Things to do in Orlando this week: Soft Kill, The Weeknd, Steve-O, Garth Brooks, Silkroad Ensemble | Things to do | Orlando


Our selection of the best things to do and see this week.

Wednesday March 23
Leah
An evening of beautiful, ethereal dream-pop sounds on harp from New York duo Leya presented in the very fitting surroundings of the Timucua Arts House (we’ll be seated on converted pews, for heaven’s sake). Late last year, Leya packed a thrilling CityArts, so get there early to reserve seats. 7:30 p.m., Timucua Arts Foundation, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., timucua.com$5 to $10

Friday March 25
Steve-O
Walking medical miracle, Donkey fulcrum (and heart), and sober podcast host Steve-O runs his Bucket List tour in the milk
District, with a mixture of standing and extravagant, possibly gross waterfalls.
Keep the kids home for this one. 8 p.m., The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., plazaliveorlando.org$35-$75

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27
Upper Town Art Exhibition

Celebrate art and music at the event featuring professional arts and crafts vendors, masterpieces of sidewalk chalk art and performances by members of the Pat Travers Band , Sister Hazel and Chicago. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, uptownartexpo.comfree-$15

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  • Garth Brooks at Camping World Stadium on Saturday

Saturday March 26
Garth Brooks

Country megastar Garth Brooks (thunder) is heading to Orlando this weekend for a stadium concert, his only show in Florida and his first show in Orlando in years. So while you can attend this concert with almost 70,000 of your closest friends, know that Brooks is also holding a raffle where upper deck ticket holders will be chosen at random to watch its soundcheck up close and personal. staff the night before. Win, win, win. 7 p.m., Camping World Stadium, 1 Place Citrus Bowl, campingworldstadium.com$85

circuit church
The long-running outdoor electronic music showcase returns for another monthly installment of eclectic, lit sounds. This one features NPR Music and BBC (Google this, we’re not kidding) darling Bacon Grease, comeback project Feline Conduits, and a brand new act, F2.8. Do this thing. 7 p.m., The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St., instagram.com/circuit_churchfree

Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival
A garden party featuring vendors and educational programs focusing on wildflowers and native plants. 9:00 am, Downtown DeLand, Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard, floridawildflowerfestival.comfree

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  • Soft Kill at Will’s Pub, Saturday

Soft Kill
Portland’s Soft Kill are the best post-punk band in America, but they take a perverse pleasure in breaking all the “rules” of the subgenre. How many of their peers would include a board game with a scrapbook? (They did exactly that with the deluxe version of City RIP.) Or sell bucket hats with the logo proudly displayed? (Ditto.) SK will headline Will’s Pub for the first time since their well-received 2018 show with Choir Boy. This time, Alien Boy and Topographies will be there. 8 p.m., Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., willspub.org$15

Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
Guns N’ Roses guitarist and top hat connoisseur Slash is wandering around Orlando thanks to the good people at WJRR. The guitarist recently released his fifth solo album from the solo project, Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, 4. It’s a rare chance for fans to see the human-sized man, not just as a jumbotron projection in a stadium. 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., hardrock.com/live$37.50-$48.50

smile thousand
A one-mile race for children ages 5 to 11. The runners receive a bib, a t-shirt and a finishing medal. 8 a.m., Lake Baldwin Upper Park, Upper Park Road and South Lakemont Avenue, trackshack.com$8-$11

Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27
Longwood Pirates Seafood Festival

Seafood, pirates, mermaids and more, with food vendors and a family zone for kids. Reiter Park, 301 W. Warren Ave., Longwood, longwoodfestival.comfree

Sunday March 27
Save the Date Expo & Cake Wars Challenge

Meet professionals in the field of weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, graduations and corporate events. Cake World Pavilion will also host the inaugural Cake Wars Challenge. 12:30 p.m., Osceola Heritage Park Event Center, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, cfleventsexpo.comfree

Silk road set
Born from the mind of Yo-Yo Ma (although he is not currently performing with the band), Silkroad Ensemble is a musical blend of sounds and performers from around the world. That evening, the ensemble, led by vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, performed a program of new sounds dubbed “Phoenix Rising” in the Steinmetz. 7:30 p.m., Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., drphillipscenter.org$49.50 – $99.50

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  • The Weeknd at the Amway Center, Monday

Monday, March 29
The weekend

Avant-garde pop singer The Weeknd comes to town with the first Sabrina Claudio and Don Toliver tours. The performer recently appeared on the episode of The simpsons which, even now, is a huge badge of pop culture pride. Not to mention, at the time of this writing, the Weeknd had just earned a 28th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100. Pure Heat. 7 p.m., Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., amwaycenter.com$26.75 to $650

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