Universal Studios Orlando Events

Universal Studios Orlando Events

NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change

Monthly Events

Velvet Sessions

On the last Thursday of every month (except November and December), the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel is transformed into an intimate, high-energy entertainment venue for "Velvet Sessions". The event features a different band each month and includes complimentary cocktails (limited selection), butler-served hors d'oeuvres and warm-up music starting at 6:30 pm.  At 8:30 pm, the featured band starts and a cash bar is available.  Complimentary valet parking is available.

Prices:

$29 online, $35 at the door, VIP $50 (In September - $50 online, $55 at the door, VIP $25 more)

*Buy your tickets online and receive early entry at 6 pm, along with free specialty drinks.
** VIP tickets include the benefits of a standard ticket, plus a special viewing area with a private bar serving specialty drinks.

(cover charges subject to change depending on which band is performing. Be sure to check www.velvetsessions.com for details).

 


Harbor Nights Primavera at Portofino Bay Hotel

  • Friday, April 25 6:30-9:00pm
  • Tickets: $45 online or $55 at the door.
  • Reserved seating tickets (with private wine station and passed hors d'oeuvres) are $75 online or $85 at the door
  • Held in the Harbor Piazza in February, March, April, September, October, November, and December
  • For reservations 407-503-1200
  • This wine tasting and jazz event will capture the mood and feeling of the Mediterranean. Guests will enjoy wine, gourmet food, complimentary hand-rolled cigars and live jazz on the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Wantilan Luau

  • Royal Pacific Resort
  • Saturdays, 6:00 pm, (registration begins at 5:30, reservations required by calling 407-503-DINE or clicking here)
  • Adults: $70 (priority seating) or $63 (regular seating)
    Children ages 4-12: $40 (priority seating) or $35 (regular seating)
  • Price includes buffet, gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and Mai Tais

This weekly Hawaiian luau is hosted every Saturday (and Tuesdays seasonally).  While watching hula and fire dancers, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with such island foods as a pit-roasted pig, fire-grilled beef with mushroom, fresh Pacific fish, tropical fruits, and desserts. Children will have their own special buffet with salad, cheese pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken fingers and macaroni & cheese. 

 

April

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras  - Select nights February 8 – May 31, 2014



This event held annually at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL blends the best of New Orleans with some of the best names in music for a rockin’ good time. 

Mardi Gras features live bands straight from the heart of New Orleans, a parade, authentic Louisiana cuisine and one special performing artist celebration. Really a great time!

2014 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule

 


Universal Grad Bash - April 4, 11, 25, 26, and May 2, 2014


Join the graduation party at Universal Orlando - party at both parks from 7 pm - 2 am! Enjoy live concerts, street entertainment, dance parties and karaoke!

Some of the entertainment will include:

Ne-Yo: 4/4/14 and 4/11/14

Trey Songz: 4/25, 4/26, and 5/2/14

 


Easter - April 20, 2014

Easter Ciao

Trattoria del Porto at Portofino Bay Hotel

10:00am - 7:00pm

Adults: $64, Children: $22

This Easter brunch features smoked New York strip loin, mustard and herb cruted pork loin, vegetables tempura, jumbo shrimp skewers, snow crab claws, pasta stations and more.  Desserts available are Trattoria del Porto’s signature pastries, pies, cakes, and tortes.  Children will enjoy visits from Universal characters from HOP, strolling musicians, a face painter and balloon artist.  A children's activities table will be available from 11am - 7:00pm.  Easter egg hunt to be held out on the Villa lawn at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Click here for the full menuClick here for reservations.

Rockin' Easter Feast!

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel

10:00am - 4:00pm

Adults: $48, Children: $16

Enjoy herb-marinated prime rib, spice-rubbed leg of lamb, maple-bourbon glazed country ham, rotisserie chicken, omelette station and a dessert station.  Kids will love the “kids only” pancake station and cookie decorating station, as well as visiting with the Easter bunny.  Click here for the full menu.  Click here for reservations.

Eggs-otic Easter Brunch

Islands Dining Room at Royal Pacific Resort

10:00am - 3:00pm

Adults: $54, Children: $24

This brunch buffet includes roasted leg of lamb, sushi and stir-fry stations and more. Children will enjoy visits from Universal characters, live islands music, hula dancers, a face painter, balloon artist and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Click here for the full menu.  Click here for reservations.

Emeril's Orlando

11:30-3:00pm

Brunch at Emeril's will include duck confit and mushroom gumbo; baked oyster Rockefeller; brulee goat cheese salad with strawberries and beets; Gulf shrimp and corn grits with bacon, mushroom, herbs and Creole tomato glaze; crab cakes served with poached eggs and a red bean-sweet corn relish and cayenne hollandaise; boudin-stuffed quail with collard greens and mustard-pear jus; paneed veal with truffle fettuccini.  Call 407-224-2424 for reservations.  See the full menu with prices here.

Emeril's Tchoup Chop

12:00-9:00pm

The special Easter menu will be available along with the regular dinner menu.  Easter specials will include Robata Tako with chick peas, sundried tomatoes, cannellini beans, charred ramps, yuzu dill vinaigrette; crab cake benedict with furikake biscuits, Asian guacamole kim chee hollandaise; chicken under a brick with spring peas, new potatoes, pipikaula, artichoke, cipollini onions charred ramp morel vinaigrette; grilled Australian lamb T-bone with apple habanero "Waldorf" potato salad, mint lemongrass tamari drizzle huckleberry jam; Lilikoi key lime meringue with huckleberry jam and huckleberry sorbet; carrot cake trifle in a jar with macadamia nut brittle ice cream.  Call 407-503-2467 for reservations.  See the full Easter menu with prices here.

 


Harbor Nights Primavera - Friday, April 25, 2014

6:30-9:00pm

Reserved seating tickets (with private wine station and passed hors d'oeuvres) are $75 online or $85 at the door

This wine tasting and jazz event will capture the mood and feeling of the Mediterranean. Guests will enjoy wine, gourmet food, complimentary hand-rolled cigars and live jazz on the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

 

May

Universal Grad Bash - April 4, 11, 25, 26, and May 2, 2014


Join the graduation party at Universal Orlando - party at both parks from 7 pm - 2 am! Enjoy live concerts, street entertainment, dance parties and karaoke!

Some of the entertainment will include:

Ne-Yo: 4/4/14 and 4/11/14

Trey Songz: 4/25, 4/26, and 5/2/14

 


Jake's Beer Festival - May 2, 2014

Royal Pacific Resort

6:00pm

Tickets: $35 regular, $45 VIP (access to special keg tapping and additional premium beer tastings).  All tickets include complimentary self parking or $5 valet parking.

Taking place in Jake's American Bar and under the Wantilan Pavilion, enjoy sampling more than 50 beers from a selection of popular breweries (Dogfish Head Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, The Traveler Beer Co., Lagunitas Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing Company, Angry Orchard, Boston Beer Company, New Belgium Brewing and more).  The hotel's chefs will create specialty dishes and live entertainment will be provided by the Hindu Cowboys.  Click here for prices and information.

 


Gradventure - May 9 and 16, 2014


Graduation party for middle schoolers! Tickets will include entrance to both parks at 4:00 pm and vouchers for dinner.  Guests will celebrate with DJs, dance parties, karaoke, photo ops, street entertainment and dinner.

 


Mother's Day Dining Events

May 11, 2014

No details have been announced yet, but there are normally special dinners held at each resort.

 

June

Summer Concert Series - 2014 dates not yet announced (in 2013, the event was held June 1 - July 6)

Universal Orlando's Summer Concert Series features performances by some of music’s biggest talent – live at the outdoor Music Plaza. This concert series will give guests the chance to top off their day in the park with a nighttime mega-concert. The concerts are included with regular admission to Universal Studios.

Summer Concert Series - Universal Orlando Resort

 

July

4th of July Celebration

July 4th, 2014

Universal Orlando will add a special patriotic ending with fireworks to their evening show "Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular". 

Universal officials have said that the fireworks will not be able to be viewed from Islands of Adventure or Universal CityWalk.


 

Summer Concert Series - 2014 dates not yet announced (in 2013, the event was held Jun 1 - July 6)

Universal Orlando's Summer Concert Series features performances by some of music’s biggest talent – live at the outdoor Music Plaza. This concert series will give guests the chance to top off their day in the park with a nighttime mega-concert. The concerts are included with regular admission to Universal Studios.

 

August

There are currently no special events scheduled for August.  Please check the monthly events.

September

Rock the Universe 2014

September 5 & 6, 2014: 4 pm - 1 am
**2014 entertainment not yet announced**

Join other fans to experience one of the biggest Christian rock concerts in the world!  Pay one price and see some of the biggest names in Christian music today!

 

Friday, September 6, 2013 Saturday, September 7, 2013
Switchfoot Casting Crowns
Chris Tomlin Jesus Culture
Crowder Lecrae
Tenth Avenue North Relient K
Family Force 5 Red
Colton Dixon Everfound
Crave Kyle Sherman

 

**Bands in bold are headlining acts.

 


Halloween Horror Nights - SEPTEMBER 19-20, 25-28 2014
OCTOBER 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 2014, NOVEMBER 1 2014

Face your deepest fears in the flesh, or what's left of it, as Halloween Horror Nights 24 invades Universal Orlando.

 

October

 

Halloween Horror Nights - SEPTEMBER 19-20, 25-28 2014
OCTOBER 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 2014, NOVEMBER 1 2014


 

November

Halloween Horror Nights - SEPTEMBER 19-20, 25-28 2014
OCTOBER 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 2014, NOVEMBER 1 2014

 


"ICE" at Gaylord Palms - November 2014 - January 2015

Using two million pounds of ice, this Gaylord Palms Resort special ticket exhibit will be transformed into the North Pole featuring an arctic forest, a Christmas carnival with a life-size carousel, Santa's ornament room and even his reindeer!  One of the attractions favorite scenes is an unforgettable Life-sized Nativity made completely of clear ice. Frozen within these unique sculptures are twinkling lights that create an ever-changing luminescence.  "Ice" exhibit's most popular attraction, the incredible slides carved from ice, are longer than ever.

 


Thanksgiving at Universal - November 27, 2014

Specific details aren't out yet, but there are normally special dinners held at each of the hotels.

 

December

Holiday Events at Universal Orlando - December 2014 - January 2015

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

 

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

  • Seuss Landing at Island of Adventure is transformed into Grinchmas with authentic move props and colorful decorations.  Visitors can even meet the Grinch in his "lair" and take a walk through the Whoville Wonky Tree Lot. 

  • Make sure to see the musical stage show of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"!
    Check the park map for show times.

 

Breakfast with the Grinch and Friends!

 

 

The Grinch is inviting you to breakfast! Treat your family to a special Grinchmas Character Breakfast (separate fee applies) at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Watch the Video here

You’ll enjoy an all-inclusive buffet at Confisco Grille where you’ll dine with The Grinch and many more of your favorite Seuss characters, including a Who or two. Plus, you’ll get express access to The Cat In The Hat ride with your Character Breakfast receipt!

With limited seating and select dates, these breakfasts are sure to fill up fast.

2014 dates not yet announced

 

Dec 7-25, 2013 (8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am)

Dec 16-30, 2013 (7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am)

Dec 31, 2013 (8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am)

Prices

Children (ages 3-9):
$10.99 plus tax & gratuity, per person

Adults:
$24.99 plus tax & gratuity, per person

 


Call (407) 224-4012 to reserve your space today!

 

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"ICE" at Gaylord Palms - November 2014 - January 2015

Using two million pounds of ice, this Gaylord Palms Resort special ticket exhibit will be transformed into the North Pole featuring an arctic forest, a Christmas carnival with a life-size carousel, Santa's ornament room and even his reindeer!  One of the attractions favorite scenes is an unforgettable Life-sized Nativity made completely of clear ice. Frozen within these unique sculptures are twinkling lights that create an ever-changing luminescence.  "Ice"exhibit's most popular attraction, the incredible slides carved from ice, are longer than ever.


New Year's at Universal Orlando

The on-site hotels will have special dinners planned.  CityWalk clubs will have parties and a midnight celebration.  More details will be added as the date gets closer. 

January

There are currently no special events scheduled for January.

February

Harbor Nights Romantico - This will be held in February 2015

Wine tasting and jazz event on the Harbor Piazza of the Portofino Bay Hotel.

 


Universal Orlando Mardi Gras  - 2015 dates not yet announced, but in 2014, the event was held Select nights February 8 – May 31.

Mardi Gras - Universal Studios Orlando
This event held annually at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL blends the best of New Orleans with some of the best names in music for a rockin’ good time. 

Mardi Gras features live bands straight from the heart of New Orleans, a parade, authentic Louisiana cuisine and one special performing artist celebration. Really a great time!

2014 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule

 

 

March

 

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras  - Select nights February 8 – May 31, 2014



This event held annually at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL blends the best of New Orleans with some of the best names in music for a rockin’ good time. 

Mardi Gras features live bands straight from the heart of New Orleans, a parade, authentic Louisiana cuisine and one special performing artist celebration. Really a great time!

2014 Mardi Gras Concert Schedule

 

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