Florida Tax-Free Weekend Kicks Off Back-to-School Shopping Season, Special Activities UPDATED 8-1-2014

Tax-free weekend kicks off Friday, August 1 and, for many, will mark the start of back-to-school shopping. During the three-day sales tax break ending August 3, retailers will not be required to collect state and local sales-use tax on most clothing, footwear, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100.

To coincide with the Florida Sales Tax Holiday, metro Orlando malls are offering shoppers more chances to save some cash.


The Florida Mall

Simon Kidgets Club “Back to School Bash”

Families can engage in the Simon Kidgits Club “Back to School Bash” on Saturday, August 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. in Macy’s Court. Kitgits members will be able to engage in science discovery stations including a fire and ice show and crafts. The event also boasts back-to-school giveaways.

As a member of the Simon Kidgits Club, parents and their children will receive special offers, a newsletter and details on local events which include games, goodies and educational elements.

Additionally, shopping will be quite a delight as live jazz music fills the mall’s Center Court on Friday, August 1 from 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 2 – 5 p.m. Families can also enjoy roaming balloon artists and stilt walkers who will be surprising and delighting our customers with various back to school items.

Enjoy Live Jazz and More

Customers can take a break from the busy shopping weekend to take in the soothing sounds of jazz Friday from 5–8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2–5 p.m. The event also features balloon artists and stilt walkers.


Orlando Fashion Square

Earn Cash Back

Customers can earn $20 cash back for every $100 spent, up to $500, Friday through Sunday. This offer ends when the mall’s $20,000 allotment for the promotion runs out.

Shoppers can also enjoy a block party centered around back-to-school and neighborhood safety as part of Orlando’s 2014 National Night Out campaign.


Oviedo Mall

PLAYGROUND Magazine Presents “Back to School Bash”

PLAYGROUND Magazine presents the “Back to School Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 12–4 p.m. This free family event features a kid-starring fashion show, DJ dance party, an indoor rock-climbing wall and giveaways including tickets to LEGOLAND.


Seminole Towne Center

Earn Rewards for Your School

Beginning Friday, August 1, the Simon Scholars School Reward program will give shoppers the opportunity to receive 1 point for every $1 spent at Seminole Towne Center. This year, there are 17 participating schools and the top three at the end of the program (November 2014) will win cash prizes.

Simon Kidgits Club “Back to School Bash”

Simon Kidgits Club members are invited to the “Back to School Bash” on Saturday, August 2 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in Center Court. Guests will enjoy festive back to school activities and great giveaways.


Waterford Lakes Town Center

Enter for a Chance to Win a $1,000 Shopping Spree

On Saturday, August 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., shoppers who sign up to become a Mall Insider at the Property Management Office located near Old Navy will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree, as well as a “surprise and delight” gift courtesy of Waterford Lakes Town Center.


West Oaks Mall

Earn Rewards for Shopping

Customers who spend more than $99 during the tax-free weekend at participating stores will earn a gift card and two tickets to the movie “Ride Along” on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. In addition, the mall will host a college-inspired fashion show each day, a Star Wars-themed event from 1–3 p.m. Saturday and a table-tennis tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Extended Hours

Many malls will be open extended hours this weekend as outlined below.

The Florida Mall

Friday, August 1 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 2 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
* Department store hours may vary

Seminole Towne Center

Friday, August 1 – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 2 – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
* Department store hours may vary

Waterford Lakes Town Center

Friday, August 1 – 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 2 – 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
* Department store and restaurant hours may vary

More malls’ hours will be posted as they are made available.

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Mark Schaub

My name is Mark and I’m a mall-aholic. As a native Orlandoan, I’ve been visiting them since I can remember. I’ve also worked in a couple and consider myself a self-appointed expert. There’s been a lot of change when it comes metro Orlando’s mall landscape, and I’ve taken it upon myself to chronicle it. Each mall has a story to tell, and having graduated from the University of Central Florida and double majored in journalism and radio/television, I feel I’m best equipped to make those stories come alive here at Orlando Mall Guide. So whether you’re a local or a tourist needing a shopping break from the attractions, I’m your hookup.