10 free things to do in the Orlando area this weekend (July 4- 6)
Too broke for a barbecue or a beach trip this Fourth of July? We have you covered. Check out this list of inexpensive ways to have an explosively good time this weekend.
Party in the Park
This annual Winter Garden party features live music by Speed Limit 70, family activities, food and more. Fireworks will decorate the sky over Lake Apopka at 9:15 p.m., and parking will be available at Health Central Park and Dillard Street Elementary.
When: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 4
Venue: Newton Park, 29 Garden Ave., Winter Garden
A Sci-Fi Fourth of July
Watch a fireworks show set to a sci-fi themed soundtrack in Celebration. You can dress up as your favorite sci-fi villain or hero for the evening’s costume contest at 7:30. For kids and teens, the family-friendly event will also have bounce bounces, face painting and a jousting area.
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 4
Venue: Celebration Town Center, 610 Sycamore St., Celebration
Attend a costume-themed, rock and roll, hip-hop funk evening to celebrate the nation and local artists. Dress up as Uncle Sam, a solider or anything American for grand prizes while dancing to DJ Cub and Wyatt Becker. There will also be guest appearances by Phraydoe Peans, American Jesus, Tears of a Tyrant and more.
When: 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, July 4
Venue: West End Trading Co., 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford
Free Foam and Fireworks
Enjoy no cover all night at Parliament House to ring in the Fourth of July. Expect to be entertained at Orlando’s largest gay dance club and bar with DJ Scott Robert scoring the evening and a female impersonation show playing at 10 and midnight.
When: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, July 4
Venue: Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Red, Out and Equal
For those of you who love Gay Days but feel it’s a little heavy on the circuit and a little light on the wholesome, your time has come. Enter Family Outfest – a weeklong vacation event that celebrates modern and LGBT families with discounted tickets and hotel rates. The week culminates with Red, Out and Equal at Lake Ivanhoe – an LGBT family-oriented Independence Day celebration.
When: noon-9 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave.
Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash
Be treated to live music, a beer garden, and fireworks display at Harbor Park. The food and beer garden will feature a main stage with live entertainment from Eirrin Abu, Room 2, and DJ BradmasterJ. Go early, stake out your perfect viewing spot and enjoy a cheorographed fireworks show over Lake Baldwin at 9:15 p.m.
When: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: Baldwin Park Village Center, 4953 New Broad St.
Les B. More Band
Have a rockin’ time with live music from a funk, folk and blues fusion band. The soulful musicians will play at the deck bar of Pisces Rising – a quaint seafood and steak house that overlooks Lake Dora.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: Pisces Rising, 239 W. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora
Brandon Geurts: Vespertines
Support a solo show by Orlando artist Brandon Guerts featuring works from his series, Vespertines. As Jessica Bryce Young writes, “Geurts’ work revels in blood, in bones, in dark caverns filled with even darker beauty. He shares his fascination with exposing subterranean rot and digging a window to the sparkling jewels that live underground with giants like H.R. Giger and David Lynch – two of his declared influences.”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.
Dogs Day Out
Bring your pet to a dog friendly day at Orlando Brewing. The local brewery has hand crafted beer since 2006 and offers free tours every Saturday.
When: 1-9 p.m. Sunday, July 6
Venue: Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.
Listen to the soaring vocal melodies and clever lyrical charms of bluegrass artist, Laney Jones. You can check out the enchanting performer with vivacious spunk at Lil’ Indies – a music venue right next door to Will’s Pub.
When: 9 p.m. Sunday, July 6
Venue: Lil’ Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.