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Orlando Music, Festivals & Events

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Orlando and Central Florida hosts numerous festival and events in the area that draw tourists and locals alike. These events provide great opportunities for day trips to the nearby events or for an a pre or post Orlando in stay in one of Central Floridas fine cities.

January

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, Titusville:The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is a 6-day annual event held in Brevard County, Florida the last week in January. The event offers educational field trips, classes and workshops that promote the conservation of nature.

 Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Tampa: Gasparilla Pirate Fest is the Tampa Bay's annual  unique and historic pirate themed festival which features the Gasparilla Invasion, Invasion Brunch, Parade of the Pirates and Invasion.

February

Daytona 500, Daytona Beach:The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. It is also the series' first race of the year; this phenomenon is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start.

Florida State Fair, Tampa: The Florida State Fair is a showcase of the best the state has to offer. Fairgoers can enjoy a spacious midway that provides more than 100 rides and games, fair food;  cotton candy, ice cream, and things fried!  Exhibitors come from all over the state to continue the tradition of showing off their handiwork, children participating in 4H and FFA are eager to show their skills and animals, and a visit to the Florida State Fair isn't complete without stepping back in time in Cracker Country; a rustic turn-of-the-century village.

Silver Spurs Rodeo, KissimmeeThe Silver Spurs Rodeo features a variety of exciting events held at the state-of-the-art, indoor Silver Spurs Arena such as Bareback Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping and even Mutton Bustin’ for the kids!  Admission is charged

Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City: This family-oriented event features arts, crafts, horticulture, livestock, agriculture, fine arts, rides, entertainment and so much more. The Mighty Bluegrass Show's Carnival features over 60 thrilling rides in the Midway. Younger festival-goers will get their own thrills in the Strawberry Patch Kiddy Corral.  There are art and photography displays, shoe box floats constructed by children, baby contests for the best decorated diaper and the diaper derby.

March

Bike Week, Daytona Beach: The "World's Largest Motorcycle Event" rolls into Daytona Beach for 10 days featuring motorcycle shows, exhibits, concerts, racing at Daytona International Speedway and street festivals. Bike Week has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. Bike Week activities take place at various locations throughout the Daytona Beach area. 

April

Dunedin Highland Games & Festival, Dunedin:  The Dunedin Celtic Festival is an annual event centered around Celtic Rock Music, craft beer, and the gathering of the clans. This is a rain or shine outdoor festival with two stages.  Each year the main stage features regional, national and international Celtic music artists along with the City of Dunedin Pipe Band.

July

Coke 400, Daytona Beach:First held in 1959, the event consists of 160 laps, 400 miles and is the second of two major stock car events held at Daytona on the Sprint Cup circuit, the other being the Daytona 500. Since its inception, it has been traditionally held on or around the United States' Independence Day.

September – November

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Orlando: Each fall, as the seasons transform, so too does Epcot; where dozens of unique flavors and fun experiences unfold across the park. Enjoy the pinnacle of food and wine celebrations, celebrity chef cooking demos and some of the most unique dining opportunities in the world. Taste food from over 25 global marketplaces, attend premium events, meet master mixologists, wine experts, and celebrated chefs while soaking up the music of the outdoor concerts.

October

Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach: This award winning, internationally-recognized event provides an opportunity for a weekend get-away to the fun, beaches, and sun of Daytona, Florida. Many activities will be available, including motorcycle shows and rallies, demonstration rides, and motorcycle action on the Daytona International Speedway.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights: The  twisted minds of Universal Orlando's Entertainment Team have created three original concept haunted houses for Halloween Horror Nights. Guest will "die" laughing in Googles & Gore Inc., experience the terror on a community in cannibalistic turmoil in Roarke- Cannibal  Colony and face the Horrors that exist in Dollhouse of the Damned.

December

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:  Start planning for a magical gathering in late 2014 with family, friends and familiar Disney faces. Held select nights in November and December, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers cheer and enchantment for all ages and interests.  Delight in the lights shimmering like ice on Cinderella Castle! And hum along with the holiday music that fills the air. It’s a time for wishes to come true!

  

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