Festivals and fairs 2016, fall through spring

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Festivals and fairs, Fall through Spring

Orlando is home to all sorts of festivals and fairs during the year, and the upcoming fall and spring semesters are no different. Here are a few of the coming celebrations you can check out.


2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

When: Sept. 14-Nov. 14

Where: Epcot

Price: $113 (UCF student discount price)

This 62-day festival showcases some of the world's varied cuisine. Concerts, block parties, tasting events and more can be found day and night at this massive food festival.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

When: Sept. 14-Oct. 31

Where: Magic Kingdom

Price: $72

This is a good way to combine your love of Disney with Halloween. This nightly event has you dressing up in your Halloween best and trick-or-treating inside the Magic Kingdom. You'll also see a parade and fireworks show.

Halloween Horror Nights

When: Sept. 16-Oct. 31

Where: Universal Studios

Price: various prices

The juggernaut of Orlando Halloween celebrations, Horror Nights consists of several haunted houses and scare zones designed to give you a fright. Last year's celebration was Horror Nights' 25th anniversary, and they've shelved the iconic clown Jack for his sidekick, the sadistic Chance. The Exorcist, the Walking Dead and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre are some of the announced houses so far, with more to come.

Global Peace Film Festival

When: Sept. 19-25

Where: Enzian Theater and Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village

Price: TBA

The goal of the Global Peace Film Festival is to promote, well, peace using the film medium. Films from all over the world are shown, activists speak about their work, and there are various educational and instructional panels.

Halloween at Old Town

When: Sept. 23-Oct. 31

Where: 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee

Price: free

This annual event has Old Town full of ghosts and ghouls just waiting to scare you. If you're lucky, you may find some zombies dancing to "Thriller."



When: Oct. 1

Where: Loch Haven Park

Price: free

Orlando Weekly's one-day celebration of visual and performing art takes over the central lawn at Loch Haven Park with vendors, contests, performances from various arts groups and so much more.

Come Out With Pride

When: Oct. 8

Where: Lake Eola Park

Price: free

Already one of downtown's most popular parades and parties, expect Pride to be absolutely off the chain this year.

Freak Show Horror Film Festival

When: Oct. 21-23

Where: Premiere Cinemas, 3201 E. Colonial Drive

Price: TBA

The Freak Show Horror Film Festival is a great opportunity to catch some of the newest independent horror films being made by modern talent.

Orlando Zombie Ball

When: October, date TBA

Where: TBA

Price: TBA

All the Halloweenies come out to this massive costume party, which features a costume contest, live DJs, prizes and a horrifically good time.

Central Florida Veg Fest

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 22

Where: Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.

Price: free

Dozens of vegan and vegetarian vendors come out for the Central Florida Veg Fest. You can expect speakers, concerts, food preparation demonstrations, and hopefully a new recipe or two.

College Park Jazz Fest

When: 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 22

Where: Edgewater Drive, College Park

Price: TBA

The College Park Partnership shuts down Edgewater Drive to accommodate the thousands of people who come annually to take in live jazz on three different stages.

Calle Orange Festival

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 23

Where: Orange Avenue downtown

This massive Latin festival takes over several downtown blocks with numerous bands and food selections to keep you busy.


Fall Fiesta in the Park

When: Nov. 5-6

Where: Lake Eola Park

Price: free

Downtown Orlando's oldest arts and crafts festival is back this November. Food vendors, artists and craft-makers showing off their wares all across Lake Eola are some of the highlights to look forward to.

Orlando Beer Festival

When: Nov. 12

Where: Festival Park, 2911 Robinson St.

Price: $25-$55

This boozy festival has countless breweries and bars participating, so you'll have your fair share of spirits to choose from.

I Love College Park Art & Wine Stroll

When: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 19

Where: Albert Park, Edgewater Drive and Vassar Street

Price: $15

If you stroll down Edgewater Drive to Princeton with your wine card, you'll come across musicians and student artists, not to mention the 12 wine stops along the way. All of the proceeds go to the College Park Neighborhood Arts & Theater Center.

Festival of Trees

When: Nov. 12-20

Where: Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.

Price: TBA

This annual event turns the Orlando Museum of Art into a festive wonderland. Events include an opening night party, musical performances, and programs for seniors and children.


Florida Citrus Parade

When: Dec. 30

Where: Downtown Orlando

Price: free

If you've ever wanted to see a float made from fruit, this is the place to be. Floats are made from more than 100,000 oranges, tangerines and grapefruits, with more than 50 entries rolling by in a vitamin C-laden parade.

January 2017

Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 20-21

Where: Magnolia Park, 2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka

Price: free

A celebration of all things avian, Birdapalooza offers free tours through the north shore of Lake Apopka. Beyond that, you can enjoy the food vendors and live music, or go on a nature hike if you're feeling adventurous.


Orlando Chili Cook-Off

When: Feb. 18

Where: Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.

Orlando's quintessential chili competition returns with more types and styles of chili than you can count. But there'll be plenty for you to sample and enjoy.

Orlando Food and Wine Fest

When: February, date TBA

Where: Lake Eola

Price: TBA

Food from dozens of Orlando's restaurants, domestic and international brands of wine, and music and other live entertainment is what you can expect from one of downtown's premiere festivals.

Lunar New Year Festival

When: February, date TBA

Where: Fashion Square Mall

Price: free

Ring in the Year of the Rooster at this annual celebration of the Lunar New Year that draws people from many cultures to celebrate Orlando's unique Asian heritage.


Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

When: March 1-May 29

Where: Epcot

Price: price of admission

Epcot's major spring festival has guests enjoying a variety of foods while walking through flower gardens specially decorated for the event.

Central Florida Fair

When: March 2-19

Where: 4603 W. Colonial Drive

Price: various prices

Check out rides, shows, games, music, livestock and entertainment at the multi-county fair.


Florida Film Festival

When: April, dates TBA

Where: Enzian Theater and Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village

Price: various prices

Orlando's longest-running film festival returns with impressive art and commercial flicks for you to enjoy, along with panels, filmmaker interviews, celebrities, parties and more.

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