Celebrate Spring: 8 Spring College Festivals Across the Country
It’s finally spring! With college spring semesters coming to a close, many colleges around the country are hosting spring festivals. Students often are involved in planning the festivals—which range from music festivals to garden festivals.
Here’s a look at eight spring college festivals and celebrations:
Cornell University (NY) Slope Day: A century-long tradition at Cornell, Slope Day is a year-end celebration for students. Over the years it’s had everything from variety shows to circuses to a mock bullfight. This year’s Slope Day on May 3 will include tons of food and live entertainment (including performances from 5 & A Dime, Hoodie Allen and Kendrick Lamar).
Cuyamaca College (CA) Spring Garden Festival: 2014 is the 21st anniversary of this festival, which offers demonstrations on community farming topics, a plant sale from the college’s nursery, a farmer’s market and a fashion show. The festival is May 3.
Iowa State University’s VEISHEA: This annual spring festival in April lasts an entire week, with special student intramural competitions, volunteer events, a parade (complete with floats and balloons), a comedy competition, a campus cookout, a midnight pancake feed, exhibits on campus to showcase student work and university departments, live concerts and more. Miniature cherry pies are a must-eat treat at the celebration—last year, hospitality management students made and sold more than 14,800 miniature cherry pies to students, alumni and other campus visitors.
Manhattan College (NY) Springfest: Enjoy a barbecue on the Quad, play on inflatables or see a live concert. Past performers at this annual spring festival include Pitbull, Jay Sean and Gym Class Heroes. Manhattan College also has a spring fling—a chartered dinner dance cruise around New York City—held on the last day of classes.
University of Colorado Denver Spring Fling: This event each April showcases student clubs and offices, as well as local businesses. There’s live music and food trucks, plus games and other activities.
University of Minnesota Spring Jam: This three-day music festival is organized by a student committee. See live performances, a battle of the bands and other special events. This year’s Spring Jam is April 24-26.
University of Pennsylvania Spring Fling: Touted as one of the biggest college festivals on the East Coast, Spring Fling in April has been a Penn tradition for more than 35 years. Enjoy concerts, food vendors, inflatables, games and more.
Yale College Spring Fling: This annual spring concert at Yale University (CT) draws over 4,000 students, faculty and staff. Past performers have included Macklemore, Third Eye Blind and Ludacris.