Free And Cheap Things To Do In Orlando

Well  September is in full swing, and you know what that means? Before you know it, this list will be full of fall festivals and pumpkin carving contests….but not yet! Keep checking to see when it’s ok to put out your scarecrows and hay bales. Until then, try one of these other free or cheap things to do in our community!

Friday, September 14, 2012



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Food Truck Fridays

  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • RDV Sportsplex
  • 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando, FL 32810

Food Truck Friday’s bring your favorite vendors to the RDV Sportsplex. Enjoy gourmet food from these food truck vendors.


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Summer Concert Series

  • 7:00 pm  - 10:00 pm
  • Maitland Art Center
  • 231 W. Packwood Ave. Maitland, FL 32751
  • 407-539-2181

Featuring Daniel Heitz & The Revelators, plus readings by Maitland Poets & Writers and food truck fare. Tickets are $3 at the door, members are free.


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  • Friday 10:30, 1:30 & 4:30
  • Saturday & Sunday 12:30, 2:45 & 5:00
  • $6
  • Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater
  • 451 E. Altamonte Drive , Altamonte Springs , FL , 32701
  • More Info: 407-834-8757

Bring your children to enjoy the string puppet musical production of the classic fairy tale Pinocchio. Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater is located inside the Altamonte mall.


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Virginia Drive Live

  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Virginia-Mills District
  • Virginia Drive west of Mills Avenue , Orlando , FL , 32803
  • 407-393-8765 (Phone)

The quarterly Ivanhoe Village free event will feature a car show, movie on the lawn, art and street vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, a wine stroll and merchant discounts.


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Friday Night Live Unplugged

  • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Eddie Rose Amphitheater

Bring your chair or blanket out to Cranes Roost Park and enjoy great live entertainment in a beautiful outdoor setting. Friday Night Live Unplugged is a free concert series, open to the public, which showcases top local and regional artists on a weekly basis. Tonight’s featured artist is DEJA. Hailing from the Caribbean, Deja plays a unique blend of music including reggae, soca, salsa, R&B and rock.


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Friday Night Tastings

  • Vino!
  • 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • 500 Park Ave. Suite 120 Winter Park, FL 32789

Sample wines from around the world and get friendly advice on vintage wines at Vino! in downtown Winter Park.

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Art and Music in the Park

  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Lake Concord Park
  • 95 Triplet Lake Drive , Casselberry , FL , 32707
  • 407-262-7700

Join us for an exciting evening including Corvettes and classic rock at the Casselberry Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar at Lake Concord Park. The event is free and will feature the Loria Brothers playing classic rock tunes from yesterday and today, a variety of artists displaying their art throughout the park, and the Corvette Club of Orlando.


 Saturday, September 15, 2012


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Galactic Encounter Day

  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Orange County Regional History Center
  • 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL, 32801
  • 407-836-8500
  • Free with museum admission

Stormtroopers reclaim the History Center for the Empire at Galactic Encounter Day!  See the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist march through Heritage square. Build your own light saber; enjoy “Blue Milk,” “Wookie Cookies,” and “Yoda Juice,” and work alongside a LEGO® Master Builder to construct a Stars Wars model.


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Fishing tournament

  • 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Bear Creek Park
  • 1600 Bear Crossing Drive , Orlando , FL , 32824
  • More Info: 407-836-6249

Orange County Parks and Recreation’s 24th annual “Fish for the Fun of It” catch-and-release tournament is for boys and girls ages 12 or younger. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing pole and tackle. Fishing poles, tackle and bait for registered children will be supplied while supplies last. Older siblings and parents may fish with the registered child but must supply their own pole, tackle and bait; older children and adults will not be able to participate in the tournament.


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Lake Mary Farmers Market

  • 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Lake Mary City Hall
  • 100 N. Country Club Road Lake Mary, FL 32746

Come and enjoy Central Park Farmers’ Market in Lake Mary ” every Saturday at the Lake Mary City Hall and stock up on a variety of locally produced items such as, organic pet food, organic greens, sunflowers, buckwheat, lentils, wheat grass, coffee grounds, meat pies, bread, organic soap, jerky, barbecue, assorted nuts, raw honey and much more!


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Family Days at the Museum


  • 1:00 pm
  • Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum
  • 221 W. Packwood Ave. Maitland, FL, 32751
  • 407-644-1364

“Sound Waves & String Telephones” craft program for children and families. Freeevent.



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Sanford Farmer’s Market

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Magnolia Square, in Downtown Sanford on 1st Street between Park and Palmetto Avenues.

The Sanford Farmer’s Market has over 25 vendors and offers an amazing variety of items – farm fresh produce, free range organic eggs, gourmet cheese, fresh baked breads and baked goods, local raw honey, sweets, jams, pickles, pastas, coffee, teas, spices, plants, orchids, lotions, soaps, candles, aromatherapy, natural spa items, popcorn, dog treats, and so much more!



Sunday, September 16, 2012


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Fiesta del Coqui

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
  • 3755 N.W. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771
  • 407-323-4450
  • $12.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 3-12, seniors age 60 and over are $10.95 and free for children 3 and under

Experience the annual Fiesta del Coquí at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford. Celebrate the coquí and Hispanic culture by experiencing regional cuisine, live music, dancing and local dance group performances.



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Maitland Farmer’s Market

  • Lake Lily Park
  • 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, FL
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

This is a year-round open air market featuring fresh produce, seafood, breads, and cheeses along with plants, all natural skin care products and live music.


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Downtown Farmer’s Market

  • Lake Eola Park
  • 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

More than 70 vendors offering fresh produce, food, art, goods, live entertainment, beer and wine garden, face painting and more! Family and pet friendly. Located near the corner of Central blvd. and Eola dr. Free metered parking for all.

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