The Best of March: 40+ Upcoming Orlando Events We Love

Fall Outdoor Movies in Orlando 2017

The weather is nearly perfect, and though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, frequent dates with your honey should still top your list. One-on-one time is imperative to strengthening and maintaining the connection you share, and dates are good for the soul whether they are lighthearted, exciting, or romantic. March is jam-packed with date-worthy events, from concerts to musicals and St. Patrick’s Day festivals.

Here are our top event picks for the month ahead:

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
Through 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

March 3 – 311
March 4 – Phillip Phillips
March 11 – Fitz and the Tantrums
March 17 – Foreigner
March 18 – Fifth Harmony
March 25 – BUSH

Disney’s The Lion King
Through 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

Shakespeare in Love
Through March 25
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Watch the story of young William Shakespeare, who is facing a case of writer’s block while writing his upcoming play, until he meets the beautiful Viola, who gives him some creative inspiration.
**Take advantage of the Sweetheart Special; you’ll receive a concessions voucher good for two single servings of champagne and a box of four gourmet chocolates when you purchase two A Level seats and use discount code: SWEETS ($25 value)

Orlando Events for March
Shakespeare in Love. Image credit: Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Chef’s Night featuring Top Chef Graduates
Thursday, March 1, 6-9pm
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Enjoy a 5-course dinner prepared by 5 of the top graduates from the Second Harvest Culinary Training Program. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the program, which gives economically disadvantaged adults the culinary training necessary to pursue a career in the food industry.

Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll
Thursday, March 1, 5-8pm
Park Avenue, Winter Park
Park Avenue’s popular wine walk takes place quarterly, and your ticket includes samplings of wine and hors d’oeuvres at participating locations along the avenue such as Luma on Park, Forema Boutique, and Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Take advantage of sales offered by avenue merchants while on your stroll.

Orlando Indie Comedy Fest
Thursday, March 1 – Sunday, March 4
Various locations around Orlando
Over 40 national touring comics will perform at different locations around Orlando over the course of this 4-day comedy festival. Locations include Will’s Pub in the Mills 50 District and The Bull & Bush in the Milk District.

PechaKucha Night Orlando v22
Friday, March 2, 6pm & 9pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
This event derives its name from the Japanese term for “chit-chat” and centers on the idea of 20 images x 20 seconds.
Tickets start at $23

Culture Pop! Art31: Fiber
Friday, March 2, 6-9pm
Maitland Art Center
The kick-off for Art31’s thirty-one days of experimentation and collaboration, this interactive art event will allow you to preview the Art31: Fiber exhibition, plus live music and literary readings. Light bites will be provided, and there will be a cash bar for beer and wine.

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

Orlando City Season Opener: Orlando City SC vs. D.C. United
Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm
Orlando City Stadium
Watch our hometown team for their season opener as they take on D.C. United.
Tickets on sale soon

Orlando City Soccer game
Image credit: Lindsey Harris @forkorlando

Sonny’s Smokin Showdown BBQ and Music Festival
Saturday, March 3, 11am
Tinker Field
This all-day event includes cooking demonstrations, live music, food vendors and a kid zone area.

Science Night Live
Saturday, March 3, 8-11:30pm
Orlando Science Center
Experience the Orlando Science Center in a whole new way with this adults-only event. Take part in science trivia, watch films in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory, and enjoy light bites and adult beverages for sale from the Hard Rock Cafe.

Taste of Windermere
Saturday, March 3, 6-9pm
The Grove
10th annual event benefiting the Central Florida Women’s League. Participating restaurants include Axum Market Cafe, Dexter’s, Earls Kitchen & Bar, Red Cypress Brewery, and Ravello.

4th Annual APGD Eat Local, Sip Local Stroll
Saturday, March 3, 2-5pm
Audubon Park Garden District
Sample craft beer, Florida distilled spirits and wine as well as local meats, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. Attendees will receive a map containing the multiple stops for samples.

Oscar-Themed Evening at Ocean Prime
Sunday, March 4, 5-9pm
Ocean Prime Orlando
Celebrate the 90th annual Academy Awards with an Oscar-themed cocktail menu and complimentary truffle popcorn in the lounge. You can even vote for your favorite Oscar contender for the chance to win a $150 gift card to Ocean Prime Orlando.
Menu prices vary

Popcorn Flicks In The Park: True Grit
Thursday, March 8, 7pm
Central Park, Winter Park
Pack a picnic for a free outdoor movie screening in the park hosted by Enzian Theater.

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

Thursday, March 8, 6:30-9:30pm
Rachel D Murrah Winter Park Civic Center
Annual charity event featuring dishes from local chefs including Kathleen Blake from the Rusty Spoon and Chef John Rivers from 4Rivers Smokehouse.

Nerd Nite Orlando 5 Year Anniversary
Thursday, March 8, 6:30-10pm
Orlando Science Center
Celebrate Nerd Nite’s 5th birthday with guest speakers, prizes, games and more.

Orlando Events in March 2018

Central Florida Improv Festival
March 9 – 11
Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
Performers are coming from all over the county for this weekend-long comedy festival. Individual tickets are available for purchase or pick up All-Fest Pass to enjoy all the laughs.

Legacy Whiskey Dinner Experience
Friday, March 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Bulla Gastrobar
A 3-course dinner featuring six limited release whiskeys held the day before and in conjunction with the Orlando Whiskey Festival.

Absinthe Cocktail Class
Saturday, March 10, 3:30-5pm
Britters & Brass
Learn how to make cocktails and learn the history of the drinks at your personal cocktail station.
$50 (includes drinks, materials, and gratuity)

Rockin Robinson in The Milk District
Saturday, March 10, 4:30pm-1am
The Milk District
This music fest will feature 18 bands across 4 stages, crafts, food trucks, vendors, and arts.

4th Annual Orlando Whiskey Festival
Saturday, March 10, 7-10pm
Mercedes-Benz of North Orlando
A yearly event showcasing a selection of fine malt, blended Scotch, American Whiskeys, beer, and wine. There will also be an outside lounge area with live entertainment and cigar vendors.

Wekiva Paint Out
March 11 – 18
Wekiva Island
Interact with artists as they paint works of art inspired by Central Florida’s pristine wildlife at this week-long art event. Every day is something new to experience, including a pop up gallery, live auction and gala. Art sales benefit Keep Seminole Beautiful and the Wekiva Wilderness Trust.
FREE admission (special events vary)

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar
Sunday, March 11, 5-8pm
Orlando Fashion Square Mall
Feast on food truck fare from 13 food trucks at this monthly food truck rally from The Daily City.
Menu prices vary

Sunset at the Zoo
Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7pm
Central Florida Zoo
Stroll the zoo after hours at this adults-only event which includes live music plus craft beer and wine for purchase.

Sunset at the Zoo at Central Florida Zoo

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

Pottery Date Night
Thursday, March 15, 7-8:30pm
Orange County Regional History Center
Indulge in chocolate and fruit while you make your own masterpiece. Ticket price includes materials, tools, and refreshments.

American Kitchen Bar & Grill and Orlando Brewing Beer Dinner
Thursday, March 15, 7-11pm
B Resort & Spa
Executive Chef Venoy Rogers of American Kitchen Bar & Grill has planned a carefully curated 6-course menu that pairs perfectly with Orlando Brewing’s beloved organic craft beers. Doors open at 6:30pm and dinner begins promptly at 7pm.

Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival
March 16 – 18
Raglan Road (Disney Springs)
A staple of Disney Springs, Raglan Road doesn’t just honor the holiday with a one-day fete; they party for an entire weekend! The Mighty Festival at Raglan Road will celebrate with Irish food, craft beer, cocktails, live music and performances by Irish dancers.
$10 cover charge on March 17 only

Raglan Road Irish Pub

3rd Annual Celtic Festival
March 16 – 18
Crooked Can Brewing Company at Plant Street Market
Three Days of Live Celtic Music, Irish Dancers, Local Vendors, Delicious Eats and so much more.
FREE Admission

59th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
March 16 – 19
Downtown Winter Park
This yearly event is one of Winter Park’s signature events, spanning three days where guests can enjoy art in forms of painting, sculptures and more in a variety of price points. There will also be a variety of fun activities such as a children’s art area and a Jazz concert on Friday. Festival hours are Friday 9 am-6pm, Saturday 9 am-6pm, and Sunday 9am-5pm.
FREE Admission

Jake’s Beer Dinner 
Friday, March 16, 6:30pm
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
This unique dinner only takes place several times a year, and pairs specialty craft beers with 5 dinner courses prepared by the hotel’s award-winning chefs.

Yoga Under the Stars
Friday, March 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.

Orlando Ballet Presents Beauty & The Beast
March 17 – March 18
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Arcadian Broad, Orlando Ballet Artist in Residence, presents his rendition of the classic Disney Fairytale.
Tickets start at $15

Orlando Caribbean Festival
Saturday, March 17, 3-11pm
Orlando Amphitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds
Annual festival featuring Caribbean music and food, arts & crafts, fair rides and live performances throughout the day.

Women in the Kitchen: Legends, Mentors and Friends
Sunday, March 18, 3:30pm
Lake Meadow Naturals
A 4-course dinner prepared by James Beard award-winning women chefs and restaurateurs from across the country. The event will be hosted by Chef Kathleen Blake from the Rusty Spoon and will benefit the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Night with Chef/Owner Chelsie Savage of The Sanctum
Tuesday, March 20, 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.

March 20-25
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
A musical version of the film of the same name. Jenna, a waitress with a talent for pie making, enters a baking contest as a way to escape her small-town life.

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Winter Park Wine & Dine
Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-9:30pm
Winter Park Farmer’s Market
Unlimited wine, speciality cocktails, bites and dessert samplings from Winter Park’s best restaurants. Participating restaurants include Bulla Gastrobar, Hamilton’s Kitchen at the Alfond Inn, Sweet by Holly and Quantum Leap Winery.

10th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival
Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Yearly festival featuring live music and local artists along with complimentary winery tours and wine tasting. Beer, wine, soft drinks and seafood bites available for purchase, as well as Lakeride wine.

Rooftop Mixology Class
Saturday, March 24, 12-2pm
Paddlefish Disney Springs
Learn how to make four specialty cocktails with household ingredients. Light bites will be served along with tastings of the cocktails.

United We Brunch
Saturday, March 24, 12-3pm
Orchid Garden Ballroom at Church Street Station
Orlando’s yearly brunch party also includes an open bar featuring mimosas, Bloody Marys, cocktails and beer. Guests will enjoy brunch samplings from some of Orlando’s top brunch restaurants such as The Ravenous Pig, Canvas Restaurant & Market, Maxine’s on Shine and Tapa Toro.

7th Annual Sanford Pints N’ Paws Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, March 24, 2-6pm
West End Trading Co.
Bring your dog while you enjoy unlimited beer samplings from over 100 breweries and hang out with fellow dog lovers. The event benefits local nonprofits Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy.

International Orlando Wine Festival
Saturday, March 24, 2-7pm
99 West Church Street
First ever downtown Orlando wine festival featuring wines from all over the world, including Chile, New Zealand, California and Spain. Booths will be located throughout the street along Orange and Garland Avenue.

Dashboard Confessional
Sunday, March 25, 6:30pm
House of Blues Orlando
All ages event. Online purchase of ticket includes a copy of their album “Crooked Shadows”.

Four-Ball Championship
March 25-28
Streamsong Resort
Three Night Package Price: Double Occupancy: $897 per person, Single Occupancy $ 1,197
The Streamsong Spring Four-Ball Championship includes a three-night stay in Streamsong’s lakeside Lodge, a welcome reception/pairing party, 54 holes of golf on Streamsong’s three award-winning courses, a putting contest, and an awards ceremony. Participants will receive one round of golf on each of the three courses over the three days – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Practice rounds of golf are available on Sunday.

Art Night Out: Steampunk Sculpture
Wednesday, March 28, 6-8:30pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Adults only class where you’ll design your own steampunk-inspired sculpture. Ticket price includes materials and a drink, and you’re encouraged to bring any additional materials you’d like to use on your piece.

World Food Festival
Saturday, March 31, 12-7pm
Cranes Roost Park
Inaugural festival featuring live music, food from around the world, arts, global marketplace. Food and drink tickets are available for purchase at event.
FREE Admission

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