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The 50+ Best Events & Things To Do in Orlando in August 2023

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

Welcome to the sizzling hot days of summer here in Orlando, where temperatures have been rising higher and higher, and our list of events and things to do in the city beautiful throughout August is just as hot!


The Best Things To Do In Orlando August

The Top Things To Do In Orlando In August


Welcome to August in Orlando, its a busy time in the theme parks with lots of events happening including The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, and the Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando.


During August, Orlando has less outdoor events, festivals and happenings due to the hot temperatures, but don't worry there is still so much happening, and lots of it happens indoors with beautiful AC!


Whether you're visiting the area on vacation, or you're an Orlando local, check out our list of the best things to do, and check back often as we add more events throughout the month.



AUGUST 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 will also welcome 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.


Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando

Summer Spectacular at SeaWorld Orlando
Now - September 4, 2023

When the sun goes down, the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s Summer Spectacular!


Stay late all summer to immerse yourself in exotic worlds of light and music and experience your favorite SeaWorld attractions in a whole new way.


Dance the night away with world-class DJs for a family-friendly party beneath the waves. Then end the night with Ignite, a fireworks spectacular that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above.


Plus, enjoy a 4th of July firework spectacular with inspiring music synced to beautiful fireworks in celebration of America.


Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando
Now - September 3, 2023

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday until September 3, 2023


SeaWorld is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails.


Sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites. Plus savor more than 15 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long.


Summer Nights is returning to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Now through August 6, 2023

Busch Gardens are celebrating all summer long with extended park hours, all-new entertainment, and fireworks on select days during Summer Nights!


As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours every night.


Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park, take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark and enjoy electrifying entertainment throughout the night.


Go Xtreme - Legoland Florida

Summer Fun at LEGOLAND Florida
Now - August 6, 2023

LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced a brand new summer show, Go Xtreme!, which is set to debut at the Winter Haven theme park on May 27.


Go Xtreme will have families on edge of their seats at LEGO City Stage, with this all-new show features thrilling, hilarious and EXTREME stunts from world-class performers.


Action-packed stunts include BMX riders, scooter drivers, a Cyr wheel artist, inline skater and a world-record holding pogo athlete, who’s sure to deliver more than a few laughs.


PLUS, The Rhythm Bricks, a roaming percussion group will offer an interactive instrument experience throughout the park this summer.


Plus, the resort is also bringing back the popular Pirate Island Pool Parties at the resorts Pirate Island Hotel.


The new summer entertainment is available on select days through August 6.


Summer of More with Pirates and Princess Fun at Gaylord Palms Resort

Gaylord Palms Resort Summer Of More
Now - September 4, 2023

Gaylord Palms Resort is inviting guests to a Summer of More with their regal court an band of spirited buccaneers for plenty of pirate and princess fun.


Guests will find a treasure trove of shows and activities, hands-on experiences, fun-in-the- sun at Cypress Springs Water Park and pirate- and princess-themed décor across the 64-acre resort.

During the event, families can create treasures in a craft clubhouse, look for jewels in a puzzle- filled escape room, stroll through remnants of a pirate galleon, embark on a plundering scavenger hunt, see a family films at the resort’s water park, and more.


Grande Lakes Orlando reveals Summer Celebrations and Fireworks to celebrate 20th Anniversary

GLO Summer Nights at Grande Lakes Orlando
Now - September 3, 2023

Every Saturday


Grande Lakes Orlando invites guests to celebrate the summer in style with the introduction of "GLO Summer Nights," an exhilarating seasonal celebration in honor of the resort's 20th anniversary.


Boasting signature weekly fireworks displays in addition to spectacular glow-charged nights at the recently debuted Grande Lakes Waterpark, alongside an abundance of activations fit for every traveler, Grande Lakes Orlando has crafted a truly unforgettable summer experience all season long.

Throughout the summer, Grande Lakes Orlando will play host to an array of experiences perfect for families and guests of all ages including dazzling fireworks displays that will take center stage every Saturday evening.


54 at Renaissance Theater

54 at The Ren
Now - August 26, 2023

Every Friday & Saturday


54 is the newest high-concept entertainment experience from Renaissance Theatre Company.


Guests are encouraged to dress in theme and step into a re-imagination of the iconic nightclub from the 1970s.


The live sound of modern disco fills the air. A colorful dance floor is open (when a cast of professional dancers isn't performing). High-end cocktails and mocktails are on-the-ready.


Later, audiences can continue the party with 54 After-Hours, an elevated themed nightclub experience, also featuring nightly entertainment and a more classical 70s disco soundscape.


Dreamgirls at Garden Theater Winter Garden Florida

Dreamgirls at Garden Theater
Now - Saturday, August 13, 2023

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Meet the Dreams: Effie, Lorrell, and Deena, three young and talented African-American singers in the revolutionary 1960s. Dreamgirls will take you on a journey as the three friends embark on a musical roller coaster through the ruthless world of show business. Their relationships will be put to the test by fame, fortune, and romance as the young women discover that their dreams come at a cost.


Featuring iconic songs including “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “Family,” and “I Am Changing,” Dreamgirls explores themes of ambition, hope, and betrayal to a soundtrack of gospel, R&B, pop, disco, and more. Get your tickets now.


Orlando Shakes presents Million Dollar Quartet.

Million Dollar Quartet
Wednesday August 2 - Sunday August 20, 2023

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday


Orlando Shakes presents Million Dollar Quartet. Get your tickets now for Million Dollar Quartet– the Tony Award-nominated musical inspired by the true once-in-a-lifetime jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins in 1956!


It was December 4th, 1956, and Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee was about to become the mecca of music for a magical moment in music history. Be witness to this true to life jam session – credited by many to be the direct influence of rock ‘n roll in the late 50s and 60s – between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins!


Soccer Champions Tour Hosted by Florida Cup: Juventus vs. Real Madrid

Soccer Champions Tour Hosted by Florida Cup:
Juventus vs. Real Madrid
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Real Madrid CF will meet Juventus in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. The match between the two iconic global clubs is part of the Soccer Champions Tour and will be hosted by the Florida Cup, the Sunshine State’s largest annual international soccer event. Get tickets now.


Moneybagg Yo is coming to Amway Center

Moneybagg Yo
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Moneybagg Yo is coming to Amway Center, get your tickets now.


Honky Tonk Laundry at The Winter Park Playhouse

Honky Tonk Laundry
Friday August 4 - Sunday August 27, 2023

Wash your cares away with this musical comedy full of country favorites from Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and more!When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner of the Wishy Washy Wahateria, hires Katie to help out, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds and cheatin' hearts and turn their good ol' laundromat into a boot scootin' honky tonk!


Get your tickets now for this foot tapping musical at Winter Park Playhouse now!


Florida Theatrical Association presents: LIZZIE

Florida Theatrical Association presents: LIZZIE
August 4 - August 13, 2023

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday

Rage! Sex! Betrayal! Bloody murder! Get your tickets now for Lizzie at The Abbey

In the heat of late summer 1892, Andrew Borden and his wife were found murdered in their house. The main suspect in the murders was Andrew’s youngest daughter from a previous marriage, Lizzie Borden. Using a searing rock score, and based on the historical record, LIZZIE explores the heady and heated days leading up to the murder and Lizzie’s controversial acquittal of all charges and the creation of a new American myth.


Dr. Phillips Center's Pre-Professional Production, present A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line
August 4 - 6, 2023

College performers, a part of Dr. Phillips Center's Pre-Professional Production, present A Chorus Line, directed by Baayork Lee. An icon of American musical theatre, this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “singular sensation” comes from the genius of choreographer Michael Bennett and the legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch.


Taking place at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. Get your tickets now.


Kennedy Space Center Galactic Block Party and End of Summer Celebration

Galactic Block Party and End of Summer Celebration
August 4 - August 6, 2023

From August 4 through 6, guests are invited to join Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in celebrating the end of summer with a galactic block party during the last weekend of the summer-long Callie & RT's Mission to the Moon Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt.



Sister Hazel
August 4, 2023

Sister Hazel comes to House of Blues Orlando. Get your tickets now!



George Lopez: Alllriiiight! Comedy Tour
August 4, 2023

George Lopez comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando. Get your tickets now!



Jesse & Joy Summer Tour 2023
August 9, 2023

Jesse & Joy Summer Tour 2023 comes to House of Blues Orlando at Disney Springs. Get your tickets now!



Stephen Marley: Babylon by Bus
August 9, 2023

Stephen Marley comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando. Tickets on sale now!



Paw Patrol Live! Heroes Unite Addition Financial Arena

Paw Patrol Live! Heroes Unite
August 11 - August 13, 2023

Calling all good citizens! The PAW Patrol is yelping for help as they face their greatest challenge yet. Mayor Humdinger has dognapped Robo Dog and cloned him, chasing chaos all over the world. It's up to the pups to catch these clones, rescue Robo dog and show that when the going gets "ruff," lending a paw makes you the ultimate TOP HERO! Get your tickets now for this fun show at Addition Financial Arena.


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
August 11 - November 1, 2023

Select Nights


Get ready for a spooktacular celebration with plenty of tricks and treats when the series of parties kicks off this year on August 11, 2023


Enjoy spellbinding entertainment, favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best and more, celebrate the most haunting time of the year at Walt Disney World Resort.


This limited-capacity, nighttime eventallows guests to experience shorter wait times on attractions, themed food and beverage and more.



The Molly Ringwalds
August 12, 2023

The Molly Ringwalds come to House of Blues Orlando at Disney Springs. Get your tickets now!



Baylen Levine: The Never Grow Up Tour
August 18, 2023

A hype, jammed packed night with Baylen Levine and crew!! Musical performances, pirate calls, audience participation and more! The Never Grow Up Show is an interactive experience with your favorite YouTuber like no other. Hard Rock Live Orlando.



Classic Albums Live: Billy Joel's 'The Stranger
August 19, 2023

Classic Albums Live: Billy Joel's 'The Stranger' comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando. Tickets on sale now!



The CARNIVAL Presented by Creative City Project
August 25 - August 27, 2023

Come one, come all to this collaboration between Creative City Project and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra!

It’s a thrilling night out! Experience circus, dance, performance and live orchestra in this limited engagement. The uniquely beautiful Cheyenne Saloon is the backdrop of this not-to-be-missed event.



Sunset Walk’s Fired-up Fridays

Sunset Walk Fired-up Fridays

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.


The Best Car Shows In Orlando

Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise
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 .



Art After Dark in Lake Nona
Every Friday

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


Art After Dark is a perfect evening out for the whole family, enjoy a stroll through the 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.


SAK Comedy Lab Orlando

Duel of Fools at SAK Comedy Lab
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
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.


Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise

Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise at Old Town
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 and all cars registered can participate.


The Classic Car Show is free for participants and free for the public to attend. It’s the perfect outing for families of every generation, young and old, to enjoy.


Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona

Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona

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
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.

Throughout the evening, find your favorite restaurants and shops at the Promenade at Sunset Walk.



Disney Springs Kids Club
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.


Lake Nona Farmers Market

Orlando Area Farmers Markets
Every Saturday

Winter Garden Farmers Market

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


Winter Park Farmers Market

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 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park.


Lake Mary Farmers Market

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


City of Longwood Farmer's Market

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


Lake Nona Farmers Market

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.


Ren Fair at The Renaissance Theatre Company

Ren Fair at The Renaissance Theatre Company
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 Farmers Markets
Every Sunday

Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park

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 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Celebration Farmers Market

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 a.m. to 2 p.m


East Orlando Farmer's Market

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

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 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Downtown Mount Dora Village Market

Mount Dora’s open-air Mount Dora Village Market in Sunset Park is open Sundays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm offering fresh products from over 50 market vendors.



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