Feed your inner artist with virtual experiences from Orlando’s cultural community, including online videos from Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (pictured).
Updated May 2020
Springtime is calling your inner artist — and now, you can answer that call from the comfort of home with virtual arts and cultural experiences from Orlando! Some of the destination’s most acclaimed arts venues and performance companies are bringing their best to you at no charge, including stage productions, art exhibitions, concerts, comedy and more. After all: The show must go on!
Orlando Virtual Arts for All Ages
Enjoy stirring music and theater from the following Orlando performance companies and venues.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (aka Orlando Phil)
Hear from some of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s most talented members in a new video series, “Sound Bites,” available from their website. Hosted by the organization’s executive director, Paul Helfrich, the videos include music and conversations about instruments.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater (aka Orlando Shakes)
Available on Facebook, and produced in conjunction with the University of Central Florida, Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “Throwback Thursday” video series features actors performing their roles from past seasons. The theater’s other Facebook videos include sneak peeks of upcoming productions, as well as cast and creative team spotlights.
The Winter Park Playhouse
To help keep patrons entertained, The Winter Park Playhouse is hosting a Facebook Live series every Friday starting at 9 a.m., featuring a personal message from the venue's executive director and a vintage clip from one of their previous events.
Cirque du Soleil
Ahead of Cirque du Soleil — Drawn to Life's eagerly anticipated debut at Disney Springs® later this year, Cirque du Soleil is offering several virtual arts experiences via CirqueConnect. Features include 60-minute specials with iconic moments from beloved Cirque du Soleil shows, as well as virtual-reality experiences, original web series, making-of videos, kids' programming and more.
Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
Enjoy the “Musical Moments” series from Bach Festival Society’s website. Selected by Artistic Director & Conductor Dr. John V. Sinclair, the compositions include a mix of classics and newer pieces designed to keep your spirits bright and your mind focused.
Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts)
This all-ages arts organization is hosting a Virtual Concert Series on its Facebook page, featuring performers not just from local theaters, but also Orlando’s theme parks! New videos are posted at 6 p.m. on most nights. And on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m., get some relaxation techniques from Central Florida Community Arts’ resident music therapist, Ashley Lewis. The organization has also created a CFCArts Theatre Season 5 Celebration, showcasing the greatest hits from their most recent live season and viewable at CFCArts' website and YouTube page. Last but not least, you can find new virtual experiences courtesy of CFCArts' At Home page.
Central Florida Vocal Arts
On Facebook, Central Florida Vocal Arts hosts “Friday Night LIVE” concerts every Friday at 6 p.m. Hosted by soprano Theresa Smith-Levin and pianist Julian Bond, the videos also feature a variety of guest musicians.
Taking place Thanksgiving weekend, this unique cultural celebration invites you to discover the world with a cornucopia of global dishes, interactive experiences, and celebrations of fashion, music, dance, short films and more, all designed to honor each person’s heritage while exploring how we influence each other and create our own unique identity. Now, they're going virtual with a new page on their website offering online classes, delivery and pickup options for worldwide cuisine, and, in the near future, the ability to shop for locally produced goods and artwork.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
This Disney Springs restaurant is hosting live entertainment on its website via Raglan Reality TV, including singing, dancing and instrumental music.
Timucua Arts Foundation
Listen to intimate music recorded at the Timucua Arts Foundation, set in the home grounds of Cirque du Soleil’s former music director. In addition to posting daily videos of previously recorded live performances on its Facebook page, the foundation is hosting a Digital Music Flea Market to help local musical artists.
Museums, Galleries & Art Shows
Explore some of Orlando's most acclaimed arts institutions with these virtual offerings.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculptural Gardens
Located in Winter Park, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens has made its newest exhibit, “Venetian Canals of Winter Park: The Art of Don Sondag,” available for viewing on its website. You can also view curated collections from the museum's recent Winter Park Virtual Paint Out.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Explore The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art’s galleries via the its website with PDF versions of the object guides that are normally placed in each gallery. You can also learn the Winter Park museum’s history through two films available for streaming: A Legacy for the Community and The Tiffany Chapel: A Masterpiece Rediscovered. They've also added Virtual Spring at the Morse, showcasing selected portraits from the Morse Collection.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Located at Rollins College, Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) updates its website with a new Work of the Week page, where a member of the CFAM Curatorial team chooses a work from the museum’s collection to discuss in a blog style. Additionally, their blog is continuously updated with content relevant to current affairs and exhibitions, within and without the museum’s galleries. You can discover more from CFAM on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
Crealdé School of Art
Sponsored by Crealdé School of Art and Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park, the 11th annual Folk & Urban Art Festival was held online in 2020, and it's still available for viewing on Hannibal Square Heritage Center's website. The lineup includes performing arts, community partner spotlights, and the works of local artists such as Yaa Rivera, Winston Boots Andrews, Julio Sanchez and Joy Hayes. Furthermore, you can view Crealdé's Virtual Opening Reception for its EMERGE Exhibition on YouTube, and its Directors Choice VIII: Works of Select Crealdé Faculty, Exhibition Tour, is also available on YouTube.
Dedicated to the work of Earl Cunningham and other American artists, this museum has a robust "Mennello From Home" video series available on the homepage of its website, including tours of current exhibitions and a home art project.
Orlando Museum of Art
Grow your knowledge and capacity for art appreciation by exploring the history of art through this museum’s free Museum From Home program. Also, visit their Facebook page for additional content about current exhibits and live-stream tours.
Pulse Interim Memorial
The onePULSE Foundation has created a virtual tour of the Pulse Interim Memorial, providing the opportunity to view the memorial grounds and its vibrant walls of images and art. The Pulse Interim Memorial is located in downtown Orlando's SoDo district.
Orlando Virtual Arts for Teens & Adults
SAK Comedy Lab
Located in downtown Orlando, SAK Comedy Lab is checking in nightly on its Facebook page. Log on at 7 p.m. to see a new video starring one of the theater’s hilarious improv comedians.
Looking for something to watch? The Enzian Theater in Maitland is offering daily movie recommendations from cinematic experts on their Facebook page, as well as insider info about the featured films.
Joseph Reed Hayes
This Orlando playwright is posting videos of his past productions on his Facebook page.
Orlando International Fringe Festival (aka Orlando Fringe)
The nation’s oldest non-juried theater festival is posting previously recorded shows on its website. New videos are being added on a regular basis, including a musical adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, a quirky celebration of Star Trek, a “meatball séance” and much more.
Billed as a “steampunk storytelling troupe,” Orlando’s Phantasmagoria puts on stage shows packed with dancing, aerial acrobatics, pyrotechnics, puppetry — and even stage combat! On their Facebook page, they’re producing a weekly livestream starting at 8 p.m. every Sunday.
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