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The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is one of my personal favorites. Thinking of spring and warmer weather just brightens my day right on up. From March 2 through July 4, guests can experience the beauty and magic of this blooming good festival.

Topiary of the Three Caballeros at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

Will kids enjoy it? Should families make it part of their vacation? I’ve got all the details in this guide to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022.

Ultimate Guide to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot is becoming Walt Disney World’s premiere park for festivals. One of the most magical is the spring Flower and Garden Festival.

Garden decoration that looks like a blue butterfly.

From scrumptious outdoor kitchens to beautifully manicured topiaries to that wonderful Disney magic we’ve all come to know and expect, this year’s festival is sure to be an incredible one.

Mickey, Pluto, and Minnie topiaries at Epcot

Each section of this post is broken down into these categories:

  • What is Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?l
  • What to Eat at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
  • Epcot Flower and Garden Festival for Kids
  • Who is Playing the Garden Rocks Concert Series?

My hope is that this informative, albeit lengthy, post will leave you feeling prepared and hopeful that your visit to the Flower and Garden Festival will be nothing short of spectacular!

What is Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?

First, let’s begin with an explanation. If you’ve never attended this festival before, you may be curious about what it is. Do you need to be a gardener? Do you need to have a green thumb? Not at all! An appreciation for beauty in nature, and appetite for good food, are the only things you need to have a great time.

Colorful sign posted for Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

At the festival, you will see:

  • Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
  • Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
  • Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
  • Inspirational exhibits
  • Outdoor entertainment

Sarah’s Tip: Don’t forget to grab your “Garden Passport” at the entrance to the World Showcase to plan your day most effectively.

Dazzling Topiaries

Honestly, the star(s) of the show are the plethora of displays throughout Epcot park. From delightful characters to stunning floral displays, there is no shortage of eye candy at this festival.

Donald Duck topiary and display at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

I’m partial to the flower beds around the water features near the bridge to the World Showcase. It’s stunning to see the bright colors and hard work that went into planning the design and actually planting those flowers!

Flower beds around the pond in front of the World Showcase bridge at Epcot.

What to Eat at the Festival

Now to my favorite part of this guide: the food!

Unlike the plethora of kiosks at the Food & Wine festival, there are just over a dozen spots to try at Flower and Garden. These are the 2022 Outdoor Kitchens:

  • Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)
  • Cider House (UK Pavilion)
  • Fleur de Lys (France; this is where you can find “La Vie en Rose” martini slush)
La Vie en Rose Slush from France
  • Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
  • Farmer’s Feast (Near Test Track)
  • Sunshine Griddle (Near Test Track)
  • Hanami (Japan; this is where the popular “Frushi” is found)
Frushi dish from Japan in Epcot
  • Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico)
  • La Isla Fresca (Caribbean fare, located between Morocco and France)
  • Lotus House (China)
  • Magnolia Terrace (American Adventure)
  • Northern Bloom (Canada)
  • Pineapple Promenade (Refreshment Port; this is where the popular “Violet Lemonade” is found)
  • Primavera Kitchen (Italy)
  • Tangerine Café: Flavors of Medina (Morocco)
  • The Honey Bee-stro (located near the front of the World Showcase)
  • Trowel & Trellis (near Disney Traders, featuring all plant-based foods)
  • Flavor Full Kitchen
  • The Citrus Blossom (find the souvenir Orange Bird sipper here)
Orange Bird drink sipper at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Make use of that festival passport to mark the ones you like, the ones you don’t like, and the ones you want to try next time!

Sarah’s Tip: Outdoor Kitchen portions are small. You’ll be able to snack your way around the festival, but don’t be surprised if you fill up fast! As a result, if you truly want to sample everything, find a buddy to split items with so you don’t have a stomach ache later!

Festival Activities for Kids

Next, let’s talk about the kids. What can families do at this festival? Tons! Even in a not-so-typical year, there are several activities to choose from.

Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth

Fun for the whole family, this “whimsical” area helps guests learn creative ways to stay healthy. This Outdoor Kitchen and garden are located along the Imagination Walkway.

Outdoor play area at Epcot.

Explore Around the World Showcase

Additionally, the ever popular scavenger hunt, Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration, returns this year.

Topiary at Epcot featuring the lions and Rafiki of The Lion King movie.

From March 2-July 4, have fun with “Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration.” Guests can purchase a $9.99 map and sticker set and head out to look for Spike the Bee on flowers all over the World Showcase.

When you’ve found them all, simply show your completed map to a Cast Member at the store of purchase to receive a prize!

Tinker Bell topiary at UK Pavilion

Sarah’s Tip: If you don’t want to go back to the store, simply ask the Cast Member for the prize when you purchase the map to present to your child when the scavenger hunt is over.

Flower & Garden Festival Entertainment

Finally, the adults in the group probably want to know what else there is for them to do. I love that Epcot festivals bring music, activities, and the arts together.

Signage with Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival displayed

While the some health precautions are still in place, Disney Parks have been finding creative ways to provide safe and fun family entertainment.

  • Mickey & Friends World Tour: While walking around the World Showcase, keep an eye out for Mickey and his friends, including Goofy, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto!
  • Princess Promenade: Wave hello to some favorite Princess friends including Anna, Elsa, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and Cinderella!
Princesses promenading through Epcot.

Garden Rocks Concert Series Returns for 2022

Finally, a signature of Epcot festivals is returning in 2022. The Garden Rocks concert series is back with new and returning favorites. These shows are included in your Epcot admission, but if you want reserved seating, consider booking a Garden Rocks Dining Package.

Mickey and Minnie topiaries at World Showcase entrance

Included in the dining package are options to eat lunch or dinner at a specific restaurant and guaranteed seating per person. Concert time will be assigned at the time of booking. Participating restaurants include:

  • Biergarten Restaurant (Germany)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (near The Living Seas Pavilion)
  • Garden Grill Restaurant (inside The Land Pavilion)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room (UK Pavilion)

Seating is guaranteed for the assigned show, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, or 8pm, but seats in the reserved section are not assigned.

Musical Acts Performing at Garden Rocks

The line up for the 2022 Garden Rocks show has lots of artists and genres to choose from. Check out the list below:

  • The Guess Who-March 4 & 5
  • Rick Springfield-March 6 & 7
  • Melina León – NEW to Garden Rocks!-March 11 & 12
  • CeCe Winans-March 13 & 14
  • Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW!-March 18 & 19
  • Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks!-March 20 & 21
  • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO-March 25 to 28
  • The Spinners-April 1 & 2
  • The Pointer Sisters-April 3 & 4
  • Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks!-April 8 & 9
  • TBD-April 10 & 11
  • Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW!-April 15 & 16
  • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles-April 17 & 18
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas-April 22 & 23
  • Claudia Leitte – NEW!-April 24 & 25
  • Berlin-April 29 & 30
  • TobyMac-May 1 & 2
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears-May 6 & 7
  • The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks!-May 8 & 9
  • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW!-May 13 & 14
  • TBD-May 15 & 16
  • A Flock of Seagulls-May 20 & 21
  • Collin Raye – NEW!-May 22 & 23
  • Thelma Houston – NEW!-May 27 & 28
  • Little River Band-May 29 & 30
  • Simple Plan-June 3 to 6
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone-June 10 to 13
  • Plain White T’s-June 17 to 20
  • TBD-June 24 & 25
  • TBD-June 26 & 27

Sarah’s Tip: All of the entertainment opportunities are included in the price of your Epcot admission.

Epcot Flower and Garden is my favorite festival! I hope it will be yours too!