5 Harvard University Events You Simply Must Attend!

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When you attend a large, prestigious university such as Harvard, it can be difficult to find ways to mix and mingle with your fellow classmates. You might feel a lot of pressure to study and earn a perfect GPA as a student attending an Ivy League school. Lucky for you, the frequent events at Harvard University offer students and residents of Cambridge plenty of opportunities for socializing and getting to know each other in between classes and exams.

Freshman Formal

You've nearly made it through your first year at Harvard. What better way to celebrate than by attending the Freshman Formal, a dinner dance with hundreds of your fellow classmates? An annual tradition, the Freshman Formal is sponsored and organized by the First Year Social Committee. Dress at the formal is black tie recommended, but you don't have to break out your old prom dress or tux. The event usually sells out, so its a good idea to get your tickets early. Tickets usually cost $25 and freshmen are allowed to bring a guest who doesn't go to Harvard.

Housing Day Eve Carnival

Heres another Harvard event that's mainly for freshmen, the Housing Day Eve Carnival. It’s an annual block party that takes place in the evening, kicking off at 9:30 p.m. The point of the party is to give freshmen students a chance to gather together as a class the night before they get their upperclassmen housing assignments. The block party features mascots, games, carnival food, and videos to introduce students to the various housing areas on campus.


While some schools have spring fling, Harvard has  Yardfest, an annual ticketed concert open only to current students. Typically, the headlining act at Yardfest is an up-and-coming artist or a musician with a lot of college-aged fans. Like many spring fling events, Yardfest is more than just a concert. Students tend to get the party started early by tailgating out on the lawn in front of the theater. Once the concert gets underway, theres a massive barbecue buffet available, too.

Summer Solstice

Every June, the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture welcome the sunny season with a Summer Solstice Celebration. On the longest day of the year, museums such as the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Harvard Semitic Museum offer free evening admission. Other highlights of the solstice soiree include music, arts and crafts, and food trucks. The party is free and open to people of all ages. Held rain or shine, the celebration moves inside of the participating museums if the weather doesn't’t cooperate.

Harvard Book Sale

If you love books, its a good idea to sign up for a Frequent Buyer card from the Harvard Bookstore. Every fall, the store runs a special Frequent Buyer sale, which gives you 20% off your purchases. On the day of the sale, the store is only open to members of the club. You don't have to actually attend Harvard to sign up.

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