Don’t miss Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining®, theme park events (including Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort, pictured), and other things to do in Orlando this September.


Food and frights lead the way for September events in Orlando, including Halloween festivities, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® and other foodie celebrations, plus a range of fun activities throughout the destination. 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 September

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando
Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando

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 Sept. 1: Electric Ocean at SeaWorld® Orlando

Sept. 1 is your last chance to experience this SeaWorld Orlando event in 2019! Enjoy worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, live DJs and a fireworks spectacular, all included with park admission.

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.

Children are invited to dress in costume to take full advantage of trick-or-treating throughout the park, including numerous allergy-free options. Other returning favorites include the “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” castle stage show and “Mickey’s Boo to You Parade” — the latter of which has some new tricks up its sleeve, including fresh outfits for Mickey and Minnie! You can also look forward to special attraction experiences for Mad Tea PartyPirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain, as well as countless other extras that include new interactions when you follow the treat trail into Monster World at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.

Plus, get ready for brand-new, evening-ending fireworks, “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular!” Hosted by Jack Skellington, it follows Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald as they trick-or-treat through a mysterious haunted house, accompanied by state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks.

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. 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.

Last but not least, the “Eat to the Beat” concert series (Aug. 19 – Nov. 9) is showcasing a wide range of musical acts, including newcomers such as Sawyer Brown, Lauren Daigle, Boyce Avenue and Kris Allen, plus returning favorites like Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E. and Boyz II Men. Entry to this event, which begins the same day that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, is included with park admission. (Food and beverages sold separately.)

Select Nights, Sept. 6 – 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.

So far, this year’s confirmed haunted houses include “Stranger Things,” “Jordan Peele’s Us,” “Ghostbusters,” “Universal Monsters,” “Killer Klowns From Outer Space,” “Depths of Fear,” “Nightingales: Blood Pit,” “Yeti: Terror of the Yukon” and “Graveyard Games,” the latter four of which are original creations from Universal Orlando. (The remaining house is still to be revealed.) This year’s scare zones will include “Zombieland: Double Tap,” “Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe,” “Anarch-Cade,” “Vanity Ball” and “Vikings Undead.” “Academy of Villains: Altered States” is 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.)

Weekends, Sept. 7 – Oct. 27:  Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando

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, Sept. 21 – 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.

Foodie Events in Orlando for September

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs in Orlando
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® Features More Than 120 Restaurants, Including Morimoto Asia (Pictured; Courtesy Patina Restaurant Group)

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 100 of Orlando’s best restaurants. Plus, $1 for each meal served will be donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Orlando and Lighthouse Central Florida. Visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com for a complete list of restaurants and menus, and to make OpenTable reservations.

Through Sept. 2: Disney Springs® Flavors of Florida

Running all month long, this celebration of Florida cuisine features delicious dishes paired with craft cocktails and local Florida brews. Iconic flavors such as key lime, citrus and more bring a classic Florida zest to your palette. Be sure to explore Disney Springs to discover everything this event has to offer!

Sept. 20: Wine Riffs Featuring Susana Balbo Wines

Enjoy a multi-sensory, five-course dinner event that explores the mix of wine, food and music in a way you can only experience at Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando.

Featured Events in Orlando for September

Sept. 1: Brevard Caribbean Fest

Come for the day and experience live music and performances by a variety of artists as well as a limbo contest, a dance contest, bounce houses, a car and cruise raffle, face painting, and a kids' corner. This event takes place in Melbourne on Florida’s east coast, about an hour from downtown Orlando.

Sept. 5: Central Florida’s Festival for Good

Are you looking for a unique, fun and family-friendly fall festival? With over 30 exhibitors and vendors, Central Florida’s Festival for Good is the place to learn about living sustainably while having fun! This event has something for everyone: shopping for local green wares or services, great food, live music, live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and more. It takes place at Orlando Brewing in downtown Orlando’s SoDo district.

Sept. 16-24: Global Peace Film Festival

Celebrate the art of film and its power to promote new understanding at this film series. Held in conjunction with the UN’s International Day of Peace, the festival promotes the art of motion pictures to further the goal of peace on earth, beyond anti-war, ideology and activism. Events include film programs, panels and parties, all held at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, about 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando.

Sept. 16-22: Fashion Insider Events at The Mall at Millenia

Fashionistas, set your calendar for this series of events at The Mall at Millenia. In addition to the week-long Fall Trends Installation, Fashion Insider also includes Fashion for a Cause (Sept. 19), Fashion Insiders Shop & Stroll & Trend Talk (Sept. 21), and Fashion Insiders Beauty Bash (Sept. 22).

Performing Arts, Concerts & Public Lectures in Orlando for September

Numerous venues in Orlando are hosting the arts in Orlando this September. Click each event’s name for details.

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

  • Sept. 1: My Brother, My Brother and Me — Become the Monster Tour
  • Sept. 5: Alejandro Sanz: #LAGIRA
  • Sept. 5-8: Bonnie & Clyde
  • Sept. 7: Shin Lim
  • Sept. 14: The Gutfeld Monologues With Greg Gutfeld
  • Sept. 26: Deep Purple — The Long Goodbye Tour
  • Sept. 27: Dane Cook — Tell It Like It Is

Hard Rock Live (Universal CityWalk)

  • Sept. 3: The Australian Pink Floyd Show
  • Sept. 4: Babymetal With Special Guest Avatar
  • Sept. 5: Classic Albums Live — Queen’s A Night at the Opera
  • Sept. 29: Adam Ant

Orlando Museum of Art (Near Downtown Orlando)

  • Sept. 24: Arts Society — Poetics of Place

Orlando Shakes (Near Downtown Orlando)

  • Sept. 4 – Oct. 6: Evita

The Winter Park Playhouse (Winter Park)

  • Sept. 19 – Oct. 13: Desperate Measures
  • Sept. 25-26: Spotlight Cabaret Series — Tay Anderson

Garden Theatre (Winter Garden)

  • Through Sept. 19: Ragtime the Musical
  • Sept. 15: Hocus Pocus

Addition Financial Arena (University of Central Florida)

  • Sept. 27: Tyler, the Creator

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center (Sanford)

  • Sept. 7: Simply Tina — A Tina Turner Tribute
  • Sept. 20-29: Footloose

Movie Events in Orlando for September

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

Harry P. Leu Gardens (Near Downtown Orlando)

  • Sept. 6: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Enzian Theater (Maitland)

  • Sept. 8: Funny Games
  • Sept. 28: Grizzly Man

Lake Eola Park (Downtown Orlando)

  • Sept. 13: Coco

Central Park (Winter Park)

  • Sept. 12: Singin’ in the Rain

Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center (Sanford)

  • Sept. 26: To Kill a Mockingbird

Running Events in Orlando for September

Sept. 14: AdventHealth Battle of the Bands 5K

Benefits from this 3.1-mile run/walk on a shaded course will go to the Cultural Arts Organizations in Casselberry through the Track Shack Youth Foundation. All participants get a free pint glass. This event also includes a free kids’ run for ages 10 and under.

Sept. 28: Run Nona 5K & Nemours Kids’ Run

This event includes a 1-mile kids’ run as well as dashes for younger children, and a 3.1-mile run/walk through Lake Nona. Outside of running, you can find a Nemours Kids’ Zone and live music. All 5K finishers receive a medal, and benefits from the event go to the Tavistock Foundation.

Orlando City Soccer Club Games in September

All Orlando City Soccer Club home games are played at Exploria Stadium (formerly Orlando City Stadium) in downtown Orlando.

  • Sept. 7: vs. Los Angeles Football Club
  • Sept. 14: vs. New England Revolution

Cover image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort.


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