2015 Events at Universal Orlando

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 are $29 online, $35 at the door or $50 for VIP tickets available online only. 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

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 the Portofino Bay Hotel in February, March, April, September, October, November, and December. Tickets are $45 online or $55 at the door. Reserved seating tickets with private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres are $75.

For reservations, call 407-503-1200 or purchase here online.

Wantilan Luau

This weekly Hawaiian luau is hosted every Saturday at 6:00 pm (and Tuesdays seasonally) at the Royal Pacific Resort. 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.

Prices for adults are $70 for priority seating or $63 for regular seating. Prices for children ages 4-12 are $40 for priority seating or $35 for regular seating.Price includes buffet, gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and Mai Tais.

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE or click here.


January 2015 Events

Holidays at Universal Orlando

For more information on Holiday events at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, click here.

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015

For more information on A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 at Universal Orlando Resort, click here.

Jake’s Beer Dinner

Friday, January 23, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Unibroue will be the featured brewery during this Jake’s Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Jake’s Beer Dinner is a unique dining experience in which chefs prepare your meal with beer pairings in mind. Dishes for the Unibroue Beer Dinner include Lyonnaise Salad, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto, Orange Braised Duck Leg, Roasted Whole Pig and Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake all served alongside Blanche De Chamblay, La Fin Du Monde, Don De Dieu, Trois Pistoles and Terrible, respectively.

Price is $57 + tax and includes gratuities and self parking.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, January 29, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Jimmie Van Zant will be performing some of his and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s greatest hits at January’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $30 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


February 2015 Events

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios

For more information on Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida, click here.

Harbor Nights

Friday, February 13, 2015 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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 the Portofino Bay Hotel featuring some of the finest food from Mama Della’s Ristorante, BICE, Sal’s Market Deli, Trattoria del Porto, Splendido Bar & Grill and Gelateria. Click here for February’s Menu.

Tickets are $45 online or $55 at the door. Reserved seating tickets with private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres are $75.

For reservations, call 407-503-1200 or purchase here online.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Steve Augeri will be performing some of his and Journey’s greatest hits at February’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $30 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


March 2015 Events

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios

For more information on Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida, click here.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Howard Jones will be performing some of his greatest hits at March’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $30 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


April 2015 Events

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios

For more information on Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida, click here.

Harbor Nights

Friday, April 24, 2015 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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 the Portofino Bay Hotel featuring some of the finest food from Mama Della’s Ristorante, BICE, Sal’s Market Deli, Trattoria del Porto, Splendido Bar & Grill and Gelateria. Click here for April’s Menu.

Tickets are $45 online or $55 at the door. Reserved seating tickets with private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres are $75.

For reservations, call 407-503-1200 or purchase here online.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Men Without Hats will be performing some of their greatest hits including “Safety Dance” and more at April’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $35 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


May 2015 Events

25th Anniversary Concert Series

Saturday, May 23, 2015 – Prince Royce
Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Shawn Mendes
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – Pitbull

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Universal Studios Florida, Universal Orlando will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Concert Series this year in May and June. On six select nights, artists like Pitbull and Huey Lewis will be returning to Universal to put on a show at the Music Plaza Stage that is completely free with park admission.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 6:30 pm

The Psychedelic Furs will be performing some of their greatest hits including “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “The Ghost In You,” “Heaven,” “Heartbeat,” “Heartbreak Beat,” and more at May’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $35 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


June 2015 Events

25th Anniversary Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015 – Kellie Pickler
Saturday, June 13, 2015 – Huey Lewis and the News
Saturday, June 20, 2015 – Goo Goo Dolls

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Universal Studios Florida, Universal Orlando will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Concert Series this year in May and June. On six select nights, artists like Pitbull and Huey Lewis will be returning to Universal to put on a show at the Music Plaza Stage that is completely free with park admission.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – 6:30 pm

The Fixx will be performing some of their greatest hits including “One Thing Leads To Another,” “Saved By Zero,” and more at June’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $35 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


July 2015 Events

Wine Riffs

Friday, July 17, 2015 – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join Justin Vineyards at Hard Rock Hotel for 5-course culinary pairing along with a special soundtrack picked out to match the vibe of the meal.

Call (407) 502-2405 to make reservations.

 Jake’s Beer Dinner

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Cigar City Brewing will be the featured brewery during this Jake’s Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Jake’s Beer Dinner is a unique dining experience in which chefs prepare your meal with beer pairings in mind. Dishes for the Cigar City Brewing Dinner include Florida yellowtail Snapper Ceviche, Heart of Christmas Farms Cucumber & Watermelon Salad, Palmetto Creek Farms Pork Belly, Alexandra Lake Farms Lamb Chop and Florida Peach Strudel with Plant City Strawberry Mini Ice Cream Lollipop all served alongside Florida Cracker, Cucumber Saison, Tocobaga Red Ale, Maduro Brown Ale and Strawberry Creamsicle IPA, respectively with Cigar City Hard Cider Sorbet being served between the second course and entrée.

Price is $57 + tax and includes gratuities and self parking.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, July 30, 2015 – 6:30 pm

A Flock of Seagulls will be performing some of their greatest hits including “I Ran” and more at July’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $35 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


August 2015 Events

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 6:30 pm

John Waite will be performing some of his greatest hits including “Missing You,” “Tears,” “Every Step Of The Way,” and more at August’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets are $29 online and $35 at the door and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $50.

For tickets or more information, click here.


September 2015 Events

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, September 24, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Bret Michaels will be performing some of his greatest hits including “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” and more at September’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tickets start at $50 and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $75.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Halloween Horror Nights 25

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights including houses, dates and tickets, click here.


October 2015 Events

Harbor Nights

Friday, October 16, 2015 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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 the Portofino Bay Hotel featuring some of the finest food from Mama Della’s Ristorante, BICE, Sal’s Market Deli, Trattoria del Porto, Splendido Bar & Grill and Gelateria. Click here for October’s Menu.

Tickets are $45 online or $55 at the door. Reserved seating tickets with private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres are $75.

For reservations, call 407-503-1200 or purchase here online.

Velvet Sessions

Thursday, October 29, 2015 – 6:30 pm

Soul Asylum will be performing some of their greatest hits including “Misery,” “Somebody To Shove,” “Black Gold,” and more at October’s Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Make sure to dress up in your favorite costume, because this Halloween event includes a costume contest!

Tickets start at $50 and include specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30 pm until show time, live music and cash bars from show time onward and valet parking. After the show, guests can hang out in Velvet Bar. VIP tickets are available for $75.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Halloween Horror Nights 25

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights including houses, dates and tickets, click here.


November 2015 Events

Halloween Horror Nights 25

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights including houses, dates and tickets, click here.

25th Anniversary Concert Series

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – Jason Derulo
Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Colbie Caillat
Sunday, November 22, 2015 – Flo Rida
Friday, November 27, 2015 – Carly Rae Jepsen
Saturday, November 28, 2015 – Daughtry

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Universal Studios Florida, Universal Orlando will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Fall Concert Series this year in November. On five select nights, artists like Jason Derulo and Daughtry will be heading to Universal to put on a show at the Music Plaza Stage that is completely free with park admission.

Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration 2015

If you’re visiting Universal Orlando during Thanksgiving and looking for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, then plan on attending the Thanksgiving Day buffet at Portofino Bay Hotel. The celebration includes live entertainment, crafts/activities, face painters, ballonist and more!

Tickets are $70 for adults and $26.50 for children ages 3-9.

For tickets and more information, click here.

Holiday Harbor Nights

Friday, November 27, 2015 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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 the Portofino Bay Hotel featuring some of the finest food from Mama Della’s Ristorante, BICE, Sal’s Market Deli, Trattoria del Porto, Splendido Bar & Grill and Gelateria. This special holiday version of the event includes the grand illumination of the majestic Christmas Tree in the Harbor Piazza!

Tickets are $45 online or $55 at the door. Reserved seating tickets with private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres are $75.

For reservations, call 407-503-1200 or purchase here online.


December 2015 Events

Holidays at Universal Orlando

For more information on Holiday events at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, click here.

Velvet Unplugged

Friday, December 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Carl Dixon, formerly of The Guess Who, will perform an acoustic set featuring “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” and more along with holiday favorites in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel.

This special holiday event is unlike Velvet Sessions throughout the year, because it features a complimentary standing room only section. However, tickets are still required for the event.

Tickets start at $40 for a table for 2 and $60 for a table for 4, and includes the first round of house drinks and valet parking.

For tickets or more information, click here.

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