We’re not quite into fall yet but Orlando theme parks are already celebrating huge season change. For Halloween events to beer festivals, here’s what’ happening in Orlando this September:
Halloween Horror Nights – The biggest event Universal Orlando puts on each year; Halloween Horror Nights returns this September 6 with new nightmares. The event’s 10 haunted houses are drawn from the greatest ’80’s horror shows and movies and include Netflix’s Stranger Things, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Us, Universal Monsters, Ghostbusters, House of 1000 Corpses, Depths of Fear, Graveyard Games, Nightingales: Blood Pit, and Yeti Terror of the Yukon. Scare Zones are just as horrific with Zombieland Double Tap, Rob Zombie Hell Billy Deluxe, Anarch-Cade, Vanity Ball and Vikings Undead.
Walt Disney World
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – One of the most popular events in all of Walt Disney World, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already offering up spooks at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This September the party continues with Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes fireworks, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, trick-or-treating throughout the park, characters dressed in Halloween costumes and more.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing with more than 25 international marketplace kiosks offering tapas-sized portions of regional specialties as well as recommended wine and beer pairings. Guests can also spend time sharpening their culinary skills in seminars, dining experiences with celebrity chefs, and more. Pair it all with the Eat to the Beat Concerts. September artists include:
September 1 to 2: NEW! Sawyer Brown
September 3 to 4: MercyMe
September 5 to 6: NEW! Grace Kelly
September 7 to 8: NEW! Zach Williams
September 9 to 10: NEW! Lauren Daigle
September 11 to 12: NEW! Jimmie Allen
September 13 to 15: Tiffany
September 16 to 17: Smash Mouth
September 18 to 19: Everclear
September 20 to 22: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
September 23 to 24: Post Modern Jukebox
September 25 to 26: Blue October
September 27 to 29: Mark Wills
September 30 to October 2: Sugar Ray
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Bier Fest - Toast to the end of summer with the return of the popular Bier Fest. On weekends now through September 8, taste the best craft beers from around the world, including over 40 new brews. As you sip enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest but with a modern twist.
Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens is celebrating “20 Years of Fear” at this year’s Howl-O-Scream. From September 20 through November 2, take on terrifying haunted houses and roaming hordes. Haunted houses include The Residence, Death Water Bayou: Wrath of the Queen, Insomnia: Patients’ Revenge, Motel Hell: Infestation, The Black Spot: Bloodshed and Simon’s Slaughterhouse.
Conservation Connections - On September 29, join Joaquin Alonso Mont, Execute Director and Environmental Scientist for Harimau Conservation as he discusses tiger conservation efforts. The talk is included with park admission and begins at 2:00 p.m.
Electric Ocean - September 1 is the final day to charge up your summer nights with SeaWorld Orlando’s Electric Ocean. Enjoy glowing sea animals, DJs, fireworks and more at Orlando’s #1 nighttime event.
Craft Beer Festival - See what’s brewing at SeaWorld Orlando during the Craft Beer Festival. The event features a mix of domestic, international and local Florida favorites. Plus, enjoy more than 20 food items expertly paired to match each beer. The event takes place weekends September 7 through October 27.
Halloween Spooktacular - Beginning September 21, families can enjoy a not-so-spooky good time during SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. The daytime event immerses guests in an underwater “fantasea” with trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, and more.