Fall Arts Preview: 40+ Orlando Art Events for Date Night this Fall

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The fall season is great for dates that incorporate some of our local art and culture venues. The weather is getting cooler, and our local theatres and museums have filled up their calendar with a variety of ways to spend your next date night. From musicals to the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival and performances by the Orlando Ballet, we've compiled the best Orlando art events for the upcoming fall months.

We’re excited to share the best of our city’s artistic side in this NEW seasonal series highlighting the Orlando arts. We hope you enjoy it!


Ragtime the Musical
Through September 22
Garden Theatre

Le Salon 2019
Exhibition on display through September 28
Snap! Space, 1013 E Colonial Dr

Through October 6
Orlando Shakes

Evita Musical. Image Credit: Orlando Shakes

Modus Operandi: Photography from the BNY Mellon Collection and Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards
Exhibitions on display through October 27
Orlando Museum of Art

1st Thursdays: Eclectic Knights XI
Thursday, September 5, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art

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

Next to Normal
Presented by CFCArts Theatre
September 6-22
CFCArts Black Box Theatre

National Theatre Live: All About Eve
Saturday, September 7, 11am
Enzian Theater

Seasons The Musical
September 11–21
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center

WPI Speaker Series: Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein
Global Challenges to Human Rights Today
Tuesday, September 17, 7pm
Tiedtke Concert Hall

Art House Theater Day: Putney Swope
Wednesday, September 18, 9:30pm
Enzian Theater

Pride and Prejudice
September 18 – October 13
Mad Cow Theatre

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
Thursday, September 19, 6-9pm
Downtown Arts District

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop

Lights Up! The Improvised Rock Opera!
Thursday, September 19, 9pm
Sak Comedy Lab

WDPAC Repertory presents Footloose
September 20-29
Wayne Densche Performing Arts Center, Sanford

Smithsonian magazine Museum Day
Saturday, September 21
Multiple participating Central Florida galleries and cultural institutions

Ballet on the Big Screen: Don Quixote
Saturday, September 21, 11am
Enzian Theater

Ut Pictura Poesis: Walt Whitman and the Poetry of Art
September 21 – December 29
Other exhibitions include The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations, African American Art in the 20th Century, and At Leisure: Images of Repose from the Permanent Collection. Enjoy a special highlights tour of the gallery on September 21 at 1pm.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum

The Humans
September 27 – October 5
Annie Russell Theatre, Rollins College

Annie Russell Theate 2019/20 Season
Annie Russell Theatre | Image credit: Rollins College

The Addams Family: a New Musical
Presented by Osceola Arts
September 27 – October 13
Osceola Arts Main Theater

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Opening Night with Branford and Boléro
Saturday, September 28, 8pm
Bob Carr Theater


1st Thursdays: Hollywood Horror!
Thursday, October 3, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Woodstock 50th Anniversary with Jeans ‘n Classics
Saturday, October 5, 2 & 8pm
Bob Carr Theater

Purple Madness: Tribute to Prince
Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm
Wayne Densche Performing Arts Center, Sanford

Image credit: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center

Sunday, October 6, 1pm

Orlando Ballet Uncorked at The Abbey
Tuesday, October 8, 7pm
The Abbey

October 9 – 24
Orlando Shakes

Russian Ballet Orlando Presents Coppélia
October 10
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Presented by The CFCArts Theatre
October 11 – November 3
CFCArts Black Box Theatre

CITY UNSEEN 2.0: The [AR]t Experience Continues
Friday, October 11, 7-10pm
Snap! Space
Snap! Orlando presents ‘CITY UNSEEN 2.0: The [AR]t Experience Continues,’ the innovative ongoing Augmented Reality art project, with virtual public art installations, and in gallery experiences. Year two features new [AR] activated and interactive gallery experiences at Snap! Space.
FREE Admission

October 11 – 27
Garden Theatre

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
Thursday, October 17, 6-9pm
Downtown Arts District

WPI Speaker Series: Jose Antonio Vargas
The Changing Landscape of Immigration, Travel, and America
Thursday, October 17, 7pm
Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Friday, October 18, 8pm
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center

Immerse 2019
October 18-19
Downtown Orlando

Orlando Art
Image credit: Creative City Project

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Handel & Brahms
Monday, October 21, 7pm
The Plaza Live

Handel & Brahms
Monday, October 21, 7pm
The Plaza Live
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2019-2020 Focus Series with Handel & Brahms. The concert will feature returning soprano Awet Andemicael, as she joins forces with Music Director Eric Jacobsen to bring to life musical depictions of female African characters including Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba.
$14.60 – $54

Les Misérables
October 22–27
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center

Image credit: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center
with Special Guest Nikki Yanofsky
October 24 & 25
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center

A Hero’s Journey
Presented by CFCArts Symphony Orchestra
October 25 & 26
Calvary Orlando

October 25 – November 3
Presented by Osceola Arts

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Beethoven’s 5th
October 26, 8pm
Bob Carr Theater

National Theatre Live: Fleabag
Sunday, October 27, 11am
Enzian Theater

The Rat Pack Undead
October 30-31
Presented by Osceola Arts

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Thursday, October 31, 9pm
Wayne Densche Performing Arts Center, Sanford

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience: Interactive Movie Series
Thursday, October 31, 10pm
Garden Theatre

Orlando Ballet's Vampire's Ball
October 31 – November 3
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center


PlayFest 2019
November 1-9
Orlando Shakes

Phantasmagoria X: Reckoning
Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Wayne Densche Performing Arts Center, Sanford

1st Thursdays: Leave No Sight Unseen
Thursday, November 7, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art

PechaKucha Night Orlando v27
November 8, 6 & 9pm
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center

Image credit: PechaKucha Orlando

Leading Ladies: Encores
Presented The CFCArts Community Choir
November 8, 6:30 pm and 8:15 pm
Calvary Orlando

Mister Rogers: The Musician
November 8 & 9, times vary
Tiedtke Concert Hall

Escape to Margaritaville: The Jimmy Buffett Musical
November 12–17
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
Thursday, November 14, 6-9pm
Downtown Arts District

Insights & Sounds: Bach’s Moravian Music Heritage
Thursday, November 14, 7pm
Tiedtke Concert Hall
See all Bach Festival events here

Private Lies: Improvised Film Noir
November 15 – 23
Annie Russell Theatre, Rollins College

Inside the Score: Symphonie Fantastique
Sunday, November 17, 3pm
Bob Carr Theater

WPI Speaker Series: Annika Sorenstam
Journey from Hall of Fame Golfer to Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
November 18, 7pm
Bush Auditorium, Bush Science Center
See all WPI Speaker Series events in the 2019/2020 Season here

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas
November 22 – December 22
Garden Theatre

Garden Theatre in Winter Garden
Image credit: Garden Theater / Kirk Marsh

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Bach & Beyond
Monday, November 25, 7pm
The Plaza Live

National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy
Saturday, November 30, 11am

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Home for the Holidays
Saturday, November 30, 2 & 8pm
Bob Carr Theater

For even more artsy ideas, check out our September Workshops and Classes for Couples and Girls’ Night.

Disclosure: Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic, Historic Downtown Sanford and Orlando Shakes are some of our valued advertising partners.

Feature image credit: IMMERSE | Photo by John David Harris


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