Published: Sept. 19, 2019

There's always something new to explore at CU Boulder. As you get to know campus better, here are some favorite programs and spots to check out in your free time.

Programs and entertainment

A student poses with a bowling ball at The Connection on campusAthletics

There are plenty of Buffs competing in fall sports. Let's get out and cheer them on. Go Buffs!

Center for Student Involvement

CU Boulder has more than 500 student organizations. Whether you are interested in politics, outdoor activities, artistic expression, social justice or athletic competition, there’s something for everyone. Visit BuffConnect to explore student groups by topic or an alphabetical list, or stop by the Center for Student Involvement for help finding your way.

CU Presents

CU Presents is the home of performing arts on campus. With hundreds of concerts, plays, recitals and more each year, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Distinguished Speakers Board, Cultural Events Board

Both student boards are responsible for hosting and sponsoring speakers on campus. The Distinguished Speakers Board and the Cultural Events Board are both operated by students and offer a great opportunity to plan and execute large speaking events on campus.

Program Council

Program Council is always hard at work scheduling a lineup of national and local bands, film screenings, comedy shows and other special events for your entertainment on campus. In the process, student interns and volunteers are learning career-making skills in how to run a professional production company.

The Rec’s Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program provides you with a gateway to enjoy Colorado's great outdoors, while also emphasizing skill acquisition, safety, positive group dynamics, environmental awareness and fun. You can also rent gear and participate in informative clinics to learn specific outdoor recreational skills.

Places and spaces

Club 156

Located in the University Memorial Center (UMC) bowling alley area, Club 156 is Program Council’s very own concert venue. (Closed for remodeling this semester.)

The Connection

The only bowling alley in Boulder, The Connection features 10 bowling lanes, eight 9-foot billiards tables, video game consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii), pinball and arcade games, a foosball table and a selection of food and beverages available daily. (Closed for remodeling this semester.)

CU Art Museum

Stop by the CU Art Museum for a free visit and emerge yourself in the museum's growing collection.

CU Museum of Natural History

Check out the museum's five exhibition galleries and explore natural and human history through engaging and interactive displays. Stop by the Biolounge for a cup of coffee or tea to relax, explore or find inspiration.

Fiske Planetarium

Check out Fiske Planetarium's 8K Sky-Skan projection system complete with a huge screen, dazzling visuals and fantastic sound. The new MegaStar projector shows 10 million stars and the Milky Way, creating one of the most beautiful indoor skies ever. The planetarium offers public shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, plus matinees on Saturday and Sunday.