40+ Best Things to do in Orlando in October: 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 sunshine at a market, try an art class or explore the foodie scene. Fall is in full swing, at least Florida's version of it, with Oktoberfest events and Halloween date ideas filling up the month of October.

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.

Check back often as we add more Orlando events to this listing throughout the month.

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This guide is updated throughout the month. 
Scroll down for a look ahead to the big events of 2022

IMPORTANT NOTE – Following Hurricane Ian some venues are temporarily closed or open with modified operations as they recover from the effects. We encourage you to view each event and venue's website and social media channels for updates.


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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.

Save the Date!

Curated Experiences at Grande Lakes Orlando
Friday – Sunday, October 7 – 9
Grande Lakes Orlando Resort
Curated Experiences is an exclusive weekend hosted by The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. Guests will take part in exceptional culinary experiences from award-winning and globally recognized chefs along with a thorough immersion into the unparalleled services, amenities, and entertainment of Grande Lakes Orlando

First Friday Wine, Cheese and Shop AND Outdoor Market
October 7, 5-8 p.m.
The Old Red Barn of Geneva has recovered from the hurricane and are looking forward to a return to normalcy! Come out for some wine, good food, music, and a great sale. They will be having an outdoor market in addition to their normal first Fridays. There will be many things on sale so don't miss it!

Vintage Outdoor Market at the Old Red Barn of Geneva
October 8, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Old Red Barn of Geneva will be having a Vintage Outdoor Market with lots of treasures on sale. This is one not to miss!

Orlando's Famous Halloween Costume Party – A Nightmare on Church Street to Benefit Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation
Saturday, October 22, 8pm – 1am
Cheyenne Saloon/ Church Street
After 20 Years, Orlando's Famous Halloween Costume Party Returns – “A Nightmare on Church Street” to Downtown's Historic Cheyenne Saloon. Join them for a wicked fun evening with All-inclusive food and drinks with tastings from some of Orlando's best restaurants and bars. Dance to live music from DJ Chino and the Rock Band NFusion! Show off your best costumes for their Halloween costume contest with BIG cash prizes from several categories. An amazing Halloween experience while raising awareness and funds benefiting Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation (501c3) -Local Charity! All Tickets are All-Inclusive including “Unlimited Tastings” from vendors at the event, lite bites, craft beers, wine, specialty cocktails, soda, water, live music and entertainment, admission into the costume contest, access to silent auction, and fun photo booths.
*MUST BE 21 AND OLDER TO PURCHASE TICKET & ATTEND EVENT!
Interested in becoming a Vendor or a Sponsor please contact: tracy@redfoxpromo.com / 407-616-8859
A Nightmare on Church Street

Fall Carnival!
October 29, 9:30 a.m.
Come on out to The Old Red Barn of Geneva for a good, old fashioned carnival! There will be several booths with prizes, a dunk tank, great food and much more. There is no cost for this event (except for the coin toss) so bring the kids and prepare to have some fun!


 

October 3-9, 2022 Things to Do / Events in Orlando

First Friday Wine, Cheese and Shop AND Outdoor Market
Friday, October 7, 5-8 p.m.
The Old Red Barn of Geneva has recovered from the hurricane and are looking forward to a return to normalcy! Come out for some wine, good food, music, and a great sale. They will be having an outdoor market in addition to their normal first Fridays. There will be many things on sale so don't miss it!

Opening Reception for In Between: Painting the Post Immigrant Experience
Friday, October 7, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Maitland Art Center
Be among the first to have an art experience like no other in Central Florida! You can explore the beautifully lit grounds of A&H’s National Historic Landmark campus while you enjoy Latin beats by DJ Nigel John, food by The Gnarly Cuban, and a bar.
$10 (free for members)

Vintage Outdoor Market at the Old Red Barn of Geneva
Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Old Red Barn of Geneva will be having a Vintage Outdoor Market with lots of treasures on sale. This is one not to miss!

Airplay Presented by Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center
NEW OPENING DATE October 8-30, 2022
Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Experience art like never before: Giant, immersive, and… inflatable. Journey through the UK’s “Architects of Air”, a massive, inflatable architectural walkthrough experience of color, light and shape. Adventure through a giant, inflatable garden. Meet larger-than-life inflatable characters.
$20 – timed entry reservation required

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights
September 2 – October 31, 2022
Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights brings together terrifying haunted houses, sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment and some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions.
Ticket prices vary; *NOT included with theme park admission; separate tickets required

RELATED: How to Plan an Epic Halloween Horror Nights Date Night

407 Food Fair – Spooktoberfest
Saturday, October 8, 12pm – 6pm
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
FREE – Food and beverage for purchase

Oktoberfest Celebration
Saturday, October 8, 5pm – 8pm
Avalon Park
Free Bounce Park, Community Performances, Beer Garden, and More
FREE

Apopka Oktoberfest and Craft Show
Saturday, October 8, 2022 11am – 4pm
Kit Land Nelson Park
Shop with 90 vendors while you eat from 15 Amazing local food trucks.
Live DJ and kids area
FREE

MORE: Oktoberfest events in Orlando

Monthly FilmSlam
Sunday, October 9, 2pm
Orlando Museum of Art
This month's selection will not be suitable for children
FilmSlam has been a favorite of Florida's independent filmmakers since 2004 and continues to be a very popular screening series and networking community for independent and student filmmakers of all skill levels
$11

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October 10-16, 2022 Things to Do / Events in Orlando

Pumpkin Paint Party
Tuesday, October 11, 7pm – 8:30pm
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Join us for a Pumpkin Paint Party for Adults – pumpkins and paint are supplied
Tickets on sale September 1st. Space is limited.

Hollerbach's Oktoberfest
Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2022
Historic Downtown Sanford
Annual festival celebrating German food, beer, music, dance, folk costumes, and of course Gemütlichkeit!
FREE Admission

Orlando Fall Events
Image credit: Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe

Our Favorite Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches and Foodie Events

Orlando Come Out with Pride
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Lake Eola Park
FREE Admission

Trevor Noah
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Amway Center
$36 and up

DeLand Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday, October 15, 9am – 4pm
St. Johns Lodge, DeLand
Shop local for the holidays at this craft fair

Central Florida Top Brewer Beer Festival 2022
Saturday, October 15, 1pm – 5pm
Lake Concord Park, Casselberry
The beer festival will be a take on the “Top Chef” style competition. Brewers will draw one grain, one hop, and two miscellaneous ingredients. Brewers must brew a beer that includes all ingredients that were drawn. Along with their competition beer, breweries will be bringing along some of their favorite and special beers to share with you.
Tickets $50 includes unlimited samples of beer

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Orlando Events – Orlando House Party Octrober 2022 by @chillartistry

Orlando House Party – Anniversary
Saturday, October 15, 6pm – 2am
Grape and the Grain Wine Bar
90's/00's Hip-Hop party where dancing is encouraged and so is dressing up with your best Old School Hip-Pop outfit.
$10 – $25

Pitbull with Iggy Azalea
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Amway Center
$26 and up

Shelly's Warriors – Third Annual Golf Tournament
Sunday, October 16, 7:30am
Check-in and a light breakfast beginning at 7:30am, a 8:30am tee time, and lunch/prizes to follow immediately after. All proceeds (minus costs owed to the course) will be used exclusively to support families in need.
$120 single golf player, $30 non-golfer lunch and raffle

October 17-23, 2022 Things to Do / Events in Orlando

Fundraising Dinner for Afghan Refugee Fund
Monday, October 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Z Asian Vietnamese Kitchen,1830 E. Colonial Dr. Ste B, Orlando
All proceeds from the dinner will go to WorldOrlando's Afghan IVLP Alumni Emergency Relief Fund.
$50 and up

Sanford Art & Jazz Night
Thursday, October 20, 6pm
Historic Downtown Sanford – see event link for participating venues
Enjoy a special evening celebrating the arts, music & spirits at multiple venues
FREE

Michael Pink’s Dracula
October 20–23, 2022
Steinmetz Hall – Dr. Phillips Center
Pulse-quickening theatrics take center stage in this heart-pounding story of seduction and sacrifice.

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Hope For More Foundation Presents The Annual “Anti-Golf” Tournament
Thursday, October 20, 2pm
Winter Park Golf Course
Golfers and patrons alike will be able to experience Anti-Golf where every hole comes to life with drinks, fun games, food, awards, giveaways and interactive experiences. Anti-Golf invites players (or non-players) to participate with non-traditional rules featuring fun at every turn – all in the name of giving back. Hope for More Foundation supports organizations with focus on those that improve health and quality of life of sick, ailing or disabled children, improve access to education and resources for advocates and survivors of domestic violence, benefit and support veterans and their families and stabilize, support and provide opportunities for underprivileged children.
$50

Gorillaz
Friday, October 21, 2022
Amway Center
$60 and up

Harbor Nights
Friday, October 21, 6:30 pm
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Celebrate ‘la dolce vita’ – the sweet life – in a place inspired by the beauty and charm of the seaside village of Portofino, Italy. The evening features select wines, sparkling wines and expertly-prepared food from each of the hotel’s restaurants, along with live music.
$75 and up

tables of guests enjoying Harbor Nights at Portofino Bay
Harbor Nights at Portofino Bay – Dani Meyering

The Night Market with Zombietoberfest
Saturday, October 22, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Corrine Drive, Audobon Park
Storytellers and performers from the dark, whimsical theater troupe Phantasmagoria. Plus, DJ, outdoor craft market, craft beer gardens, free costume contest for humans, a free Great Pupkin Costume Contest for pups, free outdoor movie and more.

Owl Prowl Art and Wine Wander
Saturday, October 22, 4pm – 7pm
Sample wine, beer & nibbles while viewing artists at work throughout the gardens. Wander through the historic gardens enjoying live music and visit with our Owl Ambassadors. View a large selection of original artwork and other enticing items available at our Silent Auction.
Tickets $40 in advance, $50 on the day.

5th Annual Sanford Jazz in the Park Music Festival
Saturday, October 22, 2pm – 7pm
Centennial Park
Enjoy some of the best local jazz bands in a beautiful park setting featuring food trucks, craft beer, cocktails, vendors, artisans and lots of family-friendly community fun

Wine Stroll
Saturday, October 22, 6:30pm – 9pm
Historic Downtown Clermont
Explore historic Downtown Clermont while sampling wine at various shops.
Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Optima One Realty.
Photo ID is required.

Science Night Live
Saturday, October 22, 8pm – 11:30pm
Orlando Science Center
Enjoy everything you love about the Science Center – without the kids! Special programming is designed just for adults. 21 and up only.
$19 – $30

Orlando Events June 2019 - Science Night Live at Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center's Science Night Live, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

October 24-31, 2022 Things to Do / Events in Orlando

Last Wednesdays at A&H
Wednesday, October 26, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Enjoy free admission to the current exhibition of the Maitland Art Center Gallery. Then grab a drink (a broad selection of both nonalcoholic or alcoholic beverages) and watch the sun set over the iconic lily pond in the Main Gardens.
FREE – Cash Bar available

4th Wednesday Wine Walk
Wednesday, October 26, 5pm
College Park
Purchase your $10 ticket in advance ($15 at the event) and head to Good Crowd or Infusion Tea to check-in and receive your official Wine Walk cup & wristband. Then enjoy a stroll along the drive and enjoy a drink tasting at each stop.

Sip & Shop (Halloween edition)
Thursday, October 27, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Oviedo Mall
Halloween Sip & Shop event with a spooky twist. Take a food and wine stroll around the mall while enjoying live entertainment, spooky photo ops and much more. Come dressed in your spooky best and receive a special prize (while supplies last)
FREE

October Movie Under the Stars – Double Feature
Friday, October 28, 8pm
Avalon Park
Bring your chairs and blankets to Town Park for a double showing of Zootopia and Hocus Pocus

Fall Carnival!
October 29, 9:30 a.m.
Come on out to The Old Red Barn of Geneva for a good, old fashioned carnival! There will be several booths with prizes, a dunk tank, great food and much more. There is no cost for this event (except for the coin toss) so bring the kids and prepare to have some fun!

Spooktacular
Saturday, October 29, 5pm
Avalon Park
Halloween Event with Costume Parade and Trick or Treating! Check out the free bounce houses and other offerings!

Feature image: AvalonParkOrlando.com 

Baby Goats and Mimosas
Saturday, October 29, 10am – 1pm
House on Lang
Spooky drinks and ghostly goats – check out their Instagram post for a sneak peek.
$15

CLUE for a Cause: An Original Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Fundraiser to benefit CFCArts Youth Theatre Programs
Friday, October 29, at 5pm and 7:30pm
First Congregational Church of Winter Park
There will be a Family Seating at 5pm for parties with Junior Detectives in tow, who will have their very own Scavenger Hunt to sleuth and prizes to claim!
For those seeking a more spine-chilling experience, join us at the Scary Seating at 7:30pm and get spooky
Starting at $30

More Ideas: Ongoing Orlando Events

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
July 14 – November 19, 2022
EPCOT
Take a taste tour across 6 continents and more.
Included with theme park admission; food and beverage extra

Second Harvest hosts “Food for Thought” tours
September 14, 11:30 am – 12:30pm
September 21, 6pm – 7pm
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Pre-registration is required a week before each tour.
Get an inside look at how Second Harvest distributes enough food for 250,000 meals a day – which remains elevated compared to pre-pandemic distribution levels.

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 – September 18 etc. 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

Kamayan Supper Club
The supper club will release tickets for weekly Kamayans out of our @taglishfl UCF location. Private dinners and lunches will be available for parties of 6 or more with advance notice.
$45 per person

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


Top Yearly Orlando Events for 2022: Concerts, Festivals, and More

In search of date night inspiration for the rest of the year? There are dozens of amazing Orlando events to choose from in 2022. 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. Here are a few of our favorites to pencil into your calendar for date night this year:

NOVEMBER

Reading Between The Wines
Thursday, November 3, 6pm – 9pm
3535 Forsyth Road, Winter Park, FL 32792
Reading Between The Wines is an author talk and food and wine tasting that benefits the Adult Literacy League. This year's speaker is the New York Times bestselling author of The House In The Cerulean Sea and Under The Whispering Door.
$80

Lunch & Learn – It’s Gonna Be Central Florida – The Boyband Craze
Friday, November 4, noon – 1 pm
Orange County Reginal History Center
$5 for non-member, members FREE. With lunch: $14, members $9. – lunch must be ordered by 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 1.

Maker Faire Orlando 2022
Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, 10am
Central Florida Fairgrounds
Endless exhibits, big art and spectacle, competitions, hands-on making and learning
$15 – $35

Monthly FilmSlam
Sunday, November 6, 2pm
Orlando Museum of Art
FilmSlam has been a favorite of Florida's independent filmmakers since 2004 and continues to be a very popular screening series and networking community for independent and student filmmakers of all skill levels
$11

Festival of Trees Gifts of the Season
November 11 – 20, 2022
Orlando Museum of Art
During Festival of Trees, visitors can see more than 50 designer-inspired decorated trees, all available for purchase, exceptional gingerbread houses, wreaths, and more. In addition, there will be a holiday shopping experience, pop-up shops and live entertainment.
Adults—$20
Children (3-12)—$12
Seniors (60+)—$12
Military Personnel and First Responders (with valid ID)—$12
Parking is $7. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged and will be available on October 1

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
November 11 – 12, 2022
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Unlimited tastings at more than 20 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, 100+ beverage selections, and live entertainment.
Ticket prices and overnight packages vary

Orlando Fall Festivals - Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
Image credit: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

EDC Orlando
November 11 – 12, 2022
Tinker Field
Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Florida with the best in electronic dance music, full-size carnival rides, performers and art.

Christmas Nights in Lights Immersive Light Show
November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023, 6pm – 11pm
Dezerland Orlando
A dazzling drive-thru light show fully synchronized to popular holiday classics tuned directly to each vehicle’s car stereo on a private radio frequency. The all-new seasonal attraction will take guests through a showcase of holiday displays and more than 1.5 million “dancing” lights. Guests never have to exit their cars; they can simply sit back, relax, and take in the spectacle of the synchronized light show before them.
$45 per vehicle (not per person)

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Orlando Beer Festival
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Festival Park
Join more than 3,000 of your fellow beer lovers to sample craft and premium beers from local breweries and around the country. Plus, interactive games, tasty eats and live music keep the party going all afternoon!
Sign up for newsletter for details on when tickets go on sale

Fall Craft Fair
Saturday, November 12, 11am – 3pm
Avalon Park
Shop from local vendors featuring: Holiday Decorations • Jewelry • Sweet Treats • Soap • Art • Candles • Plants & More. Don't miss the mimosa bar!

Christmas at the Farm
Saturday, November 12, 10am – 6pm
Mick's Farm – St. Cloud
Details TBD

Cows ‘n Cabs
November 12, 2022
Winter Park
Cows ‘n Cabs is an annual charity fundraising event that features mini-dish tastings from 25+ gourmet Orlando restaurants paired with over 200 wines and a plethora of craft beers and cocktails.

RELATED: Fall Food Festivals for a Tasty Date

Straight No Chaser – The 25th Anniversary Celebration
November 16, 2022
Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center

Daniel Tosh- Florida Trash Tour
November 17 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center

Sanford Art & Jazz Night
Thursday, November 17, 6pm
Historic Downtown Sanford – see event link for participating venues
Enjoy a special evening celebrating the arts, music & spirits at multiple venues
FREE

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Wine Stroll
Friday, November 18, 6:30pm – 9pm
Historic Downtown Clermont
Explore historic Downtown Clermont while sampling wine at various shops.
Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Optima One Realty.
Photo ID is required.

Jingle Eve
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Ivanhoe Village
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Ivanhoe Village. Families can experience the Children's Holiday Village with a bubble bus, bounce houses, crafts and cookie decorating, entertainment stage and Santa. Adults can enjoy the 12 Wines of Christmas wine stroll while listening to carolers.
Fireworks at 9pm

407 Food Fair at Jingle Eve
Saturday, November 19, 4pm – 9:30pm
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company

Dazzling Nights Presented by AdventHealth
November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Back for its third year and bigger and more interactive than ever! Orlando’s 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens transforms once again into a stunning winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights” – a family-friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable, interactive holiday experience.

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Image credit: Dazzling Lights | photo by Dreamtown Photography

FusionFest
November 26 – 27, 2022
Downtown Orlando
Free, two-day, festival that draws people from more than 110 different cultures to experience music, dance, food, visual arts, spoken word, games and interactive activities.
FREE Admission

Last Wednesdays at A&H
Wednesday, November 30, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Enjoy free admission to the current exhibition of the Maitland Art Center Gallery. Then grab a drink (a broad selection of both nonalcoholic or alcoholic beverages) and watch the sun set over the iconic lily pond in the Main Gardens.
FREE – Cash Bar available

Lindsey Stirling – Snow Waltz Christmas Tour
Wednesday, November 30, 8:00pm
Walt Disney Theater – Dr. Phillips Center
Cinematic violin-driven electronic music
$40.50 and up

Elixir Mixer
Date TBA for 2022
Eden Bar at Enzian Theater
Meet the best shakers and stirrers in the local cocktail scene at Eden Bar’s Annual Elixir Mixer. Join Eden Bar and local partners as we serve up the best and most creative craft cocktails in town. Ticket includes access to delicious and creative tastings from Orlando’s most talented bartenders.
Tickets TBA

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
November 25, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Epcot
Attend a holiday event that surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors celebrated by cultures near and far.
Included with theme park admission; food and beverage extra

RELATED: Complete Guide to the Holidays at Walt Disney World

The Beauty & The Beast Cocktail Experience
November 30, 2022 – February 22, 2023
Bar, 745 N Magnolia Ave Ste 100, Orlando
A 90-minute journey and step into the enchanted and cursed world of Beauty & The Beast. Brought to you by the interactive team behind The Wizard’s Den, Beyond Cinema and The Alice.
$47

DECEMBER

The Nutcracker – Orlando Ballet
December 2 – 18, 2022
Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The enchantment of Orlando Ballet’s annual favorite makes The Nutcracker a not-to-be-missed holiday tradition.
Full length show as well as Family and Sensory Friendly Show available (December 3, 10 & 17, 2022)

Lunch & Learn – Figurehead Exhibition Showcase – Deep Cuts & B-Sides
Friday, December 2, noon – 1 pm
Orange County Reginal History Center
$5 for non-member, members FREE. With lunch: $14, members $9. – lunch must be ordered by 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 1.

Christmas Trivia Night
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30pm
Crooked Can Brewing Company
Christmas related questions from anything and everything about the most wonderful time of the year!
FREE to play

Lewis Black: Off the Rails
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Hard Rock Live Orlando
$45 and up

For King + Country's A Drummer Boy Christmas
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Amway Center

Monthly FilmSlam
Sunday, December 11, 2pm
Orlando Museum of Art
FilmSlam has been a favorite of Florida's independent filmmakers since 2004 and continues to be a very popular screening series and networking community for independent and student filmmakers of all skill levels
$11

Hadestown
December 13 – 18, 2022
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back.
Tickets on sale in 2022

Wine Stroll
Friday, December 16, 6:30pm – 9pm
Historic Downtown Clermont
Explore historic Downtown Clermont while sampling wine at various shops.
Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Optima One Realty.
Photo ID is required.

December Movie Under the Stars – “The Grinch”
Friday, December 16, 8pm
Avalon Park
Bring your chairs and blankets to Avalon Park Town Park for a showing of The Grinch!

Last Wednesdays at A&H
Wednesday, December 26, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Enjoy free admission to the current exhibition of the Maitland Art Center Gallery. Then grab a drink (a broad selection of both nonalcoholic or alcoholic beverages) and watch the sun set over the iconic lily pond in the Main Gardens.
FREE – Cash Bar available

Enzian's James Bond New Year's Eve Party
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Enzian Theater
Bond is back! Toast to 2023 with your closest friends and family at our signature New Year’s Eve bash. Come in your most impressive Bond fit and you could win a prize. Enjoy some bubbly, light hors d’oeuvres and our special NYE cocktails while dancing your way into the new year!
Tickets TBA

Enzian Theater entrance – Dani Meyering

2023 Highlights

The Great American Orchestra Series in Steinmetz Hall:

The Cleveland Orchestra
Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Search for Life in the Universe
January 8, 2023
Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center
Join America's greatest astrophysicist as he guides you through the search for habitable planets, liquid water and intelligent life in the cosmos.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Mid January – late February
Epcot
Sample creative and visually stunning food while enjoying live entertainment, meet and greets with artists, immersive art experiences and more.
Included with theme park admission; food and beverage extra

Central Florida Scottish Highland Games
January 14 – 15, 2023
Central Winds Park, Winter Springs
Experience traditional highland athletics, dance, art, music, culture, food and a Gaelic spirit that can be felt throughout this multi-acre festival. Pack folding chairs, water, sunscreen, and get ready for a full day. Get there early and consider using a ride-share service to avoid a parking hassle.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
Early February  – Late April
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

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Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Amway Center

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.

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

Creative City Project 2023

NEVERLAND: The Lost Adventure
(January through March 2023)
Harry P. Leu Gardens

Follow the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning and learn to fly in an all-new immersive experience for imaginations both young and old. Explore the wilds of Neverland and come face-to-face with the characters who call it home encountering surprises along the ¾-mile theatrical journey. Discover what it truly means to become one of Peter Pan’s “Lost Boys”… and Girls. From the creators of Dragons and Fairies and Down the Rabbit Hole, comes a new adventure that brings you into the classic tale of Neverland.

RE: CHARGE
(April 7-8-9, April 14-15-16, 2023)

Returning for its third year, Re: Charge is an ambient, relaxing event meant to rejuvenate with amazing sounds and soft lighting. Guests will leave feeling refreshed as they bring their own pillow and blanket to lay down in an individual 6’x8’ square for this restorative night of live music. Harpist Timbre Cierpke will lead a live ensemble of orchestral musicians playing a 60-minute concert of peaceful and reflective music.

IMMERSE will return in 2023. “As we approach the 2022-2023 season, Creative City Project is taking a moment to reflect on the last decade of innovative, creative and immersive experiences,” says Evans. “As we navigate the 2022-2023 season, the event known as IMMERSE will be put on pause and brought back during our 2023-2024 season, in order to make room for Airplay in 2022. We look forward to collaborating with existing and new community partners throughout our 2022-2023 season and look forward to spending a year envisioning how we can serve our community through new programming while producing IMMERSE 2023 and beyond.”

 

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