Once the semester begins, you’ll find yourself Monday through Friday occupied by class, homework, club meetings and little free time to relax. However, the weekends at Fairfield are a perfect opportunity to socialize and enjoy all that our campus has to offer. Fortunately, Fairfield is home to several events and traditions that make one’s college experience memorable, and they all take place in your new backyard.

Southside Café

Where? – Faber Hall

When? – Saturday nights throughout the semester from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Why? – To provide students with an alcohol-free social gathering on Saturday nights.

What? – This common space is converted into a cozy and chill café, featuring Yogibo chairs and antique furniture. At Southside, students can hang out and talk with their friends, play board games and enjoy some of the special activities offered that night like live musical performances or comedy routines. Students may also order food from the Late Night menu for a low cost. If students don’t want to make the hike to Faber, they can contact a campus shuttle for a ride.

Fairfield Flicks

Where? – Gonzaga Auditorium

When? – Friday nights throughout the semester from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

What? – Fairfield @ Night screens newly released films for students in an atmosphere closely resembling a movie theater. Students are also provided with popcorn, candy and beverages for their movie watching.

President’s Ball

Where? – Bellarmine lawn

When? – Early October

What? –  The President’s Ball colloquially referred to as Prez Ball is the University’s biggest dance of the year. What makes this dance so special? When students and their friends arrive, they’ll have the opportunity for a photograph with none other than Father Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., the president of Fairfield. The dance is semi-formal in attire and is usually themed; examples of past themes have been James Bond and the Great Gatsby. Students can also snack on the small finger foods provided at the dance.

Late Night @ Barone-

Where? – Barone Campus Center Main Dining Room

When? – The first Friday of every month from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

What? – Late Night provides an opportunity for students to take part in fun activities with friends such as a mechanical bull and inflatable Twister, as well as enjoy snack food. Each month’s Late Night @ Barone has a different theme. If you come early enough to this event, usually there are giveaways such as T-shirts, baseball caps or blankets.

Open Visions Forums

Where? – Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

When? – Once a month throughout the semester

What? – These forums are an opportunity for Fairfield to introduce keynote speakers to the University for guest lectures. Some notable keynote speakers in the past have been Jenna Bush Hager, Alexandra Pelosi and New York Times writer Frank Bruni. These events are free to students and open to the public.

Fall Concert-

Where? – Barone Campus Center Green

When? – Fall semester

What? – Every year the Fairfield University Student Association hosts a live musician to provide students with entertainment to break up the monotony caused by consistent studying. Last year’s Fall Concert welcomed country band Love and Theft, and the year before, Bassjackers made an appearance as the opening act for the Bingo Players. In the past, the Fall Concert has been an enjoyable experience for all grade levels and with the location change last year from Alumni Hall to outside, students have been able to enjoy the nice weather and scenery of Fairfield in early fall.

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