Details for 2018 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration

On February 3, the party kicks off for the 2018 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras at Universal Studios theme park.  I checked out Florida’s Biggest Party in 2017, and was amazed at the bevy of beads, floats, and dancers during their Mardi Gras parade.  Everything is included with regular theme park admission including headliner concerts featuring artists such as Macklemore, Sean Paul, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fifth Harmony, Phillip Phillips, and more. Continue reading for full concert lineup and more details about the 2018 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration.

Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras

Stiltwalkers at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, photo by Dave Parfitt

Update February 8, 2018

I remember The Beach Boys performing a surprise pool party concert at the grand opening of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach resort in 2014.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers return on Saturday, February 10 for Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration.  The legendary California surf band have been around for over 50 years and are known for hits, such as “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “I Get Around” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.”  Best of all, all Mardi Gras activities, including the headliner concerts are included with regular admission to Universal Studios Florida.  Continue reading for the full concert lineup.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

The Beach Boys perform a surprise concert at the Grand Opening of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, photo by Dave Parfitt


From Universal Orlando Resort’s Press Release

Universal Orlando Resort today announced the headlining acts of its 2018 Mardi Gras celebration – the most authentic Mardi Gras event outside New Orleans, complete with Cajun-style cuisine, dazzling costumed performers and a stunning parade with countless beads.

Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Parade, photo by Dave Parfitt

From February 3 through April 7, the 2018 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2018 will offer more opportunities than ever before for guests to experience Florida’s Biggest Party. On 13 select nights, fans can sing along to popular hits as some of the biggest names in music take the stage, including GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, Macklemore, international superstar and recording artist, Sean Paul and award-winning, multiplatinum chart-toppers, Fifth Harmony. See below for the complete lineup.


Mardi Gras Event Dates / Headliners

Feb. 3   Sean Paul
Feb. 10   The Beach Boys
Feb. 17   Kelsea Ballerini
Feb. 18   Andy Grammer
Feb. 24   Macklemore
March 3   311
March 4   Phillip Phillips
March 10  Jason Derulo
March 11   Fitz and the Tantrums
March 17   Foreigner
March 18   Fifth Harmony
March 24  Jessie J
March 25   BUSH

The musical stars won’t be the only ones on display as a constellation-themed Mardi Gras parade will keep the good times rolling every night throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida with breathtakingly detailed floats, festive krewes of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and countless beads. Six new celestial floats – including Taurus, Virgo and Serpentarius – complete a lineup of 12 intricately hand-crafted floats engineered by Kern Studios, designer of the original New Orleans Mardi Gras floats for more than 50 years.

Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Parade, photo by Dave Parfitt

Guests will also enjoy mouthwatering shrimp po’boys, jambalaya, beignets and more at the French Quarter Courtyard while listening to authentic sounds of New Orleans straight from Bourbon Street.


Mardi Gras Event Dates / New Orleans Bands

Feb. 3 – Feb. 20   Free Agents Brass Band
Feb. 21 – March 6   Naughty Professor Brass Band
March 7 – March 20   New Breed Brass Band
March 21 – March 31   Young Pinstripe Brass Band
April 1 – April 7   Dirty Bourbon River Show

Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Parade, photo by Dave Parfitt

The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagramtwitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.