The Best of July: Our Favorite Upcoming Events in Orlando

Events in Orlando July 2018

Orlando has a magnitude of attractive qualities, one of our favorites being the endless list of awesome activities there are to partake in! Each month brings signature events, food truck meet-ups, unique art exhibits, concerts, dinner pairings and more. Here are our favorite upcoming events in Orlando for July.

Lake Nona Great American Block Party
Sunday, July 1, 5-9pm
Lake Nona Town Center
Entertainment for the whole family includes a full kids’ zone, stilt walkers, Beer Garden and live music from the Classic Airwaves. Enjoy complimentary watermelon, Sno Cones, and fresh red, white & blue lemonade. Plus, a Pie Baking Contest at 7pm with Apple Pie a la mode afterwards.

Boy George & Culture Club, special guest Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Tuesday, July 3, 7pm
House of Blues Orlando

Comedy Night
Tuesday, July 3, 9-11pm
Hourglass Brewing
Monthly comedy night hosted by Real Laughs of Real Radio 104.1
FREE Admission

Red Hot & Boom 2018
Wednesday, July 3, 4-11pm
Cranes Roost Park
Come out and enjoy an unforgettable night of great performances, mouthwatering eats and beautifully synchronized fireworks.
FREE Admission

4th of July weekend in Orlando
Image credit: Red Hot and Boom

Firecracker 5K Run
Wednesday, July 4, 7-9am
Avalon Park Foundation
Run, jog, walk, stroll or roll through Downtown Avalon Park at our festive annual family fun run. All school aged children are FREE with registered adult.

Red, White & Brew Block Party!
July 3-4, 4pm-2am
Wall Street Plaza
The fun starts at 9pm on July 3rd and 4pm on July 4th, with drink specials on Sam Adams, great food, outdoor games and tons of red, white and blue giveaways – plus live music from LUVU & DJ Korndogg! Hang out in the beer garden on July 4th with UNLIMITED Sam Adams from 5-8pm for only $20.
FREE Admission

Fourth of July Science Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 11am-4pm
Orlando Science Center
See the live show “Kaboom!” to learn about the science of fireworks, test your spatial awareness in a flag-themed game, make your own quill and sign a giant Declaration of Independence, play patriotic games in DinoDigs and work on star-spangled crafts in The Hive.

Fireworks at the Fountain
Wednesday, July 4, 4-10pm
Lake Eola Park
Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and include a kids play area, live music, beer garden, and food and beverages available for purchase. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display in celebration of our nation’s freedom.
FREE Admission

Independence Day at Highball & Harvest
Wednesday, July 4, 5:30-9pm
Highball & Harvest
Florida craft beers, cask wines, hand crafted cocktails coupled with live entertainment make for the perfect celebration.

Check out our full list of 25+ Things to do for 4th of July Weekend in Orlando

1st Thursdays: Open Call
Thursday, July 5, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There will be cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants. This month brings the opportunity to submit works of art that are of a reflection of you. All forms of media are encouraged.

1st Thursdays at Orlando Museum of Art
Image credit: Orlando Museum of Art

Science After Sundown: War of the Worlds (1953)
July 6-7, 7:50pm
Orlando Science Center
During Science After Sundown, enjoy the ultimate cinematic throwback with science fiction classics at 7:50 p.m.! All films are included with your general admission ticket.

Baldwin Park First Friday Festival
Friday, July 6, 5:30-9:30pm
Baldwin Park Village Center
Over 70 local artisans of all genres will display their art while guests shop and stroll through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park. This event is held the First Friday of every month, and is both family and pet friendly.
FREE Admission

Art After Dark: Food Truck Edition
Friday, July 6, 6-9pm
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
Mingle amongst local artists from Orlando’s bustling art scene while sipping your favorite wine and enjoying an abundance of delicious local food trucks.
FREE Admission

The Human Experience: Emotions
Saturday, July 7, 8pm-2am
HENAO Contemporary Center
This event is designed to promote local artists and vendors through an art gallery setting in cohesion with live performances. This year’s theme is EMOTIONS – featuring artist portrayals of the human experience through emotions.

Domaine Serene Wine Dinner
Saturday, July 7, 6pm
Norman’s Orlando
Dinner pairing Norman’s classic dishes with Domaine Serene wines.

Rooftop Wine Experience: Wines from Down Under (Australia & New Zealand)
Tuesday, July 10, 5-6pm
Paddlefish Orlando
Wine experience and discussion lead by our Sommelier team featuring wine flights from around the globe and light bites.

Paddlefish Disney Springs wine on the rooftop

Sam Smith
Wednesday, July 11, 8pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $36.50

Wekiva Brew Review Featuring Intuition Ale Works
Wednesday, July 11, 6-8pm
Wekiva Island
Sample six different Intuition Ale Works beers and select a full pour of your favorite brew. These beers will be paired with a delicious meal from Without A Paddle Cafe and cool swag from the brewery.

Alive After 5 – Freedom Fest
Thursday, July 12, 5-8pm
Sanford Welcome Center
Festival goers come to celebrate the community and local artistry, and to partake in an evening of music, food, craft beers, and shopping.
FREE Admission

Nerd Nite Orlando: Gut Invaders, Capt. Picard, & Beer is Good
Thursday, July 12, 6-9:30pm
Purple, Rock, Scissors
Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations– all while the audience drinks along in a casual atmosphere. Speakers present for 15-20 minutes each on a fascinating subject, often in an uncanny and unconventional way.
FREE; Donations accepted

Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thursday, July 12, 6:30-9:30pm
Thornton Park District
Pick up a glass and map, then stroll the district visiting over 25 businesses offering tastings.
$15 (cash only)

Thornton Park Wine and Art walk
Image credit: Hannah Green/lovecentralfl on Instagram

A Match Made In Heaven: Pastrami & Beer Pairing
Thursday, July 12, 7pm
Orlando Brewing
Enjoy four of our 5 oz. organic beers perfectly paired with four deli creations from Food Network featured food truck The Pastrami Project for our “Match Made in Heaven” beer pairing. RSVP Required.

Taste of Jazz
Thursday, July 12, 7pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Nationally known jazz artists will take the stage for a one-of-a-kind jam session and concert.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Thursday, July 12, 8pm
Central Park, Winter Park
Pack a picnic for a free outdoor movie screening in the park hosted by Enzian Theater.
FREE Admission

Summer Guide to Outdoor Movies in Orlando
Image credit: Enzian Theater

Science After Sundown: The Forbidden Planet (1956)
July 13-14, 7:50pm
Orlando Science Center
During Science After Sundown, enjoy the ultimate cinematic throwback with science fiction classics at 7:50 p.m.! All films are included with your general admission ticket.

Tacos & Tequila 2018
Saturday, July 14, 12-3pm
Cheyenne Saloon
Sample and vote on your favorite tacos among competing food trucks, taco shops and restaurants. There will also be tequila samplings, plenty of beer, and live entertainment.

10th Annual Bastille Day Celebration
Saturday, July 14, 5-8pm
Audubon Park Garden District
French Market at Audubon, Wine and Cheese tasting, baguette fencing, live music and more.
FREE Admission

July 2018 events in Orlando: Bastille Day Celebration
Image credit: Audubon Park Garden District

Amazon’s Treasure Truck Free Summer Movie Night Series Presents Isle of Dogs
Saturday, July 14, 6-10pm
Lake Eola Park
Enjoy a free outdoor movie screening plus popcorn, activities and giveaways. Event begins at 6pm, movie starts at 8pm.

Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC
Saturday, July 14, 8pm
Orlando City Stadium
Tickets start at $25

Disney After Hours
Select nights July-September, 8pm-11pm or 9pm-midnight
Magic Kingdom Park
Be among a limited number of Guests to enjoy a unique, 3-hour park experience—featuring more than 25 popular attractions and Character Greetings, with little-to-no wait.

Low Country Chef Collab Dinner
Sunday, July 15
The Ravenous Pig
Enjoy a four-course “Low Country” themed dinner with with Chef Jacob Huder. The evening also includes hors-d’oeuvres and a special WhistlePig Whiskey reception cocktail. Call 407-628-2333 for tickets.

Orlando Story Club: What a Mess!
Wednesday, July 18, 7-9:30pm
The Abbey
Ten participants are randomly selected from the hat. Stories must be no longer than 5 minutes in length, told without notes, and must connect with the theme. The July event theme is “What a Mess!” and the benefiting charity is Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.  Orlando Story Club is hosted by Orlandoans Danielle Ziss and Bobby Wesley.

Doughnut & Beer Pairing
Wednesday, July 18, 7-10pm
Orlando Brewing
Dig into organic mini doughnuts paired perfectly with four organic brews (5oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing.

Doughnuts & Beer Pairing at Orlando Brewing

Sunset at the Zoo
Thursday, July 19, 5:30-7:30pm
Central Florida Zoo
Stroll the zoo after hours at this adults-only event which includes live music plus craft beer and wine for purchase.

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
Thursday, July 19, 6-9pm
Downtown Arts District Orlando
Join thousands of visitors who converge in Downtown Orlando for 3rd Thursday Orlando’s Gallery Hop featuring venues such as CityArts Factory and Redefine Gallery.
FREE Admission

Velvet Sessions 2018 – The Romantics
Thursday, July 19, 6:30pm
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Tickets start at $30

Science After Sundown: The Last Starfighter (1984)
July 20-21, 7:50pm
Orlando Science Center
During Science After Sundown, enjoy the ultimate cinematic throwback with science fiction classics at 7:50 p.m.! All films are included with your general admission ticket.

JIYO Lake Nona Wellbeing Event featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra
Friday, July 20, 5-9 pm
Lake Nona Town Center
Community wellbeing event featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra. The event will also feature Siagon Sizzle, Tamale Co., The Local Chef, Peru Power, Serenitea and Soothers, and Kefta Moroccan food trucks, giveaways, and top wellbeing professionals providing insight and recommendations on how to improve your body and mind.

Wine Riffs 2018 – Beaulieu Vineyard
Friday, July 20, 7pm
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Sit and sip with friends as you hear tales of wine making, taste culinary pairings from the hotel’s award-winning chefs and enjoy a custom soundtrack set to the mood of the evening.

Paddle & A Pint – Bioluminescence Tour
Friday, July 20, 8:30-10:30pm
Playalinda Brewing Company
This tour will include a 90 minute kayak tour out on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge with A Day Away Kayak Tours and after the paddle, head over to the Hardware Store location of Playalinda Brewing Company for a pint of craft beer or non-alcoholic beverage and a reserved table to congregate with fellow paddlers.

Image credit: A Day Away Kayak Tours

Enchanted: A Tribute to Fantasy TV & Films
Friday, July 20, 9pm
The Venue (511 Virginia Dr)
Join Cupcake Burlesque on a whirlwind adventure, as we pay tribute to Fantasy storytelling in television & film.
$15 in advance, $20 at the door; VIP tickets available

Rooftop Mixology Class
Saturday, July 21, 12-2pm
Learn from Paddlefish’s expert beverage team how to make quality cocktails from the Prohibition Era with readily available ingredients at home. Light bites will also be provided.

H&H Food & Booze Series: Rum
Saturday, July 21, 2-3pm
Highball & Harvest
The class will feature a variety of rums from different areas, their unique characteristics and how they come together to create the original and classic cocktails.

Sanford Art Walk – “Aperture”
Saturday, July 21, 6-9pm
Sanford Welcome Center
A juried art show and a walking tour of the art venues located in historic downtown Sanford.
FREE Admission

Florida Wedding Expo
Sunday, July 22, noon-5pm
Orange County Convention Center
General Admission Tickets are $7 with code DATE through July 20th. VIP Tickets are $35 for brides and $25 for guests (limited availability)

Rooftop Wine Experience: Wines of Spain
Tuesday, July 24, 5-6pm
Paddlefish Orlando
Wine experience and discussion lead by our Sommelier team featuring wine flights from around the globe and light bites.

Art Night Out: The Figure in Wire
Wednesday, July 25, 6-8:30pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Inspired by the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti, we will create figurative sculptures out of wire. Class price includes all materials and an adult beverage.

Wine, Wisdom, Words Presents: Kevin Begos at Quantum Leap Winery
Thursday, July 26, 6:30-8pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Oenologist and MIT Journalism Fellow Kevin Begos will discuss and sign his book as we dive into the history, flavors, and origins of wine.
FREE Admission

Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC
Thursday, July 26, 8pm
Orlando City Stadium
Tickets start at $25

Orlando City Soccer game
Image credit: Lindsey Harris @forkflorida

Science After Sundown: Men in Black (1997)
July 27-28, 7:50pm
Orlando Science Center
During Science After Sundown, enjoy the ultimate cinematic throwback with science fiction classics at 7:50 p.m.! All films are included with your general admission ticket.

Movieola: Peter Rabbit
Friday, July 27, 6pm (movie begins at 8:15)
Lake Eola Park
Downtown Orlando’s free outdoor movie series is back! Pack a picnic and head to Lake Eola Park for monthly outdoor screenings of family-friendly flicks all summer long. Pre-movie activities begin at 6pm, and movies start at 8:15pm. The Central Florida Zoo will be on site for animal meet and greets before the movie.

Adults Night Out at Planet Obstacle
Friday, July 27, 6-9:30pm
Planet Obstacle
This adults-only event gives couples and singles an opportunity to enjoy all challenges including: Aerial Ropes course with 220 feet long zip-line, Ninja Warrior Course, bumper cars, rock-climbing wall and more.

Date Night at Maitland Art Center: Summer Series
Friday, July 27, 7-10pm
Art & History Museums Maitland
Each night features a different project designed for fun, laughter and getting to know each other, plus time for drinks and to enjoy the scenery. Guidance provided, as well as room to experiment and play! Each attendee takes home their own original artwork.

Summer Barbecue Featuring Crooked Can Brewing Co.
Friday, July 27, 7-9pm
ABO Winter Park
ABO Winter Park teams up with Crooked Can Brewing Company to bring you a Florida Summer Barbecue inspired by flavors from Double C Bar Ranch. Menu includes Beef BBQ Ribs, Butcher’s Cut Grilled Steaks, Molasses Baked Beans, Baked Cheddar Mac and Cheese, Corn on the Cob, ABO House Slaw, Key Lime Pie and beers from Crooked Can Brewing Co.

Chopped Challenge at Pharmacy
Saturday, July 28, 1-4pm
An identical mystery basket is presented to each team and you are given certain time restrictions to complete 3 dishes, an appetizer, entree and dessert. Award winning chef, Loren Falsone and craft cocktail & wine specialist Dominick Tardugno will critique your performance as you compete for prizes.

SandwichEatUp- Swine & Sons Provisions
Saturday, July 28, 2-4pm
Swine & Sons
Monthly sandwich meet up where anyone that enjoys a good sandwich can meet and try a new place along with others.
Food prices vary

Summer Poolside Bash
Saturday, July 28, 3-8pm
The Alfond Inn
Ticket includes one complimentary drink (your choice of deep Eddy Vodka, Frose Cocktail or Sparkling Wine), $10 Frose Specials and cash bar, Summer Barbecue prepared by Alfond Inn Chefs, and a DJ spinning Miami sounds.

The Alfond Inn

French Food & Wine Pairing Dinner
Saturday, July 28, 5:30-8:30pm
A decadent French Wine & Food dinner; the menu will sparkle with timeless & contemporary French classics.

Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer Tour
Saturday, July 28, 6:30pm
House of Blues Orlando
Tickets start at 39.50

Art After Dark
Saturday, July 28, 7-10pm
CityArts Factory
The evening’s festivities will include interactive art experiences, meet & greet opportunities with special guest artists, live music, photo opportunities, a silent auction, craft cocktails, and gourmet lite bites from local restaurants.

Game of Crawls – GoT Themed Bar Crawl
Saturday, July 28, 7pm-12am
Shots Orlando
Come in your best GOT outfit (dressing up is encouraged but not necessary) and crawl your way through downtown Orlando all while enjoying 5 free drinks in multiple venues and no cover with hundreds of other fans.

Chef’s Night with Swine & Sons
Tuesday, July 31, 6-8:30pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden

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