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A Hoppin' Overview of Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2023

Universal Orlando Special Events 2022 - 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. 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!

We wanted to provide you this complete guide to Universal Orlando events in 2023 and beyond 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. You'll also 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 2023 and Beyond


Jurassic June

Universal Orlando Events - Jurassic Park Tribute Store

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic film "Jurassic Park" with some roarin' limited time experiences at Universal Orlando Resort this summer. Pop inside the Jurassic Park Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida for an immersive retail experience 65 million years in the making. Via a series of impressively themed rooms, you'll first learn all about the extensive pre-production process, then head on to set and come face-to-fangs with some vicious dinos and finally celebrate the film's record-breaking release. You'll not only find plenty of exclusive apparel, hats, key chains, plush and collectibles here, but also some perfectly prehistoric photo ops that recreate iconic scenes from the film!

Over in Universal's Islands of Adventure you can try some brand-new jurassic-themed menu items at Thunder Falls Terrace. Sink your teeth into a new Coconut Cajeta Churro (a caramel infused churro drizzled with coconut flakes and caramel sauce), savor some Prehistoric Raptor Wings (chargrilled chicken wings marinated with olive and spices then tossed in a sweet chili sauces and served with cilantro lime rice, black beans and a plantain chip) and enjoy an exclusive 30th anniversary Fanta Flavor, the "Wild Refresherrrr", starting June 1.

Finally, relive the wonder by attending a screening of the original "Jurassic Park" at Universal Cinemark in CityWalk on June 9, 10 or 11!

Fourth of July Celebration (Universal Studios Florida) — July 4, 2023

Universal Orlando Special Events 2022 - Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July festivities at Universal Studios Florida returned in 2022 and we couldn't have been hoppier! Frogs enjoyed a high-energy band, live DJ, meet and greets with beloved characters and patriotic-themed performers and stilt walkers. The celebration culminated with a special fireworks display that frogs could view from anywhere in the park. All holiday activities were included with admission to Universal Studios. We can't wait to be back next year!


Halloween Horror Nights 31 (Universal Studios Florida) — September to October

Universal Orlando Events - Pumpkin Lord Icon

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 or music videos.

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 are currently on sale, and we highly recommend buying tickets in advance. Save some green on a single-night dated ticket by purchasing through Undercover Tourist!

Prepare yourself for Halloween Horror Nights with walkthroughs of some of the haunted houses on our YouTube channel. Check out our favorite house of this year's event below!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle — September and October

Universal Orlando Events - Dark Arts

The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle projection show made its first (dark) mark in 2019 and plotted a vengeful return to Universal's Islands of Adventure in 2021 and 2022. As darkness falls, Death Eaters (followers of the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort), infiltrate the streets of Hogsmeade as green light and fog permeate the village, right before the images of dark creatures and Voldemort himself cloak the castle walls. The show runs on select nights from dusk until the park closes.


Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort — November and December

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

Universal Orlando Events - Celestina Warbeck

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.

Universal Orlando Events - Christmas at Hogwarts

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.

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

Cap each night off at Universal Studios Florida during the holiday season with Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's as larger-than-life balloons and floats fill with favorite Illumination and DreamWorks Animation characters. During the parade, guests will see the Minions, Shrek, "Madagascar" characters and more. Santa also attends so he can light up the New York Christmas tree!

Grinchmas (Universal's Islands of Adventure) 

Universal Orlando Events - Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular

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 — who host an annual concert on select nights at Universal Studios Florida. Guests can also get up close and personal with the Grinch himself for pictures or autographs at Honk Honkers. The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast also came back last year for the first time since 2019!


Rock the Universe (Universal Studios Florida) — Jan. 26 to 27, 2024

A separately ticketed special event, Rock the Universe is Florida's biggest Christian music festival. 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. Stay tuned for artist announcements!


Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval (Universal Studios Florida) — Select Dates in Spring

Universal Orlando Events - Willow

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! (In 2023, we rocked out to WILLOW, Goo Goo Dolls, Three Doors Down and Patti LaBelle! Leap and I were truly living our best lives.) There is always plenty of Cajun food and drinks to fill you up. Check out our tips for Mardi Gras at Universal Studios for more deets!

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

Are you planning on hopping to Universal Orlando Resort this year? Which Universal Orlando events in 2023 and beyond are you most looking forward to attending? 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!
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Jun 26, 2019 at 11:27 a.m. Jana Gramaglia Says...

Love the schedule for the year you provide makes deciding what time of year to go easier! We plan to take our kids for their first time this Fall!

Jun 26, 2019 at 11:18 a.m. OHmomof2 Says...

I always find useful info at Undercover Tourist!

Jun 26, 2019 at 10:48 a.m. Debbie Says...

I can’t wait to go back to universal.

Jun 26, 2019 at 10:12 a.m. It’s Me Says...

We thoroughly enjoyed our visits to Universal. As regular WDW visitors, Universal was a welcome change of atmosphere and pace. Can’t wait to get back there.

Jun 26, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. Talia Says...

Hoping to see the Christmas decorations in wizarding world this year!

Jun 26, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. Talia Says...

Hoping to see the Christmas decorations in wizarding world this year

Jun 26, 2019 at 6:53 a.m. Jann Says...

I visited Disney World in Florida with family yrs ago but it was hands down an unforgettable experience,My family went on Disney Cruise Ship when my 2 oldest children were little,now I can't wait to take my 3 Children on a trip just us.

Jun 26, 2019 at 6:41 a.m. Frode Says...

Would love to visit at Christmas!

Jun 26, 2019 at 5:56 a.m. Donna M Says...

Can't wait to visit again!

Jun 26, 2019 at 5:51 a.m. ROSIE BRITTON Says...

Great information! Thanks!

Jun 26, 2019 at 5:16 a.m. Mojo Says...

Wow!!! I wanna go to Star Wars and Harry Potter!

Jun 26, 2019 at 4:54 a.m. Dana V Says...

We love Universal Studios! We usually go in spring, after spring break... but before the summer crowds. This past visit we stayed at the Portifino Bay. Awesome family fun!

Jun 26, 2019 at 4:50 a.m. Morielle Anne Valerio Says...


Jun 26, 2019 at 4:38 a.m. Melony Says...

Can't wait!

Jun 26, 2019 at 3:54 a.m. Gaby P Says...

I have never been, but would love to go, this is very helpful for my planning.

Jun 26, 2019 at 3:45 a.m. Alicia Mitchell Says...

It's been forever since I've visited but it is next up on our theme parks to visit. Can't wait.

Jun 26, 2019 at 3:23 a.m. Joseph Chui Says...

What's going to happen to the Simpsons now that Disney owns Fox?!

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph!

Great question, and one that we are waiting for some answers on, too! We'll let you know as soon as we hear more!

Keep hopping!


Jun 26, 2019 at 3:22 a.m. AC Says...

One of the greatest places on earth. Would love to go there soon!

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:46 a.m. Kimberly Taylor Says...

Can’t wait for my first Halloween Horror Night!

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:44 a.m. Rachel K Says...

I had NO idea they had a Mardi Gras event!!!!! Oh man! Now I have to work that into my next trip to Orlando! Mmmm Cajun food.

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:42 a.m. SheilaV Says...

You guys are great! Thank you for doing what you do! Can’t imagine trying to plan a vacation without you!

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:41 a.m. Teres Says...

Love UT and your blogs are fun and informative.

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:40 a.m. Shirley F Says...

Harry I'm coming with the grandkids! Hope to see you soon

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:28 a.m. Mary Jo Says...

Helpful article!

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:15 a.m. Constance Says...

I love the crowd calendar!!! It really helps when planning the time of year to visit!!

Jun 26, 2019 at 2:09 a.m. Joe G. Says...

This is great, thanks - my family and I love Universal and the special events!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:56 a.m. Mark Page Says...

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Jun 26, 2019 at 1:49 a.m. kim charlton Says...

The descriptions are amazing!! Almost like being there!! Now, to go and prove it!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:45 a.m. Lucy Knelsen Says...

Would love to go to Universal and maybe even the kids will come with me if I ask real nice ;-)

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:41 a.m. Patty L Says...

I’m amazed at how Universal has changed so much from when I was there many many years ago! I love all the special events listed in your blog!!! Would love to experience them soon!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:41 a.m. Daphne Martin Says...

I have never been to Universal. Maybe someday I will get there.

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:32 a.m. A.C. Says...

Would love to visit, someday!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:29 a.m. Emily R. Says...

Halloween Horror Nights 29 sounds fun! I love Halloween! My family has never been to Universal Studios. Thanks for the chance!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:29 a.m. Tallulah Says...

So many events! Can’t wait to take the kids one day

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:27 a.m. Meg Says...

Love Universal and Undercover Tourist!!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:22 a.m. RSS Says...


Jun 26, 2019 at 1:19 a.m. Jennifer Mansfield Says...

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Jun 26, 2019 at 1:15 a.m. Sean Atchison Says...

Your site was so helpful during our vacation last year. We were able to take a vantage of early times at the park and know exactly what to do when it rained. Thanks for all the advice. Have a great trip! Sean

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:14 a.m. Sherre K Says...

My family ❤️‘S Universal at Christmas time! I am excited to go at different times of the year too!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:11 a.m. Sara Says...

Looks like fun!

Jun 26, 2019 at 1:07 a.m. Lorraine Burr Says...

Great information! I really want to go back for Christmas at Universal!

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:56 a.m. Rosalee I Meeks Says...

There's sure a variety of events for anyone considering a trip to Orlando!

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:49 a.m. Sherr Says...

I've never been to Universal Studios. I would love to go there asap.

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:38 a.m. Ruth J Says...

Christmas at The Wizarding World of HP would be magical!

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:37 a.m. Christina S Says...

Can't wait to visit this fall!

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:33 a.m. Mel S Says...

Thank you for all the great information! I can't wait to take my sons to Universal Studios!

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:31 a.m. Aimee Says...

This is one of my "someday dreams"! I have yet to see the Harry Potter features and hope to sometime soon!

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:16 a.m. Ryanne Says...

I wish we could go in 2019! Alaska is a little too far away

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:06 a.m. Vicki Vaught Says...

So much to do no matter when we visit! ????

Jun 25, 2019 at 11:48 p.m. Jennifer Pennington Says...

Wish I could take me kids to Orlando to see all this amazingness!

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