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Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Since its beginning in 1960 the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival has become one of the biggest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals in the country. Artists from all over the world apply to attend the famous show and a panel of judges selects more than 200 to exhibit. Visitors can view the various works on display and there are numerous entertainment acts and children's events planned for the three-day festival.

Date: 14 May 2021 - 16 May 2021
Venue: Winter Park
Website: http://wpsaf.org/
Cost:

Free.


Gay Days

Gay and lesbian travellers come to Disney World for a week of theme park celebrations. Guests also attend expos, pool parties and concerts.

Date: 01 June 2021 - 07 June 2021
Venue: Walt Disney World
Website: https://www.gaydays.com/
Cost:

Various.


Silver Spurs Rodeo

This popular rodeo in Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena attracts rodeo stars from across America who come to compete in traditional rodeo events such as bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and women’s barrel racing. An absolute must for would-be cowboys and cowgirls everywhere, the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo is one of the biggest rodeos on the east coast of America.

Date: 04 June 2021 - 05 June 2021
Venue: Osceola Heritage Park/ Silver Spurs Arena
Website: http://www.silverspursrodeo.com
Cost:

Various.


Independence Day

Like everywhere else in America, 4 July means huge celebrations with fireworks, barbeques, and a host of other activities depending on where you live. In Orlando, this means a glut of patriotic events and parades in all the Disney World theme parks as well as the rest of the city.

Date: 04 July 2021 - 04 July 2021
Venue: Walt Disney World Theme Parks, SeaWorld Orlando, etc.
Website: https://www.visitorlando.com/events/holidays/july-fourth-in-orlando/

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Explore unique foods and fine wines from many exotic locales. This festival is a culinary and cultural potpourri, complete with a concert series and many international food and wine marketplaces.

Date: 28 August 2021 - 25 November 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Epcot
Website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/
Cost:

Various.


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