Best of January: Our Favorite Orlando Events for Date Night

Best of January 2021: Our Favorite Orlando Events for Date Night

Kick off the new year with some local fun! From multiple outdoor events as part of the ongoing Frontyard Festival series at Dr. Phillips Center and Orlando Fringe’s hybrid Winter Mini Fest to trivia nights galore and a new introduction to wine course, we’ve curated this list of our favorite in-person and virtual Orlando events this month. 

Check back often as we update this listing throughout January.

January 4 – 10

Strawberry U-pick
Tuesday, January 5, 11am-4pm
Southern Hill Farms
Celebrate the winter harvest at your local farm! Enjoy picking your own farm fresh strawberries at the first ever strawberry season at Southern Hill Farms. Tickets and/or reservations are not required. Strawberry picking is first come, first served; check the farm’s Facebook or Instagram page for details.
FREE Admission; strawberries are $4/lb

Trivia Night
Tuesday, January 5, 7:30pm
Crooked Can Brewing Company
Trivia is back! Join in for craft beer, food and prizes every Tuesday night. Food and beer available for purchase.
FREE Admission

Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest
January 7-10
Outdoor and online event hosted by Orlando Fringe
With the pandemic continuing to keep performing arts venues closed or operating in a limited capacity, Orlando Fringe is producing a hybrid festival with the majority of events being broadcast online and a limited number of in-person performances, and a socially responsible hangout with fellow Fringe fans featuring screenings from select performances.
$25 – $80 for in-person seating; $10 per show for virtual shows; $75 for online access pass

The Foreigner Experience – Winter Garden
Friday, January 8, 7:30pm
Melts on Main
The Foreigner provides its guests a 5-course omakase style dinner, with an opportunity to live the inner workings of an active kitchen.

FL SMaSH Beer Festival
Saturday, January 9, 12pm
Reiter Park Longwood
With roughly 60 beers to sample, including one-offs from every brewery, there will be something to please everyone. Support local breweries and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Yuja Wang Plays Strauss
Saturday, January 9, 7:30pm
Exploria Stadium
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off 2021 with a return to Exploria Stadium alongside Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang.
Tickets start at $10

15 Days of Pom Pom’s Anniversary
Through January 9
Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria
A full fifteen days of customer appreciation promotions, highlighting the food, beverages, art, and people that make Pom Pom’s special.
Menu prices vary

Winter Park Venetian Canal Tour
Monday, January 9 and 25, 9am
Otter Paddle Orlando
Enjoy a relaxing day on the water encompassing yourself in peaceful surroundings on the beautiful Winter Park Chain of Lakes.

Central Florida Film Slam
Sunday, January 10, 1pm
Enzian Theater
Held six times a year, the Central Florida Film Slam is an unrated, independent film showcase and competition open to all regional filmmakers and students.

Disney Movie Night: Black Panther
Sunday, January 10, 6pm
Dr. Phillips Center – part of the ongoing Frontyard Festival series
Enjoy the movie outdoors as part of DPC’s ongoing Front Porch Series, where you’ll pick your own socially distant private box for up to 5 people.

Orlando events - Frontyard Festival at DPC
Image credit: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Brunch Remix
Sundays in January
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Enjoy a beachside brunch with live music each week. 
Menu prices vary

Dueling Piano Dinner Show
Sunday nights in January
Tin Roof Orlando
Enjoy a high energy, all-request Dueling Pianos show every Sunday night in the Green Room.
Menu prices vary; reservation required

January 11 – 17

Cuisine Corner with Hungry Pants
Tuesday, January 12, 7:30pm
*VIRTUAL event hosted by Orange County Library System
The owners of Hungry Pants will show you how to make their delicious Muhammara spread to spice up tons of different dishes.

Thornton Park District 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thursday, January 14, 6:30pm
Thornton Park District
Enjoy a night of art and adult libations in the Thornton Park District. The cost of admission grants you a wristband glass and a map of all the participating drink locations.

Backyard Open Mic
Thursday, January 14 and 28, 7pm
The Veranda at Thornton Park
FREE admission

Art After Dark
Fridays in January at 6pm
Lake Nona Town Center
Stroll the great restaurants and check out local art.

A Taste of the Swan and Dolphin
Saturday, January 16, 5:30pm
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Feast your way through 10 food stations and sip from 22 beverage stations from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants. This all-inclusive dining event will feature live entertainment and unlimited food and beverage tastings, including dessert selections from the hotel’s world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard. Safety protocols will be in place including reserved tables for each party. Tickets are limited.
$110 for event only tickets; room packages including two tickets available from $359

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Chili Cook Off
Saturday, January 16, 12pm
Green Acres Farm of Oviedo
Enjoy eating? Come on out to enjoy the fun! Only $5 per ticket and every attendee gets a vote. Due to the size of the farm, tickets are limited.

The Foreigner Experience at The Heavy
Saturday, January 16, 7:30pm (additional dates available)
The Heavy
The Foreigner provides its guests a 5-course omakase style dinner, with an opportunity to live the inner workings of an active kitchen.

Weekends at the Winery
Saturdays and Sundays through February, noon-4pm
Lakeridge Winery
Come out and enjoy the expansive vineyard green, including delicious food, live entertainment, food trucks, and of course your favorite Lakeridge wines by the glass at the outdoor bar.
FREE Admission

Orlando events - Weekends at the Winery at Lakeridge Winery
Image credit: Lakeridge Winery

Pets on the Promenade
Sunday, January 17, noon-3pm
Promenade at Sunset Walk
Partake in a day of furry friend fun with activities for you and your pet! Activities include pet & family portraits with Valentine’s Day backdrops, live music, “yappy hour” food and drink specials at select participating restaurants and more.
FREE Admission; photo packages from $25

Bazaar Botanica
Sunday, January 17, 1-6pm
1300 Alden Road
Bazaar Botanica in this celebration of with 30+ local tiny businesses! BB known for it’s community of creators, that all support each other. We encourage and share ideas, spreading awareness of small entrepreneurship and community building through the arts!

Disney Movie Night: Lion King
Sunday, January 17, 6pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – part of the ongoing Frontyard Festival series
A dash of magic comes to downtown Orlando nearly every Sunday evening through May, as Dr. Phillips Center presents Disney Movie Night—classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library.

January 18 – 24

En La Mesa with Wendy
Wednesday, January 20, 7pm
Reyes Mezcaleria
Your ticket includes a welcome cocktail, a six-course menu, and a highlight of our craft beer Mi Llorona, which was a collab released this week with local Baldwin Park brewery Tactical Brewing Co.

Yoga Under the Stars
Friday, January 22, 7pm
Orlando Brewing
Yoga Under the Stars starts at 7 PM. This class is taught by Sarah Burnett, aka ACROSARAH and each ticket includes a 16 oz. Orlando Brewing beer of your choice.

TPD Thursday Night Market
Thursdays from 6-10pm
*Outdoor event
Thornton Park District
A family and dog-friendly weekly outdoor market with local vendors, food trucks, outdoor seating and adult libations. Located by World of Beer in the Osceola Circle.
FREE Admission

Artisan Pizza Class
Saturday, January 23, 4pm
Orlando Brewing 
You’ll learn to make pizza dough from scratch, stretch and shape it into rounds, and top it with the flavors of Italy. 

A Night of Stand-Up
Saturday, January 23, 8pm
Theater West End
Orlando comedians (Rauce Padgett, Heather Shaw, Jake Ricca, and Christophe Jean) stage a benefit to spread some laughs!
Tables for 2 – $50

Duck and Drake Supper Club
Saturday, January 23, Multiple Times
Duck and Drake Kitchen
A casually elegant dining series, exploring the cuisines and wine producing regions of the world. Great for the whole family.

Washington Street Outdoor Night Market
Saturday, January 23, 5pm
The Falcon
The Washington Street Holiday Night Market is an outdoor event highlighting uniquely fantastic local makers + artists.
FREE Admission

Fernwood String Quartet
Saturday, January 23, 7 and 9pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The international musicians of the Fernwood String Quartet perform a program of world-premieres by acclaimed composers working in Central Florida.
$35 single ticket; $140 for a table for four people

Intro to Wine Course
Saturday, January 23, 1:30pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden
Discover Kcuvée’s unique wine tasting model. Use all five senses to better understand wine and your own preferences. Through this course, you will gain all the tools you need to start your wine journey and enjoy the themed tastings. 

Image credit: Kcuvee via Facebook

Pompeii: The Immortal City
Through January 24
Orlando Science Center
This remarkable exhibit is coming to the Science Center for a limited run. Orlando will be one of only three sites in the United States to host Pompeii: The Immortal City. Through artwork, interactive mechanical devices, and multimedia experiences, you will embark on a journey through time into the daily life of a first-century Roman town.

January 25 – 31

Sankofa! Cooking Class
Monday, January 25, 2pm
DaJen Eats
Save the date for this cooking class with Chef Jenn. Part of the 32nd annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.
Tickets on sale soon

Diversitastic Dining
Wednesday, January 27, 7pm
Tornatore’s Italian Restaurant
Join us at Tornatore’s Italian Restaurant with live entertainment by Opera Orlando and demonstrations from Chef Denny Tornatore. Watch how everything is made from scratch – from the pasta to the fresh mozzarella.

A Class Act
Winter Garden Theater
January 27-February 7
Garden Theatre’s production of A Class Act will feature live music as a cast of eight actors and musicians tell the story of Ed Kleban’s life.

Wine Regions of the World
Thursday, January 28, 5:30pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden
Travel to Kcuvée’s favorite wine regions of the world! Discover new and classic grape varieties and indulge your senses in this wine course. During this course, you will taste five different wines and will be given a printed study guide where you will be able to take notes.

Nerd Nite Mash-up: Miami + Orlando
Thursday, January 28, 7:30-9pm
*VIRTUAL EVENT hosted by Nerd Nite Orlando and Nerd Nite Miami
Special Nerd Nite featuring 3 Florida Nerd Bosses from Nerd Nite Miami and Nerd Nite Orlando. Grab a beer and join in for a Nerd Nite you can enjoy in your sweatpants on your couch.
FREE Admission

SubRosa Pop Up: Chent’annos
January 28-January 30
Winter Park
This is part of our Travel series and we will be going to Sardinia, Italy. We chose this beautiful Island because it was first to be named a Blue Zone that boasts one of the worlds largest population of centenarians.

Hansel and Gretel
January 29 – 31
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Enjoy a socially distanced opera presentation of the classic, Hansel and Gretal.
Starting at $35

Bonsai for Fun
Saturday, January 30, 9:30am
Leu Gardens
Come learn the creative ways to own all the trees you love and be able to grow them in small spaces.  You will receive a pre-bonsai tree and pot, and then shown ways to create and maintain your own bonsai.

3rd Annual Sip ‘n Savor at ICON Park
Saturday, January 30, noon-5pm
Enjoy entertainment on The Lawn, mouthwatering food samples of select tenants’ famous dishes, and cold beverages from The Lawn Bar. Participating food vendors include Tapa Toro, Ole Red, Tin Roof, Outback Steakhouse and Sugar Factory. All guests who purchase food samples will receive a special discount to ride The Wheel for 50 percent off during event hours.
FREE Admission; food sample prices vary

Image credit: ICON Park

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents: Gershwin!
Saturday, January 30, 3:30 and 7:30pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – part of the ongoing outdoor Frontyard Festival series
This wonderful program features An American in Paris, plus a pair of virtuoso turns as Kevin Cole – hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “today’s leading piano interpreter of music by George Gershwin” – performs Rhapsody in Blue and Orlando Philharmonic’s own Rimma Bergeron-Langlois is the soloist for Fantasy on Porgy & Bess.

ZORA! Festival Drive-in Movie: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
Saturday, January 30, 6:15pm; doors open at 5pm
Eatonville Lot on Kennedy Blvd. (100 E Kennedy Blvd.)
Pop-up, drive-in movie experience in partnership with Enzian Theater as past of the 32nd annual ZORA! ® Festival.
$15 per car

ZORA! Festival Drive-in Movie: The Best Man
Saturday, January 30, 9:45pm; doors open at 8:45pm
Eatonville Lot on Kennedy Blvd. (100 E Kennedy Blvd.)
Pop-up, drive-in movie experience in partnership with Enzian Theater as past of the 32nd annual ZORA! ® Festival.
$15 per car

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