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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 24, 2019 at 11:41 p.m. Meghann B Says...

Love what Universal has to offer and would like to visit with my family!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 11:31 p.m. Stephy G Says...

We LOVE Universal! We went there for the 1st time about 4 years ago!! I think it's about time to go back ???? Our kids are now 5, 7 and 13 ???????????? This would be an amazing opportunity!!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 11 p.m. MaryAnn Lau Says...

Bummer that celebration of Harry Potter not happening this year.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 10:49 p.m. Natalie Natalie Says...

Halloween Horror nights is the event that i would love to attend. I love all things scary.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 10:44 p.m. Carla Williams Says...

I would love to go during Christmas and take my grandsons. We went one year in April when my daughter was little and she loved it. Would love to take the grandsons now.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 10:39 p.m. Tina Mitchell Says...

I definitely want to see the Holiday festival, I just know the holiday lights will make universal studio magical

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Jun 24, 2019 at 10:37 p.m. Elizabeth F Says...

Looks amazing!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 10:36 p.m. Shannon Ament Says...

Dreaming of bringing my two sons one day!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 10:06 p.m. Don Says...

What a great trip this would be to celebrate the holidays and my wifes and my anniversary.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9:48 p.m. Lisa O. Says...

I'm so excited for this chance. I would love to take my grandson. We've never been to Universal Orlando. My husband and I have seen the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas, so fun, would love to see it again. Thank you for this chance!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9:35 p.m. Michele Says...

Good information!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9:35 p.m. Chris Says...

Swell!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9:20 p.m. Alexa K Says...

Love universal! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9:13 p.m. Mollie Says...

I love getting new information from undercovertourist.com

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9:10 p.m. Christie W Says...

Love universal and looking forward to going back. Thanks for all of the info!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9:05 p.m. Kailyn P. Says...

So many fun activities!!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 9 p.m. Sara Alvaro Says...

I'd love to go at Halloween.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 8:52 p.m. Katie C. Says...

Hoping the Christmas decor will still be up when we visit in early jan!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 8:40 p.m. Christopher Reid Says...

Great Article

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Jun 24, 2019 at 8:23 p.m. Bonnie Dillard Says...

Looking forward to my first trip!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 7:57 p.m. mathteach08 Says...

I really want to visit!!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 6:42 p.m. Jasmine Seivright Says...

We're heading back to Orlando in December. Would love to check out Universal!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 6:41 p.m. Sandie R Says...

I don't know if I would rather go during Halloween or Christmas. They both sound amazing!!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandie,

Why not both? ;) Hope you get to visit soon!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 6:37 p.m. PSB Says...

Would love to visit during the holidays.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 6:28 p.m. Deborah McClure Says...

I'm thinking of a November or December visit.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. shannon zeidan Says...

It has been a while since we went to universal. I really love it there at christmas time. I'm also excited to try the new harry potter ride.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

You'll love the new ride! Hope you get to visit soon.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 6:18 p.m. Heidi Ames Says...

One of my favorite places - hoping to visit at Christmas time again this year!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 6:07 p.m. Lori Wawrzycki Says...

Would love to go

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:58 p.m. James Huggett Says...

Highly recommend undercover tourist for your tickets!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:41 p.m. cheryl bastulli Says...

I would Love to visit at Christmas!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:40 p.m. Isaac Says...

Every season motivates me to visit the themepark once again. I would love to visit during christmas, the vibes the park has during that season make it an unforgetable vacation.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:27 p.m. Michael DeFren Says...

I would love to go, never been. Thanks for the chance!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:27 p.m. Denise Cors Says...

Would love to visit in Christmas

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:26 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Want to go back as we are pass holders but being in NY is hard!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. Erin Paoli Says...

Would love to attend one of these!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. Karolyn Says...

Do the parks ever max out for special events? If so, how often?

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:58 p.m. Jennifer S. Says...

Thanks for all you do! We’re looking forward to a trip in September, but will NOT be “enjoying” Halloween Horror Nights. I want to be long gone before the scary stuff starts.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:50 p.m. Hanh Nguyen Says...

Can't wait to go in December!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:43 p.m. Gracie Says...

Nice to see all this information in one place.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:43 p.m. Shannon Orton Says...

What day of the week and month is the least busy to go?

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Jun 24, 2019 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

Generally late January, February and September are some of the best times to visit. For specific dates, check out our Crowd Calendar to see predicted crowd levels.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:42 p.m. Sarah Bellino Says...

This is SO helpful!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:36 p.m. Lora Says...

I can't wait until grinchmas!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:23 p.m. Stephanie Says...

super excited about hhn this year!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 3:57 p.m. Alison Says...

Hello! Are there not any events after Mardi Gras and before September? I live in Florida and thought there were some events. I hope to get to go back to Universal - that is one of my favorite parks in Orlando!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 12:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alison,

There used to be an annual Summer Concert Series, but it hasn't returned in the recent years. There will a Fourth of July event this year (we just added the details). We hope you get to return soon!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 3:55 p.m. Dnilnil Says...

Thanks for the info!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. jean Says...

So many good things to choose from!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We toadally agree, Jean! Thanks for stopping by.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. Jamie Anderson Says...

Great planning article!

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May 3, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. Olivia Says...

Is there any one event that takes place every month?

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Mar 14, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. Vania Says...

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration happen in March? Thanks.

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Mar 14, 2019 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vania!

Yes, Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration will be going on this month, on select nights. They have released the following schedule: "Mar 4 & Mar 9: No Shows; Mar 5 – Mar 8: 8pm; Mar 11 – Mar 15: 9:15pm; Mar 10 & Mar 16: No Show." We suggest calling ahead or checking this calendar to see about whether or not it will be running during your visit, if it's past this weekend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 15, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. Brenda Says...

Can you still get breakfast with the grinch on other days (not just grinchmas)? Thanks

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Jan 17, 2019 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda,

The Grinch & Friends Breakfast is only held seasonally during the holidays.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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