IMMERSE Celebrates Orlando’s Arts on Oct. 21

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On Oct. 21, you're invited to Orlando's most innovative annual celebration of the arts at 2017's IMMERSE!

By Nate Shelton

No matter when you visit Orlando, you'll find numerous opportunities to explore the arts. And if you're an arts-lover who will be here on Oct. 21, you and your family are invited to attend one of the most unique, powerful and fun celebrations of creativity in Orlando: IMMERSE.

Presented by Creative City Project, and running from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., IMMERSE attracts more than 1,000 visual artists and performers to the streets of downtown Orlando, filling the city's heart with artistic life. Featuring exhibits and live performances, this annual event was inspired by Art Basel and SXSW. It's the perfect entry point to Orlando's burgeoning arts scene, and much of it is suitable for all ages. Read on to see why locals look forward to IMMERSE each year!

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All photos courtesy Creative City Project.

IMMERSE Yourself

Interactive Inspiration — From art galleries that come to life to surreal feats and breathtaking performances, you'll be right in the middle of it all. New this year are large-scale performance spaces including a three-story, 60-foot-long translucent box attendees can enter for an immersive projection experience. These additions open doors for audiences and performers to interact in fresh, exciting ways, but interaction has always been a hallmark of this festival.

IMMERSE 2017 Ballerinas

Top Performers — IMMERSE's lineup of talent has been growing since its 2012 debut. With more than 1,000 artists and performers representing 90 arts organizations slated for 2017, this edition promises to be the most powerful yet. This year's lineup of notable performers includes Cirque du Soleil, the Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Philharmonic and the Bach Festival Society.

IMMERSE 2017 Dad & Daughter

All-Ages Artistry — If you're concerned that the event might not be appropriate for children, don't be. All programming through 9 p.m. is suitable for all audiences, and the programming from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. hits PG-13 territory at most. Plus, there's plenty of room for strollers, so even the littlest family members can come along.

IMMERSE 2017 Millennial Crowd

A Safe Experience — Downtown Orlando is safe to visit on any given night, but IMMERSE's organizers pull out all the stops for attendees' security. Officers from the Orlando Police Department will be present during the event. Furthermore, streets throughout IMMERSE's footprint will be closed to keep guests safe from traffic.

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More to Explore — Thanks to IMMERSE's setting, you'll be within easy walking distance of the best dining and entertainment options downtown Orlando has to offer. Grab a bite to eat at local favorites like Kres Chophouse, The Rusty Spoon, KASA Restaurant & Bar, DoveCote Brasserie and Artisan's Table. You can also check out cool exhibits at Ace Cafe Orlando, explore Church Street and Wall Street Plaza, or take a leisurely stroll around Lake Eola Park. It's all within reach at IMMERSE.

IMMERSE 2017 Phantasmagoria

Feed Your Inner Artist

With so many unique creative outlets on display in new and imaginative ways, you owe it to your inner artist to attend — especially given the experience's affordability. Tickets are just $10 for individuals, and a family pack, which includes two adults and an unlimited number of children, is just $25. However, organizers are expecting their largest audience yet. Reserve your tickets today, and check out our Events Page for more things to do in Orlando.

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Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He’s a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of the City Beautiful and Orange County.


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