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Orlando Events for Date Night this Month: April 2021

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Our monthly curated guide to the best Orlando events for couples

Spring is here and we are ready for sunshine and fun around Orlando. From the return of the Florida Film Festival at Enzian Theater to multiple outdoor concerts, unique foodie events and a day-long celebration of the arts in Downtown Winter Garden, here’s our curated list of the best Orlando events during the month of April.

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April 1 – 4

1st Thursdays at OMA: Florida Grown
Thursday, April 1, 6pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people at this monthly curated art show. Each month features a unique theme; April’s show will highlight work from Florida artists.
$15

Classic Movie Series: The Wizard of Oz
Thursday, April 1, 6:30pm
Garden Theatre
Spend the evening in Downtown Winter Garden’s Garden Theatre to watch classic movies on the big screen! April’s classic film is The Wizard of Oz.
$15

Opera Orlando presents Carmen
Thursday, April 1, 7:30pm and Saturday, April 3, 2pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor Kelly Kuo and stage director Sara E. Widzer make their Opera Orlando debut with this original production, set in the politically tumultuous and culturally provocative arena of 1960s Haiti.
Tickets start at $19

Orlando events - Opera Orlando Carmen April 1 - 3Image credit: Opera Orlando

Historic Bike Tours of Ivanhoe Village
Saturday, April 3, 5:30 and 7pm
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Take a Historic Bike Tour of Ivanhoe Village around Virginia Drive or Orange Avenue with the district’s Executive Director, Christian Switzer. Tickets include the tour, bike rental, a few drinks at local Ivanhoe businesses and an Ivanhoe Village tote bag.
$25

April 5 – 11

Thornton Park District 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
Thursday, April 8, 6:30pm
Thornton Park District – glass pickup at Eola Wine Company
Orlando’s favorite reoccurring art night, with 22 places to stop for a tasty libation along with art vendors, live music, DJ Mr. Mogembo, artist Selfismo painting live and all sorts of fun! The cost of admission grants you a wristband glass and a map of all the participating drink locations.
$10

Chef Night with Chef Wendy Lopez
*SOLD OUT*
Thursday, April 8, 6pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden
Come gather [around the table] and enjoy an variety of dishes through incredible small plates with Chef Wendy Lopez.
$75

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: Duel
Thursday, April 8, 8pm
Central Park – Winter Park
Enjoy a free outdoor movie in Winter Park’s Central Park every month as part of this ongoing free outdoor movie series. Reservations are required and can be made here starting April 1.
FREE; reservation required

Florida Film Festival
April 9 – 22
Enzian Theater
Through 14 days of 160 films and first-class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious menu at Eden Bar and inside Enzian Theater.
Individual tickets $12; packages $55 and up; passes $125 and up

Vertical Concert Series: US Stones – Rolling Stones Tribute
April 9 – 10, 8pm
Orlando World Center Marriott
The series will feature a different band every weekend that will perform on Friday and Saturday night and will culminate with a nightly laser show. Bands will be featured on the upper pavilion, viewable from the private balconies of the guest rooms surrounding the area. 
*Overnight stay required; packages from $209/night

Party from your Balcony at Orlando World Center Marriott Concert SeriesImage credit: Orlando World Center Marriott

Reggae at the Rock
Saturday, April 10, 11am
Hard Rock Daytona Beach
Daytona’s premier Music and Art Festival featuring Florida’s favorite Reggae/Rock bands on 2 stages. Plus live art exhibitions, performance art, Dj’s and much more.
FREE Admission

Thornton Park District Spring Fling
Saturday, April 10, 12-6pm
TPD Circle
Local vendors, plants, food and drink in the TPD Circle! Kid- and dog-friendly.
FREE Admission

Kids Night at the Museum
*FEATURED EVENT*
Saturday, April 10, 6-10pm
Orlando Science Center
Enjoy a stress and child-free evening on the town while children have an entertaining experience of their own exploring the wonders of everything the Science Center has to offer. Throughout the night, children will explore exhibits, experience enhanced science programming, and enjoy dinner* and a film. They will also participate in hands-on activities, and see an interactive live science show.
$75 for first child, $40 per additional sibling

Orlando events - Kids Night Out Orlando Science CenterImage credit: Orlando Science Center, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Ballet Ball – A Night in 19th Century Paris
Saturday, April 10, 6pm
Orlando Ballet Company and School
The Ballet Ball will be nothing short of spectacular! Indulge and delight in wine, cocktails, delicious cuisine, and, of course, dancing!
$500

Jazz’n Blues Concert
Saturday, April 10, 7pm
Leu Gardens
Enjoy jazz and blues from some of the most popular bands in Central Florida.  Pack a dinner picnic of your favorite foods and bring seating, alcohol is permitted. 
$17.50

April 12 – 18

En La Cocina Cooking Class
Thursday, April 15, 6:30pm
Tapa Toro
Enjoy an evening of cooking and eating around the paella pit as Tapa Toro’s talented chefs guide you in creating some of their favorite recipes. April menu: Oysters Rockefeller, Cedar Park Salmon, Strawberry Shortcake Stack.
$54

Duckhorn Wine Dinner
Thursday, April 15, 7pm
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Indulge in a five-course menu paired with exquisite Duckhorn Portfolio wines for an unforgettable evening.
$250

Looking for more date night ideas along I-Drive? See what else is on the calendar this April on I-Drive.

Orlando Ballet presents Peter Pan
April 15-18, various times
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Fly through a starlit London night and dive headfirst into a magical adventure in Neverland in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan.
Tickets start at $24

Rock the Beach Tribute Band Series
Friday, April 16, 7pm
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Enjoy this tribute to Hootie and the Blowfish, Matchbox Twenty, and Pat Benatar. Tickets include general admission, complimentary valet and one drink ticket.
$10

Wave Terrace at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona BeachImage credit: Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Sip and Stretch
Friday, April 16, 7:30pm
DGBEK Dance Studio
During this session – you and your partner will experience easy to follow yoga moves that will foster connection and bliss. Particulary, you will be guided with demonstrations from your yoga teacher so that you could copy step by step demo sequences. This is a playful opportunity to laugh, connect, and build subtle movements of intimacy
$34

Craig Robinson
April 16 – 18
Improv Orlando
$54

Shelly’s Warriors Cornhole Tournament
*FEATURED EVENT*
Saturday, April 17, 11am
Hourglass Brewery – Longwood
Round up your friends and join this outdoors, bracket style cornhole tournament featuring a $200 cash prize for the first place team and a $100 Boxi Park gift card for second place. All proceeds will be used exclusively to support families in need. This event is a fundraiser to honor Shelly’s legacy and support the 501c3’s mission of providing financial relief to cancer patients. Purchase food from ChiPhi food truck, Wako Taco and Papa Bees Wings. The prize and raffle list continues to grow and is currently valued at approximately $1,700!
$50/team

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Through April 17, 2021, various times
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
In an outdoor performance at Lake Eola Park, mayhem and mischief are afoot in this glittering, enchanted classic comedy. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” When magical, mischief-maker Puck gets ahold of a love potion, he sets in motion all the comical antics that arise from four young lovers’ adventure through the woods. Shakespeare’s classic comedy charms everyone who enters its magical realm – come enjoy love and laughter in a dreamlike evening under the stars at Lake Eola. Read more about this show here.
$22 – $56

Orlando Shakes Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream Outdoors at Lake Eola ParkImage credit: Orlando Shakes

Introductory Wine Course
Saturday, April 17, 5:30pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden
Use all five senses to better understand wine and your own preferences.
$125

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
*SOLD OUT*
Saturday, April 17, 5:30pm
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
The event will offer culinary selections from the hotel’s award winning restaurants as well as wine samplings from around the world and a selection of other beverages, all amidst live entertainment.
$125 event only tickets; overnight packages from $400

Arts in April
Saturday, April 17, all day
Downtown Winter Garden
Arts in April is a community celebration designed to showcase and support the local arts. Celebrate “The World Outside” and World Art Day all day on Saturday, April 17, 2021 with a lineup of fun and FREE artsy activities. Activities include gallery exhibits, a sidewalk chalk competition, En Plein Air event and more.
FREE 

6 Ways to Experience the Arts in Winter Garden this AprilImage credit: Winter Garden Art Association

Art Night VIP
Saturday, April 17, 6-9pm
Multiple venues throughout Downtown Winter Garden
Enjoy “Behind the Velvet Rope” VIP Access to curated immersive art experiences in several small COVID-safe boutique settings around historic Downtown Winter Garden. Participating venues include Plant Street Market, Pilars Loft, SOBO Gallery and more.
$75

niwa de [in the garden] – Japan
Sunday, April 18, 2-4pm or 4-6pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden
Join local chefs and artisans for a look into the cuisine of Japan for this exclusive event! Stroll around Edible Education Experience’s garden as you sip on delicious Japanese matcha and enjoy delicacies ranging from the city to the country. Learn about the different regions of Japan, all while experiencing College Park’s hidden gem.
$5 for event entry; food prices vary

Disney Movie Night: Soul
Sunday, April 18, 6pm
Frontyard Festival at Dr. Phillips Center
A dash of magic comes to downtown Orlando nearly every Sunday evening as Dr. Phillips Center presents Disney Movie Night—classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library.
$5 – $10

April 19 – 25

Orlando Taco Week
April 20 – May 4
Participating locations
15 days of $5 taco specials in local restaurants, eateries, taco joints and taquerias to celebrate our city’s favorite dish!
Menu prices vary

Culinary Curiosities: Non-Alcoholic Buzz & Healthy Drinks
Tuesday, April 20, 6pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House
Healing Butterfly owner Jackie Hirsch will whip up some delectable and garden-forward drinks and appetizers. Try a “nut milk flight” and a “virgin Sangria” plus learn unique ways to zhoosh up your beverage game and enjoy delicious food in the process.
$50

Wine Regions of the World Wine Course with Kcuvée
Thursday, April 22, 5:30pm
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden
The more you know, the more you enjoy wine. Join us to travel to Kcuvée’s favorite wine regions of the world. Discover new and classic grape varieties, and let us surprise and indulge your senses.
$125

Sing Along with MAMMA MIA!
Friday, April 23, 8pm
The Abbey
Take a chance on belting out the ABBA songs you know and love, plus Mamma Mia on the big screen, drink specials, and hosts Gidget Galore and Ginger Minj! Reservations required; limited tickets available.
$18 – $24

Vertical Concert Series: British Invasion – Beatles Tribute
April 23 – 24, 8pm
Orlando World Center Marriott
The series will feature a different band every weekend that will perform on Friday and Saturday night and will culminate with a nightly laser show. Bands will be featured on the upper pavilion, viewable from the private balconies of the guest rooms surrounding the area. Read more about this ongoing concert series.
*Overnight stay required; packages from $209/night

Curated Experiences at Grande Lakes
April 23 – 25
The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
In one perfectly planned weekend guests at Grande Lakes Orlando can enjoy the perfect mix of relaxation and inspiration, along with one-on-one time with expert chefs, winemakers, jewelers, golf pros and more! Multiple packages available including a complete curated experiences weekend, full day Saturday + dinner and more.
$300 – $750

Orlando Events - Curated Experiences weekend at Grande Lakes OrlandoImage credit: Grande Lakes Orlando

12th Annual Folk and Urban Art Festival
Saturday, April 24, 10am
Hannibal Square Heritage Center
Online and in-person activities featuring local artists, cultural edutainment, Minny The Mule Art Hop for Kids, storytelling, and more free fun for the whole family.
FREE Admission

Washington Street Outdoor Night Market
Saturday, April 24, 5-10pm
The Falcon
Monthly outdoor event in the Thornton Park District highlighting uniquely fantastic local makers + artists.
FREE Admission

SoDo After Dark
Saturday, April 24, 7:30pm
Orlando Brewing
Enjoy an evening of live music, beer, food, wine and more outdoors in the SoDo District.
$15; $20 at the door

Mount Dora Blueberry Festival
April 24 – 25
Donnelly Park
The local blueberry industry is celebrated during the peak of Blueberry season in Lake County at this annual event.
FREE Admission

Sanford Mini Indie Spring Edition
Sunday, April 25, 11am
Tuffy’s Bottle Shop and Lounge
We will have 20 rotating vendors each month, food, libations & live music.
FREE Admission

April 26 – 30

Casa de Carolina
Tuesday, April 27, 8pm
HAÖS on Church
Come to Carolina’s house as she welcomes her friends for a little fiesta with all of the tropical vibes.
$15

Sheryl Crow
Wednesday, April 28, 7:30pm
Frontyard Festival at Dr. Phillips Center
Part of the ongoing Frontyard Festival series – six months of socially distant, live outdoor entertainment and unique experiences, including food and drinks delivered to your box from on-site restaurants.
Tickets starting at $55

Orlando events - Frontyard Festival series at Dr. Phillips CenterImage credit: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Virtual Lioco Wine Tasting
Thursday, April 29, 7-8:30
*VIRTUAL event hosted by Swirlery Wine Bar
Grab your pack of wines and join Swirlery and the winemakers virtually for a tasting of Lioco Wines.
Ticket info coming soon

Rock the Beach Tribute Series: Tributes to Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks
Friday, April 30, 7pm
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
The five talented musicians of The Stevie Nicks Experience pay tribute to Stevie and her unparalleled career with a show that takes the audience back in time. Plus, step back into music history and experience one of the best Tom Petty tribute bands in Central Florida! General admission ticket includes concert, complimentary valet and one drink voucher.
$10

Classic Albums Live: AC/DC ‘Back in Black’
Friday, April 30, 8-10:30pm
Hard Rock Live Orlando
Classic Albums Live features the finest studio musicians performing classic rock albums LIVE note for note, cut for cut. This time it’s AC/DC’s Back In Black. Show your ticket for 15% off your food purchase at the Hard Rock Cafe.
$35 – $45

Vertical Concert Series: True Rumors – Fleetwood Mac Tribute
April 30 – May 1, 8pm
Orlando World Center Marriott
The series will feature a different band every weekend that will perform on Friday and Saturday night and will culminate with a nightly laser show. Bands will be featured on the upper pavilion, viewable from the private balconies of the guest rooms surrounding the area. 
*Overnight stay required; packages from $209/night

Ongoing Orlando Events

TPD Thursday Night Market
Thursdays from 6-10pm
Thornton Park District
A family and dog friendly weekly outdoor market! Located by World of Beer in the Osceola Circle. Featuring unique local vendors, food trucks, music, bars provided by Aku Aku Tiki & The Abbey and lots of outdoor seating!
FREE Admission

Friday Night Makers Market
Fridays in April, 6pm
Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company
Persimmon Hollow at Lake Eola is hosting a Makers Market each Friday evening. Join us from 6-9pm for stalls featuring fruits, veggies, bread, jewelry, plants, and more from local vendors and artisans.
FREE Admission

The Foreigner – A Culinary Experience
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm
The Heavy
Bruno and team, will present a 5 course omakase style dinner with a contemporary approach to food & wine, and an opportunity for you to allow them to take you through a journey of elegant flavor, in Winter Park.
$100

Image credit: The Foreigner Experience

Bites, Sips and Hips
Fridays and Saturdays, 9pm
HÄOS on Church
Dine and Enjoy a DAMN GOOD SHOW with Blue LaLa Entertainment. Come see what Orlando is talking about! Reservations recommended.
$7 artist fee upon arrival; menu prices vary

Craft Beer and History Tour
Saturdays in April, 3pm
Historic Downtown Sanford
This popular guided experience provides you the opportunity to experience the district’s popular east side craft breweries while learning about the city’s tumultuous history of prohibition in Sanford, FL.
$35

Goat Yoga at Alaska Farms Orlando
Saturdays and Sundays, 10am and 11:15am
Alaska Farms – 9650 Berry Dease Rd, Orlando, FL
Goat yoga allows you to harmonize with nature and creates a sense of peace and relaxation. Goats are curious and love interacting with people, they will hop onto you to make sure your experience is not one to forget! Class includes 30-35 minutes of goat yoga, feeding and photoshoot time and a chance to play with the goats once yoga is done. You’ll also be able to meet the Orange County Sheriff’s Department horses and take a tour of the barns. This local and family owned farm is home to cows, goats, donkeys, horses, emus, alpacas, and more!
$27

Seven Seas Food Festival
Weekends through May
SeaWorld Orlando
Roam the expansive open-air grounds and embark on an international flavor journey inspired by the tastes and smells of the Caribbean, Italy, Brazil, Asia and beyond.
Included with park admission; food prices vary

Looking for more events? See what’s going on in Tampa with our sister publication’s guide to Tampa Bay Events in April 2021.

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