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Dawn Henthorn

Wednesday Weekend Roundup

By April 2, 2014

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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

This weekend expect partly cloudy skies during the weekend throughout most of the state with temperatures in the high 70's to mid-80s. The Panhandle may experience isolated thunderstorms throughout the weekend and Jacksonville scattered showers on Saturday, so you might want to pack an umbrella or poncho just in case and check out one of these things to do when it rains in Florida. Otherwise, get out and enjoy these great events:

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday — April 4, 5 & 6 — enjoy blues performers, barbecue and seafood, children's activities, arts, and crafts at Springing the Blues Festival held at Jacksonville Beach's Seawalk Pavilion. The Festival kicks off Friday at 5:00 p.m.
  • Grab some grub First Friday Food Trucks roll into Flamingo Gardens from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. — 15 food trucks will be on hand, a DJ will spin tunes and parking is free.
  • Look for celebrities around town as the Sarasota Film Festival kicks off Friday evening featuring Last Days of Vietnam, a documentary directed by Rory Kennedy (daughter of Ethel Kennedy).
  • The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In provides the last chance for the public to visit Polk City's Fantasy of Flight which last day of operation is Sunday, April 6. The Navy's Blue Angels will perform at 4:30 each day and Saturday airplane and car enthusiasts can enjoy Mustangs & Mustangs — a tribute that will include displays of both.
  • Saturday grab the kids and head to SeaWorld Orlando for its Just For Kids Festival which is included with park admission. This family-friendly event is part of SeaWorld's 50th Celebration.
  • Catch some beads at Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras where Skillet will appear in concert Saturday evening.
  • The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues in full bloom this weekend with workshops and Flower Power concerts featuring Paul Revere & The Raiders appearing on stage Friday through Sunday — April 4-6. All can be enjoyed for just the price of regular Epcot admission.
  • This weekend enjoy food fit for a king, along with crafts, period performers and continuous entertainment at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Miami.

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