5 cultural events happening in Orlando in February 2012

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter ©The Walt Disney Company

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter ©The Walt Disney Company

Florida Vacation Guide to Orlando’s Most Cultural February 2012 Events

There are plenty of events happening in Orlando this February to quench your thirst for art and culture.

The following is a list of 5 such artsy events happening in Orlando this February:

2012 Winter Park Bach Festival

Get your Bach on at the third-oldest continuously operating festival paying homage to the great German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. Celebrate the life and music of Bach via musical performances and lectures at Rollins College’s Knowles Memorial Chapel. For details visit bachfestivalflorida.org

2012 Orlando ArtsFest

Take in music, dance, art, drama and more at several venues throughout Orlando this February for the 2012 ArtsFest. More than 80 cultural organizations participate in this festival including Mad Cow Theatre, Orlando Museum of Art and Orlando Ballet. The best news is that admission is free! Visit artsfestfl.com for details and to register for your favorite events.

2012 Antiques Show & Sale

Antiquing is an art – ask anyone! View the paintings, jewelry, furniture and many more types of antiques that will be on display at the Orlando Museum of Art by art dealers from across the Eastern United States. This Show & Sale takes place in February but the exact dates are yet to be announced so keep visiting omart.org for details.

2012 Mount Dora Art Festival

According to the Southeast Tourism Society, the Mount Dora Art Festival is one of the top 20 events in the Southeast. Join the 300,000 or so people that fill the streets for this two-day art festival featuring the works of more than 285 artists showcasing sculpture, jewelry, glass, watercolor, photography, clay, oils, graphics and more. Visit mountdoracenterforthearts.org for information.

Celebrate Mardi Gras

From the middle of February through early April, the streets of the Universal Studios theme park are lined with costumed characters, colorful parades and floats, forming the largest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans. Take in the live concert series and see popular musicians on your Florida vacation. Taste some yummy New Orleans-style eats and of course there will be beads!

If Disney World is more your style, head to the New Orleans themed resorts at Disney World to celebrate Mardi Gras. Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter Resorts are the perfect place to celebrate. Savor a delectable authentic beignet, chow down on a spicy bowl of gumbo or munch on a po-boy sandwich. The resorts often hand out beads to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

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