Your Ultimate Guide to Epcot Festivals
Four times each year, Epcot hosts festivals that offer unique experiences. Here is your ultimate guide to the Epcot festivals!
Each festival offers a unique theme and unique experiences and foods. If you can’t decide which festival to try, hopefully this will help!
International Festival of the Arts
First in the calendar year is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.This festival celebrates art in many forms, including food, art displays, and various forms of live art.
Of course, food is an art form! And some of the creations at the festival look almost too good to eat! Almost…
While sampling unique food and drink creations, take in the live musical performances that take place daily in the World Showcase Plaza.
But don’t miss out on the special concert series hosted in the American Garden Theater.
Other art experiences are available to view. In this year’s festival, acrobatics are featured. Also, you can watch artists at work while they create masterpieces.
But this festival isn’t just for viewing. There are multiple opportunities to be part of the action.
This year’s festival includes activities like learning to draw a character with a Disney animator, adding a special touch to a mural wall, and Imagination Kids Chalk Art!
International Flower and Garden Festival
Later in the Spring, Epcot hosts the International Flower and Garden Festival. The 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off March 1st.
Food is always part of the fun at Epcot festivals. Enjoy a stroll around the World Showcase for unique flavors at the outdoor kitchens.
While eating around the World Showcase, guests are surrounded by countless topiaries. Find your favorite characters and take advantage of these unique photo ops!
Next, get your dancing shoes ready for the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the American Gardens Theater! Artists have not been announced yet – stay tuned!
But don’t forget to check out the retail stores at the entrance to the World Showcase; you may find that a scavenger hunt card is available for purchase!
These scavenger hunts can be a fun family activity. Turn your card in when finished for a prize!
International Food and Wine Festival
The third festival comes when the peak summer season starts to die down. In late summer and through the Fall, you will find the International Food and Wine Festival has taken over Epcot!
The World Showcase in Epcot always offers international fare; during the International Food and Wine Festival, there are a ton of additional countries represented!
First, get a special gift card wristlet (available for purchase at the festival booths) to make it easier to eat and drink your way around the festival booths.
Also, as with the other festivals, a scavenger hunt is typically available for purchase, with a prize when completed!
Don’t miss the special merchandise offerings available only at festival locations. Each year, a new spirit jersey is just one of many popular items guest look forward to.
Another very popular draw for the Food and Wine Festival is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at the American Garden Theater. Disney releases concert schedules closer to the festival.
But wait, you can add even more to the fun! RunDisney hosts Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend. Combine your festival trip with an awesome race experience!
International Festival of the Holidays
If you love the holiday season, take things to the next level by exploring how other cultures celebrate at the International Festival of the Holidays.
Festival booths offer a taste of unique holidays dishes from around the world, like the Holiday Cookie Stroll.
While enjoying tasty treats, enjoy unique family experiences to learn more about how different countries celebrate.
Once you’ve enjoyed the festival, head over to the American Garden Theater for a truly special treat. The Candlelight Processional is a holiday concert like no other.
Various famous hosts are scheduled throughout the season. 2022 hosts included Mariska Hargitay, Josh Gad, and Neil Patrick Harris.
This ultimate guide to Epcot festivals is just the start. For more information and planning, let MickeyTravels help you plan your festival trip!