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Events & Things To Do in Orlando this Weekend September 8 - 10

Welcome to another weekend of things to do here in Orlando, as always, we've selected the best events that are taking place throughout the weekend. Enjoy!


The Best Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend

The Best Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend!




MULTI-DAY EVENTS



The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Now - November 18, 2023

The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is dishing up delights at Walt Disney World Resort now through until November 18, 2023.


Get ready to sip and savor at more than 25 Global Marketplaces throughout EPCOT, including returning favorites such as The Fry Basket, Flavors from Fire, Canada, India and Spain. Several new Global Marketplaces will open later during the festival as summer turns to fall.


The festival has also welcomed back the popular Eat to the Beat Concert Series presented by Florida Blue Medicare at America Gardens Theatre.


And don’t forget to commemorate your EPCOT visit by bringing festival magic home with official event merchandise including apparel, home décor, trading pins and more.


2023 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Select Nights, Now - November 1, 2023

Get ready for a spooktacular celebration with plenty of tricks and treats at this year's Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, happening now through November 1, 2023.


Enjoy spellbinding entertainment including shows, a parade, fireworks, Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, and so much more.


This limited-capacity, nighttime event starts at 7 pm and allows guests to experience shorter wait times on attractions, themed food and beverage and more


Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando Resort

Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando Resort

Select Nights Now - November 4, 2023

Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Orlando Resort is huge, its one of the biggest Halloween events in Florida, and features horror of all genres, from cinematic greats and crazed cult favorites to the park’s original abominations, and each year the legend grows and the experience reaches beyond your wildest nightmares.


Halloween Horror Nights 32 includes 10 terrifying haunted houses, 5 sinister scare zones and live entertainment.


This year's haunted houses include The Exorcist: Believer, Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count, Universal Monsters: Unmasked, Stranger Things 4, and The Last of Us..


Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Now - October 1, 2023

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back, celebrating Orlando's eateries, now in its 18th year, locals and visitors alike love this event, which is on now through Oct. 1, 2023, offering 6 full weeks and 45 delicious days of amazing food at a bargain price!


With more than 115 of Orlando’s best restaurants serving up three-course prix-fixe menus for either $40 or $60, as part of a new tiered menu system, Magical Dining is a great way to get out and explore Orlando's vibrant dining scene and discover new favorites for a really great price.


This year’s roster brings 16 new restaurants to the dining program, as well as seven restaurants recognized by the MICHELIN Guide.


Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights is also back, encouraging diners to turn their night on the town into an affordable, end-of-the-summer Orlando staycation with special savings and offers.


Orlando Shakes presents The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors
September 6 - October 1, 2023

Orlando Shakes presents The Comedy of Errors. Set during the revelries of Mardi Gras and featuring New Orleans Jazz, Zydeco and Delta Blues music, Shakespeare’s non-stop hilarious farce of love, mistaken identity, and two sets of twins separated as babies - gets swept up in the carnival celebrations. Bring your Mardi Gras beads and let the good times roll!


The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
Friday, Saturday & Sundays, Now - October 8, 2023

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system.


Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. Presented by TheaterWorksUSA. at Orlando Family Stage.


Central Florida Community Arts is bringing Disney's Beauty and the Beast to the stage this September

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: In Concert
September 7 - September 8, 2023

Central Florida Community Arts is busy preparing for their ground-breaking production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: In Concert, a performance that is set to bring together a full choir, orchestra, and acting company, and phenomenal singers from across the region.


The performance will include members from all areas of CFCArts, including performers for Narrators and UpBeat! From little kids to older adults, people with disabilities, exceptionalities, and from all backgrounds will see themselves represented on stage.


Tickets are priced from $10 each, and are selling fast, click here for more details.


Busch Gardens Tampa Zombie Entertainer Scare Zone 2023 Howl-O-Scream - Sin City Zombies

Howl-O-Scream At Busch Gardens Tampa

Select Nights, September 8 - October 31, 2023

Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever with new frights & scares taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more.


Until October 31st, unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in there’s nothing to fear but everything.


Haunted houses include fan favorite, The Residence: Home For The Holidays, plus Ms. Stranglewood is back for more haunts this spooky season, year, and has something sinister waiting behind every corner. plus, new this year is D.H. Baggums, Circus of Fear.


This year's scare zone's include the all new Big Ed's Demolition Derby, which features a rather sinister Big Ed, and Sin City Zombies, another brand new scare zone for 2023.


SeaWorld Orlando, the Siren Twins, Frost and Flame at Howl-O-Scream Sirens of SeaWorld

Howl-O-Scream At SeaWorld Orlando

Select Nights, September 8 - October 31, 2023

Howl-O-Scream resurfaces at SeaWorld Orlando and this year you will have nowhere to hide. Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore, and this time, the fear is everywhere.

Returning for its third year on September 8, Howl-O-Scream runs select nights through October 31, and this year Howl-O-Scream isn’t just back at SeaWorld. It’s bigger and better than ever with ALL-NEW terrors.

Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with nighttime coaster rides. Quench your thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar. And feel the monstrous electricity of three live shows.


Scream-A-Geddon Haunt


Scream-A-Geddon

September 8 - November 4, 2023

If you go down to the woods this spooky season your in for a horrific surprise... Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City is BACK!


Spread across 20 acres in a remote corner of Pasco County, the scariest of horror parks, Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park has five haunted houses, a zombie paintball fight and monsters who can and will grab you!


Scream-A-Geddon is only a miserable 1 hour, 30 minute drive from Orlando, and it is so worth it, if you dare....


This years event features the all new haunted house, Breach. Enter if you dare, but you may never come out, plus returning this year is fan favorite's, Rage 3D, Floodwater Bayou, Ravenhill Asylum, Demon's Revenge, and of course it wouldn't be Scream-A-Geddon without Zombie Paintball Assault!!


The event also features Monster Midway with food, beer, and games, and Bono's Beer Garden.


The Garden Theatre announce season opener Every Brilliant Thing starring John O'Hurley

Every Brilliant Thing
September 8 - September 23, 2023

The incredible John O'Hurley will take the stage at the Garden Theatre beginning September 8 in the one-man play, Every Brilliant Thing.


You may know him from Seinfeld as J. Peterman, or from Dancing with the Stars, or you may have read one of his books. The multi-talented actor, author, composer, and game show host brings a moving, insightful, and hilarious story to the Garden.


Every Brilliant Thing is one-person play leading audiences through a remarkable journey that truly examines what makes life worth living, and the power of theatre to bring people together. Find out more by visiting: gardentheatre.org/shows.


Goblins & Giggles Weekends at Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando

Gaylord Palms Goblins & Giggles Weekends

September 9 - October 29, 2023

Bewitching thrills, chills and laughter will once again fill fall weekends as guests are treated to family-friendly Halloween fun beginning Sept. 9, 2023, when Gaylord Palms Resort kicks off its annual Goblins & Giggles Weekends celebration.


The much loved event which runs through Oct. 29, will feature live shows, interactive events, dance and costume parties, character experiences, spooky animal encounters, a themed scavenger hunt and escape room, and plenty of sweet treats.


Plus this year, Gaylord Palms Resort is offering two “Fall Into Family Fun” hotel packages with features like free resort credit, premium guest room views, and tickets to popular Goblins & Giggles Weekends events.



Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular
Select Days, September 9 - October 31, 2023

At Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular, from September 9 to October 31, guests will step into a whimsical world full of enchantment with Kandy, a witch-in-training!


Every Saturday and Sunday, plus Monday Oct. 30 & Tuesday Oct. 31, this event takes place during regular park hours, and is included with park entry. Busch Gardens’ Spooktacular will be casting magical spells, from 12 – 4 pm at the Festival Walkway.


A costume parade, story time and trick or treating are some of the activities guests will find in this immersive Halloween experience.



Duel of Fools at SAK Comedy Lab
Weekly, Every Friday, and Saturday

This is SAK’s signature improv show! Two teams of professional improvisers compete for your laughs with audience judges selected at the start of the show. The actors make up songs, scenes and characters right in front of your eyes with the help of the audience’s suggestions and participation. Appropriate for all ages. 7 pm.


King Of The Hill at SAK Comedy Lab
Weekly, Every Friday, and Saturday

In this knockdown, drag-out comedy battle, a cast of our professional performers pair up in teams of two and use audience suggestions to create scenes, songs and characters on the spot. After each round, the audience decides which team wins and which team loses. The winning team stays for the next round while the losers form new teams to dethrone the Kings. By the end there can only be one King of the Hill! 9 pm.



 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2023


Art After Dark at Lake Nona

Art After Dark at Lake Nona
Weekly, Every Friday

Every Friday night, Art After Dark takes over Lake Nona Town Center from 6 pm.


Enjoy a stroll through our Town Center as you explore hand crafted artisan products, and tasty cuisine. Be sure to grab a glass a wine, stay a while to enjoy the art displayed on the six story art installation, The Beacon.


Sunset Walk’s Fired-up Fridays

Sunset Walk Fired-up Fridays

Weekly, Every Friday

Friday nights, the Promenade at Sunset Walk presents Fired-Up Fridays, a free Car & Truck Show event with all makes, models, and years welcome of show car quality.


Featuring music by DJ Scotty B and Company, plus the very best regional live bands.


Winter Garden Friday on the Plaza

Winter Garden Friday on the Plaza
Weekly, Every Friday

Come enjoy live music every Friday night on the Plaza, at Downtown Winter Garden, Centennial Plaza Gazebo.


Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise Old Town Kissimmee

Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise
Weekly, Every Friday

Join the heart pounding excitement of high-performance engines and true horse power for our Muscle Car Show every Friday night at Old Town in Kissimmee. The Friday Muscle Car Show will begin at 3:00pm and the qualifications are show-quality muscle and factory-performance cars from 1964 and newer and classics from 1985 and older. Cars will cruise at 8:30pm and all cars registered can participate.



Sense Fail
Friday, September 8, 2023

Sense Fail comes to House of Blues Orlando. Get your tickets now!



Felicity With Sink In and Miramar Drive
Friday, September 8, 2023

Montgomery Drive Presents FELICITY, Sink In, and Miramar Drive at Will's Pub.



Stuff You Should Know

Friday, September 8, 2023

Stuff You Should Know is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Catch them at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Steinmetz Hall


Swiftie Set at Howl at the Moon Orlando

Swiftie Set at Howl at the Moon Orlando

Friday, September 8, 2023

Head to Howl at the Moon Orlando for a Taylor Swift inspired Howl at the Moon show.


Market on South launching new regular Vegan Glow Party this weekend

Vegan Glow Party
Friday, September 8, 2023

Main Street Market who recently moved into Market on South in the Milk District is launching a new series of Vegan Glow Parties this Friday, September 8.


Due to launch last weekend, but delayed thanks to severe weather, this new family-friendly

event will feature dance music, free glow sticks, free entry, and a lineup of local vegan vendors including Soulicious Vegan Kitchen, Ain’t Got No Beef, Season Greens, Burgers and Booch, and more.


Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite glow-in-the-dark party gear.


Casselberry Food Trucks

Casselberry Food Trucks
Friday, September 8, 2023

Held every second Friday, Casselberry Food Truck attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, tables, blankets and enjoy an incredible evening with free entertainment with food and drink.


Movieola – Finding Nemo

Movieola – Finding Nemo
Friday, September 8, 2023

Enjoy a free movie at Lake Eola Park! "Fish are friends, not food"...and for that reason there will be food starting at 6pm before Movieola starts! Food trucks include: The Knot By Rollin' Dough, Mr. Freeze Ice Cream Trucks, and The Tea Lizard. ...and of course, the famous kettle corn!


Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist’s office aquarium. It’s up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home – meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.



 


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023


Disney Springs Kids Club

Disney Springs Kids Club
Weekly, Every Saturday

Dance, play and be entertained at engaging shows for kids of all ages at the Disney Springs Kids Club, taking place every Saturday. Free Entertainment and Free Parking.


Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise

Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise
Weekly, Every Saturday

Join Old Town in Kissimmee every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida. The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00pm and welcomes show-quality 1985 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30pm. The event is free for participants and free for the public to attend.


Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona

Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona

Weekly, Every Saturday

Live on the Lawn is your Saturday oasis to relax and recharge while listening to live music and playing lawn games with family and friends. Join Lake Nona from 11 am – 3 pm every Saturday!


Show Car Saturday Nights at Promenade at Sunset Walk

Show Car Saturday Nights at Promenade at Sunset Walk
Weekly, Every Saturday

The Promenade at Sunset Walk is home to Show Car Saturday Nights. All makes and models are welcome and displayed along Margaritaville Boulevard.

Car enthusiasts will enjoy the music of DJ Scotty B while admiring an amazing collection of classic to modern automobiles, with live bands performing on the Promenade Plaza Stage nightly.



Jazz'n Blues Concert at Harry P. Leu Gardens
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Get ready for an amazing evening of jazz, blues and a little bit of everything in between from some of the most popular bands in Central Florida at Leu Gardens. Pack a picnic of your favorite foods and bring seating, alcohol is permitted.



Kamelot: Awaken the World Tour w/Battle Beast & Xandria
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Kamelot: Awaken the World Tour comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando. Tickets on sale now!


Bassrush Presents Ray Volpe: Volpetron Ascends Tour

Bassrush Presents Ray Volpe: Volpetron Ascends Tour
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Ray Volpe: Volpetron Ascends Tour comes to The Vanguard in downtown Orlando. Get your tickets now! 18+


Opera Orlando, Mexico Canta at Orlando Museum of Art

Opera Orlando, Mexico Canta at Orlando Museum of Art
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Enjoy an evening of Mexican art and culture with a special performance by Mexican-American soprano Cecilia Violetta López, who will appear as Frida Kahlo in Opera Orlando's MainStage production of the opera Frida. Mexican inspired cuisine and Margaritas included in ticket price thanks to Frontera Cocina Mexicana. Get details now.


Zig Zag, Problem Child, Coffee Stain & Super B***h

Zig Zag, Problem Child, Coffee Stain & Super B***h
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Zig Zag, Problem Child, Coffee Stain, and Super B***h perform LIVE at Will's Pub on September 9. Get tickets now.



Quantum Leap Winery Pop Up Market
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Grab a glass of wine, cider, or beer as you shop your favorite local makers at this indoor market among the wine barrels at the Quantum Leap Winery Pop Up Market.


Little Wekiva Springs Market

Little Wekiva Springs Market
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Shop 20+ local creatives, artists, makers and vintage vendors and enjoy a bite or two on the patio at Little Wekiva Brewery.



The Commission Beer Chamber Block Party
Saturday, September 9, 2023

The Commission Beer Chamber Block Party featuring DJs, Producers, MCs, Food Trucks and more.


Virginia Drive Live

Virginia Drive Live
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Ivanhoe Village Main Street presents Virginia Drive Live with vendors (artists, retail, food and music) are placed along Virginia Drive from Orange Avenue to Mills Avenue.


Track Shack Battle of the Bands 5K

Battle of the Bands 5k Run
Saturday, September 9, 2023

The City of Casselberry will host the exciting Track Shack Battle of the Bands 5K on Saturday, September 9, 2023. The race includes live music for runners and walkers along a 3.1-mile flat route that starts and finishes at Casselberry’s Lake Concord Park, next to City Hall. All participants receive a rockin' commemorative T-shirt and enjoy the post-race “Craft Beer Fest” where runners/walkers 21 and up can sample beer.


At the end of the race, runners/walkers are invited to vote in the “Battle of the Bands” competition for the best band along the race route and all kids can run in the free Kids’ Run.


 Elite Tuner Florida Season Closer

Elite Tuner Florida Season Closer
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Elite Tuner is back in Orlando for the Florida Season Closer Car Show, bringing hundreds of the hottest cars to Dezerland Action Park for the close of their 2023 tour.

The event will feature an indoor car show, where vehicles will be judged for awards and prizes, live DJs, giveaways and more.

Tickets for the event start at $20 and can be purchased here.



Orlando Area Sunday Farmers Markets

Orlando Area Saturday Farmers Markets
Weekly, Every Saturday

The Winter Garden Farmers Market is your hometown market open every Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. in beautiful Historic Winter Garden.


The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is one of the best produce and plant markets in Central Florida which takes place every Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm in Central Park.


The Lake Mary Farmers Market features local vendors of produce, plants, baked goods, and arts and crafts. The market is open every Saturday, from 9 am - 1:30 pm at Lake Mary City Hall.


Visit every Saturday at the City of Longwood Farmers Market at Reiter Park from 9 am - 2 pm, with locally sourced seafood and produce to handmade crafts and more.


Join in every Saturday morning in Lake Nona, the Lake Nona Farmers Market takes place in the beautiful Town Center from 11 am - 3 pm, shop local with the freshest produce and more.



 


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2023



Daniel Caesar: Superpowers World Tour
Sunday, September 10, 2023

Daniel Caesar: Superpowers World Tour comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando. Tickets on sale now!


Montgomery Drive Presents 0 Miles Per Hour Cathedral Bells Smelter Eyelash Sunday, September 10th, 2023 Will’s Pub

0 Miles Per Hour, Cathedral Bells, Smelter & Eyelash
Sunday, September 10, 2023

Montgomery Drive Presents 0 Miles Per Hour, Cathedral Bells, Smelter, and Eyelash. Live at Will's Pub. Get tickets now.


FilmSlam x OMA 2023

FilmSlam x OMA 2023
Sunday, September 10, 2023

Florida's original FILMSLAM is back each month at Orlando Museum of Art!


FilmSlam hosts a monthly, in-person screening series featuring the works of Florida's independent short filmmakers.


Free Family Fun Day at The Mennello Museum of American Art

Free Family Fun Day at The Mennello Museum of American Art
Sunday, September 10, 2023

Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday!

Join us at the museum for free admission, docent led tours of the galleries, and a fine art project! Art Projects are available to make or take home with you between 12 pm – 2:30 pm. The museum galleries also stay open until 4:30 p.m. for all guests.


Ren Fair at The Renaissance Theatre Company

Ren Fair at The Renaissance Theatre Company
Weekly, Every Sunday

Renaissance Fair at The Ren, is a unique outdoor and indoor event, featuring drag shows, live music, and more. Diverse and Queer-friendly, 18+.


Shops! Vendors, Artists, Crafts, Food Vendors/Trucks, Plants, Merchandise.


Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park

Orlando Area Sunday Farmers Markets
Weekly, Every Sunday

One of the most popular farmers markets in Central Florida, Orlando Farmer’s Market is located in the heart of Orlando at Lake Eola park, and takes place Sundays 10 am - 4 pm.


Every week at Celebration Farmers Market there are multiple vendors here selling everything from fresh food and produce, to local crafted jewelry, and much more, with a beautiful backdrop of Lakeside Park, this is a must go to farmers market on Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm.


The popular East Orlando Farmers Market offers hand selected produce, creative local small business owners, along with botanical varieties to chose from. Every Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.


Clermont Farmer's Market features over 60 vendors selling seafood, organic produce, and other household items, this popular market is the place to go on Sundays 9 am - 2 pm.


Mount Dora’s open-air Mount Dora Village Market in Sunset Park is open Sundays from 9 am – 2 pm offering fresh products from over 50 market vendors



 


Whatever You Decide To Do, Have A Great Weekend!


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