This attraction is open seasonally.

Description And Comments

Each spring Universal Studios Florida hosts "big name" concerts at the Music Plaza Stage near Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit as part of its Mardi Gras celebration.

Mardi Gras Concerts take place on most Saturdays (and occasionally other nights) after dark during the months of February, March, and April. (In 2014 the month of May and part of June were also included.)

Every Mardi Gras event night, after the parade concludes (approximately 45 minutes after step off), a big-name concert kicks off on Music Plaza Stage. The concerts are a definite highlight of Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration. With dozens of great musical acts entertaining the crowd at no extra cost, there is really no downside to these fantastic concerts, other than the extraordinary crowds popular artists can draw.

To get an idea of the quality of the acts, performers in recent years have included heavyweights from the past -- Foreigner, Huey Lewis and the News, Olivia Newton-John, Styx, Heart, The B-52's -- and present, such as Nelly, Weezer, Daughtry, Robin Thicke, All-American Rejects, Trey Songz.

In addition to the headliners, Universal also has as small stage near in the French Quarter food stalls, where authentic New Orleans musicians play zydeco and blues before the big show.

The 2015 schedule is:

Date Performer
February 7 (Saturday) Olivia Newton-John
February 14 (Saturday) Jessie J
February 15 (Sunday) Barenaked Ladies
February 21 (Saturday) Kelly Clarkson
February 28 (Saturday) Heart
March 7 (Saturday) Trace Adkins
March 13 (Friday) MKTO
March 14 (Saturday) Styx
March 15 (Sunday) American Authors
March 20 (Friday) Becky G
March 21 (Saturday) Yandel
March 22 (Sunday) The B-52s
March 28 (Saturday) Phillip Phillips
April 4 (Saturday) The All-American Rejects
April 11 (Saturday) The Band Perry
April 18 (Saturday) Trey Songz

See our Universal Studios Florida Showtimes page for specific times. Note that showtimes may not be released until very close to the show date.

Touring Tips

The concerts are standing-room only and first-come/first-served; crowds can be enormous, and folks sometimes start lining up shortly after park opening for the hottest acts. There is no extra-cost VIP area available, but there is an ADA accessible viewing section near the TWISTER restrooms. Large video screens broadcast the stage to those standing in the far back, so consider watching from the New York Battery Park area if you aren't an uber-fan of the artist.

Special Comments

There is no additional charge for Mardi Gras Concerts. They are included with park admission.

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