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Veterans Day and More Things to Do in Orlando This Weekend

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Welcome to your weekend plans, Orlando!

If you‘re looking for things to do in Orlando this weekend, from events to honor Veterans Day to a dance festival to escape the bustling downtown area, we have so many events going on in the City Beautiful.

So let loose, scroll on, and get ready to grab a cold one with your best buds at some fun areas in town.

🇺🇸 Honor our Veterans with these annual events:

Celebrating the veterans among us, the Lake Nona Town Center will be hosting its annual Veterans Celebration.

Welcoming veteran-owned businesses, oversized retired military vehicles, and activities beginning at 5 PM, come honor our heroes! There will also be a ceremony to acknowledge those who serve on a holiday fitting. We hope to see you and yours there!

🗓 Nov 11 | 11AM—1PM
📍 Lake Nona Town Center
🎟 $20

More ways to honor this Veterans Day:

2021 Veterans Day Parade
The parade, themed "Remembering September 11th," will then take off from the intersection at Robinson Street and carry on throughout downtown Orlando. Starting at Orange Ave., the opening ceremony for the 22nd annual Veterans Day Parade will be led by Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council on Central Blvd.
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Veterans Day BBQ
On Veterans Day, honor your heroes by chowing down on good eats with even better company. Come together for an evening at the Maitland Civic Center at 6 PM. Enjoy live music by Performing Arts Matter and the Maitland Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children under 10 and, of course, Veterans are free.
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Vino & Vets at the Swirley Wine Bar
Carry on celebrations through to the weekend on Saturday at the Swirlery Wine Bar. Following the parade, continue honoring our heroes with a DJ, guest speakers, silent auction, light bites, and wine. Tickets start at $35 and directly benefit Veterans in the local community through the Heroes Hope Network.
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Let‘s get social, Sanford! 🍺

We‘re back for the monthly craft beer community event at Celery City Craft in Sanford! Join other brew lovers in the area for an evening of local craft breweries, taprooms samples, live music, and tasty bites!

A $15 ticket for the Sanford Beer Social gets you in the door with two samples from EACH brewery in hand! Cheers!

🗓 Nov 11 | 6PM—9PM
📍 Celery City Craft
🎟 $15

Browse a preview of the Sanford nightlife with our best breweries and bars in Sanford.

Electrify your weekend—

Experience a memorable weekend at EDC 2021, where technology, nature, and music fuse together. Feel free to explore and dance to pyrotechnics, artists, and incredible performances. Grab your friends, reserve your spot, and enjoy the weekend!

Tickets start at $99 for 1-day GA but can be upgraded for a more comfortable experience, with expedited entry, premium restrooms, private table service, and more.

🗓 Nov 12—14 | Varying Times
📍 Tinker Field
🎟  Prices vary, tickets start at $99

Need to get outside? Here are more outdoor events:

For the love of beer:

We‘re all about fresh air and good brews this weekend with another (but not just another) outdoor festival! Join 3,000 of your best buds at the Orlando Beer Festival and sample craft and premium beers from local breweries in Orlando and all across the US.

Enjoy interactive games, yummy bites, live music, and wine tasting for those who need to switch up their beverage of choice. This event is 21 and up ONLY—but pet-friendly, so leave the kids at home, but please bring your fur-babies! Tickets start at $35—and hurry, they sell out fast!

 

🗓 Nov 13 | 12PM—5PM
📍 Festival Park
🎟  Start at $35

Want to drink indoors this weekend? Check out our guide to the best breweries in Orlando.

⛄ The holidays start now!

If you‘re SO over fall, it‘s okay to skip right to the holiday season! With the Night of a Million Lights  debuting this weekend and then carrying on until January, you can snag your tickets to enjoy USA Today‘s “Number One Thing To Do In December In Orlando.”

With this fully immersive holiday lights spectacular at Give Kids The World Village, you can watch the dancing lights show in an 89-acre magical neighborhood—literally featuring millions of lights. The event is sponsored by a non-profit resort for critically ill children and their families around the world.

🗓 Nov 12—Jan 2 | Varying times
📍 Give Kids The World Village
🎟  $18—$85

This week‘s business spotlights

Grand Re-Opening of Papa Llama
FINALLY celebrating the grand opening of Papa Llama—one-year later, enjoy a family-style menu experience, a donut dessert from Orlandough, two bottles from Golden Hour Wine, and listen to a Vinyl Record collection from Uncle Tony's Donut Shoppe. Tickets are required for groups of either 4 or 6.
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À La Cart Orlando: 3-Year Anniversary
Enjoy street food specials, craft beer, live music performances at À La Cart this weekend! Help the local business celebrate their third anniversary as they offer up their specially-crafted lineup of 10+ original beers. Check out their website for more details.
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Mills 50 Back Yard Oasis Tour
Meander through five specially selected backyards in the residential community as you tour unique stone pathways, lush landscaping, customized pools, and lounge-worthy patios. Sip on wine from Quantum Leap Winery, beer from Ten 10 Brewing Company, and snack on Bites & Bubbles, Black Rooster Taqueria, and Pop Thai. Tickets are $30, and tours start at Colonialtown Neighborhood Center.
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Looking forward to the holidays... ❄️ 🎁

Nov. 8—Dec. 21

Disney Very Merriest After Hours

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Nov. 8—Dec. 21

Nov. 13—Jan.2

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Nov. 13—Jan.2

Nov. 19—Jan. 2

MISSION: SAVE CHRISTMAS featuring ELF

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Nov. 19—Jan. 2

Nov. 27—Dec. 30

TIS THE SEASON – Winter Garden

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Nov. 27—Dec. 30

Dec. 3

Tree Lighting Celebration Lake Eola

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Have a great weekend, Orlando! See you next week!

No matter if you‘re heading to a fall-friendly event or are looking forward to more winter holiday things to do in Orlando, we hope to be your number one resource for all the fun events in City Beautiful!

Don‘t forget to tag us in @StuffToDoInOrlando on InstagramFacebook and TikTok.  

Adriana Rodrigues Oswald

Adriana Rodrigues Oswald

Adriana is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Orlando City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Orlando area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinOrlando on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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