The Best of February: Our Favorite Orlando Events Coming Up

Best Orlando Events February 2018

Ready to hit the town with your favorite partner in crime? Take your pick of the best Orlando events happening in February including Universal Orlando Mardi Gras, outdoor movies, a Do Good Date Night, The Lion King, the kickoff to soccer leading up to the first Orlando City SC match of the 2018 season, and more.

Looking for Valentine’s Day happenings? Check out our guide to 100+ things to do for the year’s most amorous holiday. Or check out our dedicated Valentine’s Day page.

Here are our top event picks for the month ahead:

Five-Course Discovery Dinner
Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm
Tapa Toro
It’s an immersive, hands-on food adventure designed to take you on an unforgettable culinary journey! Includes five courses, each paired with wine or cocktails.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert
Thursday, February 1, 7:30pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring the iconic full-length film on the big screen with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performing John Williams’s legendary score live.

Movie Night at Leu Gardens
Friday, February 2, 6pm
Harry P. Leu Gardens
This month’s outdoor movie is Groundhog Day. The gardens open at 6 and the movie begins at 7:30. Outside food and alcohol are permitted – enjoy responsibly!

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
February 3 – April 7
Universal Studios Florida
Experience an authentic New Orleans celebration with big-name concerts, a nightly parade, plus Cajun food for purchase.
Included with Universal Studios admission and Annual Passes

Feb. 3 – Sean Paul
Feb. 10 – The Beach Boys
Feb. 17 – Kelsea Ballerini
Feb. 18 – Andy Grammer
Feb. 24 – Macklemore
March 3 – 311
March 4 – Phillip Phillips
March 11 – Fitz and the Tantrums
March 17 – Foreigner
March 18 – Fifth Harmony
March 25 – BUSH

RDV Olympic Skate
Saturday, February 3, 2-5pm
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Learn about figure skating, ice hockey, speedskating, and sled hockey, and curling during this Winter Olympics celebration.
$12 (save $1.00 by dressing in support of your favorite county)

Cirque de la Symphonie: Cirque Goes to the Cinema
Saturday, February 3, 2 and 8pm
Bob Carr Theater
Paired with the music from movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Mission Impossible, Gladiator, and more, this show includes acrobats, jugglers and aerial flyers soaring above the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
$23 and up

Best Orlando Events February 2018: Cirque de la Symphonie
Cirque de la Symphonie

Diana Krall
Saturday, February 3, 8pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
GRAMMY®-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall will perform fan favorites as well as material from her new album.
$55.50 and up

Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thursday, February 8, 6:30-9:30pm
Thornton Park District
Pick up a glass at Pizza at Lake Eola then stroll the district visiting over 25 businesses offering tastings.
$15 (cash only)

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Perfectly Paired
Thursday, February 8, 7-9pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Taste and experience how wine and food interact with thoughtful pairings of 5 wines, 4 cheeses, and 4 Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park chocolates.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: While You Were Sleeping
Thursday, February 8, 7pm
Central Park, Winter Park
Pack a picnic for a free outdoor movie screening in the park hosted by Enzian Theater.

Sip, Cinema, Stroll
Friday, February 9, 5:30pm
Winter Park Village
Experience local shops and food from participating restaurants followed by a screening of 50 Shades Freed.

Indie Folkfest
Saturday, February 10, 12-5pm
Mennello Museum of American Art
This annual free festival features local, national and regional art, music, and culinary talent. Family and pet-friendly!

Blues Traveler – 30th Anniversary Tour
Saturday, February 10, 7pm
House of Blues Orlando
Doors open by 7pm and the concert begins at 8pm.

Foodstock Sanford – A Sunday Dinner
Sunday, February 11, 12-3pm
Sanford Civic Center
Feast on four courses prepared with locally-sourced ingredients by local chefs from The Tennessee Truffle, Collette’s Clean Eats, The Smiling Bison, and more.

Disney’s The Lion King
February 14 – March 11
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s The Lion King, making its triumphant return to Orlando.
$35.25 and up

Best Orlando Events - The Lion King

Check out our list of 100+ Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Orlando!

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
Thursday, February 15, 6-9pm
Downtown Arts District
Peruse art in 10+ local art galleries followed by an official after party.
FREE admission

Do Good Date Night: Valentine’s Edition
Thursday, February 15, 7-9pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Join us for an evening of volunteering creating hygiene kits for Clean the World followed by a competitive team wine blending competition
$25 – just a few tickets left!

Harbor Nights Romantico
Friday, February 16, 6:30-9pm
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Sip and sample under the stars while listening to live music by the Johnny Cool Swing Band and more at the Harbor Piazza.

Yoga Under the Stars
Friday, February 16, 7pm
Orlando Brewing
This monthly yoga event includes a one-hour all-levels yoga class with AcroSarah and a 16oz. Orlando Brewing beer of your choice.

Tapas & Tango
Friday, February 16, 8pm
Arthur Murray Dance Centers Lake Mary
Join us for an evening of dance instruction, tapas, and wine.

Color in Motion 5K
Saturday, February 17, 9am
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake
Sign up for the race includes a race t-shirt, color packet, temporary tattoo, race medal, plus entry to the Color Bash.

Color in Motion 5K Orlando
Image credit: Color in Motion 5K

Fifth Annual Field to Feast Dinner
Saturday, February 17, 3-6pm
Long & Scott Farms
Featuring locally sourced dishes by Walt Disney World chefs with wine, beer and cocktail pairings; live music; farm tours and more. 100% of Event Proceeds to Benefit Second Harvest Kids Cafe.

Casselberry’s 1st Annual Mardi Gras Music Festival
Saturday, February 17, 5-9pm
Lake Concord Park
This free festival will include food, dancing, live music from artists like The Subdues and Beth McKee, plus a “Mardi Paw” parade.

Dancing With the Stars: Live!
Sunday, February 18, 3pm and 8pm
Bob Carr Theater
Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in their hometowns.

Best Year Yet Dinner Party
Sunday, February 18, 6:30pm
Seasons 52 Altamonte Springs
Join us for a progressive dinner party for couples hosted by The Dinner Party Project with a 7-course meal, cocktails by Tito’s, and more
$250/couple; $100 of each ticket will benefit Harbor House of Central Florida

Chef Night with Chef/Owner Chelsie Savage of The Sanctum
Thursday, February 22, 6-8:30pm
Edible Education Experience (26 E. King St)
Chef Chelsie of The Sanctum will share the basic components of cooking plant-based food during this educational cooking class.

Velvet Sessions featuring En Vogue
Friday, February 23, 6:30pm
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Sip cocktails, munch on food samples, and enjoy a live concert performed in the lobby of the hotel.

Get Your Jazz On Mardi Gras Concert
Friday, February 23, 6:30-9:30pm
The Alfond Inn
Listen to live jazz in the Courtyard Lawn along with unlimited select wine, beer, and cocktails plus food.

Fourth Annual Purple Pride 5K
Saturday, February 24
Orlando City Stadium
This year’s course features a lap within the Orlando City Stadium’s main concourse, plus each runner will receive a ticket to a select Orlando City match during the 2018 MLS season.
$32 before February 16

10th Annual Downtown Food and Wine Fest
February 24 – 25
Lake Eola Park
Celebrate at this two-day festival featuring cuisine from 30 Orlando restaurants, 50 wines from around the globe, and live entertainment.
$18/person per day in advance; $20/person per day at the gate

11th Annual Valentine’s Violin Concert featuring Ayako Yonetani
Sunday, February 25, 2-4pm
The Capen House at Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Enjoy an intimate concert from Ayako Yonetani with guest cellist David Bjella. Seating is limited to 40 guests.

Doughnut & Beer Pairing
Wednesday, February 28, 7-9pm
Orlando Brewing
Nosh on organic mini doughnuts from Orlandough paired with organic Orlando Brewing craft beer during this guided pairing.
Tickets on sale soon

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