The Best of August: Our Favorite Orlando Events this Month

August 2018 Orlando Events

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 Orlando events for the month ahead.

August 1 – 5

Cirque du Soleil: CRYSTAL
August 1-5
Amway Center
Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics.

Sweet Treat Pairing with CayCakes Bakery
Wednesday, August 1, 7-9pm
Orlando Brewing
Enjoy four 5 oz. organic beers perfectly paired with four local handcrafted desserts. This vegan-friendly guided pairing begins at 7PM in the beer garden.

1st Thursdays: Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz
Thursday, August 2, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Discover local artists, listen to live music and sip beer and wine at the museum after hours. This month’s theme is language, immigration, identity, religion, and cultural celebrations and traditions of the Hispanic Culture and Community.

Ice Cream Sandwich Day- #SandwichEatUp at Kelly’s w/ Orlandough
Thursday, August 2, 6:30-8pm
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream
Come celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich day on August 2nd, as Deli Fresh Threads teams up with Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream and Orlandough; sandwiches are PRE-SALE ONLY.

Orlando events August 2018
Enjoy a doughnut ice cream sandwich collaboration between Orlandough, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream and Deli Fresh Threads.

Paint Night at the Polasek—An Arabesque ‘Starry Night’
Friday August 3, 7pm
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Step-by-step guidance will be provided to help artists of all skill levels create a masterpiece to take home during this two-hour class.  All supplies will be provided, and one glass of wine is included with registration.

Science After Sundown: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
August 3-4, 7:50pm
Orlando Science Center
During Science After Sundown, enjoy the ultimate cinematic throwback with science fiction classics! All films are included with your general admission ticket.

Baldwin Park First Friday Festival
Friday, August 3, 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. Family and pet-friendly.
FREE Admission

Movie Night at the Leu: Black Panther
Friday, August 3, 8:30pm
Leu Gardens
This month’s outdoor movie is Black Panther. The gardens open at 6 and the movie begins at 8:30. Outside food and alcohol are permitted – enjoy responsibly!
$6; free for members

Leu Gardens movie night | Image credit: Kristen Manieri

First Friday Lunch & Learn: 100 Years of Fashion
Friday, August 3, 12-1pm
Orange County Regional History Center
Join the History Center’s Collections Manager, Whitney Broadaway, to take a look at how clothing and fashion has evolved over the past hundred years with our changing lifestyles and environment. Bring a lunch or order one on site.
$5; or $13 with lunch

Main Streets Restaurant Week
August 4 – 11
Various participating restaurants
Dine at select Orlando Main Street restaurants offering prix fixe menus priced at $5, $10, $20 and $30. No tickets or passes are required.
Menu prices vary from $5 – $30

Disney After Hours
August 4, 11, 30; exact times vary
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.

Saturday, August 4, 8pm
Plaza LIVE

Scott Joseph Brunch at The Ravenous Pig
Sunday, August 5, 11:30-2pm
The Ravenous Pig
Known for his 20 years of expertise reviewing Orlando’s dining scene, Scott Joseph joins Chefs and Co-owners James & Julie Petrakis to host a 4-course brunch at The Ravenous Pig.

3rd Annual Italian Wine & Cheese Festival
Sunday, August 5, 1-4pm
The Wine Room on Park Avenue
Enjoy artisan cheeses paired with wines from names like Antinori, Banfi, Ruffino,  Jermann, Tommasi, Zenato, Masi, La Spinetta, Gaja, and dozens more.

The Wine Room on Park Avenue
Image credit: The Wine Room on Park Avenue

August 6 – 12

Nerd Nite Orlando
Thursday, August 9, 7-9:30pm
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, August 9, 6:30-9:30pm
Thornton Park District
Pick up a glass and map at Anthony’s Thornton Park, then stroll the district visiting over 25 businesses offering tastings.
$15 (cash only)

Alive After 5: Back to School Jam
Thursday, August 9, 5-8pm
Sanford Welcome Center
Free outdoor block party in Historic Downtown Sanford with music, food, craft beers, and shopping.
FREE Admission

Sandra Brown at Quantum Leap Winery
Thursday, August 9, 6:30pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Writer’s Block Bookstore, in partnership with Quantum Leap Winery, is delighted to announce New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown as part of our Wine ◊ Wisdom ◊ Words series. Ticket price includes a copy of Sandra’s new book, Tailspin, a glass of wine and admission for two.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Finding Nemo
Thursday, August 9, 8pm
Central Park, Winter Park
Pack a picnic for a free outdoor movie screening in the park hosted by Enzian Theater.
FREE Admission

outdoor movies in orlando
Photo credit: Enzian

24th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp
August 10 – 12, 10am-5pm
Lakeridge Winery
Grape stomping competitions, free winery tours and tastings, live music, food and more.

Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar
Friday, August 10, 6-9pm
Lake Concord Park
Get something to eat on one of the dozen food trucks from the Food Truck Bazaar and shop at the local businesses and artisan booths selling unique jewelry, photography, ceramics, paintings, and many other great products.
FREE admission

Science After Sundown: Galaxy Quest (1999)
August 10-11, 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.

Science Night Live | Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Wine Riffs 2018 – Truchard Vineyards
Friday, August 10, 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.

Aperitivo Time
Saturday, August 11, 2:30-4pm
Terralina Crafted Italian
Enjoy antipasti towers, fried olives, mini rice balls and assorted flatbreads paired with hand selected sparkling wines.

FEATURED 6 Years of Beers (6 years – 6 Collaborations – 6 Bottles)
Saturday, August 11, 11am
Hourglass Brewing
For this SIX Year Anniversary, Hourglass Brewing is dropping SIX collaborations. Also dropping that day are two special release anniversary stouts in bottles. Beer lovers! Come one, come all and feast your pallet on a plethora of new Hourglass Brewing beers at our SIX Year Anniversary event. Hourglass Brewing’s awesome neighbors (Wako Taco and Papa Bees) will also be on site for some tasty grub. AND to keep you moving throughout the day, Foxtail Coffee will be onsite pouring up their delicious coffee.
Free To Attend, Purchase Tokens For Brews

Canvas or Coasters Dirty Pour Party at Orlando Brewing
Sunday, August 12, 4pm
Orlando Brewing
Event includes professional instruction, all supplies and canvas (or coasters). Ticket deadline: August 5th

August 13 – 19

Rooftop Wine Experience: South American Reds
Tuesday, August 14, 5-6pm
Enjoy a Sommelier-led event complete with a wine flight and small bites as part of Paddlefish’s summertime rooftop wine flight experience event series.

Shakira – El Dorado World Tour
Tuesday, August 14, 7:30pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $47.50

Movie Classics at the Ritz Theatre: Gone With The Wind
Thursday, August 16, 7:26pm
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
$5; tickets sold at the door, cash only

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
Thursday, August 16, 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

Sunset at the Zoo
Thursday, August 16, 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.

Sunset at the Zoo at Central Florida Zoo
Image credit: Central Florida Zoo

Wine Flight Friday
Friday, August 17, 6:30pm
K Restaurant
Each month is themed by a region/state/country/continent. You can expect two whites and two reds, and flights will be served in the garden area.

Harry’s Brewmaster Series Presents 3 Daughters Brewing (3DB)
Friday, August 17, 6:30pm
Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre
Explore delicious cuisine from award-winning Chef Tello Luna paired with beers from 3 Daughters Brewing.

JW Griffin Cooking School: Wine
Saturday, August 18, 4:30-6pm
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Enjoy an afternoon with exclusive wine tastings presented by the team at PRIMO, while learning everything you need to know about wines from the region of Piedmont in Italy.
$45 per person. Advanced reservations required; call (407) 393-4683.

Alfond Inn’s 5th Anniversary Party
Saturday, August 18, 8pm-12:30am
The Alfond Inn
Celebrate The Alfond Inn at Rollins College 5th year Anniversary with live music, drink specials, and complimentary valet parking. Appetizers available to purchase until 10 pm.
FREE Admission

H&H Food & Booze Series: Gin
Saturday, August 18, 2-3pm
Highball & Harvest
Broaden your knowledge on gin, the spirit often referred to as the first flavored vodka. Connect with our chefs on what foods pair best with gins based on the botanicals infused into each gin recipe.

Orlando Vegan Fest
Saturday, August 18, 12-4pm
Eagle Nest Park
A day of everything vegan; from cooking classes with celebrity chefs to Yoga demos and tastings. This event is to benefit their kick homeless hunger campaign.
FREE Admission

Adults-Only Science Night Live
Saturday, August 18, 8-11:30pm
Orlando Science Center
Enjoy after hours access to the Science Center during this 21+ event. Explore exhibits and programs while sipping adult beverages.
$15.95, ages 21+

Paddle & A Pint – Bioluminescence Tour
Saturday, August 18, 8:15-10:15pm
Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge / Playalinda Brewing Company
Guided 90-minute bioluminescence kayak tour with A Day Away Kayak Tours followed by a free pint of craft beer at the Hardware Store location of Playalinda Brewing Company.

Image credit: A Day Away Kayak Tours

Piedmont Wine Dinner
Sunday, August 19, 6-9pm
Ravenous Pig
The Ravenous Pig celebrates the wine and cuisine of Piedmont, Italy, with special guests, Digress Wine featuring 4 courses and 4 wines.
$100/person. Reservations required; call 407-628-2333.

August 20 – 26

Wild Art & Wine
Tuesday, August 21, 6:30-9pm
Central Florida Zoo
Enjoy a special all-inclusive evening at the zoo with wine and hors d’oeuvres while painting an animal portrait. Registration required by August 17, 2018.

Learn to Skate Session I
August 21-October 20
RDV Ice Den
Participants meet once a week for a 30-minute class followed by 15 minutes of supervised practice. Learn to Skate sessions are eight weeks long

Velvet Sessions 2018 – The Fixx
Thursday, August 23, 6:30pm
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
The Fixx will perform their instantly recognizable hits “One Thing Leads To Another,” “Red Skies,” “Saved By Zero” and more in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Enjoy cocktails and light bites before the show.

The Tipsy Cookie and Orlando Brewing Beer Tasting
Thursday, August 23, 6-9pm
Orlando Brewing
Bite into four gourmet tipsy cookies paired perfectly with four of Orlando Brewing organic brews (5oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing.

The Inquisitor Wine Dinner
Thursday, August 23, 6:30-10pm
Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Enjoy a three-course dinner with The Inquisitor wine pairings presented by Resort Sommelier, Antoine Boissonot.

History in a Glass: Hot, Hot, Hot!
Thursday, August 23, 6-9pm
Orange County Regional History Center
Local craft bartenders compete for bragging rights by creating libations with the theme of ”Hot, Hot, Hot!” Enjoy great food and music plus three hand-crafted cocktails.

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
August 24 – September 30
Various participating Orlando restaurants
$35 three-course menus

Summer Series: Date Night at Maitland Art Center
Friday, August 24, 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.
$35 per couple

MargaritaFest 9!
Saturday, August 25, 5pm
Wall Street Plaza
Unlimited Margarita sampling from 5-8pm (20+ margaritas and tequila drinks), plus live Reggae and Reggae-Rock music.

Lakeland Beer & Bacon Festival
Saturday, August 25, 1-8pm
RP Funding Center
Sample over 80 craft beers and cocktails from local breweries & distillers including 3 Daughters, Timber Creek, Coppertail & more, as well as tons of bacon dishes from the best local chefs and restaurants.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert
Saturday, August 25, 7:30pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Enjoy the iconic full-length film on the big screen with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performing John Williams’s legendary score live.

Dr. Phillips Center
Dr. Phillips Center | Image credit: Steve Williams Photography

Another Plan From Outer Space – Orlando Premiere
Saturday, August 25, 11:30am-2pm
The red carpet Orlando premiere of “Another Plan From Outer Space” – a sci-fi adventure film with the feel of the 1950’s classic serial sci-fi flicks. There will be a Meet and Greet, props and costumes from the film on display and a Q & A with the cast and crew in attendance.

A Wild Affair: benefitting the Central Florida Zoo
Saturday, August 25, 6-11pm
Central Florida Zoo
A Wild Affair is a premiere social and fundraising event celebrating the achievements of, and providing support for, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Rib Eating Competition
Saturday, August 25, 12-1:30pm
Tony Roma’s International Drive
The person who eats the most ribs in three minutes wins Ribs for a Year! Even if you’re not competing, join in on all the fun of Tony Roma’s Rib Eating Competition. There will be a stein hoisting event and our Half Rack Baby Back Rib special is only $10.
FREE Admission

Guesthouse Luau ft. Swine & Sons x Bangrak
Sunday, August 26, 4-8pm
The Guesthouse
Head to the back of the Guesthouse for Tiki cocktails on the airstream curated by The Guesthouse, a pig roast by Swine & Sons, Thai drinking food from Bangrak Thai Street Kitchen, frozen deserts by Gezellig Cookies, and music.
FREE Admission

Alejandro Fernandez
Sunday, August 26, 7pm
Amway Center

August 27 – 31

Rooftop Wine Experience: Tour of Italy
Tuesday, August 28, 5-6pm
Enjoy a Sommelier-led event complete with a wine flight and small bites as part of Paddlefish’s summertime rooftop wine flight experience event series.

Sip a curated wine flight and enjoy light bites during the bi-weekly Rooftop Wine Experience this summer at Paddlefish.

Art Night Out: Papercutting 101
Tuesday, August 28, 6-8:30pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Create a frameable work of paper-cut art in this workshop designed for beginners. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for properly floating and framing your creation.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé | On The Run II Tour
Wednesday, August 29, 7:30pm
Camping World Stadium

Do Good Date Night: A Gift For Teaching
Wednesday, August 29, 7-9:30pm
A Gift For Teaching/Earl’s Kitchen & Bar
For this edition of Do Good Date Night, we’ll spend about an hour sorting and counting supplies for local teachers and then we’ll head over to Earls Kitchen + Bar to enjoy a selection of family-style appetizers and drinks. Each ticket includes food + one wine, beer or cocktail per person.

Chef’s Table: A Celebration of Tomatoes
Wednesday, August 29, 6:30-8:30pm
Tapa Toro
Sink your teeth into eight juicy courses – where tomatoes are the star of every dish. Complimentary wine pairings are included.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
August 30 – November 12
Included with theme park admission

Chef’s Night featuring Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
Thursday, August 30, 6-9pm
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Join the Tasty Trio (Tonda Corrente, owner of La Femme du Fromage, Lisa Wilk, founder of Orlando Uncorked, and Jill Ramsier, co-owner of Quantum Leap Winery) for a 4-course dinner journey where Wine, Cheese and Chocolate are featured in every course. Chocolate confections by Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park.

Chef Night with DaJen Eats
Thursday, August 30, 6-8:30pm
Edible Education Experience
It doesn’t get more Jamaican than “brown-stew,” a rich braise of meat in a heady, spicy, brown sauce, recreated in a plant-powered way. You will be transported to the island in no time!

The Brian McKnight 4
Thursday, August 30, 9pm
Hard Rock Live Orlando

Adults Night Out at Planet Obstacle
Friday, August 31, 6-9:30pm
Planet Obstacle
This an adults-only event gives couples and singles an opportunity to enjoy crazy-fun challenges including the Aerial Ropes Course with 220 feet long Zip-line, Ninja Warrior Course, Bumper Cars, 26 foot Vertical Slide, a Dodge Ball Tournament and more.
$25/person or $45/couple

Movieola: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Friday, August 31, 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.

Orlando Events - Movieola in Lake Eola Park
Movieola at Lake Eola Park | Image credit: City of Orlando

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