Eat to the Beat Concerts at 2024 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival: Dates, Lineup & Dining Packages

Eat to the Beat Concert Series returns to the 2024 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. This post covers the current lineup of bands and musicians, whether the dining package is worth the money, dates of the performances, and everything else you need to know.

Let’s start with the basics. The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival runs from late summer through late November 2024. Dates are not yet official, but our expectation is that it starts in August and continues until the weekend before Thanksgiving, which would be around November 23, 2024.

Since dates for the festival haven’t been announced, it should follow that the same is true of the concert series. Last year, EPCOT entertainment did a ‘split approach’ to weeknights versus weekends, with internationally recognized artists as well as local bands bringing their sizzling sounds to the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. The musical menu has something for every musical taste.

These performances are held in the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure in World Showcase. The concerts are included with EPCOT admission, and typically take place three times per evening, at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Expect local Central Florida bands to take the stage at America Gardens Theatre Tuesdays through Thursdays most weeks, when crowds are typically lower at EPCOT. Then Fridays through Mondays, popular performers of yesterday and today take over for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

During these Eat to the Beat concerts, popular bands from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s perform some of their greatest hits for the Food & Wine Festival crowds.

The schedule of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival has now been announced–see below for the month by month lineup.

July Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule:

  • July 27 – Funkafied
  • July 28-29 – Orianthi (NEW)
  • July 30-31 – For King & Country (NEW)

August Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule:

  • August 1-3 – Funkafied
  • August 4-5 – Southern Avenue
  • August 6-7 – Tiffany
  • August 8-10 – Champagne
  • August 11-12 – Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart
  • August 13-14 – The Bacon Brothers (NEW) To Be Determined
  • August 15-17 – M-80’s
  • August 18-21 – Joey Fatone & Friends
  • August 22-24 – The Female Collective
  • August 25-26 – Ayron Jones (NEW)
  • August 27-28 – Phillip Phillips (NEW)
  • August 29-31 – Element

September Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule:

  • September 1-2 – Baha Men
  • Sept. 3-4 – MercyMe
  • Sept. 5-7 – Foreigners Journey
  • Sept. 8-9 – Ray Parker Jr.
  • Sept. 10-11 – Tobymac
  • Sept. 12-4 – Hooligans
  • Sept. 15 – Monsieur Perine
  • Sept. 16-17 – Raul Acosta and Oro Solido (NEW)
  • Sept. 18 – Celebrity Latin Talent
  • Sept. 19-21 – Audio Exchange
  • Sept. 22-24 – Los Amigos Invisibles
  • Sept. 25-26 – 98 °
  • Sept. 27-28 – Latin Ambition
  • Sept. 29-30 – Boyz II Men

October Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule:

  • October 1-2 – Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 3-5 – Wish Radio
  • Oct. 6-7 – Mark Wills
  • Oct. 8-9 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 10-12 – Icon Party Band
  • Oct. 13-14 – Hoobastank
  • Oct. 15-16 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 17-19 – Evolution Motown
  • Oct. 20-21 – Taylor Dayne
  • Oct. 22-23 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 24-26 – Sound Up
  • Oct. 27-30 – Hanson
  • Oct. 31 – Rexine

November Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule:

  • November 1-2 – Rexine
  • November 3-4 – We The Kings (NEW)
  • Nov. 5-6 – Sheila E.
  • Nov. 7-9 – Epic Live
  • Nov. 10-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Nov. 12-13 – 38 Special

You can secure your spot at the show by reserving an Eat to the Beat Dining Package, which is now on sale.

In terms of basics, Walt Disney World guests who purchase the Eat to the Beat Dining Package will receive concert badges at the restaurant after their meal. The badge will specify the date and show time they have reserved. Guests with the Dining Package will enter America Gardens Theatre in a separate queue and will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is guaranteed.

Each package includes:

  • At Spice Road Table: 2 small plates, a shared dessert platter and a nonalcoholic beverage
  • All other participating restaurants: an appetizer, entrée and dessert—or one full buffet/family-style meal (where applicable)—as well as a nonalcoholic beverage
  • One (1) guaranteed seat per person to one concert performance on the same day; the concert time will be assigned at the time of booking

Here are prices for the Eat to the Beat Dining Packages:

Adult
(ages 10 and up)
Child
(ages 3 to 9)
Akershus Royal Banquet
Norway PavilionBreakfast
Lunch/Dinner
$64.00
$74.00
$41.00
$48.00
Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
$60.00 $34.00
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas
$69.00 $27.00
Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land PavilionBreakfast
Lunch/Dinner
$53.00
$66.00
$34.00
$43.00
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Canada Pavilion
$95.00 $36.00
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
(same-day dining packages only)
American Adventure Pavilion
$35.00
Rose and Crown Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
$59.00 $25.00
Spice Road Table
Morocco Pavilion
$47.00 $20.00

Prices listed above do not include tax or gratuity.

The America Gardens Theater where Eat to the Beat Concert Series is held can seat over 1,000 guests per performance, but a large chunk of these seats are set aside for guests who purchase dinner packages. All of these dinner package guests are guaranteed seats in one of the three nightly Eat to the Beat concerts.

In addition to this, fans for particular acts often line up hours in advance, and seeing those long lines, regular tourists also queue up. Consequently, it becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy–the standby line for performances can get longer because it’s long.

However, we’ve found it fairly rare for the Eat to the Beat concerts to fill America Gardens Theater to capacity (especially the earlier performances when the sun is still beating down on the outdoor amphitheater). Just because the line looks long…doesn’t mean it’s going to fill up.

To each their own, but we typically do not recommend purchasing the Eat to the Beat Concert Series Dining Package. This is nothing like Candlelight Processional in terms of popularity, save for a handful of the biggest name bands that usually take the stage in October or November.

On top of that, crowds simply aren’t as bad at Walt Disney World in August or September, so usually there’s far less demand for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series than there is for Candlelight Processional. We understand that FOMO is a powerful motivator, but you should be able to enjoy the concert just fine without paying extra for a dining package.

We’ve watched many concerts (or portions of them) in June through mid-October, and have never once bought one of these dining packages. We almost always show up a few minutes before the show starts and are easily able to score spots with a good view. From our perspective, the dining packages are a total waste of money. The only exception to that is for the more popular performers who appear at Eat to the Beat in late October and early November.

In terms of value for money, the dining package is not that expensive (or at least the cost is not badly inflated). However, you absolutely are paying a bit of a premium for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series Dining Package, and that’s even assuming you “optimization” your order and select the most expensive entrees, etc.

If you elect not to do the Eat to the Beat Dining Package and don’t want very long in line, you have a couple of options. First, show up to the standby line ~15 minutes before the first show of the day starts. Depending upon the popularity of the band and the weather, there are usually still plenty of seats in the sun (very few spots in the America Gardens Theater are shaded). If not, at least you didn’t waste a ton of time standing in line.

In many scenarios, that strategy will work just fine. You may not have the best seats, but you’ll still be able to see the show and have a seat. If the theatre is already full, we recommend trying to watch from the walkway behind the America Gardens Theatre.

Cast Members will manage crowd flow back here in the walkway, but you can simply stand behind the theater (not in the walkway) and watch the concert. This is actually a really good view for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, and is still reasonably close to the stage. It’s not like being in the cheap seats given the intimate size of the venue–think of it as sitting (well, standing) in the balcony of the America Garden Theatre.

Ultimately, that’s what we do in order to watch the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Although we regularly buy the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages, we have never–not once!–bought dining packages for any of the other three festivals. From our perspective, it’s a waste of money, as we can still easily enjoy the performances with minimal effort.

We may not be right up front and center, but the views are good throughout the America Gardens Theater–and even behind it. To each their own, but we’d rather allocate our budget for visiting Walt Disney World on other things. If you have infinite resources and don’t mind wasting money, by all means, book the Eat to the Beat Dining Package for peace of mind. If it’ll be a splurge, save that money for something else at Walt Disney World!

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Your Thoughts

Are you a fan of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series? Which bands have you seen perform on the America Gardens Theater stage? Do you usually book the Eat to the Beat Dining Package or wait in line? Think it’s worth the money? Do you have any strategy for seeing Eat to the Beat without waiting? Do you agree or disagree with our advice? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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