10 Things to Do This Weekend

April 14 + 15, 2018

By Mark Baratelli

Walk amongst hand fed baby parrots, finches, canaries, lovebirds, cockatiels, Kakarikis and all other kinds of exotic birds for sale at the Orlando Exotic Bird Show Sunday 8 to 3. No you cannot open the cages and wish them to freedom like I wanna do. You have to buy them.

We don't fully understand this event but the poster is pretty so we're sharing it. At this party (we know it's a party) there will two live DJs providing music, a person doing "visuals," two vintage furniture stores decorating the space, two people providing food and a bar providing the booze. It all takes place inside a warehouse event space. The Soul Stomp & Dance Romp is Saturday 7 til 1 at The Orange Studio in Mills50.

A portion of Curry Ford Road has undergone an extreme but temporary transformation making it for the first time accommodating to pedestrians and cyclists... and cars. Attend a community event celebrating these changes and enjoy demonstrations, interactive drills and giveaways all geared toward bike and pedestrian safety called Curry Ford Community Bike & Pedestrian Safety Fair! The fun takes place Saturday 9:30 to 12:30 at 2850 Curry Ford Road at the intersection of Primrose and Curry Ford.

Art in the Park is Orlando's only mobile art studio that travels to neighborhood parks and playgrounds hosting art projects. This weekend your 2 to 10 year old can help build a scale model of downtown Orlando through painting, cutting, gluing and building, all while using recycled materials. The fun takes place Saturday at 11 at Blue Jacket Park behind Baldwin Park. Go to artintheparkorlando.com.

Enjoy samples from 100 craft beers and an art show during the annual Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival Saturday 3 to 7 at Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille New Smyrna Beach.

Enjoy a wide variety of beers, home brews, and wine, light fare from local restaurants, live music and special animal encounters inside a zoo during the 11th Annual Brews Around the Zoo Saturday 6 to 10 at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford.

Beard in Baldwin is a ticketed food and drink event featuring top-tier local restaurants and chefs providing tastings in the outdoors along New Broad Street in downtown Baldwin Park. Beard in Baldwin benefits the James Beard Foundation's National Scholars Program. The delicious event takes place Saturday 7 to 10 in downtown Baldwin Park. Go to beardinbaldwin.com.

Listen to six ukulele acts, meet adoptable dogs and bring some food for the public pot luck during the second annual Ukulele Lovefest. "Some chicken and potato salad are provided, as well as water, coffee, chips and dip, and yummy cookies." The fun takes place Sunday 12:30 to 6:30 at Fodor's Grove.

Take time out to listen to eight of Orlando's best nerd music acts and, for the first time ever, explore all the independent games made right here in Orlando during Orlando Overdrive Saturday at 4 at The Geek Easy in Winter Park.

A new small grocer called The Cookery, specializing in locally made food products, is celebrating a grand opening day with vegan wings, peanut butter cups, raw cheesecakes, coffee on tap, a live musician, raffles and adult beverages. The Grand Opening of The Cookery Saturday 4 to 8 at The Cookery at 2705 E South Street in Orlando.