Schedule of 2024 Universal Orlando Events

Schedule of 2024 Universal Orlando Events


Schedule of 2024 Universal Orlando Events

This article is your complete guide to 2024 Universal Orlando events! Universal Orlando Resort doesn’t stop short when it comes to hosting spectacular events. There’s always something special for any park-goer, ranging from a Universal concert schedule to a Universal Harry Potter celebration schedule, and much more in between. So, if you want to see the ultimate 2024 Universal Studios calendar for the year, we’ve got you covered.

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Universal Studios Events 2024 Overview


Ahhh, Universal events, are some of the best times of the year! Universal Orlando dazzles not just with thrilling rides and attractions but also an array of spectacular events that draw crowds from far and wide. The lineup of Universal Orlando events in 2024 is brimming with diverse celebrations that promise unforgettable experiences. From the enchanting Christmas in Hogwarts that casts a spell of wonder, to the mischievously entertaining Grinchmas, there’s an event for every visitor. This article explores all the must-see Universal Studios events in 2024, providing you with the ultimate guide to planning an action-packed visit.

What are the Universal Orlando events for 2024?

  • Rock The Universe – January
  • Mardi Gras – Feb 3 – Apr 7
  • 4th of July
  • Halloween Horror Nights – Starts in September
  • Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort – Starts in November
  • Christmas at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Starts in November
  • Grinchmas – November and December
  • New Year’s Eve

As we find out the new 2024 calendar of events for Universal Studios Orlando, we will be updating you all right here!

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January Universal Orlando Events: Rock the Universal 2024


 When: January 26th & 27th, 2024

As one of the more popular Universal Orlando special events Rock the Universe series will be back in January 2024. This 2024 Universal event will be hosted at Universal Studios Florida and the concerts will be held on the open stages within the park. Universal Studios closes at 6 PM for the event, but guests with concert tickets will enter the park starting at 4 PM.

Where: Universal Studios Florida

Rock The Universe 2024 Concert Line-Up

Friday, January 26

  • We the Kingdom
  • Blessing Offor
  • Cody Carnes
  • Elevation Rhythm
  • Riley Clemmons

Saturday, January 28

  • Casting Crowns
  • Phil Wickham
  • Brandon Lake
  • CAIN
  • Andrew Ripp
  • Hulvey

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February 2024 Universal Orlando Events: Mardi Gras


One standout among the Universal Orlando events is their annual Mardi Gras celebration. The Universal Mardi Gras event runs from February 3rd through April 7th to set a high bar. It encapsulated everything that makes Universal’s special events so extraordinary, from live weekend concerts to a vibrant parade complete with themed floats, including fantastical creatures such as dragons and unicorns, that captured the “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras.”

These Universal Orlando events provide something extra for guests, above and beyond the everyday excitement of the parks. Whether you’re dancing along with the jubilant parade at Mardi Gras, indulging in the diverse culinary delights, or marveling at the 50-foot King Gator float, these events promise unforgettable memories. So, keep an eye out for the announcement of the 2024 Mardi Gras dates, as well as other upcoming Universal special events, to ensure you don’t miss out on these phenomenal experiences.

When: February 3rd – April 7th 2024 

Where: Universal Studios Florida

The best part is Mardi Gras at Universal is included FREE with your Universal Orlando theme park ticket! Plus, there are usually awesome package-priced deals for yummy food and drinks!

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Universal Orlando Fourth of July Celebration


Where: Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando is reigniting the tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July, bringing back the beloved event after a hiatus from the Universal Studios event calendar. In 2024, guests will be treated to an action-packed day in honor of this national holiday.

The party kicks off at the Music Plaza at 5 PM, with DJ M-Squared on deck to energize the crowd with a pulsating mix of current hits. The atmosphere will be further enlivened with live music performances, creating a perfect setting for the parade of stilt walkers and thrilling character interactions that are set to roam the grounds. Moreover, unique character meet-and-greets will be available, offering guests an immersive experience they won’t soon forget.

An assortment of themed food will be on offer, giving attendees a taste of classic Americana with a unique twist, all catered by the Classic Monster Café and available to enjoy in a communal picnic setting on the lawn.

A major highlight of the festivities is the awe-inspiring fireworks display, scheduled to illuminate the night sky at 9 PM. This dazzling show will pay a brilliant homage to the Fourth of July, leaving guests spellbound.

Adding value to this exciting day, all these engaging activities and unforgettable experiences are included in the standard price of admission, meaning guests can partake in the fun and celebration without incurring additional charges.

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Halloween Horror Nights September 1, 2024 – October 31st, 2024 


*Halloween Horror Nights dates have not been announced for 2024

When: Select nights from September 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

Where: Universal Studios Florida

This annual fall event is the biggest Universal Studios Florida event and for good reason. For lovers of Halloween, horror, and all things scary, Halloween Horror is the perfect Universal after-hours event.  When the park closes to the public, guests need a separate ticket to enter this transformed park of fright.

As a pretty intense Halloween event at Universal Studios Orlando, it is not meant for children, as “scare zones” are set up for creatures to roam throughout the park and are sure to pop up and follow you out of nowhere. The most appealing part may just be the well-put-together haunted houses which are themed based on popular TV shows, classic and current films, and the occasional video game.

Halloween Horror Nights tickets are on sale now and we always recommend purchasing your tickets in advance as this is one of the most popular Universal Orlando events they host all year! Be sure to check out our complete guide to Halloween Horror Nights early entry to beat the crowds during your next trip.

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Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – November 11th – January 1st, 2023


When: November 11th 2023 – January 1st, 2024 

Where: Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Don’t worry muggles. You’ll be able to experience one of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter special events as a wizard during the holiday season! The snow-covered Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are stunningly decorated with festive decorations, including all the shops of the Wizarding World. If you thought the butterbeer was good, wait until you try the holiday-themed food and drinks. Plus, there will be entertainment on site. Gryffindors, Slytherins, Hufflepuffs, and Ravenclaws can join in unity as they watch the holiday show that takes place at Hogwarts Castle.

This magical Universal Harry Potter event Universal Studios includes “casting a spell” on the castle and features iconic moments from the film series. It’ll make you feel like you received your letter from Hogwarts after all. This has quickly become one of our favorite things about the holiday season in Orlando and is simply a must-do for all of our Harry Potter fans out there!

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Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort Grinchmas


When: November 12th 2023 – January 1st, 2024

Where: Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Grinchmas makes for one of the most entertaining Universal Orlando events if you are a Dr. Seuss fan. Seuss Landing turns into the wonderland that is Grinchmas and features a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular, featuring some character favorites. It will be sure to make your heart grow three sizes bigger.

Fans can enter the park with regular park admission and get to meet the Grinch for pictures and autographs. Mega fans can attend The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast which happens on select mornings. It requires a reservation, so make sure to book in advance for this Universal Studios special event.

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2024 Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort Parade

When: Typically November 11th  – January 1st 

Where: Universal Studios

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s stands out as one of the most heartwarming Universal special events, captivating guests of all ages. Initiated in 2017 and continuing its annual tradition, this enchanting parade lights up the streets of Universal Studios, offering spectators a Universal spin on the iconic Macy’s Holiday Parade. As floats adorned with beloved characters from DreamWorks and beyond meander through the park, guests can revel in the festive atmosphere they create. The pinnacle of the event is the cheerful appearance of Santa himself, who, in a grand holiday gesture, illuminates the majestic Christmas tree in Universal’s re-creation of New York. This event, perfect for families, epitomizes the joy and wonder of the holiday season.

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New Year’s Eve at Universal Orlando – Universal Studios Orlando Events

When: December 31st, 2024

Where: Universal CityWalk

Hey adults, look out for this annual party on the Universal CityWalk Orlando upcoming events scheduled. Meant for party-goers 21 and up, guests can ring in the New Year in style. Dine, drink, and dance the night away on this New Year’s Eve celebration. This exciting event features gourmet cuisine, live bands, DJs, and access to five clubs and an outdoor dance floor. At the stroke of midnight, cheer “Happy New Year” with a glass of champagne and watch fireworks emerge from the sky. The extravaganza is a separate ticket event, so you will need to purchase it separately from a park ticket.

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2024 Universal Orlando Event FAQS


Q: Are there evening events at Universal Studios Orlando?

A: Yes, there are evening events at Universal Orlando. The most popular, separately ticketed evening event happens during Halloween time and is called Halloween Horror Nights. This event begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 2 AM, which allows guests to experience all of the fright into the wee hours.

Other special events also run during the evening, like the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts, which is a holiday light show that is projected once the sun sets. Guests do not need an extra ticket to experience any Christmas events at Universal Studios.

Q: Does Universal Studios have a Christmas event?

A: Yes, Universal Orlando does have a Christmas event, but it is not a separate ticket. Starting in November, guests can experience the Grinchmas, which is a Christmas event offered at Islands of Adventure. There is also the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Christmas, which has special decor and light shows during the holidays.

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