Published: Jan. 8, 2020

Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your social life. Concerts, talks, fitness classes, craft nights and involvement fairs: Take advantage of free activities on campus this month.

Featured events

Free classes and activities at The Rec

Between Kick Off Week and Demo Weeks, take advantage of these free activities this month at The Rec:

Inclusive Communities of Practice (ICoP) sessions

Jan. 13  10:30 a.m. to noon CASE E351
These sessions are meant to be “brave spaces” where the campus community can talk honestly about areas of concern and practice techniques for making excellence inclusive in your everyday lived experiences. The first session for the semester will explore the campus policy adopted last summer to prohibit bullying in the workplace. 

Welcome Back Wednesday

Jan. 15  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Koenig Alumni Center
Join The Herd for Welcome Back Wednesday to kick off the spring semester with free food, beverages and a take-home craft, while supplies last. This event is free and open to all Herd members—to join for free, download the CU Herd app!

Buffalo Nites: Cozy crafts

Jan. 16  7–9 p.m. UMC Aspen Rooms
Make your own fleece pillows and blankets with fellow Buffs! Enjoy free snacks and beverages while you craft in the University Memorial Center.

Zen meditation

Jan. 16  5:45–6:45 p.m. UMC 413
Interested in learning to meditate? Looking to unwind at the end of a busy day? Already have a practice and hoping to find others who share your passion for zazen? Join this weekly meditation.

International Coffee Hour

Jan. 17  4–5:30 p.m. UMC, main dining area
This weekly social event is a great opportunity to connect with the international community here at CU Boulder. All students, scholars, staff and faculty are welcome to stop by for free coffee, tea and snacks. 

Fri-Yay Nights: Roaring ’20s party

Jan. 17 5–8 p.m.  UMC 235
Celebrate 2020 and your return to CU! Join the CU Swing Dance Club for food, dancing, decorations and 1920s costume crafting.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood screening

Jan. 17 8–10: 30 p.m.  Chem 140
The Program Council Friday Night Film Series returns! Watch the latest hit film from director Quentin Tarantino, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. As always, film screenings and popcorn are free.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Jan. 20 3–5 p.m. UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
All are welcome to attend the Martin Luther King Day celebration “Remembering His Life, Renewing His Legacy.” A reception and conversations will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a community celebration from 4 to 5 p.m. The keynote speaker is Boulder City Council Rep. Junie Joseph.

Faculty Tuesdays

Jan. 21  7:30 p.m. Imig Music, Grusin Music Hall
Join for an evening of music and stories from decades past, as the College of Music kicks off their 100th anniversary celebration. This hour-long presentation will feature live performances by several current faculty members and students, as well as a few multimedia surprises. It will highlight the movers and shakers—including many colorful characters—who helped to grow the college from its earliest days to the present. Can't make it? The Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 events are free, as well.

Involvement Fair

Jan. 22 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
The Involvement Fair is your annual opportunity to connect with new individuals and groups, learn about campus events and get involved in student clubs and organizations on campus. There also will be free food, prizes, music and fun.

Wellness Wednesdays: Bullet journaling

Jan. 22  2–4 p.m. Wardenburg, third floor, west solarium
Curious about bullet journaling? Come and make your own customized bullet journal to track your thoughts, schedule, favorite quotes and more.

Vocal competition finals

Jan. 22  7:30 p.m. Imig Music, Grusin Music Hall
The Undergraduate Vocal Scholarship Competition is held annually and is open to all undergraduate voice students completing their freshman, sophomore or junior year of study. During this final round of the competition, three students will be awarded $2,000 scholarships.

Wilderness Workshops

Jan. 22, 28 5:30–7 p.m. The Rec
Take advantage of these great workshops through the Outdoor Program that introduce and enhance your wilderness and adventure skills. This month’s free workshops include Backcountry Skiing 101 and Ski and Snowboard Tuning. Learn more and register.

Health and Wellness Summit

Jan. 23  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  UMC
Learn about a holistic approach to health and wellness, as well as programs and services offered on campus, at the Health and Wellness Summit. There also will be an interactive expo during the afternoon. Learn more and register.

LGBTQ+ and allies skate night

Jan. 24  8–10 p.m. The Rec, ice rink
Attend this Inclusive Rec event for a free skate night in collaboration with the Center for Inclusion and Social Change. Skate rentals included!

CU Housing Fair

Jan. 29  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
Looking for housing? The CU Housing Fair is a great way to explore local housing options from multiple landlords, property managers and vendors. Stop by to get information to help inform your housing search—whether it be for now, next semester or next year.

Pizza & Perspectives

Jan. 29  Noon to 1 p.m.  UMC 247
This monthly lunchtime gathering features a panel of students from a specific region and of course, free pizza! Come hear different international student perspectives on culture, life here in the U.S., and life in the United Kingdom, plus get a chance to ask your own questions.

Navigating the Career Fair and Résumé Workshop

Jan. 29  5–7 p.m. C4C S350
Join Career Services for tips on attending upcoming career fairs and putting together your résumé. Log in to Handshake for more information.

Science of Sci-Fi talk: “Navigating on Mars”

Jan. 29, 30 7 p.m. Fiske Planetarium
In Andy Weir’s book The Martian, Astronaut Mark Watney drives across Mars in hopes of being rescued. He uses a form of celestial navigation adapted to the red planet, but does the science behind his navigation technique hold up? Could real NASA astronauts actually survive using these methods if they were in a similar situation? This talk will discuss navigating in space and on other planets, and what astronauts could learn from ancient navigational techniques.

On-Campus Student Job Fair

Jan. 30 2–5 p.m. UMC 235
Visit and interact with departments who are hiring student-employees. Network with staff, apply for available jobs and learn more about the variety of student jobs available on campus. Hourly and work-study positions are available, and the fair is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Bring résumés, questions and yourself in business-casual attire.

Student Forum for Climate Justice

Jan. 31–Feb. 1 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  UMC
Explore and redefine the leading edges of social and environmental solutions at the Student Forum for Climate Justice. This event is two days of learning and action, featuring a variety of climate justice-centered workshops. Learn more and register.