Check out some of the biggest events happening in Central Florida this weekend:
DELAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Feb. 8 All you ever wanted to know—and taste—about the art of craft beers can be discovered in Artisan Alley, downtown Deland. This event is for adults over 21 only; no pets or children allowed. There is a “gluten-free” area and a cider corner, as well as a homebrew competition and live music. 1-5 p.m.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MARDI GRAS
Feb. 8-May 31 New Awlins comes to Central Florida as Universal Studios celebrates Mardi Gras on Saturdays and select nights. A traditional parade with floats, colorful costumes and lots of beads gets things rolling. Cajun food and live concerts, including Robin Thicke on Feb. 22, complete the party.
ORLANDO FOLK FESTIVAL
Feb. 8-9 It’s a celebration of folk art, music and dance, with traditional craft demonstrations and storytelling. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mennello Museum of American Art, Loch Haven Park, 900 E. Princeton St. 407-246-4278. orlandofolkfestival.wordpress.com
DRAGON PARADE & LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Feb. 9 A community parade and fair featuring cultural performances, exotic Asian food, arts and crafts and exhibitions. Admission is free. 11a.m.-4pm. Colonial Photo & Hobby parking lot. 634 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803