While studying hard and getting good grades is your priority right now, it is totally okay to unwind and enjoy yourself while you are in the wonderful town of Fairfield. The summer sun is on its way to becoming a chilly, but beautiful fall season, and therefore, weekends are the perfect time to take advantage of the weather, catch up on schoolwork, but most importantly, have fun! Below you will find a list of my top ten favorite things to do on the weekends in town and off campus as well as some upcoming exciting events.
- Bird Scooters
The town of Fairfield is new in offering electric Bird Scooters. These electric scooters are super easy to operate and are a cheap, fun option for transportation. They are environmentally friendly and are the perfect option for college students without a vehicle on campus. All you need to do is download Bird’s free app in the AppStore on your smartphone. Scooters are in operation from the hours of 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. They are the perfect way to explore town and campus. Grab a friend or ride alone, whatever you would like!
- Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Fairfield Farmer’s Market comes to town. Grab some of your favorite fresh fruits with options from over 20 different vendors. While most of you may not have an area or the supplies to cook meals, you can still go enjoy the atmosphere and the snacks! Pick up some apples for fall, nut butters or jam for toast. You can make anything you set your mind to in a college dorm. Check it out soon because the market’s final date is Sunday, October 9. You can find the Fairfield Farmer’s Market at 1451 Post Road, Fairfield, CT.
- Watch a Movie
You do not have to leave campus to have fun on the weekend. Personally, I enjoy cuddling up and rewatching my favorite TV shows and movies. You are welcome to watch with friends, but personally, I enjoy the quiet alone time. Grab your favorite snacks from your room or head to the campus bookstore or the Stag snack bar to pick some up. Some of my current watch options are Pitch Perfect and Gilmore Girls. To me, they are perfect for the weather and are my all-time favorites. Watch your favorites and relax, you deserve it.
- The Beach
I am sure that in your college decision process, Fairfield stood out because of its beautiful town and beach access. Personally, it was the deciding factor for my decision, and I could not be happier. Fairfield has multiple beach access points that are available to use. Have a picnic or lay out in the sun while the weather is still nice. Take advantage of our beautiful area! Just remember to be respectful of Fairfield town residents, but otherwise, have a nice beach day.
- Go Out To Eat
In my experience, Fairfield has some of the best restaurants that I have ever been to. They are easy to access in town – simply just take the stag bus and maybe walk a few minutes to your destination. Some of my favorites for dinner are Mecha Noodle Bar, Malibu Taco, Puerto Vallarta and Centro Ristorante. There is a wide range of different types of cuisine, all of which are fantastic. It’s also a fun excuse to dress up and go out on the town with your friends. There are so many options that I have not tried (as it is an endless journey), but it is certainly worth it for some yummy experiences.
- Fairfield Bookstore Starbucks
Weekends are a great time to hang out with friends and have fun, however, when the schoolwork starts to pile up, those few days off are the perfect time to catch up on your studies. The key to a successful study session is the perfect location. I am not a fan of the library, I find it to be too quiet. The perfect place in my opinion is at the Fairfield University Bookstore Starbucks. The Stag Bus will drop you off right in front of the store in less than a ten-minute ride. There is plenty of comfy seating and the perfect fall vibe. Plus, coffee! I highly recommend that you check it out.
If you happen to be in town for dinner or some shopping, definitely stop by Milkcraft for some of the best ice cream you have ever had. On weekends, they are open from 11 a.m. until midnight; the perfect late-night snack. They have a tasty and extremely creative menu with lots of options to choose from. Once you try it, you cannot go back. I highly recommend it to those of you with a sweet tooth.
- Sporting Events
If you are looking to stay on campus and are a big sports fan, our own Fairfield University athletics have lots of sporting events coming up this fall. If you do not like sports, they are still fun to go to. Games are a great place to meet friends and socialize. Take a look at some team schedules and see what is coming up. My personal favorite games to go to are the men’s rugby events. I love supporting my friends on the field from the stands!
- Watch the Sunset
One of my favorite things to do on campus any day of the week, but especially on weekends, is to watch the sunset. Here at Fairfield, we are blessed with breathtaking nature. I find that it helps calm me from stressful situations. There are many beautiful spots to choose from and you should take the time to explore your favorites. Personally, my favorite is on the Bellarmine lawn at the edge of the hill. Maybe I will see you there!
The town of Fairfield has lots of options for shopping. Who doesn’t love shopping? There is a wide selection of super cute stores: Trumbull’s Westfield Mall, small boutiques in town, the SoNo Collection, etc. On weekends there is a bus that will take you to the mall and the Stag Bus will take you right to the shops in Fairfield. One of my personal favorites is Apricot Lane Shopping – it can be so therapeutic! I suggest you give it a try.
These are just a few of the many ways to learn about our town. Fairfield has so much to offer and I recommend that you take advantage of every opportunity. Feel free to use my suggestions or explore the area to create your own favorite list of ideas, spots and activities. Keep your eyes peeled, fun is everywhere!