Mar 302016

This is a list of some of the best art festivals and events in Orlando. Many of these activities, sport events and cultural festivals are annual events, which are held in and around Orlando.



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Citrus Bowl January (New Year’s Day) Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium Major College Football Championship
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January Walt Disney World Resort Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids races.
Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities January Eatonville Festival showcases African American culture via Theatre, Art and Education.
Daytona 500 February Daytona This is the opening race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Daytona 500 is considered by many to be the most prestigious race in the NASCAR calander.
Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Osceola County Fair February Kissimmee Livestock fair. Visitors can also enjoy fairground rides.
Silver Spurs Rodeo February Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee Rodeo events which include bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and more. This is the biggest Rodeo event in the East.
Central Florida Fair February, March Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando Livestock and Horticulture fair. Visitors can enjoy fairground rides, food, art and shows.
Daytona 200 March Daytona Motorcycle racing at the Daytona Internatioinal Speedway.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival March Epcot Gardens and flowers on display. Concerts, Outdoor Kitchens, Seminars, Exhibits, etc.
Kissimmee Kiswanis Bluegrass Festival March Kissimmee Hillbilly music
TiCo Warbird AirShow March Titusville Valiant Air Command (VAC) Airshow with historic warbirds, aerobatic teams and modern jets. This is an opportunity for Warbird collectors to show their planes. Visitors can also fly the planes.
Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Orlando March Universal Studios Orlando Mardi Gars Parade with floats, street performers, Cajun Food, Beads and music concerts.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf March Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge Arnold Palmer Invitational is a professional Golf tournament. It is part of the PGA Tour.
Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road March Winter Park 10 Km, 2 mile and a Kid’s run. Participants run through the scenic neighbourhood of Winter Park.
Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival March Winter Park Three day arts festival which has art, culture, food and music.
Maitland Spring Arts Festival April Maitland Craftspersons and artisans from the South East of America get a chance to showcase their work.
Spring Fiesta In The Park April Lake Eola Two day arts and craft festival which has art, culture, food and music. Artist hire stalls to sell their wares. There is a similar Arts Festival in the Fall.
Florida Film Festival April Winter Park and Maitland The annual Florida Film Festival shows movies mainly in Theaters in Winter Park and Maitland.
Florida Music Festival April Downtown Orlando Musicians from various genres perform at this popular annual Music Festival. Admission to concerts is usually free.
Moonstone Music Festival April Central Florida Fairgrounds Orlando Music Festival Moonstone is a hugh Rock Music Festival featuring famous musicians.
Celebration’s Exotic Car Festival April Kissimmee Exotic cars and race cars are displayed at this Car Festival at Celebrations in Kissimmee.
Orlando Cabaret Festival April, May Mad Cow Theatre, Downtown Orlando Annual Cabaret Festival features cabaret and jazz musicians.
Country 500 May Daytona Big country music festival at the world famous Daytona Internatioinal Speedway. Some of Country musics biggest stars attend this event.
Magnolia Park Bluegrass & Folk Music Festival May Apopka Annual Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival at Magnolia Park.
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival May Loch Haven Park Started in 1991, the Orlando Fringe is the longest running Fringe Festival in USA. Spread over two weeks, over 500 acts perform at the Orlando Fringe.
Inedpendance Day Fireworks and Celebrations July Around Orlando Best Fireworks are at Walt Disney World Resorts, Lake Eola and Kissimmee Lakefront Park
NASCAR 400 and Firecracker 250 Race July Daytona NASCAR 400 and Firecracker 250 during the July 4 weekend. Daytone 400 is one of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Daytona International Sppedway. Daytona offers much more than motor car racing; it offers an unique experience for the family.
Biketoberfest October Daytona Biketoberfest has motorcycle shows, vendors selling motorcycles and parts, live music, rides and rallies.
Halloween Horror Nights October Universal Studios Halloween Celebrations.
Walt Disney World Golf Classic October Walt Disney World Resort Annual Golf tournament held at Magnolia and Palm courses at Walt Disney World Resort. Name changes depending on the sponsor.
Fall Fiesta In The Park November Lake Eola Park The largest art and crafts fair in Orlando.
Osceola Fall Art Festival November Kissimmee Artists display their artwork at this Art Festival.
Walt Disney World Resort’s Festival Of The Masters November Downtown Disney Artwork in various forms is displayed and sold. Event was not held in 2014 and 2015 because of major work at Downtown Disney.


Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention center in the United States. All throughout the year there are consumer shows, trade shows and conventions held here.
NOTE: Major sports events and festivals which are held near Orlando have also been included in this list of events.



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