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Eat, Sip and Dance the Night Away at Universal Orlando Hotels

January 20, 2018
Harbor Nights at Loews Portifino Bay Hotel

There’s always something exciting going on at Universal Orlando’s resort hotels. Whether you’re a visiting guest or an Orlando local, there’s never a shortage of things to do.

From live music to decadent dinners – here’s a list of events you should add to your bucket list this year!

Caribbean Carnaval

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Every Friday

Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Celebrate Caribbean culture with authentic food, songs and dancing! This musical journey will let you experience the vibrant colors, rich sounds and delightful tastes of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. You’ll enjoy an endless buffet and drinks are included in the price! At this island escape you’re a guest of honor, so make sure you join the conga line or show off your awesome limbo skills.

Harbor Nights

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel


Celebrate la dolce vita! You can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the Mediterranean under the stars and twinkling lights of Portofino Bay’s Harbor Piazza at Harbor Nights. As if the gorgeous setting isn’t enough to get you excited, you’ll also hear live music and savor unlimited gourmet food while sipping flavorful wines from all over the world.

Velvet Sessions

Hard Rock Hotel


Universal Orlando Resort On Site Hotels Events Quiz Velvet Sessions

Spend the night partying like (and with!) a rock star. Every month from January through October, Hard Rock Hotel throws a rock and roll cocktail party with fun drinks, tasty finger foods and of course, an exclusive rock show starring legendary artists. Previous performers include Bret Michaels, Smash Mouth, Eddie Money, and En Vogue.

Velvet Unplugged

Hard Rock Hotel

Select Nights Year-Round

If you’re a music lover like me, you need to check out Velvet Unplugged, a laid back acoustic show in Hard Rock Hotel’s lobby. You can see the show from the standing room section for free or reserve a table, which includes a round of drinks, while taking in an unplugged-style performance you won’t see anywhere else. Previous performers include Howie Day, Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele, and Carl Dixon. 

Wine Riffs

Hard Rock Hotel

Select Nights Year-Round

Wine Riffs at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Wine Riffs is a dinner that’s both lighthearted and sophisticated. Set to a custom soundtrack, you’ll hear about wine-making as you enjoy wine and food pairings from Hard Rock Hotel’s award-winning chefs, making this a pleasure for your ears and your palette.

Jake’s Beer Festival

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Twice Yearly

Jake's Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

This is truly a beer lover’s paradise. Jake’s Beer Festival happens twice each year and features more than 50 specialty craft beers along with tasty foods and live entertainment. This outdoor event takes place in the Wantilan Pavilion and just might lead you to discover a new favorite brew or two.

Jake’s Beer Dinner

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Jake's Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

If your love for beer is only matched by your love of delicious food, this is the perfect dinner for you. Jake’s Beer Dinner includes a five-course meal expertly prepared by our award-winning chefs and a specialty craft beer pairing to accompany each course. You’ll even hear from representatives from local breweries about the beers you’re sipping!

Wantilan Luau

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Every Saturday

Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Every Saturday evening, you can experience the tradition of the luau firsthand! The Wantilan Luau features incredible entertainment and a tropical all-you-can-eat buffet with authentic Polynesian dishes. While you dine, enjoy our enchanting fire and hula dancers to get the full island party experience.

Excited to party at our on-site hotels? Learn more about all these special events and get your tickets here.

If you need help choosing which event to check out first, take this quiz!

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

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