1. Orlando Fringe
When most folks hear the words “Orlando culture,” their minds immediately conjure corny images of anthropomorphic animals and fake castles. Think again. For two weeks every May, one of the world's best performance festivals takes place in Orlando. From quirky cabarets to thought-provoking one-act plays, Orlando Fringe features dozens of unique music, comedy and theatrical acts starring both local and visiting artists. There are over 100 shows, so be sure to study the program and buy tickets in advance.