As soon as we get past the holidays, it’s time for the spring theme park events, and one of my favorites is Universal Orlando‘s Mardi Gras.
This week, UO announced the concert line-up for Mardi Gras 2016, which runs select nights from February 6 through April 16, at Universal Studios Florida. It’s a good mixture of current chart-toppers to classic legends, across a variety of musical genres.
Classic rock group REO Speedwagon will be the headliner for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Universal Orlando CityWalk.
Admission to the festivities on December 31 also includes a selection of gourmet cuisine, admission to seven CityWalk nightclubs, and a traditional midnight champagne toast.
Tickets are $124.99, if purchased by December 15; $144.99 if purchased between December 16 and 31. Universal Orlando annual passholders can get a discounted price of $104.99 until December 15, as well.
Mix beer, BBQ, live music and theme parks, and you have the annual Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens in Tampa.
The event starts this weekend, and will occur Saturdays at SeaWorld and Sundays at Busch Gardens.
Here’s the concert line-up for SeaWorld:
February 12 – Huey Lewis & the News
February 19 – Willie Nelson
February 26 – REO Speedwagon
March 05 – Josh Turner
And the concert line-up for Busch Gardens:
February 13 – Montgomery Gentry
February 20 – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
February 27 – The Commodores & The Pointer Sisters
March 06 – Travis Tritt & The Charlie Daniels Band
Reflecting the new ownership, the beer garden will feature over 20 breweries, including craft and international brews.
The concerts are included with regular park admission, but the BBQ and beer are extra.
I’ve had a fun time at this in past years, but I do wish they would alternate concerts between the parks so Saturday’s line-up played Busch Gardens on Sunday and vice versa.