For the first time ever, Copa – the longest standing international continental soccer competition – is coming to America. Even more, the City of Orlando, now known as the “Soccer Capitol of the South” is one of only 10 U.S. cities to host this 100-year-old tournament. Between June 4 and June 8, the City will be canvassed with national and international soccer enthusiasts who have come from every corner of the globe to partake in the biggest sporting event Orlando has seen since the 1994 World Cup.
With three games over a five-day span, Orlando Main Streets wants to ensure that everyone – residents and visitors – enjoy their time before, between and after games to the fullest. Therefore, we’ve put together your guide of Orlando Main Streets locations to visit during Copa 100.
- Kick off all three of Orlando’s Copa 100 games at Church Street’s Harry Buffalo Copa Block Parties – To properly celebrate this once in a lifetime occasion, Harry Buffalo is holding a block party for each of the three Copa 100 Orlando games. For those who don’t have tickets to the game, Harry Buffalo will have live entertainment on the Bud Light Stage and show the games live on all 30 of their TV’s, making it feel as if every patron is at the center of the action.
- Visit the #1 Brew Pub in the state, along with our many other unique local bars – Our Main Streets are home to a number of locally owned bars and pubs serving craft beers, food and a variety of enjoyable atmospheres perfect for celebrating a well-played Copa 100 match. Whatever your personal style, our Main Streets have a bar for you. Some of our local bars include in Redlight Redlight in Audubon Park, which was recently recognized as the #1 Brew Pub in the state of Florida and #3 in the country by Ratebeer.com; Chillers, Big Belly and Latitudes on Church Street; BART, Ten10 Brewing and The Brass Tap in Mills 50; Burton’s Bar or Falcon Bar in Thornton Park; the Imperial at Washburn in Ivanhoe Village; Ollie’s Public House in College Park and Vanbarry’s in Downtown South.
- Enjoy world-class dining at a number of our local restaurants – If there’s one thing our Main Streets our known for, it’s their one-of-a-kind dining options. If you’re looking for a more upscale dining option on the nights between matches, we recommend RuSteak or K Restaurant in College Park, SOCO or Baoery in Thornton Park, Nova Restaurant in Ivanhoe Village or Kres Chophouse on Church Street.
And of course, you’ll need things to do on the days off between matches:
- Browse one of the largest farmers market’s in Downtown Orlando – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., residents and visitors can come to Thornton Park District to enjoy anything from locally handcrafted jewelry to homemade pet treats.
- Ride in a swan boat at Lake Eola – After an exhilarating soccer match surrounded by a pulsating crowd the night before, not much is more relaxing than paddling in one of our swan boats alongside Lake Eola’s most beautiful feathered residents.
- Visit Orlando’s cultural corridor – There is a common falsehood among out of town visitors that to experience Orlando, they have to visit the theme parks. But as the locals know, there is so much more to experience in Orlando than roller coasters and Disney characters. Loch Haven Park, located in Ivanhoe Village is home to an eclectic array of museums and theaters open to visitors of all ages, including the Orlando Science Center, the Mennello Museum of American Art, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Ballet.
- Experience a botanical oasis – At the corner of Audubon Park Garden District lies Harry P. Leu Gardens, a world-class 50-acre botanical garden designed to inspire all who visit with its beauty and historic background.
- Shop Local – For those coming from out of town, it is essential to pick up a few souvenirs before heading home. After stocking up on all things Copa 100 and Orlando City Soccer, stop by ANY of our Main Street Districts for a completely local shopping experience where you can find artisan gifts, handcrafted jewelry, accessories and decorative pieces, homemade treats for you and your pets and unique finds that cannot be found anywhere else but in the heart of Orlando.