It’s finally fall and that means festivals.  And this weekend, whether your into zombies, fossils or a galaxy far, far away, there’s something for your family to do.



+ Star Wars geeks, er, I mean, fans, should head to Barnes & Noble at 2418 E. Colonial Drive at 1 p.m. for Star Wars Reads Day, featuring a costume contest, trivia, crafts and an appearance by Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

+ The Festival of Bacon. Yes, you read that right. Thirty local restaurants and vendors are ready to give out 30,000 samples of bacon-fied cupcakes, popcorn and booze. But you really need to love bacon. Tickets are $35 per person. This event is held at Orlando’s Festival Park on Robinson Street.

+ Head to Orlando’s Audubon Park neighborhood (East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive) from 6 to 10 p.m. for the fifth annual Zombietoberfest. There will be beer and wine for you, a kids’ zone for the little ones and music for everyone. Oh, and watch out for the zombies!

Orlando Mini Maker Faire
+ Young inventors and artisans show off their stuff (think rockets and robots) at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the Orlando Science Center. There will also be workshops and interactive exhibits. Tickets are $19. (Members are free.)

+ The eighth annual Winter Garden Music Festival (on Plant Street) features three stages for live entertainment plus food booths,  more than 100 arts and crafts vendors and Zaxby’s KidFest area.

+ The Central Florida Fairgrounds (4603 W. Colonial Drive) turn into an archaeological adventure all weekend during the Fossil Fair. Vendors will be selling rocks, minerals and artifacts, and kids are invited to look for their own treasures in a “dig pit.” Cost is $4 for adults and $1 for children.


+ Have fun teaching your kids about a healthy lifestyle with the Let’s Get Moving Kids run/walk at 9 a.m. Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. A 5K starts at 9 a.m. A 3K starts at 9:40 a.m. and an 1/8th mile fun run is at 10 a.m. Register for $10 per person at LetsGetMovingKids.org. Packet pickup is 8 a.m. on race day. There will also be face painting, music, a bounce house and more.

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