From a festival that celebrates everyone's favorite berry, to world-class sporting events, there's plenty to do this month in Orlando. Check out our list of the events you won't want to miss in The City Beautiful.
Through March: Atlanta Braves Spring Training. The Atlanta Braves take the field for their final spring training season at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, before moving to their new facility, CoolToday Park, located south of Sarasota. Choose from 13 home games. espnwwos.com
Through March: SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival. The fun continues for this weekends-only event throughout the month of March. Sip and savor your way around the world of international street cuisine, paired perfectly with wines and craft beers. Live performances this month include Lifehouse, Cole Swindell, Lee Brice with LOCASH, Bret Michaels and more. seaworldorlando.com
Through March: Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons temps rouler! The party continues far beyond actual Mardi Gras (which falls on March 5 this year) as the “biggest party of the year” rocks on through the entire month and into April at Universal Orlando Resort. Raucous parades, millions of beads and colorful performers keep the party going. Great food is also part of the fun. Musical acts appearing in concert at the event this month include Sabrina Carpenter, Sean Paul, Steve Miller Band, Pitbull, Ziggy Marley and more. And best of all—festivities are included in your theme park admission or annual pass! universalorlando.com
March 2: Heart of Florida United Way Chef’s Gala. Looking for a delicious way to do good? The 27th annual Heart of Florida United Way’s Chef’s Gala is the perfect way to accomplish your goal. Hosted by Walt Disney World at Epcot’s ShowPlace, the fundraiser benefits local hunger and homelessness programs. Enjoy unlimited samples of signature dishes, each paired with a fine wine or specialty beverage, prepared by some of Orlando’s best chefs. Visit the event’s website to learn more and to purchase tickets. hfuw.org
Beginning March 6: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It’s the most beautiful time of the year, as the event celebrates 26 years with more than 90 days for blooms, bands and bites. Fan favorites, such as the Goodness Garden Butterfly House, return, and guests can look forward to nightly Garden Rocks concerts, taking place three times each evening. Outdoor Kitchens bloom forth with seasonal flavors, and topiaries featuring your favorite Disney characters are scattered throughout the park. epcotinspring.com
Through March 10: Florida Strawberry Festival. This 11-day event celebrates the strawberry harvest of South Central Florida, and features fair rides, country music concerts—and plenty of strawberry delights! flstrawberryfestival.com
March 7-31: Cirque du Soleil Luzia—A Waking Dream of Mexico. The Cirque du Soleil Big Top Experience comes to Orlando for the first time and invites audiences to enter an imaginary Mexico through a series of visual surprises and acrobatic performances. cirquedusoleil.com/luzia
March 13-17: Shen Yun. Explore the culture of China through a performance combining ancient legends with technological innovations and historically authentic costumes with animated backdrops. Classical Chinese dance tells the story of diverse ethnic and folk traditions. drphillipscenter.org
March 15-17: Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival. Sláinte! Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is THE place to be to celebrate this holiday, devoted to all things Irish. The three-day event offers a family-friendly atmosphere during the day, with complimentary face painting and plenty of music and dancing. The Young Dubliners headline, and are joined by Briste, the Byrne Brothers, Reel Republic and more. Seating on March 17 will be first-come, first served, and there will be a cover charge of $10 per guest, 18 years and older. raglanroad.com
March 29-31: Festival of Fine Arts and Flowers. This museum-wide showcase features fresh floral designs inspired by works from the Orlando Museum of Art's permanent collection and current exhibition. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Omart.org
March 30-31: Orlando Ballet Presents “Peter & the Wolf” Family Weekend. The classic story of bravery comes to life through original choreography and Prokofiev’s rich score. drphillipscenter.org
Which of these events will you be enjoying in Orlando during the month of March? Leave a comment below and let us know what you're excited to experience!