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Free Events in Orlando

Orlando's nightlife isn't just unique and vibrant. It's also packed with value, thanks to many completely free options for visitors who want to explore a different side of the destination! From opera singers to outdoor movies in the heart of downtown, here's your guide to free ways to unwind after an action-packed day in Orlando.

Free Night time Activities in Orlando's Tourism District

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando

Disney Springs and Disney's Boardwalk: Featuring free admission and free parking, Walt Disney World Resort's retail, dining and entertainment district also offers a plethora of free entertainment, including street performers and live musicians. And if you're traveling with kids (or are just a kid at heart), be sure to stop by The LEGO Store, where you can build LEGO figures at no cost!

Lesser known but also worth a visit is Disney's Boardwalk, which is within walking distance of Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Based on turn-of-the-20th-century Atlantic City, this free attraction invites you to stroll along a Coney Island-style boardwalk filled with free evening entertainment, such as jugglers, comedians, fire-eaters and more.

At both locations, you can also ride free ferries that travel to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Universal City Walk at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal City Walk: This 30-acre dining, entertainment and shopping hub at Universal Orlando Resort is a fun place to hang out and relax... particularly after spending a day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay. In addition to free admission, as well as free parking after 6 p.m., you can take advantage of free water taxi rides, which run between City Walk and three of Universal's onsite hotels.

Other free ways to have night-time fun here include watching sports at Hot Dog Hall of Fame's real stadium seats and dancing to a live DJ.

Portofino Bay Hotel: While enjoying a free ride on Universal City Walk’s water taxis, hop off when you arrive at this onsite property, which hosts Musica della Notte (aka Music of the Night) every evening. Beginning at sunset, the event stars classically trained opera singers who perform traditional opera, festive melodies and a unique blend of pop music and opera called popera. It's the perfect way to end your day on a high note — literally!


ICON Orlando 360, Home of ICON Orlando

ICON Orlando 360: You can't come to Orlando without snagging a selfie in front of the iconic ICON Orlando at ICON Orlando 360 on International Drive. Fortunately, doing so won't cost you a cent thanks to free admission to the dining, entertainment and retail complex! The central green, where you can watch the Eye's nightly lighting, is also a great place to kick back and relax after exploring the International Drive area, which includes ICON Orlando 360's Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Arcade City attractions.

Old Town Car Cruises: Close to Walt Disney World in Kissimmee, and modelled after Florida communities of yesteryear, Old Town is a family-friendly district with attractions, restaurants, shops and free admission. For a trip down memory lane, or to introduce your kids to classic cars, check out their Saturday Nite Car Cruise, which is America's longest-running weekly car show. Other car cruises are held on select nights throughout the year, and you can also enjoy live entertainment as well as weekly cash prizes, drawings and giveaways.

THE OLD TOWN


An unforgettable family experience featuring a unique collection of shops, dining options, rides and family friendly attractions.

Old Town is the recreation of a classic Florida town featuring historical architecture and distinctive storefronts. We are a step back when times were a little simpler, the pace more realistic and the memories just as magical as any other Orlando attraction.

Located on 192 in Kissimmee and just minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World and International Drive, Old Town is a unique 18-acre walking featuring over 70 unique and affordable shops, restaurants, bars, rides and family friendly attractions.  Relax as you stroll down our beautiful, tree-lined brick streets and discover why Old Town has become a beloved family tradition for over 30 years.

Old Town is the perfect destination for an afternoon or night of fun with friends and family. Mine for gold at Black Market Minerals, stroll through one-of-kind stores, catch a magic show at the Great Magic Hall, test your fears at Mortem Manor, try a classic game of Skee-Ball at Happy Days Family Amusement Center or relax with your favorite cocktail while enjoying free live entertainment on Trophy Row Stage.

Old Town is more than your average shopping experience.  We are host to weekly events including America’s longest running weekly car show and cruise every Saturday.  Step back in time and experience a car show like no other with hundreds of classic cars followed by our Saturday Nite Classic Car Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
We invite you to enjoy the simple pleasures of classic American fun.


Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando

Movieola at Lake Eola Park: On the last Friday of the month from April through August, this free outdoor film series features entertainment that the whole family can enjoy together. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, snacks and leashed pets, and food is available for purchase. The event starts at 6 p.m., with the movie usually starting around 8:15 p.m.

Orlando Brewing: Adjacent to downtown Orlando's Amtrak train station, Orlando's original craft brewery offers free tours starting at 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and parking is free.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Typically held on the second Thursday of each month, and co-hosted by the city of Winter Park and Maitland's Enzian Theater, this free program invites you to catch a movie in Central Park beginning at sunset. Featured movies are always suitable for all ages, and attendees are encouraged to bring snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and blankets. Winter Park is about 25 minutes from downtown Orlando.

The party never ends in Orlando! Live music, high-energy dance clubs, sleek lounges, side-splitting comedy and other options are all part of our brilliant nightlife. What’s more, no matter where you choose to stay in Orlando, you’ll find a vibrant entertainment district close by.

Disney Springs

Shopping and entertainment in one walkable district, Disney Springs keeps the party going long after Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks close for the night. One of its newest options is The Edison, a steampunk-influenced restaurant, bar and nightlife hotspot with nightly entertainment — including burlesque dancers on weekends! Its sister establishment, Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar, is a Prohibition Era-style speakeasy complete with a “secret” entrance.

You can also catch live entertainment at House of Blues, Paradiso 37 and Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. And for a lounge experience straight from the silver screen, check out Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, which is based on the blockbuster Indiana Jones movies.

Universal City Walk

Serving as the gateway to Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks, Universal City Walk is home to one of Orlando’s best concert venues, Hard Rock Live, and more live music can be heard at Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom. The all-in-one dining, entertainment and retail hub also has the incomparable Blue Man Group, plus plenty of other ways to have fun after dark.

International Drive

The heart of Orlando’s tourism district features two walkable entertainment hubs with ample night time fun. First, Pointe Orlando has out-of-this-world lounges like Blue Martini and Minus5 Ice Bar, plus uproarious comedy at The Improv Orlando.

Just down the street at ICON Orlando 360, get your live music fix at Tin Roof or familiarize yourself with the pleasures of hookah at iLounge Istanbul. And at this centre’s featured attraction, ICON Orlando, you can opt for a private bartender as you view Orlando from 400 feet up aboard a climate-controlled capsule.

Also on International Drive, Mango’s Tropical Cafe boasts 55,000 square feet of drinking, dancing and live music. And at Howl at the Moon, enjoy a duelling piano experience like no other in a show that’s heavy on audience participation.

Downtown Orlando

In downtown Orlando, the Amway Center — home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic — hosts a galaxy of musical acts, but that’s just the start of what the city’s core has to offer. You’ll also find nightclubs and lounges galore, including Wall St. Plaza, a collective of seven bars adjacent to the district’s main thoroughfare, Orange Avenue.

Nearby, the Corona Cigar Company and Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge is the perfect place to buy and enjoy quality smokes. And a short walk will take you to the Church Street District, which is packed with nightlife options.

This area has many other ways to light up the night, such as Stardust Lounge, The Social, DTA (Don’t Tell Anyone), Revolution Nightclub and the breath-taking One80 Sky top Lounge. Last but not least, LGBTQ travellers will want to visit Savoy Orlando, where the Men of Savoy dance seven nights a week for your entertainment.

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