Orlando Event Calendar: February 2023
We've rounded up the best events in February and beyond!
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE
Through Feb. 22: This is an immersive, interactive adventure that will take guests into a world of magic and fantasy as they enter the enchanted and cursed world of Beauty and the Beast for a Victorian cocktail party in a castle. Choose dates and times online. The Oliv Bar, 745 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 100, Orlando. explorehidden.com
NEVERLAND—THE LOST ADVENTURE
Through March 1: Explore Neverland and all the denizens who call it home in this 3/4 -mile interactive adventure perfect for Peter Pan’s Lost Boys and Girls. Choose dates and entry times online. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. dazzlingorlando.com
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Through Feb. 20: Let creativity shine with the trifecta of fabulous: artistic cuisine, visual arts and live entertainment. Browse the works of new and established artists, enjoy Disney songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway musicals and indulge in creative culinary masterpieces. Included with park admission. EPCOT, 200 Epcot Center Drive, Orlando. disneyworld.disney.go.com
LOVE IS LOVE PRIDE FEST 2023
Feb. 4: Join DeLand Pride and Support Volusia in Artisan Alley for celebration and affirmation in DeLand’s vibrant Arts, Culture & Entertainment District. Check out the marketplace, dance party, family-friendly drag shows, live entertainment, children’s activities and more. 2-9 p.m. Artisan Alley, DeLand. 386-232-8551. delandpride.org
TACO AND MARGARITA FESTIVAL
Feb. 4: This is why we live in Orlando. If you’re going to throw a festival, why not make it all about tacos, margaritas, live music, wrestling and carnival games? Noon. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-440-7900. campingworldstadium.com
UNIVERSAL’S MARDI GRAS—INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS OF CARNAVAL
Feb. 4-April 16: The party is global this year, with dancers and street performers from beyond the bayou and authentic parade floats straight out of New Orleans. Indulge in Cajun delights and sample cuisine inspired by Carnaval celebrations from around the world while getting down to Louisiana’s unique zydeco music. Included with regular admission to Universal Studios Florida. universalorlando.com
MORSE MUSEUM LECTURE SERIES
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art’s 2023 free lecture series will focus on historic preservation. 2:30 p.m. Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, 161 W. Canton Ave., Winter Park. 407-645-5311. morsemuseum.org
- Feb. 8: Preserving the Ephemeral—Interiors and Gardens, presented by University of Virginia Professor Richard Guy Wilson.
- March 22: Henrietta King’s 100+ Year Legacy—The Main House, presented by King Ranch archivist Lisa A. Neely.
- April 19: Hidden Treasures—Tiffany Windows at Woodlawn Cemetery, presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen.
ORLANDO PHIL’S RESONATE SERIES
Feb. 13 & 16-20: Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual festival begins with a Prelude Program of J.S. Bach’s epic Goldberg Variations, featuring pianist Steven Beck. All other programs feature artist-in-residence Anthony McGill. The Plaza Live 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. Box office: 407-770-0071. orlandophil.org
ORLANDO WETLANDS FESTIVAL
Feb. 18: Bring the family for a fun, hands-on day of learning about the importance of Florida’s ecological and water resources. Join guided hikes and tours to learn about birding, photography, native plant identification and aquatic animals. FYI: There will be live animals as well as trucks and equipment to explore. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Orlando Wetlands Park, 25155 Wheeler Road, Christmas. orlando.gov
BIG SALSA FESTIVAL
Feb. 24-27: Feel like dancing until 4 a.m.? If you love salsa and have always wanted to learn or are ready to step up your game, some of the brightest stars in Latin music are coming to Orlando to spice things up for beginners as well as masters in the art of dance. Preparty TBA Thursday; 1 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday. Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive, Orlando. bigsalsafestival.com
WINTER PARK FASHION WEEK
Feb. 25: The fashion event of the year comes early and is proving to be wildly popular after making a comeback in 2022 following a five-year hiatus. The much-anticipated runway show will take place at Full Sail Live and close out a week during which Winter Park’s clothiers, boutiques and designers will showcase their finest. The public is encouraged to visit Park Avenue’s shops to see the fashions that will be modeled in the show. Full Sail Live, 141 University Park Drive, Winter Park. 6 p.m. 407-920-2043. winterparkfw.com