Are your RV travel plans steering you towards Orlando this winter? If so, you’re probably looking for something special to do or a one-of-a-kind event to attend. Luckily the Sunshine State is always alive with things to do. From theme park festivals to cultural events you can only find locally, winter events in Orlando will have you slowing down, stopping for fun and enjoying a break from the open road.
1. Busch Gardens Real Music Concert Series
January 5-March 6, 2015, Tampa
Make a stop in Tampa and listen to the grooves of live music spanning the 1950s to today. Real Music Concerts are free with a Busch Gardens ticket so you can also spend the day at the park exploring animal habitats and hop on a ride or two if you’re a thrill seeker. The line-up for 2015 includes Herman’s Hermits, Shirley Jones, The Diamonds, The Grass Roots and more. Concerts are held at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
2. Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza
February 7, 2015 9am to 4pm Magnolia Park
Get close to nature during this second annual event. Birdapalooza celebrates the rich variety of birds and wildlife found in the natural habitat of Lake Apopka, Florida. During your day at Florida’s third largest lake, take part in free birding tours and outdoor recreation. If you’re a bird enthusiast you’ll delight at spotting rare birds like bald eagles, great blue herons, snowy egrets and mottled ducks.
3. Mount Dora Arts Festival
February 7-8, 2015 10am to 5pm Donnelly Park
Listen to local and regional musical talent while browsing endless rows of fine art. It’s a true day in the park during the Mount Dora Arts Festival. The juried arts show is located in Downtown Mount Dora, a quant New England-esque town bordering Lake Dora. It’s a beautiful backdrop for an event that is artistic yet casual. Come hungry, too, as a food vendors and local downtown restaurants will be serving great food at reasonable prices.
4. Florida Strawberry Festival
February 26-March 8, 2015, Plant City
Remember a time when fairs and festivals brought communities together? The Florida Strawberry Festival strives to do that each year with their Americana and harvest themed event. Over the course of eleven days, a myriad of events and exhibits occur. Look forward to exhibits on agriculture, fine arts, horticulture and crafts, as well as parades, marching bands and top notch entertainment acts such as Alabama, Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, Dan+Shay, John Legend, Boyz II Men, Loretta Lynn, Hunter Hayes, MercyMe and many, many more. You may be asking why the event is held in Plant City. It’s actually the perfect place as more than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually.
5. Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras
February 7-April 18, 2015
You may be in the heart of Florida, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of The Big Easy. On select nights, Universal Orlando hosts Mardi Gras – a larger-than-life extravaganza,
featuring an amazing concert line-up, a jazzy mix of Cajun cuisine, see-it-to-believe-it street performers and boldly fashioned parade floats. Each night of Universal Studios Mardi Gras is a party! Purchase Universal Orlando tickets to ensure you’re invited to Mardi Gras – Florida style!
Looking for more? Mark your map for these bonus stops.
Bonus 1: Lakeridge Winery hosts free festivities, wine tours and tastings. Plus, a Winter Wine Festival is held each Saturday night in January and WINEFEST XXV takes place February 13-15, 2015.
Bonus 2: Love classic cars? Old Town in Kissimmee hosts classic car shows each Friday and Saturday. On Wednesdays, doo-wop music, dancing and a cruise-in add a throwback element to the fun.
Bonus 3: Want to sit back, relax and listen to music? Head to The Villages. A variety of concerts are held throughout the year, with January and February playing host to Silver Creek Band, The 45s, Doo Wop ‘n Rock, Prairie Junction Band and a variety of others.
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