Whether you’re traveling to Orlando next week or several months from now, we have all the inside info to make your next adventure the best one yet! There’s so much more to Orlando than theme parks, so we invite you to check out these fun festivals, fairs and other public events happening within driving distance.
Events on Deck for Short Term Planners—
Central Florida Soul Food Festival: Take the whole family and enjoy everything from food to music with soul!
• Dates: Saturday 9/28/19 – Sunday 9/29/19
• Location: Eagle Nest Park (5165 Metrowest Blvd, Orlando, FL)
Great American Celebration of Speed: Take a day trip (1 hour drive from Orlando) to the infamous Daytona International Speedway to witness the fastest vehicles from the tracks, dirt, air and water.
• Dates: Friday 10/11/19 – Sunday 10/13/19
• Location: Daytona International Speedway (1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL)
Orlando Beer Festival: Take a break from the theme parks and experience live music at Orlando’s largest beer festival, pouring 200+ craft beers from over 50 local, regional and national breweries!
• Date: Saturday, November 16th (opening at 2pm)
• Location: Orlando Festival Park (2911 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, FL)
54th Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival: Take a picturesque drive up the Atlantic Coast to historical St. Augustine (just a 2 hour drive from Orlando) to enjoy over 100 artists displaying their work—it’s an easy way to find the perfect souvenir.
• Dates: Saturday 11/30/19 & Sunday 12/1//19
• Location: Francis Field (25 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL.)
Orlando Renaissance Festival: Travel back in time and enjoy a life-size chess board, a variety of acts, merchants and educational activities for the whole family!
• Date: Friday 12/6/19 through Sunday 12/8/19 (9AM to 6PM.)
• Location: Bill Frederick Park, Orlando Fl.
Future Events for Long Term Planners—
Tampa Black Heritage Festival: Take a day trip to Tampa (90 minutes from Orlando) to enjoy a music festival with food vendors—it’s the ultimate regional destination leading up to the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend.
• Dates: Friday 1/10/20 through Sunday 1/19/20
• Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, FL
Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival: Take the whole gang along to witness the largest balloon festival in Florida light up the skyline. Take the perfect picture to make your friends jealous and share your experience by using #myRCI.
• Date: Friday 2/28/19 at 10PM
• Location: 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, FL.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival: Experience one of the nation’s oldest, biggest, and most prestigious outdoor art festivals like a true Floridian with a Florida spring tradition!
• Date: Friday 3/20/20 through Sunday 3/22/20
• Location: Central Park, Orlando
35th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival: Take a break from the theme parks and head south for a well-deserved day at the beach! Other than seafood, this festival features live music, arts & crafts and boat displays!
• Dates: Sunday 4/26/20 through Tuesday 4/28/20
• Location: Pompano Beach Community Park & Amphitheater
Taste of Soul - Soul food Festival: The south is well known for soul food! Take a break from your normal vacation activities to indulge in this special treat—your taste buds will thank you!
• Date: Saturday 5/9/20 at 11AM
• Festival Park (2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL)
Orlando Beer Festival: https://orlandoweeklytickets.com/events/94510067/orlando-beer-festival-2019
Renaissance Festival: https://10times.com/orlando-renaissance-festival
Winter Park Art Festival: https://10times.com/sidewalk-art-festival
Seafood festival: http://www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com/
Soulfood: Events Near Orlando
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