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Must-Do Orlando Summer 2024 - Festivals, Fireworks, Sport, Culture, Concerts and more!

It's going to be hot in the city this summer, and we've brought together the hottest sumemr happenings throughout Central Florida, including music festivals, sporting events, cultural festivals and more!

Must-Do Orlando Summer 2024 - Festivals, Fireworks, Sport, Culture, Concerts and more

Summer is here, and it is time to plan your summer adventures, and trust us, you'll be spoilt for choice of things to do in the upcoming weeks and months, with a red hot lineup of fun this summer.

From theme park festivals, and late night water park parties, to star-studded soccer games, and star-spangled 4th of July celebrations, you don't want to miss a second of the summer fun.

We've compiled a selection of the best events and festivals that are happening throughout Central Florida from June through until September. Enjoy, have fun, and don't forget to stay hydrated!

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EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Theme Park Festivals & Events

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Select Nights, May 24 - August 11

Stay Longer. Play Later! Celebrate all summer long with extended park hours, dazzling entertainment and fireworks on select night at Summer Nights at Busch Gardens.

Red, White & Brews at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Including The 4th of July, May 24 - July 7

Celebrate the nostalgia of Summer with festive culinary delights on the Festival Walkway this Summer every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, during Red, White & Brews.

Disney H2O Glow After Hours
Select Nights, May 25 - August 31

Walt Disney World Resort guests can have a “glowing’’ good time when Disney H2O Glow After Hours returns to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon starting May 25. Experience the night in a whole new light with three magical hours - after hours - at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. This after-hours party turns the water park into a beach bash extravaganza, creating an energetic atmosphere with waves and pulsating beats.

Viva La Música at SeaWorld Orlando
Weekends, June 1 - 30

Experience Viva La Musicathis festive, family-friendly Latin celebration in a new way as you dance to the hottest music, sample fiery flavors, shop for authentic souvenirs, and much more.

Summer Brick Party at LEGOLAND Florida
June 1 - August 11

In the summer, every day deserves to be a party! Summer Brick Party at LEGOLAND Florida Resort is the best way to celebrate the sunny season June 1 - August 11! Jump into extreme levels of fun with thrilling shows, fan-favorite characters, refreshing limited time food and beverage offerings and tons of bricktastic fun under the sun- all included in general Park admission and select Annual Passes.

AquaGlow at Aquatica Orlando
Select Nights, June 7 - August 10

Get ready to light up your summer nights at AquaGlow, a brand-new after-hours event that will transform Aquatica Orlando into a dazzling neon paradise! From the mesmerizing ALL-NEW Electric Tides laser show dancing over the iconic wave pool to an illuminated lazy river where even the tubes light up. Plus, you will not want to miss the transformation of Roa’s Rapids as it gets Amp’ed Up!

Island Nights at Adventure Island Tampa
Select Nights, June 7 - July 26

Dive into summer during Island Nights until 8 pm every Friday starting June 7 – July 26! When the sun goes down, the fun heats up at Adventure Island. Don't miss the chance to snap fun selfies with a 360 camera, party with stilt performers, and get your groove on with dynamic DJs on select Friday nights! This event includes extended park hours, exciting entertainment, and a family-friendly dance party for everyone!

Noche de San Juan at Aquatica Orlando
June 22

On June 22, bring your family and friends to celebrate la Noche de San Juan at Aquatica from 7:00PM to Midnight. Come and spend time with your favorite DJ’s and enjoy this traditional celebration!

Fourth of July Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando
Thursday, July 4

Celebrate Independence Day at SeaWorld Orlando with a patriotic fireworks spectacular and more!

Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld Orlando
Weekends, July 6 - August 25

Enjoy mouth-watering BBQ, thirst-quenching brews and live concerts this summer at Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld Orlando.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Select Nights, August 9 - October 31, 2024

Get ready for a spooktacular celebration with plenty of tricks and treats when this year's Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Enjoy spellbinding entertainment including shows, a parade, fireworks, Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, and so much more. This limited-capacity, nighttime event allows guests to experience shorter wait times on attractions, themed food and beverage and more.

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
August 29 to November 23, 2024

it wouldn’t be the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival without the FOOD! Foodie fans can look forward to so many mouthwatering returning favorites.  As evening falls, chart-topping musical acts and Orlando’s top talent will take to the stage as part of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series presented by Florida Blue. Performances will take place nightly in the America Gardens Theatre. On the scavenger hunt front, guests can purchase a map for Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak and search to find their favorite little chef hidden throughout World Showcase.  

Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando Resort
Select Nights August 30 - November 3, 2024

Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios Florida 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. You never feel more alive than when you’re scared to death at HHN, face 10 terrifying haunted houses, 5 sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment and some of Universal Studios’ most exhilarating attractions. 

Halloween Spooktacular
Select Dates, August 31 - November 3

At SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, trick-or-treat and meet silly Halloween characters during this family-friendly daytime event, included with park admission.

Howl-O-Scream At SeaWorld Orlando
Select Nights, September 6 - November 2

A new terror has surfaced, and there’s nowhere to hide. Howl-O-Scream has washed ashore at SeaWorld Orlando, and this time, the fear is everywhere. A separately-ticketed event.

Howl-O-Scream At Busch Gardens Tampa
Select Nights, September 6 - November 2, 2024

Tampa’s premier Halloween event is back! Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns to Tampa Bay in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more. 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!

Busch Gardens’ Halloween Harvest
Saturdays & Sundays, September 7 - November 3, 2024

At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Halloween Harvest takes place during regular park hours, and is included with park entry on Saturdays and Sundays from September 7 to November 3.

Halloween Harvest is a family-friendly event inviting guests to celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating, costume parades and more during this family-friendly event.

Fiesta Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando

Select Days, September 7 - October 13

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Fiesta Aquatica! This fun-filled, festive event happens Select days, Sept. 7 - Oct. 13. Enjoy a change in tempo with Latin beats and delicious treats spread throughout the park. From live music and dancing, to mouthwatering culinary delights, immerse yourself in this vibrant celebration!

LEGOLAND Florida Brick-or-Treat
Saturdays & Sundays, September 7 - November 3, 2024

Ready your souls for monstrous family fun as Brick-or-Treat bewitches LEGOLAND Florida Resort this Halloween season! The party kicks off as Monsters take over LEGOLAND and host the Halloween party of the year featuring: Live Entertainment & Shows, Limited-Time Attractions, Character Meet & Greets, Bricktastic Fireworks Shows, and of course, Trick-or-Treating! Best of all, admission is included with day tickets, hotel packages, and select annual passes.

Central Florida Fair

Sports Events

The Allstate Continental Clásico: USA vs. Brazil
June 12

The U.S. Men’s National Team will take on world power Brazil in the second edition of the Allstate Continental Clásico on June 12 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Department of Defense Warrior Games
June 21 - 30

The Department of Defense Warrior Games is an annual event, first held in 2010, that celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military service members. From June 21-30, 2024, the DoD Warrior Games will return to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.

CONMEBOL Copa América 2024
June 29 & July 1

CONMEBOL Copa América 2024 is coming to 14 stadiums across the U.S. this summer with two matches at Inter&Co Stadium. Chile and Canada will face each other on June 29, with Bolivia and Panama taking to the field on July 1.

The 2024 Leagues Cup
July 26 & August 4

Orlando City Soccer Club will host two matches of the opening round of the 2024 Leagues Cup at Inter&Co Stadium. They include a game against fellow MLS side CF Montréal on July 26, followed by a match vs. Liga MX side Atlético de San Luis on Aug. 4.

FC Series 2024: Barcelona vs. Manchester City
July 30

Three-time reigning Premier League champions Manchester City faces off against Spanish powerhouse Barcelona in this FC Series match at Camping World Stadium. The friendly marks the fourth consecutive year that Orlando has hosted top European teams as part of the FC Series.

Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
August 23

Be here to experience the intensity as NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers go all out to keep their championship hopes alive at the World Center of Racing, Daytona.

Coke Zero Sugar 400
August 24

Racing under the lights of the famed high banks and with only a couple Playoff spots up for grabs, anything could happen as drivers go all out to keep their Championship hopes alive at the World Center of Racing, Daytona.

Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival

Music Festivals & Outdoor Concerts

The Rolling Stones

June 3

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones are hitting the road in 2024 with The Hackney Diamonds Tour, including a stop at Camping World Stadium on June 3. Get tickets now.

Forbidden Kingdom 2024
June 7 - 8

Insomniac’s Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival is Florida’s premier destination for bass and dubstep lovers featuring over 50 artists, art installations and multiple stages at Orlando Amphitheater within the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

FunkFest 2024
June 14 - 15

Funk Fest Orlando 2024 is going down June 14–15 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Don’t miss out on this legendary line-up of hip-hop, R&B and soul heavy hitters: Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson, Jeezy, Ledisi, Juvenile, Faith Evans, KP the Great, TI, The Dream, and Lil Jon.

Mother Mother and Cavetown with Destroy Boys
June 29

Platinum-certified alt-pop rockers Mother Mother and multi-Platinum singer/songwriter and producer Cavetown, together with Destroy Boys are heading to Orlando for a huge outdoor show this summer at the Orlando Amphitheater.

Def Leppard, Journey and special guest Cheap Trick

July 10

Mark your calendars, The Summer Stadium Tour 2024 with Def Leppard, Journey and special guest Cheap Trick will combine timeless classics and chart-topping hits, celebrating the enduring spirit of rock ‘n’ roll at Camping World Stadium. Get tickets now.

Morgan Wallen

July 11 - 12

Country superstar Morgan Wallen will be performing 2 shows in Tampa at the Raymond James Stadium. Get tickets now.

Lamb Of God & Mastodon
July 24

Metal mainstays Lamb Of God and Mastodon are joining forces for a massive co-headlining North American tour this summer, including support from Slayer’s Kerry King, and British metalcore band Malevolence. The tour includes a stop at the Orlando Amphitheater.

Zach Bryan
August 14

Zach Bryan is bringing The Quittin Time" tour to Tampa Bays Raymond James Stadium with Jason Isbell, 400 Unit and Levi Turner. Get tickets now.

Sum 41
September 24

Grammy-nominated band Sum 41 has announced their last headlining world tour, ‘Tour Of The Setting Sum.’ The massive farewell tour incudes a stop in Orlando when the band will take to the stage at the Orlando Amphitheater on September 24.  The band will be joined by The Interrupters as support.

Arts & Cultural Festivals & Events

India Fest Apopka
June 9

India Fest Apopka is the best exhibition of Indian Heritage, Culture, Dance, Music and Food to bring everyone together. More than 100 Booths will be offering unique arts and crafts.

49 Bells Ceremony
June 12

Taking place at First United Methodist Church of Orlando, the tolling of the bells is part of “Acts of Love and Kindness,” a One Orlando Alliance movement grown out of the spirit of giving and good deeds witnessed in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy.

The movement inspires the Orlando community and beyond to engage in volunteerism, share stories and show support through acts of love and kindness. For more information on this day of remembrance events, click here.

Pulse Remembrance Ceremony
June 12

Community leaders, first responders and the families of the victims and survivors of the Pulse tragedy will come together at Dr. Phillips Center for an annual remembrance ceremony hosted by the City of Orlando.   

The Remembrance Ceremony allows our community to come together every year on the evening of June 12 to honor and remember the 49 angels taken, their families, the survivors, first responders, trauma teams and all those impacted by the tragedy.    

Admission is free but a ticket is required to attend the event. More information about the event and how to obtain a ticket can be found here. If you are unable to attend in person, you can also livestream the ceremony via the Pulse Orlando website.

1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week
June 14 - 19

The 1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week will take place on June 14 - 19, 2024 in the Historic Town of Eatonville FL. Our theme this year is “Empowering Resilience, Celebrating Freedom, and Reclaiming our Unity”.

Events will feature a Youth STEAM explosion, senior citizen celebration, vendors, entertainment, Father’s Day specials and so much more. This weekend will provide an opportunity for members of our community to learn about the significance of Juneteenth and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history.

1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week Youth Day
June 14

Come out and join us as we kick off 1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week with a community eventjust for our youth! Bring your skates, scooters and bikes for some fun at our outdoor skating rink at the Scoot, Ride, and Skate Jam

Juneteenth Central Florida Black History Bus Tour
June 15

On Saturday June 15, 2024 join Paving Pathways as we celebrate Juneteenth and uncover the rich legacy of black history in Orlando with our Central Florida Black History Bus Tour. This immersive experience delves into the Black stories of resilience, achievement, and cultural vibrancy that have shaped Central Florida. 

Paving Pathways is offering  a unique opportunity to: Engage with vibrant cultural experiences featuring: Visits to historical areas and events in Ocoee, Eatonville, Parramore and many more.   

Learn and hear from living historical leaders, local notable politicians, social justice advocates, historians and descendants of historical change makers of Orlando.

1887 Juneteenth Celebration
June 15

Welcome to the 1887 Juneteenth Celebration Festival. Come join us for a day of fun, food, and festivities in the Historic town of Eatonville. This event is a great opportunity to celebrate freedom and unity and honor the history and achievements of African Americans.

Enjoy live music, delicious food, and exciting activities for the whole family. Learn about the significance of Juneteenth and its importance in American history. Don't miss out on this chance to come together as a community and celebrate freedom and equality. We can't wait to see you there!

4th Annual Juneteenth – A Freedom Festival
June 15

The 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival celebrates Juneteenth with motivational speakers, a DJ, entertainment, a large variety of vendors, and a few food trucks.  Considering the construction of Ft. Mellon Park and the surrounding area, this years event takes place at Sanford Civic Center, with its outdoor courtyard.

Central Florida Juneteenth Gala (Wakandan Style)
June 15

We welcome you to the Central Florida Juneteenth Gala! Join us for a night of celebration and reflection at 412 East Kennedy Boulevard, Maitland. Get ready to enjoy live music, delicious food, and meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. Let's come together to honor the significance of Juneteenth and commemorate this important milestone in American history. Formal dress attire or dashiki's.

Juneteenth Festival

June 15

Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate freedom and unity at our spectacular Juneteenth Festival! On June 15, join us at Camping World Stadium for a day filled with joy, cultural richness, and community connection.

Together, let's honor the resilience and achievements of Black Americans while fostering solidarity and understanding among our diverse community.

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors for a day of celebration and reflection at Camping World Stadium on June 15th from 2 pm- 7 pm. Stay tuned for more details and surprises as we countdown to this momentous occasion!

4th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Walk
June 15

SMB Personal Fitness and Entertainment is excited to invite you to a 1.9-mile walk through the beautiful West Lakes at the 4th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Walk, where we'll celebrate Juneteenth while building a stronger community. Strollers and fur babies on a leash are more than welcome to join the fun at at Lake Lorna Doone Park.

Tampa Bay Juneteenth Festival
June 15

Join us for our 4th Annual Cultural Experience at Raymond James Stadium.Enjoy a block party atmosphere of live music from DJs, amazing Food Trucks, Retail Shopping, Job Fair, Health Clinic, and much more fun for the WHOLE Community!

The PWRTRC 2024 Juneteenth Literacy Music Festival
June 15

The Phyllis Wheatley Rise to Read Campaign will be hosting a Juneteenth Music Festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive, in St. Petersburg. Children ages 0 to 12 are free!

The live outdoor concert will feature headliner Shawn Brown, Tampa’s very own Beat Down Band, St. Petersburg-born artist Siobhan Monique, and Grammy Nominated, 3x NAACP Image Award nominated and BILLBOARD charting artist Nathan Mitchell. In addition, there will be a special Kids Corner with several activities for children of all ages, including a playground, face painting, a hockey shooting rink hosted by our very own Tampa Bay Lightning, and more.

Juneteenth In Winter Park: Jazz & Jubilee A Night Under The Stars
June 15

We are excited to announce our Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Winter Park, "A Night Under the Stars: Jazz & Jubilee at Shady Park," on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 5 to 10 pm! Join us for a memorable evening featuring live jazz music, delicious food, spirits, and a night of jubilee under the stars, sponsored by The City of Winter Park and The Equity Council Corp., a Black-owned and operated nonprofit serving the citizens of Hannibal Square since 2018.

Our event will be held at Shady Park, a beautiful outdoor venue perfect for a summer celebration. Guests will enjoy a night of live music from some of the best jazz musicians in the area and performances from artists and dancers. We'll also have a selection of food vendors serving delicious bites and spirits and retail vendors showcasing some of the best cultural wear, custom jewelry, art, and much more so guests can support Black-owned Businesses on such a momentous occasion.

4th Annual Lunch and Learn: A BTGM Juneteenth Event
June 15

We're thrilled to announce that the 3rd annual Juneteenth Lunch and Learn at the Orlando Rep on June 15 from 2-6p is being presented in partnership with the Florida Theatre Association and the Florida Repertory Theatre! This family-friendly event is free and open to all, and includes a delicious BBQ lunch, engaging readings of children’s books about Juneteenth, face painting, a DJ bubble party by DJ Jaé and other exciting activities.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a fun-filled day of learning and celebration, made possible by our generous sponsors. Children of all ages will love the lively readings of Juneteenth stories, while parents and caregivers can enjoy browsing additional Black Owned food and dessert vendors on-site. Plus, don't miss out on our free book raffle!

Clermont Juneteenth Celebration
June 15

Don't miss the Clermont Third Juneteenth Event, a cultural and educational celebration of freedom. Come join us for an evening of art, music, and authentic cuisine.

Kissimmee Juneteenth Festival

June 15

The Kissimmee Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of community, culture, and unity that is perfect for the entire family.

 Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States and a community celebration of African American culture, including live music, delicious food, and craft vendors.

1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week Father’s Day
June 16

The 1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week is hosting a Father's Day “Fishing with Father’s” on Sunday morning! This event will be a time to enjoy and honor the father’s in our community with good music, good food, and plenty offishing. Bring you lawn chairs, your coolers and your family, and we’ve got the rest!

AfroCAN 2024: Juneteenth Fest
June 16

Get your picnic blankets ready and your chic Afro-inspired attire, and join AfroCAN Fest in Downtown, Tampa at Perry Harvey Park for the revolutionary summer-time chic festival celebrating black excellence and culture.

Senior Citizen’s Day:The Power Of Flowers
June 17

Show your love to our wise citizens and give them their flowers while they can still appreciate them. Be sure to register the wise citizens you would like to recognize with a gift of flowers and expression of love during the 1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week 

A Journey Towards Freedom
June 18

Join 1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week for our Juneteenth Celebration virtual event, as we embark on a journey through reflections of Juneteenth and its connection to the "Town That Freedom Built". You will hear from National Historians, natives and descendants of Eatonville.

Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration
June 19

Get ready to celebrate Juneteenth Freedom Day in Eatonville, with the 1887 Juneteenth Celebration Week! We are thrilled to invite you to our Proclamation Observance at the town hall, where we will honor this historic occasion and the oldest Black Township Municipality in the US. Let's come together with excitement and joy to commemorate this important day in our nation's history!

4th Annual Facets of Freedom: A Celebration of Juneteenth
June 19

Join us for a night of remembrance and celebration of the contributions of Black culture in the arts as we commemorate Juneteenth, the historic national holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States. Facets of Freedom 2024 will take place on June 19, 2024 at the Orlando Family Stage, starting at 7pm.

This interdisciplinary arts event will be a time for us to reflect on our history, celebrate our vibrant community, and honor the sacrifices of those who came before us. As a community of artists, we believe in the power of creativity and expression to inspire change and bring people together.

We will have musical performances, dance, and spoken word that showcase the richness of African American artistry and the resilience of our community. In addition, we will have a visual art exhibit featuring Black Central Florida artists, giving you an opportunity to appreciate their unique talents and perspectives as well as purchase local Black artwork.

Florida Festival of New Musicals
June 20 - 23

The Florida Festival of New Musicals at Winter Park Playhouse is a 4-day event that will showcase six new musical works and bring together writers and composers with patrons, press, producers and directors. A one-hour version of each selected musical will be fully read and sung concert-style, without staging, by varying casts of professional actors and musicians.

Audiences will have the unique and exciting opportunity to see musicals in the early stages of development and provide feedback about the new musical after the reading.

Hello, Dolly!
June 21 - 24

Tony Nominee and Disney Legend Jodi Benson brings love and laughter in Encore Performing Arts’ production of Hello, Dolly! The iconic musical, born from Thornton Wilder's classic farce, is a jubilant ride through turn-of-the-century New York, filled with the wit and wisdom of the indomitable Dolly Gallagher Levi. Accompany her on a quest to unite hearts and turn the world upside down in the pursuit of love. Get tickets now for this iconic show at Dr Phillips Center.

Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play
June 21 - 23

Before Ella, Tina, Billie, or Beyoncé – there was JOSEPHINE Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play is an international award-winning one-woman biographical musical that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. Josephine has won over 20 awards across several continents, and had a successful off-Broadway run in 2018.  Tymisha Harris stars in this dazzling retelling of Josephine Baker’s revolutionary life as singer, movie star, WWII spy, civil rights activist, and cultural icon at Dr Phillips Center.

Central Florida Juneteenth Celebration and Fireworks Show
June 22

Come join us the Central Florida Juneteenth Celebration and Fireworks Show in Maitland for 2 days filled with music, food, and fun as we commemorate Juneteenth together. This event aims to celebrate freedom and unity while honoring African American culture and heritage.

Get ready to enjoy live performances, delicious food vendors, local artists, and more. Whether you're coming with family or friends, this celebration promises to be a memorable experience for all.

Mark your calendars and don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth with the Central Florida community. We can't wait to see you there!

Juneteenth Freedom Festival
June 29

Come join the Juneteenth Freedom Festival at the Simpson Park Community Center on Martin L King Junior Avenue in Lakeland for a day of celebration and reflection. This in-person event will feature live music, food vendors, historical exhibits, and more. Let's come together to honor the significance of Juneteenth and commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with the community and learn about this important part of our history.

Things to do in Orlando Summer 2024

Family Fun Festivals & Events

153rd Silver Spurs Rodeo
May 31 - June 1

Watch bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and women's barrel racing at the 153rd Silver Spurs Rodeo. In between the seven traditional events, you’ll also see acts throughout the night from our rodeo clown, witness a performance from our Junior Silver Spurs Quadrille Team, and see junior bull riders and barrel racers compete in the arena!

Dive-In Movies At Island H2O
Fridays, May 31 - July 26

Every Friday between May 31 - July 26 at 6 pm, at Island H2O catch the coolest flicks under the stars at Central Florida's largest outdoor digital wave pool screen. Enjoy dive-in movies, where you can splash and watch your favorite family films at the wave pool.

Pineapple Festival
June 1

Join Lake Nona for the annual Puerto Rican-themed street festival inspired by the Festival De La Piña Paradisíaca with live music, authentic food and live entertainment! Event entry is free and open to the public.

Brick Fan Expo
June 8 - 9

Brick Fan Expo has it all! Amazing LEGO creations, huge custom LEGO displays, STEM zones, play areas, costumed character meets, celebrities from Social Media and the LEGO Master TV show (including 4 winners), speaker panels. Vendor area with custom or rare finds. To purchase tickets to this event at Dezerland on I-Drive, click HERE.

Fan Girls Expo & Cosplay Extravaganza
June 22

Come celebrate female characters, creators and Artist, across all genres at Oviedo Mall. One day. One EPIC event to celebrate fangirls across all genres. Whether you love HORROR, ANIME, SUPER HEROES, DISNEY, WITCHES, PIRATES, OR STEAMPUNK....there is a place for you at FAN GIRLS. Cosplay contests all day, vendor market, panels, you name it....we'll have it!

Venardos Circus
June 22 - August 17

On select dates this summer, from June 22 - August 17, Westgate Resorts and Venardos Circus presents a one-of-a-kind, limited-run summertime circus spectacular directly outside the gates of Westgate Town Center, Westgate Vacation Villas and Westgate Towers Resorts located off Highway 192 in Kissimmee, Opening on June 22 and running through August 17, Venardos Circus will present dazzling, 90-minute Broadway-style performances every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 pm, alongside double showtimes at 5 pm and 8 pm each Saturday and Sunday.

National Pink Day Car Show
June 23

Experience the 2nd Annual Pink Car Show at Dezerland Park, showcasing a stunning array of unique pink vehicles. This free event is open to all, offering a vibrant celebration of automotive creativity and passion. Don't miss your chance to witness these one-of-a-kind cars on display!

I-Drive Throwdown Truck Show
July 19 - 21

At Dezerland Park on International Drive the I-Drive Truck Throwdown is back again for another awesome event! 2023 Had 800+ trucks, 6k spectators across the weekend and 50 of the top and premier industry vendors across the weekend! Let's see what 2024 has in store!

Monster Jam
August 3 - 4

The most unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable motorsports experience for families and fans in the world returns for an adrenaline-charged weekend at Orlando’s Kia Center for three shows August 3 (1 p.m. & 7 p.m.) and August 4 (1 p.m.).  At Monster Jam, world champion athletes and their 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt in wide-open competitions of speed and skill.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown

August 16

Friday Night SmackDown returns to Kia Center on August 16! This highly anticipated event promises to be an unforgettable night of electrifying wrestling action, featuring the biggest names in the WWE universe. 

Friday Night SmackDown is renowned for its action-packed matches, larger-than-life personalities, and unexpected twists and turns. Whether you are a die-hard WWE fan or just looking for an exciting night out, you won't want to miss this incredible event.

2024 Florida Kids & Family Expo
August 17 - 18

Spend the day at The Florida Kids and Family Expo discovering over 200 exhibitors with schools, products, services, entertainment, and more. While you’re busy discovering all that’s possible for your family, your kids can interact with animals, meet their favorite characters, ride a pony, watch a live show, learn to use a lightsaber, play games, and so much more! There is simply too much to list it all. The only way to experience it is to attend!

Disney on Ice
August 30 - September 1

 Mickey and pals are rocking the DJ table at Disney On Ice and you’re on the guest list! Feel the electric atmosphere as they remix favorite Disney tunes into colorful worlds. Wish upon a star with Asha as she and Valentino save the Kingdom of Rosas from King Magnifico. Roar with delight as Simba, Timon and Pumbaa step into the spotlight. Groove to ocean beats with Ariel and friends, harmonize with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, and sway to the rhythm of the waves with Moana and Maui. And the party really goes off the charts when guest DJ Stitch takes control. Get ready to turn up the fun at Disney On Ice at Kia Center.

Moon Over Avalon Mid-Autumn Festival 2024
September 14

Asia Trend proudly presents the second annual Moon Over Avalon in partnership with Avalon Park Orlando and various non-profit organizations to bring joy, friendship and harmony in the Avalon Park area. This 5-hour evening event includes children’s arts & craft activities, DIY festival lanterns, food trucks, night market, and live performances.

Pride Month Events Orlando


May 30, 2024 - June 3, 2024

Gay Days is the world's most popular gay and lesbian celebration, attracting over 150,000 gay and lesbian travelers to Orlando.

GayDays is returning home to the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld as the GayDays host hotel. Expect pool parties, expo, drag bingo and two new events, you don't want to miss it. Visit for more details

Girls in Wonderland 2024
May 30 - June 3

Girls in Wonderland is a magical weekend from parties to our exclusive women’s resort. So hop on board for a weekend that promises something for everyone including live women’s music, spectacular dance parties, celebrities, pool parties, comedy show, theme parks and thousands of women from around the country and the world celebrating in grand style. The host hotel for this year's takeover is SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at Flamingo Crossings Town Center.

One Magical Weekend 2024
May 30 - June 3, 2024

Get ready to dive into a world of vibrant celebration and non-stop entertainment at One Magical Weekend 2024! With events at the enchanting Walt Disney World Resorts, this event is heralded as one of the largest LGBTQ+ pride and music festivals globally. With a lineup of top international DJ talent and round-the-clock, world-class events, it’s the perfect place to feel the pulse of the community and dance the night away​​.

Orlando Bear Pride Presents Bear Jamboree
May 31 - June 3

Orlando Bear Pride welcomes all Bears to Gay Disney during the first weekend of June each year for a weekend hotel takeover. Visit Bear Jamboree for more details

The Pride Cup
June 1 - 2

As part of the KindRED Pride Foundation, The Pride Cup is an annual LGBTQ+ multi-sport competition held during Gay Disney weekend – the first weekend in June in Orlando. With events welcoming all levels of athletes, the spirit of the competition to Kickoff Pride Month at RED Shirt Pride Days during Gay Disney!

Red Shirt Pride Day 2024
Saturday, June 1, 2024

The KindRED Pride Foundation believe in the Power of Kindness and believe in the Power of RED.  The red in the pride flag represents life. The original organizers chose this color in order to recognize other “kindred spirits” at that first gathering.

What better way to kick off Pride Month than all “kind” people around the world wearing RED as a celebration of life in all of its different colors, shapes, sizes, genders, orientations, nationalities, ages, abilities, and status – where the only real question is “Are you kind or are you not kind?”

PrideFest Kissimmee
June 1

Join the City of Kissimmee for their annual PrideFest Kissimmee event at the Kissimmee Civic Center. PrideFest Kissimmee is a celebration grounded in welcoming, fostering awareness of, and acknowledging the impactful contributions of our local LGBTQ community.

Come out and enjoy food and craft vendors, local artists, and activities that are fun for the whole family.

Orlando Sings presents Considering Mathew Shepard
June 1 - 2

Composed by Craig Hella Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard is a Grammy-nominated three-part oratorio which is an evocative and compassionate musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard.

On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was kidnapped, beaten, and left to die, in what became an infamous act of brutality, and one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes. Considering Matthew Shepherd responds to and reflects upon the devastating events that led to Matthew Shepard's heartbreaking death.

Through music, poetry, and singing this piece demonstrates that his life and legacy are more than his inhumane suffering and demise. Reflections on Matthews legacy are compassionately explored in this groundbreaking work. Orlando Sings’ professional ensemble, Solaria, will present this work, fully staged, in the Pugh Theater with chamber orchestra, soloists and projections.

Orlando Gay Chorus Presents The Gay Agenda: Revealed
June 2

With so much talk about the “gay agenda”, the Orlando Gay Chorus think it’s time to sets the record straight on what the LGBT+ community is all about. (The right to live freely and authentically!)

Learn more about the “gay agenda" as the Orlando Gay Chorus presents its spring concert, The Gay Agenda: Revealed.

Whether it’s during the everyday 9 to 5 or while Takin’ It to the Streets, the group just wants to Sing that we are Strong Enough and We Know the Way! In this powerful concert experience, You Learn that Some of My Best Friends Are Straight, but This is Me…A Change Is Gonna Come… and We Will Rise Up Together!

Be there for this heartfelt (and hit-filled) concert experience, held in the stunning Steinmetz Hall.

Art With A Purpose at Orlando Museum Of Art
June 7

Experience the power of art in a welcoming and inclusive space! LGBTQ+ students and their families, along with their closest allies and loved ones, are invited to unleash their creativity at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Guests will tour the museum’s galleries and explore powerful queer stories, identities, and artists from OMA’s permanent collection before engaging in a reflective art journaling workshop with a queer teaching artist. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to create meaningful art, explore queer stories, and connect with a supportive community!  

This program is sponsored by Macy’s and is completely FREE! Preregistration is required; please call 407.896.4231 ext. 262 or email to register.

CommUNITY Rainbow Run
June 8

The annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run, now in its 8th year, is a celebration of how following the Pulse tragedy, our community came together in love and how we continue to be Orlando United.

At the CommUNITY Rainbow Run, which this year is Saturday, June 8, 2024, we unite to honor the 49 angels, their families, the survivors, first responders and all those impacted.   

The 8th Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run presented by the City of Orlando and Orlando Health is more than just a race, this is a celebration of our community's resilience and love.

Proud In The Cloud
June 8

A FREE community event where ALL are welcome. Celebrate St. Cloud’s love & diversity at this year’s Proud in the Cloud! Featuring food trucks, entertainment, and local businesses at Lakefront park from 12 - 6 pm. Entertainment includes: Twila Holiday, Mya Buena Matthews, Cherilyn Matthews, TikTak Holiday, and Mocha Sky.

A History of LGBTQ Resilience in Central Florida
June 9

In this program, David Matteson, a past Board president of the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida, will survey the history of the LGBTQ community in the region by focusing on moments of progress, resistance, and resilience.

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016, demonstrations of love and support centralized around the LGBTQ community. Yet no matter how many rainbow flags fly in The City Beautiful, queer individuals have not always been welcomed. Our history includes moments when showing one’s pride sparked protest and times when political progress prompted regressive discrimination. By turning to the past, we may better understand the LGBTQ community’s resilience – a quality for which we should all be proud. This program is free with registration.

Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Presents Peace by Piece
June 9

Under the overarching theme of “Build a Better Tomorrow,” CFSOF’s “Peace by Piece” aims to instill a sense of hope and optimism through the universal language of music. Featuring a carefully curated selection of pieces, the concert will weave together melodies that reflect both the nostalgia of the past and the aspirations for a brighter future.

The musical program includes stirring compositions such as “Bring to Light,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” and the iconic “Strike up the Band.” Each piece has been chosen deliberately to evoke emotions of reflection, inspiration, and unity among the audience.

“As we navigate through the complexities of our modern world, it becomes increasingly important to foster connections and understanding through shared experiences,” says Dr. Lindsey Williams, Artistic Director of CFSOF. “Through ‘Peace by Piece,’ we invite our audience to join us on a journey of reconciliation and hope, where each musical note serves as a building block towards a more harmonious tomorrow.” This show takes place in the Pugh Theater.

The 2024 Zebra Youth Pride Prom
June 14

The 2024 Zebra Youth Pride Prom will be held at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Ave) on Friday, June 14, from 6 - 8 pm for ages 13 - 17, and from 9 - 11 pm for ages 18 - 34.

The theme is Masquerade, and the dress code is semi-formal to formal. All forms of gender expression are welcomed. The event is free with a suggested donation of $15 to Zebra Youth.

Pride in Our City: Orlando Pride vs. Utah Royals FC
June 21

Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League take on Utah Royals FC at Inter&Co Stadium.

Show your Pride in our City, as we celebrate those in the vibrant and strong LGBTQIA+ community of Orlando. Join us as we recognize the eight-year anniversary of the Pulse tragedy and honor the 49 Angels

Pride in our City: Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire FC
June 22

Orlando City Soccer Club takes on Chicago Fire FC at Inter&Co Stadium in downtown Orlando.

Show your Pride in our City, as we celebrate those in the vibrant and strong LGBTQ+ community of Orlando. Join us as we recognize the 8-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, and honor those who were lost.

Orlando Out Fest
June 27 - 30

Calling all Kings, Queens and every Court Jester in between! Welcome to the inaugural Orlando Out Fest. A curated festival produced by Orlando Fringe, Celebrating exclusively LGBTQIA stories, artists, and history! Join us for an unforgettable experience celebrating creativity and diversity.



Great American Block Party
June 29

The annual Great American Block Party comes to Lake Nona Town Center with delicious food, sweet treats, fun games and activities, live music and more. This patriotic summer blowout party is not to be missed, with roaming live entertainers, an incredible lineup of food trucks, carnival games, and a spectacular evening laser light show that will dazzle and delight.

Rock Freedom & Fireworks in Longwood
June 29

The City of Longwood presents Rock, Freedom & Fireworks, the fourth annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 29th at Reiter Park featuring live music from Switch - Back to the 80's, over 15 food trucks, a full bar, vendors, and the best fireworks show in town! Free admission and parking for the event are located at the back parking lot of Orlando Health South Seminole, Longwood City Hall Complex, and the Longwood Sunrail Station. The fireworks show begins at 9 pm.

Red Hot & Boom
July 3

The City of Altamonte Springs is pulling out all the stops for the most spectacular party of the season at  Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs. Red Hot & Boom is celebrating 27 years of legendary live music, food, family, friends and firework-filled fun.

This annual gathering will be the highlight of an extraordinary Independence Day weekend. There is no better place to spend the best night of the summer while enjoying unforgettable performances, a jaw-dropping fireworks show,

Mount Dora Freedom on the Waterfront
July 3

Join Mount Dora in Elizabeth Evans Park for Freedom on the Water, an old-fashion celebration of our Independence Day.

Festivities begin at 5 PM with live music, featuring Kid's Zone with lots of fun activities, food trucks, beverages, and plenty of fun for everyone. This year we are proud to announce former Season 14 American Idol contestant Alexis Gomez with opening act David Letourneau will be playing live music on the stage. The festivities at Elizabeth Evans Park will end with a spectacular firework over Lake Dora.

Red, White & Kaboom
July 3

Celebrate on July 3, 2023 downtown at The City of Lakeland’s annual Red, White & Kaboom event. CelebratioSn will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Wednesday, July 3, from 6 - 9 om. with Gary Love and the Moonlighters, entertaining the crowd before a dazzling fireworks display launches at 9 pm.

Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
July 3 - 4

A spectacular 14-minute fireworks spectacular high above Cinderella Castle on Main Street U.S.A. is presented on July 3, and July 4 at Magic Kingdom.

SeaWorld Orlando
July 4

Enjoy a 4th of July firework spectacular on SeaWorld’s large central lake with inspiring music synced to beautiful fireworks in celebration of America. View from areas like Bayside Stadium or find a spot along the water. This event will bring the red, white, and blue, to you, so be sure not to miss it!

Red, White & BOOM at LEGOLAND Florida
July 4

Break out your red, white, and bricks because Red, White & BOOM! is back at LEGOLAND Florida Resort! On July 4th, get in the patriotic spirit with special activities, a DJ Dance Party, and an unforgettable firework display with LEGO bricks illuminating the sky through special 3D viewing glasses.

Fireworks at the Fountain
July 4

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites you to the 47th Annual Fireworks at the Fountain on Thursday, July 4 at Lake Eola Park. From 4 to 10 pm, enjoy live entertainment, family friendly fun, and food and beverages available for purchase from a variety of vendors.

At 9:10 pm., the sky will illuminate with a spectacular fireworks finale, set to a live patriotic performance by the Orlando Concert Band

The City of Winter Garden Party in the Park & Fireworks 2024
July 4

The City of Winter Garden presents Party in the Park, one of the best fireworks shows in Central Florida! Party in the Park is a FREE event for the community.

The SPECTACULAR fireworks display is over Lake Apopka and preshow entertainment includes live music, family activities, and more for all ages. Festivities begin at 6 pm. and the Fireworks Show starts at 9:15 pm.

July 4th Celebrations at Old Town Kissimmee
July 4

Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue with free fireworks at the July 4th Celebrations presented by Old Town and Fun Spot America Kissimmee. Bring the family for an entire day of fun including streetmosphere entertainment and live music on the Old Town Main Stage featuring Rocktown from 6 pm - 10 pm. Free Fireworks begin at 9 pm from the top of the buildings of Old Town.

2024 Monumental 4th of July
July 4

The City of Kissimmee’s Annual Monumental 4th of July Celebration features live performances on the Festival Lawn, KUA kid’s zone on the Veterans Lawn, food trucks, beverage concessions, and a grand fireworks display to close out the night!

Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Event will start at 7 pm with fireworks anticipated to take place at 10 pm.

Thunder on the Ridge
July 4

With the title of Polk County’s premiere fireworks display, Thunder on the Ridge is Haines City’s signature July 4th celebration. Since 1998, residents and people across Central Florida have joined Haines City to celebrate this memorable event

The City of Clermont Red, White & Boom
July 4

Join the City of Clermont for the Annual 4th of July Celebration at Waterfront Park filled with traditional Americana-type activities for all ages and ending with fireworks over Lake Minneola.

Watch the spectacular fireworks display over Lake Minneola starting at 9:15 p.m. Bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

Star Spangled Sanford
July 4

Star Spangled Sanford is one of the biggest fireworks displays in Central Florida is in the heart of Sanford! Come to Historic Downtown Sanford to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy free activities for the family and our spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Lake Monroe.

The City of Tavares July 4th Celebration

July 4

On Thursday, July 4th, 2024, the City will be hosting it's annual 4th of July Celebration with fun and entertainment for all ages! Kicking off the event at 5 pm with our 4th of July Celebration parade! Followed by fun, games, food, and tunes to honor our nations Independence Day!

Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, games, and other activities fin Downtown Tavares. Don't forget the highlight of the evening, our show stopping Firework display over Lake Dora!

Avalon Park Fourth of July Festival

July 4

Kick off your summer in style and show your patriotism Tuesday, July 4th at the Downtown Avalon Park Fourth of July Festival! Enjoy a host of thrilling attractions, from a wet/dry bounce park and a bike parade to special performances and an apple pie bake-off, from 5-9 pm. Round out your night with an amazing fireworks show at 9 pm!

City of Apopka's July 4th Celebration
July 4

Enjoy a free family-friendly July 4th Celebration at Apopka Amphitheater with music from David J and opening act Emily Henline and fireworks following the concert.

Mount Dora Independence Day Parade
July 4

Head to downtown Mount Dora for the Independence Day Parade, a patriotic tribute parade celebrating our country's independence! The City of Mount Dora is seeking entries for the annual Independence Day Parade in beautiful downtown Mount Dora.

The parade begins at the corner of Donnelly and 7th Avenue and runs to Charles Avenue.

The City of Winter Garden 20th All American Kids Parade 2024
July 4

Don your red, white, and blue and parade through historic downtown by foot, bike, scooter, or wagon with spectators cheering for the 20th Annual All American Kids Parade on Thursday, July 4, at 10 am. Come early for a free Kids Pancake Breakfast.

The Geneva 4th of July Parade & Festival
July 4

The Geneva Citizens Association and Rural Heritage Center proudly presents the 53rd Geneva 4th of July Parade & Festival, themed “CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF LEARNING,” on Thursday, July 4, 2024.

Dive into a day filled with fun activities, nostalgic charm, and community spirit. Highlights include a car show, vintage airplane flyovers, a parade, indulge in delicious fares at food booths, enjoy the Geneva Village Homemakers Cakewalk, and vote for your favorite floats.and enjoyThe Greater Geneva Grande Award Marching Band.

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