Fireworks Lake Eola Bluegreen

 

Experiencing an Orlando event is the best way to discover the surprising interests, rich customs, and colorful people that call the city home. Orlando is a metropolis that loves its festivals, and there are lots of conventions, food celebrations, music gatherings and arts & crafts fairs held throughout the year. A great way to plan your family’s next Orlando getaway is to center it around a festival you’ve always wanted to attend, so here are highlights of what Orlando offers in its colorful lineup of annual events.

January

Otronicon – Techies unite in this celebration of the digital media industry through the latest and greatest in simulation, interactive technology and, of course, games.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza – If you’ve always wanted to go to a Birdapalooza but couldn’t find one nearby, now you’re chance! Search for bird species, take a guided hike and check out bird exhibits. Sponsored by the Orange Audubon Society.

February

Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards Winefest – For nearly 30 years, Lakeridge Winery has put on an annual winefest. Enjoy live music and taste wines of all varieties imaginable. Local artists and crafters will be there too.

Winter Garden Blues & BBQ Festival – Blues and roots musicians are paired with the best in local BBQ fare, and all profits go to the American Cancer Society.

Downtown Food & Wine Fest – Taste dishes from 30 of the best restaurants in Orlando, drink from 50 different vintages of wine, then sit back and enjoy some live entertainment.

Strawberries Bluegreen

March

Florida Strawberry Festival – An 11-day event held in nearby Plant City celebrating one of America’s favorite fruits. Get up close to livestock, fine arts, agriculture and crafts, parades and marching bands.

Orlando Jazz Festival – This event features two sublime days of music with master virtuosos of jazz at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Arnold Palmer Invitational – One of the more popular stops on the prestigious PGA Tour, this golf event is open to spectators and attracts links lovers from all over the world.

April

Star Wars Celebration – This is the biggest Star Wars convention in the world and is a must for those of all ages devoted to the ways of Force.

Florida Film Festival – An Oscar®-qualifying festival that features over ten days of Florida’s creative independent, mainstream and international filmmaking.

May

Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival – A festival of theatrical and performing arts on the fringe, featuring diverse creative experiences.

MegaCon Orlando – A mega-sized, four-day celebration of all things comic books, movies and pop culture.

June

The Festival of the Sea – Love seafood? This spectacular lets you listen to live music, visit seafood vendors, and relax in their beer & wine garden while kids enjoy the fun area.

Anime Festival Orlando – A massive celebration of Japanese animation and comics, otherwise known as anime and manga.

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July

Dice Tower Con – A family-friendly jamboree of tabletop gaming, this is the place to go to learn about and play the latest and greatest board games.

August

Lakeridge Winery Harvest Grape Stomp – Listen to live music, take winery tours and enjoy quality food while participating in grape-stomping competitions.

Epcot Food Wine Orlando Bluegreen

September

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Enjoy international tastes and wine from all over the world at 30 different kiosks throughout Epcot. Concerts and festival events round out the experience.

October

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival – Celebrating Florida artists, this is a juried fine art festival featuring the best in visual art and live entertainment.

Orlando Jerk Festival – Featuring Caribbean-style chicken, reggae music and tropical drinks, this festival is a little bit of the Islands in Central Florida. Yeah, mon!

Orlando Film Festival – An event for filmmakers by filmmakers, this festival celebrates the arts through film.

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November

Orlando Beer Festival – This gathering treats visitors to craft and premium beer from breweries throughout the world. You’ll find great food and music too.

December

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration – Meet Rudolph and his friends and enjoy spectacular live shows and delicious food at SeaWorld’s unique annual holiday celebration.

The Fountains

Any time of the year is a great time to stay at The Fountains and check out any of the festivals and events on this list. Plan your next vacation today.

 

Photo credits:
Strawberries for Sale by ccarlstead CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0
Fireworks by Zachary Long CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0