The month of April is full of fun events that appeal to art lovers everywhere. If music is your forte, you’ll be on cloud nine at the Florida Music Festival & Conference, which includes three nights of non-stop music and parties. If a great film is what inspires and motivates you, the Florida Film Festival is the perfect place to enjoy hundreds of amazing films. If you’re a film buff and a music lover, the month of April is going to be the highlight of your year, not to mention the busiest! These festivals allow for great memories and stories that will last a lifetime.

The Florida Music Festival features known and unknown artists from all over the world. Each night, beginning April 12th and ending April 14th, from 6pm to 2am, you have the chance to fill your body and soul with music from up-and-coming artists playing everything from Pop to Hip Hop, and from Alternative Rock to Country.

There will be over 50 artists on a dozen stages spread throughout venues in Downtown Orlando. Past performers include Taylor Swift (in her first industry showcase), The Dirty Heads, Third Eye Blind, Lupe Fiasco, and members of Matchbox Twenty.

The best part? All venues are free admission. You’ll be the first to discover the next Taylor Swift while also attending the best party in Downtown Orlando with a crowd united in their love for music, all at no cost to you.

The Florida Musical Festival Conference not only allows like-minded individuals to come together and enjoy three nights of great music, but it also connects popular speakers in the music industry with students, musicians, and aspiring industry players. Attendees can network, drop demos, hand out resumes, and learn from people such as Keynote Alumni Jonathan Mayers, the founder of Bonnaroo; Rodney Jerkins, producer of artists like Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Kanye West; and Steve Robertson, the Vice President of Atlantic Records. 

If crazy crowds and loud music isn’t quite your scene, attend the Florida Film Festival for 10 days of premiere films featuring the best in current, independent, and international cinema. You’ll be able to mingle and network with compatible film lovers, filmmakers, and celebrities.

The Film Festival advertises 180+ films, 20+ world premiers, and 23,000+ guests in attendance beginning April 6th and ending April 15th. Known as “The Festival with A Heart,” the Florida Film Festival is one of the only Oscar-qualifying festivals in the United States in all three shorts categories: Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, and Documentary Short Subject. 

You’ll be able to enjoy the films while sipping on hand-crafted cocktails from the Eden Bar or from the menu inside the theater. The festival is kicked off with the legendary Opening Night Party following the first film, where you can sample food and drinks provided by stellar local restaurants and mingle with other filmophiles (these are people obsessed with films, if you couldn’t guess).

Whether you’re looking for strictly entertainment and a good time with film addicts such as yourself, or you’re looking for a place of inspiration, education, and connection, there is no place better than the Florida Film Festival.

Each of these festivals brings together the most creative of minds, allowing attendees and performers alike to share their passions with those who understand them. Whether your passion lies in music or in film, in creating or in appreciating, these festivals are sure to nurture everyone’s love of the art.