Looking for fun and adventure this weekend? Here are our major picks of events taking place in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas:
Mac n' Cheese lovers rejoice! This one-day-only family-friendly event features a macaroni-and-cheese competition between local restaurants, chefs and caterers. Attendees will also enjoy live music, a kids' zone, and live entertainment, including chef demonstrations. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Give Kids the World Village. For more information and ticket prices, visit otownmacdown.org. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee.
Here's one for the CCG (collectible card game) lover in your life. Yu-Gi-Oh! duelists from all the over the world will bring their cards and decks to the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday to compete for the title of world champion. Although only the 34 invited competitors can take part in the championship, the event is open to the public. Attendees can simply watch the championship duels or bring their own decks and participate in the many free games and activities going on in the hall. For more information, visit yugioh-card.com/en/events. Orange County Convention Center West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, Orlando.
This month's Sanford Art Walk should be especially eye-catching. In conjunction with Historic Sanford Welcome Center’s “Open Season” theme this month, the art show is open to any form of art, from sculpture to painting and photography. The art show is juried -- judges will determine the winners for most of the prizes, but attendees can vote for their favorite pieces in the "People's Choice" award catagory. Admission is free. The event begins Saturday at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. For more information, visit sanfordartwalk.com. 230 E. 1st Street, Sanford.
TechStart Tampa Bay’s annual “Party with a Purpose” on Friday night will feature a Battle of the Tech Bands, food, drinks, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and more. Funds raised will support TechStart Tampa Bay’s efforts to foster opportunities in technology to at-risk youth. Tickets are $40, $85 for VIP access. For more information and order tickets online, visit techstarttampabay.org/techjam2016. District 3 802 E. Whiting Street, Tampa.
If craft beer is your thing, make plans to spend a little time at the Glazer Children’s Museum Saturday. Beer Fest is an indoor festival dedicated to all things beer, featuring over 90 craft beers for sampling, as well as “beer-friendly” cuisine. Admission to the fest also provides access to the museum’s many interactive exhibits. Buy a VIP pass for an extra “hoppy” hour of beer sampling, as well as exclusive brews, food options and gifts. For pricing and to buy tickets online, visit cltampa.com/beerfest. 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.
Two world-renowned virtuoso performers — pianist Rachel Kudo and trumpeter/composer Brandon Ridenour — will put on a Sunday afternoon concert in the Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of the museum’s ongoing summer concert series. The performance starts at 2 p.m. Admission is $20, $10 for students and $15 for museum members. Visit fine-arts.org for more information. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.