Looking for quality wholesome activities and family events in your community? Check this page for ideas!
Most of us who have lived in a tourist destination know the "biggie attractions" but don't necessarily want to compete with the crowds to partake of them. On this page you will find more locally oriented activities that are focused on the needs and interests of the members of the local community.
Events and activities are listed in three sections of this page:
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Orlando, FL Current Events and Activities
Prime Time Family Reading Time
May 15, 2018: Families with children can come enjoy discussing children's stories with a storyteller & scholar at this 6 week series. A healthy meal will be provided. Call 407-835-7308 to register. Hiawassee Branch, 7391 W Colonial Dr, Orlando. 6:30-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Movie Night @ Leu Gardens
June 1, 2018: Enjoy a movie, Jumanji, Welcome To the Jungle, in the beautiful gardens! You may bring a dinner picnic basket with your seating or you can purchase food from the curbside cafe. Under 13 years of age accompanied by adult. Garden Admission: $6 adult, $3 child (4-17 years of age), Leu Members receive free admission. 1920 North Forest Ave, Orlando. Gardens open at 6:00 p.m., Movie time at 8:30 p.m. Visit their website for more information.
The Dancer's Pointe
June 10, 2018: The Dancer's Pointe presents a summer dance showcase to help kick off a summer of reading. You are invited to join in the fun with a mini jazz dance lesson for all ages! Orlando Public Library, 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Fireworks at the Fountain
July 4, 2018: Save the date & join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer at Lake Eola Park. Festivities will begin in the afternoon & include a kid's play area, live music, beer garden, food & beverages available for purchase. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display in celebration of our nation’s freedom. 195 North Rosalind Ave, Oralndo. 4-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Meet a Gatorland Wrangler
July 16, 2018: We're bringing the wild to the library! Get up close & personal with snakes and gators. Learn all about these amazing creatures. Ages 6–12. Chickasaw Branch Library, 870 N Chickasaw Trail, Orlando. 10:30-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.
Cruisin' Into Comedy With Gigi & Co.
August 1, 2018: You’ll get to be a part of the smiling, giggling & flat out belly laughter when you watch Bucky & Gigi transform from regular construction workers to comedians extraordinaire! Ages 3–12. West Oaks Branch Library & Geneology Center, 1821 E Silver Star Rd, Ocoee. 10:30-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.
Cookie & Milk With a Cop!
August 18, 2018: Come meet an Apopka Police Officer, be able to hear them read stories, and have cookies & milk with them! North Orange Branch, 1211 E Semoran Blvd, Apopka. 11-11:45am. Visit their website for more information.
September 23, 2018: Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Orlando Public Libray! there will be activites for the whole family including a dance performance by Yessica Lizarraga. 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Seasonal and "Any Time" Happenings Around Orlando, FL
All-American Muscle Car Cruise at Old Town
Every Friday: Rev up your engines and join the excitement every Friday starting at 4pm! Old Town Kissimmee's All-American Car Cruise featuring show quality American made muscle cars! From 1964 to now, plus American Classics 1988 and older will be featured. The cars start arriving at 4pm. At 7pm a live rock & roll band takes the stage and the Cruise starts rolling at 8:30pm! 4-10pm. 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Mem'l Hwy, Kissimmee. Visit their website for more information.
Daily: Turn-of-the-century boardwalks from Coney Island and Atlantic City will dazzle you! The timeless charm of this quarter-mile promenade is filled with excellent dining, unique shops & exciting nightlife. Stroll along the water's edge, play midway games & discover evening street performers. 6:30am-2am. 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
First Friday Festival & Art Stroll
First Friday of the Month: Over 70 local Artisans will display their art in the heart of downtown Baldwin Park from 5:30-9:30pm. This free sidewalk festival is family & pet friendly. First Friday of the month until 12/1/2017. Located on New Broad St., Orlando, FL. Visit their website for more information.
Florida Strawberry Festival
First Week of March: Each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival® rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. The fabric of American life is woven into the Festival through social events, contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands. Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon Street, Plant City. Visit their website for more information.
Free Family Funday
Every Second Sunday of the Month: Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday! Join us at the Mennello Museum of American Art for a free miniature fine art project and free docent touring. Each Free Family Funday has a different theme based on the current exhibition in the museum. 900 East Princeton St., Orlando. 12-2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Kindness is not an act, it is a lifestyle. Teach Your Family to Help Make A Difference in the Orlando Community
Part of educating our families is teaching them to be good, kind members of their community, to contribute their time and talents to the community that in turn serves and protects them. The best lessons are taught by example. There are several charitable groups in every community that welcome volunteers. By donating your time and talents and bringing your children along to do the same, you are helping them become better citizens and more compassionate people. The Second Harvest Food Bank is an excellent place to start. Volunteers are the heart of the FoodBank. They organize food drives, sort donations, fill agency orders and help with office work and mailings. Some volunteers contribute their professional or trade skills. They provide a pleasant and friendly working environment and the chance to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. Visit their website for more information.
LEGO Imagination Center at downtown Disney Marketplace
Open Daily: LEGO Imagination Center at downtown Disney Marketplace is 4,400-square feet of fun. Guarded by friendly dinosaurs and a huge sea serpent made of LEGO bricks, this play area lets kids explore their creativity by building with colorful bricks, and it's all free. LEGO Imagination Center, Disney Marketplace, 1486 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Orlando Farmer's Market
Every Sunday: Lake Eola Park In Downtown Orlando is THE place to find seasonal fresh produce, a wide variety of indoor & outdoor plants, artwork, and handmade crafts. Enjoy a perfect family afternoon! 10-4pm Every Sunday. Visit their website for more information.
Winter Park Farmer's Market
Saturdays: Visit the old train depot that has been restored into an historical landmark! This Farmer's Market hosts the NUMBER ONE produce and plant market in Central Florida! The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more. 200 West New England Ave., Winter Park. Visit their website for more information.
Archive of Some Past Events
Kingdom of Board-om
May 3, 2018: Come one, come all and join the Kingdom of Board-om as we explore both classic board games and the cutting edge of current gaming at the Alafaya library. All ages welcome. 12000 East Colonial Dr, Orlando. 6:30-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Sunshine Regional Chili Cook-off
February 24, 208: Come enjoy this 22nd Annual event, sanctioned by the International Chili Society, that serves as regional qualifier for state chili final competition. Tickets sold for chili tasting and beer sampling. Kissimmee Lakefront Park. 201 Lakeview Dr., Kissimmee. noon-5pm.
Seven Seas Food Festival
Feb 17-Apr 15, 2018: After a delicious debut last year, the Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld this spring for a second course. As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artists each weekend. SeaWorld Orlando 7007 SeaWorld Dr., Orlando. Included with Park admission. Visit their website for more information.
Family Game Night
January 22, 2018: Orange County Library's North Orange Branch invites you to Game Night! It is for game lovers of all ages! We ask that children under the age of 12 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 5:30-7:30pm. 1211 East Semoran Blvd., Apopka. Visit their website for more information.
5th Annual MLK South St Jazz & Blues Cookout
January 21, 2018: The 5th Annual MLK South Street Jazz & Blues Cookout celebrates the legacy of MLK Jr. This year, children from the City of Orlando's after school program can participate in several different competitions with prizes, such as drawing MLK, crafting a play about the Black Civil Rights leaders, storytelling of Black History and dance competitions. 4pm. John H Jackson Community Ctr 1002 Carter St., Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Breakfast with Santa
December 9, 2017: Join Santa for a wonderful breakfast at the Longwood Community Building! Enjoy a great breakfast while watching a classic Holiday Movie, take pictures with Santa, kids activities and more! Tickets are $2.00 for children and $4.00 for adult. RSVP: Limited tickets at door. Located at 200 W. Warren Ave., Longwood.
What's Up Downtown For the Holidays
December 7, 2017: The Downtown Development Board invites you to attend the annual holiday edition of What's Up Downtown. Pack up your lunch and head to the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park where you'll experience song and dance performances by the Russian Ballet Orlando, Mad Cow Theatre, Docs & Dellas, Dr. Phillips Center Premier Performance Ensemble, Howard Middle School Jazz Band and Howard Middle School Show Choir. Free. 11:45am-1:15pm. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park, 99 N Rosalind Ave., Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
November 18, 2017: Celebrate the Orlando launch of the Holiday Season! Iconic & Annual Jingle Eve...Santa, carolers, bands, food trucks, Pop Up shops, VIP concert and the best Wine Stroll in Orlando by Tim's Wine! Ivanhoe Village, Orange Ave., Orlando. 6-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Retro Game Night Eighties Edition
November 17, 2017: Get out your leg warmers and spandex, dudes! Retro Game Night at the Mennello Museum of American Art revisits the 1980's for a totally awesome event! Play our great oldschool games from Battleship to Twister, plus retro video games and giant versions of Jenga and Connect Four. Trivia Nick will be on hand for multiple sessions of ’80s-themed trivia, and a DJ will spin favorite ’80s tunes. Beverages and pizza will be available for purchase. The event is for ages 18 and up. Eighties retro attire is encouraged. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. 7pm-midnight. Visit their website for more information.
Christmas at the Leu House
November 12, 2017: Event runs Nov 12th-Jan 3rd. This year, local Interior designers will wrap and twist the historic Leu House Museum into a beautiful, vintage reflection of Christmas past. The 11-room estate will reflect each designer's signature touch of an old fashion Christmas in keeping with the time period of the home. See classic holiday ornaments adorning the many Christmas trees throughout the home and beautiful displays for all enjoy! 10am-3:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children. This includes the gardens. 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Veteran's Day Parade - Orlando
November 11, 2017: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council will host the 18th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. to honor the courageous men and women of the armed forces who have fought for our nation's freedoms. 11am-1pm. Downtown Orlando between Orange Ave. and Robinson St. Visit their website for more information.
Orlando Greek Festival
November 3, 2017: Fun for the whole family! Come out and enjoy authentic Greek foods, dancing, live music, church tours, iconography presentations, and much, much more! Nov 3rd 4-11pm, Nov 4th 11-11pm, Nov 5th 11-6pm. Admission $3, children 12 and under are free. Active military free wtih ID. Bring a canned food item to donate and get $1 off! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Ln., Maitland. Visit their website for more information.
Trick or Treat Safe Zone
October 28, 2017: Young ghouls and goblins enjoy trick or treating throughout the History Center and Orlando Public Library! There will be creepy crafts, candy and book giveaways, shaved ice treats and a scavenger hunt! 10am-3pm. 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Brazilian Day Festival
September 17, 2017: Watch live Brazilian folk dances, Brazilian pop music & dance on stage! This cultural heritage festival will showcase delicious Brazilian food, live music, dance, arts & crafts and children's activites. noon-7:30pm. Lake Eola Park at NW 195 N Rosalind Ave., Orlando.
August 20, 2017: Bring the entire family and come enjoy the outdoors, live music, gourmet food trucks & the work of dozens of visual artists!ArtsTown Market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. In front of CityArts Factory Studios at 29 S. Orange Ave, downtown Orlando. 11m-6pm
24th Annual Mascot Games
June 23rd-24th: Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from across North America will join Orlando Magic’s STUFF, the event’s host mascot and recently honored as one of the best mascots in sports, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, MLS, NBA, NHL, and NCAA will be divided into four teams as they compete against each other in wild and zany games to determine the true champions of the Mascot world. All proceeds from the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Admission: $12. Amway Center, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Father's Day at Leau Gardens
June 18, 2017: Enjoy this special day with your dayd by takinag a stroll in Orlando’s most beautiful garden. FREE Admission for Dads, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Stroll the winding pathways and explore all the amazing gardens throughout the 50-acres. Stop by the historic Leu House to take a tour of the home and learn about the families that once lived here. Admission: $10, Kids 5-17: $3, Dads: Free! Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Adopt-a-thon
June 17,2017: Come just for the fun of visiting with dog and cat lovers, our community animal caregivers, and of course adorable pets looking for new homes. Of course you can find out about bringing one home yourself! There will be reduced adoption fees for both dogs and cats, and all adopters will receive a special goodie bag. From 10 am- 6 pm at the Orange County Animal Services facility, 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
The Arnold Palmer Golf Invitational Tournament
March 13th-19th: Come take part in one of the premier golf tournaments and fund raisers in Florida! There will be a number of events throughout the week in addition to the tournament. Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge, 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
2017 Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival
March 11, 2017: Dragon Boat racing was born out of a myth and legend that originated more than 2,000 years ago in Southern China. The festival will include two days of activities surrounding the dragon boat race held at Wooton Park. Enjoy the opening ceremonies the evening before the boat race, including live performances, demonstrations and team introductions. Wooton Park, 100 E Ruby St, Tavares. Visit their website for more information.
Orlando Jazz Festival at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 10th-11th: The Orlando Jazz Festival offers two days of back-to-back Jazz Virtuosos on the landscaped Seneff Arts Plaza of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in scenic downtown Orlando Florida! 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando!
February 27th-29th: Step inside a world where magic is real. Within Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ theme park you can visit the iconic Hogwarts™ castle and explore Hogsmeade™ village. And, at Universal Studios Florida™ theme park, you can enter Diagon Alley™ to enjoy unforgettable thrills, magical experiences, and more. Get ready to explore more of Harry Potter’s world than ever before! Admission is $155 adult and $150 per child. Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone in Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
February 18, 2017: Members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. For the first time ever, audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the live orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score. Tickets start at $45. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Annual Bach Festival in Winter Park
February 17th-March 5th: Year after year, this festival brings world-class talent to the Rollins College campus in Winter Park. Festival highlights include performances featuring the works of J.S. Bach and other great composers by the highly acclaimed Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park. Visit their website for more information.
Seven Seas Food Festival at Seaworld
February 11th-May 13th: Seven Seas will feature favorites from Bands & BBQ and Viva la Musica, with new savory and sweet treats inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. SeaWorld® Orlando, Address: 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.
Indie Folkfest 2017 at The Mennello Museum of American Art
February 11, 2017: The Indie-Folkfest showcases national and regional art, music and culinary talent. This free event is both family and pet-friendly. The Mennello Museum, 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando. Noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2017
February 4th-March 24th: Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando's annual Mardi Gras celebration. Interact with Mardi Gras characters and hear live music from bands, enjoy delicious authentic Cajun cuisine, and on 12 select nights, watch some of the biggest names in music take the stage for live concerts. Mardi Gras festivities and concerts are included with paid admission to Universal Studios Florida, or a Universal Orlando Annual Pass.
Mount Dora 42nd Arts Festival
February 4th-5th: Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, the festival displays works of more than 300 juried artists mixed with live entertainment, children's activities and food at this popular festival in the charming hillside town of Mount Dora. Artists compete for awards in painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture and numerous other categories. What better way to celebrate one of the top Downtowns in the country than by walking America’s favorite home-town! Filled with fine-art from national artists, along a magnificent lake view! Discover terrific entertainment, food, superb shopping and of course, The Premier Arts Festival in Central Florida! Free! 138 East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora. 9am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Model Railroad Open House in Orlando
January 14th-15th: See 21 scale miles of track, steam and diesel locomotives, detailed and lighted cities, industrial complexes, mountains, a riverfront with ships, industrial docks and loading/ unloading facilities. Central Florida Railroad Modelers Clubhouse, 2500 Silver Star Road, Suite 1700, Orlando. 10am. Visit their website for more information.
Otronicon at Orlando Science Center
January 13th-16th: Get your TRON on with the most interactive technology expo in Central Florida! It's Social. It's Science. It's 21+. Featuring guest speaker Charlie Blackwell-Thompson from NASA and more! Ticket prices are $19.95 adults, $17.95 students and seniors, $13.95 for ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under. 10am-5pm. Orlando Science Center, 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando. Visit their website for more information.