Walt Disney World® Resort
Universal Orlando Resort
SeaWorld® Orlando
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort


Disneyland® Resort
Universal Studios Hollywood™
SeaWorld® San Diego
LEGOLAND® California Resort

Schedule of Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2021 and 2022

Schedule of Universal Studios Florida Events - PinterestWhen it comes to putting on spectacular events, Universal Orlando Resort doesn't hold back. Universal Studios Florida has long been home to one of the nation's premier events — Halloween Horror Nights (which was canceled in 2020, but is planning its epic return for 2021 — with a few extra screams and scares for its 30th anniversary!).

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!

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

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2021 and Beyond


Running Universal (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure) 

Universal Orlando Resort hosted its first-ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend in 2020. We ran through the theme parks, met our favorite characters along the way and earned a toadally awesome medal! Check out our review of the first race weekend at Universal Orlando. No future races have been announced quite yet, but we're hopful there are more to come in 2021!

Mardi Gras (Universal Studios Florida) — Feb. 6 to May 2, 2021

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Family with Matching Outfits

This Universal Orlando rite of passage takes place each spring on select dates at Universal Studios. Highlights of this family-friendly event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and live concerts. With flashy 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 too. Check out our tips for Mardi Gras at Universal Studios so you can start planning for next year's event (if you haven't already hopped there this year!). The 2021 event has been extended twice so that the good times can keep rollin'!

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular park admission. See all of the partying for yourself!


Jurassic World VelociCoaster — June 10, 2021

Universal Orlando Events - VelociCoaster

OK, so it's not an event, per se, but the all-new VelociCoaster will open June 10! Enter the raptor paddock, if you dare, and join the hunt with Blue and the other velociraptors in this thrilling, high-speed coaster at Universal's Islands of Adventure. You'll soar, twist and dive over the water — as Samuel L. Jackson would say, "hold onto your butts!" Annual Passholder previews are taking place now.

Fourth of July Celebration (Universal Studios Florida) — July 2021

Universal Orlando Events - Fourth of July Celebration

We celebrated Fourth of July at Universal Studios Florida with our favorite Universal characters in 2019. Festivities kicked 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 joined the dance party and showed off their moves. The pyrotechnics display took place over the Music Plaza once the sun went down. We even got food and drinks delivered right to us on the lawn from the Classic Monster Cafe across the way! We ended the night by watching Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Central Park.

Universal Orlando has not announced its return for 2021 yet, but we've got our best red and blue garb at the ready.


Halloween Horror Nights 30 (Universal Studios Florida) — Select Dates Sept. 3 to Oct. 31, 2021

The biggest Universal Studios Florida event of the year is held on select nights every fall. 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 is the movie set-quality haunted houses themed around popular TV shows, classic and current films and sometimes even video games. Halloween Horror Nights is returning in 2021 in a big way for its 30th anniversary — we can't wait! The first house announced for 2021 is Beetlejuice ... Beetlejuice ... Beetlejuice!

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

Prepare yourself for Halloween Horror Nights with this video from the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy house, which appeared last fall as part of Universal Orlando's Halloween festivities.


Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort — November to December 2021

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

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Hogsmeade at Night

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 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 Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2020!

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

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Universal's Holiday Experience Featuring Macy's Balloons

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's debuted at Universal Studios Florida in 2017. 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" characters and more. Santa also attends so he can light up the New York Christmas tree! The experience was modified in 2020, offering a walk-through experience to get up close and personal with the famous Macy's balloons and floats rather than the traditional parade to maintain social distancing. Santa was there too! There was an all-new Holiday Character Celebration to catch a glimpse of your favorite characters getting in the holiday spirit in 2020, as well. We're looking forward to what Christmas 2021 will bring!

Grinchmas (Universal's Islands of Adventure) 

Universal Orlando Special Events 2021 - Whoville Citizens

For those of you who love the Grinch, there is no finer time to visit Universal's 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. While the show did not take place in 2020, the Grinch and various Whos were out and about in Seuss Landing to give holiday greetings from a safe distance!

During normal years, 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.


Rock the Universe (Universal Studios Florida) — January 2022

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 will once again return January 2022 (the 2021 event was canceled). Universal Studios Florida closes at 6 p.m. for the event, but guests with concert tickets are able to enter the park starting at 4 p.m. The 2020 Friday lineup included performances from Switchfoot, Newsboys United, Tenth Avenue North, Tauren Wells and Tedashii and The Afters, and the Saturday lineup included performances from Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Bethel Music, We Are Messengers, Unspoken and I Am They.

We wanted to provide you this complete guide to Universal Orlando Events in 2021 and 2022 because 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.

Are you planning on hopping to Universal Orlando Resort this year? Which Universal Orlando events in 2021 and beyond are you most looking forward to attending? Be sure to stop by the comments to tell us below!

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Survival Guide

Related: A ~Froggy~ Festive Guide to Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
View Comments
<<  Newer Posts | Older Posts  >>
701–750 of 1515 comments
Jun 28, 2019 at 8:21 p.m. C-C Says...

so many things to do, so little time to do them

Jun 28, 2019 at 7:35 p.m. Rachael Says...

Thanks for all the great tips! Much appreciated!!

Jun 28, 2019 at 7:20 p.m. Deborah Cochran Says...

We are hoping to visit Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure for the first time in October! Thanks for sharing all of the fun times we can have :)

Jun 28, 2019 at 6:54 p.m. Chris Says...

These are words I'm saying in a post!

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks Chris :)

Keep hopping!


Jun 28, 2019 at 6:51 p.m. Rebecca Watterson Says...

Cannot wait for our visit next September!!

Jun 28, 2019 at 6:47 p.m. Leslie Says...

This is very comprehensive and useful

Jun 28, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. Tanya Says...

Can't wait to go back and visit again

Jun 28, 2019 at 5:38 p.m. Sheila Blair Says...

Undercover Tourist is the best for Orlando vacation deals! Thanks ya'll!

Jun 28, 2019 at 5:12 p.m. Alice Cunningham Says...

I wish we were going this year!

Jun 28, 2019 at 4:40 p.m. Martin Garland Says...

Looks fun

Jun 28, 2019 at 4:35 p.m. Christy Says...

My family would love to get a chance to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Jun 28, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. Kelsey Says...

That sounds like so much fun. I'm looking forward to all that Universal has planned.

Jun 28, 2019 at 2:41 p.m. Andrea Fifield Says...

Love using you guys for all of our Orlando trips thanks!!!

Jun 28, 2019 at 2:13 p.m. Ginger Says...

Contest looks great!

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:53 p.m. Rhonda Says...

Can’t wait for HHN 29. Thanks for all the tips.

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:03 p.m. David M Says...

Used UT before to get my tickets go Disneyland Ca and it was very easy and I loved it

Jun 28, 2019 at 12:23 p.m. Siera Says...

Great tips and discounts!

Jun 28, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. Amanda Bohannon Says...

I have used this company several time to purchase tickets for WDW and Universal. Will always use them when we visit the parks. Great prices

Jun 28, 2019 at 11:25 a.m. Michelle Says...

We love Universal Studios and I would love to take my Little Lady there!

Jun 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Suzyq929 Says...

Love this site. Used last year for a great time in Orlando and can’t wait to go back????

Jun 28, 2019 at 8:37 a.m. Veronica Says...

Universal is really stepping up their game this year! Wish I lived in the area, so I could visit more often

Jun 28, 2019 at 7:13 a.m. sha j Says...


Jun 28, 2019 at 7:03 a.m. Vegalume Says...

I've never been, I can't wait!

Jun 28, 2019 at 6:31 a.m. linda fulton Says...

haven't visited in years, would love to go back to see what has changed!

Jun 28, 2019 at 4:52 a.m. Clarice Says...

Looks like fun!

Jun 28, 2019 at 4:41 a.m. Karyn Says...

Good info to know

Jun 28, 2019 at 3:41 a.m. Kaylei Lowe Says...

So ready to head to Universal in a few weeks ????

Jun 28, 2019 at 3:15 a.m. kelly woods Says...

This is awesome. Would love to go. Tha k you for sharing.

Jun 28, 2019 at 2:16 a.m. Brandon Says...

Christmas in Universal was amazing!

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:36 a.m. Sparkle Hopson Says...

I hope to visit one day soon

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:33 a.m. Michelle Says...

Thank you for the wonderful information in an easy to read format broken down by the month and events. I never realized how many events they have throughout the year. After reading this blog, I definitetly plan on going to Universals' properties as I have not been to any of them before.

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:31 a.m. DisneyLove Says...

Haven't been here since 1992! Would love to go again.

Jun 28, 2019 at 12:32 a.m. RanaeLeona Says...

So many fun things! I hope the Harry Potter festival returns because I would love to be able to go to that. I’ve been to Grinchmas and that was great. I would really love to attend Rock the Universe as well.

Jun 27, 2019 at 11:25 p.m. Dawn Says...

Just got back! Planning another trip at the end of the year!

Jun 27, 2019 at 10:56 p.m. Laura Says...

Great info on the crowd calendar, I'd want to go in December

Jun 27, 2019 at 10:49 p.m. Candice Dyer Says...

Holidays at Universal would be amazing! This is definitely on my bucket list now.

Jun 27, 2019 at 10:24 p.m. Ashleigh W Says...

I love Universal! Can't wait to go back!

Jun 27, 2019 at 8:14 p.m. Michele ransom Says...

Just got back from Universal a couple of days ago, Outstanding! I wished I'd known about you before the trip I will be reading attentively when planning the next trip. I hope they do the Special event in 2020. We would go back to attend

Jun 27, 2019 at 7:07 p.m. Margie Says...

What a great site, this is awesome!

Jun 27, 2019 at 7:04 p.m. DeAnaN. Says...

I love Universal Studios Orlando! I can't wait to visit again!

Jun 27, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. Amanda Thompson Says...

Would love to take my kids to Disney World soon

Jun 27, 2019 at 6:38 p.m. Megan Jones Says...

I would love to see Universal at Christmas!

Jun 27, 2019 at 6:14 p.m. Jessica88ann Says...

This would be a great first birthday for our little man in October!

Jun 27, 2019 at 5:48 p.m. Kary McGee Says...

You guys are the best! I always recommend you guys when people ask where to get tickets from! THANKS!

Jun 27, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. Rhianna Says...

I need a vacation so desperately... lol.

Jun 27, 2019 at 4:59 p.m. Kelli Ashley Says...

Coming in September..this would be awesome!

Jun 27, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. Maria Diego Says...

Wooow! I didn’t know Universal studios held so many events during the year. Great blog! Helps a lot when planning next vacation and choosing dates.

Jun 27, 2019 at 3:59 p.m. Firegal Says...

So many fun and exciting things!

Jun 27, 2019 at 3:54 p.m. Shannon Williams Says...

So much information that I need to know! Love it!

Jun 27, 2019 at 3:50 p.m. KMS1029 Says...

My favorite place to be! I love this blog!

Leave a comment
Name is required. Email is required. Please input a comment.
About Us
About Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World Resorts®, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more.

Sign up for our newsletter!
Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address

Contact:  1 (800) 846-1302 (USA)  |  
1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)

Let's Plan a Better Family Vacation Sign up for Our Newsletter

Monthly news, planning tips and special deals

Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address

Newsletter logo

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

monthly news, planning tips and special deals from the Frog Family

Please enter your Name Please enter your Email address

Thank you for joining our email list!

Joined email list logo

You should be receiving your first email soon!
Thanks for being a part of the family.

Create an account

Create An Account

In order to save your favorite items, you'll need to create an account. Already have one? Sign in.

An Undercover Tourist account allows you to:

Join The Frog Family
No, thanks. ×