College Park plays host to cultural events and also is located next to several museums and arts venues. Orlando’s Cultural Corridor and Arts District extends from downtown, north, up College Park’s east side to the museums and theaters at Loch Haven Park. The events range from musical to lyrical to literary and the venues host permanent and traveling art and science collections. The list below should help orient you to the variety of options within College Park, and within a few minutes of its borders.
For a complete list of arts links for the area, visit here:
Many of the cultural events below occur within venues further below, but warrant their own description. Certainly these are not all of the events presented or hosted by the venues and museums further down the page.
College Park Historic Homes Tour
An annual event put on by CPNA, the Historic Homes Tour has a new theme each year. For up to date information, check our Calendar and our Events pages.
College Park JazzFest
Jazz Fest is an annual event in College Park put on by the Downtown College Park Partnership. Part of Edgewater Drive is closed off, and the community comes out to hear local Jazz Musicians play into the night. For the most up to date information check the Downtown College Park Partnership's Events page linked to above.
This annual video game event takes over the Science Center for a week at the beginning of the year. It is an opportunity for video game developers and fans to explore the science behind the technology and fun.
Orlando Fringe Festival
The Fringe Festival is an annual theater event that is centered around Loch Haven Park and takes over stages around Orlando. This 10-day event occurs every spring and consists of over 100 different performances of dozens of shows.
The Orlando Shakespeare Festival celebrate's Shakespeare's work and is put on annually.
Performing Arts Centers
Several performing arts centers are located near downtown including The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center and the Amway Arena. Orlando Ballet, Orlando Opera Company and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra all perform at the Bob Carr as well. In addition there is a Performing Arts Center planned for Downtown.
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre in partnership with UCF
The Orlando Shakespeare Center is within Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. It is home the Orlando Shakespeare Festival.
Theatre Downtown is a private amateur theatre that has variety of shows throughout the year.
Mark II Dinner Theatre/Orlando Broadway Theater
Within College Park’s borders was the Mark II Dinner Theater, which became the Orlando Broadway Theater and the Starlight Theater. They all served up musicals with dinner for decades. This venue closed in 2007.
Jack Kerouac lived within College Park at the time that Dharma Bums was receiving national recognition. A foundation was created to buy the house he lived in, and it is now used for a writer in residence program.
Orlando Museum of Art
The Orlando Museum of Art is home to a permanent collection of… and also hosts touring collections.
Mennello Museum of American Art
The Menullo Museum of American Art sits on the shores of a lake. It has a permanent collection of Florida Art, Folk Art and also hosts touring collections.
Science and History
Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center has a permanent display that includes a collection of reptiles and fish, and has several touring collections. In addition, they have an IMAX theater and observatory.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden. In addition to being a lovely place for a walk, they have several educational and social events on the grounds throughout the year. In addition, you can take a tour of the historic house on its grounds.
Orange County Regional History Center
The History Center is perhaps the venue farthest from College Park, but it helps put it and all of Orlando’s history in perspective. It is home to a permanent collection about life in Central Florida, as well as touring collections.