Starting Feb. 28, the 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is ready to ring in spring with gourmet food, live music, gorgeous gardens and other fun features.

Starting Feb. 28, the 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is ready to ring in spring with gourmet food, live music, gorgeous gardens and other fun features.

Spring comes early to Orlando with the 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! Running from Feb. 28 through May 28, this 90-day extravaganza has something for nature, food and music lovers of all ages. From Disney-themed topiaries to legendary musicians, here are six reasons you will not want to miss this year's event.

Enjoy Garden-Themed Food and Drink at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Enjoy Garden-Themed Food and Drink at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

1. Outdoor Kitchens

All of Epcot's annual festivals are known for an eclectic selection of outstanding food and beverages from around the world, and Flower & Garden is no exception. At Outdoor Kitchens throughout the World Showcase, you'll be able to sample a wide range of tasty dishes, desserts and specialty drinks. As a bonus, each Outdoor Kitchen will feature its own raised-bed or in-ground garden of herbs and produce.

"The culture of growing your own food continues to trend, and our guests each year have questions related to edible gardens," says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. "They get a big kick comparing items in our gardens with the herbs and produce our chefs incorporate into the festival's Outdoor Kitchen recipes."

Night Ranger Is One of 17 Musical Acts Performing at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Night Ranger Is One of 17 Musical Acts Performing at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

2. Garden Rocks Concert Series

Every weekend, the Flower & Garden Festival features a different classic rock group at the outdoor America Gardens Theatre overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon. Confirmed musicians this year include Night Ranger, Foghat, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Village People and others.

Discover Disney-Themed Topiaries at 2018’s Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Discover Disney-Themed Topiaries at 2018's Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

3. Topiaries, Exhibits and Gardens

Throughout the park, Disney-themed topiaries will delight you, including those based on characters including Mickey Mouse, Beauty & The Beast and Snow White. You'll also be able to stroll through a creative collection of gardens and learn from gardening exhibits. What's more, a brand-new topiary at the park's front entrance will celebrate the festival's 25th anniversary with a kaleidoscope of blooming color.

The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Features Plenty of Kid-Oriented Activities
The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Features Plenty of Kid-Oriented Activities

4. Fun for Kids

Each year, the Flower & Garden Festival invites families to connect with nature via play areas, gardens and exhibits geared especially for children. This year, an interactive play garden featuring a play maze, sensory garden, activity zone and covered-seating area will delight guests of all ages in Future World. In addition, a "Road to Florida 500" garden based on the Cars 3 movie joins the party with fun activities like highway bingo.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Guided Tours Allow You to Go Behind the Scenes
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Guided Tours Allow You to Go Behind the Scenes

5. Guided Tours

Want to go behind-the-scenes and learn about this year's many gardens? The Flower & Garden Festival's guided tours let you dig even deeper into the magic of nature. This year's options include Gardens of the World, English Tea Garden and Behind the Seeds. To learn more about each, including pricing, start time and running length, call 407-WDW-TOUR.

Attractions, Dining, Shopping and Amazing Sights Await at Epcot All Year
Attractions, Dining, Shopping and Amazing Sights Await at Epcot All Year

6. Everything Else

One of the best reasons to attend the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the fact that it takes place at Epcot! From attractions like Spaceship Earth and Frozen Ever After, to dining and shopping across the globe courtesy of the World Showcase, to eye-popping visuals and learning experiences, there's always a good reason to visit this world-famous theme park.

Grow Your Own Experiences in Orlando

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is one of many large-scale events, such as multicultural festivals, taking place at Orlando's theme parks and other locations all year long. For a complete listing, check our Events page. Going to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival? Share your favorite memories with us on Twitter and Instagram.

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