Epcot festivals take place all throughout the year, and they have certainly gained a great deal of popularity over the years. But if you’re not a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, they can feel a bit overwhelming. Should you plan your trip around a festival? What should you expect if you do decide to visit Epcot during one of the seasonal festivals? Here’s everything you need to know and more about the Epcot festivals for 2022 and beyond.
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What You Need to Know About All Epcot Festivals
All Epcot Festivals feature food and beverage booths throughout the park. You will find temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent booths throughout Epcot that feature exclusive menu items for each festival. Menus are released shortly before each festival and typically offer unique food and drink options that aren’t available at any other time of the year.
Typically, there is a feature show at America Gardens Theatre for each of the festivals, and each show typically has an associated dining package that guarantees admission. (But due to popularity, arriving early may still be your best bet at getting a good seat!)
Every festival offers unique entertainment, activities, and even merchandise throughout the park. Some activities are free, while others do require an additional fee. One activity to take note of is a paid scavenger hunt. Maps can be purchased (usually less than $10), and guests then search the park for items. Your completed map can be exchanged for a small treat or item.
Tips and Tricks
Epcot festivals are quite popular with the locals, which means that evenings and weekends will be busy. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan to visit Epcot during the week and make the most of your daytime hours. You may also want to avoid the first and last weekends of the event as these tend to be more crowded.
Also, keep in mind that some guests may engage in a bit more alcohol consumption, especially during the Food & Wine Festival, as many of the booths offer unique drinks and wine tastings. For some, this may not be a big deal, but for families traveling with younger children, it may be something you want to consider. (If this is you, I highly suggest that you visit Epcot during the week and spend your weekend at either Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom!)
Epcot International Festival of the Arts
- Dates for 2022: January 14-February 21
- Dates for 2023: TBD
- Menu for 2022 (menu for 2023 has yet to be released)
According to Disney, this festival celebrates the “creation of art and cuisine.” It also boasts some of the best activities of all the Epcot festivals. In addition to all of the artistic culinary creations, you will find animation classes, a paint-by-number mural, workshops (for an additional fee), photo ops throughout the park, and must-see galleries as well as artwork available for purchase.
NEW for 2022: The Disney on Broadway Concert Series officially returned for the 2022 festival! Taking place at the American Gardens Theatre, this concert series featuring Broadway performers was canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic. But it made its return in 2022 and will likely be back for the 2023 festival.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
- Dates for 2022: March 2 – July 4
- Dates for 2023: TBD
- Menu for 2022 (menu for 2023 has yet to be released)
This festival features beautifully designed interactive gardens as well as a variety of living sculptures shaped like your favorite Disney characters. You will also find plenty of unique food options, live entertainment, and family-friendly exhibits. The Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre took place in 2022 and will likely return in 2023.
Here’s a list of some of the artists who performed in 2022:
March 4-5: The Guess Who
March 6-7: Rick Springfield
March 11-12: Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks
March 13-14: CeCe Winans
March 18-19: Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW
March 20-21: Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks
March 25-28: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
April 1-2: The Spinners
April 3-4: The Pointer Sisters
April 8-9: Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks
April 15-16: Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW
April 17-18: Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles
April 22-23: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
April 24-25: Claudia Leitte – NEW
April 29-30: Berlin
May 1-2: TobyMac
May 6-7: Blood, Sweat & Tears
May 8-9: The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks
May 13-14: Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW
May 20-21: A Flock Of Seagulls
May 22-23: Collin Raye – NEW
May 27-28: Thelma Houston – NEW
May 29-30: Little River Band
June 3-6: Simple Plan
June 10-13: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
June 17-20: Plain White T’s
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
- Dates for 2021: July 15 – November 20
- Dates for 2022: July 14 – November 19
- Menu for 2022
Undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals, this event typically features over 30 food and beverage booths (compared to under 20 for the other festivals). As we stated earlier, be prepared for local crowds as many come to “eat and drink their way around the world.”
What to expect in 2022:
- The Eat to the Beat Concert Series will be returning to the America Gardens Theatre.
- Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt
- Emile’s Fromage Montage
- Festival merchandise
Speaking of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, Disney has officially given us a glimpse into this year’s lineup! Concerts will be featured nightly throughout the Food & Wine Festival. Starting times are 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM at the American Gardens Theatre.
July 14-15: Baha Men
July 16-18: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
July 22-23: TBD
July 24-25: TBD
July 29-30: Taylor Dayne
July 31-August 1: Tiffany
August 5-8: Joey Fatone & Friends
August 12-13: The Devon Allman Project
August 14-15: Christopher Cross
August 19-20: Journey former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
August 21-22: Air Supply
August 26-27: TBD
August 28-29: TBD
September 2-3: Southern Avenue
September 4-5: Kris Allen & David Cook
September 9-10: Hoobastank – NEW
September 11-12: TBD
September 16-17: Los Amigos Invisibles – NEW
September 18-19: TBD
September 23-24: BBMak
September 25-26: TBD
September 30-October 1: Stokley – NEW
October 2-3: Sheila E.
October 7-8: Mark Wills
October 9-10: 38 Special
October 14-15: TBD
October 16-17: TBD
October 21-21: TBD
October. 23-24: Billy Ocean
October 28-31: Hanson
November 4-7: Boyz II Men
November 11-12: TBD
November 13-14: TBD
Also taking place in November as part of this festival is the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. The entire event will take place November 3-6, and it will feature a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and the Disney Two Course Challenge (10K and Half Marathon). Virtual options are available as well! According to Disney, guests will experience “an extension of the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration throughout a weekend filled with magic and miles––capped off with a unique post-race party highlighting flavors from around the world.”
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
- Dates for 2021: November 26 – December 30
- Dates for 2022: November 25 – December 30
- Menu for 2021 (menu for 2022 has yet to be released)
Have you ever wondered what it was like to celebrate the holidays elsewhere around the world? Featuring traditions from around the world, including some incredible cuisine and holiday treats, this festival is certainly to put you in the holiday spirit. It offers some unique holiday entertainment including a celebrity-hosted Candlelight Processional.
In 2021, guests were able to book Candlelight Processional Dining Packages beginning October 26. There were four different table service locations to choose from, and each package included:
- An appetizer, entrée, and dessert or 1 full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
- 1 guaranteed seat per person to the Candlelight Processional held on the same day
Here were the participating locations and pricing for 2021:
- Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion): $62 per adult; $35 per child
- Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas): $74 per adult; $25 per child
- Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion): $71 per adult; $46 per child
- Rose & Crown Dining Room (U.K. Pavilion): $63 per adult; $25 per child
It wouldn’t be an Epcot Festival without authentic food and beverages from around the world! Here’s a list of Holiday Kitchens from 2021:
- American Holiday Table – American Adventure Pavilion (traditional dishes reminiscent of “grandma’s cooking”)
- Bavaria Holiday Kitchen – Germany Pavilion (heartwarming holiday dishes and beverages)
- **New for 2021** Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen – Near Port of Entry (cinnamon-glazed nuts and holiday beverages)
- The Donut Box – Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet (seasonally-themed donuts)
- Holiday Hearth Desserts – Near Port of Entry (holly jolly desserts, hot cocoa, and more)
- Holiday Sweets & Treats – Near Port of Entry (desserts and festive sips)
- L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Between Morocco and France Pavilions (classic deli noshes with a side of New York flair)
- Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen – France Pavilion (food, wine, and specialty drinks)
- Mele Kalikimaka – Near Port Of Entry (food and beverages from the islands of Hawa i‘i)
- Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Mexico Pavilion (Mexican-inspired food, drinks, and dancing)
- Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen – Japan Pavilion (festive dishes and drinks)
- Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina – Morocco Pavilion (kebabs and cocktails)
- Tuscany Holiday Kitchen – Italy Pavilion (seasonal Italian food and beverages)
- Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada Pavilion (food and drinks from the Great White North)
Also, the Holiday Cookie Stroll and Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt will likely be returning this season!
Holiday Cookie Stroll – In your Festival Passport, there are 5 official Holiday Cookie Stop locations listed. When you visit each one and purchase the specialty treat, you’ll receive a stamp on your passport. Once you collect all 5 stamps, simply present your passport at Holiday Sweets & Treats (near Port of Entry) to receive a specialty cookie! (Yum!)
Olaf’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt – All you have to do is purchase a map at Festival merchandise locations, which was $9.99 plus tax in 2021. Then, using the provided stickers, you mark each Olaf on the map that you spot around World Showcase. When your map is complete, simply take it to Disney Traders, Creations Shop, or World Traveler at International Gateway to redeem it for a gift!
Additional offerings with this festival include storytellers and entertainment. Some of the entertainers from 2021 included Las Posadas (Mexico Pavilion), Canadian Holiday Voyageurs (Canada Pavilion), Chinese Lion Dance celebrating the new year (China Pavilion), Santa Claus (American Adventure), a Hanukkah storyteller along the promenade, and storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The Voices of Liberty will likely also be performing at this year’s festival!
We hope you enjoyed our guide to the Epcot Festivals! Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning your next Walt Disney World Vacation!