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Orlando, FL is such a great Summer destination that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, but did you know that it also happens to be the perfect destination for Fall Vacations. The temperatures are lower and the theme parks get less crowded, making central Florida an ideal spot for Fall Vacations and Thanksgiving celebrations. On top of that, all three major theme parks have fun festivals and events that make September, October, and November some of the best months to visit Orlando!
Fall Weather in Orlando, FL
Fall Festivals in Orlando
Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Location: Disney’s Epcot
Dates: August 30 - November 12, 2018
Dare we say that this is Epcot’s most popular event? Yes we do, because it is! With food and drinks inspired by Cuisine from around the World, you will fall in love with this annual event. Sample extraordinary food and beverages from places like Australia, Belgium, Africa, India, Ireland, Spain, and the list goes on and on. Watch some of your favorite celebrity chefs in action, dance to the sound of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, learn helpful cooking tips and so much more.
Visit Orlando's Magical Dining
Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: August 24 - September 30, 2018
Orlando, FL is home to many exquisite restaurants featuring talented chefs and each Fall we celebrate them with Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. This is a program that takes place every night from August 24- September 30 in more than 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area. Why is this program so special? Well because it allows you to enjoy an amazing three-course dinner (appetizer, entrée and dessert) for only $35 per person. It is important to mention that this only applies during the restaurants’ dinner hours. To see the list of participating restaurants click here.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Location: Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Dates: Select dates August 17- October 31, 2018
With Halloween approaching, Disney’s Magic Kingdom welcomes a wide range of eerie and scary creatures! Well, maybe not exactly. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (a separate ticket event) is the perfect kid-friendly celebration of Autumn and everything fun about Halloween. Expect to see the some of your favorite Disney villains, an amazing Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus, enjoy special treats and more. This is also the perfect opportunity to dress for the occasion so get your Halloween costumes ready! If you do decide to dress up, don’t forget to check out Disney’s official costume guidelines.
Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando
Location: SeaWorld Orlando
Dates: September 22- October, 28, 2018
If your kids are fans of Sesame Street then they are going to love SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. This annual event celebrates sea animals but also your favorite not-so-spooky characters on Sesame Street including Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count, and more. But there’s so much more to this celebration! SeaWorld will also have lots of fun trick-or-treat stations, a Pet’s Ahoy Halloween show, and a one-of-a-kind Dance party.
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Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida
Location: LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Dates: October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 31
LEGOLAND Florida is the place to have a very interactive and fun family Halloween celebration! With thousands and thousands of LEGO blocks, LEGOLAND has a unique Graveyard, Pumpkins, Pirate Boats and more. Add to that, a list of spooky and kid-friendly characters such as pirates, witches, goblins, vampires, and Mad Scientists. It is definitely the best way to celebrate an unusual and innovative Happy Halloween!
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
Location: Universal Studios Florida
Dates: Select Nights September 14- November 13, 2018
If you are a fan of horror movies and suspenseful series, then this is the Fall event for you. With haunted houses inspired by Netflix’s Stranger Things, Halloween 4, Poltergeist and more, you will feel sheer horror or excitement. Oh and did we mention there are also 5 scare zones throughout the park? So even when you are safe from the terror inside the haunted houses, you may still find some special frights. At the end of the day, it is a great and unique Halloween experience!
Art & Culture Events
Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando
Location: SeaWorld Orlando
Dates: September 15-22, 2018
Praise Wave is a fun Christian event at SeaWorld Orlando! It is a filled with live concerts from your favorite Christian music artists plus the park’s most popular attractions, rides and shows! Fans of Michael W. Smith and Newsboys won’t want to miss it this year.
Orlando Film Festival
Location: Cobb Plaza Cinema
Dates: October 18-25, 2018
Created more than a decade ago, the Orlando Film Festival is an annual film festival where you get to see unique and experimental films! On top of that, many notorious and talented actors and people in the Film industry compete for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and more. This is truly a beautiful annual event and who knows, you might see a future Oscar-winning movie!
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
Location: Central Park in Downtown Winter Park
Dates: October 13-14, 2018
Get to know over 180 talented artists in one day and it’s all for free! With this year becoming the 45th time this event takes place, it’s one of the most popular and best-known art festivals in the Central Florida area. You will not only get to appreciate Fine Art but your whole family is going to love the amazing live entertainment!
Location: Downtown Orlando
Dates: October 19-20, 2018
Enjoy the magic behind hundreds of performances and interactive experiences in IMMERSE! This Family Friendly 2-day event showcases all types of performances including ballet, contemporary dance, musicians, muralists and more. It is truly the best way to get a glimpse of all the art that Orlando and Central Florida has to offer.
Plan your Fall Stay!
So it is clear that Orlando, FL has so much to offer during the Fall Season! Not only is the weather perfect, but so are all the events and experiences inside and outside the theme parks.
Which one of these events do you plan on attending? Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below.
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