Top Arts & Culture for Adults in Orlando
Orlando is the Theme Park Capital of the World, but we’re also an emerging leader when it comes to cultivating and promoting the arts. Live performances, musical concerts, engaging museums and fantastic festivals await adult visitors, including these highlights.
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You can also explore Orlando’s cultural offerings with confidence thanks to enhanced health and safety measures being employed by our cultural venues and event organizers. Discover a different side of Orlando during your next visit!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite cultural venues and events for their current status.
Cultural Events for Adults in Orlando
Build your next Orlando adventure around some of our best-known cultural celebrations.
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Taking over downtown Orlando’s historic Tinker Field in November, this world-famous festival features scores of the world's top dance music artists and plenty of festivities. (Please note that EDC Orlando will not take place in 2020, but is expected to return in 2021.)
This two-day, Thanksgiving weekend event brings the world to Orlando with a cornucopia of global dishes, interactive experiences, and contests celebrating 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. Admission is free.
Held each fall in downtown Orlando, this interactive event features more than 1,000 artists and performers from Orlando, the United States and around the world. Featured collaborators include Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Ballet and the Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra. (Please note that IMMERSE will not take place in 2020, but is expected to return in 2021.)
First presented in 1990, and named in honor of author Zora Neale Hurston, ZORA! Festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event composed of public talks, conferences, movie screenings, arts education programming, a dance party, and an Outdoor Festival of the Arts. The event takes place primarily in Eatonville, 10 miles north of Orlando, and throughout Orange County.
Performing Arts for Adults in Orlando
The stage is set for Broadway productions, uplifting dance, side-splitting comedy and more at performing arts venues throughout Orlando.
Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts)
Throughout the year, CFCArts’ Choir, Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts programs produce seasonal productions. Additionally, lessons, workshops and classes are available from their School of Performing Arts.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
This state-of-the-art center in the heart of downtown Orlando houses the intimate, 300-seat Pugh Theater; the acoustic, 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall; and the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater. It’s hosted symphonies, stage shows, pop concerts and even comedians since its opening, with new performances coming throughout the year.
Part of Orlando’s artistic landscape for more than four decades, this company performs exclusively at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Orlando Philharmonic seeks to be the wellspring of music in Central Florida. Performing at The Plaza Live near downtown Orlando, our orchestra strives for artistic excellence and thrives on diversity in genre, in programming, in collaboration, in audiences and in the musicians themselves.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Also known as Orlando Shakes, this theater doesn’t limit itself to productions of its namesake’s work, but it certainly excels at bringing the Bard to life. It’s also located in Loch Haven Park.
Galleries & Museums for Adults in Orlando
Explore local artists, legendary creators, compelling history and more at Orlando’s stellar lineup of museums and galleries.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Once the home to its famed, namesake sculptor, this museum and its lush grounds keep Polasek’s work alive for new generations to discover. Additionally, limited-edition reproductions of the artist’s creations are available for purchase. It’s in Winter Park, 20 minutes from downtown Orlando.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
This Winter Park museum has the world’s most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s works including famous art glass, leaded-glass lamps, windows, jewelry, pottery and even paintings. It also houses Tiffany’s chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, aka the Chicago World's Fair, as well as works by other late 19th- and early 20th-century American artists.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Part of Rollins College in Winter Park, this free-admission museum boasts more than 5,500 works of art ranging from the ancient to modern periods. It also has the Orlando area’s only sizable collection of European Old Masters. More of the museum’s treasures can be viewed at The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at The Alfond Inn.
The Mennello Museum of American Art
Located on the banks of Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Park, just a short distance from downtown Orlando, this museum primarily focuses on exhibiting the work of acclaimed, self-taught American artist Earl Cunningham. It also presents temporary exhibits, programs, educational initiatives and publications celebrating the work of other traditional and contemporary American artists.
Orlando Museum of Art
Since 1924, this museum in Loch Haven Park has curated compelling collections and exhibits. Each year, it presents 10 to 12 onsite and 13 off-site exhibitions, in addition to enrichment programs, lectures, classes and outreach services.
Orange County Regional History Center
In downtown Orlando, this restored, historic, 5-story county courthouse was built in 1927 and now showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. Inside, explore three floors of dynamic permanent exhibitions covering 12,000 years of Central Florida history, from the region’s fascinating transition from Indian settlement, to a small town surrounded by citrus groves and cattle ranches, to today's tourist-centric community.
Wells’Built Museum of African-American History and Culture
Originally known as the Wells’Built Hotel, this historic downtown Orlando venue is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Today, it houses memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community, exhibits about the Civil Rights movement, and African art and artifacts.
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
For more than a quarter century, this Eatonville landmark has honored the works of its namesake author and provided gallery space for artists of African descent. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.