Even though we are already halfway through September, that does not mean there are not several activities left to end the month with a bang! I honestly can’t even decide which event I’m more excited for, Food & Wine, Halloween Horror Nights, or the several local events going on around the city!
For starters, FOOD & WINE STARTS TODAY! For those of you who don’t know what that is, Food & Wine Festival takes place at Epcot once a year for about two months. On a normal day Epcot has 11 countries for you to enjoy. During this time, several more countries come in and give you the opportunity to try select dishes and beverages (this takes drinking around the world to a whole new level)! This is set up around the World Showcase and these appetizer sized options are typically priced between $3-$8. Not only is there an insane amount of food and drinks to choose from, but they also bring in live music to entertain the Disney-goers for the day! It’s pretty fantastic. However, once you walk in and get your passport to travel the world, it can be a bit overwhelming. How do you choose which country you want to go first? You want it all! This menu will help you narrow down the places you truly want to try. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Just so happens that Food & Wine isn’t the only thing that starts this week. Get ready to enjoy Halloween Horror Nights starting this Friday, Sept 16th, from 6:30pm-1am! This event continues until Oct 31st, so you’re even able to spend your Halloween night screaming for your life! Now my suggestion to you is to go during a weekday! I love everything about HHN, except for their lines. Yes, you can pay to have the Express Pass, but that’s almost the price of the ticket and you’ll still be waiting in lines. If you’re looking to have a quick, jam-packed night of scare zones and creepy houses then you can get a ticket for $55.99 during a weekday and do just that! If you’re on the other end where you want to take your time and not feel rushed then I would suggest getting a Frequent Fear Pass of some sort (they have several options). My favorite is the basic Frequent Fear. You can avoid the weekends and still have 2-3 days a week to choose from! This is also a great option if you’re not an annual passholder because they do have some great rides open to the public! Universal does have some rules regarding what is allowed in and what’s not so make sure you’re aware before you go!
If you’re looking for a Halloween event that’s more tame, then Mickey’s Not So Scary is perfect for you! The price ranges anywhere from $72-$105, depending on the night you select. This began on Sept 2nd and goes until Oct 31st on select nights at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Here you will be able to dress up (if you’re under 14) and go trick-or-treating, meet some fabulous Disney Characters, and watch special shows only available to you on these nights!
Finally some events going on in Orlando that don’t involve theme parks! I will section it out weekly for you so it makes things easier to find.
Beginning on Thursday, Sept 15th, Winter Park has the Sip, Shop & Stroll event from 5-8pm located on Park Avenue. This is $25 and allows you to discover local shops and restaurants while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres! Saturday, Sept 17th, is a full day of activities! Let’s start off with the Rock n’ Run 5k at 7:30am around Secret Lake Park. This race is $33 if you register by 6pm on Friday, Sept 16th and is $38 day of. Jump to 12pm (ending at 3pm), there is the United We Brunch for $45-$65, which includes brunch tastings, Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, beer, cocktails, and live entertainment. This is located at the Orchid Garden Ballroom. Once you’re finished brunchin’ you can take just a few extra steps and end up at the OCS PreMatch Block Party from 4-7:30pm. The block party will have live music and $2 Heinekens and all proceeds go to the Come Out With Pride Kickoff Event on Church St. in Oct, so that’s pretty cool! After the block party, the game begins! Head on over to Camping World Stadium to watch Orlando City Soccer take on Columbus Crew at 7:30pm. There are busses downtown that will take you to and from the game for free. Maybe you’re not that interested in soccer, that’s okay! There is the Live from Orlando, it’s Science Night Live! event going on at the Orlando Science Center starting at 8pm and ending at 11:30pm. You must be 21+ to attend and it’s $15.95; unless you’re a member, therefore it’s free. WOW! It’s been such a busy week! It doesn’t stop there. Every Sunday morning from 10am-4pm there is a farmers market around Lake Eola and it is always very alive with people! Not only are there several vendors with anything from food to munch on to flowers to put in your home, but you can also get active with the yoga class off to the side. This class is open to the public and is $5. Yogi or not, it’s definitely something to check out!
The following week (Sept 19-25) has some great events as well! Wednesday, Sept 21st going from 7-10pm, we have Drink Around the Hood, which is always popular! It is $15 ($20 day of), takes place in The Ivanhoe Village Main St. District, and occurs the third Wednesday of every month! Also on Wednesday there is the Magic Mike Fifty Shades of Magic Show starting at 8pm. This event is $15 and is at The Copper Rocket Pub in Maitland, FL. In addition, an event I have been looking forward to for quite some time, Cirque Du Soleil: OVO is finally in town! This goes from Sept 21-25th at the Amway Center located in downtown Orlando. If you’ve never seen a Cirque show, I can tell you it’s truly thrilling to watch and definitely worth it. They will have you on the edge of your seat! Finally, Sunday, Sept 25th, The International Food & Drink Festival is happening from 11am-7pm on I-Drive 360, Home of the Orlando Eye! If you don’t have the budget to go to Disney’s Food & Wine, I would definitely check this out!
With the holidays coming, this brings even more events to Orlando! I am going to add a calendar shortly that way it is easier to look up events for specific days. I hope this was helpful with your Orlando journey and you never stop having fun!
Until next time; keep wandering!