Things to do in Orlando

January Events 2012

Music at Casa Feliz Historic Home in Winter Park Florida. Photo © T.Johnston

Monthly listings of what to do in Orlando:

Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun
Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec

A look at what's going on in Orlando during January. The holidays are over and we are starting a new year. Cool, comfortable temperatures of January make for wonderful weekends outdoors including the popular Manatee Festival at Blue Springs.

ORLANDO FESTIVALS AND EVENTS CALENDAR

  • January 01 - 08
  • January 09 - 15
  • January 16 - 22
  • January 23 - 31
ONGOING EXHIBITS, EVENTS & DISCOUNTSPOPULAR TOPICS FOR JANUARY
Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun
Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec
  • January 01 - 08
  • January 09 - 15
  • January 16 - 22
  • January 23 - 31
Dates are subject to change without notice.
  • Through January 02, 2012
    ICE!
    A holiday extravaganza held annually at the Gaylord Palm. Bundle up and preview beautiful ice sculptures.
    Admission charge.
  • Through January 04, 2012
    Leu's Holiday House
    The historic, fully restored 19th century Leu House Museum at Leu Gardens is decorated with festive Christmas trees, holiday miniatures and beautiful ornaments garnishing each of the 11 rooms.
    Admission charge.
  • January 05, 2012
    1st Thursday's
    Themed happy hour on the first Thursday of each month at the Orlando Museum of Art from 6pm - 9pm.
    Admission charge.
  • January 07, 2012
    Winter Music Series
    Weekly event held at Lakeridge Winery features live music, food and wine.
    Free admission.
  • January 08, 2012
    Music at the Casa
    At the beautiful Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum in Winter Park, enjoy an open house with live music on Sundays from 12 - 3pm.
    Free admission.
Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun
Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec
  • January 01 - 08
  • January 09 - 15
  • January 16 - 22
  • January 23 - 31
Dates are subject to change without notice.
  • January 12, 2012
    Popcorn Flicks in the Park
    Each month the Enzian Theater features free movies on the second Thursday of the month at Central Park.
    Free admission.
  • January 12, 2012
    Alive After Five
    Annual Chili Cook-off . The second Thursday of each month in Downtown Sanford, enjoy themed entertainment and activities.
    Admission charge.
  • January 13, 2012
    The Mount Dora Art Stroll
    A festive evening of art, music and hors d'oeuvres designed to showcase regional art at several walkable venues through out Downtown Mount Dora.
    Free admission.
  • January 13, 2012
    Music in the Galleries
    In addition to free admission to the Morse Museum of American Art every Friday evening from 4 - 8pm from the beginning of November till the end of April, each month the museum will also feature live music in the galleries.
    Free admission.
  • January 13 - 16, 2012
    Otronicon
    Hands on gaming festival held annually at the Orlando Science Center. This annual event is sponsored by Full Sail University. Check the schedule for classes & workshops, competition and complete schedule.
    Admission charge.
  • January 14, 2012
    Winter Music Series
    Weekly event held at Lakeridge Winery features live music, food and wine.
    Free admission.
  • January 14 - 15, 2012
    Scottish Highland Games
    Annual event held in Winter Springs is sponsored by The Scottish-American Society of Central.  This year's festival will include competitive games, entertainment, band competition, Highland dance, archery and children's games.
    Admission charge.
  • Celebrate Martin Luther King Day - January 14 - 16, 2012
    >Orlando - Jan. 14, 2012 - Martin Luther King Parade begins at 10 am., Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando.
    >Martin Luther King Dreamfest - Jan. 14, 2012 - Community event with entertainment, games and family activities.
    >Winter Park - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Jr., Day Symbolic Program.
    >Sanford - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Parade begins at 10 am on 13th Street to Holly Ave, to 9th Street then to Coastline Park.
    >Sanford - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Rally-in-the-Park. Community function with live entertainment, food and games starting at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford starts at noon. Shady Park at Hannibal Square after the parade.
    >Bok Tower Gardens - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Concerts. Music of hope, inspiration and peace to honor Dr. King.  Included with paid admission.
  • January 15, 2012
    Music at the Casa
    At the beautiful Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum in Winter Park, enjoy an open house with live music on Sundays from 12 - 3pm.
    Free admission.
  • January 15 - 16, 2012
    Unity Heritage Festival
    The festival begins in Shady Park in Hannibal Square in Winter Park from 1pm - 5:30pm.  Special activities will include children's games, career booths, food and retail vendors, special entertainment by various gospel artists, health information.  The event continues on Martin Luther King Jr., Day at 10am for a special Symbolic Program.
    Free admission.
  • January TBD, 2012
    Movie in the Park
    On the second Friday of the month, the city of Mount Dora presents a free outdoor movie at Donnelly Park on the corner of Donnelly Street & 5th Avenue.
    Free admission.
  • January TBD, 2012
    Camellia Show
    Peruse Leu Gardens while learning about the beautiful camellias that are in bloom. Camellia Plant sale from 9am - 5pm each day.
    Admission charge.

Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun
Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec

 

  • January 01 - 08
  • January 09 - 15
  • January 16 - 22
  • January 23 - 31

Dates are subject to change without notice.

  • Through January 16, 2012
    Otronicon
    Hands on gaming festival held annually at the Orlando Science Center. This annual event is sponsored by Full Sail University. Check the schedule for classes & workshops, competition and complete schedule. Admission charge

     

  • January 16, 2012: Celebrate Martin Luther King Day
    >Winter Park - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Jr., Day Symbolic Program.
    >Sanford - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Parade begins at 10 am on 13th Street to Holly Ave, to 9th Street then to Coastline Park.
    >Sanford - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Rally-in-the-Park. Community function with live entertainment, food and games starting at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford starts at noon. Shady Park at Hannibal Square after the parade.
    >Bok Tower Gardens - Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Concerts. Music of hope, inspiration and peace to honor Dr. King.  Included with paid admission.
    >"The Help" Movie and Dialogue - Jan. 17, 2012 - Free admission at the Bush Auditorium, Rollins College beginning at 6:00pm. Facilitated discussion after the movie.
    >Martin Luther King Jr. Activities for Kids - Online printables for children to celebrate the day.

     

  • January 20, 2012
    Yappy Hour
    On the third Friday of the month. Corner of 4th & Donnelly, in Mount Dora at The Wine Den and Piglets Pantry. Bring your dog, 10% of proceeds from both stores go to the Humane society of Lake county.
    Free admission.

     

  • January 20 - 22, 2012
    Extravaganza at Renninger's
    Three times a year during the 3rd weekends of November, January and February, thousands of antiques will be on display at Renninger's Florida Twin Markets in Mount Dora. Purchase a daily or 3 day pass.
    Admission charge.

     

  • January 21, 2012
    Camelia Show and Festival
    See the beauty of thousands of camellia flower blooms at the Camelia Society of Central Florida's annual Camelia show and Festival.
    Free admission.

     

  • January 21, 2012
    Winter Music Series
    Weekly event held at Lakeridge Winery features live music, food and wine.
    Free admission.

     

  • January 21, 2012
    Orlando Concert Band
    A gift to the community from St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Oviedo. For over 16 years, St Luke's congregation has hosted concerts by some of the finest musical ensembles in Central Florida.  Concert begins at 7:00pm.
    Free admission.

     

  • January 21 - 29, 2012
    ZORA! Festival
    A street festival with folk arts, music, dance, visual arts, ethnic cuisine celebrating the famed author Zora Neale Hurston from Eatonville, FL. This year the event spans 9 days with jazz performances, educational topics and motivational speakers.
    Many events offer free admission.

     

  • January 22, 2012
    Music at the Casa
    At the beautiful Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum in Winter Park, enjoy an open house with live music on Sundays from 12 - 3pm.
    Free admission.

     

Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun
Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec

  • January 01 - 08
  • January 09 - 15
  • January 16 - 22
  • January 23 - 31

Dates are subject to change without notice.

  • Through January 29, 2012
    ZORA! Festival
    A street festival with folk arts, music, dance, visual arts, ethnic cuisine celebrating the famed author Zora Neale Hurston from Eatonville, FL. This year the event spans 2 weeks with jazz performances, educational topics and motivational speakers.
    Many events offer free admission.
  • January 23, 2012: Chinese New Year
  • January 23, 2012
  • Winter Park Institute at Rollins College
    Guest speaker: Kay Redfield Jamison "An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness"  Beginning at 7 p.m. at Bush Science Center at Rollins College.
    Free admission - Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue.
  • January 26, 2012
    Velvet Sessions
    Rock & Roll Happy Hour held the last Thursday of the month at the Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando.
    Admission charge varies according to the month's theme.
  • January 26, 2012
    DOP Social
    Held at different locations on select dates, a minimal admission price includes complimentary drinks.
  • January 27, 2012
    Fourth Friday
    From September through April, visit Historic Downtown Sanford and enjoy the works of regional artists in a gallery setting. Mingle with the artists as you enjoy complimentary appetizers, art and live music.
    Free admission.
  • January 27, 2012
    Retro Game Night
    From 7pm till midnight at the Orange County History Center, enjoy good old fashioned fun with an array of classic board and video games throughout the museum.  Play games including Chinese Checkers, Clue, Battleship, Candy Land and more.  Music from 105.9, sunny FM.  Free nostalgic treats, $1 - $2 pizza and cash bar.  Must be over 18. 
    Special admission price.
  • January 28 - 29, 2012
    Blue Spring Manatee Festival
    Celebrate the West Indian Manatee with food, games, arts & crafts. 
  • January 29, 2012
    Music at the Casa
    At the beautiful Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum in Winter Park, enjoy an open house with live music on Sundays from 12 - 3pm.
    Free admission.
  • January 31, 2012
    UCF Jazz Chamber Groups Concert
    UCF Opera presents a free concert from 8-9:30 pm. 
    Free admission.