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Annual Orlando events you don't want to miss



Great Orlando Mixer

The swinging-est party in town, featuring 1920s-themed costumes and music, and drinks from the best mixologists in Orlando.

March 26, Cheyenne Saloon, 128 W. Church St., thegreatorlandomixer.com


Florida Film Festival

Whether you're a fan of dramas, comedies, documentaries or shorts, the Florida Film Festival has it all.

April 10-19, Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-629-1088, floridafilmfestival.com

Fiesta in the Park

Wander around Lake Eola and check out food, live music, and arts and crafts from tons of vendors.

April 11-12, Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive and East Washington Street, fiestainthepark.com

Florida Music Festival

A downtown music festival geared toward artists looking to break into the major-label industry.

April 16-18, downtown Orlando, multiple venues, floridamusicfestival.com


Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival

Thespians from all over the world descend on the theater complex at Loch Haven for two weeks of performances.

May 13-26, Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St., orlandofringe.org



A monthlong celebration of the best food Orlando has to offer, with special prix fixe menus at each participating restaurant.

June 1-30, multiple locations, bite30.com

Gay Days

Organized trips to Walt Disney World Resort during the day, themed parties every night.

June 2-8, multiple locations, gaydays.com


Fireworks at the Fountain

Nothing says patriotism like the "oohs" and "ahhs" elicited by this annual firework and light show at Lake Eola.

July 4, Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street, cityoforlando.net

Best of Orlando

Annual party in honor of our Best of Orlando winners. If you snag a ticket to this exclusive party, congratulations: We like you.

July 30, The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave., orlandoweekly.com


Orlando Nerd Fest

This event brings in video game music composers and nerdcore luminaries like Nobuo Uematsu and MC Frontalot.

Aug. 7-10, venue TBA, orlandonerdfest.com



A day in the park that features all kinds of art, from choirs to puppets to painting to dance and everything in between.

September (date TBA), Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St., artlando.com

Halloween Horror Nights

Over a month of special haunted houses and scare zones. Bring your heart medication.

Sept. 18-Nov. 1, Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd., halloweenhorrornights.com


Orlando Indie Comedy Fest

Check out some of the country's best underground comedians at intimate venues like Bull & Bush and Will's Pub.

October 2015 (date TBA), multiple locations, orlandoindiecomedyfest.com

Come Out With Pride

A week of LGBT events and our favorite downtown parade party.

Oct. 5-11, multiple locations, comeoutwithpride.com


Winter Park Harvest Festival

A festival that focuses on local agriculture and sustainable harvests.

November 2015 (date TBA), Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park, alocalfolkus.com/wphf

Florida Blue Florida Classic

Annual football game between Bethune Cookman University and Florida A&M.

November 2015 (date TBA), Orlando Citrus Bowl, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, floridaclassic.org


Christmas in the Park

The Morse Museum decorates Central Park with stained glass windows and the Bach Festival Choir performs a Christmas concert.

December 2015 (date TBA), Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park, morsemuseum.org

Grandma Party

Handmade crafts from local artisans and live music from local bands make this our favorite stop for holiday shopping.

December 2015 (date TBA), Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, stardustie.com


Zora! Festival

Eatonville's most famous writer gets a festival in her honor every year featuring live music, arts and educational activities.

January 2016 (date TBA), downtown Eatonville, zorafestival.org

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

The Citrus Bowl plays host to one of the BCS games every New Year's Day.

Jan. 1, 2016, Orlando Citrus Bowl, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, buffalowildwingscitrusbowl.com


Puppy Love

This annual tribute to man's best friends (hosted by yours truly) has treats and games, live music and all the butt your pooch can sniff.

February 2016 (date TBA), location TBA, puppylovefestival.com


This DIY festival pays tribute to slain Orlando musician Ralph Ameduri and tends to reunite some of Orlando's bygone bands for special sets.

February 2016 (date TBA), multiple locations, ralphameduri.com

Lunar New Year Dragon Parade

Formerly taking place in Mills 50, this Lunar New Year celebration got so big that it had to move to the Fashion Square Mall in 2015.

February 2016 (date TBA), Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, centralfloridadragonparade.com

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