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35 Low-Budget Date Ideas for 2017

Discover Orlando through date nights without breaking the bank. The City Beautiful boasts plenty of free and/or cheap options for lovers on a budget. Our 2017 low-budget bucket list will ensure priceless date adventures! So, make 2017 the year to…

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Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights

UPDATED for 2018 It’s the holiday season in Orlando, which means break out the eggnog, Christmas movies and festive tunes. It’s also a great time of year to be outside enjoying the area’s holiday lights and decor. Here’s a guide…

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Giveaway: 12 Days of Giving

‘Tis the season to be giving so we thought we’d get in on the action and help you with your holiday gift list at the same time. From Friday, December 9 through Tuesday, December 20, 2016 we’re giving away a…

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$10 Star-Studded Evenings Thru February 24, 2018 at Orlando Science Center

Updated November 2017 The Orlando Science Center recently announced the return of Star-Studded Evenings, a program inviting Orlando locals to enjoy the Crosby Observatory and Digital Adventure Theater every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm – 9pm for only $10. STARGAZING…

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50 Free & Festive Holiday Events in Orlando

**This list is for 2016 events. View our updated guide to free & festive holiday events in Orlando for 2018 here. Plenty of free and fun holiday events abound in Orlando in the coming weeks. Enjoy a festive date night…

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Winter Park Village Launches Free Thursday Music Series

Beginning October 13 through December 22, 2016, Winter Park Village will be hosting a weekly free music series designed to be the perfect pairing to your date night out. Held every Thursday from 6pm – 9pm, each event in the…

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25 Fun & Free Date Night Ideas in Orlando This Fall

Can you feel it? Fall is slowly creeping into Orlando, one cooler day at a time. Soon we’ll all be reminded of all the things that make living in Central Florida so great: perfect temperatures, chilly nights and an endless…

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Budget-Friendly Date Nights at Cranes Roost Park

After being closed for improvements for what felt like for-ev-er, Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte finally reopened earlier this summer. Located in the heart of Altamonte Springs and surrounding Cranes Roost Lake, this 45-acre park features a European-style plaza with a choreographed fountain…

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Internationally Renowned Speakers Head to 2016/17 Winter Park Institute

Tickets to Winter Park Institute, an annual speaker series, are $15! Some events are FREE! The Winter Park Institute at Rollins College has hosted dozens of public lectures, readings, symposiums, seminars, master classes, interviews and special-interest sessions since it launched in 2008….

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Summer Guide to Outdoor Movies in Orlando

There are so many outdoor movies in Orlando… … so grab a blanket, some ice pops (or cold beer) and check out these local outdoor screenings. Oh, and guess what?!  They’re almost all FREE!! (Love free date nights? Here’s a list of…

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27 Free Things to do in Orlando this Summer

There are loads of free things to do in Orlando… when you know where to look! Living in one of the best cities in Florida means there’s so many things to do… and they don’t all need to break the bank!…

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$6 Movies During Winter Garden Summer Movie Series

The Summer Movie Series at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden returns this month with a series of cult films revived for your viewing pleasure. Beginning June 16 through August 12, 2016, the Garden Theater will host Vintage Favorites on Thursdays…

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A Guide to Orlando Farmers Markets

Looking for a budget-friendly and easy date day idea? Pay a visit to an Orlando farmers market. We have a dozen located around the city and in nearby suburbs, each offering a huge assortment of produce, local meats, artisan products and eat-on-the-fly nosh. Winter…

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14 Outdoor Movies in Orlando This Spring

It’s finally springtime in Orlando. The temperatures are warm and there’s a nice, cool breeze in the air: perfect weather for enjoying outdoor activities like starlit movie screenings! There are plenty of outdoor movies in Orlando. Here are a few upcoming movies to…

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MoviEola Returns to Lake Eola Park

Beginning on Friday, April 29, and continuing on the last Friday of every month through August, MoviEola will feature a free, family-friendly movie under the stars. The event, which is held on Lake Eola’sEast Lawn, will start at 6pm with lawn games,…

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Free Outdoor Concerts and Food Trucks at Dr. Phillips Center

Beginning April 9, The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will present three concerts outside on the Seneff Arts Plaza. Accommodating up to 3,000 guests per event, this FREE Florida Blue Concert Series will take place on select Saturdays at 5pm this spring. In…

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$40 Date Night: Pizza and Wine at The Wine Barn

Enjoy an affordable night out at The Wine Barn in Winter Park Located along an unassuming strip of Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, The Wine Barn is, first and foremost, a boutique wine store with a highly curated selection of…

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Strawberry Picking Near Orlando

Updated February 2019 Strawberry season, which runs from mid-December until mid-April (at the latest), is well under way in Central Florida. There are a handful of farms in the area that offer u-pick, but our favorite has always been Oak…

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18 Free Things to do in Orlando Now

Anyone who has ever visited or lived in Orlando knows that it’s easy to drop a lot of money in search of fun in The City Beautiful. But Free 1. Free Orlando Outdoor Movies Blessed with perfect nighttime temperatures beginning in…

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7 Hands-On Date Ideas in Orlando

By Samantha Rosenthal We’ve all had the date night slumps, when you and your significant other have gotten into a habit of date nights being dinner and a movie or a museum and lunch. While those date night options are…

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See Art Orlando: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Experience Orlando’s spectacular downtown art installations during the See Art Orlando Self-Guided Walking Tour Wander through downtown Orlando, especially near Lake Eola Park, and you’re bound to be astounded by the bevy of gargantuan art installations now permanently placed around the…

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Best 20 Dates Under $20

We don’t have anything against fancy dinners and elaborate getaways, but there’s value to your relationship and your wallet when you learn how to explore our city on a shoestring. The Orlando area has lots to offer those looking for…

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65 Free and Festive Holiday Date Night Ideas in Orlando

UPDATED FOR 2017 Our annual list of the best free holiday events in Orlando! The most wonderful time of year is upon us and Orlando shines during the holidays. There’s a lot to do, and it can be overwhelming. The…

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Free Florida Blue Concert Series at Dr. Phillips Center

In partnership with Florida Blue Foundation, Dr. Phillips Center will once again present the Florida Blue Concert Series, a free series that will take place on the outdoor Seneff Arts Plaza on select 3rd Thursdays, coinciding with the Downtown Arts Districts…

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A Guide to Outdoor Movies In Orlando – Fall 2015 Edition

By Samantha Rosenthal With Orlando being home to a huge arts and culture scene, it’s no surprise there are many outdoor movie options for couples and families to enjoy, too. Our many venues for outdoor film viewings give lovebirds the chance to pack a…

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20 Things to Love About the Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola

No longer a best-kept secret, the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola is a bustling party every Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Located at the southeast corner of Lake Eola Park, the market now hosts nearly 50 vendors offering everything…

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33 Free Things to do in Orlando This Fall

**UPDATED FOR 2016** Can you feel it? Fall is slowly creeping into Orlando, one cooler day at a time. Soon we’ll all be reminded of all the things that make living in Central Florida so great: perfect temperatures, chilly nights…

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40 Cheap Date Ideas in Orlando

Last week, Orlando Weekly published a stellar list of cheap date ideas for the broke Orlandoan. There were 24 ideas in total, including really creative suggestions like: Free food and drink samples every second Tuesday of the month at the…

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$5 Burger Night at Jack’s Steakhouse

By Adam Singleton No one likes to go on a “cheap date.” So when doing date night on a budget, Jack’s Steakhouse offers an elegant evening with an unbeatable Thursday night burger special that won’t break the bank. Nestled on New…

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A Guide to Orlando’s Best Open Mic Nights

By Samantha Rosenthal Orlando’s arts and culture scene is alive and thriving, which means there is bound to be plenty of places to show off that talent. Local Orlando bars and venues have open mic nights to allow our fabulous…

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Cask & Larder Launches Monthly Roast Series

Beginning Saturday, September 5, Cask & Larder will host a monthly Roast Series with an all-star lineup of southern barbecue staples. Plates will be piled high with the chefs’ signature takes on Pulled Pork, Ribs with Kentucky Black BBQ Sauce,…

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