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Experience Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

A trip to Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort is truly a treat for the senses. The festival takes place this year from February 1 to April 2 and is known as Florida’s biggest party. Entrance to Mardi Gras is included with park admission so there’s no need to pay extra to participate. Best of all, Mardi Gras Universal is designed to be family-friendly, so everyone can enjoy the party. Here are some of the fun experience you’ll enjoy when you attend Mardi Gras this year. Flavorful Cajun Food Universal whisks you away to the streets of New Orleans with a transformation that dazzles all the senses. The New York area in Universal Studios becomes New Orleans, with a French […]

December Marathons in Central Florida

  With the holiday season approaching, the irresistible feasting opportunities that include hearty meats, decadent sweets, and succulent eats become more of a reality each day. Such a plentiful smorgasbord of food makes it hard to stay committed to an exercise regimen in the last month of the year. Fortunately, Orlando offers holiday foodies a great opportunity to get in shape during the window between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Here are a few Track Shack-sponsored Central Florida marathons that can help you stay fit between the feasts this December.       OUC Orlando Half Marathon As a significant part of Orlando history since 1977, the OUC Orlando Half Marathon takes over 5,000 runners through a winding and scenic route […]

Tips for Traveling to Orlando from Brazil

Year after year, Orlando remains a top destination for Brazilians. Gorgeous weather, endless entertainment, and nonstop flights available from Sao Paulo to Orlando make us an ideal destination. Due to the rise in Brazilian tourism, Orlando has many Brazilian-owned shops and restaurants near I-Drive, and it is common to hear Portuguese while out and about. If you are planning a trip to Orlando from Brazil, check out these tips to make your visit the best yet. The Best Places to Shop for Deals Orlando is famous for its many shopping malls and designer outlets, which carry brand names at discount prices. You’ll definitely want to stop at these malls to pick up souvenirs and gifts for family and friends. Orlando […]

Cirque Musica’s Holiday Wishes at Amway Center

If you’re in search of some additional holiday feels this December, the Orlando Amway Center is your destination. For one night only on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m., you can experience an unbelievable evening of spellbinding wonder as the Amway Center hosts Cirque Musica’s Holiday Wishes. Christmas With a Twist A sensory, live holiday event, Cirque Musica’s Holiday Wishes features spectacular choreographed acrobatics that will amaze and astound your entire family. While the renowned Cirque name always promises an innovative circus experience like no other, the brand’s magic is elevated when combined with the uplifting spirit of the holidays. To heighten the impressive display of this event’s hilarious, high-flying hijinks, a full orchestra will play songs that are sure […]

Explore Your Creativity at Maker Faire Orlando

From garage tinkerers and tech enthusiasts to artists, designers, engineers, and crafters, the Central Florida Expo Center & Fairgrounds invites all makers to show off their creations and share their passions when the Maker Faire returns to Orlando on Saturday, November 9, and Sunday, November 10, 2019. Referred to as the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth,” Maker Faire Orlando opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on both days of the event. Maker Faire Highlights A non-profit, community-organized festival produced by The Maker Effect Foundation, the treasured faire is a family-friendly celebration where those who love to experiment and create can showcase their inventions. Such exciting events include: • Robot Ruckus – Featuring the top “BattleBots” teams […]

Outdoor Activities to Enjoy in Fall

Once the scorching summer sun finally sets, Central Florida rolls out a number of outdoor activities to encourage visitors and locals to take in the fresh fall air. We’ve rounded up a few for the whole family right here in this blog. Whether you want to connect with your community, find your next favorite meal, or learn more about local artists, check out our top event picks of the season. College Park JazzFest 2019 Celebrate your favorite food, music, and culture at this year’s College Park JazzFest. Going live on Saturday, November 9, JazzFest lets you relish in a relaxing evening of street vendors to the tune of your favorite funky sounds by a variety of local talent. Vegan food […]

The Orlando Renaissance Festival

Ever wish your vacation could incorporate time travel? The Orlando Renaissance Festival makes it possible to travel back in time to the Renaissance, if only for a weekend. You and your family can witness history in action through clever recreations and performances. Although this festival is only a few years old, you’ll soon see why it has become a popular tradition with locals and visitors. What to Expect at the Renaissance Festival The theme for this year’s event is Grimms’ Fairytales. Entertainment includes a battle chess show by LANCE Orlando, featuring the heroes and villains of these famed fables. There will also be three stages where other shows and performances will take place, contests for skills such as axe-throw and […]

“Can’t Miss” UCF Home Football Games in 2019

“Can’t Miss” UCF Home Football Games in 2019 After two consecutive undefeated regular seasons, the UCF Knights enter the 2019 football season as the top team in the Eastern American Athletic Conference (AAC). Despite a Fiesta Bowl loss to the LSU Tigers earlier this year, UCF head coach Josh Heupel is determined to deliver Knights fans with another perfect season. With six home games at Spectrum Stadium, fans can enjoy some of the Knights’ most thrilling match-ups of the season right here in Orlando. A Rattling Start Bring it on, Rattler Nation! UCF kicked off their season against Florida A&M on Thursday, August 29. The game marked the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Knights have opened […]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Every fall, Disney hosts a culinary carnival at their Epcot theme park. A tradition started over 20 years ago, the Food and Wine Festival is a favorite with locals and visitors alike and has an incredible following across the globe. Full of delicious bites, musical guests, celebrity chefs and family activities, this event is a great time to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life. Here are some of the exciting things happening at this year’s event. Unique Eateries One of the hallmarks of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is undoubtedly the food. A collection of 35 different booths offers a wealth of tasty options from all around the world. Hearty offerings are available at places like Germany, […]

Orlando Black Friday Shopping Tips

Shopping on Black Friday is less retail therapy, more grueling sport. Orlando’s many boutiques, big box stores, and designer outlets offer excellent deals but only if you know where to find them. To make the most of your Black Friday in Orlando, check out these shopping tips. 1.      Make a Plan By nature, Black Friday is a bit chaotic. If you’re going to join the throngs of post-Thanksgiving deal-seekers, you’ll need a plan. In the days leading up to Black Friday, comb through advertisements to sniff out the best deals. It’s also smart to know store hours as well as travel times between stores so you can plan your shopping trips in a way that makes sense for you. 2.      […]

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