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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

FEBRUARY - MAY

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!

JUNE - AUGUST

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.

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 

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.

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

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.

JANUARY

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!
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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:31 p.m. Julie Says...

Love your site!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Raini McConnell Says...

Would love to see Hogwarts at Christmas!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. dvdewalt Says...

I'm ready to go back to Universal Studios Florida. Time to finally see the new Harry Potter Diagon Alley!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Ashley Says...

Christmas at Wizarding World sounds like a dream come true!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. thismao Says...

My kids are scared of santa. . .but maybe if they see kids taking pictures with the grinch they will be less scared of santa!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. Feather Says...

Lots of good information.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. Kimberly Kline Says...

Great list! Looking forward to seeing a new list for 2020!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. Ronda Randolph Says...

Looks amazing!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:28 p.m. CSmith Says...

We had a great time visiting during Mardi Gras.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:28 p.m. Kristin M Says...

Great!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:28 p.m. KRJ Says...

I'm ready to start my escape!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:28 p.m. Alyssia Says...

Great article!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:27 p.m. DeAun Phillis Says...

So excited to be coming back in September!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:27 p.m. Jill D Whitfill Says...

Looks pretty cool!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. Bella Zaritsky Says...

This would be wonderful!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. Elaine M Taylor Says...

I would love to visit Universal and take my sons. They have never been there. It would be amazing for all of us to be able to go! Thanks for the chance, Undercover Tourist!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. Kelly Minor Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. Brooke Says...

Great information! Cant wait to plan my next trip!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. James Paquette Says...

I love undercover tourist!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. DisneyInsider55 Says...

Love the crowd calendar and ease of ticket purchase! Keep it up!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. nelli129 Says...

Undercover tourist is a great way to save on tickets. I would love to go to Universal studios and Disney.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. Melissa Borchardt Says...

Would love to experience any of these!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. Brooke Schmidt Says...

Would love to visit Universal over the Holidays to see all the decorations!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:23 p.m. Nikki Says...

Would love to check out the Stranger Things Halloween Horror Night.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:22 p.m. Samantha Says...

So sad that CoHP did not come back this year. I really hope it comes back next year. But Christmas in the Wizarding World is almost as good!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:21 p.m. JoAnna Lindsey Says...

We will be going at Christmas this year. I am so excited to see all of the decorations around the park!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:21 p.m. Chris Lange Says...

Cant wait for the Hagrid ride!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:20 p.m. Cathy S Says...

Love this site. I would love to take kids, haven't been able to afford. Thanks for the chance.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:20 p.m. Elizabeth Standley Says...

I hope to make it one day!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:20 p.m. Jsk Says...

November is the best

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:12 p.m. Jackie Diprimo Says...

Enjoy all the great info on your site!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. Nancy H Says...

Such a great site.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks, Nancy! Hoppy you stopped by.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:24 a.m. Ljay Says...

love mardi gras

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:22 a.m. Robin M Says...

We've used your guides to do MK during Halloween and Christmas festivities, and now the youngest ones are tall enough for Universal, and last year's blog convinced me we must visit during the holidays. Originally planned for Thanksgiving 2019, but then our daughter announced her wedding date for the Saturday prior! So now planning for Thanksgiving 2020. I know they will be decorated for the holidays then - will all holiday festivities be underway then? Adding Halloween Horror - their dad's favorite - to the list for when the little ones are older!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

Yes, holiday festivities should be up and running as of Nov. 16 - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2019 at 10:57 a.m. Leah Robison Says...

Wish the HP event would come back!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:47 a.m. Melodie91061 Says...

Ready to win a trip to Universal. I have never been to Universal, so this is exciting they are doing a contest. Been to Disney so many times I have lost count.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:43 a.m. Tracy Suzanne DeLoach Says...

Universal is one of Florida's greatest treasures. It's a thrilling place to go for both the tourist & the locals. Thanks so much for the chance to win a fun trip.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 3:53 a.m. Theresa Michalik Says...

Never been, hopefully soon.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:42 a.m. Leda Yeager Says...

Can't wait to go again!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:59 a.m. Laura Yeates Says...

Blown away by all the amazingly fun activities available. I took my son to universal a few years ago and we had a blast together. If there's one thing I learned, it's that you definitely need more than one day if you want to see and experience everything offered.. "ribbit* ????

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Jun 25, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We love this, Laura! Maybe we should make you an honorary frog :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:57 a.m. Robert Says...

I have never been to Orlando. I would love to experience all it has to offer!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:53 a.m. brenda king Says...

Can't wait to visit during the holidays!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:34 a.m. Gail Crawford Says...

I like the discount tickets

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:32 a.m. Lela Danow Says...

Got friends visiting in September and would love to go with them!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:26 a.m. Delilah Says...

Excited to take my granddaughter to Universal Orlando in the next couple of years!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:26 a.m. NDA Says...

Very much looking to my Orlando vacation in September!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:25 a.m. umkizay Says...

So much great information!!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:21 a.m. Leigh Law Says...

Such awesome info! Didn't know about the special events, specifically Grinchmas! I'm already thinking how to make that happen!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 11:58 p.m. Janeen Says...

Sounds like you put together wonderful memories to cherish would absolutely love to experience them

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Jun 24, 2019 at 11:56 p.m. Janeen Perutis Says...

Sounds lovely me you put together wonderful memories would love to experience them

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