2017 Guide to Walt Disney World Events

When you're looking at dates to visit Walt Disney World, there are a number of factors that will play into your decision. Outside of vacation days, budget, and individualized reasons, the events that the Walt Disney Company puts on may also have a huge impact on your planning. We'll do our best to update this page throughout the year, so bookmark this page and check back when you've got a trip coming up! 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Copyright Disney
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Copyright Disney

Guide to 2017 Walt Disney World Events

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - January 4th to 8th, 2017

Marathon Medals - Copyright RunDisney

A Magical Marathon Weekend (DisneyWorld.com description)

Imagine an entire weekend of runs where every mile is jam-packed with Disney fun.

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna® brings a range of events and races through exciting locations across all 4 theme parks.

It’s a perfect chance to see a different side of Walt Disney World Resort as you and fellow Guests walk, jog or sprint along. Finishers even receive medals of Mickey Mouse and his friends!

Wednesday, January 4 through Sunday, January 8, 2017.


EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - January 13th to February 20th, 2017

A stylized painting of Mickey Mouse is displayed amongst lush foliage dotted with pinwheels

A Trifecta of Fabulous (Disneyworld.com Description)

Kick off your year with 6 superb weekends featuring world-class cuisine, visual art and live Broadway entertainment!

Spring has sprung early at Walt Disney World Resort! From January 13 through February 20, Epcot is hosting the most colorful, delicious, musical celebration for the arts ever—it’s everything you love about the park, rolled into one spectacular salute.

Introduce your inner connoisseur to the first annual Festival of the Arts, an exciting extravaganza replete with extraordinary artists, gourmet fare, stage productions and other amazing acts. Different events are scheduled each week, so pack your palate—and your palette—because magic truly is in the eyes of the beholder!


Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend - February 24th to 26th

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend - February 24th to 26th - Copyright Disney

Power to the Royals! (Disneyworld.com description)

This February, princes and princesses of all ages are invited to come together for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Join Disney Princesses in a celebration of inspirational women around the globe at this unforgettable event featuring a variety of races.

Put your commitment, perseverance and determination to the test as you walk, jog or sprint around Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy magical surprises along the course as well as a fun-filled, post-event party to celebrate your dream fulfilled. And take home an exclusive Finisher Medal to commemorate the occasion!

Don’t let this delightful weekend pass you by—check out the all the wonderful events offered.


EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival - March 1st to May 29th

Female Guests smile while viewing an enchanting Mickey Mouse topiary display

Our Annual Celebration of Spring (Disneyworld.com description)

Welcome this vibrant season by treating your senses to an assortment of captivating experiences. Blossoming from March 1 to May 29, 2017, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival boasts fun-filled exploration for every age and interest.

Highlights for 2017 currently include:

  • Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
  • More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
  • Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways—some being presented for the very first time
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations and all-new farm-to-table dining experiences
  • Garden Rocks™ Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages

Best of all, with so much to see and do, you can return to the Festival again and again… and uncover something new every time!


A couple rockin' out on the outdoor dance floor at Epcot

Garden Rocks Concert Series 2017 Full Lineup

      • Mar 3-4: John Secada
      • Mar 5-6: Dennis DeYoung
      • Mar 10-13 Pointer Sisters
      • Mar 17-18 Plain White T's
      • Mar 24-27 Night Ranger
      • Mar 31-April 3: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice
      • Apr 14-17: Gin Blossoms
      • Apr 21-24: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
      • Apr 28-29: Expose
      • Apr 30-May 1: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
      • May 5-8: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
      • May 12-15: The Guess Who
      • May 19-22: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
      • May 26-27: The Spinners

Star Wars: Galactic Nights - April 14th, 2017

Lights beam into the sky above Disney’s Hollywood Studios during ‘Star Wars’: A Galactic Spectacular

The Story of Star Wars: Galactic Nights (Disneyworld.com description)

Come dressed as a favorite character to a specially ticketed, family-friendly event featuring exclusive Star Warsexperiences!

“This Will Be a Day Long Remembered…” Calling all Star Wars fans! You’re invited to the debut of a brand-new event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a movie-premiere-style party where Guests of all ages—from all around the galaxy—can come together and celebrate 40 years of the Greatest Saga Ever Told…

It’s Star Wars: Galactic Nights, taking place in the midst of this year’s Star Wars Celebration!

No matter your age, put on your finest Star Wars-themed costumes and attire, and walk the red carpet toward an intergalactic introduction—followed by a whole universe of event entertainment and interactive fun, from a park-wide scavenger hunt to Star Wars Character encounters and more.

Plus, you can even enjoy many of your favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions all throughout the event!


Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend - April 20th to 23rd

Star Wars Half Marathon - Dark Side

THE EVENT (RunDisney.com description)

It is a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side - at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You'll be running on Darth Vader's turf with the Emperor's white uniformed stormtroopers cheering you on your way. Darth Vader, the Galactic Empire Sith Lord, has a weekend of powerful surprises in store including spectacular runs, special events, entertainment, and much, much more! Feel the power of the force with runs for Star Wars fans of every age including the Star Wars Half Marathon, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K, and the runDisney Kids Races. Challenge yourself to the ultimate test with the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge combining the Star Wars 10K and Half Marathon. It's all part of the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, April 20-23, 2017. Choose your alliance! Run for the light side or run for the dark side - and May the Force be with you!


Sounds like Summer Concert Series (EPCOT) - June 5th-July 23rd

Night of Joy - September 8th and 9th

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Select Nights in August, September and October

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival - August 31st to November 13th

Eat to the Beat 2017 - August 31st to November 13th

Scheduled concerts are free with Epcot admission. Performances take place three times per evening (5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm) at the American Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion

  • Delta Rae — August 31-September 1

  • The Hooters *NEW* – September 2-3

  • Baha Men *NEW* — September 4-5

  • Fuel — September 6-7

  • Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – September 8-10

  • Lauren Alaina *NEW* – September 11-12

  • Plain White T’s — September 13-15

  • Sister Hazel – September 16-17

  • Air Supply — September 18-20

  • David Cook — September 21-22

  • Everclear — September 23-24

  • Sugar Ray — September 25-27

  • 38 Special – September 28-29

  • Mark Wills *NEW* – September 30-October 1

  • American Authors *NEW* – October 2-3

  • Christopher Cross – October 4-5

  • Devon Allman *NEW* – October 6-8

  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX — October 9-11

  • Taylor Dayne — October 12-13

  • Jeffrey Osbourne – October 14-15

  • Postmodern Jukebox *NEW* — October 16-17

  • 10,000 Maniacs *NEW* — October 18-20

  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — October 21-22

  • Kenny G *NEW* — October 23-24

  • Billy Ocean – October 25-26

  • Tiffany – October 27-October 29

  • Hanson — October 30-November 1

  • Blue October *NEW*— November 2-3

  • Living Colour — November 4-5

  • Boyz II Men — November 6-8

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 9-11

  • Squeeze *NEW*— November 12-13

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend - November 2nd to 5th

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (Magic Kingdom) - Select Nights from November 9th to December 22nd

Holidays Around the World - Candlelight Processional (EPCOT) - November 24th to December 30th 

  • TBD – November 24 to 26, 2017
  • TBD – November 27 to 28, 2017
  • TBD – November 29 to 30, 2017
  • TBD – December 1 to 3, 2017
  • Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
  • TBD – December 6 to 8, 2017
  • TBD – December 9 to 11, 2017
  • TBD – December 12 to 14, 2017
  • Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
  • Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
  • CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
  • Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
  • TBD – December 28 to 30, 2017

Holidays at Disney Springs - November/December 2017