Don’t miss IMMERSE (pictured; photo by Shannon Smith) and other cultural celebrations, plus Halloween happenings, theme park events and more things to do in Orlando this October.


Eerie frights, foodie delights and artistic heights are just the start of the special events waiting for you in Orlando this October! In addition to the highlights below, you can search for happenings around the time of your visit with our Orlando Events Calendar. No matter when you’ll be here, there’s always something to do in Orlando!

Theme Park Events in Orlando for October

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort

Before visiting Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, check out the authorized discount tickets from Visit Orlando. We have them for all major parks, including those at Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, in addition to scores of top attractions!

Select Nights Through Nov. 2: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort

Every fall, fear fills Universal Orlando Resort when the separately ticketed Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Florida, featuring 10 haunted houses, five scare zones and outrageous live entertainment in 2019. This year’s haunted houses include “Stranger Things,” “Jordan Peele’s Us,” “Ghostbusters,” “Universal Monsters,” “House of 1,000 Corpses,” “Killer Klowns From Outer Space,” “Depths of Fear,” “Nightingales: Blood Pit,” “Yeti: Terror of the Yukon” and “Graveyard Games.” What’s more, scare zones include “Zombieland: Double Tap,” “Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe,” “Anarch-Cade,” “Vanity Ball” and “Vikings Undead,” while “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem” and “Academy of Villains: Altered States” are set for live entertainment. If the fear gets to be too much, keep in mind that some of Universal Orlando Resort’s most exhilarating attractions will offer thrilling escapes throughout the park!

(WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED. Separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Dates, times, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice. Free self-parking after 6 p.m. and Universal Cinemark Matinee Free Parking Program not valid for Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Other restrictions may apply. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.)

Select Nights Through Nov. 1: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Join Mickey, Minnie and all their friends as Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World Resort comes alive with jack-o-lanterns, not-so-scary surprises and spirited entertainment for the whole family during this specially ticketed event, running for a record-breaking 36 nights in 2019.

Through Nov. 23: Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

Featuring cuisines, music and more from around the globe, and running for a record-shattering 87 days, this renowned celebration at Epcot® is better than ever with all-new events, chefs and things to do, plus the “Eat to the Beat” concert series. Foodies can treat themselves to chef demonstrations, hands-on workshops, special events like “Party for the Senses,” and separately priced happenings. There’s also an entire menu of family fun, including Remy’s Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt, a play area, nightly dance parties, and select dishes and demonstrations designed especially for kids. Entry to this event is included with park admission. (Food and beverages sold separately.)

Weekends Through Oct. 27: SeaWorld® Orlando’s Craft Beer Festival

Back by popular demand and better than ever, SeaWorld Orlando’s Craft Beer Festival extends to four weekends in 2019, featuring more than 100 brews on draft at locations around the park. Plus, enjoy unique menu items designed to pair perfectly with the festival’s beer selection.

Weekends Through Oct. 27:  Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld® Orlando

New surprises await at SeaWorld Orlando’s family-friendly Halloween event. Guests of all ages can celebrate with the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, featuring fantastic floats, crowd-pleasing performances and everyone’s favorite furry friends. Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating around the park, and the opportunity to meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.

Weekends, Oct. 5-7: Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

During this all-ages Halloween celebration, celebrate the spookiest time of year with trick-or-treating, exclusive character meet-and-greets, and spooktacular treats. Kids and their families can journey through the Brick-or-Treat Trail to pick up lots of candy, meet Halloween-exclusive LEGO® characters, participate in the Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt, and end the day with The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular.

Oct. 12: Brick Dash 5K at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort  

Get your heart racing by participating in this Halloween-themed 5K, which requires separate admission. LEGOLAND Florida is also offering 5K/park admission combo packages that are perfect for following the race with a spooky, kooky day at LEGOLAND Florida’s Brick or Treat event.

Featured Events in Orlando for October

The H Cuisine in Orlando
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® Features More Than 120 Restaurants, Including The H Cuisine (Pictured)

Extended Through Oct. 7: Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining®

Now in its 14th year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is your chance to enjoy three-course, prix-fixe meals for just $35 per person at more than 120 of Orlando’s best restaurants. Plus, $1 for each meal served will be donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Orlando and Lighthouse Central Florida. Visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com for a complete list of restaurants and menus, and to make OpenTable reservations.

Oct. 12: Come Out With Pride Festival

Now in its 15th year, Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival celebrates LGBTQ pride and support with live entertainment, vendors at the Pride Marketplace, and a signature fireworks finale on Lake Eola.

Oct. 17-24: Orlando Film Festival

Held at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe in downtown Orlando, this annual event starts with screenings of independent films and continues with an immersive experience full of lively Q&A’s, panel discussions, script reads and parties. No wonder it’s been named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine!

Oct. 18-19: IMMERSE

Held in the streets and public spaces of downtown Orlando, IMMERSE is an annual performing and interactive arts experience like no other. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 artists from 100-plus arts organizations and collectives. What’s more, new performances and interactive installations from across the U.S. and abroad are set to make IMMERSE 2019 more exciting than ever, including Blue Man Group, Diavolo and the Architects of Air, among others.

More Halloween Events in Orlando for October

Orlando: Halloween Vacation Capital
Orlando: Halloween Vacation Capital®

In addition to Halloween events at our theme parks, you can enjoy spills and chills for all ages throughout the destination.

  • Through Nov. 2: Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Select Nights, Oct. 4 – Nov. 2: Dark Horizon — Point of No Return
  • Oct. 19-31: Gators, Ghosts and Goblins at Gatorland

More Foodie Events in Orlando for October


Orlando Sizzles With Foodie Events in October

Food festivals start in Orlando in August and continue through the end of November.

  • Weekends Through Nov. 24: Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Oct. 4: Harry’s Sip & Savor Pairing Series
  • Oct. 24: Feast on the 50
  • Oct. 26: Central Florida Veg Fest

Cultural Events in Orlando for October

  • Oct. 12-13: Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
  • Oct. 19: Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Cultural EXPO
  • Oct. 19-20: Winter Springs ARToberFEST
  • Oct. 27: Festival Calle Orange

Live Theater, Concerts, Comedy and More in Orlando for October

Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk in Orlando
Hard Rock® Live at Universal CityWalk in Orlando

Numerous venues in Orlando are hosting the arts in Orlando this October.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Downtown Orlando)

  • Oct. 4-6: Be Original Theater Festival
  • Oct. 11-12: The Second City, Greatest Hits Vol. 59
  • Oct. 12: Wayne Brady
  • Oct. 18: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas With Live Symphony Orchestra
  • Oct. 19: Alison Krauss
  • Select Nights, Oct. 22-27: Les Misérables

Hard Rock Live (Universal CityWalk)

  • Oct. 3: Peppa Pig Live!
  • Oct. 4: Scott Stapp
  • Oct. 12: Maggie Rogers
  • Oct. 18: Nate Bargatze
  • Oct. 19: Anjelah Johnson
  • Oct. 25: Classic Albums Live — Pink Floyd’s The Wall
  • Oct. 27: Ace Frehley
  • Oct. 30: 98.9 WMMO Presents Sebastian Bach

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Near Downtown Orlando)

  • Select Nights Through Oct. 6: Evita
  • Select Nights, Oct. 9 – Nov. 24: Macbeth
  • Select Days, Oct. 19 – Nov. 16: Miss Nelson Is Missing!

Orlando Museum of Art (Near Downtown Orlando)

  • Oct. 29: Arts Society — Poetics of Place

Harry P. Leu Gardens (Downtown Orlando Area)

  • Oct. 19: Jazz’n Blues Concert at Leu Gardens

The Winter Park Playhouse (Winter Park)

  • Oct. Select Nights Through Oct. 13: Desperate Measures

Amway Center (Downtown Orlando)

  • Oct. 26: The Chainsmokers — World War Joy North American Tour

Addition Financial Arena (University of Central Florida)

  • Oct. 12: for KING & COUNTRY
  • Oct. 23: Logic With J.I.D. & YBN Cordae

Garden Theatre (Winter Garden)

  • Select Nights, Oct. 11-27: Deathtrap

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center (Sanford)

  • Oct. 5: Purple Madness — A Tribute to Prince
  • Oct. 6: Symphonic Underground’s Dancing Mad — A Final Fantasy IV Tribute
  • Oct. 19: ANJ and Angel Events Present Unshakeable Faith
  • Oct. 20: Tripping the Live Fantastic — A Tribute to Paul McCartney

Movie Events in Orlando for October

Enzian Theater in Maitland
Enzian Theater in Maitland

See classic films on the big screen at these events, hosted at locations in and around Orlando.

Harry P. Leu Gardens (Near Downtown Orlando)

  • Oct. 4: The Others

Enzian Theater (Maitland)

  • Oct. 6: FilmSlam
  • Oct. 19: Saturday Matinee Classics — Don’t Look Now

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center (Sanford)

  • Oct. 24: Movie Classics at the Ritz Theatre Presents The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Oct. 31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sports & Outdoors Events in Orlando for October

Catch Orlando Magic Games at Downtown Orlando's Amway Center
Catch Orlando Magic Games at Downtown Orlando’s Amway Center

Get your game on with professional sports and outdoors fun in Orlando this October.

  • Oct. 6: Orlando City Soccer Club vs. Chicago Fire
  • Oct. 12: Orlando Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays
  • Oct. 17-20: Biketoberfest
  • Oct. 18: Orlando Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals
  • Oct. 23: Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Oct. 27: U Can Finish 5 Mile & 2 Mile Presented by AdventHealth
  • Oct. 30: Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks

Cover image courtesy IMMERSE.


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