Weekend Things To Do: Orlando

Weekend Things To Do In Orlando

The city of Orlando stays busy year round, which means there’s always something for the whole family to do over the weekend. This weekend there are a variety of things to do in Orlando.

Monster Jam comes to Camping World Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. returns this weekend with custom-designed beasts that are 12 feet wide and tires so large a person could stand in them. The professionals, Grave Digger, El Toro Loco and Monster Mutt give fans a fright in their monster trucks. The 10,000 pound trucks leap into the air 100 feet and perform other crazy tricks. The event is great for families and most fans come early to tailgate and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$125. Toll- free 1-800-745-3000. monsterjam.com.

Photo: BB&T Center

The International Festival of the Arts opens at Epcot this weekend. The festival combines visual, culinary and performing arts as added attractions. It’ll run Fridays through Mondays through Feb. 20, which is a time period the theme park usually has lighter crowds. There will be live art, meet and greets with Broadway talent from Disney musicals and special kiosks of artfully arranged food. This weekend there will be concerts from Ashley Brown, who played Mary Poppins on Broadway and Jost Strickland, who played Tarzon in Disney’s production on Broadway and is an American Idol alum. Concerts will run at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday. The festival is included with admission. epcot.com.

Photo: Matt Stroshane, Walt Disney Co.

Praise Wave Christian Music Festival returns to SeaWorld. On Saturday the festival returns with a performance by TobyMac at the Nautilus Theater in SeaWorld. The seven-time Grammy winner is most widely known for songs “Feel It” and “Lights Shine Bright.” Another artist featured on Saturday will be Francesca Battistelli. Performances will be at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Concerts are free with admission, $99. Located off BeachLine Expressway.

Photo: Universal Orlando