It’s almost that time again for summer to wind down and school to ramp up in Central Florida. To help your family prepare, mark your calendar for the sales tax holiday in Florida: August 2-6, 2019.
To kick off back-to-school in Orlando, you can find plenty of free events, and many are giving away free backpacks, medical checkups, supplies and more.
Make the most of summer before school starts with these ideas:
- Free and cheap things to do in Orlando this summer
- Free outdoor summer movies
- Cool off at splash pads
- Take a dip in the cool springs
TAX-FREE SHOPPING IN ORLANDO
Florida tax-free shopping days
You’ll get a bit of a break when stocking up for the new school year by shopping during the designated tax-free shopping days in Orlando. August 2-6, you can purchase all of your back-to-school supplies without paying the tacked on state fees.
Eligible merchandise includes:
- Select school supplies $15 or less per item. Examples of tax-exempt items include lunch boxes, legal pads and pens.
- Clothing, footwear and some accessories $60 or less per item. Examples of tax-exempt accessories include purses, wallets and ties.
- Computers and certain accessories priced at $1,000 or less per item.
The following items are excluded:
- Books that are not otherwise exempt
- Rentals or leases of any eligible items
- Repairs or alterations of any eligible items
- Sales of any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport
BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS IN ORLANDO
Back 2 School Bash
Saturday, August 3, 10am – 2pm
Orlando Fashion Square Mall
This free event supplies many of the items and services you need to get ready for another year including free back packs, dental & health screenings, haircuts and school supplies.
Back to School Fest
Saturday, August 3, 10am – 3pm
Seminole Towne Center
Free event while you shop during the tax-free weekend. Enjoy games and fun activities for the kids. Special visitors include representatives from Orlando Magic, Orlando City, and animals from the Central Florida Zoo.
Back 2 School
Saturday, August 3, 10am – 4pm
Avalon Back to School Bash
Saturday, August 3, 10am – noon
Avalon Park Foundation
Free backpacks and supplies will be distributed to the community.
Saturday, August 3, 10am-2pm
Free back-to-school community event with free backpacks and school supplies (limited quantity), bounce houses, face painting, food and more. Register in advance.
Kids’ End of Summer Celebration
Saturday, August 3, 2pm-3pm
Orlando Public Library
Free to event to celebrate the end of summer at the library.
Back to School Music Fest
Sunday, August 4, 12pm-5pm
Barnett Park, Orlando
Free event (RSVP). Face painting, music, free school supplies.
Back to School Expo Community Expo
Saturday, August 10, 10am – 2pm
Florida Technical College
Free event featuring live music, fun activities, free medical check-ups, and free backpacks (limited quantities).
Florida Kids & Family Expo
Saturday, August 17, 10am – 5pm
Orange County Convention Center
$6 tickets for a full-day of indoor fun discovering family-friendly products, vendors, and entertainment.
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