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The Best Events & Things To Do in Orlando this Weekend August 11 - 13

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

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!



RECURRING 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 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.


Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs

Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs
Now - Sunday, August 13, 2023

Foodies, this is your last weekend you can enjoy a choice of mouthwatering and fresh flavors inspired by the Sunshine State during Flavors of Florida at over 30 locations in Disney Springs, all featuring a variety of dishes and sips you simply must try.


You can embrace summer and delight in homegrown flavors from Florida, like the Lime Garage Burger from D-Luxe Burger or the Gambas Gabardina from Jaleo by José Andrés. And who can miss the Florida Shrimp Tacos available at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar? From the sweet to the savory, and everything in between, there are plenty of items you’ll want to come back for again and again.


Interested in seeing first-hand demonstrations from renowned chefs and restaurant owners? You’re in luck because this year Disney Springs is featuring a new culinary series! .


SeaWorld Orlando Summer Spectacular

SeaWorld Orlando Summer Spectacular
Now - Monday, 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. Put a charge in your summer at SeaWorld’s vibrant Summer Spectacular.


CCraft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlandoraft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando
Now - September 4, 2023

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday


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.


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest
Now - September 4, 2023

Park guests can toast delicious brews and soar on epic thrill rides at Busch Gardens’ beer-inspired food festival.


A slice of Bavaria returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as the park celebrates its fan-favorite Bier Fest event, Friday – Sunday from July 21 through Sept. 4, including Labor Day. This popular event, now in its sixth consecutive year, allows guests to sip, sample and savor classic German flavors while enjoying tunes from rising local artists.

Bier Fest is included with park admission. Food & Beverage available at an additional cost.


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.



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.


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

GLO Summer Nights at Grande Lakes Orlando
Every Saturday - September 2, 2023

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.


Summertoberfest at Krush Brau Park

Summertoberfest
Every Saturday - September 2, 2023

Celebrate German culture at Summertoberfest at Krush Brau Park in Kissimmee. This is a lively event with music, food, and beer. Enjoy traditional tunes, dance, and modern performances. Indulge in bratwurst, pretzels, and more. Sip on authentic German beers. Family-friendly activities and contests included. Join us for a memorable day of joy and authentic German experiences. Prost!


Honky Tonk Laundry at The Winter Park Playhouse

Honky Tonk Laundry
Now - 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!


Destination Days at ICON Park

Destination Days at ICON Park
Now to Sunday, August 27, 2023

Recurring Weekly, Friday, Saturday


To launch the new Great Florida Road Trip — an interactive camera game played aboard The Wheel that spotlights popular family vacation destinations across the state —Orlando’s ICON Park is partnering with destinations featured in the game to welcome their residents and celebrate their unique attributes.


Each weekend will focus on a specific destination, celebrating its unique attractions, offering deals for its residents and sharing why these destinations are an important part of a Florida vacation with Orlando residents and tourists. August 12 and 13 - Crystal River Days at ICON Park


Highlights: $10 tickets to The Wheel for guests from any zip code within that destination (regular price is $34.99). An education booth and videos in ICON Park from the destination CVBs, so guests can learn more about its unique attractions. Raffle to win a gift basket of prizes from the region such as a hotel stay, attraction tickets and more.


54 at Renaissance Theater

54 at The Ren
Every Friday & Saturday - August 26, 2023

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.


Orlando Shakes presents Million Dollar Quartet.

Million Dollar Quartet
Now - Sunday, August 20, 2023

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


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!


Florida Theatrical Association presents: LIZZIE

Florida Theatrical Association presents: LIZZIE
Now - Sunday, August 13, 2023

Recurring weekly on Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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.


Dreamgirls at Garden Theater Winter Garden Florida

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

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. Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Garden Theater, Winter Garden. Get your tickets now.


PAW Patrol Live! Addition Financial Arena

PAW Patrol Live!
Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13, 2023

PAW Patrol Live! is one PAWsome live stage show that your whole family will enjoy, and its coming to Orlando's Addition Financial Arena this weekend, from Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13,


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! This new adventure is going to be PAWsome! Tickets are available from only $35.


Orlando Improv Comedy Club

Josh Wolf, Bring Your Kid To Work Tour at Orlando Improv Comedy Club
Friday, August 11 - Saturday, August 12, 2023

The Orlando Improv Comedy Club located at Pointe Orlando, is one of the premier live stand-up comedy clubs in Orlando. The Improv welcomes the biggest names in comedy to their stage as well as supporting our local talent here in Central Florida!


The Florida Kids and Family Expo

The Florida Kids and Family Expo
Saturday, August 12 - Sunday, August 13, 2023

The Florida Kids and Family Expo takes place this weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. Spend the day 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, touch a truck, 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! Get the details here.



 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 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.


Billy vs Elton: A Concert Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John

Billy vs Elton: A Concert Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
Friday, August 11, 2023

Billy vs Elton: A Concert Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John comes to House of Blues Orlando at Disney Springs. Get your tickets now!


Crash The Funeral, Rose Madder, Hijas De La Muerte, and Trash World

Crash The Funeral, Rose Madder, Hijas De La Muerte, and Trash World
Friday, August 11, 2023

Montgomery Drive Presents Crash The Funeral, Rose Madder, Hijas De La Muerte, and Trash World. Live at Will’s Pub - Orlando. Get tickets now.



Pink Beach Party
Friday, August 11, 2023

Come celebrate all things PINK at Lake Nona Town Center! Get ready to revel in a world of vibrant colors, fabulous vibes, and unforgettable moments at Boxi Beach. With a sea of blush and Barbie, immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of decorations, from flamingos to balloons, to Instagram worthy photo ops creating a dreamy wonderland that will leave you mesmerized. Specialty welcome cocktail upon arrival so, come on and let's go party!

Malaa comes to The Vanguard

Road to EDCO: Malaa
Friday, August 11, 2023

Malaa comes to The Vanguard in downtown Orlando. Get your tickets now!


Red Panda Noodle's One Year Anniversary Party: Up In Smoke

Red Panda Noodle's One Year Anniversary Party: Up In Smoke
Friday, August 11, 2023

Beverages by The Nook On Robinson. Brocks Fl Bbq, Hot Asian Buns, Chill in Tacos. Red Panda Noodle will be serving the Goblin this one night only. Get the details now!


 


SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 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!


Lovesong: The Cure Tribute

Lovesong: The Cure Tribute
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Lovesong: The Cure Tribute comes to The Social. Get your tickets now!


Strawberry Milk Cult With Woah, Frogs Show Mercy, Eric Jafet & Venture Motel

Strawberry Milk Cult With Woah, Frogs Show Mercy, Eric Jafet & Venture Motel
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Montgomery Drive Presents STRAWBERRY MILK CULT with WOAH, Frogs Show Mercy, Eric Jafet, Venture Motel. Will's Pub Orlando Get tickets now.



Central Florida Dog Moms Lake Eola Meet Up
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Come out and join Central Florida Dog Moms for a morning pack walk around the lake! All dog moms (and dads) welcome. Meet by the Amphitheater at 10 am.

 Stuff You Should Know podcast Orlando

Stuff You Should Know
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Stuff You Should takes to the stage at Dr Phillips Center. The podcast launched in 2008. Since then the’ve released more than 1500 episodes and counting, toured North America, UK, Australia and New Zealand, and picked up a handful of awards along the way. Get your tickets now.

The Molly Ringwalds

The Molly Ringwalds
Saturday, August 12, 2023

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


 Against All Odds Beer Festival Longwood

Against All Odds Beer Festival
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Against All Odds Fest, 2023 is an exclusive indoor beer festival with some of the best breweries in the southeast. You will have access to all 25 taps of Hourglass Brewing beers including the anniversary offerings and access to 20 other beverages from top-tier breweries. That's 40+ beers and 4 hours of unlimited Fest Pours inside the Hourglass Brewing Longwood taproom. Get the details here.


Collective Corner Local Pop-Up Market

Collective Corner Local Pop-Up Market
Saturday, August 12, 2023

30+ vendors will bringing you the best curated collections! Get details now.


From 12pm to 5pm at the Orlando Photography Studio - 2601 E Jefferson St, Orlando.



An Evening with Pat Sajak
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Sajak will be live on stage at Give Kids The World Village for a one-of-a-kind discussion about his decades-long Wheel of Fortune career. Get tickets now.


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.


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, AUGUST 13, 2023


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.


The Florida Wedding Expo Orlando Orange County convention Center

The Florida Wedding Expo
Sunday, August 13, 2023

The Florida Wedding Expo Summer Spectacular is the place to find vendors that are offering innovative ideas, valuable offers and special pricing for your wedding!


Taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, this is your opportunity to meet and compare a huge variety of the most popular vendors and venues and find the best for your style and budget!



Free Family Funday
Sunday, August 13, 2023

Join the Mennello Museum of American Art 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.


Los Gemelos de Sinaloa - Bueno y El Malo Tour 2023

Los Gemelos de Sinaloa - Bueno y El Malo Tour 2023
Sunday, August 13, 2023

Los Gemelos de Sinaloa: El Bueno y El Malo Tour 2023 comes to House of Blues Orlando at Disney Springs. Get your tickets now!


Opera Orlando in Concert: Summer Concert Series - Art is Calling For Me

Opera Orlando in Concert: Summer Concert Series - Art is Calling For Me
Sunday, August 13, 2023

Opera Orlando launches its 2023-24 All for Art season in song this August with its annual Opera Orlando in Concert: Summer Concert Series at the University Club of Winter Park. Enjoy a fun and diverse selection of songs, arias, and duets, as well as wine and light hors d'oeuvres during a post-concert reception with each artist, who will be featured throughout the Opera’s upcoming season.


Rickolus & The Pauses With James Dreffen & DNA

Rickolus & The Pauses With James Dreffen & DNA
Sunday, August 13, 2023

Montgomery Drive Presents RickoLus (with band) and The Pauses with James Dreffen and DNA live at Will’s Pub. Get your tickets now.


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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