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Fall Festivities Abound in Orlando for 2013

In addition to world-class theme parks such as Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, the Orlando area offers a variety of festivals, events and fairs in 2012 that are sure to please visitors and residents alike. On most weekends throughout 2012, but especially during the fall, you’ll discover lively festivals and events going on somewhere in Orlando. Mark your calendar for the following Orlando events this fall:

2013 Orlando Home Show
TBA - October 2012
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Enjoy interesting exhibits, talk to home improvement experts and listen to special guest speakers at the Orlando area's largest home design and landscaping showcase, which will take place at the Orange County Convention Center.

2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
TBA - Late September - Mid-November, 2013
Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Take an eclectic tour of the world at the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as you sample delicious foods and fine wines during this international culinary celebration, which also offers nightly Eat to the Beat! concerts, celebrity-che cooking demonstrations, children's activities and the talents of street performers from acrobats to musicians.

2013 Halloween Horror Nights
Select Nights in September & October, 2013
Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights is the largest Halloween event in the United States and spread out over both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Events at the month-long fright fest include specialty designed haunted houses and mazes, inescapable scare zones, a Halloween parade, thrilling shows and live music, as well as an assortment of wandering ghouls, zombies, demons, werewolves, ghosts, goblins and vampires.

2013 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Select Nights September through November 2013
Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida
This after-hours extravaganza at Disney's Magic Kingdom allows guests to dress up in Halloween costumes and also features the "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade and the "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks spectacular. There's trick-or-treating as well and also the opportunity to enjoy rides and attractions from 7 PM to midnight.

2013 SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular
TBA, 2013
SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Florida
Halloween meets the sea at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, carving an underwater "fantasea" where children can dance with an ice DJ, learn from a school of fish and play with a sea fairy. SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular uniquely brings children's "fantaseas" to life with enchanted pathways and charming sea creatures, providing the utmost in family-friendly trick-or-treating.

2013 Festival of the Masters
TBA, November 2013
Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Festival of the Masters at Walt Disney World Resort is simply one of the most acclaimed open-air art festivals in the United States. Approximately 150 award-winning artists display their diverse wares at this immense outdoor showcase at Downtown Disney that also includes live entertainment, culinary offerings and children's activities, as well as the House of Blues Folk Art Festival.

Good sources for more information on upcoming Orlando festivals and events include the “Orlando Seasonal Events” section of the Orlando, Florida Guide, as well as the Friday entertainment sections of the Orlando Sentinel and the Orlando Weekly, a weekly arts and entertainment publication.

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