The Best of November: 65+ Orlando Events to Enjoy This Month

Orlando events this November 2018 - Orlando Balloon Glow

Cooler weather is finally here, which means it’s time to get outside and explore the city with your love! Foodies can enjoy a bevy of food and wine events, cooking classes and a #SandwichEatUp to entice their palette, movie buffs have outdoor movies to pair with a DIY picnic, and one of the largest electronic music festivals is coming to Tinker Field. Here are some of our favorite Orlando events in this jam-packed month!

November 1 – 4

Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton Bonnet Creek
Weekends, September 14 – November 11, 2018
Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek
A celebration of fine wine and the culinary arts, for the serious epicurean. Designed for those who truly savor the artistry of fine culinary preparations – each plate a canvas for delight and each vintage an invitation for couples to indulge in each other.
Prices vary

Fly & Dine
November 1-December 20
ICON Orlando
Package that includes one flight aboard the iconic 400-foot observation wheel, along with a choice of prix fixe dining options at seven of ICON Orlando 360’s fast casual and full-service restaurants. The set menu options start at just $32 for fast casual or $45 for full-service dining at participating restaurants, including Tapa Toro, Tin Roof Orlando, Sugar Factory Orlando, UNO Pizzeria & Grill and others.

1st Thursdays: Travel
Thursday, November 1, 6-9pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. November’s theme is Travel featuring artist works inspired by travel. Beer and wine plus food from Bahama Breeze available for purchase.

Winter Garden Wine Walk: Fall 2018
Thursday, November 1, 6:30-9pm
Winter Garden Farmer’s Market Pavilion
Enjoy wines in over a dozen designated tasting locations up and down historic Plant Street.

UCF Knights vs. Temple University Owls
Thursday, November 1, 7:30pm
Spectrum Stadium
Tickets start at $10

Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite
November 2-4
The Garden Theatre
The Orlando Ballet’s favorite holiday classic, The Nutcracker, returns for a one-hour performance for families at the Garden Theatre.
Tickets start at $35

Orlando Events November 2018 - The Nutcracker Suite at Garden Theater
Image credit: Orlando Ballet

Bike to Work Day 2018 with Mayor Buddy Dyer
Friday, November 2, 8am
Orlando Festival Park
Join a community bike ride through Downtown Orlando to City Hall with Mayor Buddy Dyer. Enjoy free coffee, bike tune-ups and raffle prizes before the ride. Check-in begins at 7am.
*Read all about this awesome ride in this newsletter from our friends at Pulptown!

Cooking with Friends: Hunger Street Tacos & Papa Llama
Friday, November 2, 5-11pm
The Heavy WP
Hunger Street Tacos & Papa Llama are coming together in the kitchen to create a menu that brings together authentic Mexican and Peruvian cuisines. Dishes will reflect the individual originality of Hunger Street Tacos and Papa Llama and will be designed for tasting your way between Lima and Mexico City.
Prices vary

Baldwin Park First Friday Festival
Friday, November 2, 5:30-9:30pm
New Broad Street, Baldwin Park
Over 70 local artisans of all genres will display their art while guests shop and stroll through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park.
FREE Admission

Leu Gardens Movie Night: Avengers: Infinity War
Friday, November 2, 7:30pm
Leu Gardens
This month’s outdoor movie is Avengers: Infinity War. The gardens open at 6 and the movie begins at 7:30. Outside food and alcohol are permitted – enjoy responsibly!
$6; free for members

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Leu Gardens movie night | Image credit: Leu Gardens

National Sandwich Day #SandwichEatUp Walking Tour
Saturday, November 3, 11am-3pm
The Milk District
Celebrate Deli Fresh Threads 50th #SandwichEatup and National Sandwich Day by going on this walking tour of the Milk District. You’ll visit 4 sandwich shops, and each restaurant will be offering sandwich specials.
Prices vary

Sushi Class 101 | Behind the Knife a Dragonfly Experience
Saturday, November 3, 11:30am-1:30pm
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
During sushi class, the team will help you make the perfect sushi and hand rolls as well as invite you to sample several customers favorites throughout the event.

Check out our guide to 100+ Cooking Classes in November and December for more cooking dates!

Elixer Mixer
Saturday, November 3, 2-4pm
Eden Bar, Enzian
Meet the best shakers and stirrers in the local cocktail scene at Eden Bar’s Annual Elixir Mixer. Join Eden Bar and local partners as we serve up the best and most creative craft cocktails in town. Ticket includes access to delicious and creative tastings from Orlando’s most talented bartenders. Ages 21 and up.

Enzian Theater Date Night
Image credit: Enzian Theater

Fall into the Gardens Wine Walk
Saturday, November 3, 2-7pm
Bok Tower Gardens
Sip and stroll through the Gardens while enjoying 10 carefully curated wines from around the world and light nibbles at each stop. Enjoy a special after party from 5pm-7pm with live music, dinner specials and shopping.

1st Annual Orlando Craft Beer & Oysterfest
Saturday, November 3, 2-8pm
Orange County Brewers
Charleston’s Lowcountry Oyster Co. is bringing their hand-raised oysters to Downtown Orlando for a day full of special release OCB beers, pairing menus, oyster shucking, live music, games, football, and giveaways.
FREE Admission, food and drink prices vary

College Park JazzFest 2018
Saturday, November 3, 5pm
Edgewater Drive
Event will feature 12 bands on three stages for a night of smooth, funky and soulful jazz.

Fox Fest 2018
Saturday, November 3, 5-9pm
Join WPRK for their annual free Fox Fest concert series with performances by Pearl & The Oysters, Acoqui and TV Dinner.
FREE Admission

Orin Swift Wine Dinner
Saturday, November 3, 6pm
Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
An evening of perfect pairs featuring Orin Swift fine wines and Chef Norman’s delicious creations.

Orlando Sentinel Barrel Night
Saturday, November 3, 6-9pm
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection
Enjoy live entertainment alongside a variety of drinks: Whiskey, Bourbons, Wine, Craft Cocktails, and gourmet food. Event Benefiting: Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, 21+ only.

Cows ‘n Cabs
Saturday, November 3, 6-10pm
150 New York Ave N, Winter Park,
Cows ‘n Cabs is an annual charity fundraising event that features mini-dish tastings from 25+ gourmet Orlando restaurants paired with over 200 wines and a plethora of craft beers and cocktails.

cows 'n cabs

Fall Fiesta in the Park
November 3-4
Lake Eola Park
The free, pet-friendly event includes artist and crafter booths, food vendors, live music, a huge children’s play area and more.
FREE admission

November 5 – 11

Casselberry Food & Wine Festival
Monday, November 5, 6-9pm
Lake Concord Park
This festival includes a culinary cuisine tasting, wine sampling, silent auction, live entertainment, and much more!
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

UCF Homecoming Comedy Knight: Joel Mchale
Monday, November 5, 8pm
CFE Arena

Filipino Backyard BBQ Pop-Up
Tuesday, November 6, 5pm
Every first Tuesday through the end of the year, join us in the Kadence backyard for some home-cooked Filipino goodness.

Rooftop Wine Dinner
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-9pm
Come aboard our 3rd deck rooftop an enjoy a seafood inspired four-course tasting menu highlighting Kendall Jackson family wines paired with new world cuisine.

Watch the sunset from the rooftop deck at Paddlefish in Disney Springs
The rooftop deck at Paddlefish at sunset | Image credit: Stephanie Patterson

Downtown Wine & Dine
November 7 & 11
Wine & Corks
Take your taste buds on a mouthwatering journey around the world as you pair cultural dishes and exquisite wines to create an explosion of flavors. Enjoy a four course meal prepared by Chef Rashaad Shears of Chef Nite Orlando, an award-winning chef from Atlanta.

Alive After 5
Thursday, November 8, 5-8pm
Sanford Welcome Center
Every 2nd Thursday of each month from 5-8pm, this is the place to be in Seminole County! This street party held in Historic Downtown Sanford (rain or shine) features several food trucks, live music, and a large selection of vendors and artisans selling their goods. November’s AA5 theme is Chili Cook Off.
FREE Admission

Thursday, November 8, 6pm
Canvas Restaurant & Market
Gather your friends at one of Canvas’ communal tables and enjoy a family-style meal featuring Thanksgiving favorites paired with seasonal cocktails. Hosted in Canvas’ spectacular garden, guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail and appetizers before sitting down for an evening of good food, drinks and conversation.

Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thursday, November 8, 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/visitexplorerepeat on Instagram

Rick Springfield
Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Hard Rock Live
Tickets start at $40.50

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Enchanted
Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Central Park, Winter Park
Enjoy a free outdoor movie at Winter Park’s Central Park in partnership with Enzian Theater. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, snacks, and other goodies. Movies are typically screened on the second Thursday of each month, though there are exceptions.
FREE Admission

PechaKucha Night Orlando v24
Friday, November 9, 6 & 9 pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
PechaKucha Night is an entertainment event held several times a year in downtown Orlando. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for “chitchat,” PechaKucha rests on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds.
Tickets from $23

Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar/Craft Beers & Blues Festival
Friday, November 9, 6-9pm
Lake Concord Park
Nationally recognized talent Shemekia Copeland will headline the 7th Annual Craft Beers & Blues Festival in Casselberry, on Friday, Nov. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Concord Park along with the regular scheduled Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar event.
FREE Admission

Paint & Wine Night – Cubist Creations!
Friday, November 9, 7pm
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
In celebration of the Centennial of WWI, we invite you to create your own masterpiece based on the famous work of Czech Cubist painter, Emil Filla (1882 –1953), who was a leader in the modern avant-garde moment in Prague during World War I.

Do Good Date Night: Friendsgiving
Friday, November 9, 7-9:30pm
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Join us for our last adults-only Do Good Date Night of the year in the Orlando-area!! In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we’ll spend the first half of the event in the warehouse working on whatever volunteer experience is top priority. Then we’ll move into the community room for a Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings!

Orlando Events - Do Good Date Night

EDC Orlando 2018
November 9-10
Tinker Field
From the stages and the sound to the pyrotechnics and the performers, so many unique elements go into bringing this world to life. We invite you to wander, explore, interact, and connect. Imagination and positive energy are the currency of this place.Each area contained within EDC represents a distinct union of technology and nature, where elements mix to ignite the senses and inspire the imagination.

Festival of Trees 2018 at the Orlando Museum of Art
November 9-18
Orlando Museum of Art
The Festival of Trees, now in its 32nd year, transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a glittering wonderland filled with sparkling trees, vignettes and stunning décor for visitors of all ages.

Image credit: Orlando Museum of Art

The Florida Run
Saturday, November 10, 8am
Lake Louisa State Park
Lake Louisa State Park, famous for its six beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes is the setting for The Florida Run. Located in Central Florida the course will take runners on paved surfaces, dirt trails, grass trails and some sand.

Playalinda Brewing Company 4 Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, November 10, 12pm
Playalinda Brewing Company – Hardware Store
Celebrate Playalinda’s 4 year anniversary with live music, a seafood boil, and lots of beer on tap.
FREE Admission

4th Annual Orlando Beer Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2-5pm (VIP Entry at 12:30pm)
Festival Park
Join more than 3,000 of your fellow beer lovers to sample craft and premium beers from local breweries and around the world. Plus, wine tasting, interactive games, tasty eats and live music keep the party going all afternoon. Attendees must be ages 21+ to enter. This is a pet-friendly event.
$35 General Admission, $65 VIP

Cork vs Craft Dinner
Saturday, November 10, 6-8pm
Bok Tower Gardens
Enjoy a dinner of four courses each paired with a beer and a wine designed to explore the advantages of each pairing and reveal why these combinations are popular.

Vince Gill
Saturday, November 10, 8pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at$39.50

11Eleven FEST 2018
Sunday, November 11, 1pm
Broken Strings Brewery
Enjoy 11 bands and 11 craft “artist ales” and cocktails. This festival is designed to benefit the Orlando City Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, with a goal of providing 1,111 soccer balls to kids in need, giving back to the Parramore district & surrounding communities.
Tickets start at $25

2018 Taste of Dr. Phillips
Sunday, November 11, 1-4pm
Dellagio Town Center
This exclusive event will be a spectacular celebration of Dr. Phillips best cuisines, music and more.

Le Dîner en Blanc
Sunday, November 11
secret location
For the 3rd time, Orlando will host Le Dîner en Blanc. On November 11, 2018, the annual secret affair, promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Over 1000 foodies, fashion and cultural enthusiasts have attended the event in the past and 1500 are expected this year.

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Image credit: Le Diner En Blanc Orlando

The Inquisitor Wine Dinner
Sunday, November 11, 6pm
Osprey Tavern
Wine Dinner featuring the amazing South African wines from The Inquisitor Wine Company.
$95 – Chef’s Tasting Menu, $40 – Wine Pairing. To book your seat call 407-960-7700.

Beaujolais Wine Dinner with Digress Wine
Sunday, November 11, 6:30pm
The Ravenous Pig
4-course wine dinner featuring 7 wines from Digress Wine
$100; To reserve please call 407-628-2333

November 12 – 18

Elf The Musical
November 12 – December 30
Orlando Repertory Theatre

Rooftop Wine Experience: Evening of Effervescence
Tuesday, November 13, 5-6pm
A monthly wine experience and discussion lead by our Sommelier team featuring wine flights from around the globe and light bites from our kitchen.

Pour Over Coffee 101: The Chemex
Wednesday, November 14, 6-7pm
The Glass Knife
An interactive, step-by-step course on manual brewing with a Chemex, explain basic coffee terminology and share some insights on Onyx Coffee Lab, the coffee proudly served in every cup at The Glass Knife.

Chef Night with This Honest Food
Thursday, November 15, 6-8:30pm
Edible Education Experience
Ditch the processed boxed stuffing mix and frozen veggies and discover how to make simply delicious healthy sides from – scratch.

3rd Thursday Gallery Hop
Thursday, November 15, 6-9pm
Downtown Arts District Orlando
Join thousands of visitors who converge in Downtown Orlando for Orlando’s Gallery Hop featuring venues such as CityArts Factory and Redefine Gallery.
FREE Admission for Downtown Orlando Partnership members; $25 for non-members

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Perfectly Paired!
Thursday, November 15, 7-9pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Taste and experience how wine and food interact through the thoughtful pairings of 5 wines, 4 cheeses, and 4 Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park chocolate confections.

Wine Cheese and Chocolate perfectly paired at Quantum Leap Winery

Suds & Scopes at Hourglass Brewing
Thursday, November 15, 7-10pm
Hourglass Brewing
a night celebrating space exploration at Hourglass Brewing in Longwood. The event will feature talks, local craft beer, exhibits from NASA, and telescopes.
FREE Admission

Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. Contestants vie for the quirkiest and most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by any of our cast members for their voicemail.

Orlando Balloon Glow
November 16 – 18, 5pm-9pm
Blue Jacket Park
8-12 hot air balloons glowing at dusk, tethered hot air balloon rides, food trucks, fountain bar, retail vendors and activities for the kids!
FREE Admission; $20 VIP parking next to event field available

Orlando events November 2018
Image credit: Orlando Balloon Glow

Wine Flight Friday
Friday, November 16, 6:30pm
K Restaurant
Hosted on the third Friday of the month, each month is themed by a region/state/country/continent. You can expect one white and three reds. Flights will be served in the garden area; enjoy live music played by local musicians.

Ugly Sweater Date Night
Friday, November 16, 7-10pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Enjoy a date night, all geared up in your finest, ugly holiday sweater – enjoying music while strolling through the Festival of Trees and the Museum’s exhibitions. Casual eats and drinks available for purchase in Pearson’s Festival Café.

Taste of Africa Food & Music Festival
Saturday, November 17, 3-9pm
Eagle Nest Park
The festival is a wonderfully lively family day out with African-influenced crafts, games, goodies, and music.

Jingle Eve 2018!
Saturday, November 17, 5-10pm
Ivanhoe Village
Kick off for the City of Orlando Holidays. Fireworks celebration, bands, Santa, Kids Zone, Wine Tasting, Merchant Open Houses and more!
FREE Admission

Sanford Art Walk – “Home for the Holidays”
Saturday, November 17, 6-9pm
Sanford Welcome Center
Check out the newest art and cast your vote on your favorite. Held every third Saturday from 6-9pm, and also features live music. Cast your vote at the Sanford Welcome Center on East First Street in Historic Downtown Sanford. November’s theme will be “Home for the Holidays”.

Art, Craft & Wine Festival
November 17-18, 10am-7pm
Cranes Roost Park
Head to Cranes Roost Park for the 8th annual Art, Craft & Wine Festival where you’ll enjoy live music, crafts, a Chili Cook-Off, the Wine & Craft Beer Stroll, kids activities and more.

DeLand Fall Festival
November 17-18
Historic Downtown Deland
The festival features painters, fine craftsmen, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers, and potters who set up their exhibits on DeLand’s Woodland Boulevard. The event for the public that includes kid’s activities, live music and performers as well as over 170 artists from all over the country.
FREE Admission

Orlando Flea
Sunday, November 18, 12-4pm
Celine Orlando
The Orlando Flea is an indoor makers market with full bar inside a lovely 2-story downtown venue. Family and dog friendly; all ages welcome.
FREE Admission

Hoobastank – The Reason 15th Anniversary Tour
Sunday, November 18, 7pm
House of Blues Orlando

Where to brunch at Disney - House of Blues Sunday Gospel Brunch
House of Blues | Image credit: Walt Disney World Resort

November 19 – 25

Thanksgiving Gobbler 5k
Thursday, November 22, 7am
Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
All ages and fitness levels are invited to walk, wobble, gobble and run the 5K course encircling Grande Lakes, with the annual Gobbler 5K event benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.

Black Friday Wine and Foot Massage
Friday, November 23, 2-9pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Enjoy a soothing herb-infused foot bath followed by a relaxing lower leg and foot massage by the professionals at The Barefoot Spa. Foot massages can be made for 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions.
Reservation required; call Harris at 407-539-1491

Holiday Harbor Nights
Friday, November 23, 6:30pm
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Spend an evening beside the picturesque harbor sipping select wines and trying unlimited gourmet food samples from the hotel’s restaurants. Live music and traditional opera performance complete the elegant ambiance.

Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here”
Friday, November 23, 8pm
Hard Rock Live
Tickets start at $14

JW Griffin Cooking School Presents: Holiday Sweets
Saturday, November 24, 11am-1pm
Enjoy eggnog and sweet treats as chefs walk you through creating delicious holiday confections – just in time for the holidays.
$75/person. Advance reservation requrired; call 407-393-4683

Shop Small Sip and Stroll 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2-5pm
Audubon Park Garden District
Sample boutique wines, craft beer and cider throughout the district while enjoying live music and supporting small businesses.
$15 in advance

Black Violin
Saturday, November 24, 7-10pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $39.50

November 24-25
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
FusionFest is a free two-day celebration in Downtown Orlando that features a kaleidoscopic fusion of aromas, sights, sounds, tastes, textures and fascinating short films that represent the diverse origins and heritages of our community.
FREE Admission

Holiday Makers Market
Sunday, November 25, 11am-5pm
The Pines at Windermere – On the Lake; 3409 Maguire Rd.
Enjoy an extensive selection of highly diverse handcrafted items that includes pottery, artwork and jewelry, along with creations of glass, metal, textiles, wood and paper. For the eco-minded shopper, creatively up-cycled and artistically re-purposed gifts will also be highlighted.
FREE Admission

November 26 – 30

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Tuesday, November 27, 8pm
Amway Center
Tickets start at $228

Hello Dolly!
November 27-December 2
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.
Public onsale date: To be announced

Night Shift: An Experiment
Thursday, November 29, 7-11pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Reimagine the Museum space in this evening of experimental visual art and performance. Emerging artists will take over nontraditional gallery spaces with a diverse range of media. Additionally, there will be music by local DJs, a photobooth and guests will have access to the Museum’s two new exhibitions, “Nick Cave: FEAT.” and “Purvis Young and His Angels.”

Spark Glow Golf
Thursday, November 29, 7pm
Winter Park Golf Course
Get your crew out to WP9 on Park Ave to discover a cosmic golf course of LED balls, fairways and pins. This is a Spark Golf social experience you can’t miss. Open to all levels of golfers

Wine Riffs 2018 – Iron Horse Vineyards
Friday, November 30, 7pm
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Sit and sip with friends as you hear the tales of wine making, taste culinary pairings from the hotel’s award-winning chefs and enjoy a custom soundtrack set to the mood of the evening.

31st Annual Light Up Winter Garden
Friday, November 30, 6-9pm
Downtown Winter Garden
Welcome the season with live entertainment, vendors, shopping, children’s activities and more.
FREE Admission

The Piano Guys: Christmas Together
Friday, November 30, 7:30-10pm
Bob Carr Theater
Tickets start at $54.50

Florida Man Music Festival 2018
Friday, November 30, 2-10pm
Orlando Ampitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds
Music festival featuring Weezer and over 15 bands on two stages. It’s Central Florida’s biggest alternative music festival.

Fall Comfort Food with Award Winning Chef Susan Ytterberg
Friday, November 30, 6-8pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden
Fall is here, want to stay in and cook delicious comfort food? Learn the secrets to making delicious pot pie and other recipes. This class will be hands on and you will be able to enjoy the food created in class.

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