Nobody does Special Events like Universal Studios Orlando! Throughout the year, in every season there is sure to be a special events to please (just about) everyone!
Rock the Universe
Rock the Universe is Florida’s BIGGEST Christian Music Festival! In January, Christian music artists descend on Universal Studios, to the big stage, and rock the night away!
The 2023 dates and line up have been announced!
Skillet, Tauren Wells, Bethel Music, Rend Collective, Evan Craft, Katy Nichole
Zach Williams, Matthew West, Dante Bowe, Anne Wilson, We Are Messengers, Cain
*artists subject to change
2023 will be the 25th year of this amazing music festival and is sure to be a weekend full of faith, fun, music AND rides!
Rock the Universe is a separate ticketed event.
Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras
Universal Studios Mardi Gras celebration is the best of the Bayou! Food, beads and family! This annual event is a daytime and a nighttime event and included in the regular ticket.
2023’s event will take things a bit further and will be a celebration beyond the Bayou all the way to Carnaval. You can sample flavors from the bayou to Brazil and beyond, rock out to live music during the concerts and even catch some beads during the Mardi Gras parade.
Concert line up for 2023 is as follows:
February 4: Patti LaBelle
Feb 10: JVKE
Feb 11: GooGoo Dolls
Feb 18: Maren Morris
Feb 19: Willow
Feb 25: 3 Doors Down
March 4: Sean Paul
March 5: Lauren Daigle
The fun begins February 4, 2023 and lasts until April 16th.
Halloween Horror Nights
Halloween Horror Nights is one of Universal Orlando’s BIGGEST events! For over 30 years, Universal has perfected the act of scaring even the toughest in the crowd. Scare zones, haunted houses and amazing themed food options all make up Halloween Horror Nights. Every year the haunted houses change. The only thing to remain the same is the advice “Do Not Go Alone”.
Select Nights in the Fall. Nights will be updated here as soon as they are announced!
Halloween Horror Nights is one of the few Universal Orlando Special Events that is a separate ticket event and does sell out. Get your tickets early. Visit Halloween Horror Night’s Insider’s Tips to learn ways to utilize your time when enjoying this amazing event.
Holidays at Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando does the holidays in a BIG way! Grinchmas, Christmas in the Wizarding World, and the Holiday parade, there is so much to see and do and experience. The Holiday’s fun for the 2022 season begins November 12 and lasts until January 1. The holiday events are included in your normal park ticket.
Seuss Landing transforms for the holidays. Few people love Christmas as much as the Who’s. You can spot the Who’s strolling around enjoying the holiday and even enjoy the stage show The Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular. The Grinch is even available for photo’s and to surely give you a hard time.
Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Warm Butterbeer and a holiday light show on the castle. Is there anything better? Every Christmas, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley come alive with Christmas spirit! The beautiful holiday decor, Frog’s Choir and the light show on Hogwarts are a must see! Just be sure and grab your WARM Butterbeer!
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
When we said Universal does Christmas BIG, we really meant it! The holiday parade features the Macy’s parade balloons made famous by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In Universal Studios, the parade features the Minions, Shrek and the characters of Madagascar. And just when you think it cannot get any better it starts to snow and the BIG MAN in red himself comes through on a special float.
The special events at Universal are packed with fun and are a great time to visit the resort.