Spring is almost here which means, Theme Park Festivals! Whether you love Sea World, Disney, Universal Studios, or Busch Gardens, there’s a festival for you this season! Each theme park celebrates the Spring season with their own take on different festivals of their choosing.
Grab the kids, grab that special someone, and head over to one of the many theme park festivals right in our back yard for a day(s) of family-friendly fun!
Universal Studios: Mardi Gras
Feb. 9- Apr. 4, 2019
Take part in Florida’s Biggest Party this year at Universal! Transport yourself to Bourbon street and enjoy Mardi Gras style fun every single night until April 4th! Delight in nightly parades that feature out of this world street performer, eye-catching costumes, and heads up! Beads will be flying! As usual, Universal Studios will be bringing in some f the biggest names in musical entertainment. This year be sure to catch artists such as Becky G, Sean Paul, Ziggy Marley, Pitbull, Bazzi, and more! Authentic Nola style bands will also be in attendance to keep things moving while in-between artists. Be sure to check out the authentic Cajun food available for purchase as well to really bring your Mardi Gras experience home!
*All of the festivities are included with theme park admission or pass holder admission.
SeaWorld: Seven Seas Food Festival
Feb. 9- May 5, 2019
Head on over to SeaWorld on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays for the Seven Seas Food Festival. Taste and sip international street food and enjoy live artists while you do so! This year, SeaWorld is serving up their best and biggest selection of flavors ever! Try out over 180 delicious options such as international cuisine or domestic and imported craft beer and wine. This year, take a bite out of the Caribbean like never before with delectable offerings and mouthwatering sweets. While you mix, mingle, and sample, enjoy live music!
New Events: 2019
On Friday Nights enjoy more time to enjoy new flavor around the whole entire park with different culinary markets from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Throughout the rest of the festival, enjoy more food and more drinks. Along with the 180 eats, enjoy brand new markets, perfect for everyone such as Italian markets, Vegan Markets, and as previously mentioned, Caribbean Markets. This year, there will be 26 different live performances taking the stage! Hits such as Cole Swindell, Lee Brice with LOCASH, and “I Love the 90’s featuring Coolio, En Vogue, Kid N Play, Rob Base, Tone Loc, and Young MC will be playing! Keep your eyes open, the full lineup will be revealed in the next few weeks featuring other artists!
2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Mar. 6-Jun. 3, 2019
See what all of the fuss is about and head over to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival for a day full of beautiful topiaries, exhibits, and gardens! The displays will stimulate every sense as their vibrate displays blow you away. While you admire the beautiful arrangements, try out some of their delicious food and drink options at the multiple outdoor kitchens!
Topiaries, Gardens, and Exhibits
As you stroll throughout the park, immerse yourself in a creative collection of flower displays, many shaped like your favorite Disney Characters! Take one of a kind photos of the beautifully crafted floral artworks and hunt for your favorite pieces throughout the park! Check out Anna and Elsa at the Norway Pavilion, Bambi and Friends t the UK and Canada Pavilions, Lady and the Tramp at the Italy Pavilion, and more!
Scattered throughout the park are Gardens and Exhibits featuring everything from Bonsai trees to butterflies. Check out the Bamboo Garden in the China Pavilion, the English Tea Garden at the UK Pavilion, the Urban Spice exhibit at the Morocco Pavilion!
For the Epcot buffs, check out a tour this year! All of the tours are guided and are the perfect way to learn more about Epcot, the Flower and Garden Festival, and the world! Check out tours such as the Gardens of the World, Royal Tea Garden Tour, English Garden Tour, or the Behind the Seeds Tour.
The Flower and Garden Festival wouldn’t make sense without delicious food to pair with the beautiful sights and smells of the flowers. Head to each Pavilion and check out new food options such as Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace, Flavor Full Kitchen, or The Citrus Blossom.
2019 Garden Rocks Concert Series
Did you know that 7 nights a week during the Flower and Garden Festival, there’s live music at the American Gardens Theatre? This year check out some of the hottest throwback hits at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. Some headliners include Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri, Wang Chung, Simple Plan, The Smithereens, Rick Springfield, and more!
Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
Mar. 16-Apr. 28, 2019
Weekends in March and April, head over to Busch Gardens for the 5th Annual Food & Wine Festival! This year, the festival is hosting more new delicious dishes than ever before plus a huge selection of wines, beers, and cocktails.
Check out some of the biggest acts in music every weekend on the Gwazi Field. All concerts are included with your daily tickets! Food and beverages are not included with park admission and is available for an additional fee. This year, check out hit artists starting with Daughtery, The Band Perry, 3 Doors, Down, Justin Moore, Josh Turner, Boys II Men, Foreigner, and more!
Sample dozens of delicious food options from different regions across the country. This year, the festival and the Cabins received the largest makeover since the beginning. Every Cabin features expertly-crafted dishes with more than 100 wines, beers, and cocktails to choose from! This year’s Cabins are New England Tavern, The Heartland, SoCal, Aloha Eats, Tex Mex Cantina, Tampa Tavern, and Coke Fusion.