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2024 Complete Guide to the Epcot festivals (calendar, tips, FAQs)

2024 Complete Guide to the Epcot festivals (calendar, tips, FAQs)

Epcot is pretty much year-round festivals now, and that isn’t a bad thing.

With different themes and entertainment options, there’s sure to be an Epcot festival or special event for nearly every guest.

Let’s take a look at what you need to know about Epcot festivals.

2024 Epcot Festivals Calendar

Wondering if a festival will be taking place on your next visit to Epcot? We track all known and estimated festival dates in a calendar for easy reference.

While Disney hasn’t released the full 2024 Festival Calendar quite yet, we can make some educated guesses as to when we think each festival will likely run.

These dates are for planning purposes only, and nothing is confirmed until Disney releases more information.

  • Festival of the Arts: January 12–February 19, 2024 (confirmed dates)
  • Flower and Garden Festival : February 28–May 27, 2024 (confirmed dates)
  • Food and Wine Festival: August 29–November 23, 2024 (confirmed dates)
  • Festival of the Holidays: November 29–December 30, 2024 (estimated dates)
Epcot Festivals 2024 Calendar

Read more about all the festivals of Epcot:

Overview of all the Epcot Festivals

What are the Epcot festivals (and how many are there)?

Epcot hosts four different festivals throughout the year, each with its own theme focused on the arts, flowers and gardening, food and wine, and holiday celebrations

And if you’ve been hoping to catch one on your next trip, you just may be in luck, as the festivals at Epcot are nearly year-round at this point.

The great part? Access to all the Epcot festivals comes with your regular theme park admission. No special tickets are needed, which is honestly really nice considering how many other things cost extra at Walt Disney World.

We check out the festivals every year and have a lot of fun revisiting our favorites and testing all the new stuff out. To get the full scoop on what each festival has to offer, check out our detailed guides. We update them every year, and they’re packed with insights and tips to help you get the most out of Epcot’s festival lineup:

Festival of the Arts (mid-January through late February)

Epcot Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts is probably the festival with the best weather, and second to only the Flower and Garden Festival for beautiful things to look at.

It has the vibe of an upscale farm and art market paired with cool and fun foodie offerings.

And, while all festivals offer merchandise, this festival has a lot more things to purchase since the World Showcase Lagoon is literally dotted with tents and kiosks of various artists sharing their wares.

Unfortunately, it’s a super short festival, but a favorite for good reason. You definitely want to try and take advantage of the Festival of the Arts as much as possible.

Festival of the Arts Highlights

  • Food Studios
  • Chance to meet Disney artists and purchase their art
  • Chalk artists
  • Paint-by-number mural for all guests to participate
  • Disney on Broadway Concert Series (and accompanying dining packages)
  • Artful photo-ops inspired by famous artwork
  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt
  • Animation Academy (draw Disney and Pixar characters)
  • Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine
  • Themed-merchandise

Flower and Garden Festival (early March through late May)

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival entrance

This was the first festival to ever debut at Epcot, and the park never looks more lovely than it does for the International Flower and Garden Festival.

Dozens of topiaries, expansive plantings, and butterflies galore paint this park into a rainbow of color.

And don’t forget the food!

If you want to attend, the earlier in the season you can go you’ll find better weather (it can get pretty warm by the end).

Flower and Garden Festival Highlights

  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Topiaries in the shape of beloved Disney and Pixar characters
  • Garden Rocks Concert Series (the past couple years the festival has presented local Orlando bands at the America Gardens Theatre for health and safety reasons)
  • Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration scavenger hunt
  • Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt (only available during select dates for Easter)
  • Walk-through butterfly house
  • A variety of gardens and trails
  • Garden Graze
  • Themed-merchandise

Food and Wine Festival (late August through mid-November)

epcot food and wine 2021 entrance

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is THE festival if food and wine are your thing.

And, as you can imagine, it is also the most popular.

Avoid the weekends for slightly fewer crowds and be prepared for waits at the food kiosks.

But go hungry … very hungry.

Food and Wine Festival Highlights

  • Global Marketplaces
  • Eat to the Beat Concert Series (the past couple years the festival has presented the “America Gardens Bandstand” featuring local Orlando bands for health and safety reasons)
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt
  • Emile’s Fromage Montage
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
  • Themed-merchandise

Festival of the Holidays (late November through late December)

Candlelight processional

The International Festival of the Holidays is the shortest festival of them all.

Typically running from Thanksgiving through the end of December, this festival showcases a celebration of the holidays across the entire World Showcase.

You’ll find all sorts of ways to explore international holiday customs, as well as taste culinary selections from around the world.

This festival is also home to the extremely popular Candlelight Processional.

Festival of the Holidays Highlights

  • Holiday Kitchens
  • Candlelight Processional (and accompanying dining packages)
  • Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition scavenger hunt
  • World Showcase Storytellers
  • Joyful! A Celebration of the Season (gospel, R&B group)
  • Living with the Land holiday overlay
  • Spaceship Earth holiday lighting composition
  • Holiday Cookie Stroll
  • Themed-merchandise

Is there a summer festival at Epcot?

Over the years, Disney has toyed with the starting and ending dates of the Flower and Garden and Food and Wine Festivals, adjusting them to ensure there was a festival running for almost the entire summer.

However, the current calendar leaves a gap in the summer festival lineup between May 28 and the start of Food and Wine, which in 2024 is August 29th.

Now, the burning question on everyone’s mind is: Will Disney host a summer festival at Epcot this year?

Unfortunately, what we hope for and what we anticipate are two different things.

We sincerely, truly wish that Epcot would host a grand summer festival to mark the completion of approximately 84 years of construction we’ve endured. It’s a BIG deal to wrap all that up, and what better way to celebrate it than with a spectacular summer event?

But, as the days continue to pass without any announcements, our optimism for a summer festival is dwindling, and we fear that the likelihood of anything beyond the removal of the green walls is slim.

Of course, Disney could always surprise us, but it seems increasingly likely that their plans for this summer at Epcot are limited to the opening of CommuniCore Hall and the limited-run Encanto show.


(Though we’ll quietly keep our fingers crossed… just in case!)

How do the Epcot festivals compare?

There are a few similarities and differences between each festival. Let’s take a look!

What can I expect if I attend a festival at Epcot?

Theme park tickets are required for entry

All Epcot festivals are included in the price of your admission. However, there are select events within each festival that may require an extra ticket. The guides above will walk you through all of those.

You might have to eat on a trashcan

Many people who attend the festivals find themselves checking out at least 1 of the dozens of food kiosks scattered throughout the park.

What they may not expect is that there aren’t a lot of places to actually sit and eat what you buy.

More standing tables have been added over the years, but when it’s crowded, you may find yourself at a trashcan.

All Items at The Alps booth

There is a pretty common “joke” about people eating off the tops of trashcans…which people will do.

No, it isn’t pretty, but it can be tricky to hold that fantastic flight of beers AND eat the plate of goodies all at once.

We don’t say this to scare you, but rather to prepare you. Don’t order more than you can hold and eat at once. Keep a good attitude and if you can, share your table with a stranger.

You should probably avoid the weekends

The festivals at Epcot are especially popular with locals, so for the lowest crowds, whenever possible, avoid the weekends and weekday holidays.

seating area epcot food and wine

Last-minute reservations may be easy to snag

If eating on a trashcan isn’t your thing, it is often fairly easy to snag last minute Advanced Dining Reservations at Epcot during the busy festival days.

So many people opt to eat at the kiosks that there is often availability at the restaurants.

You may not be able to snag Space 220 or Garden Grill, but you’ll likely find openings at many of the World Showcase restaurants (especially if you are flexible with your reservation time).

VIDEO: Epcot Festivals 2023

Are there dining packages available?

Epcot Forever

While not directly related to the festivals, there are two Epcot dining packages available that (for a heftier price) provide guests with a heartier meal and reserved viewing for the nighttime show.

Check out our write-up on the fireworks dining packages at Epcot and our Magic Kingdom dessert party comparison guide for more details.

Frequently asked questions

How does the Disney Dining Plan work with festivals?

The Disney Dining Plan returned in January 2024 and select items on festival menus are once again included as a snack credit on the plan. Items that are included in the DDP have a symbol next to them on the menus.

While not every eligible item is a good value on the Disney Dining Plan, there are always some excellent options. We’ve begun tracking them to show you exactly what makes the most sense:

Brew Wing booth Food and Wine festival

What are the pros and cons to each festival?

Each festival is unique and special in its own way, but there are pros and cons to each. Here’s a quick breakdown.

Festival of the Arts

  • Pros: Purchase Disney art, meet Disney artists, see Broadway performers, food and drinks are very good
  • Cons: Much too short of a festival, especially as one of our favorites

Flower and Garden Festival

  • Pros: Gorgeous topiaries, learn about horticulture, fresh food and drink offerings including worthy plant-based options
  • Cons: Even though it runs for about 3 months giving guests a chance to enjoy, the later weeks can be brutally hot
Alice in Wonderland

Food and Wine Festival

  • Pros: Great for wine fans, a lot of global marketplaces
  • Cons: Falls during a hotter time of year, crowds can be overwhelming, only a few good booths, too long

Festival of the Holidays

  • Pros: Candlelight Processional, learn about global holiday traditions, World Showcase Storytellers
  • Cons: Super short, not many vegetarian/plant-based offerings, more sweet than savory menu items

What about the Festival Center?

The former Future World is now broken up into new sections, including one called World Celebration, and although Disney has scrapped some of the more ambitious plans for this area, there are still several components that are being made as compliments to the many festivals, including:

World Celebration Gardens

This lush new area is packed with seating and plenty of trees and planters. It’s the perfect spot to relax and cool off in the shade.

Look for touches of the current festival to be added to the gardens throughout the year. Think topiaries during Flower and Garden, for example. Disney will use the garden spaces to bring the festivals into this new area of the park.

CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza

Although it isn’t as grand as what was originally proposed, the new CommuniCore Hall area will serve to provide a much-needed indoor space for festival activities, something that has been missing.

CommuniCore Plaza, on the other hand, will be compiled of 2 stages designed to accommodate both small and large-scale concerts (like the ones found at every festival).

CommuniCore Plaza

The Odyssey Events Pavilion, which was historically used as the Festival Center during many of the festivals, now often houses festival booths (like Brew-Wing).

world celebration updates - map

For more on Epcot events and future additions, check out our what is coming to Epcot page.

Historical Epcot Festival Dates

Curious about when the festivals took place in years past? Here’s a look back to all the dates from 2017-2023:

Festival of the Arts (debuted in 2017)

  • 2024: January 12–February 19
  • 2023: January 13–February 20
  • 2022: January 14–February 21
  • 2021: January 8–February 22
  • 2020: January 17–February 24
  • 2019: January 18–February 25
  • 2018: January 12–February 19
  • 2017: January 12–February 20

Flower and Garden Festival (debuted in 1994)

  • 2024: February 28–May 27
  • 2023: March 1–July 5
  • 2022: March 2–July 4
  • 2021: March 3–July 5 (ran as the “Taste of…” festival)
  • 2020: March 4–June 1 (ended on March 15 when Disney World closed due the pandemic)
  • 2019: March 6–June 6
  • 2018: February 28–May 28
  • 2017: March 1–May 29

Food and Wine Festival (debuted in 1995)

  • 2024: August 29–November 23, 2024
  • 2023: July 27–November 18
  • 2022: July 14–November 19
  • 2021: July 15–November 20
  • 2020: July 15–November 22 (ran as the “Taste of…” festival)
  • 2019: August 29–November 23
  • 2018: August 30–November 12
  • 2017: August 31–November 13
  • 2016: September 14–November 14

Festival of the Holidays (debuted in 2017)

  • 2023: November 24–December 30
  • 2022: November 25–December 30
  • 2021: November 26–December 30
  • 2020: November 27–December 31
  • 2019: November 29–December 30
  • 2018: November 18–December 30
  • 2017: November 19–December 30
  • 2016: November 25–December 30 (Epcot held Holidays Around the World from 1996 through 2016 before transitioning to Festival of the Holidays)

Catherine C

Sunday 29th of January 2023

How far in advance does Disney usually announce festival dates? Specifically the Food and Wine festival? Planning a trip for September or October but am unsure if we should wait to book until Disney announces the confirmed festival dates and eat to the beat artists. Thanks!

ellen c

Saturday 19th of November 2022

wondering about new year's eve at epcot. what time to find a spot for fireworks? good viewing locations? thanks

Heather Thomas

Monday 28th of November 2022

When it comes to watching fireworks at Epcot, the goal is to make sure you can see clearly without trees/islands or buildings in your way. If you have nothing between you and the barges in the middle, you'll have a good view. Lots more info and a map of our favorite spots here --->