May is jam-packed with events covering arts, entertainment, the outdoors and more. Whether you enjoy a Broadway play, getting down and dirty with Monster Trucks, or hobnobbing with your favorite superhero, you’ll find something awesome to do in Orlando this month. For more information on the things you don't want to miss during May and June, check out the digital version of WhereTraveler Orlando.
All Month: Epcot International Flower & 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. Looking for even more #FreshEpcot? Be sure to read Eight Reasons to Visit the Festival This Year.
May 10-11: Monster Jam World Finals. The adrenaline-packed Monster Jam World Finals come to Camping World Stadium with an all-new lineup of competitions. Orlando is the first city to play host to this all-new event, which includes new competition formats, an elevated starting line rising above the seats and seven championship crowning moments. The Pit Party pre-show experience offers fans an opportunity to view their favorite trucks up close, and to meet the real stars of the show: the drivers.
May 12: Rocktopia. This multimedia, electrifying fusion of rock music and classical compositions, taking place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, will leave you breathless. When Queen meets Beethoven and The Who blends with Strauss, you know it’s going to rock your world.
May 14-19: Anastasia. Inspired by the sweeping tale of a girl searching for her place in the world, Anastasia makes its debut at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The musical transports you to the 1920s, amid the backdrop of an ebbing Russian Empire and a jubilant, post-World War I Paris, as a young woman searches for answers about her past. With an infectious new score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show is an instant classic.
May 14-27: Orlando Fringe Festival. The longest running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States takes place in and around Loch Haven Park. The 14-day festival was founded on the concept of being 100% unjuried, uncensored and accessible, with all of the ticket proceeds going to the artists. Performances include theatre, music and dance. The Fringe Lawn serves as festival central, with food and beverage vendors and places to gather.
May 16-19: MegaCon Orlando. The southeast’s largest fan convention takes place at the Orange County Convention Center, and plays host to a star-studded lineup. Get your celeb fix during appearances by Lynda Carter, David Tennant, Kiefer Sutherland and more. This year’s event also includes a 30th anniversary reunion of the Mickey Mouse Club, hosted by Joey Fatone, as well as An Evening With the Cast of Back to the Future.
May 18: In the Artist’s Studio. The popular series, hosted by the Downtown Arts District, takes place at the Grand Bohemian Hotel from 6-9 p.m. and features Brazilian-born, Miami-based artist Romero Britto. The artist is best known for his use of vibrant, bold and colorful patterns, which offer an optimistic view of the beauty that surrounds him. The event includes an interview with Britton, as well as a silent auction and entertainment. Tickets are $65 per person, and also include passed hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets.
Beginning May 24, Select Nights: SeaWorld Electric Ocean. As the sun goes down, SeaWorld comes alive with exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music. The park is transformed into an immersive undersea world that glows, entertains and excites. The evening ends with a breathtaking fireworks finale, “Ignite.” Want another great reason to visit SeaWorld Orlando? Check out the recently opened Sesame Street!