Day 4 of my Top 5 Favorites is all about the different festivals that happen during the year at Epcot. I LOVE Epcot; it is my absolute favorite park, and the festivals just enhance my love of the park. There are four festivals that happen throughout the year and I love each and every one of them.
The year starts with the Festival of the Arts and is definitely the least crowded of all of them. It was introduced for the first time back in January 2017, and Jenn and I were lucky enough to be able to attend the inaugural year. It celebrates all types of art, not just the visual arts. There is music, painting, food & drink booths, and more. The stage shows that happen during this festival are known as Disney on Broadway. Sit back and enjoy show-stopping numbers from legendary Disney musicals, now happening nightly.
Next comes my favorite of the four, Flower & Garden Festival. This event has more food booths than the Festival of the Arts, but still does not bring the crowds that Food & Wine brings later in the fall. In addition to the tasty food and drink offerings, there are gorgeous topiaries scattered throughout the park that really make it feel like spring is upon us, even if back home we are still buried in snow. This series of stage performances are known as the Garden Rocks Concert Series. With this series, you can soak up the sounds of dozens of chart-topping musical acts throughout the event, now happening nightly.
When fall rolls around, that means it is time for Food & Wine Festival. This festival has even more food/drink booths than Flower and Garden Festival, and unfortunately, can bring some crowds. The concert series for this festival, Eat to the Beat, is very similar to Flower and Garden and features famous musical acts throughout the years. I definitely recommend avoiding weekends at Epcot during this festival in particular because the locals like to pack the park on Friday night-Sunday night, and that can really increase the crowd levels drinking as well. During the day and during the week, this festival is loads of fun, but just avoid those weekends if possible.
Lastly, we have the Festival of the Holidays and that begins immediately after Food & Wine ends. This festival is AMAZING! It features the food & drink booths, of course, but also different story telling opportunities from around the world and how they celebrate the holidays. This is also when the Candlelight Processional will begin and WOW WOW WOW is that a beautiful show!
All of these festivals come free with your theme park admission and happen daily. Food and beverage samples are available for purchase, and if you have the dining plan, this is an awesome way to use snack credits. The alcoholic beverages are not included in the dining plan but nearly all the food samples are.