For those who like something a bit different on their Orlando holiday, here's a great opportunity to enjoy Bok Tower Gardens (in Lake Wales) for a special event:

24th International Carillon Festival Returns March 20-24


Celebrating 90 years of musical and cultural heritage, Bok Tower Gardens presents the 24th International Carillon Festival March 20-24. The highly anticipated music festival features world-renowned carillonneurs performing concerts each day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Visitor Center will also premiere the exhibit Singing Bronze illustrating the making of carillon bells. Festival concerts are included with general admission.

Visitors can also enjoy two Bok After Dark performances featuring International Carillon Festival performers on March 20 and 23. The event includes a pre-show concert at the Blue Palmetto Café and a 7:30 p.m. carillon performance. Bok After Dark is included with general admission.

Milford Myhre Day March 24
This year, the festival pays tribute to the living legacy of the Gardens’ second carillonneur, Milford Myhre who retired in 2004 after 36 years of service. March 24 will be “Milford Myhre Day” with a special appreciation ceremony, concerts featuring his music and a question and answer session with Myhre at 2pm.

24th Annual International Carillon Festival Guest Carillonneurs
The festival features daily concerts by four outstanding professional carillonneurs, Joey Brink, Amy Johansen, Michael Solotke, and Koen Van Assche, who are all leading international performers. Together with Gardens Carillonneur Geert D’hollander, these accomplished guest carillonneurs will perform multiple concerts throughout the five-day festival.