Explore the World With These 11 Multicultural Festivals in Orlando

Explore the World With These 11 Multicultural Festivals in Orlando

The whole world doesn’t just vacation in Orlando –
it’s also represented at multicultural festivals throughout the area.

By Nate Shelton

Want an easy way to travel the world? Come to Orlando! During
the winter, spring and fall seasons, theme parks and local organizations honor
a broad range of cultures with festivals featuring authentic art, food, music
and performances. From a celebration of author Zora Neale Hurston to the
biggest Latin music event in Central Florida, here are our top 11 festivals to broaden
your horizons in Orlando.

Winter and Spring Multicultural
Festivals in Orlando

Nightly Parade at Universal Studios Florida’s Mardi Gras

Nightly Parade at Universal Studios Florida’s Mardi Gras

1. Mardi
Gras at Universal Studios Florida
: New Orleans’ biggest party of
the year comes to Universal Studios Florida every
spring. Running in 2018 from Feb. 3 to Apr. 7, and included with regular park
admission, this year’s edition will include a nightly parade, live concerts by
some of the biggest names in music, authentic Cajun cooking, a recreation of
New Orleans’ French Quarter, and – of course – beads. Learn more about the 2018 festival.

Try Global Street Food at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

Try Global Street Food at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

2. Seven
Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando
: Inspired by street food
from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this culinary
festival debuted at SeaWorld Orlando last year, and it
looks to be bigger and better in 2018. In addition to the food, you can also enjoy
local and seasonal craft brews, as well as live musical performances every
Saturday. This year’s edition is scheduled to run from Feb. 17 to Apr. 15.

Zora! Festival (image courtesy of The Preserve Eatonville Community)

Zora! Festival (image courtesy of The Preserve Eatonville Community)

3. Zora!
Festival
: This event celebrates the works and influences of prominent
author Zora Neale Hurston. Held on Jan. 26-28, the annual festival takes place in
Hurston’s hometown of Eatonville, about 15 minutes from downtown Orlando. Honoring
Hurston’s contributions to African-American culture, the event features “Zora’s
Village,” which offers arts, culture, heritage and STEM activities and
information, plus vendor booths.

Scottish Highland Games Presented by the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida

Scottish Highland Games Presented by the Scottish-American Society of
Central Florida

4. Central Florida Scottish Highland Games:
Presented by the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida, the 2018
Scottish Highland Games is scheduled for Jan 13-14 in Winter Springs, about 30
minutes from downtown Orlando. In addition to promoting Scottish history and
culture, the event features traditional Scottish athletics, dance, art, music
and food.

Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival in Downtown Orlando

Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival in Downtown Orlando

5. Florida Puerto Rican Parade and
Festival
: This April event starts with a vibrant parade through
downtown Orlando, culminating at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The fun then continues at the nearby Seneff Arts Plaza, with food, live music,
arts and crafts, and vendors. It’s part of the statewide Puerto Rican Parade
initiative, which holds simultaneous parades in cities across Florida.

Fall Multicultural Festivals in Orlando

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

6. Epcot
International Food & Wine Festival
: Held every fall at Walt Disney World Resort‘s Epcot, this event celebrates the worldwide
diversity of food, wine and other beverages. In 2017, the festival featured 35 global
kiosks, running from Aug. 31 to Nov. 13. Appearances from celebrity chefs, live
cooking demonstrations and live concerts are also part of the mix. Expect a
similar footprint when it returns in 2018.

Asian Cultural Expo in Orlando

Asian Cultural Expo in Orlando

7. Asian Cultural Expo: Produced
in conjunction with the Walgreens International Dragon Boat
Festival
in October, this free, one-day event showcases the wonders of
Asian culture through exhibitions, performances and crafts. Expect to see
demonstrations by martial-arts groups, dance troupes, vocalists and musicians.
Both festivals are held in Bill Frederick Park, about 15 minutes from downtown
Orlando.

For another taste of Asian culture, make plans to attend Shen Yun, the acclaimed stage production that honors traditional
Chinese culture. As part of its 2018 tour, the show will be held at the Dr.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando on Mar. 27-28, and tickets are available now.

Festival Calle Orange in Downtown Orlando (photo by Ramón Ortiz)

Festival Calle Orange in Downtown Orlando (photo by Ramón Ortiz)

8. Festival Calle Orange: Each
October, this massive, one-day celebration of music takes over 10 blocks of
downtown Orlando. Dozens of national and international artists perform on four
stages, representing musical styles such as salsa, merengue and bachata.
Traditional Latin food and beverages are also available.

Oktoberfest Presented by the German American Society of Central Florida

Oktoberfest Presented by the German American Society of Central Florida

9. Oktoberfest:
Come thirsty and hungry to this festival, which takes place in October
(naturally) in the city of Casselberry, a little more than 20 minutes from
downtown Orlando. It’s presented by the German American Society of Central
Florida, which goes to great lengths to provide authentic German beer, food,
music and entertainment.

Diwali Mela — Festival of Light in Downtown Orlando

Diwali Mela – Festival of Light in Downtown Orlando

10. Diwali Mela – Festival of Light: In
October, the Association of Asian Cultural Festivals presents this one-day
event, which is a local take on a worldwide celebration. Held at the Walt
Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, it features fun for
the whole family, including traditional singing and dancing, vendor booths, and
delicious Indian cuisine.

Savor the Night Latin Food & Wine Festival in Downtown Orlando

Savor the Night Latin Food & Wine Festival in Downtown Orlando

11. Savor the Night Latin Food & Wine
Festival
: Traditionally held in November, this one-night event
in downtown Orlando invites you to enjoy Latin cuisine, spirits and wine
designed to delight the palate. Live music is also on tap, as well as a silent
auction in which you can win original items, hotel getaways, restaurant
certificates and other prizes.

Discover the World in Orlando

The festivals featured here are just the start of Orlando’s art, culture and history offerings,
which also include museums, art galleries, performance troupes and much more.
Get the latest details from our blog, and start making plans
now to work these cultural events into your Orlando itinerary.

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