Orlando is often thought of when a family is looking to take advantage of one of the area’s world famous theme parks, from Disney World to Sea World and everything in between. But as fall is right around the corner, there are also many events taking over the city that provide even more reasons to visit. Here are some of the exciting events that you can enjoy in Orlando this September.
Go Party Food Truck Festival
This is a special time of the year for the food enthusiasts out there. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is time to gather for timeless celebrations of food! On September 17th, 2016, a fleet of the area’s most popular food trucks will flood into The Orlando Festival Park. You will be able to find delicious dishes in every style from American cuisine to German and seafood. Apart from all of the delicious food, you can also find craft beers, specialty drinks, and even unlimited mimosas, wine, and sangria from 11 am to 2 pm for only $20! Throughout the day, you can also enjoy live music, karaoke, a kids’ zone, and much more. Perhaps the best part of this event is that it is free to enter for everyone!
While Halloween is still a month away, it is never too early to take advantage of the season with some spooky fun at the famous Busch Gardens. You can enjoy the fun of the Howl-O-Scream events, beginning Thursday, September 29th from 7:30 pm to 1:00 am. Throughout this time, you can take advantage of haunted houses, shows, and of course, rides. These rides include the all new Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, and Cheetah Hunt.
Step in the Name of Love
The Step in the Name of Love 3K and/or 5K is a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful September weather that comes to Orlando over every year. On September 17th, 2016 at 7 am, Barnett Park will be taken over with this loving event in support of the Multi-Cultural Addictions Network. This is a special event because you will be helping those in need, all while you enjoy a lovely day of light exercise, food, and entertainment. There are numerous there walks and runs supporting different causes and celebrating different things. This makes September a great time for the lovers of fitness and leisure alike!
If you are looking for fun filled events this September, then you cannot go wrong with a visit to Orlando, Florida!
You’re in luck! Whether you’ve had your getaway to tropical Orlando, Florida planned for months or you’ve just been itching for an impromptu trip before school starts up again, Tropical Escape Vacation Homes has the inside scoop on some awesome upcoming events that are being hosted in Orlando over the course of the next week. Take advantage of these summer-exclusive events when you’re staying in your beautiful Orlando, Florida next week!
August 7th – 13th – Watch the Rio Olympics in Enormous HD
Next week at 5:00pm daily, NBC Sports Grill & Brew will be holding live broadcasts of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on a huge one-hundred foot HD outdoor stadium screen at Universal CityWalk. Enjoy a selection of classic American food from the restaurant’s menu while you watch the Olympics unfold before your eyes, with stilt-walkers performing during the Opening Ceremony.
August 7th – Visit SeaWorld for the Last Day of the Summer of Mako
SeaWorld just got a new rollercoaster, and its name is Mako! The tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster in Orlando, Mako stands two hundred feet high and travels seventy-three miles per hour on a track that is nearly one mile in length. The coaster is inspired by the shark species named Mako—one of the fastest sharks in the ocean. As an added bonus to this coaster, this is the last day for special events like the Shark Touch Pool, the Mako Challenge scavenger hunt, and limited-time in-park specials.
August 7th – Enjoy Tropical Reggae from Daddy Yankee and Don Omar
These legendary reggaeton kings face off against one another at the Amway Center, continuing the battle that began in Puerto Rico during December 2015 and made music history in Las Vegas as the MGM Grand’s first reggae concert. Tickets are available online.
August 11th – Wine and Dine in Style at Tapa Toro Tapas Bar or Sample Craft Brews at Artegon Marketplace’s Beer and Wine Stroll
Here, we listed two options as one, since they both take place on the same day, with overlapping times.
Tapa Toro’s event allows foodies to get up close and personal with the restaurant’s top chefs, indulging in a decadent five-course menu and tasting the finest imported Spanish wine at $49 per person before tax and tips.
If that price is a little more than what you’re looking for, you can always take advantage of Artegon Marketplace’s Beer and Wine Stroll, during which you can sample Florida’s best craft brews and wines for free and discounted prices on food.
August 13th – Catch Motion City Soundtrack’s “So Long, Farewell” Tour
Musical phenomenon Motion City Soundtrack will be performing their last tour ever, stopping at the House of Blues in Orlando. With a career spanning almost twenty years, this pop punk band has brought joy to music listeners all over the U.S. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see them in concert while you still can! Tickets can be purchased online.
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Memorial Day Weekend has become one of the most popular weekends to take a vacation. As such, there are plenty of activities and events that take the nation by storm during this time. One of the most significant destinations during this time is Orlando, Florida, and for good reason. Between all of the one-of-a-kind events and the year-round attractions of the city, you cannot do any better than a Memorial Day vacation in Orlando. Here are some ideas regarding how you can spend your time while here.
Memorial Day Parade
This year on May 30th, you can be a part of the long-standing Orlando tradition of putting on one of the largest parades in the country to celebrate Memorial Day. The parade is done with a Caribbean theme, which is close to the hearts of many of the locals. There are endless floats, costumes, masqueraders, and bands supplying good vibes with live music. Delicious and extensive food options line the streets along with many items from different vendors. The event is so grandiose and exciting that it has been dubbed the Caribbean-flavored Mardi Gras, which is quite the comparison!
Many More Events
Orlando does a great job of celebrating this weekend with many more events. Throughout the city, you can find countless musical performances along with celebrations of food, such as the BBQ Blowout on Saturday and the Memorial Day Carillon Concerts on Monday. You can also enjoy more unique celebrations like the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival throughout the whole weekend.
Enjoy the Year-Round Activities
As summer is just getting kicked off, this is the perfect time to enjoy many of the wonderful things that make Orlando a great place to visit. Firstly, there is plenty of beautiful natural landscape in the area. These seemingly endless tracts of land are perfect for hiking, biking, and having a peaceful Memorial Day picnic. West Orange Trail and Cross Seminole Trail are excellent places to explore. You can also float down a river in a tube at Kelly Park and go hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch. Your options are virtually endless in Orlando.
The rich history of Orlando is also one of the things that make it a special place to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend. There are many amazing places for visitors to stay throughout the weekend that are sure to enhance the festivities. Why not check out the many luxurious vacation rentals available from Tropical Escape Vacation Homes for your Orlando, Florida vacation?
Things to Do During an Orlando Summer
The last bell for the school year has rung, your vacation is coming up in a few weeks, and your family members are wondering: what spectacular trip do you have planned for summer break? The pressure is on and it’s going to be really difficult to top last year’s trip to Paris with all the history, art, and culture. This year, you have been thinking you want to stay stateside and visit somewhere sunny and warm. It’s been months since you’ve seen the sun – we know, we’ve been there – and if you don’t mind, we’d like to make a suggestion. Have you considered Orlando?
Our summers are warm enough to take the chill out of bones that have spent the last six months in subzero temperatures, beautiful white sand beaches are just a car ride away, and everybody’s mouse friend Mickey calls Orlando home; everyone needs to go to Disney World at least once in their life time! But we understand man cannot live on Disney alone, so we have compiled a list of events, activities, and other exciting adventures that will convince you summer in Orlando is the only way to go!
Festivals and Other Fun Events
- Alive After Five – You get three chances to participate in what is considered the longest recurring street festival in Central Florida. On June 12, July 10, & August 7, the streets of nearby Sanford will be alive with the sounds of live music. Featuring tasty food booths with food and drink samples, an arts fair, and other miscellaneous vendors hawking their wares, Alive After Five is a fun way to spend a not-so-quiet Sunday.
- Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Kissimmee – Experience an old fashioned Independence Day reminiscent of the ones of your childhood with a fireworks display over Lake Toho that will make you ooh and ahh uncontrollably. Or check out any of the local celebrations, including Disney’s, Sea World’s, even Legoland offers a big bang for your buck!
- Gulf Coast Jam – Central Florida’s largest outdoor live music festival occurs the last weekend of August. Party with your favorite country crooners over three days. Live music, cold drinks, tasty food – summer might be ending but the memories will last forever!
With over 10 theme parks in the area, adventure is always on the agenda, especially when zip lining over live alligators and other reptiles while visiting Gatorland. Other equally fun and adventurous theme parks include, but aren’t limited to:
- Universal Studios
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal
A family could spend a week in Orlando, going to a new theme park every day, and still not be able to see them all! How great is that?
Tropical Escape Vacation Homes Can Help You Put the Fun Back in Your Summer Vacation!
Obviously, the above listed activities are just a small portion of the fun that’s available to you when you spend your summer vacation in beautiful Orlando. We’d have to write a novel to get it all in! Fortunately for you, Tropical Escape Vacation Homes is a full service property management company; just book your vacation rental through us and we can provide you even more information on all the exciting events and activities that make summer in Orlando the most magical place on earth!
May Events in Orlando
May is quite possibly one of the most beautiful times of the year here in Orlando, so if you’re planning your vacation at that time, plan on finding lots of fun and exciting things to do while you’re here! Starting with the Orlando Cabaret Festival and ending with Megacon, the ultimate in cult film, comic book and gaming conventions, you can be sure to find a little something special for each and every member of your traveling party! Our great staff at Tropical Escape has compiled a short list of some of the fun events that are occurring in the Orlando area during the month of May. If you see something you like you might want to plan your vacation around them!
The 14th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival, April 22 –May 8
Music lovers and fans of all that’s cabaret will want to make sure to experience this fun festival held at Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando. Their fabulous Mother’s Day Cabaret Brunch is back and better than ever. Mom can enjoy a three course meal and then head over to the special Mother’s Day performance of Side by Side: A Steve & Eydie Tribute. Check out their website at www.orlandocabaret.com for more information.
Blues-N-Groove Weekend, May 20 & 21
For more musical fun and excitement with just a little bit of travel involved (Mount Dora is about 40 minutes away from Orlando proper) come enjoy the Blues-N-Groove Weekend, an outdoor music festival featuring top blues musicians at Elizabeth Evans Park. This year’s special guest is the unbelievably talented David Julia; he’s only 14 years old and is already becoming an acclaimed singer and songwriter!
Megacon, May 26-May 29
You’ve heard of ComicCon, perhaps even heard of PopCon, but have you heard about MegaCon in Orlando? This 4-day extravaganza features the best of nerddoms favorite cult films, anime, comics, and video games and promises to be even better than previous years! This year’s featured guests are Stan Lee, William Shatner, and John Cusack; your teenager will never forgive you if you try to skip this mega event!
Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout, May 27 & 28
You’re on vacation, and you have to eat, so if you’re planning your Orlando trip over the Memorial Day weekend, this barbecue blowout is the place to visit! Admission is free and there will be live music and a kid-que competition as well! This barbecue competition has been considered the Super Bowl of Barbecue; the meat will be smoking in Oviedo at the Oviedo Mall, just 18 miles outside of Orlando. Our mouths are already watering and we still have a few weeks to wait!
Orlando Carnival, Memorial Day Weekend
Finally, we can’t forget to mention the Orlando Carnival Downtown. For over 20 years this Mardi Gras-like celebration has signified the “official” start to summer with a parade, costumes, and Caribbean-style food and music. The Miss Orlando Carnival Cultural Pageant offers beautiful women a chance to shine and the Kiddies’ Carnival activities ensure no one is left out of the party!
Beer Events in Orlando
Beer lovers will appreciate the year round beer scene in Orlando, Florida with lots of local pubs, breweries, and bars, as well as beer festivals and gatherings happening all over the area. If you’re looking for a great time while enjoying a good brew, here are some of your options for doing just that.
Saturday, April 9th, 2016 – Brews Around the Zoo
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is hosting the “Brews Around the Zoo 2016” for its 9th year in a row. Presented by Wayne Densch Inc., guests can spend the evening strolling through the zoo while also sampling many of the specialty craft beers fresh from the tap. Select wines are also available, as are plenty of tasty food options, live music, and of course, the animals.
Saturday, April 16th, 2016 – 4th Annual Downtown Brew
Celebrating its 4th year, the award winning Downtown Brew is coming once again to Orlando with its much anticipated best Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy unlimited samples of over 40 different kinds of craft beers. Your admission ticket includes samplings, live music, access to food vendors and fun.
Tuesday, May 10th 2016 – Brews with Attitude
From 6-10 pm, join hundreds of others at the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre for the ultimate annual craft beer festival for its 6th year. There will be plenty of live entertainment, a variety of hand rolled cigars, over 100 craft beers and ciders to choose from, lots of food trucks and more. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 – 2 Annual Craft Brews in the Park
Celebrating American Craft Beer brewed both locally and nationally, this party is unlike the rest. Hosted in Central Park in the Avenue Shopping Center, complete with live music and over 100 different brews to sample from, the fun is for those 21 years of age and over.
Saturday, June 25th 2016 – WOB UCF 1st Annual Home Brew Festiva
The World Beer UCF will be celebrating their very first annual Home Brew Festival and highlighting some of the very best local home brewers in all of Central Florida. One winner will be chosen among the many hobbyist brewers and be given the chance to brew with Red Cypress Brewing. About 15-20 local home brewers will be represented, and attendees can sample their brews while learning more about the brewing process and the ingredients used. Votes will be cast among the top 3 contestants.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in style!
Spend Labor Day Weekend at the Oasis Club in the Retreat at ChampionsGate. Family friendly activities for those of all ages! Hope to see you all there! Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!
Wanna “Sea” Seaworld Orlando This Summer?
You and your family will be treated to extended park hours so you can enjoy all of SeaWorld’s rides, shows, attractions and special summer night events!
Experience Seaworld under the night sky starting June 20 – August 9, 2015!
- Sea Lions Tonight incorporates comedy starring a sea lion and otter, the famous Clyde and Seamore! This program is a laugh-out-loud, fall-down-funny variety show spoofs today’s popular television shows, and even some of SeaWorld’s most popular attractions.
- Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night is high energy show that will include original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale tricks.
- Celebrate America Concert Series: Every Saturday and Sunday guests can enjoy all-American performances by a variety of artists and genres at this all-new summer concert series. The celebration of America continues throughout the park with all-American food and daily happy hours.
- Late-Night Thrills: There’s nothing like riding a rollercoaster when the sun is setting. Summer nights gives you a chance to expierience Seaworld’s famous coasters Manta, Kraken and many more under the starlight!
So come out and enjoy all that SeaWorld Orlando offers from 9 AM – 10 PM, it’s sure to be a whale of a time!