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Things To Do in Orlando this Weekend May 12 - 14

Updated: Jun 17, 2023

Welcome to another weekend of things to do here in Orlando, and as always we've selected all the best events that are happening throughout the weekend to enjoy!


Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend

Just before you dive into this weekend's list, don't forget that Mother's Day is on Sunday, and we have all the information you need to celebrate the special day with Mom here in Orlando.





The Best Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend!

Whatever you decide do this weekend, have an awesome time here in the city beautiful.



RECURRING EVENTS


2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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.


This Weekend's Concerts May 12 - 15

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine 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.



Viva La Música! at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
May 12 - May 21, 2023 (Friday, Saturday, and Sundays)

For this Latin fiesta, guests can expect a complete transformation of the festival area and enjoy authentic Latin cuisine and entertainment.


Viva La Música celebrate the diverse Latino heritage and culture with the authentic flavors and rhythms of South American and Caribbean countries.


May 13

Toño Rosario

May 14

Grupo Niche

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends
Now - May 21, 2023 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday's)

You’re invited to a celebration of friendship and fun at Busch Gardens! Kids and parents alike can join their favorite furry friends at the Sesame Street Safari of Fun for storytime, interactive dance parties, arts & crafts, and much more. Families can enjoy new limited-time activities and themes each weekend of the event, all included with park admission.


Viva la Música at SeaWorld Orando

Viva la Música at SeaWorld Orlando
May 13 - May 21, 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays)

Experience all the color and culture in a new way as this festive, family-friendly Latin celebration returns. Viva la Música is included with park admission and runs for two Saturdays and Sundays only, May 13 - 21.


From the hottest Latin entertainment to the coolest attractions and animal adventures, these will be two unforgettable weekends at SeaWorld. Don’t let the sound, spice, and spirit of this special event pass you by.


May 13

Rey Ruiz

May 14

Grupo Mania

Once Upon A Spring Celebration Gaylord Palms Orlando

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 beautiful springtime flowers, fun shows, activities in the new Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse, a pirate escape room, themed scavenger hunt and more!


Dinosaurs at Leu Gardens

Dinosaurs at Leu Gardens
Now - Sunday, July 9, 2023

Dinosaurs are back! An amazing outdoor exhibit of prehistoric creatures have taken over Leu Gardens.

Explore the the nearly 50-acre gardens to discover some of the most feared creatures on the planet. Featuring over 20 life-size dinosaurs ranging in size from 14 inches to a massive 33 ft. Daspletosaurus, cousin to the T-Rex.

Admission to the Dinosaur Invasion exhibit is included with a daytime garden admission.

Something Rotten! at Garden Theater

Something Rotten! at Garden Theater
Now - May 21, 2023

Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are writing their way through the Renaissance, but are stuck in the shadow of famed playwright William Shakespeare. Sick and tired of failure, Nick visits a less-than-reputable soothsayer, who predicts that musicals will be the next big thing in theatre! The Bottom Brothers scramble to write the world’s first musical while fighting social norms, family struggles, and “The Bard” himself. Will opening night be an over-easy success or a rotten mess? Details here.



Orange County Asian-Inspired Art Exhibition
Monday - Friday until May 30, 2023

The Orange County Asian Committee, in partnership with the City of Orlando, presents a free, new Asian-Inspired Art Exhibition at the Orange County Administration Building, featuring artwork by Central Florida artists. All artwork will have an Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander theme, May 1 – 30, 2023. Visiting hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Desperate Measures
Now - May 21, 2023

Desperate Measures at Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park, is inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, this hilarious, critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway musical comedy took New York by storm! Select Days, May 12 – 21 and June 1 – 11, 2023.


When Johnny Blood gets into trouble, can a crazy cast of characters including a wily sheriff, an eccentric priest, an authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit pull off the greatest caper yet, or will he be left hanging?



My Fair Lady at Dr. Phillips Center - Walt Disney Theater
Now - May 14, 2023

Lincoln Center Theater presents Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1).


Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” Tickets available now.


Disney's Frozen and Encanto at Amway Center

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen & Encanto
Now - May 15, 2023

Step inside the magical adventures of Disney's Frozen and Encanto at Amway Center, as they are brought to life like never before at Disney On Ice! Dazzling ice-skating transports you to Arendelle to be a part of Anna’s adventure to find Elsa, then, join Mirabel on her journey to save her enchanted family home alongside her sisters, Isabela and Luisa.

Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, sing along to your favorite songs and celebrate the power of love and courage at Disney On Ice presents Frozen & Encanto.




FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023


Art After Dark at Lake Nona

Art After Dark at Lake Nona
Friday, May 12, 2023

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.



Spring Carnival at Faith Assembly Orlando
Now - Sunday, May 14, 2023

Enjoy Spring Carnival with more than 20 rides for all ages from Orlando's Strates Shows, ranging from a Kiddieland designed for little ones and more thrilling midway favorites.


Sunset Walk’s Fired-up Fridays

Sunset Walk Fired-up Fridays

Friday, May 12, 2023

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.



Movieola: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Friday, May 12, 2023

It’s 80’s night at Lake Eola Park with the classic 80’s movie E.T.!


Enjoy a free movie night under the stars, bring your chairs, food and have a great night under the stars.



Spring Studio Show
Friday, May 12, 2023

Enter the Art & History Museums - Maitland beautiful gardens and discover a wonderland of music and art! Explore our historic campus and its contemporary artists, too.

Enjoy this FREE event featuring live instrumental music.

Most of the Artist in Action studios will be open for visitors, along with some of the Art School classrooms. Chat with artists and art instructors while you enjoy a stroll around campus.


Absolute Queen: The Ultimate Queen Tribute
Friday, May 12, 2023

Absolute Queen: The Ultimate Queen Tribute comes to House of Blues Orlando. Get your tickets now!



City of Casselberry Food Trucks at Lake Concord Park
Friday, May 12, 2023

The Casselberry Food Trucks events are held on on the 2nd Friday of each month from 6 - 9 p.m. at Lake Concord Park.


Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, tables, blankets and enjoy an incredible evening with free entertainment with food and drink.




SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023


Disney Springs Kids Club

Disney Springs Kids Club
Saturday, May 13, 2023

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
Saturday, May 13, 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. The event is free for participants and free for the public to attend.



Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Saturday, May 13, 2023

The Nathan’s Famous restaurant at Old Town will play host to this year’s first qualifying event for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.


Top Major League Eaters are expected to compete at the Old Town Nathan’s famous along with local hopefuls. The top male and female finishers will earn a spot to compete at the flagship Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, NY.



Mess Fest at Orlando Science Center
Saturday, May 13 - Sunday, May 14 2023

What’s the best kind of mess? The kind YOU don’t have to clean up! Get hands-on with our ooiest, gooiest, messiest activities during Mess Fest! From slime time to fizzy paint, get creative with our favorite colorful and sensory-friendly activities.

Explore Mess Zones and learn the science behind your favorite che-MESS-try experiments, see a foam-splosion on the terrace, create your own custom slime, and more! If you don’t make a mess, you’re not doing it right!


Show Car Saturday Nights at Promenade at Sunset Walk

Show Car Saturday Nights at Promenade at Sunset Walk
Saturday, May 13, 2023

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.



Bizarre World at Central Florida Fairgrounds
Saturday, May 13, 2023

Delve into the unknown at Bizarre World for a celebration of all that is weird, odd, strange, mysterious or just plain wicked.

Shows. Cosplay. Vendor marketplace.



Lulu Santos
Saturday, May 13, 2023

Lulu Santos comes to House of Blues Orlando. Get your tickets now!



City of Oviedo Arbor Day Festival
Saturday, May 13, 2023

The City of Oviedo will celebrate Arbor Day with a FREE tree giveaway and educational festival at Oviedo City Hall, 400 Alexandria Blvd., Oviedo.


The festival will include food and beverage vendors, and fun, educational stations from the Oviedo Garden Club, Seminole County, FL, St. Johns Water Management District and many more. Oviedo Police and Fire Departments will have trucks out for the kids to see, including the newly wrapped Veteran’s Police Cruiser and the Station 46 Tower Truck.



Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona

Saturday, May 13, 2023

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 11am – 3pm every Saturday!


Family Fest in Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs

Family Fest in Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Family Fest is an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Focusing on learning, kids are encouraged to think outside the box with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities and demonstrations.


Scavenger hunt, Live animals, Live music and dance performances, Emergency vehicle displays, SCSO helicopter drill, Police K-9 demonstration, Fishing derby, Bounce houses, Plant and tree giveaway and more. Free Admission.


Orlando Area Sunday Farmers Markets

Orlando Area Saturday Farmers Markets
Saturday, May 13, 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 am - 1 pm 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 9 am - 1:30 pm 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 - 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.




SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2023


Sanford Food Truck Fiesta
Sunday, May 14, 2023

Join Sanford Food Truck Fiesta every 2nd SUNDAY 1-6pm for this popular event in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford!


Come out and enjoy the brick-lined streets and grab some amazing food from 40+ of Orlando area’s top food trucks and tents, craft beer and cocktails from the bars, enjoy live music, craft artisans and vendors, plus plenty of outside tables and chairs to sit and eat!


Free parking. Pet and family friendly. Positive vibes.



Asian Cultural Festival
Sunday, May 14, 2023

The Asian American Heritage Council is hosting the 13th Annual Asian Cultural Festival at the Ocoee Lakeshore Center, Ocoee. FREE admission & FREE parking.



Ren Fair at The Renaissance Theatre Company
Sunday, May 14, 2023

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 Area Sunday Farmers Markets
Sunday, May 14, 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 am - 4 pm.


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 am - 2 pm.


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 am - 2 pm.


Downtown Mount Dora Village Market

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


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