Orlando Chili Cook-off

The 9th Annual Northwestern Mutual Orlando Chili Cook-off is a world qualifier for the Chili Appreciation Society at Festival Park on February 18th.

Featuring over 100 chili booths to sample from, the world chili eating challenge, VIP area, live music, interactive games, a kids zone, food trucks, local vendors and more.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation for childhood cancer.

More info visit: orlandochilicookoff.com

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Celebrity Auto Festival

Celebrity Auto Festival returns a FREE car show and flea market on January 13th at the Big Top Flea Market.

See celebrity and tribute movie and TV cars on display from shows like The Dukes of Hazard, Starskey and Hutch, Smokey and the Bandit plus Doc’s DeLorean, Ghostbusters Ecto1 and more. Shopping, live music, DJ, kids zone.

Proceeds to help benefit Shriners Hospital for Children and Racing for Veterans.

More info visit: www.celebrityautofest.com

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Holidays at Universal Orlando

Put a little mischief in your merry when Universal Orlando Resort takes the holiday season to new heights with an all-new lineup of festivities in the parks and beyond.

Experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Hogsmead and Diagon Alley are transformed with wondrous spirit. Watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch as the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular returns. Merry and Mayhem combine as the Minions join Santa Claus in the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

More info and to purchase tickets visit: www.universalorlando.com

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Monster Jam at Camping World Stadium 

Monster Jam is back January 20th at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

See 14 trucks and drivers vying to be the Orlando champion, Monster Jam is adrenaline-charged family entertainment providing jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats that promise to continuously keep fans entertained.

Monster Jam features some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Monster Energy Mutant and many more. World-class drivers push these perfectly-engineered Monster Jam trucks to their limits in Freestyle, 2-Wheel Skills and Racing competitions that provide families with an edge-of-their-seat spectacle and leave them craving more of this unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable event.

Get tickets and more info at: www.campingworldstadium.com

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Florida Key Lime Pie Festival

The 7th Annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival returns January 13th at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Festival will be emceed by Allison Walker Torres. This year’s Festival theme is “Florida Family Fun.” The event will feature a diversity of some of the Space and Treasure Coast’s most savored food trucks and restaurants showcasing dishes reflecting their chef’s unique culinary flare.

The Florida Key Lime Pie Company will be featuring their “Key Lime Pie in a Coconut,” “Key Lime Pie in a Cup,” “Key Lime Pie by the Slice” and Whole Key Lime Pies along with a vast array of other Key Lime Products. There will be ongoing outstanding live music, spectacular nationally featured street performers and local Florida vendors throughout the festival. The Florida Key Lime Pie Company will be sponsoring the company’s ever popular “Florida Key Lime Pie Eating Contest”. The event will also feature a “Key Lime Pie Toss Competition” and “Key Lime Pie Hula Hoop Challenge.”

More info visit: www.facebook.com/FloridaKeyLimePieFestival

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s most anticipated holiday attractions, provides Central Florida families and residents with an affordable family winter wonderland featuring ice skating, rides, and holiday attractions. Back for its tenth season, Light Up UCF will run from November 17th until December 31st at CFE Arena. Featuring cool rides, snowier nights, and bigger and brighter lights.

All of the fan favorites return, including the ice rink pavilion, the arctic glide ice slide, the ferris wheel, the winter whirl, and light up lane with photos with Santa.

There are also free opportunities for families, including the Holiday Film Festival shown on a giant two-story screen, and the exciting new and improved Holiday Light Show with new songs and more lights choreographed to seasonal musical selections and falling snow.

Plus on December 16th, they’ll be hosting the second annual Light Up UCF Holiday Market, featuring local artisans and their crafts. This holiday market under the stars is a perfect way for you to come out and wrap up all of your holiday shopping while supporting small, local businesses.

More info visit: www.lightupucf.com

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