Our City Guide is published annually in April. Events in this list run from April 2019 through March 2020. Set those calendar reminders now!
Florida Film Festival
April 12-21, 2019; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; 407-629-1088; floridafilmfestival.com
Whether you're a fan of dramas, comedies, documentaries or shorts, the Florida Film Festival has it all.
April 26, 2019; Cheyenne Saloon, 128 W. Church St.; whiskeybusinessorlando.com
At this upscale and sophisticated event, guests can sample their way across continents to discover the best scotches, bourbons and whiskeys.
May 14-27, 2019; Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St.; orlandofringe.org
Thespians from all over the world descend on the theater complex at Loch Haven for two weeks of performances.
May 18, 2019; Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave.; orlandoweeklytickets.com
Celebrating American Craft Beer Week, this daylong beer festival on the shore of Lake Ivanhoe spotlights more than 100 varieties of American craft brews, along with live music, games and giveaways.
May 16-19, 2019; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; megaconorlando.com
Central Florida's largest comic convention brings in big names from the worlds of television, film, comics and more for a huge celebration of pop culture.
June 1-30, 2019; multiple locations; bite30.com
A monthlong celebration of the best food Central Florida has to offer, with special prix fixe menus at each participating restaurant.
June 20, 2019; Orchid Garden, 126 W. Church St.; bitenightorlando.com
Bite Night transforms the historic Orchid Garden Ballroom into a foodie wonderland featuring samples from dozens of Orlando's best-loved chefs and restaurants.
One Magical Weekend
May 31-June 3, 2019; multiple locations; onemagicalweekend.com
LGBT-friendly organized trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts during the day, themed parties every night.
Fireworks at the Fountain
July 4, 2019; Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; orlando.gov
Nothing says patriotism like the "oohs" and "ahhs" elicited by the choreographed firework and light show at Lake Eola each year.
Tacos & Tequila
July 20, 2019; Cheyenne Saloon, 128 W. Church St.; tacosandtequilaorlando.com
Peak-taco deniers get to try dozens of takes on everyone's favorite Tex-Mex one-handed treat – along with plenty of tequila and cerveza.
Best of Orlando
Aug. 21, 2019; The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave.; orlandoweekly.com
Annual party in honor of Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando winners. If you snag a ticket to this exclusive party, congratulations: We like you.
Halloween Horror Nights
Sept. 6-Nov. 2, 2019; Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd.; halloweenhorrornights.com
This year's Halloween Horror Nights features a Stranger Things house, and that's probably all you need to know.
Cocktail: The Event
Sept. 27, 2019; location TBA; orlandoweekly.com
A celebration of Orlando's cocktail scene, with samples from the city's best bars and speakeasies along with live entertainment.
Come Out With Pride
Oct. 12, 2019; Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St.; comeoutwithpride.com
Our favorite downtown parade party celebrates the LGBTQ community.
Big Gay Brunch
Oct. 12, 2019; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; orlandoweekly.com
Before the big gay parade, come eat and drink with Orlando Weekly and check out surprise performances.
Orlando Film Festival
Oct. 17-24, 2019; Cobb Plaza Cinema Café, 155 S. Orange Ave.; orlandofilmfest.com
The Orlando Film Festival has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and now brings hundreds of independent films and filmmakers downtown for a week of screenings, panels and parties.
Creative City Project: Immerse
Oct. 18-19, 2019; Downtown; creativecityproject.com
The Creative City Project offers up a whole weekend of live performing arts scattered throughout public spaces in the heart of downtown Orlando.
October 2019 (dates TBA); Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive; spookyempire.com
This convention for horror fans brings celebs, makeup specialists, tattoo artists and more for a ghoulishly fun weekend.
Central Florida Veg Fest
Oct. 26, 2019; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; cfvegfest.org
Chow down on some cruelty-free cooking at this event for vegetarians, vegans and open-minded omnivores. Learn about veg living and get an up-close look at some of the animals spared when you opt for a salad instead of a Baconator.
Fall Fiesta in the Park
Nov. 2-3, 2019; Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St.; 407-855-0606; fiestainthepark.com
This biannual block party brings vendors, entertainment, food and more to downtown's Lake Eola Park. (Also happens the first full weekend of April.)
Orlando Greek Fest
Nov. 1-3, 2019; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland; 407-331-4687; orlandogreekfest.com
Enjoy authentic Greek food, music and dancing, along with a huge indoor market for Greek goods, including imported olives.
Orlando Beer Festival
Nov. 9, 2019; Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; orlandobeerfestival.com
Orlando's only large-scale legitimate craft beer festival that attracts brewers and guests from all over Florida.
Florida Blue Florida Classic
Nov. 23, 2019; Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place; floridaclassic.org
Annual football game between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M.
Sweet and Savory
Dec. 5, 2019; Location TBA; orlandoweekly.com
A night of desserts, drinks and delicious dishes, served up by top local and regional artisans.
Christmas in the Park
Dec. 5, 2019; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; morsemuseum.org
The Morse Museum decorates Central Park with stained glass windows and the Bach Festival Choir performs a Christmas concert.
Grandma Party Bazaar
December 2019 (date TBA); Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; instagram.com/grandma_party
Handmade crafts from local artisans and live music from local bands make this our favorite stop for holiday shopping.
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Jan. 1, 2020; Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place; buffalowildwingscitrusbowl.com
The Citrus Bowl plays host to one of the BCS games every New Year's Day.
Central Florida Scottish Highland Games
Jan. 18-19, 2020; Central Winds Park, 1000 Central Winds Drive, Winter Springs; flascot.com
Annual weekend of caber tossing, axe throwing, sheep-herding, drinking, eating and dancing.
Jan. 17-20, 2020; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; 407-514-2000; osc.org
Showcase of cutting-edge technology from industry leaders, providing a glimpse of the not-too-distant future.
January 2020 (dates TBA), downtown Eatonville, Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville, zorafestival.org
Eatonville's most famous writer gets a festival in her honor every year featuring live music, arts and educational activities.
Feb. 15, 2020; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; 407-246-4278; mennellomuseum.org
The Mennello hosts this daylong outdoor concert in the sculpture garden with food and drink vendors every Valentine's Day weekend.
Lunar New Year Dragon Parade
February 2020 (date TBA), Mills 50, centralflorida dragonparade.org
This Lunar New Year celebration recently returned home from a brief exile to Fashion Square.
Orlando Chili Cook-Off
February 2020 (date TBA); Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St.; orlandochilicookoff.com
This event brings the heat with more than 100 different types of chili to sample, the World Chili Eating Championship competition, live music and more.
Florida Strawberry Festival
February-March, 2020 (dates TBA); Florida Strawberry Festival, 2209 W. Oak Ave., Plant City; 813-752-9194; flstrawberryfestival.com
One of the biggest agricultural fairs in the state routinely brings in big names for concerts, along with all the rides and festival food you can handle.
Arab Festival Orlando
March 2020 (dates TBA); Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St.; 407-246-4484; aaccflorida.org
Try plenty of Middle Eastern food while seeing live performances on the bandshell stage.
Central Florida Fair
March 2020 (dates TBA); Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; centralfloridafair.com
Showcasing the best in midway rides, live entertainment, livestock and fried foods.
Orlando Caribbean Festival
March 2020 (dates TBA), Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; centralfloridafair.com
Celebration of Central Florida's Caribbean connections, with live music, DJs, food, dancing and more.
Orlando Holi Festival
March 2020 (dates TBA); Bill Frederick Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road; 407-814-7501; facebook.com/ indianhorizonoffloridainc
Celebrate the Hindi spring festival with plenty of colored powder to throw at each other.
Thundering Spirit Pow Wow
March 2020 (dates TBA); Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 State Highway 441, Mount Dora; thunderingspiritfamily.com
Annual Native American culture festival with drumming, dancing, crafts and food.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
March 2020 (dates TBA); Central Park, Winter Park; wpsaf.org
Browse through booths from tons of artists and vendors at one of the country's oldest, largest and most prestigious juried art festivals.