Music, Nightlife, Shows

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Returns February 4th

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando occurs daily from February 4 – March 25, 2017 Hailed as Florida’s biggest party, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is back this year from February 4th – March 25th for 50 nights of New Orleans-themed entertainment, eats, and fun. Better yet, this year’s celebration will take place daily. Who said you have to go to Louisiana to ... Read More »

Photos and Details for 2016 Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is Hosted on select nights from February 6 – April 16, 2016 By Samantha Rosenthal We had a blast attending this past weekend’s Mardi Gras festivities featuring Fall Out Boy. Spanning 11 weekends from February 6 – April 16, 2016, Universal Orlando’s annual Mardi Gras fête is Orlando’s chance to get in on the N’awlins fun without traveling ... Read More »

Orlando City Soccer is Back! Kick-Off Week Starts Monday

The Lions are back for another season of spectacular soccer action in the Citrus Bowl beginning with a week of activities for Orlando City fans. Kickoff Week begins Monday, February 29 and culminates with the home opener on March 6 vs. Real Salt Lake at 2pm. To get a ticket to the game or purchase single game tickets, click here. Ticket ... Read More »

Get Your Jazz On Events are Back at The Alfond Inn

Get Your Jazz On; The Alfond Inn

The Alfond Inn Announces Dates for its Outdoor Concert Series If you ask me about the elements of a perfect date night, here’s what I’d tell you: music, wine, delicious food and a beautiful outdoor setting. With all of these elements artfully rolled into one wonderful event, is it any wonder why I am such a fan of the Get ... Read More »

Best Orlando Dinner Shows

Dinner with a side of entertainment. Orlando dinner shows offer something different for date night. By Samantha Rosenthal Add a little oomph to your next dinner out with one of many Orlando dinner shows offered around our theme parks and in downtown Orlando. There’s everything from drag shows to luaus to magic shows, all designed to wow you while you wine ... Read More »

A Guide to Orlando’s Best Open Mic Nights

By Samantha Rosenthal Orlando’s arts and culture scene is alive and thriving, which means there is bound to be plenty of places to show off that talent. Local Orlando bars and venues have open mic nights to allow our fabulous local talent to be showcased, which is great for both performers and those of us that like to sit in ... Read More »

Be Part of the Adventure at The Republic

If your idea of a fun night is starting a revolution to overthrow oppressive societal forces, then you’ll certainly love Orlando’s hottest new date night experience The Republic. Combining live theater with an interactive, real-life role-playing game, this reality-bending adventure performance immerses attendees into a fantasy world they can touch and explore. Following its debut at the Orlando Fringe Festival ... Read More »

7 Places to Hear Live Jazz in the Orlando Area

By Kelsey A. Glennon UPDATED October 2017 My dream date? Stroll through the streets of New York’s Greenwich village. Relocate to a nearby jazz club, one that either requires going downstairs into hazy bohemian lounge, or upstairs to a breezy rooftop. Spend the night enjoying classic, improvisational jazz music. Make one more stop for wine at a French bar and ... Read More »

The Orlando Eye Now Open at I-Drive 360

After years of planning and construction, The Orlando Eye opens today at I-Drive 360, the area’s newest attraction, dining and nightlife hub. Besides the 400-foot tall rotating wheel, I-Drive 360 also houses SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando, which both opened earlier this year. Accompanying the entertainment experiences is also a diverse array of dining and nightlife options such as ... Read More »

Dinner & Show Deal for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba

For a limited time, you can purchase the special Dinner & Show package for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba. For more than a decade, this show has lived inside the iconic tent that towers over Downtown Disney’s West Side. Never seen the show? Here’s your chance to score tickets with dinner included! La Nouba’s Dinner & Show package includes an ... Read More »

Best Picture Showcase and Marathon at AMC Altamonte and Disney

Calling all serious Oscar fans!! If you’re the type who loves to watch the Academy Awards each year but loathes the feeling of being clueless about the nominees, here’s your chance to become the savviest of silver screen aficionados. This year, AMC Theatres is presenting the Best Picture Showcase, which will feature all 8 of the nominees in the Best Picture ... Read More »

Find Great Music and Fantastic Chow at the new Tin Roof Orlando

If you and your date are lovers of great food, strong drinks and live music, Tin Roof is the joint for you. Located in the brand new I-Drive 360 complex (on International Drive), Tin Roof serves up a tasty menu of Americana inspired gourmet pub grub along with some of the best singers and bands in Central Florida. Tin Roof’s signature dishes are ... Read More »

La Nouba Announces Fall Rates & Dinner + Show Packages

La Nouba, the exclusive Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World Resort, recently announced special fall rates starting at $54 for adult. This offer is available to all guests for performances from now through December 19th. If guests wish to have dinner before or after they see La Nouba, they can take advantage of La Nouba’s special Dinner & ... Read More »

MUST DO: SAK Comedy Lab

SAK Comedy Lab

Be prepared to laugh until your gut hurts. SAK Comedy Lab, the improvisational show reminiscent of Who’s Line is it Anyway, is one of the best and most unique date night offerings in downtown Orlando. There is no script for these off-the-cuff shows—only suggestions volunteered from the audience, which means each night unfolds completely differently. In just a few seconds, ... Read More »

New Tuesday Night Trivia Spot

Earth Trivia just announced it’s added Cafe Red on Church Street as yet another great venue for playing live trivia in the Orlando area. The location, which is a new concept by the Graffiti Junktion folks, features a full menu of American cafe fare and craft cocktails. Curtis Earth will host trivia there every Tuesday starting at 7pm. Battle of ... Read More »

Christner’s Dinner and Magic Show

I love magic. I’m one of those totally geeky people who’ll take it all in, wide-eyed, zero skepticism, giddy gasps at all the right points in the show. To say that I loved Christner’s Dinner and Magic Show would be an understatement. This monthly affair takes place in one of the private dining rooms at Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster ... Read More »

Date Night at B.B. King’s

By Cassie Ahrens *** Each month, Great Dates Orlando sends a different couple on an awesome date night. This Couple at Large then shares their experience on the blog. For September, we sent Cassie Ahrens and her boyfriend, Scott, to B.B. King’s Restaurant & Blues Club at Pointe Orlando. Here’s what Cassie had to say about the experience:  We were the Couple at Large for ... Read More »

Nerd Nights!

In the September issue of Orlando Magazine, I had the opportunity to showcase a handful of Orlando local events designed to engage your inner nerd. I bet you’ll find at least a few worth checking out on your next date night. Get Your Geek On Orlando’s nerd culture blooms with help from nightly local events. Thanks to a few cerebral celebrations, ... Read More »

Garden Theatre Summer Movie Series

As you may have already noticed from my previous post about Winter Garden, I am pretty smitten with this area. Besides great restaurants and shops, as well as a stellar Saturday farmer’s market, Winter Garden is also home to the Garden Theatre, which will host its annual Summer Movie Series beginning tomorrow. From June to August, the Garden Theatre will ... Read More »

Happy Hour & a Movie in Winter Park Village

Last night I checked out Happy Hour at Mitchell’s Fish Market (Winter Park Village) and could not wait to tell you all about it. Dubbed the ‘Market Bar Martini Hour,’ this foodie affair is scheduled Mondays through Fridays from 4pm to 7pm in Mitchell’s bar area and newly unveiled porch area outside. For $5, you’ll choose from this list of five ... Read More »