Annual Manual 2014
Published: March 26, 2014
Orlando’s reputation as a spot for fun-seekers isn’t entirely based on its International Drive allure – at least, not if you ask a native. Our bars, clubs and live music venues offer a more distinguishing palate a variety of environments for a spectrum of tastes: a tour of the world’s best craft beers, a speakeasy time traveller’s fantasy, a game geek’s dream dance floor, budget-blasting arena rock, intimate performances by budding musical talents and so much more. You can discover a different world on any given night by dedicating time to these exciting haunts.
Accidental Music Festival
November, various venues
Especially for music lovers, this festival focuses on inventive avant-garde music with pleasantly surprising performances, educational activities and a special showcase of international performers.
Florida Music Festival
April 24-26, 2014, various venues
FMF is the longest-running music festival in Orlando and is coupled with industry conferences that offer an opportunity to network and discover new music while pub-crawling downtown.
Fall, various venues
This treasured celebration of local music brings together mostly local bands across several genres to provide a little something for everyone, acting as a true cornerstone for our local scene, just as the Orlando musician it strives to memorialize did.
Total Bummer Fest
Summer, various venues
A trippy dance party of electronic bands who do much more than stand behind a laptop, this festival ensures that the town is painted in shades much more psychedelic than simply red.
October, Audubon Park
The AP Garden District encourages you to dress as a zombie – including full, gory makeup – then parade down Corrine Drive to enjoy live music, horror films, a costume contest and local food trucks and vendors.
400 W. Church St.
The biggest national pop stars stop at Amway, making this our city’s one-stop shop for arena rock on downtown’s biggest stage.
929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
For fans of open-mic nights, this establishment hosts some of the best amateur nights for music and comedy. It’s a friendly launch pad for a variety of budding talents that also happens to serve some of the best iced coffee in town.