The Best of January: 50+ Orlando Events to Kick off the New Year

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Welcome 2019! The holiday chaos is over, and it’s time to fill up your January calendar with date night events. From food truck events to Magic games and concerts, there are lots of ways to enjoy date night while the weather is still perfect. Here are our favorite Orlando events for January.

January 1 – 6

Dinos In Lights Festive Show
Through January 6, 12-4pm
Orlando Science Center
Add some sparkle to the holiday season and see some of your favorite creatures from the Cretaceous in a whole new light with the all-new Dinos In Lights show at Orlando Science Center.

VRBO Citrus Bowl: Kentucky v Penn State
Tuesday, January 1, 1pm
Camping World Stadium
Tickets start at $50

1st Thursdays: The Age of Aquarius
Thursday, January 3, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art
From 6-9 pm on the first Thursday of each month, Central Florida has an opportunity to discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There are cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants.

Star-Studded Evenings
January 4-5, 11-12 and 25-26, 5-9pm
Orlando Science Center
This is your chance to experience some of Orlando Science Center’s programming after dark. Stargaze in the Observatory and catch a Hollywood movie in the Digital Adventure Theater! Showtimes are 5:10 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.
$10; free for members

Image credit: Roberto Gonzalez

Baldwin Park First Friday Festival
Friday, January 4, 5:30pm
New Broad Street, Baldwin Park
Over 80 local artisans of all genres will display their art while guests shop and stroll through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park. Also featured are many Central Florida based small businesses and non-profit organizations with products and offerings ranging from health and fitness, to beauty and fashion, as well as community service opportunities.
FREE Admission

Rauce Padgett at Bonkerz Comedy Club
Friday, January 4, 8pm
Bonkerz Comedy Club – Orlando at Boardwalk Bowl
Get your laugh on with the hilarious Rauce Padgett’s Comedy from Real Radio 104.1 and Bonkerz favorite Connor Larsen.

80s Night #atTheAbbey
Friday, January 4, 8pm-1am
The Abbey
Central Florida’s best 80s Night is back #atTheAbbey in January with Rockit Fly! Drink specials all night long, no cover and the music you know and love.
FREE Admission

Orlando Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Saturday, January 5, 7pm
Amway Center
$12.25 and up

Lakeridge Winery Winter Music Series
Select dates January 5-26
Lakeridge Winery
Each Saturday afternoon during the month of January, Lakeridge Winery holds its famous Music Series, featuring live music on the outdoor stage, and inside at our Wine & Cheese Bar upstairs in the winery.
Events will take place:
January 5, 2019 12-4pm
January 12, 2019 12-4pm
January 19, 2019 12-4pm
January 26, 2019 12-4pm
FREE Admission

Orlando events January 2019
Image credit: Lakeridge Winery

Yoga at the Brewery
Sunday, January 6, 10:30-11:30am
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
Yoga class plus complimentary Ivanhoe Park beer or mimosa and happy hour pricing for the duration of your stay. Bring your own yoga mat.

January 7 – 13

WWE Monday Night Raw
Monday, January 7, 7:30pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $20

Rooftop Wine Experience: Whites of the West
Tuesday, January 8, 5-6pm
Head to the 3rd floor deck for a monthly wine experience and discussion lead by our Sommelier team featuring wine flights from around the globe and light bites from our kitchen.

Rooftop deck at Paddlefish Disney Springs
The rooftop deck at Paddlefish. Image credit: Paddlefish

Diana Ross
Wednesday, January 9, 8pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $49.50

Nerd Nite Orlando
Thursday, January 10, 7pm
Stardust Video & Coffee
Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations. Speakers present for 15 minutes on a fascinating subject. Presentations are followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.
Suggested donation: $5

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Iron Man
Thursday, January 10, 7pm
Central Park, Winter Park
Enjoy a free outdoor movie at Winter Park’s Central Park in partnership with Enzian Theater. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, snacks, and other goodies. Movies are typically screened on the second Thursday of each month, though there are exceptions.
FREE Admission

Alive After 5 – Souper Sanford Soup Challenge
Thursday, January 10, 5-8pm
Sanford Welcome Center
Local restaurants will compete for bragging rights for the best soup of the year. in addition to the challenge our musical talent will be “The Sofa Kings” bringing their twist on classic rock covers.
FREE Admission to Alive After 5; Soup Challenge Tickets $10

Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30-9:30pm
Hosted by Thornton Park District
The 2nd Thursday of every month, the best crowd gathers for the Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine + Art Walk. They come to celebrate the community, art, and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and some tasty tastings all along the walk! $15 (Cash only) gets you a glass and a map of over 25 businesses that will be offering you a tasty tasting! Along the way, you’ll experience Live Music, Art Vendor’s, DJ’s and all sorts of fun!

SIP & SAVOR at the Wheel
January 11 – 13
ICON Orlando 360
ICON Orlando’s premier tasting market. Enjoy specialty food & drinks from 15+ restaurants all weekend long with great entertainment.
FREE admission (food and drink samples extra)

Art & Music in the Park/ Food Truck Bazaar
Friday, January 11, 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

Billy Joel
Friday, January 11, 8pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $114.50

Whose Live Anyway? Drew Carey, Joel Murray, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis
Friday, January 11, 8pm
Hard Rock Live Orlando
Tickets start at $45.50

Yoga with Cats
Saturday, January 12, 9:30-11am
Orlando Cat Cafe
The class lasts for approximately 1 1/2 hours – 1 hour of yoga with an extra 1/2 hour for kitty play time! Registration begins at 9 am and class begins at 9:30 am.

Cocktail Class: Gin Cocktails
Saturday, January 12, 3:30-5pm
Bitters & Brass
Enjoy working at a personal cocktail station as you learn the history behind the drinks. From preparation to execution, examine the reasons behind each step, including proper jiggering, choosing the correct ingredients and using the right garnish to complement your cocktail.

Image credit: Bitters & Brass

Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics
Saturday, January 12, 7pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $46

Johnny Mathis – The Voice of Romance Tour 2019
Saturday, January 12, 8pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $49.50

The 90’s Pub Crawl Orlando
Saturday, January 12, 8pm-1am
We all remember the 90’s with all of the classic TV shows, movies, and of course tunes. Find your most 90’s outfit while drinking and listening to your favorite hits from the 90’s.

Image credit: Orlando Pub Crawl

Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets
Sunday, January 13, 6pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $32

January 14 – 20

Epcot International Festival of the Arts
January 18 – February 25
Included with theme park admission

Doughnut & Beer Pairing
Wednesday, January 16, 7-9pm
Orlando Brewing
Dig into four organic mini doughnuts paired perfectly with four of our organic brews (5 oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing.

Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets
Friday, January 18, 7pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $12

Scott Joseph’s Supper Club
Friday, January 18, 6:30-9:30pm
Big Fin Seafood Kitche
An evening of great food with a story and paired with wines aged in whisky or tequila barrels.

Healthy Eating Cooking Class- Your New Year’s Resolution
Saturday, January 19, 11am-1pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden
Learn how to maximize flavors with herbs, spices, cooking with healthy fats and plant based ingredients. It’s fun to turn ordinary foods into amazing dishes with a little ingenuity

Orlando Cooking Classes this Month

Sanford Art Walk – “Black and White Forever”
Saturday, January 19, 6-9pm
Sanford Welcome Center
A juried art show in the Historic Sanford Welcome Center and a walking tour of the art venues located in historic downtown Sanford.
FREE Admission

The Fitness Marshall: Lake Nona Cardio Concert
Lake Nona Town Center
YouTube sensation Caleb Marshall is coming to Lake Nona to blast calories and have fun doing it! Join us on Saturday, January 19 for an epic Cardio Concert taking place in Town Center.This event includes a pre-concert party at 7 PM where you can warm up before the main event. At 8 PM, Team Fitness Marshall takes the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime workout experience suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Puttin’ on the Ritz – WDPAC’s Annual Street Party!
Saturday, January 19, 5:30-9:30pm
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
The Ritz Theatre at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is hosting its 6th Annual Fundraising Gala, Puttin’ on the Ritz. This event has been an exciting romp through the decades with this year highlighting the 1970s.

Smugglers Series: Bourbon County Stout Pairing Lunch
Saturday, January 19, 12-2pm
Enzo’s Hideaway
Goose Island Brewery Educator and industry expert, Mike Smith, will formally instruct attendees about the brewery’s renowned beer barrel aging program. A Certified Cicerone, Cedar Professional, and Executive Bourbon Steward, he will also provide insight on each of the beers carefully selected to complement the dishes on the four-course tasting menu.

Sanford Food Truck Fiesta featuring Live Music
Saturday, January 19, 5-9pm
Celery City Craft
Grab food from 12+ food trucks, drinks from the bars, enjoy live music outside, and plenty of tables and chairs to sit and eat your food truck bounty.
FREE Admission; food prices vary

Park Ave 5k Presented by Florida Hospital
Saturday, January 19, 7:30am
Park Avenue Central Park
Get a healthy start to the New Year by participating in the 4th race of the Track Shack Running Series through beautiful Winter Park. Then indulge a little with an after party that features food from local favorites.

Science Night Live
Saturday, January 19, 8pm
Orlando Science Center
An evening reserved only for adults, enjoy everything you love about Orlando Science Center with grown-up-inspired programming.

Cruz ‘n Car Show
Saturday, January 19, 4-8pm
Downtown Winter Garden
The Cruz N Car show is held quarterly in Downtown Winter Garden on the third Saturday in January, April, June, and September from 4 to 8 pm.
FREE Admission

Monster Jam
Saturday, January 19, 7pm
Camping World Stadium
Tickets start at $15

Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Saturday, January 19, 7pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $16

Pastry in the Park- Five Course Dessert Tasting Experience
Sunday, January 20, 6-9pm
Osprey Tavern
Five course dessert tasting experience by Orlando’s top pastry chefs featuring Valrhona Chocolate.

Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party
Sunday, January 20, 8pm-1am
Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College
The star party will take place on the south terrace of Seminole State’s new E. Ann McGee student center on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus just adjacent to the planetarium. Food will be served by several of Central Florida’s famous food trucks so be sure to come with a healthy appetite.

Image credit: Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College

January 21 – 27

Cher: Here We Go Again Tour
Monday, January 21, 7:30pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $64.95

Bull & Bear Masters Wine Dinner featuring Adobe Road Winery
Monday, January 21, 6:30-10:30pm
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Fully immersive wine tasting experience is the national debut of the Adobe Road Racing Series – a special, artisanal wine series crafted in homage to Adobe Road’s legendary racing roots.

SandwichEatUp at À La Cart Orlando by Deli Fresh Threads
Tuesday, January 22, 6-8pm
À La Cart Orlando
Hosted by Deli Fresh Threads, this monthly sandwich meet up will take place at À La Cart and will feature food from 4 of the regular food trucks – Smoke & Donuts, Steak It Easy, PokeKai, and Adao Gourmet.
FREE Admission, food prices vary

Art Night Out: Cubist Portraits
Tuesday, January 22, 6-8:30pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Piece together your own Picasso-inspired portrait! You’ll learn tips for drawing in a cubist, geometric style. Bring a photograph from home to work from or choose from a selection of images provided.

Orlando Ballet Presents Uncorked At The Abbey
Tuesday, January 22, 7-9pm
The Abbey
Uncorked is your chance to see Orlando Ballet’s dancers perform up-close-and-personal, ask them questions, and meet Artistic Director, Robert Hill in the relaxed theater bar at The Abbey. One of Uncorked at The Abbey’s unique features is getting to experience Artistic Director, Robert Hill and a few Orlando Ballet dancers choreograph right in front of you.

January 22 – February 10
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Culture Pop
Wednesday, January 23, 5-9pm
Maitland Art Center
This party is to celebrate the opening of the art center’s spring exhibitions.

Wine Dinner
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Terralina Crafted Italian
An exclusive 4-course dinner with wine pairings from around the globe.

Gary Farrell Wine Dinner
Thursday, January 24, 6-8pm
Highball & Harvest
A five course special dinner featuring wines from Gary Farrell Winery. Each course will be paired by exclusive wines presented by winemaker, Theresa Heredia.
$130/person. Reservations required; 407-393-4648.

Spark Glow Golf
Thursday, January 24, 7pm
Winter Park Golf Course
Get your crew out to WP9 on Park Ave to discover a cosmic golf course of LED balls, fairways and pins. This is a Spark Golf social experience you can’t miss. Open to all levels of golfers!

Coffee with Christmas Dreams
Friday, January 25, 6:30-9pm
Winter Park Farmer’s Market
Come sample the best coffees in Orlando, take a tour of our Christmas is Coming experience, a hot chocolate bar for the kids, cookie decorating, vote for your favorite coffee and more.

Friday, January 25, 8pm
Hard Rock Live Orlando
Tickets start at $33

Seafood Secrets Cooking Class
January 25, 1-3pm
Come aboard our 3rd deck rooftop and enjoy a seafood themed cooking class demonstration with Executive Chef Steve Richard. Guests will learn all of the Paddlefish Seafood Secrets.

Crash Test Dummies
Friday, January 25, 8pm
The Plaza Live
Tickets start at $86

Onesie Bar Crawl
Friday, January 25, 6pm
Take a bar crawl around downtown Orlando through various venues while sporting your favorite onesie.

Image credit: Onesie Bar Crawl

Alex Weitz Quartet
Friday, January 25, 8pm
Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
Award-winning jazz saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz brings his quartet to Orlando for the first time for a special performance at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. Alex and his ensemble are known for their exciting, memorable original compositions, strong group dynamics, and creative reinterpretations of standards.

Taste of France Cooking Class
Friday, January 25, 6-8pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden
Hands On Coooking Class with award winning Chef Susan Ytterberg where you’ll learn how to make a Crunchy Radishes with Butter & Salt, Olive Tapenade & Cheese Plate, Chicken Dijon with Thyme, Gougere Cheese Puffs and more.

Exhibition Tour: The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations
Friday, January 25, 11am
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Exhibition Tour with Gisela Carbonell, Ph.D, Curator.
FREE Admission

Florida Hospital Lady Track Shack 5K
Saturday, January 26, 7:30-10:30am
Orlando Lock Haven Park
Since 1977, thousands of mothers and daughters, sisters and friends have come together at this all-women’s 5k to celebrate women’s health and fundraise to provide early diagnosis for those in need.

6th Annual Fire in the Park Chili Cook Off to Cure
Saturday, January 26, 10am-4pm
Town Park Avalon Park

Meet the Wine Maker
Saturday, January 26, 3-4pm
VINIA Wine Bar
Join VINIA Wine bar and TUSCANY Distributors and meet Marzia Varvaglione for an intimate and educational tasting experience through Varvaglione’s highly acclaimed wines and new releases.
Advanced registration required; or call (407) 925 7485.

VIP Orlando Brewing Tour & Tasting
Saturday, January 26, 3:30-5:30pm
Orlando Brewing
an afternoon of brews and conversation with Orlando Brewing President and Founder John Cheek. We’ll get a private tour of the brewery and get to taste 4 beers with our fellow Pulptown members.
$15, Free for Pulptown Members

Wine Dinner
Saturday, January 26, 6:30-8:30pm
Terralina Crafted Italian

Terralina Crafted Italian
Outdoor patio at Terralina | Image credit: Stephanie Patterson

Marc Anthony
Sunday, January 27, 8pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $61

Parramore Farmers Market Launch
Saturday, January 26, 10am-2pm
Parramore Farmers Market Purchase locally grown produce, ready to eat food, and hand crafted artisanal products. Vendors will vary from week to week. Visit to see the current vendor list.
FREE Admission

Poses & Prosecco Boozy Brunch
Sunday, January 27, 12pm
Drive Shack Orlando
Free yoga class hosted by Sunlight Yoga from 12 – 12:50 p.m. A free glass of prosecco for the first 50 guests who attend the yoga class, provided by LaMarca.

Rumor Live
Sunday, January 27, 7pm
The Abbey
Orlando’s long awaited live Music, jazz, comedy, networking event series is back and the year’s first event will take place January 27th.

2019 Pro Bowl
Sunday, January 27, 3pm
Camping World Stadium
Tickets start at $34

Falcon Flea Pop-Up Market
Sunday, January 27, 1-5:30pm
The Falcon
The Falcon Flea Pop-Up Market is a monthly event highlighting uniquely fantastic local makers + artists.
FREE Admission

Foxen Winery Collaboration Dinner
Sunday, January 27, 6:30pm
The Ravenous Pig
Chef Kevin Fonzo will be taking over the kitchen for this multi-course dinner paired with wines from Santa Barbara’s legendary Foxen Winery.

Avalon Park Food Truck Night
Sunday, January 27, 5-8pm
Avalon Park
Head to the Avalon Park amphitheater to enjoy 13 local food trucks. Bring chairs!
FREE Admission

January 28 – 31

Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday, January 29, 7pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $22

Rooftop Yoga
Tuesday, January 29, 6:30pm
The Balcony Orlando
Come enjoy an instructor-led Yoga class while taking in beautiful views and a breath of fresh air.

Image credit: The Balcony Orlando

Emmet Cohen Trio
Tuesday, January 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Timucua Arts Foundation

Student Talks: The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations
Tuesday, January 29, 6pm
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
FREE Admission

Supper Club featuring Laurent-Perrier Champagnes
Wednesday, January 30, 7-10pm
East End Market
Head to East End Market’s APEX for an elegant evening, featuring Laurent-Perrier Champagnes paired with a gourmet 4 course dinner. Please call La Femme du Fromage at 407.571.9947 for ticket purchase!
$85 +tax and gratuities

Bubbles and Bivalves with Swirlery Wine Bar
Thursday, January 31, 6:30-8:30pm
Swirlery Wine Bar
Bubbles and Bivalves with Swirlery Wine Bar is a wine pairing experience to tickle the taste buds. Join Swirlery Wine Bar and the Pulptown team for a playful night of pairing exquisite seafood with wines grown on ancient seabed terroirs with Advanced Sommelier Melissa J. McAvoy and; DWSET /Certified Sommelier William Hendriksen.

5 Course Beer Dinner
Thursday, January 31, 5:30pm & 7:30pm
À La Cart Orlando
A beer pairing dinner featuring a great lineup from @sailfishbrewingcompany paired with five courses from À La Cart’s food trucks.
$35, pre-sale only. Purchase in person or call (407) 776-4693.

Pour Over Coffee 101: The Chemex
Thursday, January 31, 6pm
The Glass Knife
Join our talented team as they lead you through an interactive, step-by-step course on manual brewing, explain basic coffee terminology and share insights on Onyx Coffee Lab.

Tipsy Cookie & Beer Pairing
Thursday, January 31, 7pm
Orlando Brewing
Enjoy four of our 5 oz. organic beers perfectly paired with four gourmet tipsy cookies.

En La Cocina Cooking Class
Thursday, January 31, 6:30-8:30pm
Tapa Toro
Classes will feature three seasonal dishes with hands-on cooking demonstrations, as well as a complimentary tapa and dessert for a full meal.
$49/person plus gratuity


The Second City Guide to the Symphony
Saturday, February 2, 2019
2pm & 8pm
Bob Carr Theater
Hosted by Colin Mochrie,‘Whose Line Is It, Anyway?’ star, this one-of-a-kind comedy special blend original sketch comedy, new music and songs, as well as orchestral classics.
Single tickets start at $25 and student tickets start at $18.


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