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Kissimmee & Orlando in April - Events Around Central Florida

Published on March 15, 2019 by SarahE

Orlando in April brings endless sunshine, unique events, Easter bunnies and an abundance of things to do throughout Central Florida.

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We spent 2 weeks creating the best online guide to Orlando on the web. It includes everything from theme park guides and videos, free things to do, what to do with kids and a bucket list of attractions along with some of the best places to eat and drink.

It’s packed with our personal recommendations, maps and videos.

What's the Weather like in Orlando in April?

Orlando in April is perfect weather. There's no extreme conditions to contend with, just lots of sunshine, blue skies and spring is definitely in the air. With an average high of 83°F it's time to pack shorts, T's and flip-flops, but you might need a light jacket or sweater for the odd cooler evening. There might be an occasional rain shower, so keep a poncho handy just in case.

What about Orlando in April for Crowds?

Orlando in April brings Easter crowds and the tail end of Spring Break, which make it a hectic few weeks. Crowd levels will be at peak level for Easter weekend, make sure you plan ahead. Crowds should be moderate for the rest of April. Check crowd calendars at OrlandoInformer for Universal and Undercover Tourist for all parks. Kenny The Pirate also has great info.
And pack a ton of patience when you head to the parks!

There are extended hours during peak weeks, so you'll get to enjoy the parks longer. If you're visiting in the last week of April, when most of the high crowds are gone, you're in for a much quieter time.

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Check out Events in Central Florida and Orlando in April:

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Orlando in April sees the continuation of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The event started March 6th and runs through June 3rd, 2019. With over 30 million blooms to gaze at, delicious food to sample, drinks to quench thirst and foot tapping music to stomp to, it's an overload for the senses.

Orlando in April Flower & Garden Festival

The Garden Rocks Concert Line up for April is:

  • Rick Springfield April 1 through 2
  • Christopher Cross – NEW to Garden Rocks! April 3 through 4
  • The Spinners April 5 through 7
  • Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group Styx April 8 through 9
  • John Michael Montgomery – NEW! April 10 through 11
  • Sister Sledge – NEW to Garden Rocks! April 12 through 13
  • Night Ranger April 14 through 16
  • Sister Hazel – NEW to Garden Rocks! April 17 through 19
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – NEW! April 20 through 21
  • TobyMac – NEW! April 22 through 23
  • Lonestar April 24 through 26
  • The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO April 27 through 30

When: Daily throughout April 2019
Where: Epcot, Walt Disney World
Web: Epcot International 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, with Featured Flavors available daily through April 28th.

Make your way around 19 global markets sampling over 60 Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes. Wash it all down with over 70 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.

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival Concerts 2019

  • April 6th - Olga Tanon
  • April 7th - Roots and Boots feat. Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye and Sammy Kershaw
  • April 13th - Jay Leno
  • April 14th - Andy Grammer
  • April 20th - Collective Soul
  • April 21st - Tenth Avenue North
  • April 27th - Post Modern Jukebox
  • April 28th - Willie Colon
  • All concerts begin at 6pm in the Bayside Stadium

When: Seven Seas Festival: Every Saturday and Sunday through April, 2019
Where: SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
Web: SeaWorld SevenSeas Festival


Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Each Saturday and Sunday in April food, wine and music feature heavily on the Busch Gardens agenda.

There are 11 food cabins offering a vast array of flavors. Take your pick from the following delicious offerings: Duck Fat Truffle Fries, Bison Slider with Bacon Onion Marmalade, Chicken Gumbo, Fried Green Tomato Stack, Maryland-Style Crab Cake with Mustard Sauce, Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp, St. Louis Ribs, Baja Fish Tacos and (drooling) Key Lime Pie.

Oh my goodness! Sign me up! Where do I start?

Wash it all down with over 100 fine wines, craft brews and cocktails. You can purchase by the item, or pick a range of sampler packages or VIP upgrades that include samplers and concert seating. Tasting sessions feature Tequila, Bourbon and Sweet Wine.

Headline acts take to the stage each Saturday and Sunday from April 6th through April 28th.

  • Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. – Josh Turner
  • Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. – Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Sunda, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. – Boys ll Men
  • Friday, April 19 starting at 5:30 p.m. – Edwin McCain & Vertical Horizon
  • Saturday, April 20 starting at 5:30 p.m. – Hunter Hayes & Levi Hummon
  • Sunday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. – Mat Kearney
  • Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. – Walk Off The Earth
  • Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. – Foreigner

All events are included in regular admission.

When: Saturday & Sunday through April 28th, 2019
Where: Busch Gardens,10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
Web: Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens

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Sun 'N Fun International Fly-In Expo

Orlando in April - Sun n Fun

If a combination of aircraft and extreme excitement is your thing, then head over to Lakeland for 6 days and a night of displays to take your breath away. Both old and new aircraft will perform to the edge of their limits to keep you on your toes as you whoop and holler in amazement.

The Florida Air Museum and a car show are also on show. Ticket prices vary but there's so much on offer, you really need to check it out for yourselves. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend.
Entrance charges:
Adult daily $39, weekly $150.
Youth (7 - 17 yrs) daily $18, weekly $60.
6 and under is free.

When: April 2nd - 7th, 2019
Where: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland
Web: FlySNF


Celebration Exotic Car Festival

The Celebration Exotic Car Festival is part of a four-day event starts over in Daytona then finishing in Celebration. The cars take to the tracks at Daytona for two days before moving to the waterfront at Celebration on April 6th. This beautiful location plays host to what is described as “One of the 5 Best Exotic Car Shows in the World.”

Take your camera and feast your eyes on stunning beauty on four wheels. On Sunday April 7th, the cars go out onto the streets for a rally to end all rallies. The event is 100% volunteer and 100% non-profit with proceeds going to children's charities, including Make-a-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. Admission is free.

When: Daytona: April 4th - 5th, 2019
Celebration: April 6th with Car Rally on April, 7th, 2019
Where: Celebration, Florida and Daytona International Speedway
Web: Celebration Exotic Car Festival


Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side 

From April 4th through April 7th, Epcot hosts a galactic extravaganza of fun races for the whole family - from babies under 12 months to as old as you want to be.

Orlando in April - Star Wars Half Marathon

Star Wars Dark Side 5K - April 5th.
runDisney Kids Races: Diaper Dash for those under 12 months - April 6th
1 - 4 year olds: 100m
5 - 8 year olds: 200m
13 years and under: 1 mile
Star Wars Dark Side 10K (6.2 miles) - April 6th
Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon (13.1 miles) - April 7th
The Star Wars Rival Run Challenge is to complete both courses (19.3 miles) over both days.
You must register for the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge, which includes both Half Marathon and 10K, in order to receive the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge Medal for $335.

When: April 4th - 7th, 2019
Where: Epcot
Web: Star Wars Half Marathon

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Fiesta in The Park

Now in its 47th year, the Fiesta In The Park is one of Orlando's biggest arts and crafts events. It features over 600 artists and crafters displaying their original works which are also on sale. And if that is not enough to occupy you and the family, live entertainment, a children's play area and food vendors are also in attendance.
The lovely Lake Eola Park is the venue for this free event.

When: April 6th and 7th, 10am - 5pm, 2019
Where: Lake Eola Park, Orlando, FL 32801
Web: Fiesta in the Park


Sugar Sand Festival

Make your way to Clearwater Beach on the Gulf Coast for a wonderful beach day with  the most amazing sand castles you've ever seen. Live music, fireworks, kid’s play zones, and sand sculpting classes bring heaps of fun to the whole family.
One thousand tons of sugar sand in a 21,000-square foot structure are transformed into breathtaking sculptures.

When: April 12th - 28th, 2019
Where: Pier 60, Clearwater Beach
Web: Sugar Sand Festival


Tampa Bay Blues Festival

15 of the best blues singers keep you entertained during this three-day festival. Along with world-class music, arts and crafts aplenty are available.

Delicious BBQ, seafood samples, Cuban cuisine and other tasty offerings can be washed down by premium craft beers or quality wines.

When: April 12th - 14th, 2019
Where: Vinoy Waterfront Park, 701 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Web: Tampa Bay Blues Fest


Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and Art Craft Festival

January in Orlando - Sponge Docks Festival

On the Gulf coast, about 2 hours drive from Orlando, is Tarpon Springs, a Greek harbor town specializing in sponges collected from local waters. The 2-day arts and crafts festival brings you over 90 vendors featuring Greek jewelry, gifts, clothing and culture. Enjoy the hospitality the Greeks are famous for or check out just how good Greek food tastes.

When:  April 13th, 10am - 6pm and 14th, 10am - 5pm, 2019
Where: Tarpon Springs, Florida
Web: Sponge Docks Arts and Crafts Festival


Blues at the Winery

A weekend event featuring some of the best local blues musicians performing on an outdoor stage. Enjoy Lakeridge wine, beer or soft drinks as you listen to the likes of the Buddy Blues Band.

Outdoor Stage Schedule:

  • Saturday - Apr 13th - 10.30am - 1:30pm - Marc Clermont & Blues Train
  • Saturday - Apr 13th - 2pm - 5pm - Lauren Mitchell
  • Sunday - Apr 14th - 11am - 1:30pm - Mick Quick Band
  • Sunday - Apr 14th - 2pm - 5pm - Buddy Blues Band

Wine & Cheese Bar Schedule

  • Saturday - Apr 13th - Noon - 4pm - Ronnie Duncan
  • Sunday - Apr 14th - Noon - 4pm - Joe Hand

Wine tasting and complimentary Winery tours are a perfect way of passing a sunny Florida day and food.

Adult admission is $10.00 and children under 12 are free.

When: April 13th, 10am - 5pm and April 14th, 11am - 5 pm, 2019
Where: Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, U.S.27, Clermont, FL 34715
Web: Blues at The Winery

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Space Coast Warbird Air Show

If you have any interest in military aviation and the planes that fought in deadly combat around the world, this incredibly interesting show is right up your street. The show’s stars include transport, bomber and fighter aircraft. Formerly known as the TICO Warbird Air Show.

When: April 15th - 17th, 2019.
Where: Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, 6600, Tico Road, Titusville
Web: Facebook Warbird Airshow | Warbird Museum


Annual Taste of Winter Park

This is the 34th year of guests sampling food from popular Winter Park dining establishments, such as 4 Rivers, Cask & Larder, The Ravenous Pig, Prato to name but a few. others. The event will be held at the Winter Park Farmers' Market.
Cost is $45 - $450.

When: April, 17th, 2019 5pm - 8pm
Where: Winter Park Farmers' Market


Central Florida Earth Day

Held at Lake Eola Park (east side), the Central Florida Earth Day celebration educates on how to save the planet in a fun environment. This dog-friendly, alcohol-free, smoke-free vegan event features guest speakers, live music and family activities.
Free admission.

When: April 20th, 2019 from 10am - 6pm
Where: Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St., Orlando FL 32801
Web: Central Florida Earth Day


Earth Day at Animal Kingdom

Orlando in April - Party in the Park

April 22nd is both Earth Day and Animal Kingdom’s anniversary. What better way to celebrate that with Party for the Planet? There will be special events on April 22nd at Animal Kingdom.

Earth Day Highlights include:

  • Interactive activities for all ages
  • Immersive entertainment
  • Enhanced animal encounters
  • Commemorative photo options and merchandise

When: April 22nd 2019
Where: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Web: Earth Day at Animal Kingdom

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Easter Sunrise Service at Bok Tower 

Orlando in April Bok Tower Easter Sunrise

Since 1926, this event has been an annual tradition where worshippers can experience the beautiful sunrise from behind the Iron Mountain at Bok Tower Gardens. The Lake Wales Choral will be in attendance along with a carillon performance. Donations are appreciated. The gates open at 6am and breakfast will be available to buy.

When: April 24th, 2019 from 7am - 8am
Where: Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Web: Bok Tower Easter Sunrise


Mount Dora Blueberry Festival

The beautiful little town of Mount Dora plays host to the 4th Festival. And pays homage to the small but significant blueberry. These tasty little blue fruits are everywhere, in the pancake breakfast, hot pies and even alcoholic drinks.

Live music, blues of course, keeps the atmosphere lively and more than 100 vendors are more than happy to serve you and your family. The kids’ events will keep the little ones happy. Dare I say, they won’t be feeling blue?

A full and fun family day out. And all taking place under the lovely blue skies of Mount Dora.

When: April 27th - 28th, 2019
Where: Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL 32757
Web: Mount Dora Blueberry Festival


Caribbean Fusion

Showcasing the very best of Caribbean food, culture, music and art. The event is free to everyone and proceeds go to charity.

When: 11am - 7pm, April 28th 2019
Where: Lakefront Park, 201 Lakeview Drive Kissimmee, FL 34741
Web: Caribbean & Floridian Association


We hope Central Florida and Orlando in April is awesome for you!

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We spent 2 weeks creating the best online guide to Orlando on the web. It includes everything from theme park guides and videos, free things to do, what to do with kids and a bucket list of attractions along with some of the best places to eat and drink.

It’s packed with our personal recommendations, maps and videos.

Meet The Author
Our Florida journey began over 2 decades ago when we were searching for somewhere warm for winters. We discovered Florida was the perfect choice. We started spending every winter there and absolutely loved it. Orlando quickly became our permanent ‘winter home’. We were true Snowbirds! We decided to make our commitment a little more concrete in 2005 and bought our first vacation home – Serendipity at Indian Creek. We soon discovered we LOVED being in the hospitality world, so we decided to expand a little. We purchased Sleepy Hollow in 2010. Five years later we came across Serenity Lake House in 2015 and just had to have it to complete our portfolio. We now spend half the year on Disney’s doorstep in Orlando,. The rest of the time we're either in our second home in Scotland overlooking a beautiful Scottish Loch, or enjoying time with family in Cyprus. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? Ours is served with Pixie Dust on top :)
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