening out with class and culture. This month's theme is Fervent for Flora: Art in the Botanical Realm. Tickets are $10.

Central Florida Fair - March 1 to 11 beginning at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Closing times are flexible.
Experience the thrill of the midway with more than 100 rides and attractions. Serious thrill seekers can take advantage of Ridebands - pay one price of $20 to $25 depending on the day, and get unlimited rides for that day! Sample the fair food, including favorites like corndogs, funnel cakes, Italian sausage snow cones, pretzels and cotton candy, just to name a few. After all, a little splurging isn't so bad! Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids. Children five and under are free!

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Date Night at Leu Gardens - March 2 - Gardens open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
Take your honey out for a picnic and movie under the stars in a romantic garden setting. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy this month's feature The Adjustment Bureau. Garden Admission is $5 plus tax for adults and $2 plus tax for children.

Orlando Chili Cook Off - March 3 from 12 to 5:30 p.m.
More than 10,000 chili lovers and 60+ chili cooks are expected to heat up Baldwin Park. Live music, celebrity judges and a kid's play area guarantee a full day of savory activities. Tickets are $7 in advance and $12 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.

33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 4 at 2 p.m.
Wear your green and kick off the month of leprechauns and luck at the only St. Patrick's Day parade in Central Florida.This free celebration will feature Irish music and step-dancing at the main stage in Central Park, in addition to the parade.


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