There’s always a reason to celebrate in Orlando, giving life to monthly food, wine and art festivals. Each month you can enjoy a variety of reoccurring community events such as outdoor festivals, art walks, live music and social events at museums. Experience the cultural side of Orlando while you mix and mingle at these special happenings around town. Check out one of these things to do in Orlando:
1st Thursdays at Orlando Museum of Art
The first Thursday of each month, the museum showcases a new theme of art by local artists accompanied by live music, a cash bar and café with selections by area restaurants. Tickets are $10 and include admission to the museum’s featured exhibitions.
Art & Music in the Park & Food Truck Bazaar
Spend an evening at the beautiful Lake Concord Park in Casselberry enjoying live music, artisan booths and a variety of culinary flavors from 15 food trucks. Held the second Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission and parking.
Lake Mary WineArt Wednesday
On the first Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Lake Mary WineArt Wednesday features local artists, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Stroll along the sidewalk lined with displays by local artists, sip on wine and listen to live music in Central Park. Entry is free.
Thornton Park Wine & Art Walk
On the second Thursday of every month, celebrate the arts with an evening of food, wine, shopping and showcases by Orlando-based artists. For $10, you’ll receive a wristband, wine glass and a map of locations where you will be greeted with a complimentary pour of wine.
Sanford Art Walk
The Historic Sanford Welcome Center invites you to the Sanford Art Walk, a juried art show in the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, and a walking tour of the art venues located in historic downtown Sanford. Mingle with Central Florida artists at the Sanford Art Walk on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Sanford.
Alive After 5
Alive After 5 is Central Florida’s largest recurring monthly street party with live music, local artists, food and beverage sampling in the beautiful historic town of Sanford. It is scheduled for the second Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission.
Music at the Casa
Casa Feliz in Winter Park opens its doors on Sunday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for live music and free tours of the historic house and James Gamble Rogers II Studio. Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful flower gardens. Entry is free but donations are accepted.
Mount Dora 2nd Friday Art Splash
Go to beautiful downtown Mount Dora for a Friday night full of art, music, wine, entertainment and art. Pick up a map and explore the Art Galleries from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Fridays Baldwin Park
Venture through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park to meet 70 local artisans of all genres while also shopping at the local businesses. This free sidewalk festival is held the First Friday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and is both family and pet friendly.
Third Thursday Gallery Hop
Hop to venues to experience artwork featuring talented and emerging Orlando-based artists. The event is free.
The Food Truck Bazaar
With over a dozen starlit shindigs scheduled each month, The Food Truck Bazaar offers an atypical dining experience with a reputation for gourmet food like lobster rolls, chorizo tacos and root beer flavored cupcakes. Don’t forget chairs or a blanket; seating is typically scarce.
More Orlando events scheduled during select months:
Science Night Live
Orlando Science Center reserves an evening just for adults to play featuring grown-up inspired programming. General admission tickets are $15.95 and food and beverages are available for purchase. The event is scheduled on select nights throughout the year.
Lakeridge Winery in Clermont hosts free (or $2 donation entry) events featuring live entertainment from local musicians, artist vendors, crafts and food. Make sure to take advantage of the complimentary wine tours and tastings.
Culture Pop at the Art & History Museums – Maitland is a social event for art lovers on select Fridays. For only $5 each, you will experience an evening of art, live music and poetry.
Winter Park Sip & Stroll
Sip wine paired with appetizers at more than 20 boutiques, galleries and restaurants while strolling along beautiful Park Avenue. Tickets are $25 in advance. Each reservation includes a commemorative wine glass and lanyard.