During springtime in Orlando, art events and festivals are in full bloom. The weather is perfect, inspiring many FREE outdoor events to celebrate. Discover the cultural side of Orlando at one of these art events this spring:
Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts
March 3 & 4 at Oval Park, Heathrow
Free, $5 donation for parking
The Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts returns to celebrate its 31st anniversary. Experience fine art and craft exhibits, kids’ art activities, enjoy live entertainment and savor appetizing treats from local food trucks purveyors.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
March 16 – 18 at Central Park, Winter Park
This wildly popular art festival is one of the nation’s oldest (58 years!), largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals. Stroll through Central Park to admire paintings, photos and sculptures. You can also enjoy free admission to the Morse Museum during a special open house event the weekend of the festival.
Uptown Art Expo
March 24 & 25 at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
Celebrate art and music with a free art festival featuring jewelry, glass, mosaics, painting, photography, sculpture and more. The event also features a chalk street painting competition, street performers, kids’ activities, live music, festival foods along with craft beer and wine.
March 11 – 17
Phenomenal landscape artists will paint all week in and around the Wekiwa Springs State Park, along the Wekiva River and at Wekiva Island during the annual Wekiva PaintOut. Artists will use the outdoors as their inspiration, developing masterpieces outside “en plein air,” meaning “in the open air.” This style allows for you to interact with the artist during the creative process.
UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018
April 6 – 14
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Reserve seats for as low as $5 at this annual showcase featuring student artworks in visual and performing arts.
Spring Fiesta in the Park
April 7 & 8 at Lake Eola Park
Held in downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park, this festival focuses on family-friendly arts and entertainment. Food vendors will also be on hand, and pets are welcome too.
Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival
Saturday, April 28
This event starts with a parade through downtown Orlando that culminates at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The celebration continues at the venue’s Seneff Arts Plaza with live music, food, arts and crafts, and vendors.
St. John’s River Festival of the Arts
May 5 & 6
First Street, downtown Sanford
Historic downtown Sanford will transform into an art mecca where you can see art in action and even create your own piece of artwork. Stroll along the brick streets to experience work from some of the best artists in the country. Enjoy food from the Culinary Arts Court and live music from acoustic performers.