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A Hoppin' Overview of Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2024

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 2024 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 2024 and Beyond

Butterbeer Season — March 15 to June 2, 2024

Universal Orlando Special Events - Butterbeer Cart

If you frequently don a foam mustache in the parks, listen up: Butterbeer Season has arrived at Universal Orlando! During this festive period, wizards and witches are able to try delectable Butterbeer-flavored treats, such as an ice lolly and caramels, in addition to the traditional items served daily. Additionally, for a limited time, you'll be able to purchase a cold or frozen Butterbeer in a special collectible silver stein. Cheers!

JUNE - AUGUST

Fourth of July Celebration (Universal Studios Florida) — July 4, 2024

Universal Orlando Events - Fourth of July

Fourth of July is always a hoppening time at Universal Studios Florida! Frogs can enjoy a high-energy band, live DJ, meet and greets with beloved characters (including characters from "Despicable Me," "Madagascar" and "SpongeBob Squarepants") and patriotic-themed performers and stilt walkers. The celebration culminates with a special fireworks display that frogs can view from anywhere in the park. All holiday activities are typically included with admission to Universal Studios. We can't wait to be back this year!

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios Florida) — Select Nights in September and October

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.

Halloween Horror Nights 2023 - Oddfellow

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. Prepare yourself for Halloween Horror Nights with walkthroughs of some of the haunted houses on our YouTube channel.

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 plots a vengeful return to Universal Islands of Adventure every year. 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.

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort — November to December

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

Universal Orlando Events - Celestina Warbeck

Holiday wishes do come true! Muggles can 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 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 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 returned for 2023 in a brand-new location.

JANUARY

Rock the Universe (Universal Studios Florida) — Jan. 24 to 25, 2025

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 can enter the park starting at 4 p.m.

FEBRUARY - MAY

Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval (Universal Studios Florida) — Feb to April, 2025

Universal Orlando Special Events - Jester Float

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 2024, we rocked out to Walker Hayes, The All-American Rejects and Ava Max! Leap and I truly lived our best lives.) There is always plenty of Cajun food and drinks to fill you up, as well as tons of international offerings so you can taste how countries and cultures around the world celebrate the Carnaval season. 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 2024 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 25, 2019 at 1:46 p.m. Lisa Says...

Sad to miss Christmas decorations by a couple of days

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. Marlana Says...

Can't wait to take my little guy one day!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. llhoff Says...

I would love to see Hogwart's at Christmas!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. Melissa Rhoades Says...

So many fun things to see and do!

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Christmas at Universal is magical!

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This is so helpful, thank you!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. Kelsey Brown Says...

Would love to visit! It’s been so long since last went.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. Kayla C Says...

Halloween horror nights is definitely on my bucket list

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. Gibelle Says...

I really hope to go sometime this year to at least experience one of these events!

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We will be there next summer!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. Myssi West Says...

Really hoping to visit on day, Harry Potter is my grandson's favorite movies.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. Sandra spare Says...

Single mom limited funds would love to go. Havent been away in 6 yrs. This would be a dream come true.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. Amanda McDonald Says...

This is a great source of information and has been a great guide for vacation planning! Thank you!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. Jenna Standefer Says...

We love the Macy’s parade at Universal! It truly made our day to see all the floats!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. Keilah Nettles Says...

Excited for our firs visit to Universal this summer!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. Bret Says...

My first visit to universal was in 1999 (6th grade) and my favorite memory was of Fright Nights! It was unbelievable! If you enjoy a good scare then it’s definitely worth attending.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. Kaitlyn W Says...

Hope they bring back the Harry Potter celebration!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. Diana Oliva Says...

Thank you for this info! Our family loves UNIVERSAL!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. Cindy Kennedy Says...

Universal is less than Disney. would love to take some Disney lovers here

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. Trevor Douthat Says...

The fall is my favorite time at the parks. The crowds are smaller and it's not as hot and it is HHN season!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. Rachael Driggs Says...

Would love to visit at Christmas time!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:40 p.m. datadan1257 Says...

I love all of Universal's events!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. Julie Says...

Would love to visit for "Grinchmas"!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:38 p.m. Christina Says...

Sounds amazing!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:38 p.m. Amy Says...

We've never been, but it looks like so much fun! My son can't wait to go!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:37 p.m. Donna Evans Says...

Would love to go once!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:37 p.m. Ashley Hall Says...

Omg the Halloween Horror nights sound like they would be so much fun!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. Amy Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. Chris Daniel Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. Chris C Says...

Great seeing all the events planned throughout the year.

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