November ushers in cooler temperatures and a myriad of special events. From foodie festivals to holiday happenings to sports spectaculars, there’s never a dull moment in Orlando this month.
Through Nov. 23: Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Taste your way around the world. Enjoy live music, culinary demonstrations, seminars and book and bottle signings.
Weekends through Nov. 24: Food and Wine Weekends at Bonnet Creek Resort. Gourmet food tastings and fine wine pairings are paired up with hands-on culinary workshops and seminars, taking place at the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek. Highlights include decadent desserts at Bar du Chocolat; frosty fun creations at the Pop Culture ice cream bar pop up; inventive libations at Cocktail Creations, and so much more.
Nov. 8-9: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic. Love good food and spirited libations? The 10th annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic tempts with inventive culinary fare, fine wines from around the world, beers and cocktails. Attend educational seminars led by chefs and master sommeliers, enjoy live music, and sample delicious dishes from top Disney resort restaurants. Sample foods from Carnival Corner, Chinatown, the Bubble Lounge and the Beer Garden.
Nov. 1-3, 5: The Marriage of Figaro, Dr. Phillips Center. Orlando Opera presents “The Marriage of Figaro,” sparkling with Mozart’s exceptional score, a witty libretto and a plot that pits a philandering master against the canny Figaro in this classic comic masterpiece.
Nov. 8-10: Winery Open House, Lakeridge Winery. Enjoy hot mulled wine and live music at Lakeridge Winery’s 29th annual Holiday Open House, which also features wine specials, tours and tastings, arts and crafts, and food for purchase.
Nov. 9: Cows ’N Cabs. Don your cowboy duds and help raise funds for After-School All Stars Orlando and Elevate Orlando charities at this annual Winter Park event featuring good grub, drinks and live music.
Starting Nov. 8: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Mickey Mouse has invited all his pals over to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for a party filled with magical merriment and enchanting entertainment. Enjoy all the pomp of an exclusive parade and fireworks show, complete with a snowfall on Main Street.
Nov. 11: Casting Crowns & Hillsong Worship. For the first time ever, platinum-selling artists Casting Crowns, Hillsong Worship and Elevation Worship perform together in this U.S. arena tour. Join them at the Amway Center for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Nov. 12-17: Escape to Margaritaville at Dr. Phillips Center. Expect a rollicking good time at “Escape to Margaritaville,” a Fairwinds Broadway musical with classic Jimmy Buffett songs and a story by Emmy Award-winner Greg Garcia and Emmy Award-nominee Mike O’Malley.
Nov. 15-24: The Festival of Trees, Orlando Museum of Art. For this beloved local tradition, this year’s theme, “Merry and Bright,” which promises a sparkling display of trees, wreaths and tabletops to ensure you leave inspired. All proceeds from the sale of the displays go to benefit the museum.
Nov.15-24, Dec. 5-15: Good Grief. Snoopy and the gang deal with universal issues on a pint-sized scale in the classic Broadway musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Starting Nov. 29: Epcot’s Candlelight Processional. Experience the spectacular pageantry of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Hear the story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a massed choir.
Regular park admission is required and performance seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so cue up early. Or, you can get guaranteed seating with a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.