May Happenings on International Drive

Monday, April 22, 2024
As the temperature rises and the sun shines brighter, International Drive in May promises an explosion of excitement, entertainment, and exploration. From thrilling events and vibrant nightlife to culinary delights and family-friendly fun, there's no shortage of reasons to explore I-Drive this month. Join us as we dive into the exhilarating happenings and must-attend events that make May on International Drive an experience like no other!

Seven Seas Food Festival Inaugural 5K

Get ready to lace up your running shoes and embark on an exhilarating journey through SeaWorld Orlando at the inaugural Seven Seas Food Festival 5K, on Saturday, May 4th. This unique event offers participants the opportunity to run, skip, jog or stroll through SeaWorld! As the sun rises over SeaWorld Orlando, runners (or walkers) of all levels will set off on a scenic 5K course that winds its way through the iconic theme park. Along the way, participants will be greeted by stunning marine exhibits, captivating animal interactions, breathtaking views, photo ops and entertainment providing an unforgettable backdrop for their journey to the finish line.
The SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival 5k also features a fun packed Kids Run for participants ages 7 and under, complete with Sesame Street Characters, so it’s sure to be a hit with the entire family. With accolades for all participants, and plenty of surprises along the way, this is certain to be a memorable day for racers of all ages.
Looking for the perfect way to end your race experience? Participants can head to the exclusive end of race Seven Seas celebration, exclusive to racers and a limited number of spectators, complete with entertainment and photo ops with Shamu & Crew. If you are looking to explore the park after your race, participants and guests can stay and play with a special day-of ticket offer.
Whether you're a seasoned runner looking for a new challenge or a family searching for a fun and active adventure, the Seven Seas Food Festival 5K offers something for everyone. Register today, for a day of excitement, camaraderie, and inspiration as we run together at SeaWorld Orlando.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Join in the festive spirit as International Drive comes alive with vibrant colors, lively music, and delicious Mexican fare to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. May 3rd- May 5th, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Mexico through mouthwatering culinary delights, and celebrations that last all night. Whether you're sipping on margaritas or indulging in authentic tacos, Cinco de Mayo on I-Drive offers an unforgettable experience for all. Check out all the Cinco de Mayo celebrations happening this month and plan your celebrations today!

Kentucky Derby Watch Party at The Hampton Social

Saddle up and get ready for the most exciting two minutes in sports! Join The Hampton Social on May 4th for a Kentucky Derby watch party that promises to be as stylish as it is thrilling. It’s time to dust off your big hats and don your finest derby attire and gather with fellow racing enthusiasts to witness the legendary Run for the Roses. Sip on refreshing $10 rose mint juleps and indulge in coastal-inspired delicacies, like salmon poke or shrimp cocktail and house favorite items all while enjoying the excitement of the races broadcasted live throughout.
So grab your fascinators and seersucker suits, and join us at The Hampton Social for an unforgettable Kentucky Derby watch party on May 4th. Whether you're a seasoned equestrian aficionado or simply looking for a day of fun and flair, this is one event you won't want to miss. Let the races begin!

Mother’s Day

This Mother's Day, make Mom feel truly special with a memorable celebration on International Drive. With its diverse array of dining options, spa retreats, shopping experiences, outdoor adventures, and family-friendly attractions, International Drive offers the perfect destination to show Mom just how much she's loved and appreciated. Treat her to a day she'll never forget and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Check out all the Mother’s Day special events and plan the perfect celebration to celebrate the special mom in your life.

Guy Harvey Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando

Prepare to be inspired at SeaWorld Orlando during Guy Harvey Weekend, a celebration of marine conservation and the incredible artwork of renowned marine artist and conservationist, Dr. Guy Harvey. During the annual Guy Harvey weekend, May 17th to May 19th, you can immerse yourself in educational experiences, meet-and-greets, autographs and photos ops in the Guy Harvey store located in the Waterfront! Join SeaWorld for a weekend of education, inspiration, and excitement during Guy Harvey Weekend!

Spooky Empire

Prepare to be thrilled, chilled, and thoroughly entertained at the Spooky Empire, Orlando's premier event for horror enthusiasts and pop culture aficionados. From May 17th to May 19th, Wyndham Orlando Resort will transform into a haven for fans of all things spooky, as celebrities, artists, vendors, and fans gather to celebrate the macabre in all its glory.
Experience spine-tingling excitement as you meet your favorite horror icons, from legendary actors to renowned directors, and indulge in autograph signings, photo ops, and panel discussions. Whether you're a fan of classic horror films or the latest in supernatural television, Spooky Empire offers a unique opportunity to connect with the stars behind the scares. But the thrills don't end there! Explore the eerie exhibits and vendors' hall, where you'll discover a treasure trove of horror memorabilia, collectibles, and one-of-a-kind merchandise. From creepy costumes to haunting artwork, there's something to satisfy every horror aficionado's craving for the macabre and mysterious.
So grab your favorite horror memorabilia, don your creepiest cosplay, and join us for a weekend of frights, delights, and unforgettable memories at the Spooky Empire Convention on International Drive. Whether you're a seasoned horror enthusiast or a curious newcomer, there's no better place to embrace the darker side of pop culture than at Spooky Empire. Get ready for a hauntingly good time!

Black and White Weekend

Looking for a night of sophistication and charitable giving? Prepare to be swept away at the 14th annual Black and White Weekend Charity Gala. On May 18th at the Rosen Plaza don your finest black and white attire (a dress code that is strictly enforced) for an unforgettable evening of philanthropy and celebration.  Guest can not only dance the night away but participate in the live auction and fundraising efforts, and bid on exclusive experiences, luxury items, and one-of-a-kind packages, with all proceeds going towards BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation to fight for and support children with cancer. BASE Camp provides year-round bas of support for children and families who are facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The Black and White Weekend Charity Gala isn't just an event—it's a celebration of generosity and compassion. Get your tickets to this special event today!

Carnival Rehab at Mango’s Tropical Cafe

Prepare to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of color, rhythm, and excitement as Mango's Tropical Cafe presents Carnival Rehab, an electrifying event that will transport you straight to the heart of the Caribbean, May 26th. Step into a world of exotic rhythms and infectious beats as live bands and DJs take the stage, delivering an unforgettable mix of Latin, Caribbean, and international sounds that will keep you dancing all night long.
From salsa and merengue to reggaeton and hip-hop, there's something for everyone to groove to at Carnival Rehab. But the fun doesn't stop there! Immerse yourself in the colorful carnival atmosphere with dazzling performances that will mesmerize you. Sip on handcrafted cocktails, indulge in delicious bites, and let the vibrant ambiance of Mango's transport you to a tropical paradise. Get your tickets today for this vibrant event!
May on International Drive is a time of celebration, adventure, and cultural exploration. Whether you're a food lover, a music enthusiast, or a thrill-seeker, there's something special awaiting you on International Drive. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy and excitement that will be May on International Drive.