9 things to do this weekend in Central Florida

9 things to do this weekend in Central Florida

Cooler temperatures are rolling in to Central Florida, making it the perfect time to explore the fun events happening this weekend.

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A Falcon 9 rocket will launch from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Saturday at 8 a.m. The mission will loft an unpiloted Crew Dragon spacecraft on a high-altitude test of the capsule’s launch abort system. Click here to read details about the launch.

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Fun Spot America’s Orlando Park at 5700 Fun Spot Way in Orlando will be hosting its first Family Fish Fry with live music on Friday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Admission to the event is free with food and drinks available for purchase.

The 2020 Movie in the Park series kicks off at Oviedo’s Center Lake Park at 299 Center Lake Lane in Oviedo on Friday with “Abominable.” The movie will begin at dusk, and attendees should bring a blanket or lawn chair. The event is free to attend and the Outback Snack Shack will have a variety of snacks available for purchase.

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The dinosaurs from “Jurassic World” are making their way off the screen and into Orlando's Amway Center Friday through Monday with Feld Entertainment’s Jurassic World Live Tour.

Experience the excitement of being face to face with life-sized dinosaurs, including the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Velociraptor Blue and many other favorites. Adventure is guaranteed with arena-sized action, special effects and physical stunts that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The Southwest Orlando Jaycees is hosting the 36th Annual Downtown Orlando Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the downtown Orlando Courthouse.

The theme for the 2020 parade celebration is “King 2020, The Beloved Community: The Fierce Urgency of Now.”

From left to right: Virginia Barker (in blue); Greg; MJ Waters (in purple); and Duane DeFreese.
From left to right: Virginia Barker (in blue); Greg; MJ Waters (in purple); and Duane DeFreese. (WFTV)

This week’s "Central Florida Spotlight," airing Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on WFTV, has Greg Warmoth talking to advocates of the Indian River Lagoon, the massive coastal water body stretching through Brevard County with a history of pollution problems and algae blooms.

Warmoth’s guests talk about efforts to clean up the IRL, from a half-penny sales tax that generates millions for cleanup projects to individual efforts people can do to help clean up the lagoon.

His guests are: MJ Waters, immediate past president of the Indian River Lagoon Coalition; Virginia Barker, director of Brevard County Natural Resources Management; and Dr. Duane De Freese, executive director of the Indian River Lagoon Council of the National Estuary program.

Waters talks about broad topics like citizen and public involvement from the beginning of the lagoon campaign, legislative issues and the role of private citizens in the lagoon cleanup.

De Freese is the science guy and talks about water quality issues, how we got to this point, what progress has been made, and where we need to go from here.

Barker discusses details of the county’s projects that are funded by the half-cent lagoon sales tax. These projects include, for instance, septic to sewer conversions (leaking septic tanks are a major polluter of the lagoon).

For two days, the 43rd annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games fill Central Winds Park at 1000 E. State Road 434 in Winter Springs with area Scottish clans and societies competing in athletic events -including caber tossing and ax-throwing, sheep herding with border collies, highland dancing and piping to celebrate their rich heritage.

The K92.3 All Star Jam will take place Sunday at Addition Financial Arena, former CFE Arena, with performances by Lady Antebellum, Brett Young, Chris Lane and Runaway June.

Vegan food is not just a fad. You can explore over 10 vegan food vendors, live music, vegan desserts and more at the Orlando Vegan Fest on Saturday at Orlando’s Eagle Nest Park.

Admission is $10 per family and includes parking, entertainment, and a kid zone.