Enjoy outdoor art shows, Broadway productions, unique gallery exhibits and other artistic events in Orlando (Harry P. Leu Gardens pictured).
As art aficionados have discovered, Orlando is packed with artistic and cultural offerings, including special events, live theater and concerts, limited-time exhibits and much more. Even if you’re mostly coming for our theme parks and attractions, you’ll want to make time for Orlando’s arts — including these uplifting options!
Upcoming Live Theater & Concerts in Orlando
The play’s the thing this spring at top performance venues throughout Orlando — along with concerts, comedians and other events designed to lift your artistic spirits!
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Heralded as the crown jewel of our arts scene, downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a gorgeous venue that hosts Broadway productions, national concert tours, comedians, famous public speakers and other elevated fare. Later in 2020, the Dr. Phillips Center will debut a new theater, Steinmetz Hall — one of the world’s most acoustically perfect venues — but you’ll find plenty to enjoy before then.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater (aka Orlando Shakes)
Located in Loch Haven Park, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is currently offering productions of Henry IV, Part 1, and The Three Musketeers, which are available on select dates through March 15.
Orlando Repertory Theater (aka Orlando Rep)
If you’re visiting Orlando with children and want to expose them to culture, take them to the all-ages Orlando Repertory Theatre, also part of Loch Haven Park.
The Winter Park Playhouse
Found in its namesake city, The Winter Park Playhouse has one show remaining in its 2019-2020 Mainstage Series: Pump Boys and Dinettes (select dates, June 4-28).
The Garden Theatre is currently finishing up a run of Ben Hur (select dates through March 15). The historic venue is one of many reasons to visit charming Winter Garden, about 30 minutes west of downtown Orlando.
Learn more: Winter Garden
More Concert Venues in Orlando
Looking for other ways to get your toes tapping? Check out the concert lineup at venues such as downtown Orlando’s Amway Center and Camping World Stadium, House of Blues at Disney Springs®, Hard Rock Live® at Universal CityWalk, Tin Roof at ICON Park®, The Plaza Live near downtown Orlando (home to the Orlando Philharmonic), and many others.
Museum & Gallery Exhibits in Orlando
Orlando’s art will move you — but not all of it moves!
Orlando Museum of Art
A cultural touchstone since 1924, Orlando Museum of Art is located in Loch Haven Park, where it hosts a dozen or more rotating displays throughout the year. Current exhibits include “Louis Dewis: An Artist’s Life in France” (through May 3), “Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen” (through May 10) and “American Journey: Two Centuries of Art and Culture” (through June 30).
Orange County Regional History Center & Heritage Square Park
An ideal place to explore Central Florida’s rich past, the Orange County Regional History Center can be found in downtown Orlando. Its current special exhibition is “Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920,” which is available through Jan. 3, 2021. Heritage Square Park is an outdoor area adjacent to the History Center.
Learn more: Orlando History
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Part of Rollins College in Winter Park, Cornell Fine Arts Museum has several limited-time exhibits, including “2020: Action, Freedom, Patriotism” (through April 5), “African Apparel: Threaded Transformations Across the 20th Century” (through May 17) and “The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations” (also through May 17). Admission is free. Furthermore, the Cornell curates the ever-changing Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at The Alfond Inn, a nearby hotel also operated by Rollins.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (aka The Morse Museum)
Located in Winter Park, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art hosts the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s glasswork, jewelry, pottery and paintings. Special exhibits here include “Earth Into Art: The Flowering of American Art Pottery” (through Sept. 27), “Charles Hosmer Morse’s Study at Osceola Lodge” (through Jan. 31, 2021) and “Iridescence: A Celebration” (through Sept. 26, 2021).
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
You only have until April 12 to witness this venue’s current special exhibit, “Venetian Canals of Winter Park: The Art of Don Sondag.” Dedicated to the work of its namesake artist, the Albin Polsaek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is part of Winter Park.
The Mennello Museum of American Art
Enjoy a captivating tribute to the work of self-taught artist Earl Cunningham and other American artists at Loch Haven Park’s The Mennello Museum of American Art. The venue’s current limited-time exhibit is “Mira Lehr: High Water Mark,” available through May 10.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Granted, this isn’t technically a museum or gallery … but there’s no doubt that Harry P. Leu Gardens has some of the season’s most sensational colors and compositions! Throw in special events like their annual Plant Sale (March 14-15) — which also offers free admission — and unique sculptures throughout the grounds, and it’s easy to see why so many visitors make this gorgeous venue part of their plans. Leu Gardens is in Orlando’s Audubon Park district, about 10 minutes from downtown.
Located in downtown Orlando, the Wells’Built Museum was originally the historic Wells’Built Hotel. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it now houses memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community, exhibits about the Civil Rights movement, and African art and artifacts.
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum
Historic Eatonville, about 15 minutes northwest of downtown Orlando, was the childhood birthplace of author Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and is now host of the annual ZORA!® Festival and the permanent Zora Neale Hurston National Museum. The latter spotlights Hurston’s life and writings, as well as selected works from artists of African descent.
Tour multiple, distinct galleries under one roof — free of charge — at CityArts in downtown Orlando. Due to the rotating nature of the displayed art, you’ll never know what you’ll find during your visit!
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