Somebody once told me Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is host to a concert series known as Eat to the Beat. Because I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed, I had to check to see if Disney would keep doing these concerts at the America Gardens Theatre. Well, I was looking kind of dumb, because Disney just announced the lineup for this year’s Food and Wine festival. When the bands start coming, they won’t stop coming with concerts every night during the seven and a half week festival. Once Food and Wine hits the ground runnin, there will be so much do to, so much to see, so what’s wrong with checking out the full lineup? New acts as well as fan favorites will be part of the Food and Wine fun.

Hey now, here’s some rock stars, playing at Epcot, this fall:

  • Sept 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina
  • Sept. 22-23 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Sept. 24-25 – Rick Springfield
  • Sept. 26-27 – Christopher Cross
  • Sept. 28-29 – Hanson
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 3-5 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 6-8 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 9-10 – Fuel
  • Oct. 11-12 – Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 13-14 – Richard Marx
  • Oct. 15-16 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 17-19 – Night Ranger
  • Oct. 20-22 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman
  • Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys
  • Oct. 27-28 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 29-31 – Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX
  • Nov. 1-2 – 38 Special
  • Nov. 3-5 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 6-7 – David Cook
  • Nov. 8-10 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

These concerts are included with Epcot admission, and take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the America Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Concerts in the past have taken place at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00pm. While this may be subject to change, those will most likely be the times for the concerts.

With a band lineup this smashing, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is sure to be a hit for your ears as well as your mouth.

Tip: These concerts can be very popular, so it’s encouraged to line up at least 15-30 minutes before the concert starts.

Tip: Chase has given its card-members some wrist bands that give guests slightly early entry/better seating for these concerts. If you are a Chase card-member, head to the Chase Lounge the day of the concert to get your wristband. These are limited and on a first come, first served basis. You’ll never know if you don’t go.

What band are you most excited about for Eat to the Beat? And how many references to the lyrics of Smash Mouth’s hit song All Star can you find in this article? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.


James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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