Orlando Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture

In Orlando, you'll never run out of things to do. The same ideals of creativity and innovation that rank Orlando's theme parks among the best in the world overflow to the surrounding community, making this a haven for artists and performers. From the intimate Orlando Repertory Theatre and Mad Cow Theatre to the Broadway Across America Orlando series, the entertainment options are endless. And can we mention, the area is also home to hundreds of museums, galleries, theatres, gardens and historic homes. Here are some of the area's options:

  • The state-of-the-art Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a brand new premiere destination for world-class arts, culture and entertainment; a Center where regional and global creativity converge to educate and nurture the region’s artists, arts organizations, audiences and students.
  • The artistic director of the Orlando Ballet, Robert Hill, is internationally renowned in ballet circles.
  • Orlando is home to one of the top orchestras in the state as well as the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States.
  • The Morse Museum is internationally known for its Tiffany Glass collection.
  • The City of Orlando’s Public Arts division curates three galleries, all of which are free to the general public. Two of the galleries are located in Orlando’s City Hall; the third is housed within the historic Harry P. Leu Gardens Garden Home.
  • The Florida Film Festival in Orlando is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent and international cinema.
  • The Zora Neale Hurston Festival is an internationally known celebration of the cultural contributions that Africa-descended people have made to the United States and to world culture.
  • The Orlando Museum of Art boasts a renowned permanent collection and has played host to many world-famous traveling exhibits, including American glass artist Dale Chihuly, China’s Ming Dynasty Collection and American folk painter Grandma Moses.
  • Adding to the rich community fabric of Orlando cultural arts is the Broadway Across America: Orlando and Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF.
  • The Osceola Center for the Arts promotes interest and participation in the arts by offering events and programs that are accessible for everyone. The Center hosts five art exhibits in their gallery and produces a two-day art festival in downtown Kissimmee.
  • The Orlando Fringe Festival is a well-known, off-beat cultural event.
  • Home to exciting, hands-on exhibits, amazing giant-screen movies and engaging live programming, Orlando Science Center is a place where visitors can explore and discover science and technology together.