Central Florida is a fantastic place to be in May. The weather is good (when is it never?), the roads aren’t too congested and the parks are quiet enough for most of the month to let you enjoy all the attractions with relatively low wait times for most attractions.
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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2022
Spring is well and truly in full bloom during May in Orlando, more so in Epcot than anywhere else. During the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, you can feast your eyes on the millions of spectacular blooms, attend seminars held by Disney horticulturists and get top tips from gardening experts. Plus, there’s plenty of live music during the Garden Rocks Concert Series.
Wine and dine around the world and shop for exclusive garden related items throughout the kiosks around the festival. Take your mouth on a mission to taste your way around outdoor kitchens.
There’s plenty more for kids at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival including interactive play areas and a field excursion. They can even receive an education about the Disney Conservation Fund.
Where: Epcot, Walt Disney World
When: March 2nd – July 4th 2022
Web: Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
SeaWorld Seven Seas Festival
The Seven Seas Festival at SeaWorld continues in Orlando in April and is perfect for a food and music fix. All concerts and main events are held each Saturday and Sunday
Make your way around global markets sampling Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes. Wash it all down with local and international craft brews, more than 50 wines and spirits. Non-alcoholic specialty drinks are also available.
You can purchase a 10 item Food & Brew Package for $50 or 15 items for $65. Passholders can get 20 items for $65.
Sunset Walk Entertainment
- Show Car Saturday Nights – 4-10pm
Every Saturday, vintage cars from 1987 or earlier line up to share the love for these classic beautifies. There’s a live DJ and party atmosphere too, followed by live music.
- Cinco de Mayo Street Party – May 5th 2022 – 5pm – The Rundown live, including a Special Tribute Set to Maná, Latin America’s No. 1 selling rock band! DJ Gabriel spinning the very best Latin Pop, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and more! Street performers including The Tres Amigos, food and beverage specials including margaritas and mojitos. FREE admission and parking. Outdoor event, rain or shine.
- Car & Truck Show – Sunday May 8th 2022 – 11am to 2pm
Classic cars and trucks collectors from all eras showcase their vehicles. DJ Don pumps out classic rock music
- Teen Driver Challenge – May 14th 2022 – 4-8pm – ASaturday filled with cars, trucks, family fun and fundraising. Benefiting the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Teen Driver Education Program. The Teen Driver Challenge is an advanced driving course designed to provide young drivers with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to reduce the chances of being involved in a crash. The 10-hour program is offered free of charge to all teens between the ages of 15 and 19 who have had at least a learner’s permit for six months. For additional information regarding the Teen Driver Challenge, please visit the Florida Sheriff’s Association website here.
- Sunset Live – Fridays & Saturdays – 7-11pm
Head to Promenade Plaza Stage for regional bands every Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 9pm
- The Market at The Promenade at Sunset Walk – Saturdays – 4-8pm featuring local Craft and Specialty Vendors from across Central Florida.
- Live Music – several bars and restaurants in Sunset Walk offer live entertainment from local artists. Check the calendar of events for updates.
- Memorial Day Weekend – Live performances, a DJ, street performers and food & beverage specials and more. See BELOW for full info
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St John’s River Festival of The Arts
Downtown Sanford is the location for this art festival featuring over 150 artists. Along with the art show, which also boasts chalk artists, there is live acoustic music and food vendors. Some of the best artists in the country are present, some giving live demonstrations. Throw in some audience participation and you are guaranteed a great day out. Admission is free.
Where: Downtown Historic Sanford, 32771 FL
When: April 30th – May 1st 2022 (10am – 6pm on Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday)
Web: St Johns River Festival of The Arts
Champions Evening Roundtable Event
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for intimate discussions with some of boxing’s greatest while supporting Ringside Charitable Trust and Kids Beating Cancer.
Champions from different generations come together in mediated discussions creating an inspiring evening for the avid boxing fan and the average person alike.
Take a close look at the generational changes in boxing as well as first-hand accounts of what it takes to rise to the top of the sport. What’s more, the fighters will share in their own words what happens when the spotlight fades.
Having no professional union or organizational support, retired boxers suffering from hardship are often left to struggle alone. From traumatic brain injury to depression, the landmines of life after a fighting career are difficult to navigate without support.
When: Friday May 6th 2022
Where: JW Marriott Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, Griffin Ballroom, 14900 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
Web: Champions Evening
A Night In My Shoes Black Tie Gala
Celebrate the human spirit at A Night in My Shoes Black Tie Gala Affair, benefiting Kids Beating Cancer and Ringside Charitable Trust.
Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Recognizing these children and families are fighting the biggest battle, our fundraising efforts help to ensure kids receive the best treatment possible, regardless of the financial situations of their families.
It’s time to put on your finest black tie and gowns for our Black Tie Gala, an opulent, evening-long celebration of the power of the human spirit. Start the evening mingling over drinks and live music before making your way to the luxe Griffin Ballroom where you’ll be served a five-star meal with other guests. Celebrations and dancing will continue into the night with live performances all night long featuring some of Motown’s greatest hits, with a silent auction running throughout the evening.
Enjoy musical performer Michael Andrew, The Gerry Williams Band, SirJac as Prince, and immersive entertainment from Orlando’s own Nick Comis.
When: Saturday May 7th 2022
Where: JW Marriott Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, Griffin Ballroom, 14900 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
Web: A Night in My Shoes
It’s Blueberry Season
Throughout May, you can pick your own blueberries at lots of blueberry farms all around Central Florida. Southern Hill Farms offer blueberry picking with 8 different delicious varieties.
There’s a covered playground for kids and an observation deck offering panoramic views over farmland. At weekends they offer food trucks for some local eats.
Hop on the Blueberry Express, a 25 minute ride on a converted cotton picker or head over to Southernhill Market for homemade blueberry muffins, cobbler and blueberry lemonade.
Where: 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, Florida (Closed Mondays)
Web: Southern Hill Farms
Mayfaire by the Lake Fine Arts Festival
Held on Mother’s Day Weekend each year, this event has blossomed into one of Central Florida’s largest outdoor arts festivals.
Around 165 artists display creations from clay to jewelry and painters of all categories. There a hands-on children’s Art Tent where the kids can create a unique gift to give to Mom for Mother’s Day.
Food and beverage vendors will offer an endless supply of everyone’s favorites. Corn dogs and funnel cakes will keep the kids (and some Moms and Dads) happy.
On Saturday May 11th, the fun continues into the night at Lake Mirror, just two blocks north of Lake Morton, with live music, picnics, food trucks, bouncy castle, a 5K run and a fireworks show.
Free parking and shuttle service is available and entrance is free.
Where: Lakeland Public Library, Downtown Lakeland, FL 33801
When: May 7th & 8th 2022 from 9am – 4pm.
Web: Mayfaire by-the-Lake
SeaWorld Electric Ocean
As the sun sets, the music starts along with a range of fun and festivities and fireworks.
SeaWorld Electric Ocean features:
- Sea Lions Tonight – the ever popular Clyde and Seamore show and don’t miss the fun mime act prior to the show!
- Live DJ – The Waterfront comes alive with a mix of electrifying music for you to dance, enjoy and party.
- A Taste of Seven Seas – Enjoy delicious food from a featured food market through August 9th.
- Light Up The Sky – The night closes with this music, lights, fireworks, and pyrotechnic spectacular over the lagoon.
When: Select Dates May 27th – September 5th 2022
Info: SeaWorld Electric Ocean
Busch Gardens Summer Celebration
The thrill rides at Busch Gardens in Tampa are some of the best in Florida.
The “Screamathon” goes off the rails as you get strapped in to SheiKra, Montu, Kumba, Falcon’s Fury or Cheetah Hunt. In the Dark. Brand new ride, Tigris is also open for night riders.
Summer Nights has themed party zones with exclusive summer food and drinks menu. Join in the dance parties or watch the Turn It Up! Ice Show.
All Summer Nights events are included in regular admission.
When: Nightly May 27th to Augus 7th 2022
Where: Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL 33612
Web: Summer Nights Busch Gardens
Megacon Orlando 2022
The biggest science fiction, horror and anime event in the southeast comes to Orlando in August.
4 days of mixing with comic book stars including Jason Momoa, Michael J. Fox, Lynda Carter, David Tennant, Christopher Lloyd, Kiefer Sutherland and on…and on…and on… You get the picture.
There’s a huge amount of attractions at the event, including: Master of Cosply Southeast qualifier; Celebrity Photo Ops; Autograph Sessions; Tattoo Pavilion; Artist Alley; Star Wars Events by the 501st Legion plus many, many more.
See Megacon Attractions for the full line up.
Plenty of stars will be happy to sign autographs and pose for photo’s (book your slot) or just be cool dudes.
Cosplay guests are in abundance including Jessica Nigri, Soni Aralynn and plenty more. Check out the website to find out when your favorite celebrities will be in attendance.
When: May 19th – 22nd 2022
Where: Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819
Web: Megacon Orlando
Promenade at Sunset Walk: Memorial Day Weekend
To honor the men and women of the military that have died in service to our country, Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando are holding an outdoor Memorial Day weekend celebration. There will be live performances, a DJ, street performers and food & beverage specials and more.
The event is free for everyone.