Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Arts & Entertainment in Orlando

The arts come alive every day in Orlando! From the best of Broadway and ballet at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to thought-provoking collections and traveling exhibits at venues like Orlando Museum of ArtRollins Museum of Art, Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture, and the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, we offer a mix of traditional and contemporary artistry and culture for you to explore — including many options that are completely free.

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Our cultural venues are also committed to providing a safe experience. Whether you’re interested in performing arts, museums, galleries or any combination thereof, prepare to be amazed by acclaimed cultural offerings that are uniquely Orlando!

Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite venues for their current status.

Live Theater & Performing Arts in Orlando

Members of Orlando Ballet performing at the IMMERSE event in downtown Orlando at night.
Orlando Ballet

Downtown Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts produces more than 300 shows every year. The lineup includes Broadway productions, performances by Orlando Ballet, chart-topping musicians, marquee comedians, family entertainment and much more. Other performing arts venues in the downtown area include The Plaza Live, Timucua Arts Foundation and The Abbey, while The Winter Park Playhouse and Garden Theatre are top options in Winter Park and Winter Garden, respectively.

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In nearby Loch Haven Park, just 10 minutes from downtown, the play's the thing at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, which offers classic, contemporary and even children's plays — and of course, productions based on the works of its titular Bard. Also in Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Repertory Theatre focuses on family-friendly productions for all ages.

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You can also catch performing arts at many of our theme parks. For example, Walt Disney World® Resort hosts an array of well-known musical acts and talented performance artists during seasonal festivals at EPCOT®. SeaWorld® Orlando does the same as part of its Seven Seas Food Festival. And at Universal Orlando Resort, you can witness live concerts during its annual Mardi Gras event plus other entertainment surprises.

Orlando boasts numerous state-of-the-art concert venues, too. They include downtown’s Dr. Phillips Center, Amway Center, Camping World Stadium and Exploria Stadium, plus more intimate halls such as House of Blues at Disney Springs® and Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk.

Museums, Galleries & Special Arts Events in Orlando

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Revival and Reform exhibit
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (Photo: Charles Schuett)

Just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Winter Park is one of Central Florida's most refined communities — and they have the museums to prove it. At Rollins Museum of Art, you can view more than 5,600 works that range from an ancient sarcophagus to the latest in 21st century art. Admission is always free.

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Also in Winter Park, you can peruse the world's largest collection of work by famed American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Nearby, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens preserves the works of its namesake.

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In historic Eatonville, just 15 minutes west of Winter Park, explore the works of celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and artists of African descent at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum, aka The Hurston. There's no set admission fee, but donations are encouraged. Eatonville also hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, aka ZORA!™ Festival, a week-long celebration with several events that are free to attend. It traditionally takes place in late January and early February.

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More Black history can be explored at the Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1921 by Dr. Williams M. Wells, a prominent African-American physician, the hotel exclusively catered to African-American guests who were barred from Florida’s then-segregated hotels, including many famous musicians. Today, it houses memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community, displays of the Civil Rights movement, and African art and artifacts.

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Loch Haven Park near downtown Orlando is no slouch in the museum department, either, including Orlando Museum of Art and The Mennello Museum of American Art. From there, it’s just a short drive to CityArts, which offers multiple art galleries under one roof in downtown Orlando. And downtown’s Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando has the eclectic Grand Bohemian Art Gallery in public spaces.

Downtown is also the birthplace of CITY unseen, an augmented-reality (AR) public art project presented by Snap! Orlando. Fusing works by internationally renowned artists and cutting-edge AR technology, CITY Unseen offers a wide range of unique “[AR]t” experiences, including murals coming to life, projection-mapping, a 360-degree visit to an artist’s studio, and more, all unlockable with a free mobile app. And in October, our downtown streets traditionally transform into center stage for IMMERSE: an interactive, multi-day, multimedia experience offering unexpected creative encounters you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

There are many other options beyond these, including acclaimed outdoor art shows such as the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Let our offerings broaden your horizons during your next visit!