What does a water lantern festival, 80’s pub crawl, and music festival have in common? They’re all happening this weekend right here in Orlando! So get excited, because we have a list of the best things to do in Orlando this weekend.
Don’t forget to check out our business spotlight, where we highlight how to have the best date night at ICON park.
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Events This Weekend
1. Orlando Water Lantern Festival
If you want to feel like you’re a character in the movie “Tangled”, this is the event for you. The Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness hundred of lanterns light up the water.
Watch your unique lantern drift into the water and join other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. There will also be great food and fun music. Reflect on your life, share your dreams, and feel the peace around you as you experience this unforgettable night with those you love.
🗓 July 17 | 5PM–10PM
📍 Orlando Watersports Complex
2. The 15th Annual Crazy 80's Pub Crawl
The 80’s called and they’re hosting a bar crawl right here in Downtown Orlando! Head to a thrift store or rummage through mom’s closet to find the best 80’s outfit to wear for this fun night out.
Jam to 80’s tunes all night long, receive 4 complimentary drinks, and drink specials. You deserve a night out so why not check out the gnarliest night of the year!? We promise you’ll have the best time and see some of the funkiest outfits!
🗓 July 17 | 8PM–1AM
📍 Finn Henry’s
3. Get Roasted - Drunken Monkey Market
Drunken Monkey Coffee is a cafe house serving traditional coffee house goodness and homestyle food and desserts. They have tons of vegan and vegetarian options to satisfy everyone! This weekend they’re hosting a local market with 10-15 artists and makers. Shop from a unique collection while enjoying delicious food. Sounds like a win-win in our book!
🗓 July 18 | 11AM–420PM
📍 Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar
Enjoy TWO full days full of reptiles! See live animals from around the world, purchase products for your pets, bring home a new friends, and learn more about reptiles and exotice animals. It’s the perfect event for the animal lovers in your life.
🗓 July 17 – 18
📍 Central Florida Fairgrounds
5. CULTURE Downtown Music Festival
Music festivals are back and we couldn’t be more ready! Enjoy three multigenre stages featuring Dennis Ferrer, DJ Tennis, Eprom, Vnssa, and so many mo amazing artists. Let’s bring music back into our lives with this unforgettable event.
🗓 July 17 – 18
📍 Downtown Orlando
Date Night at ICON Park
We are so excited to be partnering with International Drive District to bring you the best of I-Drive. This week we’re giving you the greatest date night itinerary to enjoy this weekend.
Start your date night off with dinner at Yard House. Experience a globally-inspired menu featuring over 100 made-from-scratch favorites and the world’s largest selection of draft beer! We personally love the Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Margherita Pizza. They even have vegan options, so there’s something for everyone!
Next stop, cocktails and a show at Ole Red. Enjoy live music, drinks, and delicious dishes all inspired by Blake Shelton. This weekend you’ll get the chance to see performances by Diamond Dixie, Bryan Malpass, Odell, and more. Check here for their schedule.
Last, but definitely not least, make the night even more memorable by ending it at the Wheel at ICON Park. Get a different view of Orlando from 400 ft up! It’s a view like no other in the city.
Whether you’re a local or visiting Orlando for a few days, I-Drive is the premier destination for dining, drinks, and entertainment!