Published: Oct. 1, 2021

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

Featured events

    October: Mental health is looking out for yourself and others

     Through October Time varies  Location varies
    For many of us, college represents a major step toward adulthood. Knowing how to take care of ourselves and look out for each other can make all the difference in creating a positive college experience for everyone. Review events happening in October to learn how to look out for yourself and others. 

    Inclusive Rec events

     Through October Time varies  Location varies
    Space is limited, and registration is required for Inclusive Rec events. See what's coming up in October:

    • Oct. 10 Recovery at the Rock Gym: Buffs in recovery and allies are invited to join the Collegiate Recovery Center for a morning of rock climbing.
    • Oct. 17 Women-only Swim: In support of religious and cultural differences, Inclusive Rec is partnering with the Muslim Student Association to offer a women-only swim.
    • Oct. 23 Strength Training Foundations for the LGBTQ+ Community & Allies: Learn about strength training foundations and navigating fitness spaces on campus.

    Career workshops

     Through October Virtual
    Are you looking for ways to grow your network? How about learning how to create a résumé or cover letter that will get noticed by employers? Career Services will be hosting weekly workshops to guide you in your professional development. This month’s sessions include:

    Mindful Mondays

     Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25  Time varies Virtual and in-person options
    Start your week by attending Mindful Mondays to participate in active mindfulness lessons and learn about resources. This month’s activities include exploring relationships, stress, self-image and more.

    Swipe It Forward

     Oct. 4–6 Various dining centers
    Donate a meal swipe to a fellow Buff in need and help fight food insecurity on campus. Anyone with a meal plan can donate one meal swipe––just tell the cashier at a participating dining location Oct. 4–6 that you would like to donate. Don’t have a meal plan, but still want to help? Donate here.

    Faculty Tuesdays

     Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 7:30 p.m.  Grusin Music Hall
    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.

    Conversations with Sustainable Buffs: Lives of the Ecologically Rich

     Oct. 4, 11, 18  4–5 p.m.  UMC 355 
    Do you care about sustainability issues? Looking to expand your knowledge in the vast and interconnected world of climate change? Join peer mentor Dominique Rowell for a conversation on how to live a more sustainable life and what you can do to inspire change.

    Transfer Tuesday Coffee

     Oct. 5 7:30–9:30 a.m.  Williams Village North, International Transfer Lounge
    Enjoy your morning with a medium cup of coffee (or tea!). Make sure to wear your Transfer Buff T-shirt on the first Tuesday of each month to get your morning beverage!

    Walk the Walk: Vogue, Ballroom and Contemporary Dance Workshop

     Oct. 5  5–6 p.m.  ATLAS Center, Black Box Theater
    Do you want to dip your toes in the art of vogue, ballroom and contemporary dance? Join anti-disciplinary dancer, artist, writer and educator Elle Hong for a chance to dance the night away.

    Pre-Law Tuesday Talks

     Oct. 5, 19, 26  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. 

    Poker Tournament

     Oct. 5, 19 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!

    Health Huts

     Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26  Time varies Location varies
    Be part of health and wellness activities every week. Learn more about health and wellness, drug use and how to party smart. All activities will take place on Tuesdays.

    Aerospace and Defense Career & Internship Fair

     Oct. 6  11 a.m.–4 p.m. Virtual
    Are you studying engineering, physics, astronomy or other related aerospace fields? No matter your experience or background, attend this event for internships and job opportunities within your field. Remember to complete your profile and RSVP on Handshake to increase your chances at a one-on-one conversation with an employer.

    Wellness Wednesdays

     Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27  2–4 p.m. Location varies
    This free weekly program provides a space for self-care activities, learning about resources and building community. This month’s activities include the impact of substance abuse and partying smart.

    Clean Up and Eat Up

     Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27  5–7 p.m.  Meet outside of CASE
    Get outside to care for our environment and make friends. 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.

    Dine & Dialogues

     Oct. 6  6–7:30 p.m.  UMC 235
    What brought you to CU? What’s your story? Share your story, meet other Buffs and be part of this evening of food, friendship and conversation. Conversation starters will be provided, all you have to do is bring yourself, a friend and enjoy! Make sure to sign up in advance to attend.

    AAPI Coffee Chat

     Oct. 7  10 a.m.–noon  C4C Abrams Lounge (third floor)
    Attention AAPI community! You’re invited to a casual, reconnecting coffee hour with the Center for Inclusion and Social Change. Welcome the new year with community, snacks and a chance to reconnect with each other. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

    STEM Industry Career & Internship Fair

     Oct. 7  11 a.m.–4 p.m. Virtual
    Want to get a job in computer science, robotics statistics or a related field? Attend the STEM Industry Career & Internship Fair. No matter your background there could be an opportunity for you. Complete your profile and RSVP on Handshake to increase your chances at a one-on-one conversation with an employer.

    Cultural Crawl

     Oct. 7  2–8 p.m.  Various locations
    Be part of CU Boulder's arts and culture sites for the inaugural Culture Crawl! The event will take you around campus as you explore several campus sites and engage in immersive, stress-free activities. Don’t hesitate to follow a route around campus and visit each of the event's sponsors for a unique, fun experience.

    Trail Buffs Seed Collection

     Oct. 7  3:30-6:30 p.m.  Boulder County Open Space
    Come join Trail Buffs with Boulder County Parks and Open Space to collect native seeds for restoration efforts in Boulder County. To attend, fill out this short RSVP form.

    Out of the shadows: LGBTQ+ History in Boulder

     Oct. 7  5–6:30 p.m.  C4C Abrams Lounge (third floor)
    Join the Pride Office and Glenda Russell to talk about the LGBTQ+ history of Boulder and how it relates to the national movement. Russell, a long-time local activist and community historian of the LGBTQ+ movement, has many stories to tell about how our community came together during the tumultuous early years of the movement, how progress was moved forward and where we still need to go. Come together to learn and hear some of the amazing things that happened here in celebration of LGBTQ+ history month!

    Conversations with Sustainable Buffs: The Web of Justice and Environment

     Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28  6–7 p.m.  UMC
    Come further expand your knowledge in the ever-changing world of climate change by attending these guided talks. You’ll explore a variety of topics including co-creating living peace, understanding systems through conflict transformation and more. Sign up for sessions for more information (including room number). 

    Guided Paint Classes

     Oct. 7  7 p.m.  UMC 235
    Take time to relax and learn from a pro with this guided paint class. It’s a great way to get to know others while creating a painting you can’t wait to show off to your friends! All supplies are included and can be picked up on campus. Space is limited to the first 50 students, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot!

    Karaoke Nights

     Oct. 7, 21  7–9 p.m. UMC, The Connection
    Here’s your chance to take your best rendition of “Purple Rain” or “Love Shack” to the people! Join this event for a night of great music and a fun time with friends. 

    Feel Good Fridays

     Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29  12:15–12:45 p.m.  CU Art Museum
    Come learn about a work of art and then participate in a related mindfulness practice. Join in the museum galleries in person or virtually via Zoom. The powerful, guided meditation can undo stress, soothe the nervous system and help you feel relaxed and revitalized. All are welcome. Register in advance for virtual attendance. 

    Free Friday Power Hour

     Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29  5–6 p.m.  Rec Center
    Join the Rec Center for a free fitness class each week! Whether you enjoy dance fitness, a cycling class or a HIIT workout, don’t miss Friday’s power hour to move your body and try something new!

    Program Council Film Series

     Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29  7:30 p.m.  CHEM 140
    Bring your popcorn and a friend and come watch a free movie. Every Friday, Program Council will have a movie showing so you don’t have to worry about Friday night plans! Upcoming movies include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Conjuring, Halloween (2018) and Candyman (2021). Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the film begins at 8 p.m.

    Comedy Open Mic Night

     Oct. 8, 22  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. 

    Silent Disco Dance Parties

     Oct. 9, 15  8:30–10:30 p.m.  Farrand Field
    Dress up and get ready to dance with fellow Buffs. Enjoy a Tropical Paradise Disco on Oct. 9 or Graveyard Groove on Oct. 15. Costumes are encouraged, and food and drink are provided!

    LGBTQ+ Movie Night

     Oct. 11  5–6:30 p.m.,  C4C Abrams Lounge (third floor)
    Join us in honor of Indigenous People's Day for a screening of Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things at LGBTQ+ Movie Night. As a small group in Nunavut, Canada, prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.

    Trivia Night

     Oct. 11, 25  7–9 p.m. UMC, The Connection
    Sharpen your brain and bring a friend for Monday night trivia! Teams and individuals are welcome, and it’s free to enter. This month’s topics include Star Wars and Parks and Recreation. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. 

    Health and Wellness Summit

     Oct. 12–15 Virtual and in person, location varies
    Learn about a holistic approach to health and wellness, and programs and services available to you. Topic areas include mental health, self-care, connection and belonging and more. Participate in virtual presentations, in-person fairs and expos and free fitness class at The Rec. Register in advance and check out a full list of events happening during the summit.

    CSI Book Club

     Oct. 12, 26  5–6 p.m.  Virtual and in-person options
    Join your fellow Buffs this fall to read and explore the Buffs One Read book, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures. There will be two opportunities this month to meet and discuss the book with the CSI Book Club. Sign up today.

    The Ways We Name Ourselves: In the LGBTQ+ Community

     Oct. 12  5–6:30 p.m.  C4C Abrams Lounge (third floor)
    Words matter. And they change over time as people and communities change. Join the conversation around the terms used in communities, the ways we name ourselves and how we don’t always agree across our own communities on those terms. 

    DIY Nights

     Oct. 12, 26  6 p.m.  Location varies
    Join the Center for Student Involvement for DIY Night! Twice a month, you can get together with fellow crafters and all materials will be provided. This month’s crafts include making wooden bead wall art and felt mini-treats. Each participant will need to register in advance; space is limited, so sign up early! 

    Pingpong Tournament

     Oct. 12, 26  7–9 p.m. UMC, The Connection
    Come test your luck at a single or double knock-out pingpong tournament! Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Prizes for top finishers!

    All-campus Career & Internship Fair

     Oct. 13  11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Virtual
    No matter what you’re studying, come and meet employers who will be recruiting from all major backgrounds including accounting, government, management, sales, communications and more. For a chance to speak to employers one-on-one, make sure to complete your profile and register on Handshake before the event.

    Transfer Lunch Hour - Lawn Games

     Oct. 13  11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  Regent Administrative Center lawn
    Connect with fellow transfer Buffs during lunch on the second-ish Wednesday of every month. Just bring yourself and your lunch. Relax, fuel up and make new friends!

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

     Oct. 13, 27  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.

    Guest Recital featuring Willis Delony on piano

     Oct. 13  7:30 p.m.  Grusin Music Hall
    The 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.

    SKOServe: Combating Food Insecurity

     Oct. 14  11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  UMC 245
    What is food insecurity? Who does it affect and why is it important to address? How can Buffs help? In this workshop, you’ll learn about food insecurity and how it impacts university and college students across the nation, specifically at CU Boulder. With special guest facilitators from the Buff Pantry, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

    Think About It Thursdays

     Oct. 14, 28  1–2 p.m. Virtual
    Take a break from school and join Thursday sessions where you’ll learn new things on specific topics. This month’s topics include recognizing substance abuse and how you can help a friend. 

    SEEC Community Garden Care

     Oct. 14, 28  5:30–7 p.m.  SEEC Community Garden
    Join fellow Buffs to weed, plant and play in the SEEC Community Garden! All are welcome. Find the garden on the east side of SEEC (4001 Discovery Drive) almost directly in the middle of the complex, before you arrive at the north parking lot.

    Buff Talks: Sustainability Careers

     Oct. 14  5:30–6:30 p.m.  Virtual
    Hear from a panel of experts about their day-to-day experiences and what got them to where they are now!

    ‘Juno Update at Jupiter: What’s happening to the Great Red Spot?’

     Oct. 15  7 p.m.  Fiske Planetarium
    Join Fiske Planetarium for this live faculty talk with Fran Bagenal, CU research scientist and co-investigator and team leader of the plasma investigations on NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. She will show how Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been observed by telescopes on Earth as well as from spacecraft near Jupiter. The storm has noticeably shrunk in size over the past 40 years––will it disappear? Grow back to its size at the Voyager epoch?

    Billiards Tournament

     Oct. 18, 28  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!

    National Transfer Student Week

     Oct. 18–22 Location varies
    National Student Transfer Week is a great place to meet transfer Buffs, attend transfer student events and get to know campus! Check out some events to be on the lookout for:

    View the full list of National Transfer Student Week events.

    October Community Gathering

     Oct. 20  4:30–5:30 p.m.  C4C Abrams Lounge (third floor)
    Are you looking to meet new people or reconnect with old friends? Attend the October Community Gathering for some free food, games and music to enjoy an afternoon of fun activities! 

    LGBTQ+ Game Night

     Oct. 20  5–6:30 p.m.  C4C N320
    Let your competitive side shine at the LGBTQ+ game night! There will be board games, video games, free snacks and friends. Take a few hours to relax in community with other LGBTQ+ students. 

    Journey Leader Informational Meet & Greet

     Oct. 20, 28  6–7 p.m.  C4C S350
    Come meet current and past Journey Leaders and learn more about the position and application process. Bring a friend and come enjoy activities and snacks while you learn more about how you can get involved and become a Journey Leader!

    Dean of Students office hours

     Oct. 21  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. Stop by to ask questions, connect with our staff and learn about resources; no appointment needed!

    Science Under the Dome: ‘Penrose Tilings, Quasicrystals, and Islamic Architecture’

     Oct. 21  7 p.m.  Fiske Planetarium
    What do the floor of the Oxford mathematics department and Medieval Islamic architecture have in common? Join Fiske Planetarium for a and Catherine Blume, who is pursuing her doctorate in astrophysics at CU Boulder, for a talk exploring how the mathematical pattern called aperiodic tilings appear in surprising and beautiful places.

    Speaker Series: Ericka Hart

     Oct. 21  5:30 p.m.  Koelbel, Room 102
    Join the first speaker series hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Social Change with honored guest Ericka Hart. Hart (pronouns: she/they) is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex positivity. This event is open to all CU Boulder students, faculty and staff, and will be available both in person and virtually. Don’t forget to register online.

    Kitchen Table

     Oct. 26  5:30-7:30 p.m.  C4C Abrams Lounge (third floor)
    Kitchen Table offers leadership and community-building opportunities to students identifying as women of color working their way through a predominantly white university. Attend Kitchen Table nights for a chance to build community with other women of color, share your experience and learn of other local organizations that are doing similar work.

    Cafecito & Chisme

     Oct. 27  3–5 p.m.  C4C Abrams Lounge (third floor)
    Attention, Latinx community! Take a break from class and join the Cafecito & Chisme coffee hour! Welcome the new year with community, cafecito and catch up on chisme! Coffee and pastries will be provided.

    CU Off-Campus Housing Fair

     Oct. 28  10 a.m.–3 p.m.  UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
    Are you looking for a place to live for next year? Then attend the Off-Campus Housing Fair to meet with off-campus property managers and landlords, and learn more about what properties are available. Get tips for how to live off-campus and enjoy some free food and giveaway prices while you’re there!

    Pendulum New Music

     Oct. 28  7:30 p.m.  Grusin Music Hall
    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.

    For more free things to do, check out student events and be sure to follow @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!