10 Things to Do in Orlando in October

October isn’t just about Halloween, although the month does have more than its fair share of spooky events. In Orlando, October also means celebrating different cultures, food, and lifestyles. This is your go-to guide for what to do in October. Now all you need to do is get there—we can help you with that.

1. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

September 14–November 14

Whether you’re an Orlando local or just visiting, Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is not to be missed. Nosh on international food from more than 30 different kiosks, take a beverage or cheese seminar, or attend a dining and pairing event. Tickets start at $97.

2. Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights

September 16–October 31

Universal Studios Orlando gets a scary makeover every October, and this year’s event features nine new haunted houses, monster-filled streets, and live shows. Plus, guests can still enjoy many of the rides and attractions. Tickets are $104.99, but Florida residents only pay $55.99 with the promo code from Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, or Sprite cans.

3. A Petrified Forest

September 30–October 29

What better way to get into the trick-or-treat spirit than by visiting a haunted forest? Altamonte Springs’ Petrified Forest is one of the highest-rated Halloween events in the Central Florida area, featuring a Scare Trail with surprises around every bend. After you’re sufficiently spooked, enjoy backstage tours, live music, and food concessions. Tickets start at $15.

4. Wall St. Plaza BlocktoberFest

October 1

Wall Street Plaza shuts down the block for its annual BlocktoberFest, where partygoers indulge in German food, drink, and music. Event highlights include all-you-can-drink Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer for $20, a stein-hoisting contest, and food from the German food cart Currywurst.

5. Orlando City vs. Montreal Impact

October 2

Head to Camping World Stadium to cheer on the Lions as they face off against Montreal Impact. Tickets start at $27.69.

6. Come Out with Pride

October 2–8

Orlando Pride Week is a weeklong affair, with events like a block party and a photo exhibit based on the world’s response to the Pulse shooting. Don’t miss Saturday: The last day of Pride features a Big Gay Brunch, an exhibit on the LGBT history of Orlando, and a festival complete with a parade and fireworks.

7. The Illusionists: Live from Broadway

October 4–9

This traveling magic troupe hits Orlando and delivers a fun night out for the entire family. Watch as these seven illusionists perform feats like levitation, mind-reading, and an underwater escape. Tickets start at $30.75.

8. Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

October 8–9

Stroll the sidewalks of Winter Park while checking out the work of some of Florida’s most talented artists. Once you’ve had your fill of art shopping, check out the event’s live music and entertainment, as well as the beer garden and food vendors.

9. Orlando City vs. D.C. United

October 23

Make it a Sunday Funday at Camping World Stadium with Orlando City as they take on D.C. United. Tickets start at $33.02.

10. Orlando pumpkin patches

It wouldn’t be October without a trip to the pumpkin patch. Orlando has a bunch of options to choose from, like Club Lake Plantation’s Fall Festival, which has activities to keep the entire family entertained—from the pumpkin patch to hayrides to toddler and adult corn mazes. Tickets start at $8.95.

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