This Week in Orlando: Festivals, Dining Deals & More

There's always something fun to do in Orlando. Check out this week's list of special events during the week of Sept. 19-25.

Global Peace Film Festival, Sept. 20-25
Celebrate the art of film and its power to promote new understanding during the Global Film Festival in Orlando. Held in conjunction with the UN's International Day of Peace, the festival promotes the art of motion picture to further the goal of peace on earth beyond anti-war, ideology and activism. Events include film programs, panels and parties. Admission: $8 per film; $99 pass (admission to all films, panels and events).

Halloween Horror Nights, select nights Sept. 23-Oct. 31
Celebrating 21 years of fear, Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios as the nation's most intense Halloween event. During select nights, the theme park transforms into a bloodcurdling labyrinth of haunted houses, scarezones and live shows as brave guests confront extreme Halloween entertainment. Admission: $81.99.

Fiesta del Coquí

Fiesta del Coquí (pictured above), Sept. 24-25
The annual Fiesta del Coquí at the Central Florida Zoo is a celebration of Hispanic culture, focusing on the tiny frog of Puerto Rico (the coquí). The festival features live entertainment, delicious cuisines and activities for all ages. Admission: included in zoo admission ($12.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 3-12).

Orlando Improv Festival, Sept. 25-27
Comedy improv groups from Canada, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta and Orlando gather together for this three-day festival of hilarious shows and workshops. Admission: shows range from $10-$15; all access passes available.                            

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, nightly through Sept. 30
Satisfy an appetite for savings during Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month in September when more than 60 Orlando-area restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for just $30. One dollar from each meal is donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. See the list of participating restaurants, browse Magical Dining menus and make dinner reservations at                                                   

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, select nights through Nov. 1
Guests of all ages are invited to dress in costume and trick-or-treat at Magic Kingdom's boo-free bash after regular park hours. The "not-so-scary" festivities include Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade and the bewitching Happy HalloWishes fireworks show. Admission: party tickets start at $53.95 for adults and $47.95 for kids 3-9.

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