What’s a better time to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather than Summer? Of course in Orlando, the theme parks always offer up tons of fun, but there are plenty of local favorites that take place every year during the summer months as well. There is so much to do in Orlando for Summer that it was impossible to list every activity, but we’ve dug up the very best Summer events to keep you (and your kids) entertained.
Visit the MoviEola site here for movie schedules from April to August.
Lake Eola Park, East Lawn
512 East Washington Street, Orlando
This annual Summer tradition on the last Friday of the month from April to August features games like croquet and cornhole, followed by a family friendly film. This year’s lineup features Inside Out, Goosebumps, Cinderalla, Jurassic World, and Minions.
There’s a different glass pickup location every month.
June’s pickup is at —
Graffiti Junktion Thornton Park
900 E Washington Street, Orlando
Thornton Park is known as “Downtown for Grownups,” and with their wine and art walks, it’s easy to see why. Fifteen dollars gets you a wine glass where you’ll be able to go to over 25 different locations and be greeted with a complimentary pour of wine, and not to mention there’ll be plenty of live music, art vendors, and food along the way! Visit the Facebook event page here to keep updated on glass pickup for each month.
June 18th – June 19th, 2016
Central Florida Fair and Expo Center
4306 W Colonial Drive, Orlando
Jurassic Quest is heading to Orlando for the first time ever in 2016, and is the perfect event for kids. Jurassic Quest features over 80 life size, ultra-realistic, animatronic Dinosaurs that you can interact with – some you can even ride! There will also be a ton of other Dinosaur related activities to enjoy, from fossil digging, face painting, a “Dino Bounce” house, Dino crafts, and much, much more. Visit the Jurassic Quest site here for tickets.
June 18th, 2016
Orlando Festival Park
2911 East Robinson Street, Orlando
The Festival of the Sea is an annual family friendly event designed around the love of seafood. Food vendors will be present serving up the finest seafood in Orlando, and arts and crafts vendors will be there as well. The kids also get to join in on the fun with their own designated play area. Visit the festival’s event site here to buy tickets.
Father’s Day BBQ Lunch Buffet featuring Die Hard
June 19th, 2016
1300 S Orlando Avenue, Maitland
If your dad enjoys great BBQ and one of the greatest action films ever made, Die Hard, then Enzian Theater’s Father’s Day BBQ Brunch is perfect for him. All guests attending will get to watch the movie and enjoy a huge BBQ brunch buffet, and, in addition, all dads will receive one free Yuengling. Visit Enzian’s site here for details.
July 2nd, 2016
1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando
Come to rock out at Central Florida’s wildest music fest, featuring bands such as The Story So Far, Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive, and Sum 41. Buy tickets through Warped’s website here.
July 4th, 2016
Celebration Town Center
701 Front Street, Celebration
Disney’s very own town is the perfect spot to spend Independence Day. All day there will be concerts, a parade through the streets, food vendors, activities for the kids, and of course magnificent fireworks at night. Visit Celebration’s site here for more details.
July 14th – July 17th, 2016
Audobon Park Garden District
3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando
Every year for France’s Bastille Day (which is July 12th,) Orlando’s quirkiest neighborhood, Audubon Park, puts on a festival for the ages. Marie Antoinette shows up for autographs, you can duel with baguettes, there’s a wine and cheese pairing, as well as plenty of French treats and trinkets to marvel at along the way. And new this year is the Bastille Day Bubbles Sip and Stroll! Visit the Bastille Day Celebration event page here for more info updates as July gets closer.
July 16th, 2016
Wall Street Plaza
Wall Street, Orlando
Now in its 11th year, the Crazy 80’s Pub Crawl completely takes over downtown Orlando in one of the largest Orlando pub crawls ever. You’ll receive 4 complimentary drinks and drink specials all night from each of the locations you stop at. And not to mention there’ll be 80’s music to jam out to all night long! Buy tickets here.
July 29th, 2016
8001 International Drive, Orlando
“Florida’s Favorite Anime Convention” once again takes place in Orlando, where a showcase of all things related to Japanese animation and pop culture will be featured. Ticket information is here.
August 27th, 2016
Central Florida Fairgrounds
4603 W Colonial Drive, Orlando
If you like all things vintage, homemade, and out of the norm (I know I do,) you’ll love the Big Bang Bazaar; now in its second year at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Enjoy handmade/vintage arts and crafts from a huge amount of local vendors, including clothing, jewelry, original art, housewares, and more; as well as a free photo booth, the Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls, local treats and movies playing all day. And as always, parking and admission is completely free! Visit the official website here for more details.