With smaller crowds, cooler temperatures and an array of special events, autumn is one of the best times to experience everything Orlando has to offer. Starting in August, you’re sure to delight in fantastic food, Halloween thrills, live performances and immersive art exhibitions throughout the destination, including these can’t-miss fall festivities!
Fall Foodie Festivals & Events in Orlando
Between celebrity chefs, local culinary heroes and a fresh-focused farm-to-table movement, Orlando’s dining scene continues to amaze even the most demanding palates. Fall offers a seasonal cornucopia of events that can help you build a dream foodie vacation — starting with Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining®, until Oct. 7, 2019!
During this popular program’s 14th year, a record-breaking 125 of Central Florida’s top restaurants are offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for just $35 per person, with $1 from each meal supporting deserving charities. In addition to many returning favorites, 2019’s lineup includes 11 restaurants that have never previously participated, including several that opened over the past year.
Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (until Nov. 23)
At Walt Disney World® Resort, sip and savor cuisine, wine and libations from around the globe during this world-famous celebration at Epcot, running for a record-shattering 87 days — and starting the same day that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®! In addition to 30 Global Marketplaces, 2019’s edition will include chef demonstrations, hands-on workshops, special events like “Party for the Senses,” and separately priced happenings. There’s also plenty for families with children, including nightly dance parties, a play area, select dishes and demonstrations designed just for kids, and Remy’s Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt.
Continuing now to Nov. 19, the festival will feature the popular “Eat to the Beat” concert series, with newcomers like Boyce Avenue, Kris Allen, Lauren Daigle and Sawyer Brown, plus returning favorites such as Boyz II Men, Hanson, Plain White T’s, Sheila E. and Sugar Ray. Entry to the event is included with park admission. (Food and beverages sold separately.)
Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando (Weekends, until Oct. 27)
Expanded to even more weekends for 2019, and included with park admission, this beverage bonanza at SeaWorld Orlando will feature 100-plus draft beers from Florida breweries, plus select domestic and international craft favorites. The festival will also offer unique food items designed to pair perfectly with the brew selection.
Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria® (Weekends, until Nov. 24)
Celebrate fine wines and the culinary arts during this event at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which is minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. This year’s special features are scheduled to include traditional Royal Tea, the Bar du Chocolat with champagne, and La Pâtisserie: Master Pastry Class, among others. Furthermore, tasting dinners will be offered at the hotel’s signature restaurants, Bull & Bear®, La Luce® and Zeta Asia.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Nov. 8-9)
Held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for two days only, this event invites you to taste wines from around the world and complementary dishes prepared by award-winning chefs.
Wonderfall Food & Beverage Guided Tour (Dates TBD)
Enjoy the comforting spiced flavors of fall at Disney Springs® during this event, with dates and details to be announced soon.
Orlando is ready to scare up a ghoulishly good time this Halloween with spooky soirees and fantastic fun. Here’s your guide to 2019’s most happening haunts, including options for kids and adults — but keep in mind that these are just the start of everything we’re hosting this Halloween!
Orlando: Halloween Vacation Capital®
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World® Resort (Select Nights until Nov. 1)
Held for a record 36 nights at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World Resort, this specially ticketed, after-hours event captures the spirit of the season with spooky décor, lighting and music. This year, you can look forward to returning features such as “Mickey’s Boo to You Parade” — which has some new surprises this year, including fresh outfits for Mickey and Minnie — as well as the “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” castle stage show. Trick-or-treating, including allergy-free options, will also be available throughout the park. (Children are encouraged to dress in costume.)
You’ll also experience special attraction experiences for Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain, among other surprises park-wide. And fresh for 2019 is a brand-new fireworks spectacular featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they trick-or-treat through a haunted house!
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort (Select Nights until Nov. 2)
Every fall at Universal Orlando Resort, nightmares rule the darkness when Halloween Horror Nights returns! This separately ticketed event at Universal Studios Florida features haunted houses drawn from the greatest horrors to chill the bravest souls and streets transformed into sinister scare zones, while screams and mad laughter echo from outrageous live entertainment. And across the park, some of Universal Orlando Resort’s most exhilarating attractions will tempt you with thrilling escapes!
(WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED. Separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Dates, times, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice. Free self-parking after 6 p.m. and Universal Cinemark Matinee Free Parking Program not valid for Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Other restrictions may apply. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.)
Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld® Orlando (Weekends until Oct. 27)
Included with regular admission and running on weekends at SeaWorld Orlando, this celebration returns with Halloween fun for the whole family. Features include trick-or-treating, a special edition of Pet’s Ahoy, a Halloween dance party, whimsical sea creatures, playtime fun, a Mermaid Grotto and more.
Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort (Weekends, Oct. 5-27)
Build an unforgettable Halloween for all ages while collecting candy on the Brick-or-Treat Trail at this LEGOLAND® Florida Resort event, which runs on weekends and is included with park admission. Other fun features include The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular, Groovin’ Graveyards and Jammin’ Jack-o-Lanterns live shows, a Monster Bash Dance Party, LEGO® Halloween character meet-and-greets, larger-than-life LEGO® models, scavenger hunts, and other surprises.
Gators, Ghosts and Goblins at Gatorland (Select Dates, Oct. 19-31)
For the first time ever, Gatorland — one of Orlando’s original attractions — is hosting a Halloween event, and it’s included with park admission. Throughout the park, you’ll have the chance to brave several spooky themed areas featuring ghoulish actors and selfie zones. The festivities will also include shows, specialty vendors and Frank & Stein’s Octoberfest Pavilion, offering themed food and beer for purchase as well as characters and entertainment.
Fall Arts & Culture in Orlando
Food festivals and spooky thrills aren’t the only activities you’ll enjoy in Orlando this autumn. From joyful music to beautiful art, Orlando has a plethora of fall festivities where you can sample our cultural scene.
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival (Oct. 12-13)
Free to attend, this juried, outdoor art show features work by outstanding Florida artists, as well as live entertainment, creative workshops and food from local restaurants. Winter Park is about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando.
Orlando Film Festival (Oct. 17-24)
During this ticketed event, enjoy great films in exciting venues around downtown Orlando while experiencing the area’s lifestyle. The festival is designed to inspire students, as well as future and current filmmakers, by focusing on the art of filmmaking and ways to enhance the movie-viewing experience.
IMMERSE (Oct. 18-19)
Enter a world where artists break past the stage and invite you into their performances at this downtown Orlando festival, which is now in its third year. More than 1,000 diverse artists and performers bring the heart of the city to life with interactive shows, art installations and inspiring live performances.
In addition to an appearance by the world-famous Blue Man Group, this year’s extra-special features will include the Architects of Air, who create large-scale, inflatable environments that you can explore, complete with winding paths, inspiring domes, and corridors of light and color. Called “luminaria,” these immersive structures have been visited by 3 million visitors across five continents. Another new feature is Diavolo, spotlighting a fusion of dance, acrobatics and gymnastics that explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment.
IMMERSE 2019 will also feature new versions of two of its most popular experiences: The Worlds of Corkcicle, providing an immersive photo experience, and the OUC Lights installation, featuring 4,000 individually controlled LED nodes. The latter will be available for a full month before IMMERSE at Loch Haven Cultural Park and at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ Seneff Plaza.
Praise Wave at SeaWorld® Orlando (Saturdays, Nov. 2-16)
SeaWorld’s popular Christian music event returns for three days this year, with all editions offering fellowship and fun. Uplifting live concerts from some of the hottest names in Christian music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater on event days, which are included with park admission.
Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Orlando (Nov. 8-10)
Featuring scores of the world’s top dance-music artists and plenty of festivities, EDC will have its largest festival footprint ever in 2019, allowing for expanded and additional stages, as well as an all-new fourth stage created specifically for this milestone incarnation. If you love dance music, this is one event you won’t want to miss!
Info Courtesy of Visit Orlando