Some people think Florida has no culture, but those people simply don’t know where to look. The Central Florida area has plenty of unique events where you can sample fine food, watch talented actors in great plays, listen to interesting music or take in works of art. These are the top upcoming cultural events that you can only attend in the Central Florida area. Each is sure to be a unique event where you can experience something new and leave with stories to tell your friends and family.

Megacon Convention, May

Megacon is billed as the South East’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event, and it attracts visitors from all over the country. Taking place over four days at the Orange County Convention Center, the event includes plenty for fans and people watchers alike to experience. Attendees go all out with costumes, and celebrity guests talk about their work and pose for pictures. It’s quite an interesting experience, even if you aren’t a big sci-fi fan, as there are mainstream movie stars, famous writers and legendary performers on the lineup each year. For 2017, visitors will get to see the stars of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, including Tim Curry.  

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, March to May

Disney’s annual celebration of Spring includes topiaries and gardens featuring flowers and plants from multiple nations all over the world. In addition to featuring a beautiful display of nature, guest presenters include famous gardeners and agriculture experts. Special catering options include gourmet, farm to table dishes with seasonal ingredients. There’s even a concert series featuring classic performers like The Pointer Sisters and The Spinners. If the festival leaves you wanting to know more about Disney’s agricultural practices, you can visit the Living With The Land ride in the Land Pavilion within Epcot to get a tour of the park’s greenhouses.

The Orlando International Fringe Festival, May

The Fringe Festival celebrates the best in theater, improv, and comedy, like many other festivals around the nation. However, the Orlando festival is unique in that it is the longest running one in the US, modeled after the original festival based in Scotland. Because organizers and attendees have been doing this for so long, the festival is well organized and includes a kids component so the whole family can enjoy the event. Broadway stars and aspiring performers will be equally featured in venues in and around Loch Haven Park, some with traditional seating, some in open settings where the audience participates.

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