Fall isn’t officially here until September 21st, but if you’re like me, you break out the oversize sweaters and pumpkin flavored everything on September 1st. (Okay, I admit it, I may have started in August.) Anyway, in addition to the many festivals and events going on at the theme parks, Orlando has plenty of events to satisfy even the pickiest of locals. Of course, they’ll be plenty of Halloween fun to be had, but there’s also Oktoberfest, brunch love, art fests, and a 25th anniversary tribute to the classic 90’s film Hook. Check out our 11 picks below, and let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page!

 

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United We Brunch

 

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

 

Orchid Garden at Church Street

 

126 W Church Street, Orlando

 

Everyone loves brunch, and Orlando has some of the best brunches around. Join other brunch lovers as Orlando’s best brunch destinations unite to throw down with Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, beer and cocktails, live entertainment, and plenty of brunch tastings! This event sold out quickly in March so be sure to get your tickets soon.

 

 

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10th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration!

 

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

 

Orlando Brewing

 

1301 Atlanta Avenue, Orlando

 

Kick off the fall season with one of Orlando’s most authentic Oktoberfests, complete with German music and accordion performances, a Best Dressed of Oktoberfest contest, a Most Revered Beard Competition, and of course plenty of German food and beer!

 

 

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Return of the Lost Boys Hosted By  RUFIOOOO

 

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

 

The Copper Rocket Pub

 

106 Lake Ave, Orlando

 

BANGARANG! This party is going to be out of this world. (Can you tell I’m excited?) It’s the 25th anniversary of the movie Hook starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts, and Copper Rocket Pub is getting all of the lost boys back together, including Rufio himself, Dante Basco. (!!!) Become a kid again as the pub is turned into Neverland complete with pirates, Tink, Hook, and Pan; there will be an insult contest on stage, and even a food fight! And the best part is that all of the proceeds of the show will go to one of Robin’s favorite charities, St. Jude’s Hospital.

 

 

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Grimnoir (A Victorian-themed Halloween art show.)

 

Friday, September 30th  – Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

 

Art Gallery at Mills Park

 

1650 Mills Ave N, Orlando

 

If you like art and you like the darker side of life, you’ll love Grimnoir, a Victorian-themed art show featuring brand new work from local artists. Admission is free so what do you have to lose?

 

 

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ARTlando

 

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

 

Orlando Loch Haven Park

 

900 E Princeton St, Orlando

 

Art never gets old, so come out to ARTlando, a one day art festival that will feature 80+ artists covering the lawn, selling and creating art. There will be interactive exhibits including a Toyota ‘paint by numbers’ exhibit where the community will cover an entire Toyota with art, performing arts all throughout the day and night (ARTlando After Dark,) cultural attractions at the Orlando Museum of Art, a Kid’s Zone, and more!

 

 

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Zombietoberfest

 

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

 

Park Avenue CDs

 

2916 Corrine Drive, Orlando

 

Orlando’s favorite family-friendly block party is back with local vendors, food trucks, drink specials, kids activities, costume contests and more. Orlando Weekly declared Zombietoberfest one of the “Top Ten Things to do Before You Die,” so take their advice while you still can!

 

 

Spooky Empire

 

Spooky Empire

 

Friday, October 7th – Sunday, October 9th, 2016

 

Orange County Convention Center

 

9800 International Drive, Orlando

 

Spooky Empire is a mecca for all things horror and Halloween, with celebrity lineups that have included stars like Neve Campbell, John Carpenter, George Romero, and Jamie Kennedy, just to name a few. (This year three stars of Stranger Things will be present!) I’ve seen Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street) two different years and he always has a great time with his fans. The merchandise is phenomenal, and there are also celebrity panels where you learn more about films from the stars themselves, film screenings, a tattoo festival, a massive party at night, and plenty more.

 

 

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The Festival of Bacon 2016

 

Saturday, October 8th – Sunday, October 9th, 2016

 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

 

445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando

 

Do you like things smothered, wrapped, or covered in bacon?Do you look forward to getting up in the morning just so you can eat more bacon? Well, if you do, The Festival of Bacon is for you! The Festival of Bacon is an 8-hour bacon smorgasbord, where Orlando’s top restaurants and food vendors come together to celebrate bacon by creating delicious treats using bacon. In addition, there will also be live music from local acts, bacon beverages, and more! 25+ restaurants will even be competing to win the “Best of Bacon” award.

 

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ARToberFEST

 

Saturday, October 15th – Sunday, October 16th, 2016

 

Winter Springs Town Center, Winter Springs

 

Come out to beautiful Winter Springs for ARToberFEST 2016, and enjoy plenty of artwork, live entertainment, kids crafts, and German food and beer!

 

 

Totally 80s Prom Halloween Costume Party Orlando

 

Totally 80’s Prom Halloween Costume Party

 

Friday, October 21st, 2016

 

The Abbey

 

100 S Eola Drive #100, Orlando

 

At The Abbey’s pre-Halloween Totally 80’s Prom Halloween Costume Party, you get to dress up as your favorite 80’s character and hang out with other 80’s characters while jamming to 80’s music all night long! Costumes are optional but obviously encouraged. I’m hoping there’s bonus points if you wear an actual 80’s prom dress.

 

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Orlando Beer Festival

 

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

 

16 W Pine St, Orlando

 

The ever popular Orlando Beer Festival is back and better than ever, and you’ll be able to sample craft and premium beers from local breweries and around the world. Not to mention there’ll be plenty of interactive games and live music all afternoon as well. Pre-Sale tickets are sold out online but there are plenty of Advance General Admission tickets and VIP tickets left.

 

 

 

 

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