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How’s the weather? Partly cloudy skies and daytime temperatures in the high 80s are expected this Friday. There is a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms on Saturday with temperatures in the high 80s. Sunday looks a little cooler in the mid 70s, but there’s a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms. Better pack the rain gear! For an up-to-the-minute Orlando weather forecast, click here.
What’s Happening This Weekend…
Mardi Gras @ Universal Studios
Head over to Universal Studios this Saturday, March 3, for Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras Parade kicks off at 8 p.m. next to Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-up Show theater. Save your spot early (Mel’s Drive-In is our favorite) to have a front row view and a better chance of catching lots of beads. Then at 8:30 p.m., the Goo Goo Dolls will perform live on the Music Plaza Stage. The French Quarter Courtyard is a great way to spend the afternoon with live music by Beth McKee & The Sliders and lots of great Cajun food to sample. Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular theme park admission.
• Get helpful event information from the Frog Family here.
• See pictures from the first night of Mardi Gras 2012 here.
• Watch a video of the Mardi Gras Parade here.
Bands, Brew & BBQ @ SeaWorld & Busch Gardens
Don’t miss the last weekend of Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. Throughout Bands, Brew & BBQ, the parks partner with favorite local restaurants to offer guests a rich variety of BBQ and grilled foods. There will also be beer gardens at each park featuring craft beers from international and domestic breweries. The highlight of Bands, Brew & BBQ? The Bands!
SeaWorld Concert Line-up:
Saturday, March 3: Sara Evans
Sunday, March 4: Scotty McCreery
(Concerts are in Bayside Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.)
Busch Gardens Concert Line-up:
Sunday, March 4: REO Speedwagon
(Concerts are located at Gwazi Field. Shows begin at 5 p.m.; gates opens at 4 p.m.)
Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with regular admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.
Real Music Concert Series @ Busch Gardens
The Real Music Concert Series continues this weekend as Busch Gardens welcomes The Ventures. Shows are held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Stanleyville Theater. The Real Music Concert Series continues Wednesdays through Saturdays until March 24. Concerts are included with regular admission to Busch Gardens.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Although this special event doesn’t technically begin until March 7, guests will still be able to get a preview of the beautiful topiaries throughout the park this weekend. If you’ll be in Orlando next week, read all about what’s in store here: Flowers, Gardens, Music & More at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2012. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular theme park admission.
Park Hours & Crowd Calendar
Walt Disney World Resort & Universal Orlando Resort