Now that you’ve packed away your Halloween costume, rinsed off your plastic fangs and eaten way more candy than you’d ever admit, it’s time to sit back and enjoy one of the most gorgeous months in the City Beautiful! As we dive headfirst into November, let’s take a look back at how Orlando came to life with a variety of Halloween and Oktoberfest inspired fun last month. Here are the highlights, just in case you missed it!
Wall St. Plaza’s BlocktoberFest took over Downtown Orlando on Saturday, October 1st! Guests of the free event enjoyed $3 drink specials on Sam Adams and Jäger, a $20 beer garden with unlimited Sam Adams draft and glass stein, and a midnight Jäger toast with 100 shots at the stage. Later on there were even more drink specials at the Oktoberfest Pub Crawl! After working up an appetite, partygoers enjoyed German food specials in select restaurants and a Currywurst food truck. Live music from The Adam Moreno Project and The Jimmy & Eckhard German Oktoberfest Show kept the good vibes going all night long.
The 20th Annual Tales & Tails Gala occurred on Saturday, October 1st and it was “paws-itively” delightful! The event took place at Rosen Shingle Creek and benefited the Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence. It was a glamorous evening of celebration and storytelling to honor the unique connection between canines and their companions. Major event sponsors included Rosen Shingle Creek, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, SunDance Marketing Solutions and MLB Creative. Live entertainment came in the form of The Royals as attendees dined on delicious cuisine, enjoyed complimentary beverages, watched canine heroes demonstrate their extraordinary talents and heard inspirational stories of courage and triumph from recipients of highly-trained assistance dogs.
The streets of Universal Studios came alive with hordes of terrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs this month, which can only mean one thing—Halloween Horror Nights is back! The nation’s premier Halloween event returned for its 26th year of Halloween frights and scares. Guests explored nine all-new terrifying haunted houses, braved multiple creature-filled scare zones and cried with laughter at outrageous live shows. In between the screams, thrill-seeking guests delighted in a nighttime experience of braving the park’s many exciting rides and attractions.
The largest horror convention in the United States returned on October 7th for a weekend of celebrating the dark side of comic con! Spooky Empire took place at the Orange County Convention Center and featured an array of activities including: live music, performances, a tattoo festival, a film festival, a zombie walk, a kids zone and a costume and cosplay contest. Guests at Spooky Empire also enjoyed creepy cars, seminars, a game room and Q&As with artists, authors and filmmakers among many other exhilarating activities. Even various celebrity guests appeared throughout the weekend including icons from some of the country’s most beloved horror movies.
On October 13th, a lucky group of individuals got to experience the true definition of luxury at an exciting event celebrating the Grand Opening of Select Orlando. As Central Florida’s newest destination for today’s most elusive luxury brands and accessories, it only makes sense that their stylish event would be presented by Orlando Style! Guests enjoyed glamorous fashion displays, live DJ entertainment, refreshing beverages, hor d’oeuvres, free copies of Orlando Style Magazine and more. Door prize handouts included a round of golf and lunch for two at the Four Seasons, a Mont Blanc pen and two Orlando Magic Ultimate seats for a game.
The mission of the Orlando Film Festival is to support and promote the arts in Downtown Orlando through the medium of film. From Oct 19-23, the growing festival achieved all that and more when the beloved event returned to Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe. Year after year, the unique festival “for filmmakers by filmmakers” continues to inspire and celebrate filmmakers in the Central Florida community. This year was no different as attendees enjoyed an enhanced movie viewing experience in Downtown Orlando through a variety of creative, unique and entertaining events.
Windermere’s Craft Beer Fest is the ultimate festival to celebrate local craft beer! On October 22nd, the town kicked off the 3rd annual event with exciting live music, exquisite tavern style food and plenty of beer of course! Guests strolled through town square and enjoyed a sampling of over 50 craft beers and more. The Windermere Craft Beer Fest is presented by Lakeside Realty and benefits the Windermere Police Foundation and Florida Brewers Guild.
Guests strolled through town square and enjoyed a sampling of over 50 craft beers and more.
The Annual Orlando Style Magazine Holiday Party returned early this year much to the delight of many Halloween enthusiast guests! On October 25th, the Who’s Who of Orlando gathered for an elegant evening of Halloween-themed fun and celebrations. The VIP event is a favorite among members of the community who work closely with Style Magazines’ Founders, Sven and Cathleen Bode. Once again this year, the couple graciously welcomed employees and close friends into their home to say ‘Thank You’ for a successful year and to toast to the future. Champagne was flowing and exquisite hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed as the intimate group mingled and chatted late into the night. The evening ended with Cathleen’s annual raffle giveaway of generous gift cards and certificates to a selection of Orlando’s great venues. The beautiful event was catered by Cuisiniers.
From October 28-29, the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offered attendees unlimited tastings at more than 40 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants. Event guests also enjoyed fine wine from more than 30 wineries and hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts. All of it took place amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. In addition to the wine, seminars and entertainment, guests with upgraded tickets also experienced exclusive access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine.
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