It's weekend o'clock somewhere, and a holiday weekend at that! Catch performances by some of the best electronic music artists at EDC, honor our troops at the Veterans Day Parade, celebrate community and art at the Thornton Wine Walk, or spend a day in SoDo District exploring their nightlife and dining options. Here are our top picks for things to do in Orlando this weekend. And while you're out this weekend, if you run into someone who served in our military, be sure to thank them for their service.


Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk

When: Thurs. Nov. 8th | 6:30 PM

Where: Thornton Park District 

The 2nd Thursday of every month, the best crowd gathers for the Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine + Art Walk. They come to celebrate the community, art, and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and some tasty tastings all along the walk!


When: Fri. Nov. 9th | 5 PM

Where: SHOTS Orlando

Say hello to the weekend! It's F@^K IT FRIDAY at SHOTS and its time to start the weekend with a bang! HAPPY HOUR starts at 5 PM. 


Benji Brown at Bob Carr Theater

When: Fri. Nov. 9th | 8 PM

Where: Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Dr. Phillips Center presents Benji Brown at Bob Carr Theater.

EDC Orlando 2018

When: Nov. 9th & 10th | 1 PM

Where: Tinker Field at Camping World Stadium

Celebrate life, love, art, and music at the 8th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival. 2 days, 3 stages, carnival, rides, art, and performers!

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Official EDC Afterparty at Celine Orlando

When: Sat. Nov. 10th | 9 PM

Where: Celine Orlando

Celine Live, Team Events, & Insomniac Events Present The Official EDC Afterparty at Celine Orlando. Age 18+



Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Enchanted

When: Thurs. Nov. 8th | 7 PM

Where: Central Park Winter Park

This film is a part of their Popcorn Flicks series, which takes place in Central Park, Winter Park once a month and it’s FREE and open to the public.

19th Annual Taste Of Orlando

When: Sat. Nov. 10th | 11 AM

Where: Regal Cinemas Waterford Lakes Town Center

Bring your appetite to the 19th Annual Taste of Orlando along the Main Boulevard at Waterford Lakes Town Center. This family-friendly event includes local food and beverage samples, interactive children’s activities, live entertainment and a local business expo. 

City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade

When: Sat. Nov. 10th | 10 AM

Where: Downtown Orlando - Orange Ave & Robinson St

The 19th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade honors the courageous men and women of the armed forces who have fought for our nation’s freedoms. The parade will feature marching bands, ROTC units, active duty military, decorative floats and veterans groups from all military branches.


UCF Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen

When: Sat. Nov. 10th | 12 PM

Where: Spectrum Stadium

Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons

When: Wed. Nov. 7th | 7 PM

Where: Amway Center

Rick Springfield at Hard Rock Live

When: Thurs. Nov. 8 | 7 PM

Where: Hard Rock Live

Hard Rock Live presents Rick Springfield with Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone. 


Explore SoDo District

The SoDo District is a vibrant community where residents live, shop, work and play. With the growing number of renovations and additions to the commercial district, SoDo is defined as an emerging market. Small retail and mixed-use projects are creating a positive new look and tone. A combination of large retail chains and a generous amount of boutique-style shops and mom-and-pop restaurants offer diverse entertainment options. When you visit, check out some of our recommendations below for a great time!


Orlando Brewing

Orlando Brewing is the premier certified organic microbrewery in Orlando. Head over to enjoy tours of the facilities as well as a handful of signature beers on tap. 

Peach Valley Cafe

Experience the freshness at this local chain, serving a range of American breakfast & lunch fare, from waffles to patty melts. They also serve Bloody Marys and mimosas for those looking for a boozy brunch. 

Aardvark Beverages

This is a great spot that has benefitted from some recent renovations and updates. They now serve lunch, as well as coffee and beer. They still sell beer to go, as well as offer keg filling services. Stop by every Tuesday for their new Varkers Market, a free outdoor market hosting vintage and craft vendors along with food and drinks!

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