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Orlando Events

Events listed below are held in Orlando, unless indicated otherwise.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Celebration of the life of the civil rights leader; Orlando; http://star94fm.com

Zora Neale Hurston Festival
End of Month; Biggest and best festival in the Orlando area celebrating interpreters and artists of Southern African American culture; theater, dance, vendors, art exhibits, educational programs draw over 100,000 to Eatonville; received a Regional Designation Award in the Humanities from the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games; Eatonville; http://ww.zoranealehurstonfestival.com


Black History Month
Various celebrations throughout the city; Orlando; http://www.orlandoinfo.com

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios
Featuring live music, cajun cuisine, parade and more; performers include Donna Summer, Four Tops, Temptations, and Doobie Brothers; Universal Citywalk; http://www.universalorlando.com

Bob Marley Reggae Festival
Universal Citywalk; http://www.orlandoinfo.com

Festival of Rhythm & Blues
Annual music event featuring food, children’s activities, beer garden and arts and crafts; Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Kissimmee; 407-933-8368


Caribbean Fusion Concert
Annual music event featuring food, children’s activities, and beer garden; Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Kissimmee; 407-933-8368


Kissimmee JazzFest
A concert ranging in talent from local bands to big name artists; Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Kissimmee; 407-933-8368

Central Florida Fair
Central Florida Fairgrounds; http://www.orlandoinfo.com


Annual celebration of African American culture; Orlando; http://www.juneteenth.com

Anniversary Gala
Metropolitan Orlando Urban League, Orlando; http://www.metorlandoul.org

Ethnic Dance Festival
Three weekends of performances showcasing the best of world dance and music representing cultures from around the world; Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco; http://www.worldartswest.org

Monterey Bay Blues Festival
One of the largest blues festivals on the West Coast; past performers include Little Richard, Neville Brothers, James Brown, Keb Mo; Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey; http://www.montereyblues.com

Stern Grove Music Festival
Free series of concerts featuring R&B, jazz and world music; Stern Grove, San Francisco; http://www.sterngrove.org


Eatonsville Founder’s Day
Speaker presentations, cultural programs and entertainment augment the mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to honor the founders of Eatonville; 407-623-1236


Florida Classic
Football game featuring Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman College, a memorable Step show, battle of the bands and golf tournament; Orlando; https://soulofamerica.com/events/black-college-football-classics/


Kwanzaa Celebration
Begins 12/26; annual 7-day celebration of African American culture at various venues around Orlando metro area; https://soulofamerica.com/events/kwanzaa-celebrations

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