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The Best Things to do in Orlando this Weekend, March 31 - April 2

Updated: Jun 17, 2023

Welcome to another fun filled weekend of events here in Orlando!


There is so much to see and do, including the return of MegaCon Orlando to the Orange County Convention Center, while over in Lakeland, look to the skies for this year's SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo!


Check out our list with our highlights of the best things to do this weekend, and whatever you decide do so, have a great weekend here in Central Florida.


The Best Things to do in Orlando this Weekend, March 31 - April 2

Friday March 31 - Sunday April 2, 2023



Friday March 31


2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Now - Sunday, July 5, 2023

The popular and fragrant, 2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival features fresh cuisine, colorful gardens, playful topiaries and vibrant entertainment.


The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series is back in 2023, featuring favorite tunes at the America Gardens Theatre.


And of course, fresh flavors will be on the menu at Outdoor Kitchens and other food and beverage locations throughout the park, among other delights.


2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival


2023 EPCOT Garden Rocks Concert Series
Now - Sunday, July 5, 2023

Get ready to rock with the Garden Rocks Concert Series, part of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.


Concerts are included with park admission, and a valid park reservation.


This Weekend's Concerts

March 31

Luis Figueroa


April 1 & 2

Piso 21


2023 EPCOT Garden Rocks Concert Series


Universal's 2023 Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval
Now - Sunday April 16, 2023

Every spring, the fun and excitement of the Big Easy makes its way to Universal Orlando Resort for an authentic celebration that completely transforms Universal Studios Florida into a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans street party.


Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval transforms Universal Studios Florida into Florida’s biggest party, complete with the return of the parade, the beads, the tribute store, the food, and more.


2023 Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval Universal Studios Florida


The 2023 SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival
Now - Sunday, May 7, 2023

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct offerings.


Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 refreshing wine and cocktail selections, including more than 75 craft brews.


With so many exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animal encounters, the Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to fill the belly!


As part of the festival enjoy free big name concerts in the Bayside Stadium, check out this weekend's concerts:


Saturday, April 1

Warrant


Sunday, April 2

Smokey Robinson


Festival and Concerts included with valid theme park admission


The 2023 SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival
Now - Sunday, May 21, 2023

A world of taste awaits at the annual Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival with a delicious menu and drinks as dynamic and unique as the park's thrilling roller coaster collection.


Guests can sip & savor their way through flavorful eats and mouthwatering treats before finding their new favorite brew or cocktail.


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival is available with valid theme park admission.


As part of the festival enjoy free big name concerts, check out this weekend's concert:


Saturday, April 1

Jeremy Camp


Sunday, April 2

Mackenzie Porter


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival


Shout The Mod Musical
Now - Sunday April 22, 2023

With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical is getting ready to take Central Florida audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s.


The Winter Park Playhouse will resemble the glorious 1960's London and the liberating days that made England swing!


This hit Off-Broadway musical features an irresistible score of popular music of the decade from favorite artists like Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Lulu, Petula Clark, and more!


To purchase tickets for SHOUT! The Mod Musical at The Winter Park Playhouse call the box office at 407-645-0145 or visit online now.


Shout The Mod Musical Winter Park Playhouse


Spongebob The Musical
Now - April 30, 2023

The hit Nickelodeon show Spongebob has become a big, splashy Broadway musical, and you can see it right here in Orlando, now through until April 30 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre on E Princeton Street, Orlando.


Dive into the undersea town of Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob and his quirky circle of friends and neighbors – Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and even Plankton – in this dynamic stage musical with songs from music’s most legendary artists.


Chaos erupts when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation at the threat of Mt. Humongous. Just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!


SpongeBob Musical splashes into the Orlando REP


Once Upon A Spring Celebration
Now - Sunday, May 14, 2023

Spring is in bloom, and the Easter Bunny, and of course the return of the much loved Once Upon a Spring celebration at the luxurious Gaylord Palms here in Orlando.


This year's event features plenty of oversized pastel eggs, beautiful springtime flowers, activities in the new Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse, an Easter Day Buffet, a pirate escape room, themed scavenger hunt and everyone’s favorite holiday hares, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny!


Once Upon A Spring Celebration Gaylord Palms Orlando


Morse Museum – Spring Friday Nights
Friday, March 31, 2023

Enjoy various musicians and musical groups while exploring the Charles Hosmer Museum of American Art.


Admission for all visitors is free from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fridays.


This Friday enjoy Beautiful Music Romance Duo, featuring the flute and guitar.




Art After Dark in Lake Nona
Friday, March 31, 2023

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


Perfectly nestled between Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen and Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine of Lake Nona, Art After Dark is a perfect evening out for the whole family.


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.




Jesus Christ Superstar
Friday, March 24 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

Little Radical Theatrics, a local community theater here in Orlando presents their sixth Central Florida production this spring.


Jesus Christ Superstar will star 30 actors from ages 5 to 65+ from all over Orlando and Central Florida at the famed Lowndes Shakespeare Center from March 24 to April 2.


Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christs life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.


Jesus Christ Superstar will take place at The Mandell Studio Theater in The Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando. Tickets can be purchased now.

Little Radicals Theater Orlando,  Jesus Christ Superstar


Bad Bunny x Rauw Alejandro Dance Party at Will's Pub
Friday, March 31, 2023

PARTY, PARTY, PARTY


We're hearing Rauw Alejandro is the new king of modern reggaeton...is that possible?! We're on the fence. Few groups are as loyal as fans of Bad Bunny. Let's see who shows out at the BAD BUNNY X RAUW ALEJANDRO🪐DANCE PARTY !!


Only time will tell…Will's Pub – Orlando, 9 pm - 1am, 21+


Bad Bunny x Rauw Alejandro Dance Party at Will's Pub


Epic Extravaganza of Nerds Do Burlesque (aka Nerdlesque) Friday, March 31, 2023

Your favorite characters from across anime, movies, comics, video games and more will come alive and move and shake just for you in this one of a kind show, get ready to geek out and enjoy the Sparkle and Tease!

Happening this weekend, and taking place to coincide with MegaCon Orlando, MyGeekGlory is preparing an Epic Extravaganza of Nerds Do Burlesque (aka Nerdlesque) for Friday March 31 at WonderWorks on International Drive.

Performers include: Jessica Nova, Bulgarian BonBon, Crichton, Gaymerdee, Jessica Nova, Leairis with Cuck Newton, Lottie Flick, Rockabilly Roxie, Tox Suki, Risky Sour, Rae, and Rebel.


MyGeekGlory Nerdlesque Extravaganza Orlando


Broadway on The Rocks at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Friday, March 31, 2023

Enjoy an intimate performance from Broadway star Justin Matthew Sargent (Rock of Ages, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live)!


Straight from the Winter Garden Playhouse’s record-breaking, sold-out production of ROCK OF AGES, Broadway star and Orlando native Justin Sargent takes to the Broadway on The Rocks cabaret stage!


Sargent will share songs and stories, accompanied by pianist John R. Mason. Before the show, enjoy a welcome drink and signature light bites from Hyatt Regency Orlando's renowned culinary team.


Performance begins at 7:30pm in Rocks Lounge. Doors open at 6:30pm. All ticket prices include guaranteed seating, set menu of light bites, welcome drink, one-hour performance and gratuity. Tickets available now.


Broadway on The Rocks at Hyatt Regency Orlando


Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen at The Abbey
Friday, March 31, 2023

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Orlando. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Queen at The Abbey under the gentle glow of candlelight.


Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen at the Abbey


Luau at Boxi Park, Lake Nona
Friday, March 31, 2023

Aloha Boxi! Get your ticket and dip your toes in the sand for the second annual Luau at Boxi Beach, March 31, 2023.

Held in the sand volleyball courts, guests will be transported to the tropics and be entertained by hula dancers and fire knife dancers while listening to the sounds of Tahitian drums, guitar and ukulele. DJ Cierra will also be keeping the party going.


Luau at Boxi Park, Lake Nona


Maitland Jazz & Blues Festival
Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1, 2023

Veteran rocker Pat Travers will bring his non-stop, guitar-grinding music party to headline the 2023 Maitland Jazz and Blues Festival on March 31 and April 1 in Independence Square.

The two-day event will feature 13 bands on two stages, representing some of the best jazz and blues artists around.


Complement all that with great food and drinks, crafts and vendors and lots of kids activities. Admission is free.


For a complete band lineup and schedule, visit www.maitlandjazzandblues.com.


Maitland Jazz & Blues Festival


MEGACON Orlando 2023
Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

MEGACON Orlando is the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, attracting over 100,000 fans each year across four big days.


Fans can get an autograph or a photo with their favorite celebrity, watch professional comic artists battle it out in popular Sketch Duels, learn from the “How To” workshops, and take photos with their favorite costumed characters. With over 400,000 square feet of shopping, MEGACON is also a great place to buy unique gifts.


MEGACON Orlando 2023


SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo Lakeland
Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo returns to Lakeland, FL March 28 – April 2, 2023.


As Florida’s largest annual convention of any kind, we expect over 200,000 visitors to flock to the expos also known as, “Aviation’s Season Opener”.


Over 500 exhibitors have an incredible lineup of products and services, hands-on workshops teach hundreds of building and maintenance skills, and dozens of forums educate pilots and maintainers about safety, new products, and an infinite number of other timely topics.


Not just for pilots, SUN ‘n FUN has STEM and Career Fair activities, plus a Family Fun Zone and, of course, our world-famous daily and night air shows that feature breathtaking displays from dozens of military and civilian performers.


https://fanexpohq.com/megaconorlando/


Parking Lot Party at Mills50
Friday, March 31, 2023

Cholo Dogs, Hot Asian Buns, Kappys, Pizza Slut, Jersey Family Grill. Treehouse Truck, The Pass. Wetzels Pretzels. Brappin Crabs, Red Panda Noodle. Chicken Waffle, Tamale and Co, Pink Salamander


Parking Lot Party at Mills50


MegaCon Friday After Party: Imperial March Star Wars Theme
Friday, March 31, 2023

DJs, GoGo dancers, celebrities, contests & much more. Get details and tickets.


MegaCon Friday After Party: Imperial March Star Wars Theme



Saturday April 1


Autism Awareness Car Show
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Promenade at Sunset Walk and Central Florida Mopar Mafia present the 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Car & Truck Show.

Featuring live music with DJ Scotty B. & SocietY.

FREE admission and parking for spectators, friends, and family.


Autism Awareness Car Show Sunset Walk Kissimmee


Boy Band Bash at The Abbey
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Boy Band Bash, a traveling dance party dedicated to the stars of the 2010, comes to The Abbey for one EPIC night dancing to all the hits (& deep cuts) from Taylor Swift, One Direction, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and more! It will be the best night ever, literally.



Boy Band Bash at The Abbey


Eggsploration! at Krush Brau Park
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Come and celebrate the joy of Easter with Krush Brau Park at the Portal Immersion Center,where the fun-filled event will begin at 2pm and end at 4pm.

Theevent promises to offer eggciting activities for kids of all ages. They will have a thrilling Egg hunt where kids can search for colorful eggs hidden throughout the venue with varied prizes.

In addition, there will be exciting games, face painting, balloon twisting, and more to keep kids entertained throughout the event. And, of course, the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance to take pictures with kids and hand out treats.


Eggsploration! at Krush Brau Park


Orlando Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Enjoy a hoppin' good time at this year's Orlando Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt. This is a free event for all ages!


They will have light refreshments, photos with the Easter Bunny, fire safety information, face painting, fire museum tours and of course, an Easter egg hunt!


Orlando Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt


Spring Fever in the Garden at Winter Garden
Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

Hosted by the Bloom & Grow Garden Society of West Orange County, in conjunction with the City of Winter Garden, the 21st Annual Spring Fever in the Garden is a coveted event for locals and visitors alike.


A variety of gardening vendors line the downtown streets with entertainment and activities for all ages to enjoy.


Spring Fever in the Garden at Winter Garden


Spring Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola Park
Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

This weekend welcomes the return of Spring Fiesta in the Park! Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, the tradition returns for its 34th year to showcase the beauty of springtime at Lake Eola. Mingle with artists and crafters from around the country as they line the streets around the park, savor the flavors from a variety of food vendors, and enjoy live entertainment for the whole family.


Spring Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola Park


Vintage Garden Show at Renningers Florida Twin Markets
Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

Don’t miss the Annual Vintage Garden Show at Renninger’s Mt Dora. This is the most unique home and garden event where ideas, ambiance, and inspiration come together. Discover and shop elegant displays filled with antiques, everything vintage, shabby chic, and repurposed items for the garden from over 100 dealers.


Plus a huge selection of ferns, succulents, flowers, and landscaping plants. Classes and demonstrations for the garden throughout the weekend! Food and live music. Admission and Parking are free. Pets welcome.


Vintage Garden Show at Renningers Florida Twin Markets


Easter Fest at Downey Park
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Free food, bounce hours, games, and an easter egg hunt. Get info here.


Easter Fest at Downey Park


Hippity Hop Adventure at Central Florida Zoo
Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is getting a very special new animal resident for two days in April—the Easter Bunny himself.


On April 1 and 2, kids and parents alike can enjoy a live DJ, treat stations, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, a magician, themed photo ops, and other fun activities, which include taking photos with the Easter Bunny.


The annual event, Hippity Hop Adventure is included in general admission to the Zoo. 


Hippity Hop Adventure at Central Florida Zoo


Anime After Dark 18+ Rave
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Big eyes and bigger raves, Anime fans know how to keep the con going into the night! Join Anime After Dark, a 18+ rave at N220A, Orange County Convention Center.

FREE Photo Booth, FREE Gift bag, Cash Bar, Live DJs, Cosplay Deviants Dancers.

$25 Early Bird | $30 at the door


Anime After Dark 18+ Rave MegaCon Orlando


Easter - Spring Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Come and take a picture with the Easter Bunny, join the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter basket raffle, and much more at the Florida Technical College Easter - Spring Eggstravaganza.


Other activities include Star 94.5 Broadcasting Live on Campus, Carnival Games and Giveaways, Community Partner Booths, Program Demonstrations, and Campus Tours Available.


Florida Technical College Easter - Spring Eggstravaganza.


13th Annual Official Mega Con Afterparty: Bloodstone
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Geeks of the night come join the Vampire King Prince of Darkness Dracula himself as he wields the ancient BLOODSTONE. He will summon all the iconic monsters from around the globe to their first geeky Con at Orlando’s biggest cosplay party of the year.


Will you join the legion of monsters? The night awaits for your arrival!


DJ's, cosplay contest, gogo dancers, and much more. Details and tickets.


13th Annual Official Mega Con Afterparty: Bloodstone


Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise
Saturday, April 1, 2023

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.


Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise


Orlando Area Farmers Markets
Saturday, April 1, 2023

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.


Lake Nona Farmers Market



Sunday April 2


Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Spring is here and what better place to celebrate than at the farm, celebrate Spring and Easter at Green Acres Farm of Oviedo.

Highlights include Pet and Feed the Farm Animals, Arts & Crafts, Bounce House, Pony Rides ad more.

Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt Green Acres Farm


Record and CD Show at Central Florida Fairgrounds
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Be part of the LARGEST VINYL RECORD SHOW/SALE IN FLORIDA. Get details now.


Record and CD Show at Central Florida Fairgrounds


Sanford Indie Market Spring Edition
Sunday, April 2, 2023

The Sanford Indie Market will be held April 2nd from 11-5.


The market has a focus on Vintage, Handcrafted, Art and Boutique items.


Sanford Indie Market Spring Edition


KPOP FanArt Fair at The Veranda at Thornton Park
Sunday, April 2, 2023

25 vendors, fanart, food, performers, live DJ, random dance.


KPOP FanArt Fair at The Veranda at Thornton Park


Ren Fair at The Renaissance Theatre Company
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Announcing RENAISSANCE FAIR!


Sundays starting April 2nd! 11 am - 4 pm. Renaissance Fair at The Ren, is outdoor and indoor, so you can cool off if you need babes!

Shows! Drag shows featuring Dolls Holiday Brunch, live music, Drag Bingo with Myki Meeks! 18+.

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

Divese and Queer-friendly


Ren Fair at The Renaissance Theatre Company


Orlando Area Farmers Markets
Sunday, April 2, 2023

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.


Central Florida Farmers Markets

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