April 2023 Happenings on I-Drive

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Springtime in Orlando is a time of year when the weather is warm, the skies are blue, and the flowers are in bloom, making it the perfect time to get outside and explore all that International Drive has to offer! Plus, many of the popular attractions and major theme parks have fewer crowds than during peak summer months!
If you’ll be visiting this month, check out these exciting events happening in the area and get ready to leap into good times in Orlando’s Most Dynamic Neighborhood!

MegaCon - For the Fans

MEGACON Orlando takes center stage on International Drive from March 30th to April 2nd! This is the South East’s Largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event - attracting over 100,000 fans each year for four big days!
MEGACON is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favorite guest and get the inside scoop about your favorite movies and TV shows at celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in popular Sketch Duels, learn from “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favorite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 400,000 square feet of shopping madness.
If you’re a fan of any kind and will be visiting I-Drive in the beginning of April, this is a can’t-miss event! Get the details today.

For the Foodies

If you haven't already made it to SeaWorld Orlando’s Annual Seven Seas Food Festival, there’s still time! This fan-favorite event will be going on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this month, bringing guests the chance to sip and sample their way around the globe and enjoying special live entertainment! Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting for you, with over 200 distinct offerings, including 50 fresh global cuisine choices, 75 refreshing wine and cocktail selections, and over 75 craft brews. But that’s not all, add a taste of live music to your palette with special live performances taking the stage at the Bayside Stadium throughout this event.
Here’s the lineup for April:
  • April 1st: Warrant
  • April 2nd: Smokey Robinson
  • April 8th: Cory Asbury
  • April 9th: Highway to Hell, a Tribute to AC/DC; Absolute Def Leppard, a Tribute to Def Leppard; Absolute Queen, a Tribute to Queen
  • April 15th: Chris Lane
  • April 16th: The Marshall Tucker Band
  • April 23th: Kameron Marlowe
  • April 29th: Commodores
  • April 30th: Scott Stapp
With so many exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animal encounters, the Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to stir the soul—and warm the belly!

Taco’bout a Tasty Event

If you love tacos, you can’t miss the Orlando Taco Festival taking over ICON Park Orlando on April 22nd and 23rd! This is the most anticipated food festival of 2023 and will be a weekend to remember! Round up the whole family and enjoy these event highlights:
  • 30+ Taco & Food Vendors
  • Margarita Bar
  • Tequila Expo Area
  • Interactive Mariachi Experience
  • Lucha Libre Wrestling
  • VIP Exclusive Area
  • Kids Fun Zone
  • Vendor Shopping Market
  • Hot Chili Pepper & Taco Eating Contests
  • Live Authentic & Traditional Entertainment
  • Baggo Tournament & Tailgate Games
Get all of the delicious details here and plan to indulge your inner foodie in the heart of Orlando!

Beyond the Bayou

Mardi Gras isn’t over until Universal says it is. Get ready to go beyond the bayou at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration still going strong through April 16th! Get ready to be a part of an awesome party inspired by Carnaval celebrations from around the world! Watch as colorful parades featuring spectacular floats fill the streets, this year features traditional floats as well as six all-new floats straight from New Orleans! Sample flavors from the bayou to Brazil and beyond, and enjoy live music all around in addition to special concerts on select nights! If you’re looking to collect colorful beads, and get your party on, you can’t miss Universal’s Mardi Gras festival! Get all the details here.

Party Like It’s 2000

Remember the 2000s? Ya know, trucker hats, low-rise jeans, sweatbands, hair highlights, popped collars, 2-way cell phones, and awesome music!? Relive it all at Howl at the Moon’s 2000s party on April 21st! There will be live music from the 2000s, drinks, including their popular bucket drinks, giveaways, and so much more! Get your party on at this special event happening at one of Orlando’s premier nightlife destinations during your trip to I-Drive this April. Get the details here

Live Entertainment

There’s no doubt that International Drive is known for its lively entertainment scene, and there are many venues that offer live entertainment. Here are a few popular options:
The Orlando Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre: This venue features top comedians from around the country, as well as up-and-coming names in the comedy world, and local talent. Enjoy food and drinks alongside belly laughs for a memorable night out in Orlando. See who will be taking the stage at Orlando Improv during your visit here.
Hard Rock Live Orlando: AKA "Coliseum of Rock 'n Roll," This venue is known for hosting some of the biggest names in the music industry, Each month you’ll find popular artists from a variety of genres. See a calendar of events happening at Hard Rock this April, here
Tin Roof Orlando: Located in the heart of the action at ICON Park Orlando, Tin Roof, a live music joint, is a casual local-favorite venue that offers nightly entertainment featuring local and national acts, in addition to hosting a variety of fun weekly events like trivia nights, bingo, reggae brunch, and more! See what’s going down at Tin Roof during your visit here
There’s no shortage of live entertainment to enjoy on I-Drive. Browse our calendar of upcoming entertainment happening around International Drive, and plan to enjoy some of Orlando’s world-class entertainment during your trip!
April brings warmer weather, sunny skies, and an energy that can’t be denied in the heart of Orlando! If you’ll be visiting Orlando’s Most Dynamic Neighborhood this month, check out the exciting events that will be happening during your trip and get ready to leap into good times on International Drive!