Annual Events

What's On in Orlando

At Universal Orlando Resorts, there is never a shortage of things to do. From live music to spirited annual holiday events in Orlando, there's always something exciting happening. Use this Orlando events guide as a resource for your vacation planning, and feel free to ask our concierge for more information.

Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Capture the feeling of the Mediterranean with delectable wines and the smooth sounds of jazz. Join us under the twinkling lights of the hotel's Harbor Piazza for a night of wonderful wines, gourmet food samples, complimentary hand-rolled cigars and live jazz concerts in Orlando. Harbor Nights takes place four to five times per year. Learn more

Velvet Sessions at The Hard Rock Hotel®

The award-winning "Velvet Sessions" is a rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party held in the Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge. Each "session" showcases a different type of beverage theme for members to sip, shoot or guzzle along with fabulous and great live music from legendary rock bands. Past performers have included Brett Michaels, Cheap Trick, Loverboy, the Fixx, Joan Jett, and Eddie Money. Orlando's most intimate rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party is held in the hotel's lobby and Velvet Lounge the last Thursday of every month (except November and December). Learn more

Weekly Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Sit back and experience an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment at the enchanting Wantilan Luau, a weekly Hawaiian dinner show featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of Polynesian specialties, live Hawaiian music and traditional hula dancing. Hula and fire dancers delight the audience and entice a few to even learn the hula. Learn more

Annual Events at Universal Orlando Resort®


Join the celebration as the streets of Universal Orlando are filled with live music that will get your feet tappin', your hips swayin', and your pulse poundin'. Enjoy live concerts in Orlando with some of the biggest names in music, as well as the sounds of The Big Easy with great bands straight from New Orleans. Plus, there's authentic Cajun cuisine, beads by the handful, a spectacular parade and more.


Crank up your summer at Universal Studios. Spend all day enjoying the rides and attractions you love. And on select Saturday nights in June and July, catch some of music’s biggest stars performing live in the Summer Concert Series.


The hottest and most cutting-edge performers in Christian Rock take to the stage at this powerful Universal Orlando event in September.


Every fall when the sun goes down, something terrifying and strange happens at Universal Orlando Resort. Ghastly creatures emerge from the darkness. Chilling haunted houses with unique, bizarre themes appear out of nowhere. And screams of pure panic pierce the night.


Join in the fun of Grinchmas™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure®, featuring a live version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. At Universal Studios, the Macy's Holiday Parade™ takes to the streets with new balloons and floats, marching bands, colorful performers and more! Plus, don't miss the Holiday Concert Series in the Universal Music Plaza.