Complete Guide to Festivals at EPCOT

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One of our favorite things to do while visiting the Walt Disney World Resort is to explore everything that EPCOT has to offer. There are four festivals that take place throughout the year at this park. This is your complete guide to Festivals at EPCOT.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

International Festival of the Arts

What:

This festival is a celebration of the visual, creative, and performing arts. Lasting only about six weeks, it is the shortest festival but may also be the most underrated.

When:

Lasting for approximately six weeks, the International Festival of the Arts typically starts in early January and lasts until late February. It typically ends just prior to the Disney Princess Marathon.

Weather:

The weather during this time of year can be a bit unpredictable. Overall, it is generally the coolest time of year in Florida. Because of this, it is highly recommended that guests dress in layers. You will find that the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly.

Favorite Food Booths:

The food booths at all of the EPCOT festivals are subject to change each year. Sometimes, favorite items are removed and new items are added. However, the menus are often announced just prior to the event to help guests plan. Many of the booths are quite popular with guests so they return each year, along with the food items served.

We have a few favorites from this festival.

Some of our favorites include:

  • Pop Eats!
  • L’Art de la Cuisine Française
  • Refreshment Port

Each of these food booths includes delicious choices for guests of all ages. They are also presented in an artistic way!

Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Fun for the Kids:

There is so much for kids to see at the International Festival of the Arts. This festival encourages hands-on and interactive experiences and there are plenty of opportunities! It may be the most kid-friendly of the EPCOT festivals.

The Expression Section gives guests of all ages the opportunity to paint and contribute to a mural in EPCOT. Each guest is assigned a square to paint and the finished product is pretty cool to see!

Head over to Future World for the Kids’ Chalk Art. Local artists are there to work with kids and help them create their own masterpieces on the sidewalks of EPCOT.

Then, explore the World Showcase and be on the lookout for Figment! He is hiding in each country in famous works of art. This scavenger hunt is available for purchase in select locations each year and once completed, guests can return it for a prize. This is a great way for kids to explore the World Showcase while searching for that adorable purple dragon!

Don’t Miss:

This festival is a celebration of the arts so it is a great opportunity to get some new artwork to take home! There are art galleries all over the park, with different pieces available for purchase. Visiting artists are also available throughout the festival to talk with guests and even sign their artwork.

There are also artists showing off their talent with beautiful chalk art of beloved Disney characters. In addition, don’t miss the DISNEY ON BROADWAY performances where your favorite Disney songs are brought to life by beloved Broadway performers!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

International Flower & Garden Festival

What:

When springtime approaches, it’s time to celebrate nature and everything that goes along with it! Explore the topiaries, gardens, and interactive nature exhibits during this popular festival.

When: 

This festival starts in early March and typically lasts through late June or early July.

Weather:

When the festival begins, the weather in Orlando tends to be cooler in the mornings and evenings but warm during the day. Dress in layers for this reason, as it can be chilly in the mornings and once the sun goes down.

Favorite Food Booths:

Some of our favorites at the International Flower and Garden Festival include:

  • The Honey Bee-Stro
  • EPCOT Farmers Feast
  • Fleur de Lys

 

Fun for the Kids:

Explore butterfly gardens and other interactive nature exhibits with the whole family as you spend the day at the festival. Don’t miss all of the topiaries celebrating all of your favorite Disney characters and the gardens in each country throughout the World Showcase.

In addition, join Spike the Bee for a fun scavenger hunt around the World. Don’t forget to get your prize when you finish!

Don’t Miss:

The Garden Rocks concert series takes place on select nights throughout the festival with various performers. Dining packages are available for guests who want to be sure to have a seat for one of these shows.

Festival-exclusive merchandise is also available with several collections to choose from.

Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine

International Food & Wine Festival

What:

Sip and savor tastes from around the world during this festival, with a variety of culinary bites from around the world.

When:

For the last two years, this festival has started in July, running until mid-November. In years past, it would typically start in late August or early September.

Weather:

At the beginning of the festival, the weather is often hot. As it progresses through the fall months, the evenings get a bit cooler and pleasant.

Favorite Food Booths:

There are so many delicious options at this festival that sometimes, it’s hard to choose a favorite! However, fan-favorite dishes have returned for the last several years at this festival designed to please the palate. Some of ours include:

  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Flavors from Fire

Fun for the Kids:

There is plenty for kids to see and do at this festival. They will love trying the kid-friendly dishes at the different festival booths.

In addition, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak is a great way to explore the World Showcase. Kids can help Remy find all of the ingredients he needs to cook an amazing dish! These scavenger hunts are available for purchase at select locations. Once completed, be sure to return it to get your prize!

Don’t Miss:

The live music, food booths, and vibe make this festival a popular one for many guests!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

International Festival of the Holidays

What:

Enjoy holiday celebrations and learn about traditions from around the World with storytellers, holiday décor, and more.

When:

This festival typically begins right after the Thanksgiving holiday and goes until right before the New Year.

Weather:

In late November and December, the weather is pleasant during the day. The evenings tend to be a little cooler so layers are recommended.

Favorite Food Booths:

The food booths at this festival are filled with all of the tastes of the season such as peppermint, gingerbread, and more. Some of our favorites include:

  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen
  • The Donut Box
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen

Fun for the Kids:

Kids will love helping everyone’s favorite snowman find all of the holiday traditions throughout the World Showcase. Olaf’s Holiday Traditions Expedition is a scavenger hunt available for purchase at select locations.

In addition, the Holiday Cookie Stroll gives guests the opportunity to try various holiday cookies at select locations, collecting stamps along the way. Once you have them all, be sure to get your special treat!

Don’t Miss:

The Candlelight Processional is a beloved part of this festival. Taking place on select nights, it features a choir with live music and a celebrity narrator retelling the story of Christmas.

In several countries, look for Holiday Storytellers as they share traditions for their country. Plus, don’t miss a visit with Santa Claus!

 

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