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Best Central Florida Events – January and February

Events — By Kristen Manieri on January 11, 2011 at 3:29 am
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Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23
Valentine Park in Orange City
Enjoy the perfect family-friendly event sponsored by the Central Florida Zoo with live entertainment, games, crafts, and great food.
$8 adult, $2 child ages 4-10
www.themanateefestival.com

Otronicon
Friday, January 14 until Monday, January 17
Orlando Science Center
Find out where technology is headed in this interactive four-day expo as you explore workshops, video games, and simulators to teach you more about what could be our future!
$17 adult, $16 student, $12 ages 3-11
www.otronicon.org

By Kristen Manieri

7th Annual Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo
Saturday, February 19 and Sunday, February 20
Lake Eola Park in Orlando
With countless street vendors exhibiting their work, live music, sidewalk chalk art, and tons of food, this is sure to be a spectacular event.
www.downtownorlandoproperties.com

NASCAR Daytona 500
Sunday, February 20
Daytona International Speedway
Don’t miss a visit to the world famous Daytona International Speedway for its premier racing event.
www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Universal Studios Mardi Gras
February 12-April 23
Universal Studios Orlando
The annual Mardi Gras festival features a huge parade, musicians from New Orleans, authentic Cajun food, and tons of live music.
$82 adult, $74 child
www.universalorlando.com/Events/mardigras.aspx

Orlando Wetlands Park Festival
Saturday, February 19, 9am-3pm
Fort Christmas Park in Orlando
Come to the Wetlands Park Festival for bird watching tours, nature photo shoots, hay rides, music, food, and so much more.
www.cityoforlando.net/public_works/wetlands/festival/index.htm

126th Silver Spurs Rodeo
Friday, February 18-Sunday February 20
Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee
You won’t want to miss the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi featuring cowboys, barrel racing, and tons of food.
www.silverspursrodeo.com

17th Annual Night of Lights in St. Augustine
Until January 31
St. Augustine Visitor’s Information Center
This spectacular array of white Christmas lights is sure to be a hit with everyone of all ages. Enjoy tours of the historic buildings, trolley tours along the old brick roads, and actors dressed in period costumes.
www.floridashistoriccoast.com/nights/

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey “Fully Charged” Circus
January 13-January 16
Amway Center in Orlando
You won’t be able to miss this circus filled with daring stunts, hilarious clowns, and amazing animals that will keep you on the edge of your seats.
www.ringling.com

Pride and Prejudice
February 9-March 20
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Allow yourself to be immersed in this classic Jane Austen novel.
www.orlandoshakes.org

14th annual Atlanta Braves Spring Training
February 27-March 28
Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee
Watch one of the best professional baseball teams at play as they go up against 18 of the best teams in the nation.
espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/pro/braves-spring-training/index?page=schedule

By Kristen Manieri and Elise Gennrich

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