Art Walks in Orlando
While many may consider Orlando a theme park mecca, there’s more to O-town than the Mouse and thrill rides.
Orlando boasts one of the most bustling art scenes in Central Florida. City leaders have been sure to incorporate the arts within its district designations. The core of downtown is considered the Arts District, while historical areas like Thornton and Sanford have also become hubs for the arts.
If you’re looking to take in some great art from sculpture, to paintings and everything in between there are plenty of opportunities. Here are some of our favorite free art walks in Orlando:
Third Thursday Gallery Hop and Art Walk
Every third Thursday art lovers convene for the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop & Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit participating galleries, listen to live performances and take in unique architecture and décor at participating businesses. The CityArts Factory is normally on the list. This art gallery in Orlando switches out its installations weekly and features mostly local and regional art. For more information about the Gallery Hop and Art Walk visit orlandoslice.com.
Thornton 2nd Tuesday Wine & Art Walk
Sip on a glass of wine while taking in original art and handmade crafts by local vendors. That’s the scene at the 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk in Orlando’s Thornton Park District. The weekly event is put on by the Orlando Main Street program, which maintains the Thornton Park District, which is a part of the Nationally Accredited Main St. In addition to art vendors, more than 20 restaurants and businesses participate by offering tastings and samples. $15 gets you a glass and a map of more than 20 participating businesses. For more information visit Downtown Orlando Events.
First Thursdays Orlando Museum of Art Walk
Coined as Orlando’s “Original Art Party” this art walk happens inside the walls of the Orlando Museum of Art. Every first Thursday, the museum lets its hair down serving beer, wine, drinks and snacks. The normally quiet space features live music on First Thursdays while museum-goers mingle and take in the art. The event is free for museum members, and $15 for others. In addition to the museum’s collection, local artists are also featured. Orlando’s Museum of Art was founded in 1924 and features dozens of exhibitions each year. For more information visit the museum’s website.
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