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The Purge at Halloween Horror Nights

Mark your calendar with Orlando's biggest annual events in 2019 

Our City Guide is published annually in April. Events in this list run from April 2019 through March 2020. Set those calendar reminders now!

APRIL

Florida Film Festival

April 12-21, 2019; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; 407-629-1088; floridafilmfestival.com

Whether you're a fan of dramas, comedies, documentaries or shorts, the Florida Film Festival has it all.

Whiskey Business

April 26, 2019; Cheyenne Saloon, 128 W. Church St.; whiskeybusinessorlando.com

At this upscale and sophisticated event, guests can sample their way across continents to discover the best scotches, bourbons and whiskeys.

MAY

Orlando Fringe

May 14-27, 2019; Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St.; orlandofringe.org

Thespians from all over the world descend on the theater complex at Loch Haven for two weeks of performances.

Beer 'Merica

May 18, 2019; Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave.; orlandoweeklytickets.com

Celebrating American Craft Beer Week, this daylong beer festival on the shore of Lake Ivanhoe spotlights more than 100 varieties of American craft brews, along with live music, games and giveaways.

MegaCon

May 16-19, 2019; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; megaconorlando.com

Central Florida's largest comic convention brings in big names from the worlds of television, film, comics and more for a huge celebration of pop culture.

JUNE

Bite30

June 1-30, 2019; multiple locations; bite30.com

A monthlong celebration of the best food Central Florida has to offer, with special prix fixe menus at each participating restaurant.

Bite Night

June 20, 2019; Orchid Garden, 126 W. Church St.; bitenightorlando.com

Bite Night transforms the historic Orchid Garden Ballroom into a foodie wonderland featuring samples from dozens of Orlando's best-loved chefs and restaurants.

One Magical Weekend

May 31-June 3, 2019; multiple locations; onemagicalweekend.com

LGBT-friendly organized trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts during the day, themed parties every night.

JULY

Fireworks at the Fountain

July 4, 2019; Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; orlando.gov

Nothing says patriotism like the "oohs" and "ahhs" elicited by the choreographed firework and light show at Lake Eola each year.

Tacos & Tequila

July 20, 2019; Cheyenne Saloon, 128 W. Church St.; tacosandtequilaorlando.com

Peak-taco deniers get to try dozens of takes on everyone's favorite Tex-Mex one-handed treat – along with plenty of tequila and cerveza.

AUGUST

Best of Orlando

Aug. 21, 2019; The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave.; orlandoweekly.com

Annual party in honor of Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando winners. If you snag a ticket to this exclusive party, congratulations: We like you.

SEPTEMBER

Halloween Horror Nights

Sept. 6-Nov. 2, 2019; Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd.; halloweenhorrornights.com

This year's Halloween Horror Nights features a Stranger Things house, and that's probably all you need to know.

Cocktail: The Event

Sept. 27, 2019; location TBA; orlandoweekly.com

A celebration of Orlando's cocktail scene, with samples from the city's best bars and speakeasies along with live entertainment.

OCTOBER

Come Out With Pride

Oct. 12, 2019; Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St.; comeoutwithpride.com

Our favorite downtown parade party celebrates the LGBTQ community.

Big Gay Brunch

Oct. 12, 2019; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; orlandoweekly.com

Before the big gay parade, come eat and drink with Orlando Weekly and check out surprise performances.

Orlando Film Festival

Oct. 17-24, 2019; Cobb Plaza Cinema Café, 155 S. Orange Ave.; orlandofilmfest.com

The Orlando Film Festival has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and now brings hundreds of independent films and filmmakers downtown for a week of screenings, panels and parties.

Creative City Project: Immerse

Oct. 18-19, 2019; Downtown; creativecityproject.com

The Creative City Project offers up a whole weekend of live performing arts scattered throughout public spaces in the heart of downtown Orlando.

Spooky Empire

October 2019 (dates TBA); Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive; spookyempire.com

This convention for horror fans brings celebs, makeup specialists, tattoo artists and more for a ghoulishly fun weekend.

Central Florida Veg Fest

Oct. 26, 2019; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; cfvegfest.org

Chow down on some cruelty-free cooking at this event for vegetarians, vegans and open-minded omnivores. Learn about veg living and get an up-close look at some of the animals spared when you opt for a salad instead of a Baconator.

NOVEMBER

Fall Fiesta in the Park

Nov. 2-3, 2019; Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St.; 407-855-0606; fiestainthepark.com

This biannual block party brings vendors, entertainment, food and more to downtown's Lake Eola Park. (Also happens the first full weekend of April.)

Orlando Greek Fest

Nov. 1-3, 2019; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland; 407-331-4687; orlandogreekfest.com

Enjoy authentic Greek food, music and dancing, along with a huge indoor market for Greek goods, including imported olives.

Orlando Beer Festival

Nov. 9, 2019; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; orlandobeerfestival.com

Orlando's only large-scale legitimate craft beer festival that attracts brewers and guests from all over Florida.

Florida Blue Florida Classic

Nov. 23, 2019; Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place; floridaclassic.org

Annual football game between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M.

DECEMBER

Sweet and Savory

Dec. 5, 2019; Location TBA; orlandoweekly.com

A night of desserts, drinks and delicious dishes, served up by top local and regional artisans.

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 5, 2019; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; morsemuseum.org

The Morse Museum decorates Central Park with stained glass windows and the Bach Festival Choir performs a Christmas concert.

Grandma Party Bazaar

December 2019 (date TBA); Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; instagram.com/grandma_party

Handmade crafts from local artisans and live music from local bands make this our favorite stop for holiday shopping.

JANUARY

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Jan. 1, 2020; Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place; buffalowildwingscitrusbowl.com

The Citrus Bowl plays host to one of the BCS games every New Year's Day.

Central Florida Scottish Highland Games

Jan. 18-19, 2020; Central Winds Park, 1000 Central Winds Drive, Winter Springs; flascot.com

Annual weekend of caber tossing, axe throwing, sheep-herding, drinking, eating and dancing.

Otronicon

Jan. 17-20, 2020; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; 407-514-2000; osc.org

Showcase of cutting-edge technology from industry leaders, providing a glimpse of the not-too-distant future.

Zora! Festival

January 2020 (dates TBA), downtown Eatonville, Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville, zorafestival.org

Eatonville's most famous writer gets a festival in her honor every year featuring live music, arts and educational activities.

FEBRUARY

Indie-Folk Fest

Feb. 15, 2020; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; 407-246-4278; mennellomuseum.org

The Mennello hosts this daylong outdoor concert in the sculpture garden with food and drink vendors every Valentine's Day weekend.

Lunar New Year Dragon Parade

February 2020 (date TBA), Mills 50, centralflorida dragonparade.org

This Lunar New Year celebration recently returned home from a brief exile to Fashion Square.

Orlando Chili Cook-Off

February 2020 (date TBA); Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; orlandochilicookoff.com

This event brings the heat with more than 100 different types of chili to sample, the World Chili Eating Championship competition, live music and more.

Florida Strawberry Festival

February-March, 2020 (dates TBA); Florida Strawberry Festival, 2209 W. Oak Ave., Plant City; 813-752-9194; flstrawberryfestival.com

One of the biggest agricultural fairs in the state routinely brings in big names for concerts, along with all the rides and festival food you can handle.

MARCH

Arab Festival Orlando

March 2020 (dates TBA); Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St.; 407-246-4484; aaccflorida.org

Try plenty of Middle Eastern food while seeing live performances on the bandshell stage.

Central Florida Fair

March 2020 (dates TBA); Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; centralfloridafair.com

Showcasing the best in midway rides, live entertainment, livestock and fried foods.

Orlando Caribbean Festival

March 2020 (dates TBA), Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; centralfloridafair.com

Celebration of Central Florida's Caribbean connections, with live music, DJs, food, dancing and more.

Orlando Holi Festival

March 2020 (dates TBA); Bill Frederick Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road; 407-814-7501; facebook.com/ indianhorizonoffloridainc

Celebrate the Hindi spring festival with plenty of colored powder to throw at each other.

Thundering Spirit Pow Wow

March 2020 (dates TBA); Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 State Highway 441, Mount Dora; thunderingspiritfamily.com

Annual Native American culture festival with drumming, dancing, crafts and food.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

March 2020 (dates TBA); Central Park, Winter Park; wpsaf.org

Browse through booths from tons of artists and vendors at one of the country's oldest, largest and most prestigious juried art festivals.

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