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Universal Orlando Special Events for 2013

by FrogBlog on January 17, 2013 · 2 Comments · in Crowd Calendar & When to Visit

Universal Orlando Mardi GrasHappy 2013! We wanted to give you an overview of the major special events coming to the Universal Orlando resort this year to help as you plan “When to Visit.” These special events (as well as some of the smaller events) are listed on our crowd calendar, which is another great tool for planning your vacation.

Special events are listed in the order that they begin throughout the year. Dates have not been announced for all of these events, but rest assured, we’ll add them here as soon as they are!

February – April
Universal Orlando Mardi GrasMardi Gras (Universal Studios)
Mardi Gras takes place each spring on select nights at Universal Studios. In 2013, Mardi Gras is held the following dates: Feb. 9, 16, 17 and 23; March 2, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 30; April 6, 13 and 20. Highlights of the special event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and live concerts: This year’s big performance is Matchbox 20 on March 16. There is also musical entertainment by bands direct from New Orleans as well as plenty of authentic Cajun food. Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular theme park admission.

Mardi Gras 2013 Concert Lineup

Feb. 9 Lifehouse
Feb. 16 Steve Miller Band
Feb. 17 Boys Like Girls
Feb. 23 Trey Songz
March 2 Demi Lovato
March 9 Montgomery Gentry
March 15 Sean Kingston
March 16 Matchbox Twenty
March 22 Austin Mahone
March 23 Phillip Phillips
March 30 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
April 6 Kool & The Gang
April 13 Pitbull
April 20 The All-American Rejects

Universal Orlando Mardi GrasFrench Quarter 2013 Concert Lineup

Feb. 9 John Lisi & Delta Funk!
Feb. 16 The Dirty Bourbon River Show
Feb. 17 The Dirty Bourbon River Show
Feb. 23 Colin Lake
March 2 Beth McKee
March 9 Gravy
March 15 Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers
March 16 Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers
March 22 Soul Project Nola
March 23 Soul Project Nola
March 30 Big Al & the Heavyweights
April 6 Mississippi Rail Company
April 13 The Rockin’ Jake Band
April 20 Daddy Mack Blues Band

(Read more about Mardi Gras at Universal Studios here.)
(Watch a video of the Mardi Gras 2012 sights and sounds.)

June – July
Universal Studios Summer Concert SeriesSummer Concert Series (Universal Studios)
Universal Studios’ Summer Concert Series takes place on select Saturday nights every summer. Musical guests across a number of genres perform live on the Music Plaza Stage. Concerts during the series are included with regular admission to Universal Studios.

Summer Concert Series Lineup 2013

June 1: NE-YO
June 8: Nickelodeon’s BIG TIME RUSH
June 15: GAVIN DEGRAW

June 22: EARTH, WIND & FIRE
June 29: ADAM LAMBERT
July 6: KIP MOORE

September
Rock the Universe (Universal Studios)
Rock the Universe is a special event held in the evenings one weekend in September at Universal Studios. The event brings some of the biggest names in Christian rock to the park for the festival. In 2013, it will take place on Sept. 6 and 7.  It is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular theme park admission.

Full lineup

Friday, September 6 
Switchfoot
Chris Tomlin
Crowder
Tenth Avenue North
Family Force 5
Colton Dixon
Kyle Sherman
Dara McClean
OBB
Love & The Outcome

Saturday, September 7
Casting Crowns
Jesus Culture
Lecrae
Relient K
Red
Everfound
Crave
Dara McClean
OBB
Love & The Outcome

September – October
Halloween Horror NightsHalloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios)
Halloween Horror Nights is a special event held on select nights every fall at Universal Studios. The event features “scare zones,” haunted houses and live entertainment in addition to the regular park attractions. It is not intended for children and is an intense experience. Halloween Horror Nights is not included with regular theme park admission. Tickets go on sale a month or so before the event begins.

(Halloween Horror Nights 2012 Survival Guide)
(Tips for attending Halloween Horror Nights)

December – January
Macy’s Holiday Parade (Universal Studios)
Macy’s Holiday Parade takes place each winter at Universal Studios. The event usually begins the first week of December and ends on Dec. 31. Macy’s Holiday Parade features floats and balloons direct from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. There are also live concerts by award-winning Christmas artist Mannheim Steamroller on weekend nights during Holidays at Universal Studios. Macy’s Holiday Parade is included with regular admission to Universal Studios.

December – January
Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure (via www.universalorlando.com)Grinchmas (Islands of Adventure)
Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure takes place each winter at Islands of Adventure. Seuss Landing is transformed into the wonderful world of Grinchmas with the heartwarming live version of the How the Grinch Stole Christmas and even visits by The Grinch himself. Grinchmas is included with regular admission to Islands of Adventure.

Related: Special Events at Walt Disney World

Related: Special Events at SeaWorld & Busch Gardens

For more help in deciding when to visit, check out our crowd calendar, refurbishments and closings page, and seasonal packing lists. You’ll find more resources for when to visit inside our Planning Page!


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2 Responses to “Universal Orlando Special Events for 2013”

  1. DizNut says:

    Halloween horror nights is really cool, i also enjoy the parade during mardi gras. The floats are well designed and different each year.

    Is Grinchmas good? I enjoy The xmas decorations at disney but have not been over for Grinchmas. I am thinking about visiting Harry Potter World during a Florida trip in early december, does grinchmas start december 1st?

    Thanks

  2. kim says:

    We are visiting Oct 26-Nov 3 of this year. Was wondering how many days do you think a family of 4(2 adults, 10 and 8 yr old) should spend at universal?? We are not big riders. We are going mostly for Harry Potter! We will ride a few rides but alot of the bigger coaster we won’t. Do you think one day??

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