Things to do in Orlando

May Events 2012

••• Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Chico's Dirty Tacos and Tequila. Photo © Charles Brewer

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A month for music and entertainment. Outdoor music presented by the Orlando Philharmonic at the Springs in Longwood, the Spring Jazz Stroll at Leu Gardens, Latin Sundays at Old Town and many more artists, performers and venues all around Orlando. Also watch as the Mad Cow Theater celebrates 18 days of the Cabaret Festival and the Orlando International Fringe Fest entertains for 12 days - all during the month of May.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS CALENDAR

ONGOING EXHIBITS, EVENTS & DISCOUNTSPOPULAR TOPICS FOR MAY
Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun
Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - DecDates are subject to change without notice.
  • May 03, 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.
  • May 03 - 12, 2012
    Orlando Restaurant Week
    Special Prix Fixe menus at Orlando area restaurants.
  • May 04, 2012
    Date Night at Leu Gardens
    Bring a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy a movie under the stars at beautiful Leu Gardens.
    Admission charge.
  • May 04, 2012
    Friday Night Live
    Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 - 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
    Free admission.
  • May 04 - 13, 2012
    Annual Cabaret Festival
    Life is indeed a cabaret, at least for a few weeks during Mad Cow Theatre’s celebration of musical theatre. Cabaret artists and acts are featured in more than 40 evening and lunchtime performances.
    Admission charge for performances.
  • May 04, 2012
    Friday Night Live
    Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 - 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
    Free admission.
  • May 05, 2012: Cinco de Mayo
    >Mexican Restaurants in Orlando.
    >Cinco de Mayo Activities for Kids - Online printables and activities for children to celebrate the day.
  • May 05, 2012
    Dancing on the Drive
    Spring event held from 6 - 10 pm in College Park.  Edgewater Drive will be closed off from Smith to Rugby Streets.  The D.J. will be playing songs from all genres - suitable for the entire family. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.  Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
    More info: 407-579-8228
    Free admission.
  • May 06, 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.
  • May 06, 2012
    PLAYGROUND Arts & Music Festival
    Held at Uptown Altamonte from noon – 5 p.m., the event features live music, kids’ yoga sessions, creative performances, storytelling, art center,  talent searches, karaoke, puppet shows and more. The festival brings out more than 12,000 locals each year.
    More info: 407-221-4932
    Free admission.
  • May TBA, 2012
    The Great American Boat, Sport & Travel Festival
    From 10am to 5pm a two day festival at uptown Altamonte promotes the joys of boating, outdoor sports and travel. Enjoy boat displays, music, vendors and food exhibitors.
    Free admission.
Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun
Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - DecDates are subject to change without notice.
  • Through May 13, 2012
    Orlando Cabaret Festival
    The Mad Cow Theatre will be featuring cabaret artists and acts from Central Florida and beyond in a series of evening and lunchtime performances.
    Admission charge.
  • Through May 12, 2012
    Orlando Restaurant Week
    Special Prix Fixe menus at Orlando area restaurants.
  • May 07, 2012
    Storytelling at Leu Gardens
    Stories at 3 times for different aged children on the first Monday of the month. Free admission to Leu Gardens during the event.
    Free admission.
  • May 10, 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.
  • May 10, 2012
    Alive After Five
    Annual Chili Cook-off . The second Thursday of each month in Downtown Sanford, enjoy themed entertainment and activities.
    Admission charge.
  • May 10, 2012
    Second Thursdays in Hannibal Square
    Winter Park event features live music, art and entertainment in the Hannibal Square district (New England Avenue between New York and Pennsylvania.)
    Free admission.
  • May 11, 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.
  • May 11, 2012
    Friday Night Live
    Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 - 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
    Free admission.
  • May 11, 2012
    Friday Night Live
    Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 - 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
    Free admission.
  • May 12, 2012
    Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema
    Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a family friendly movie on the lawn in front of the tower at Uptown Altamonte. Bring the entire family for a fun, free evening together under the stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Sorry, no pets are allowed in the Plaza area.
    Free admission.
  • May 12, 2012
    Family Fest
    Uptown Altamonte, A fun day of activities for the entire family. Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities, health related games, fishing and much more. Sponsored by Florida Hospital Altamonte and the City of Altamonte Springs.  
    More info: 407-571-8180
    Free admission.
  • May 13, 2012: Mother's Day
    >Celebrating Mother's Day in Orlando.
    >Mother's Day Activities for Kids - Online printables and activities for children to celebrate the day.
  • May 13, 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.
  • May 13, 2012
    PAWS
    From 11am - 2pm, beginning at Lakeside Inn, Free Park and Bark event visiting pet friendly locations in Mount Dora.
    Free admission.

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

Dates are subject to change without notice.
  • May 16 - 28, 2012
    Orlando Int'l Fringe Fest
    Annual festival in Loch Haven Park provides a venue for theatrical performing artists to display creative talent through their novel performances.
    More info: 407-648-0077
    Admission charge.
  • May 18, 2012
    Friday Night Live
    Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 - 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
    Free admission.
  • May 18, 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.
  • May 19, 2012
    Chef's Gala
    Now celebrating 20 years as the Orlando area's premier fine dining and wine paring charity event, this year's Chef's Gala will continue with the tradition at Walt Disney World's Epcot World Showcase. The annual event which is Heart of Central Florida United Way's major fundraiser, attracts over 1000 guests for a night of thoughtfully paired wine wines, live music and a dazzling silent auction.
    Admission Charge
  • May 19, 2012
    Cinema in the Park
    Family movies on the third Friday of each month at Centennial Park in Sanford. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs for the 7:00pm showing of this month’s movie.
    More info: 407-688-5004
    Free admission.
  • May 19, 2012
    Jazz Jams Uptown
    Jazz under the stars at Uptown Altamonte.  WLOQ Smooth Jazz 103.1 and the City of Altamonte Springs present one of the best free Jazz concerts in the area. The event starts at 7:00pm.
    More info: 407-571-8180
    Free admission
  • May 20, 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

    Dates are subject to change without notice.
    • Through May 28, 2012
      Orlando Int'l Fringe Fest
      Annual festival in Loch Haven Park provides a venue for theatrical performing artists to display creative talent through their novel performances.
      More info: 407-648-0077
      Admission charge.
    • May 24, 2012
      Open Mic Night
      At Uptown Altamonte from 7 - 9 pm perform or enjoy an interactive evening of music, dance and spoken word. Sign up begins at 6:30.
      Free admission.
    • May 24, 2012
      DOP Social
      Held at different locations on select dates, a minimal admission price includes complimentary drinks.
    • May 25, 2012
      Sanford Art Walk
      On the 4th Friday of the month, Historic Sanford Welcome Center presents a monthly juried art show.  Stroll through the art venues of Historic Downtown Sanford as you mingle with the artists and enjoy live music, food and art.
      Free admission.
    • May 25, 2012
      Friday Night Live
      Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 - 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
      Free admission.
    • May 25 - 27, 2012
      Central Florida Home & Garden Show
      Hundreds of vendors will be on hand at the Orange County Convention Center during this annual show. The largest consumer home and garden show in Central Florida features local, regional and national experts in remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping, instructional how-to seminars, giveaways showcasing the industry's hottest home and garden products.
      Admission charge.
    • May 26, 2012
      Celery City Cruisers Car Show
      On the last Saturday of the month in Downtown Sanford, take part in the events of one of the oldest car clubs in Central Florida. 
      Free admission.
    • May 27, 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.
    • May 28, 2012: Memorial Day
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    • May 29 - June 04, 2012
      Orlando Gay Days
      A week long celebration in Orlando catering to the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual lifestyles. Hotels, restaurants and bars now embrace the celebration by offering special events throughout the week.
      Admission charge for events.
    • May 31, 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.