Special Events in Orlando during March 2009:
International Flower & Garden Festival
March 18 – May 31, 2009: The annual brings entertainment, food, education and of course loads of beautiful flowers to Epcot during this festival.
Viva La Música
Join the fiesta every weekend, March 7, 2009 through the 29, when Grammy and Latin Grammy-award winning acts perform salsa, merengue, reggaeton and more for Viva La Música. The red-hot lineup includes El Gran Combo, India, Tito El Bambino and Fonseca Saturdays at SeaWorld, and R.K.M and Ken-Y, Guayacan, Grupo Mania and El Gran Combo at Busch Gardens Sundays. Live music, Hispanic food and the fiery flair of Latin heritage combine for this lively experience.
February 7 – April 18, 2009: On Saturday nights in February, March and April, Universal Studios Florida celebrates the spirit of New Orleans with the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
• Bok in Bloom!
January through March: Seasonal blooms throughout the historic Bok gardens.
MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
• Music in the Galleries
November through April, free admission into the museum on Friday evenings from 4:00 – 8:00pm. Live music in the galleries on Friday, March13, Beautiful Music Muse Duo (classical guitar and flute).
• A Brilliant Setting – American Cut and Pressed Glass Tableware 1876-1917
Through September 15, 2009: Includes more than five dozen examples of American-made glass tableware from the late-19th and early 20th centuries.
ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART
• Of Cloth & Culture: African Textiles
Through December 2009: Exhibit features textiles from various regions of the African continent, including Kente cloth from West Africa, beaded aprons fron the Kirdi of Cameroon, and beaded animal skins of the San people of South Africa.
• American Portraits & Landscapes
Through December 2009: Features works by Benjamin West, Thomas Moran, Rembrandt Peale, John Henry Twachtman, and Carl Wuermer representing art from the Colonial period through the early 20th century.
• 19th & Early 20th Century American Art
Through December 2009: Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features paintings by George Inness, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Harnett, Alfred Bricher, William Merritt Chase, Frank Weston Benson, and the museum’s recent acquisition, The Sun Vow, 1901, a sculpture by Hermon A. MacNeil.
• Manatee at Blue Springs
November through March: Manatee fleeing the cold ocean waters flock to the warmer temperatures of Blue Springs during the months of November thru March.
SPECIALS FOR MARCH
Please call to verify specials and free admission as museums occasionally change their policy during special exhibits.
• Morse Museum of American Art
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival open house. Enjoy free admission to the galleries on Friday, March 20, 21, 22, 2009. Call 407-645-5311 to confirm.
• Disney’s “Armed Forces Salute”
Active and retired U.S. military personnel can receive a free five-day multi-pass to Walt Disney’s Orlando Theme Parks. Special pricing for up to 5 friends and/or family members is also available. Call 1-407-939-6244 to confirm.
• Disney’s Free Admission on Your Birthday
“What Will You Celebrate?” Throughout 2009, Walt Disney World is offering one day of free admission to any one of their theme parks for your birthday. Call 1-407-939-6244 to confirm.
• SeaWorld’s Fun Card
Florida Residents can pay for a day and receive the rest of 2009 free!
• SeaWorld’s “Here’s to the Heroes”
Free admission to Worlds of Discovery Theme parks for Military members and direct dependents during 2009.
• Morse Museum of American Art
Free admission to the galleries every Friday evening from 4pm to 8pm from the beginning of November till the end of April. Music in the galleries on select nights. Call 407-645-5311 to confirm.
• Leu Gardens
Free admission to the gardens every Monday from 9am till noon. Be sure to arrive early as parking is at a premium on Monday mornings. Call 407-246-2620 to confirm.
• Orlando Museum of Art
Free admission to the museum on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm for residents of Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties. Call 407-896-4231 to confirm.
Information courtesy of About.com