40+ Best Things to do in Orlando in January: Events and More!

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OUR MONTHLY GUIDE TO THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO FOR DATE NIGHT


There are so many fun events happening in the City Beautiful. Enjoy the cooler weather at a market, try an art class or explore the foodie scene. 2023 is here and Valentine's Day is coming up!

There’s a lot on our curated guide of things to do in Orlando, so keep scrolling! It starts with event highlights for things to do this week, followed by our top picks for things to do in Orlando for the rest of the month. You'll also find an ongoing events section for even more ideas.

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Road Trip: Events in Tampa Bay this month

Planning to head to Tampa this month? Here's a guide to the best Tampa Bay events this month from Tampa Bay Date Night Guide. If you're planning to bring the kids, check out this guide to family-friendly events and activities in Tampa Bay from our sister publication Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.


Featured Events 

Music & Mimosas at The Space Bar

Every Saturday from Noon to 4pm
A midday party that soars! Live music is a pretty good time just about anywhere. And when live music is taking place on the roof at The Space Bar overlooking Kennedy Space Center, the excitement is ratcheted up a few parsecs.

Be there for all the fun on Saturday afternoons, from 1-4pm. While you’re taking in the tunes, you can kick back with $5 Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s from 12-2pm. 

 

Exist Experience

February 3, 7pm or 8:30pm
Your next adventure is calling! Don't miss your chance to experience something new. One day only the Exist Experience is coming to Orlando February 3rd! An entertaining movement based practice that blends technology & consciousness. Fully immerse & dance your way to personal transformation!

 

Paws in the Park

February 11, 10am to 4pm
Head out to Paws in the Park – Orlando's Largest Pet Festival! Your support will help Pet Alliance save over 4,000 dogs and cats this year by providing shelter, care and love until they find their forever home. There is no cost to attend the event, but doggie activities like Dock Diving and Lure Courses are available for a donation to the organization. Human activities include a Beer Garden, Food Trucks, and a Vendor Marketplace.


January 23 – 31, 2023 Things to Do / Events This Week in Orlando

Wicked 
January 25 – February 12, 1pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm and 8pm
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center
Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angle.

READ MORE: How to Have an Unforgettable Night at Dr. Phillips Center

Bird Call: An APGD Celebration
Thursday, January 26, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Audubon Park Alley No. 3 (between Redlight Redlight and Audubon Park K-8)
Play games (giant Jenga and corn hole available), listen and dance to music by DJ Nigel John, eats and drinks

Celeb Kara00ke with Joey Fatone & Ryan Cabrera
Thursday, January 26, 8pm
GILT Concert Venue 740 Bennett Rd
This will be far from your average karaoke experience, This I Promise You. Not only will you have the chance to jam out with Joey & Ryan up on stage, but you’ll be performing with a full live band who’s got your back in making you feel like a true popstar.

Faded Kingdom Beer Fest
Saturday, January 28, 1pm – 5pm
Lake Eola in downtown Orlando
A celebration of craft beer in Orlando and around the country
$50 – $75

Swans at Lake Eola Park Orlando
Swans at Lake Eola Park Orlando – Jodi Caballero

Florida SMaSH Beer Festival
Saturday, January 28, 1pm – 5pm
Reiter Park, Longwood
Each brewery must concoct a beer made from the same single malt and single hop. Proceeds of the SMaSH festival are donated to A Spoon Full of Hope a product of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
$40 – $80

Ivanhoe Village Clean Up with Keep Orlando Beautiful
Saturday, January 28, 9am – 11am
Ivanhoe Village
Keep Orlando Beautiful supplies the trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves, traffic vests and water.
Volunteer opportunity

Kaya Grand Opening + Filipino Freedom
Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2pm – 6pm
Kaya Orlando – Mills 50 Area
More details TBA

PLAN AHEAD: Valentine's Day Events in Orlando 2023

 

Things to Do in Orlando February 2023

50+ Ideas for Valentine's Day

Black History Month Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, February 2, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Orlando City Hall
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill and District 6 City Commissioner Bakari F. Burns invite you to the opening reception of the City of Orlando's Black History Month Art Exhibition
FREE (advance registration on website)

Opening Reception for (Un)Common Form
Friday, February 3,  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Art & History Museums – Maitland
Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition with music, a food truck, and the artists on our beautiful National Historic Landmark campus
$10

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
February 4 – April 16, 2023
Universal Orlando
The parades and beads are back. The concerts are back with incredible performers including Khalid, Marshmello, Jason Derulo and more. And every day and night you can enjoy lip-smacking foods from New Orleans as well as mouth-watering dishes inspired by tastes from around the world.
Included with theme park admission; food and beverage extra

RELATED: How to Have an Epic Date at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023

Heart Skate Benefit
Friday, February 3, 6pm – 11pm
Lake Nona Wave Hotel
Roll around in style on a roller skating rink in the Lake Nona Wave Hotel garage while supporting the American Heart Association. Will feature a celebrity guest DJ as well as other live entertainment and a cash bar.
$25 (VIP $100)

Movie Night at Leu Gardens: Mr. Deed Goes to Town
Friday, February 3, 7:30pm
Leu Gardens
Enjoy an outdoor movie in Orlando’s most beautiful garden. Pack a dinner picnic basket and seating, alcohol is permitted.
Cost: $7 adult, $5 child (4-17 years of age), plus tax and online fees.
Tickets available online starting January 30, 2023 until capacity is reached

READ MORE: Guide to Year-Round Outdoor Movies in Orlando

SPRING WINE WALK
Saturday, February 4, 2pm – 5pm
Bok Tower Gardens
Sip, sample and stroll through the Gardens while sampling 12 wines from exciting Old World destinations including France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Ticket includes wine samples, nibbles at each stop and a souvenir tasting cup.
$40 – $55

A Day Trip Date to Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens – Stephanie Patterson

 

“Brunch on the Farm”
Saturday, February 4, 9am – 1pm
Lake Meadow Naturals Farm
Explore the grounds, visit with loving farm animals, take advantage of weekly specials, and grab some brunch

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Sunday, February 5, 7:30pm
Amway Center, 400 West Church Street
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band kick off their 2023 international tour with 31 performances across the United States kicking off at the Amway Center in Orlando. The shows mark Springsteen and The E Street Band's first tour dates since February 2017 and their first in North America since September 2016.
Tickets from $150.

City of Orlando’s Black History Month Signature Event
Wednesday, February 8, 6 – 8:30pm
Camping World Stadium, West Lounge, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando
Celebrating the remarkable contributions and positive influence of Black Americans in the Central Florida community. This free event will also include a keynote address from Jasmine Burney-Clark, Founder of Equal Ground Education Fund and Action Fund, the City of Orlando’s Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome, live entertainment by local performers, music by DJ Dalastmo, and delicious food!
Free parking is provided via Gate E entrance on South Tampa Avenue.
FREE (advance registration on website)

50+ Ideas for Valentine's Day

Moulin Rouge® The Ballet
February 9th – 12th, 2pm & 7:30pm
Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center
Step into the romantic world as Jorden Morris’ original work, Moulin Rouge®The Ballet returns for a full staging. Originally presented in Orlando in 2020, a full 40 minutes has been restored so audiences can revel in the glory of the Bohemian nightlife.
Tickets from: $29

Sip & Shop – Valentine's Edition with Singles Mixer
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Oviedo Mall
Celebrate the season of love! Enjoy live entertainment, special discounts, a food and wine stroll.
Single and ready to mingle? Join other singles in our designated “singles mixer” locations including an LGBTQ+ mixer!
FREE

READ MORE: Valentine's Day Events in Orlando 2023

Oviedo Night Market
Friday, February 10, 5 – 10pm
Oviedo Brewing Company, 1280 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo
Come and support your small local businesses! Looking for something fun to do for date night? Or a family outing to enjoy the cooler weather! We are excited to bring back our Night Farmer's Market at the Oviedo Brewing Company! Featuring fresh local variety of produce as well as craft items, ready-to-eat food, and more. Come join us for a fun evening outdoors as we enjoy craft brew & local flavors under the evening stars!
FREE

Paws in the Park 2023
Saturday, February 11, 10am – 4pm
Lake Eola Park
Festivities include: a pet costume contest, activities for big and small dogs, photo stations, vendor marketplace, food trucks & more!
FREE (advance registration for pet costume contest)

Live at Timucua: April Brown & the After 5 Band
 Tickets $12.50+

Run For the Woods 5
Sunday, February 12, 6:30am – 1pm
Bear Pond Trailhead
The Friends of Seminole State Forest, LLC, will host the 5th Annual Seminole State Forest Run for the Woods on February 12.
Details and sign-up information can be found at runforthewoods.org. Proceeds from the event benefit improvements of our forest for the public.
Tickets from $50.

Tipsy Books & Brews by Writer's Block Bookstore
Sunday, February 12, 11:30am – 3:30pm
Three Odd Guys Brewing, 48 E. 5th St., Apopka
Join us for an adult book fair and shop for new books while enjoying your favorite beer! There will be food, drinks, sweets, prizes and more. 
$10, includes 5 raffle tickets!

Encore! Performing Arts Presents: Sordid Lives
February 16 – 18, 8pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, 445 South Magnolia Avenue
Chaos erupts in a small town after the unexpected and scandalous death of an upstanding, Christian woman. The three dysfunctional generations of the woman’s surviving family collide as they come together for her funeral. 
Tickets from $25.

AdventHealth Pump House 8 Miler & 5K
Saturday, February 18, 7:30am
Magnolia Park, Apopka
Run to the historic Lake Apopka Pump House and back! The 8 miler is a scenic hard packed trail run along the Lake Apopka Northshore from Magnolia Park in Apopka to the pump house and back. The 5K run is an an out and back run on the Lake Apopka Trail. 
Tickets from $39.

Home State Brewing 1st Anniversary
Saturday, February 18, 1pm
16016 New Independence Pkwy #100, Winter Garden
Special bottle release, Brewery tours, Games & activities, a Live band & More!
FREE

Carnaval at Lake Nona Town Center
Saturday, February 18, 5 – 10pm
6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd
Save the date for a Rio-styled block party in Lake Nona Town Center featuring authentic food vendors, Samba dancers, live music, and so much more!
$10

9th Annual Sanford Mardi Gras Street Party
Saturday, February 18, 4 – 9pm
Historic Downtown Sanford
The parade starts on 6th Street and Sanford Avenue. Gathering starts at 3:30pm and then at 4pm Sashay your way down Sanford Avenue all the way down to West End Trading Co.
Festivities include live music, dancers, artists, food trucks, live music and tons of craft beer & cocktails to be had!
Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels.
FREE 

Saturday, February 18, 9am to 3pm
Orlando Wetlands Park
Enjoy a free event for all ages, explore environmental exhibits, guided hikes and tours, live animals and presentations, demonstration trucks and equipment, kids’ activities, native plant give-away, door prizes and more
FREE (advance registration helps in case capacity is reached)

Bert Kreischer: Tops Off World Tour
Saturday, February 18, 7pm
Amway Center 
Renowned comedian, podcast host, and author
Tickets from $40

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party
Tuesday, February 21, 5 – 10pm
Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen, 2203 Aloma Ave Winter Park
Featuring HAPPY HOUR all day! Outdoor tent party from 5-10pm, a rotating DJ & Band, a King Cake, Limited time Mardi Gras foods, and more!
FREE

6th Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival
Saturday, February 25, 11am – 7:45pm
Park on Park: 800 S Park Avenue Sanford
This family and pet-friendly festival operates on good vibes and good neighbors, where everyone plays a part in the magic. While free to attend, please donate to support the cause.

Sanford Porchfest, photo by Benevolence Photography

Sight & Sole Walkfest
Saturday, February 25 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Crane’s Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs
Registration will open January 16

Scavenger Hunt – Benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida
Saturday, February 25, 12:30pm – 5pm
Ember Downtown Orlando
Join Key Initiative Young Professionals Committee for a Scavenger Hunt throughout downtown Orlando to benefit the thousands of families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida each year.
Rally your friends, family, or team build with your co-workers and form a team of up to six people, then put your detective skills to the test!

Sarah McLachlan
Saturday, February 25, 8pm
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave
An Intimate Evening of Songs and Storytelling with Vanessa Freebairn-Smith
Tickets from $50.

Pretty Woman: The Musical
February 28th – March 5th (8 Showtimes)
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave
Based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), and featuring an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ‘69,” “Heaven”). 
Tickets from $45.

 

More Ideas: Ongoing Orlando Events

“6 Guitars”
January 6 – 29
Renaissance Theater Company – 415 E. Princeton Street, Orlando
6 Guitars is a blend of music, comedy and character. Chase Padgett becomes six different characters each representing a different musical genre: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country, all while masterfully playing guitar.
$30

Farmer's Harvest Dinner Series
February 24, March 24, April 28 – 6pm to 9pm
Southern Hill Farms
Adult-exclusive, memorable night on the farm with live music and a curated dinner and dessert menu made with fresh, locally-grown ingredients prepared by chefs Sharon Brenner from the Rosalind Club and Bill Baxter from Sugar Grove Catering.
$150 per person

Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Every second Thursday of the month (January 12, February 9, March 9, etc)
Veranda Thornton Park
For only $10 (Pre-sale) you get a wristband, map and a glass with more than 20 places to stop for a drink
$10  / $15 at door

Orlando Local Makers Pop Up Markets
Most Fridays and Saturdays
20+ local makers in the delightful backyard of The House on Lang in the Mills 50 neighborhood

Bazaar Botanica Markets
Third Sunday of each month, 1pm – 6pm
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
30+ Artisan Vendors ; And hundreds of products to shop. Plants, Vintage, art, handmade, oddities, and more.
Live and Local performers & entertainment
FREE Admission

Movie Mondays
A La Cart Orlando
Monday nights, 7pm or sunset (whichever comes first)
Enjoy a FREE outdoor movie every Monday evening while enjoying food for purchase from the resident food trucks. Sign up for A La Cart's email list to find out which movies are playing each week.
FREE Admission

Tasty Takeover in The Milk District
Tuesdays from 6:30-10pm
The Milk District – E. Robinson St
THE food truck block party in Orlando! Find it in The Milk District every Tuesday night behind the bars and shops of E. Robinson St.
FREE Admission

RELATED: How to Have an Orlando Food Truck Date

Piano Bar Show at Jewel
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights
Jewel Orlando
Dueling Piano players take the stage for a fun night of song requests and sing-alongs! Call (321) 444-5306 after 5pm to get your password for speakeasy entry.
FREE admission with password

Image credit: Jewel Orlando

Weekends at the Winery
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 5pm
Lakeridge Winery
Head to this Central Florida winery's expansive vineyard green each weekend for delicious food, live entertainment, complimentary wine tastings/tours, and Lakeridge wines by the glass at the outdoor bar.
FREE admission

Check out multiple Farmers' Markets around Orlando every weekend.

Saturday Exhibition Highlights Docent-Led Tour
Every Saturday, 1pm – 2pm
Rollins Museum of Art
Docent-led tours of highlighted works from the season’s exhibitions at the Rollins Museum of Art.
FREE

Painting With Primates
Chase Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservatory (Webster, FL)
Most Sundays, 10am
A memorable morning surrounded by some incredible endangered species. Lemurs and a local artist will help you paint a chosen picture on a canvass while sitting amongst the grandfather oaks that reside in a 5 acre open habitat. All materials will be included. This consists of paint, the canvass, easel, and brushes. Each participant will leave with their own work of art.
All participants must be 13 and over when painting with adult only.
Class lasts 2-3 hours in total
$75

Beauty And The Beast Cocktail Experience
December 14 – February 22, 2023
The Oliv Bar
Across 90 minutes you will create two bespoke themed cocktails, solve riddles and challenges to lift the curse, and much, much more! Tickets include entry, theatrics, 2x bespoke cocktails, and a sweet treat.
$47

New Dinner Show: Country Nights Live
Sneak Peak Performances: February 2 – 25, 2023
Presented by Orlando Dinner Entertainment – the creator of Pirates Dinner Adventure – Country Nights Live was created with families in mind. Featuring live music, dancing, and food.
Feb. 2 to Feb. 25, guests can get an exclusive look at the new show during sneak peek performances.
During this time, tickets are available for 50 percent off. Use code CNL502023 at checkout.

 

2023 Highlights

Get those date ideas rolling with these great events in Orlando in 2023.

Take your pick of the endless options: a stellar concert lineup, Broadway shows, festivals to delight foodies, theme park happenings, sporting events, and so much more. 

RELATED: Best New Restaurants and Experiences for Couples in 2023

The Great American Orchestra Series in Steinmetz Hall:

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Riccardo Muti, conductor

HORIZON WEST FEST 2023
Saturday, March 4, 11am – 5pm
Horizon West Town Center
Music, Stage Performances, Local Fare, Kids Games & Activities, a Scavenger Hunt and Loads of microlocal Vendors.
FREE

Blake Shelton with Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean
Saturday, March 4, 7pm
Tickets from $55

The Important Problem: A Social Justice Opera
Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, 7pm
Timucua Arts Foundation
The Important Problem is a Social Justice Opera funded by the State of Florida Arts and Culture department through their grant rewards. The opera is set in a subway with 4 victims who represent political/social issues and 2 main characters who represent two different interpretations of the law.

Shen Yun 2023
March 16–19, 2023, 2pm and 7:30pm
Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips
Revisit a time when scholars and artists sought harmony with the Tao, or the “Way” of the universe, and when divine beings walked upon the earth to inspire humanity.
Tickets from $80
All attendees must be over the age of 4

Megacon Orlando
March 30 – April 2, 2023
Orange County Convention Center
4 Days of events celebrating TV, film, comic books and more
Single day and multiday passes available: $28 – $169

Something Rotten!
April 21 – May 21, 2023
Garden Theatre – Winter Garden
Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are writing their way through the Renaissance, but are stuck in the shadow of famed playwright William Shakespeare. Sick and tired of failure, Nick visits a less-than-reputable soothsayer, who predicts that musicals will be the next big thing in theatre.
Only Season Ticket Packages are currently available

Dreamgirls
July 7 – August 6, 2023
Garden Theatre – Winter Garden
Meet the Dreams: Effie, Lorrell, and Deena, three young and talented African-American singers in the revolutionary 1960s. Dreamgirls will take you on a journey as the three friends embark on a musical roller coaster through the ruthless world of show business.
Only Season Ticket Packages are currently available

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