Festivals, Concerts, and Sports in Central Florida
Published on Dec 20, 2019 by Bridgette Cude
A roundup of the places to see and be seen in and around Full Sail University
Yes, Florida's weather is beautiful, and the beaches aren't too far away from Orlando, and world-renowned theme parks are right down the road from Full Sail, and wait... what were we talking about?
Anyway, there's more to Full Sail's neighborhood than that. Here's a quick roundup of some of the year-round entertainment and festivities in Central Florida.
Live Shows & Venues
You'll never run out of places to catch live entertainment in Central Florida. Whether you're looking for live music and concerts or amazing feats of human art and skill -- we've got you covered. Catch a touring band at venues like House of Blues, Hard Rock Live, The Plaza Live, The Beacham and Will's Pub, or you can revel in a ballet, symphony orchestra, or Broadway play at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.
And since Full Sail is right down the road from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando, you're not far from world-class entertainment like Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group.
Events & Festivals
Popular local events usually involve some combination of pyrotechnics, exciting performances, and wearing fun outfits. Halloween Horror Nights, a haunted house spectacular held at Universal Studios Orlando; Electric Daisy Carnival, a dance music festival full of bright lights and beats; and Red Hot & Boom, an Independence Day fireworks show featuring live music are just a few examples.
For an amazing variety of food and drinks, and a nightly firework show in a place that's already magical, check out the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World each fall.
Even closer to home, Full Sail's surrounding communities hold some fantastic festivals of their own. Orlando Fringe Fest is a home-grown, two-week festival bringing together artists of all kinds in theater, dance, music, and art. If you're looking for something unique, Orlando Fringe is it. Each spring, The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival showcases local talent in "one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious outdoor art festivals."
Sports fans can watch NBA's Orlando Magic or the minor-league hockey Orlando Solar Bears at the Amway Center, and catch major-league soccer games by Orlando City SC (men's) or the Orlando Pride (women's) at Exploria Stadium. Just down the street from these spots, you'll find Camping World Stadium, the venue for Monster Jam and several college bowl games.
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