Published: Aug. 31, 2021

Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your social life! Take advantage of free student events ranging from career fairs to DIY craft nights, game nights, Inclusive Rec events and more.

Featured events

An Evening with America Ferrera

 Sept. 1  7 p.m.  CU Events Center
Come join the Buffs One Read kickoff event with America Ferrera. The award-winning actor, producer and activist will discuss American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, edited by Ferrera. The event is free and open to CU Boulder students, graduate students, faculty and staff. Be sure to get your free ticket in advance: 

If you want to dive deeper, the Center for Student Involvement will have American Like Me as part of this semester’s CSI book club.

Clean Up and Eat Up

 Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  5–7 p.m.  Meet outside of CASE building
Come help pick up litter in the community with the Environmental Center. After cleaning up, you’ll get the chance to grab a bite to eat (provided by the E-Center) and connect with fellow Buffs! Groups will be limited to 10 participants. Be sure to register in advance to reserve your spot.

Wellness Wednesdays

 Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  2–4 p.m.  Wardenburg Health Center, third floor
This free weekly program provides a space to engage in self-care activities, learn about campus resources and build community. This month’s activities include messages of hope and expectation-setting.

Buffalo Nites: Buffs Night at the Rockies

 Sept. 2, 4  6:40 p.m.  Coors Field, Denver
Share your love for baseball with other Buffs and head to Denver for a Rockies baseball game! Come to the Center for Student Involvement (UMC 330) starting Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. to pick up your free ticket. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One ticket per person. Must show valid Buff OneCard at time of pickup.

SEEC Community Garden Care

 Sept. 2, 16, 30  5:30–7 p.m.  East Campus, SEEC
Join to weed, plant and play in the SEEC Community Garden! Send any questions to All are welcome. You can find them on the east side of SEEC, almost directly in the middle of the complex before you arrive at the north parking lot.

Buffs After Dark: Fri-Yay Night Pool Party

 Sept. 3  7–10 p.m.  Rec Center, outdoor Buff Pool
Take advantage of the last sun rays and come hang out at the outdoor Buff Pool. You can swim, play water games or lounge around fire pits on the deck. And there will also be free swag while supplies last. Don’t forget to bring your Buff OneCard for entry.

Inclusive Rec events

This month’s Inclusive Rec events include:

  • Heels Dancing (Instructional Class) every Friday starting Sept. 3
  • Women's Mountain Bike Skills Clinic on Sept. 9
  • Yoga for Stress & Anxiety on Sept. 25
  • Sunset Hike at Chautauqua Park with LGBTQ+ community on Sept. 28

Space is limited, and registration is required for Inclusive Rec events.

Program Council Film Series: Dear Evan Hansen

 Sept. 4  7:30 p.m.  Chem 140 
Bring your popcorn and a friend and come watch an advance screening of Dear Evan Hansen. Follow the story of Evan, a high school senior with social anxiety disorder on his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate. Request your free tickets now! Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the film begins at 8 p.m.

Faculty Tuesdays

 Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28  7:30 p.m.  Grusin Music Hall and livestream
In this CU Presents series, renowned College of Music faculty artists perform with students and colleagues in chamber music recitals, featuring world premieres and beloved classics. Free most Tuesdays, August through March.

Poker Tournament

 Sept. 7, 21  7–9 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Come show your skills at the free Texas Hold’em poker tournament. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Prizes for top finishers!

Pre-Law Tuesday Talks

 Sept. 7, 14, 28  5:30 p.m.  Virtual
Whether you want to pursue a career in law or are simply curious about the field, join these weekly talks from lawyers, law schools and judges across the country about their experience. 

Health Huts

 Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28  2–4 p.m.  Location varies
Be part of health and wellness activities every week. Learn more about how to support a friend, sexual health, sleep tips and more! All activities will take place on Tuesdays.

Mental Health is Connection

 Sept. 7–10

Making friends as an adult can be challenging, especially after living through a pandemic for a year. As we return to a more traditional school year, it’s important to remember the way we connect with people and make friends may feel different now than it did before the pandemic started. 

  • Learn how to help and support a friend at the Health Hut on Sept. 7
  • Get training to help assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis on Sept. 8
  • Understand new ways to help be support and help a friend in need at the Wellness Wednesday workshop on Sept. 8
  • Participate in Feel Good Fridays to learn about a work of art and then participate in a related mindfulness practice on Sept. 10
  • Try Vinyasa Flow Yoga at the Rec Center with Free Friday Power Hour on Sept. 11


 Sept. 8  5–6:30 p.m.  Virtual
Do you want to find out where your talents plug in? Explore the exciting world of startups and entrepreneurship! Hear startups pitch their companies and open projects, internships and jobs. Meet with employees at the startups and learn how you can get involved in what they are doing.

Edcuation Abroad Fair

 Sept. 9  10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.  UMC South Terrace Tent
The world awaits! Learn about the adventure of a lifetime at the in-person Education Abroad Fair. You'll discover study abroad opportunities, global internships and research, and much more on hundreds of programs in almost 70 different countries. There are programs for all majors and all budgets.

 Not free (but definitely fun)

Steuben’s Food Truck

 Sept. 1, 8  11 a.m.–2 p.m  Folsom Field Stadium
Join fellow Buffs outside Folsom Field for food from Steuben’s! Steuben's of Denver will have a food truck near the buffalo outside Folsom Field. The first 150 students can use a meal swipe to pay for their meal. They will also accept credit/debit cards. Check out the menu here.

Dirks Patio Pop-up Events

 Sept. 1, 2, 6, 8  5:30–7:30 p.m.
C4C, Dirks East Patio

Enjoy live music and a variety of freshly featured food like a fancy burger or a vegan banh mi! Menus will change daily and include a vegetarian option. Stop by Dirks Patio outside of the C4C for fun with fellow Buffs! Pay with meal swipes or Campus Cash. View the menu and music schedule here.

CU football home games

Sept. 3, 18  7 p.m., 11 a.m.  Folsom Field
The Buffs are excited to welcome fans back to Folsom Field! In the Sept. 3 season opener, the Buffs will take on Northern Colorado. And on Sept. 18, come show your support in the CU vs. Minnesota game. Tickets start at $40 and $55, respectively; or go ahead and purchase the Student Sports Pass for $150. 

Extreme Bowling

 Sept. 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 24, 25  7–10 p.m. UMC, The Connection
Grab a couple of friends and get ready to have a great Friday night at The Connection! Enjoy the fun of bowling with black lights, colored lane lights and color pins. It’s the only extreme bowling you’ll find in Boulder!

DIY Nights

 Sept. 14, 28  6 p.m.  Virtual
Join the Center for Student Involvement for DIY Night! Twice a month, you can pick up the materials for a craft, then tune in to watch a virtual craft night together. Each participant will need to register in advance, and space is limited, so sign up early.

Karaoke Nights

 Sept. 9, 23  7–9 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Do you sing in the car? Here’s your chance to take your best rendition of “Purple Rain” or “Love Shack” to the people! Join us for a night of great music and a fun time with friends. Get the full rockstar experience in our new club.

How to Register for Career Fairs

 Sept. 9, 20  Times varies  Virtual
Learn how to register for the virtual career fairs this semester, best practices for putting your best foot forward in employer chats and how to navigate Handshake, CU’s online recruiting tool.

Free Friday Power Hour

 Sept. 10, 17, 24  5–6 p.m.  Rec Center, Studio 1
Join the Rec Center for a free power class! This barre-inspired class provides total-body conditioning by combining the movements found in athletics, pilates and ballet. This low impact class will target your hips, thighs, glutes and abs.

Comedy Open Mic Nights

 Sept. 10, 24  7–9 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Looking for a laugh? Bring a friend and come to Comedy Open Mic! Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary to take the mic! Performer sign-up begins at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk.

Prepare for the Fair

 Sept. 13, 28  4–6 p.m.  Zoom 
Get ready for the next virtual career fair! You’ll learn résumé and interviewing tips, how to prepare for a virtual fair, virtual interviews and more.

Mindful Mondays

 Sept. 13, 20, 27  Time varies  Virtual and in-person options
Start your week by attending Mindful Mondays, where you can engage with other Buffs in active mindfulness lessons and learn about existing resources on campus.

Trivia Nights

 Sept. 13, 27  7–9 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Teams and individuals welcome! Free to enter. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. 

Conversations with Sustainable Buffs: Lives of the Ecologically Rich

 Sept. 13, 20, 27  4–5 p.m.  UMC 247 or outdoor meeting location
This is not a class, a lecture or a panel. This is a place for students who are looking for peers who care about these issues and are looking to further their knowledge in the vast and interconnected world of climate change. Join the Environmental Center and peer mentor Dominique Rowell for a six-week discussion series focused on how to live a more sustainable life and what we can do to inspire change.

On-Campus Student Job Fair

 Sept. 14  4–6 p.m.  UMC Aspen Rooms and South Terrace Tent
Looking for an on-campus job? Come to this event to meet campus employers, explore opportunities and learn how to apply! Open to all current undergraduate and graduate students.

Ping Pong Tournament

 Sept. 14, 28  7–9 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Come test your luck at a single or double knock-out ping pong tournament. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Prizes for top finishers!

CMCI: Tailored Industry Trends to Help You Stand Out in the Job Market Workshop Series

 Sept. 14, 21  12:30–1 p.m.  Virtual
Are you a student in CMCI who is hoping to break into industry but don’t know where to start? Come hear interesting news and trends happening in the communications, media studies, journalism and information science industries. Each week will focus on a different major group.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

 Sept. 15, 29  5–9 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Show off your skills at a video game tournament! Sign-up starts at 4 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Co-hosted by CU Gaming and The Connection.

Dean of Students office hours

 Sept. 16  10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.  UMC 308
This fall, the Office of the Dean of Students will be holding office hours at the UMC and the Village Center at Williams Village. Stop by to ask questions, connect with our staff and learn about resources; no appointment needed!

Buff Talks: Career Exploration

 Sept. 16  5:30–6:30 p.m.  Virtual
Hear from a panel of experts about the steps they took to get into their chosen field and industry.

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band concert

 Sept. 16  7:30 p.m.  Macky Auditorium and livestream
CU Boulder’s top wind, brass and percussion students perform a varied program of outstanding works for wind ensemble. 

“Chasing Trojan Shadows: Supporting the NASA Lucy Investigation of the Early Solar System”

 Sept. 16, 17  7 p.m.  Fiske Planetarium
Join Fiske Planetarium for this live faculty talk with planetarium director John Keller, who is excited to share the newly renovated theater space and full dome productions with the community. He also will share details of upcoming ground-based observation campaigns to measure three Jupiter Trojan asteroids that the NASA Lucy mission, scheduled to launch Oct. 16, will fly by this decade. Students are admitted free with a Buff OneCard. 

Billiards Tournament

 Sept. 17, 30  7–9 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Show off your skills at an 8-ball or 9-ball billiards tournament at The Connection. Free to enter. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Prizes for top finishers!

Gruesome Playground Injuries: A play by Rajiv Joseph

 Sept. 17–19  Time varies  University Theatre
This is not your typical love story: Over 30 years, two scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak and their own self-destructive tendencies. Gruesome Playground Injuries is a compelling and unconventional love story, told with great compassion and humor, about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

Graduate Industry Job Search Seminar

 Sept. 22, 29  3–4 p.m.  Virtual
Come learn how to begin your industry job search, with topics including finding job postings, drafting a résumé and writing a cover letter and more. This seminar is intended for master's students and doctoral students in their second and subsequent years, whether you are intending to move into industry or just want to keep your options open.

CU Symphony Orchestra concert

 Sept. 23  7:30 p.m.  Macky Auditorium and livestream
The CU Symphony Orchestra performs a diverse repertoire, including symphonies and large-scale orchestral works by major composers.

Nature Scavenger Hunt with Trail Buffs

 Sept. 24  5–6:30 p.m.  Bald Mountain
Want to discover new plants and animals? Come join Trail Buffs on a Nature Scavenger Hunt on Bald Mountain to learn more about nature. In collaboration with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, we will be using the iNaturalist app to identify and network with fellow Buffs and other communities across the world! There will be prizes for the winners of the scavenger hunt and food for everyone. Fill out this short RSVP form.

CU Philharmonia Orchestra

 Sept. 27  7:30 p.m.  Grusin Music Hall and livestream
The CU Philharmonia Orchestra features musicians from the College of Music performing a diverse range of repertoire for strings and full orchestra. This concert features Carlos Simón's “Portrait of a Queen,” Philip Herbert's “Elegy—Memoriam Stephen Lawrence,” the world premiere performance of CU composition alumnus Dianna Link's “Diamond Dust,” Haydn's Symphony No. 88 in G Major and the orchestral tour de force Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's “Capriccio Espagnol.” 

Pendulum New Music

 Sept. 29  7:30 p.m.  Grusin Music Hall and livestream
Pendulum New Music presents some of CU Boulder’s best performers from all departments as they premiere original music by student composers. A faculty or guest performance is also featured at every monthly concert.

Guest Recital and Oboe Master Class

 Sept. 30  7:30 p.m.  Grusin Music Hall
CU Boulder’s College of Music welcomes professional musicians from around the world in its series of guest artist recitals. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for audiences to experience expert-level performances of dynamic works for free. Join us for this performance today; it will be ticketed somewhere else tomorrow.

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