The Best of April: Our Favorite Upcoming Events in Orlando

The Best of April: Our Favorite Upcoming Events in Orlando

Spring is officially here! April is full of events to shake up your usual date night. Music lovers will find an array of concerts and music festivals to attend, movie buffs can enjoy the Florida Film Festival right here in our backyard, and foodies can partake in an assortment of food and drink events in Orlando.

Here are our top event picks for the month ahead:

Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series
Tuesday, April 3, 7-9pm
Morimoto Asia
Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga and Chef de Cuisine Hung Huynh welcome Chef Hitoshi Sugiura. The three chefs will prepare a collaborative six-course Pan-Asian dinner, paired with wines from across the globe. This event is part of Morimoto Asia’s month-long Sakura Festival.
$120

Writings on the Wall: An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30pm
Warden Arena at the Alfond Sports Center
After 50 years as an athlete, activist, and author, Abdul-Jabbar offers his personal perspectives on political/racial issues facing America today.
$15-$50

1st Thursdays: Florida Grown
Thursday, April 5, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art
From 6-9 pm on the first Thursday of each month, Central Florida has the opportunity to discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There will be cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants.
$15

1st Thursdays at the Orlando Museum of Art

1st Thursdays. Image credit: Orlando Museum of Art

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Willow
Thursday, April 5, 8pm
Central Park, Winter Park
Pack a picnic for a free outdoor movie screening in the park hosted by Enzian Theater.
FREE

Two Little Birds Beer Dinner
Thursday, April 5, 6:30pm
Orlando Brewing
Anniversary Beer Dinner featuring Filipino Hispanic-inspired cuisine by TWO LITTLE BIRDS. The dinner will take place at Orlando Brewing and include four courses paired with four organic Orlando Brewing beers.
$35

Sideline Wine & Dine benefiting the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation
Friday, April 6, 7-10pm
Camping World Stadium
Enjoy live entertainment as you sample small plates & desserts from restaurants all over Orlando, unlimited wines, cocktails and beers.
$90-$2,500

Bands & Brew Music Festival
Friday, April 6, 7pm-12am
Deadly Sins Brewing
Event featuring 3 bands, free food from local restaurants, and raffle for prizes. Event proceeds to benefit the “2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball, fundraiser for American Cancer Society Central Florida”.
$20

Movie Night at the Leu: Rogue One
Friday, April 6, 8:30pm
Harry P. Leu Gardens
This month’s outdoor movie is Rogue One. The gardens open at 6 and the movie begins at 8:30. Outside food and alcohol are permitted – enjoy responsibly!
$6

Florida Film Festival Opening Night Party & Film
Friday, April 6, 6pm-1am
Enzian Theatre
Celebrate the opening night of the 2018 Florida Film Festival with a thrilling premiere of American Animals and meet the film’s star Blake Jenner. After the movie, sample food and cocktails from your favorite local spots including Hawkers, Hourglass Brewing, and Firefly Restaurant & Bar.
$140

Florida Film Festival

Florida Film Festival
April 6-14
Enzian Theatre
Now in its 27th year, the Florida Film Festival is an Oscar-Qualifying Festival, premiering the best in current, independent, and international cinema.
Check out our list of date night movie picks here.
Individual passes start at $11

UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018
April 6-14
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
This eight-day festival focuses on celebrating the performing and visual arts.
The base ticket price is $5 to reserve a seat at select performances, with some premium seats available at $20 or $50, depending on the event.

Habit Burger Grill’s Charity Challenge To End Hunger in Central Florida
Saturday, April 7, 10:30am-10pm
Habit Burger Winter Park, Orlando and South Orange Locations
The Habit Burger Grill will donate 50% of sales on Saturday, April 7 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida by hosting the “Make Giving A Habit” charity challenge between local iHeart Radio stations.
Menu prices vary

Ramen Seminar and Tasting
Saturday, April 7, 12-3pm
Morimoto Asia
Spend the afternoon learning about the various types of Asian noodles and how they are made. Following the seminar, guests will visit multiple ramen stations to taste different types of ramen dishes.
$36

Events in Orlando: Morimoto Asia Sakura Festival

Audubon Park Garden District Garden Tour
Saturday, April 7, 1-5pm
Audubon Park Garden District
Guests will be able to explore eight to ten private gardens before heading to East End Market for the garden after party. There, from 5 to 7 p.m. guests will enjoy live music, complimentary light bites and sweets, along with a cash bar featuring garden to glass cocktails.
$15 garden tour only, $25 garden tour and after party

Orlando Sound Bites
Saturday, April 7, 5-10pm
Lake Eola Park
Orlando Sound Bites combines Orlando’s hip contemporary culinary scene, with indie/outlaw country, top-shelf liquor brands, and craft brews.
Free admission; food and drink will be available for purchase.

Variety Florida’s 11th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit
Saturday, April 7, 7-10pm
Orlando Mini
Annual Wine Tasting Benefit that raises money for the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
$100

Spring Fiesta in the Park
April 7 – 8
Lake Eola Park
This event features 600+ artists and crafters that come from all over the United States to display and sell their original work. Live entertainment, food options and a kids’ area highlight this event series that spans the entire walkway of Lake Eola.
FREE admission

Stars on Ice
Saturday, April 7, 7:30pm
Amway Center
Stars on Ice puts fans front and center to experience the best of the U.S. Figure Skating team.
Tickets start at $25

Thrift Shop Pub Crawl Downtown Orlando With Central Florida Chive
Saturday, April 7, 8pm-2am
Ferg’s Depot
hit up your favorite thrift shop, and grab your best outfit, and there will be an award for Best Dressed. Ticket price includes entry into 4 bars and one free select drink at each bar.
$30-$35

Taste at I-Drive 360
Sunday, April 8, 4-8pm
I-Drive 360
Enjoy samplings of food from a unique line-up of restaurants. Ticket includes tastings from I-Drive 360 restaurants, entertainment and complimentary parking.
$25-45

Thursday, April 12, 7-10pm
The Geek Easy
Enjoy an evening of thinking and drinking, a “space cosplay” contest, and 3 brand new guest speakers. April’s event will be celebrating Yuri’s Night (aka the World Space Party) in honor of Yuri Gagarin, the 1st human in space on April 12, 1961.
*free event but donations are accepted*

7 Course Wine, Sushi, Hibachi Tasting Event from A-Aki
Thursday, April 12, 6-9pm
A-Aki Sushi & Steakhouse
A 7-course pairing lasting 3 hours, where top customer-rated wines will be paired with a variety of dishes including shrimp, sushi, hibachi, premium beef, and more.
$45

Thornton Park 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thursday, April 12, 6:30-9:30pm
Thornton Park District
Pick up a glass and map, then stroll the district visiting over 25 businesses offering tastings.
$15 (cash only)

Thornton Park Wine and Art walk

Image credit: Hannah Green/lovecentralfl on Instagram

REO Speedwagon
Friday, April 13, 9pm
Hard Rock Live Orlando
$97-285

Wine Down
Friday, April 13, 7-10pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Enjoy live music and food trucks at the winery.
FREE Admission

The Color Run
Saturday, April 14, 9am
Osceola Heritage Park
Now the largest running series in the world, The Color Run has been experienced by over 6 million runners worldwide in 35+ countries.
Here’s our full guide to running dates for 2018.
$19.99 and up

Boots & Blues Concert
Saturday, April 14, 7pm
Leu Gardens
Celebrate spring with an incredible outdoor concert in the gardens. Pack a dinner picnic of your favorite foods and bring seating, alcohol is permitted.
Advance ticket: $15; day of ticket: $20

Brews Around the Zoo 2018
Saturday, April 14, 6-10pm
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Light fare from local restaurants, live music, special animal encounters and more will add to this adults-only night at the Zoo.
$50

Beard in Baldwin
Saturday, April 14, 7-10pm
Baldwin Park
More than 25 top tier local restaurants will be serving flavorful dishes each paired with a fine wine, crafted cocktail or local brew.
$110

Top Orlando Events for 2018 - Beard in Baldwin

Image credit: Beard in Baldwin Food and Wine Festival

The Eagles & Jimmy Buffet
Saturday, April 14, 7pm
Camping World Stadium
Tickets start at $160

Matsuri Festival
Sunday, April 15, 12-4pm
Morimoto Asia
Family fun day inspired by the traditional Matsuri festival of Japan. Guests can enjoy multiple Pan-Asian street food stations, 4 beer and cocktail stations throughout the interior and exterior of the restaurant, and various gaming stations.
$45

Taste of Winter Park
Wednesday, April 18, 5-8pm
Winter Park Farmer’s Market
Head to beautiful Winter Park and taste samples from more than 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners.
$65

Generocity Orlando 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30-8:30pm
Orlando Science Center
Learn about nonprofit organizations in Central Florida and how you can get involved and give back all while enjoying food, drinks, and entertainment (included in ticket price).
$30-$75

Bon Jovi: This House is Not For Sale Tour
Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $26.50

Sunset at the Zoo
Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7:30pm
Central Florida Zoo
Stroll the zoo after hours at this adults-only event which includes live music plus craft beer and wine for purchase.
$5

Sunset at the Zoo at Central Florida Zoo

2018 Taste of College Park
Thursday, April 19, 6-9pm
Historic Dubsdread Ballroom
The Taste of College Park combines food, wine, music, silent & live auctions for an extraordinary evening in College Park. Nearly a dozen local restaurants and distributors provide the food and wine; local retailers supply items for the silent and live auction.
$60-70

Art of the Vine
Friday, April 20, 6-9pm
Fields BMW Winter Park
Annual wine tasting and auction, featuring outstanding cuisine from a selection of the best upscale restaurants in the Orlando area, as well as an exceptional assortment of wines, martinis and beers.
$85

Orlando Book Festival
Saturday, April 21, 10am-5pm
Day-long celebration featuring panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Enjoy a closing keynote address from New York Times bestseller David Baldacci.
FREE Admission

Cocktails and Comedy
Saturday, April 21, 9pm – 12:30am
Melia Orlando Suite Hotel, Celebration
Enjoy an intimate, but truly entertaining evening with some really funny folks. Music will be provided before and after the show so feel free to dance the night away after you’ve laughed all evening!
Single tickets and dinner packages available
$15 – $75

Highball & Harvest’s Earth Day Picnic
Sunday, April 22, 11am-1pm
Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Join the Highball & Harvest team on a personalized field trip to Whisper Creek Farm. Walk the farm and engage in activities with chefs and mixologists to experience how dishes get from the farm to the table. Includes a small picnic lunch and libation.
$80; 21+ only

Soulful Sunday’s Uncorked
Sunday, April 22, 5-9pm
Cork & Olive
Wine Tasting event including menu of hors d’oeuvres to compliment each wine selection.
Wine Tasting Class: $35

10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out
April 22-28
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens
Twenty-five pro­fes­sion­ally acclaimed plein air artists will roam across Winter Park cap­tur­ing many of your favorite land­scapes and land­marks with oils, water­col­ors and pastels.
FREE Admission to museum, sculpture gardens and gallery

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando presents: Something Rotten
April 24-29
Dr. Phillips Center
Tickets from $34.25

Photo credit: FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando

PINK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour
Tuesday, April 24, 7pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $141

Wild Art & Wine
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-9pm
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Art instructors will guide you to create your own masterpiece as you meet live animals up close. Supplies will be provided.
$45

Art Night Out: Paste Paper Passion
Wednesday, April 25, 6-8:30pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Adults-only event, with each month carrying a different theme. Using a paste / paint solution, participants will create paste papers. Class price includes all materials and an adult beverage.
$30

Reading Between the Wines
Wednesday, April 25, 6pm
Orlando Science Center
Food and wine vendors offer a variety of tastings to sample throughout the night, and attendees can bid on an array of auction items. All proceeds benefit the Adult Literacy League.
$89

Lobster Dinner
Wednesday, April 25, 7-9:30pm
Paddlefish, Disney Springs
Enjoy a 4-course lobster dinner with wine pairings.
$90

April 26, 6-8:30pm
Edible Education Experience
K Restaurant’s Chef Ryan McLaughlin will take you through recipes and techniques for hot and cold vegetarian soups.
$25

Monthly Wine Tasting
Friday, April 27, 6-8pm
Tasting Room Orlando
Wine tasting featuring over 25 wines, live music, and appetizers.
$15

Get Your Jazz On Spring Concert
Friday, April 27, 6:30-9:30pm
The Alfond Inn
Jazz concert Featuring Will Adrian and Band. Tickets include unlimited select wine, beer and craft cocktails, selection of food and complimentary valet parking.
$50

Dapper Day Outing at The Edison
Friday, April 27, 7-10pm
The Edison (Disney Springs)
Wear your best and enjoy special cocktails created just for the event, and browse through official Dapper Day merchandise at the entry. At 10pm venue only permits guests 21+. Late night entertainment will begin performing at 9:30pm.
FREE Admission

The Edison signature cocktails available during Dapper Day outing. The Chap – caol ila scotch, branca menta, knob creek bourbon, sugar and The Dandy – kettle one oranje, creme de violettes, pineapple, amaro Montenegro

Whiskey Business
Friday, April 27, 7-10pm
Cheyenne Saloon
Discover the best in Scotches, bourbons, and whiskeys— from locally-produced bourbons to single malts from Scotland, from small batches to single grains, from the new to the classics.
$50

Friday, April 27, 6-9pm
Planet Obstacle
Adults-only event featuring activities including aerial ropes course with 220 feet long Zip-line, trampolines, bumper cars, rock-climbing walls and more.
$25-45

Local Brews Local Grooves: The Ultimate Craft Beer and Music Event
Saturday, April 28, 4pm
House of Blues Orlando
Featuring 19 Florida Craft Breweries and over 30 craft beer samples. There will be live performances from Slickwood, ROCKTOWN, Mike Lynch Music and Beemo.
Tickets start at $11

Science of Wine
Saturday April 28, 7-10pm
Orlando Science Center
Enjoy more than 150 wines paired with bites from 30 restaurants.
$125

Orlando Science Center, Science of Wine, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Rhythms at the Roost
Saturday, April 28, 6-10pm
Cranes Roost Park
Free concert featuring a live performance from Orlando’s own Stereo FM performing a mix of today’s hottest tunes and their remake of classics.
FREE Admission

Yanni
Monday, April 30, 7:30pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets begin at $49.50; VIP package $275

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Feature image credit: Orlando Science Center, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

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