Schedule of Universal Orlando Events in 2019 and 2020

When it comes to putting on spectacular events, Universal Orlando Resort doesn't hold back. The resort has long been home to one of the nation's premier events — Halloween Horror Nights — which returns for its 29th year! If scary isn't your style, you'll find other year-round, family-friendly Universal Orlando events such as Mardi Gras and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Our Frog Family leaps at the chance to experience as many of the annual events as we can, and we know yours will, too!

The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events - Macys Parade

You'll find all of the Universal Orlando events listed on our Crowd Calendar, which is the easiest way to see the best time to visit. Note: The Universal Orlando events appear in the order that they are held throughout the year. We don't yet have confirmed dates for all of the 2020 events, but we'll be adding them to this page as soon as they become available!

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events in 2019 and 2020

January

A Celebration of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure) — Didn't return for 2019; TBD for 2020 

Taking place one weekend every January at Universal Orlando Resort since 2014, Universal Orlando’s A Celebration of Harry Potter elevated the fan's experience by hosting panels of celebrity guests, special events and demonstrations. Unfortunately, the Celebration did not take place in 2019.

During the 2018 event, guests learned the art of dueling in Paul Harris’ Wand Masterclass and demonstrated their knowledge of "Harry Potter" film trivia. Guests danced like Beauxbatons and battled like Durmstrang. Exhibitions from 2018 included MinaLima and its graphic props used in the films, Harry Potter: The Exhibition and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter exhibit. Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and James Phelps (Fred Weasley) were in attendance for the “Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Q&A Session.” There were plenty of magical hoppenings during this event, and we do hope it returns in 2020!

The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events - A Celebration of Harry Potter

Rock the Universe (Universal Studios) — Jan. 24-25, 2020

A separately ticketed special event, Rock the Universe is Florida's biggest Christian music festival. Universal moved the dates of this event from September to February for 2019, and it brought another great lineup of popular Christian artists. The festival will once again return at the beginning of the year in 2020. Universal Studios Florida closed at 6 p.m. for the concerts, but guests with concert tickets were able to enter the park starting at 4 p.m. and saw performances on three stages. The 2019 lineup included Skillet, Lecrae, Bethel Music, Matthew West and more!

February - May

Mardi Gras (Universal Studios) — Select Spring Nights in 2020

This Universal Orlando rite of passage takes place each spring (usually February through March) on select dates at Universal Studios. Highlights of this family-friendly event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and live concerts. With floats created by Kern Studios, the company that has created Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans since 1947, this event is as authentic as it gets (while still remaining kid-friendly)! You can check out authentic New Orleans bands. Plus, there are Universal Studios concerts from big names in rock, pop, country and more! There is always plenty of Cajun food and drinks to fill you up. Check out our tips for Mardi Gras at Universal Studios so you can start planning for next year's event.

Mardi Gras 2019 Lineup

Feb. 9: Bush

Feb. 16: Gavin DeGraw

Feb. 17: Dan + Shay

Feb. 23: Macklemore

March 2: Sabrina Carpenter

March 9: Becky G

March 10: Sean Paul

March 16: Steve Miller Band

March 17: Ziggy Marley

March 23: NF

March 24: Pitbull

March 30: Bazzi

March 31: Prince Royce

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular park admission. After the fun in the park is done, head over to Universal CityWalk, where the party continues at seven venues, including Pat O’Brien's, CityWalk’s Mardi Gras headquarters.

See all of the partying for yourself!

July

Fourth of July Celebration (Universal Studios) — July 4-6, 2019

Celebrate Fourth of July at Universal Studios this year with your favorite Universal characters. Festivities kick off at the Music Plaza at 5 p.m. with DJ M-Squared spinning top tunes and live music from Raydio. Characters and stilt walkers will join the dance party starting at 6:15 p.m. You won't even have to leave your spot, as the pyrotechnics display will take place over the Music Plaza starting at 9 p.m. Also for this event only, you can get food and drinks delivered right to you from the Classic Monster Cafe across the way. End the night by watching Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration at 9:45 p.m in Central Park.

September - November

Halloween Horror Nights 29 (Universal Studios) — Select Nights from Sept. 6 - Nov. 2, 2019

The biggest Universal Orlando event of the year is held on select nights every fall at Universal Studios. For horror fans and those of you who just like to be scared, Halloween Horror Nights is not to be missed! The park is transformed from a bubbly theme park into a place of terror. "Scare zones" are set up while creatures roam about. Think you're safe? Ha! You might just find a zombie breathing down your neck. The big lure of the night are the movie set-quality haunted houses themed around popular TV shows, classic and current films and sometimes even video games.

This event is not intended for children and is a separately ticketed event. In fact, you'll probably need our Halloween Horror Nights survival guide just to make it through the night. Tickets go on sale a few months before the event begins, and we do recommend buying tickets in advance!

Prepare yourself for Halloween Horror Nights with this video.

November - January

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort — Nov. 16, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure)

Universal Orlando Events - Hogsmeade Decorations

Holiday wishes do come true! Muggles are able to experience Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley trimmed with festive holiday decorations. Even the shops of the Wizarding World are trimmed! There are also holiday-themed food and drinks, as well as entertainment.

The highlight of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a holiday show taking place on Hogwarts Castle. This incredible experience uses mapped-projection technology to "cast a spell" onto the castle and features iconic moments from the films. Check out our video of the magical show!

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's (Universal Studios)

Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Universal Orlando Events

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's debuted at Universal Studios Florida in 2017 and will return once more in 2019. A re-imagining of the park's long-running Macy's Holiday Parade, this extravaganza features Dreamworks favorites. During the parade, guests see the Minions, Shrek, Madagascar and more. Santa also attends so he can light up the New York Christmas tree!

Grinchmas (Islands of Adventure) 

For those of you Who love the Grinch, there is no finer time to visit Islands of Adventure than during Grinchmas. Seuss Landing is transformed into the wonderful world of Grinchmas with the heartwarming live show, "Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular." The show features some of your favorite Grinch characters. It's also set to music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller.

Guests can get up close and personal with the Grinch himself for pictures or autographs. You can even have breakfast with him! The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast occurs on select mornings and is a dining experience that requires a reservation booked in advance. Grinchmas, however, is included with regular park admission.

The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events - Grinchmas

EVE (CityWalk)

This separately ticketed event is designed for the adult froggies, specifically 21 and up. If you're looking to ring in 2020 with some dining, drinking and dancing, celebrate New Year's Eve at Universal CityWalk. It includes gourmet cuisine, live bands and DJs, along with access to six clubs and an outdoor dance floor. When the clock strikes midnight, the party shortly pauses for a champagne toast and fireworks.

We wanted to provide you this complete guide to Universal Orlando Events in 2019 and 2020 because of the Universal Studios concerts, parties, festivals and events are some of the best reasons to visit! You will find more resources and tips for planning your Universal Orlando Resort trip inside our Orlando Planning Guide.

Related: Guide to Halloween Horror Nights

Related: Guide to Holidays at Universal Orlando

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jul 8, 2019 at 4:53 a.m. ev mabrouk Says...

love universal

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Jul 8, 2019 at 4:30 a.m. Manthark Says...

We would love to check out universal, minions are a big hit in our house!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:48 a.m. RLK Says...

I can't wait to bring my grand kids back to a park.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:31 a.m. AS Says...

I would so love to visit any of these parks!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:12 a.m. Cassandra D Says...

I really like the different events.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 3:03 a.m. KC Says...

My little sister passed away in Feb. She loved theme parks so much. I wish I had brought her to Universal for the Harry Potter Christmas celebration.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:44 a.m. Newbie@47 Says...

Thanks for the info

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:39 a.m. Lawrence Alworth Says...

Universal has alot of good activities

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:34 a.m. Virginia Alworth Says...

So great to know what's going on at Universal

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:25 a.m. Vanessa Garza Says...

Can’t wait to finally take my kids. Enter to win

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:20 a.m. Jen W Says...

My kids and I are dying to go to Universal! We really hope to someday soon. ????Thank you for the tips!

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The best one out there

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Jul 8, 2019 at 1:31 a.m. Deanna Says...

Grateful for the information!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:55 a.m. Jocelyn C. Says...

Thanks for the info!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:12 a.m. Megan h Says...

Universal has so many events planned out. I would love to see it for Christmas ????

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:04 a.m. Bridget Says...

Can’t wait to visit again!! Favorite place on earth ????

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Jul 8, 2019 at 12:03 a.m. Elizabeth Miller Says...

What I would not give to be at pretty much any of the events but the Christmas looks amazing. My daughter has been wanting to go to Universal for 3 years now and we keep trying but something has got in the way each year. At turning 14 the end of this month, I have to make it happen soon so she can have all the memories of it.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:49 p.m. brandy trover Says...

I would love to do all three parks! Wow amazing

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:39 p.m. Delores Harris Says...

So much info to wade through, you have it laid out for ease of use. thanks

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:28 p.m. Jose Vasquez Says...

Ive been wanting to go to universal for a long time now, I cant wait to visit!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:25 p.m. Latosha Foreman Says...

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Jul 7, 2019 at 11:03 p.m. Katie Greve Says...

So much fun! Can’t wait to go!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:55 p.m. Elizabeth Parks Scott Says...

Thanks! Wondering if a 4 and 6 year old boy can accomplish a park hopper at Universal and Islands of adventure. Im also thinking they are too young for Volcano Bay?

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Jul 10, 2019 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

It really depends on what you're going for (hitting all attractions? Just the big ticket attractions?) and the time of year (you can see more about crowd expectations here). If it’s slow season or you have Express Passes, you could probably get all your high priority attractions done. But if you want to see and do everything and it’s busy (without Express Passes), it might be tougher. We'd instead recommend doing one park one day and the other the next if that's the case. Most attractions at Volcano Bay have height requirements of 42 or 48 inches, so that’s something to keep in mind if your tadpole is not tall enough.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:37 p.m. Elizabeth Guillen Says...

I hope to visit one day!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:04 p.m. donna porter Says...

I have not been to Orlando in over 20 years. I had so much fun but I must say that Universal Studios and Sea World were the best that I visited. I would love to take my hubby on a wonderful vacation to Orlando. He is 58 and never been to Orlando and I know he would love all the attractions!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 8:36 p.m. Kelly Says...

Great things to add to our to do list for our honeymoon vacay!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 8:07 p.m. Sarah Says...

We just went to universal for my 30th birthday! We loved it and hope to take the kids soon!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 7:57 p.m. Lisa Haye Says...

Wow...I LOVE the information about Mardi Gras in Universal Studios!! Sounds like fun! :)

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Jul 7, 2019 at 7:21 p.m. Lanell Says...

Would love to take a family vacation to Universal!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. Tiffany M Says...

Fingers crossed! I’ve been dying to go!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:48 p.m. Andrew Logan Says...

Travelling March next year. What’s the best thing to do with a 6 year old

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:27 p.m. Jen Morgans Says...

I love Undercover Tourist. We are planning our 3rd trip to Disneyworld and 1st trip to Universal in April 2020. I'm ordering all our tickets through you and possibly a couple nights at Royal Pacific!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 6:04 p.m. Sarah Mayer Says...

Wow, there is so much to see and do here! I'd love to check out the Wizarding World of HP.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:57 p.m. Laura Barker Says...

Amazing prize!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:57 p.m. DorieSue Walker Says...

I can't wait to go-to Harry Potter world

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. StephanieB Says...

My daughter and I read the Harry Potter series to each other every night! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be such a magical experience for us during our Christmas festivities. And my youngest daughter would really get a kick out of breakfast with the Grinch!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:13 p.m. Katherine Minthorne Says...

Christmas at universal would be great!!!!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 5:08 p.m. Lisa Carr Says...

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter sounds perfect!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 4:42 p.m. Teri Says...

Excited to take my son for the first time to Disney and Universal!!!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 4:02 p.m. Deb Says...

Would love to go at Christmas!! Or anytime!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 3:59 p.m. Sarah Hodges Says...

Universal is the best! Thanks undercover tourist!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. Kelly Skibbe Says...

This trip looks awesome! I can't wait to take my kids.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 3:29 p.m. Heather Covert Says...

Going in October for my daughters birthdays

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Jul 7, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. Jill Dykes Says...

Lots of helpful information for a mom trying to plan a first time trip to Universal Orlando.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. Jael Says...

Great post! Want to go to Disney for spring break so it’s an awesome little guide to the events going on!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 2:08 p.m. Shanaec86 Says...

My kids love Disney! Can’t wait to take them to Disney World!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 2:04 p.m. Belle Says...

Would love to take the family here!

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Jul 7, 2019 at 1:52 p.m. Andromahe Patshy Says...

i hope to go one day.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 1:49 p.m. Ingrid S Says...

Thanks for all the info! We are hoping to visit Universal in January 2020.

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