Weekly Explorations with Local Events, Craft Beer, Local Eats, Walt Disney World and More

I wrapped up February with some fun local events. There is so much to do and enjoy in Orlando right now.  

Last Tuesday I stopped by East End Market to listen to a couple of presentations by Rethinking the City. Rethinking the City has presentations once a month on positive ways we can impact Orlando. This month's discussion was about putting culture into alternative forms of transportation. There was also a presentation by Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP), an urban arts endeavor in Orlando.
Rethinking the City at East End Market Orlando

Wednesday Bryan and I went to the Chili for Charity event at the Winter Park Farmer's Market. We enjoyed some tasty chili that night. I'm always amazed at how many different styles of chili folks come up with. The event helped raise money for the Rotary Club of Winter Park, which provides grants to over thirty local charities each year.

Thursday was a night out with the Lady Crafters. We enjoyed a Florida craft beer and Girl Scout cookie pairing at Rogue Pub. It was a lot of fun and who knew cookies and beer went together so well!
Girl Scout Cookie & Craft Beer Pairing at Rogue Pub Orlando

Friday was a beautiful day out. I enjoyed a stroll around the neighborhood on the way to my daughter's softball game and noticed some men out on the lake fishing. There was a blimp out over Executive Airport as well.

Toasted Restaurant celebrated their 1year anniversary.  This Winter Park sandwich shop is serving up some tasty local eats. With all the posts on social media, I had a craving for a Fig & Goat Sandwich.
Fig & Goat Sandwich at Toasted Restaurant Winter Park
Fig & Goat Sandwich
Saturday night I took a visit to the Mills 50 district and stopped by the Cloak & Dapper for their Spring Show #PortintheStorm. Cloak & Dapper is a local company offering men quality provisions and clothing made here in the USA.

Sunday was another gorgeous day outside. It was a perfect day to do some exploring at Walt Disney World before the Spring Break tourists start arriving.  

Bryan and I headed over to the Animal Kingdom. We had never really wandered about Discover Island.  I was in awe looking at the many angles of the Tree of Life; it's such a visual delight!

Bryan and I made a stop to Downtown Disney on our way home. There is so much construction going on right now with all Disney Springs improvements.  

If you're headed to Downtown Disney, I would suggest parking in the Casting lot across from the Marketplace entrance. They have opened up this lot and few folks are utilizing it. It is a quick walk across Buena Vista Dr. 

Bryn and I made our way to the House of Blues where we enjoyed some beers on the patio. They have a daily Happy Hour and we enjoyed the live entertainment.

After our drinks, we wrapped up our weekend with a stroll around Village Lake. There are some nice views of Downtown Disney from here, albeit you will see a lot of construction right now.

How did you enjoy exploring Orlando this weekend? With so many fun things going on it's hard to do it all. I'd love to hear about the things I missed.  

Looking ahead on the blog this week I'm headed to the East End Market. This local market has been in the news quite a bit lately.

Here are a few events you may want to check out this week:

Thursday - Orlando Art Museum 1st Thursdays: What the Dickens! ~ 6pm-9pm $10
Thursday - Leu Gardens Basics of Vegetable Gardening in Central Florida ~ 6:30pm $8/$14

Thursday - Whole Foods Phillips Crossing - Taste of the Mid East ~ 6:30 $3

Saturday - Baldwin Park 7th Annual Doggie Derby ~ 10am-2pm $10 Dog registration free for spectators.

Saturday - The Great Orlando Mixer ~ 8pm $30

Sunday - The Mennello Museum of American Art Family Day ~ 12pm-4:30 *Free Admission