Top Orlando Events for 2018: Concerts, Festivals, Sports and More

Top Orlando Events

Our guide to the best Orlando events of the year for date night

In search of date night inspiration for the year ahead? There are dozens of amazing Orlando events to choose from in 2018. Take your pick of the endless options: a stellar concert lineup, Broadway shows, festivals to delight foodies, theme park happenings, sporting events, and so much more. Here are a few of our favorites to pencil into your calendar for date night this year:

JANUARY

Epcot International Festival of the Arts
January 12 – February 19
Epcot
Included with theme park admission

NFL Pro Bowl
January 23-28
Camping World Stadium
$45 and up

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire
January 26, 28 & 29
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$39.50

Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour
January 26 – 28
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$34.25

Trevor Noah
January 27
Bob Carr Theater
$39.50

FEBRUARY

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
February 1
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$49.50

Lana Del Rey
February 2
Amway Center
$36.50 and up

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
February 3 – April 7
Universal Studios Florida
Included with Universal Studios admission and Annual Passes

Indie Folkfest 2018
February 10
Mennello Museum of American Art
FREE

Blues Traveler: 30th Anniversary Tour
February 10
House of Blues Orlando
$24-$55.75

Disney’s The Lion King
February 14 – March 11
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$35.25

Harbor Nights Romantico
February 16
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
$58.58

Harbor Nights Romantico

The Platinum Comedy Tour Featuring Mike Epps
February 16
CFE Arena
$52 and up

9th Annual Orlando Chili Cook-Off
February 17
Festival Park
$10-$40

Walt Disney World & Edible Orlando Fifth Annual Field to Feast Dinner
February 17
Long & Scott Farms
$175

Dancing with the Stars: Live!
February 18
Bob Carr Theater
$49.50

10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest
February 24 – 25
Lake Eola Park
$15-20 general admission

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
February 28 – May 28
Epcot
Included with theme park admission

Read our full February event guide for more ideas.

MARCH

PechaKucha Night Orlando v.22
March 2
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$23

Orlando City Soccer Season Opener: Orlando City SC vs. D.C. United
March 3
Orlando City Stadium
Tickets on sale soon

Image credit: Orlando City Soccer

Eat Local, Sip Local Stroll
March 3
Audubon Park Garden District

Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown
March 3
Camping World Stadium
$15-$40

An Evening with Jason Mraz
March 13
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$35

Romeo Santos
March 13
Amway Center
$36.50 and up

Waitress
March 20 – 25
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$34.25

Winter Park Wine & Dine Spring Edition
March 21
Winter Park Farmers Market
$35 and up

United We Brunch 2018
March 24
Orchid Garden Ballroom
$40-$65 before January 28

Read our full March event guide for more ideas.

APRIL

Writings on the Wall: An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
April 4
Warden Arena at the Alfond Sports Center
$15-$50

1st Thursdays: Florida Grown
April 5
Orlando Museum of Art
$15

2018 Florida Film Festival
April 6 – 15
Enzian Theater
Tickets on sale soon

Stars on Ice
April 7
Amway Center
$25 and up

Spring Fiesta in the Park
April 7 – 8
Lake Eola Park
FREE admission

Beard in Baldwin Food & Wine Festival
April 14
The Osprey Tavern
$110; VIP tickets $175

Top Orlando Events for 2018 - Beard in Baldwin
Image credit: Beard in Baldwin Food and Wine Festival

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett
April 14
Camping World Stadium
$129 and up

The Color Run
April 14
Osceola Heritage Park
$19.99 and up

Bon Jovi: This House is Not For Sale Tour
April 18
Amway Center
Tickets on sale soon

Florida Music Festival
April 19 – 21
Downtown Orlando

PINK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour
April 24
Amway Center
$306

Get Your Jazz On – Spring Concert
April 27
The Alfond Inn
$65

Science of Wine
April 28
Orlando Science Center
$110 before April 2; $125 after April 2; $100 for members

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

Clermont Clay U Run U Pick Blueberry 5k
April 28
Southern Hill Farms
$45

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

Read our full April event guide for more ideas.

MAY

James Taylor & His All-Star Band with special guest Bonnie Raitt
May 9
Amway Center
Tickets on sale January 19

Justin Timberlake: The Man of the Woods Tour
May 14
Amway Center
Tickets on sale January 29

Top Orlando Events for 2018 - Justin Timberlake tour
Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods Tour 2018 – Orlando

Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
May 15 – 28
Orlando Loch Haven Park
Prices vary

ODESZA
May 17
CFE Arena
$47.50-$107

Beer ‘Merica 4th Annual Craft Beer Festival
May 19
Gaston Edwards Park
Tickets on sale soon

Gay Days
May 29 – June 3
Area theme parks/hotels

JUNE

Bite30: Orlando’s 30-Day Restaurant Week
Typically June 1 – 30
Various participating restaurants
Prix-fixe multi-course $30 dinner menus

RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour
June 5 – 10
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$34.25

Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour

Hall & Oates + Train
June 26
Amway Center
Tickets on sale January 29

JULY

Fireworks at the Fountain
July 4
Lake Eola Park
Free

Erasure: World Be Gone Tour
July 8
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
From $34.50; tickets on sale January 26

Sam Smith
July 11
Amway Center
$36.50-$121.50

Rod Stewart with special guest Cyndi Lauper
July 26
Amway Center
$59.50 and up

AUGUST

24th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp
August 10 – 12
Lakeridge Winery
$10

Image credit: Lakeridge Winery

Shakira: El Dorado World Tour
August 14
Amway Center
$47.50 and up

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
August 24 – September 30
Various participating Orlando restaurants
$35 three-course menus

SEPTEMBER

2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Typically September – November; dates TBA
Epcot
Included with theme park admission

Taste! Central Florida
September 8 
Orlando World Center Marriott

Fall Out Boy: Mania Tour
September 16
Amway Center
Tickets on sale January 26

Artlando
September 29
Loch Haven Park
FREE admission

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights
Typically September – November
Universal Studios

OCTOBER

IMMERSE 2018
October 19 – 20
Downtown Orlando
Tickets on sale soon

9th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
October 26 – 27
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
A la carte tickets $50; Causeway tickets $119.55

Come Out With Pride 2018
Date TBA
Lake Eola Park
Free admission; ticketed events vary

Orlando Come Out With Pride 2017
Photo by Arlene Laboy

Oktoberfest
Dates TBA
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café, Sanford

NOVEMBER

The Florida Run
November 10
Lake Louisa State Park
Info coming soon
Check out our annual guide to running dates here

4th Annual Orlando Beer Festival
November 10
Festival Park
Tickets on sale May 20

2018 A Taste of Dr. Phillips
November 11
Dellagio Town Center

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
November 27
Amway Center
Tickets on sale February 2

Fall Fiesta in the Park
Dates TBA
Lake Eola Park
FREE admission

DECEMBER

City of Orlando Tree Lighting Celebration
Date TBA
Lake Eola Park
FREE

ICE! at Gaylord Palms
Dates TBA
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

Ice slide at ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. Image credit: Kristen Manieri

Grandma Party Bazaar
Date TBA
Stardust Video & Coffee
Free admission; bring cash for purchasing goodies from vendors!

Christmas in the Park
Date TBA
Central Park, Winter Park
FREE

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