Things to Do in Orlando Right Now

A round-up of top stops, hip happenings and special events going on in Orlando and the theme parks.

No matter what age, Orlando is a wonderland of things to do, festivals, events, live music and more. 

August 11

Mount Dora Art Splash: This festive evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Mount Dora is designed to showcase the work of regional artists on display at several local venues. Free. 6-8 pm. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora

August 31-Nov. 13

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: It’s only fitting that this global theme park hosts an incredible excursion in the flavors of the world. An international marketplace, guest chefs, cheese seminars and tasting events await. Epcot World Showcase

Sept. 8-9

Night of Joy: This Christian concert rocks the night away with soulful jams of the pop, hip-hop and rock persuasion. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, 700 South Victory Way, Kissimmee

Oktoberfest performers

Sept. 16

Oktoberfest: Orlando Brewing hosts this German-style beer celebration. Try a signature of the season: a malty Oktoberfest lager with sweetness and herbal notes. Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.

Sept. 18-24

Global Peace Film Festival: Using films as a catalyst for dialogue and social change, this fest features moving pictures that promote non-violent conflict resolution and social equality.

Sept. 30 

Artlando: See live art competitions and stroll the Visual Art Walk with more than 150 local artists. This festival goes beyond the fine arts, with activities and interactive exhibits for kids as well lots of performances for all to enjoy. Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton Street

Oct. 14

Come Out With Pride Orlando: This local LGBTQ awareness festival serves to build community and unity in pride throughout the greater Orlando area and features a colorful parade and more than 100 vendors. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington Street

Oct. 19-26

Orlando Film Festival: Celebrating local cinematographers, this event is dedicated to enhancing the motion pictures experience. Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe, 155 South Orange Ave. 

Oct. 21-22

Artoberfest: Art meets Oktoberfest at this festival of artistry and German beer and food. Its fun for the whole family with brews for Dad, art for Mom and a kids activity tent. Find painted works, photography, jewelry and live music. Blumberg Boulevard, Winter Springs

Oct. 21

Windermere Craft Beer Fest: Get unlimited tastings of local craft brews, nosh on snacks from food vendors and listen to live music. 520 Main Street, Windermere

Oct. 27-29

Spooky Empire: A costume contest, exhibitor room and tattoo festival make this spooktacular event. Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive

Laura Lee
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