No matter your age or interests, you’re sure to fall for special events, culinary delights and Halloween thrills in Orlando this autumn (MAGIC KINGDOM® Park at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort pictured/©Disney).
Updated Aug. 9, 2022
Between smaller crowds, cooler temperatures and a wealth of special events, autumn is the perfect time to visit Orlando. Experience our seasonal delights for yourself at these immersive cultural celebrations, fantastic food festivals, Halloween happenings and other things to do throughout the destination this fall.
Every autumn, the arts come alive in Orlando. Here are the major cultural extravaganzas you won’t want to miss in 2022.
Ukraine Ballet (Aug. 27, 2022)
The internationally renowned National Ballet of Ukraine from the Taras Shevshenko National Opera and Ballet Theater is making a special appearance at Steinmetz Hall, part of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Highlighting Ukrainian culture, the performance will feature excerpts from some the most breathtaking ballets accompanied by beautiful orchestral music from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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FusionFest (Nov. 26 – 27, 2022)
Every Thanksgiving weekend, FusionFest brings the whole world to downtown Orlando — almost literally. Held at the open-air Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, this unique, two-day gala invites you to explore more than 110 global cultures, starting with a bounty of dishes from around the world. You can also look forward to experiences and contests celebrating music, dance, visual arts, spoken word, games, interactive activities and more. Food, beverages and merchandise are available for purchase, and the festival itself is free to attend.
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Come Out With Pride Festival (Oct. 15, 2022)
Now in its 18th year, Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival is a celebration of LGBTQ+ pride and support, taking place at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. This nonprofit celebration fosters a sense of community, encourages LGBTQ+ citizens to live openly and with pride, and educates the general public. Everyone from Central Florida and beyond is invited to come together and make a positive impact on Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community.
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Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Orlando 2022 (Nov. 11 – 13, 2022)
Over three days, EDC Orlando 2022 will showcase an eclectic mix of more than 120 dance music acts at historic Tinker Field, adjacent to Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando’s West Lakes District. From dance music’s strong roots in Florida to the explosive energy of Orlando itself, the iconic music festival will offer countless special moments as it celebrates more than 25 years of love, community and dance “Under the Electric Sky.”
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Dazzling Nights 2022 (Select Nights, Nov. 25, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023)
Produced by Creative City Project, Dazzling Nights is back for its third year — and this time, it will be bigger and even more interactive. The all-ages holiday event transforms the 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens into a stunning winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music and beautiful sculptures. New additions for 2022 include character meet-and-greets, a giant inflatable yeti playground, a snowstorm in a 40-foot snowglobe, a curated VIP experience, and more lights than ever. Leu Gardens is part of Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District near downtown.
Learn more: Orlando Neighborhoods
Wondering about downtown Orlando’s IMMERSE by Creative City Project? It’s taking the year off but is expected to return in 2023.
Between downtown Orlando’s FusionFest and other fantastic food festivals — not to mention Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® — fall is one of the most delicious times of year to visit Orlando.
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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® (Aug. 26 – Oct. 2, 2022)
Celebrating its 17th year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back for 2022, inviting you to savor three-course, prix-fixe dinners at 102 top Orlando-area restaurants for just $40 per person. The lineup includes six MICHELIN Guide honorees, as well as 16 venues participating for the first time — and you won’t want to miss a bite. Visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com to view participating venues and menus, and make your OpenTable reservations to ensure your preferred dates and times at every restaurant you want to try.
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Sip & Savor (Aug. 8 – 21, 2022)
A precursor to Orlando’s fall food festival season, Sip & Savor is a late-summer celebration of Orlando’s food and drink scene, taking place throughout the Orlando Main Streets districts. Special pricing paired with some of Orlando’s best food and drink provides a unique opportunity to discover a new favorite place or revisit familiar favorites. It’s sponsored by Audubon Park Garden District, College Park Main Street, Curry Ford West, Mills 50, Ivanhoe Village Main Street, The Milk District, Parramore District, SoDo District, Thornton Park District and West Lakes District. Visit SipAndSavorOTown.com for a complete list of participating restaurants and menus before time runs out.
Learn more: Orlando Neighborhoods
EPCOT® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World® Resort (Through Nov. 19, 2022)
The favorite time of year for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike has arrived — as has the EPCOT® International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE®. Held at EPCOT® at Walt Disney World® Resort, this iconic festival serves up flavors from across six continents and unlocks unlimited fun through your tastebuds. You can also expect can’t-miss activities like the Eat to the Beat Concert Series presented by Florida Blue Medicare, the all-ages Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt, and Emile’s Fromage Montage, a flavorful food stroll. The festival is included with park admission, with food and beverages available for purchase.
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Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Through Sept. 5, 2022)
SeaWorld® Orlando is serving up an incredible festival for craft beer lovers. The park’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 craft brews, wines, seltzers and cocktails, including an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites. You can also savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brews. Then, top it all off with nightly fireworks during Ignite 360. The fun is included with regular admission, and food and beverages are available for purchase.
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Fall Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Nov. 11 – 12, 2022)
Hosted by Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, and open to the general public, the open-air Fall Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic pairs wines from around the world with culinary artistry from the resort’s top chefs. Choose from event-only tickets, which provide unlimited samples of all food and beverages plus entry to the Beer Garden, or make it a gourmet getaway with overnight packages at the main resort and the brand-new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve.
Orlando is ready to scare up a ghoulishly good time this Halloween with spooky soirees and fantastic fun for children and adults, including these scream-tastic standouts. Get additional details and discover even more events on our roundup of Halloween happenings in Orlando.
Halloween Events for Adults & Mature Teens
Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld® Orlando (Select Nights, Sept. 9 – Oct. 31, 2022)
After a successful “inaugural fear,” Howl-O-Scream resurfaces at SeaWorld Orlando with nowhere to hide. This year’s separately ticketed event promises to be bigger than ever with more pulse-pounding, sweat-inducing haunts, thrills and chills, including scare zones, houses of horror, nighttime coaster rides, a fiendishly interactive bar, and the monstrous electricity of three live shows. Evil returns — with a howl and a scream.
Please note: Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood. No costumes are allowed.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort (Select Nights, Sept. 2 – Oct. 31, 2022)
The separately ticketed Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is Orlando’s most famous Halloween event for adults and teens, bringing together the stories and visions of the world’s most notorious creators of horror. Check back for details on this year’s edition.
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WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR COSTUME MASKS ALLOWED.
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Halloween Events for All Ages
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World® Resort (Select Nights, Aug. 12 – Oct. 31, 2022)
Join some of your favorite Disney Characters for an evening of spirited fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, an all-ages, specially ticketed celebration at Magic Kingdom® Park, part of Walt Disney World Resort. Revel in the extraordinarily enchanting atmosphere of this limited-capacity event with eerie entertainment that includes the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular! at Cinderella Castle, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, Disney Junior Jam for young partygoers, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Disney Characters in costume, and more than 20 favorite attractions with a Halloween twist. You’re also invited to wear costumes with some restrictions.
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SeaWorld® Spooktacular (Saturdays, Sundays & Halloween, Sept. 17 – Oct. 31, 2022)
Celebrate Halloween with free trick-or-treating, costumes, your favorite sea friends and plenty of spooky surprises. Treat your family to all the festive fun of SeaWorld® Spooktacular, included with park admission at SeaWorld Orlando this fall.
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Brick or Treat Presents Monster Party at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort (Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 30, 2022)
At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, get bewitched by the biggest Brick or Treat ever with tons of candy, an all-new show lineup, never-before-seen exclusive LEGO® characters, and an all-new cinematic experience to create the ultimate family Halloween celebration. All the fun of Brick or Treat Presents Monster Party is included with park admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park.
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Cultural celebrations, food festivals and spooky thrills aren’t the only activities you’ll enjoy in Orlando this autumn. From joyful music to beautiful art to live sports, we have fall festivities for every age group and interest. Use our Events Calendar to see what’s happening during your next visit to Orlando.
Use this interactive map to track down all of the events featured in this blog. (Click here if you found us via Google and don’t see a map or images.)
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