Full Slate of April Festivals in Orlando
As promised in our last edition of Experience Orlando, there are even more opportunities to attend April festivals in Orlando. So if you’re headed to Orlando and looking for something “local” to enjoy, just take a moment and read thru all the events below that await you!
April Festivals in Orlando
UCF Celebrates the Arts
Friday 4/06 – Saturday 4/14
As the name suggests, this festival can best be described as a true celebration of the arts. Set to take place at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando, this schedule of events promises to deliver something for all. Here are just a few of the headliners:
Perhaps best known for her role on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik shows she can do a lot more than just put up with the antics of Sheldon. In this unique presentation, entitled The Big Bang Theory: Making Science Cool (& Funny), Mayim blends science and humor to explore and share how the brain works with her audience.
In what promises to be a “swinging evening of music,” you won’t want to miss this performance of Imagine Something Wonderful: The Flying Horse Big Band Meets the UCF Orchestra. Featuring special guests Veronica Swift, T-Bone, and The Jazz Professors, this eclectic lineup is sure to blow the roof off the house.
Visitors can also enjoy Bernstein’s Mass: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers. This is an impressive collaboration of the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theater UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni in a tribute to musical legend Leonard Bernstein.
Other events scheduled are Exhibits, Performances and Talks, Readings, and much more! For a complete list, admission, and ticket info, please visit: http://arts.cah.ucf.edu/
Florida Film Festival
Friday 4/06 – Sunday 4/15
Movie goers will be hitting the concession stands at this Oscar®-qualifying 27th Annual Florida Film Festival. Billed as the “Festival with a Heart,” the event is set to feature over 180 films from 35 countries with over 20 World Premieres. It’s expected to draw over 23,000 attendees over the 10-day period for one of the top April festivals in Orlando.
Enjoy food, drinks, and cocktails, from some of Orlando’s finest local establishments. You won’t want to miss the Opening Night Party! Never know who you’ll run in to as this event is well attended by filmmakers and actors!
The festival is presented by Enzian, “Central Florida’s full-time, not-for-profit alternative cinema.” For a complete list of movie screenings, events, and ticket info, make sure to visit the official website at: www.floridafilmfestival.com/.
Fiesta in the Park
Saturday 4/07 – Sunday 4/08
This very popular family-friendly event features arts and crafts, vendors, and plenty of food choices. The event is set along the shores of beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. For more event information, please follow this link to our previous feature article: Fiesta in the Park.
Florida Music Festival
Thursday 4/12 – Saturday 4/14
Orlando will be rockin’ as music lovers of all genres will be flocking to this 18th annual musical event! Starting at 6 pm and jamming until 2 am nightly, the festival will feature over 50 artists on over a dozen stages thru-out downtown Orlando. Best of all, admission is FREE to all participating Showcase Venues thanks to the Downtown Development Board and Miller Lite. Most of the venues are “21+” so be sure to bring your ID with you for this April festival in Orlando.
As of the writing of this article, this year’s artist roster had yet to be posted. However, if past performers are any indication (Taylor Swift, Third Eye Blind among others) this year’s lineup will surely impress. Check back at the festival’s website at www.floridamusicfestival.com/ for the upcoming announcement.
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