Published: Sept. 30, 2022

Halloween movies, a mac and cheese bar, Science of Sci-Fi talk, chamber music at the Rayback Collective, career fairs, gardening, Inclusive Rec events, a cooking class, the Take Care Street Fair and more—there are plenty of free events to take advantage of on campus this month.

Featured events

Volunteer at the Harvest of All First Nations Festival

Oct. 1 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Yellow Barn Farms 
Join the Environmental Center’s Climate Justice Team and help make the Harvest of All First Nations Festival zero-waste! Volunteers will help sort trash and organize zero-waste efforts. Sign up here for a four-hour time slot. 

Career Technology to Help Land Your Next Job or Internship

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  12:30–1 p.m.  Virtual 
What are your plans after graduation? Handshake and VMock are two of the university’s best career platforms. Take advantage of CU resources by signing up for this workshop with Career Services. 

I Love Mondays

Every Monday   ​2–3 p.m.  UMC north dining area
Do you want to feel more connected with CU Boulder? I Love Mondays is a weekly event hosted by the Center for Student Involvement. Here, students can explore different departments and organizations while having a tasty treat. 

  • Oct. 3: Breakfast burritos
  • Oct. 10: Pretzels and popcorn
  • Oct. 17: Mac and cheese bar 
  • Oct. 24: Muffins, scones and tea 
  • Oct. 31: Halloween trick-or-treats

Campus Green Tour

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24  ​5–6 p.m.  ​UMC 355
CU Boulder is one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation! Take a tour of the campus's solar panels, pollinator gardens, bike stations and more. 

Pingpong Tournaments

Oct. 3, 17  ​7–9 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
Are you a pingpong pro? Stop by The Connection for some friendly competition during the Pingpong Tournaments. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at the front desk. 

Prepare for the Career & Internship Fairs

Oct. 4–6  5–6 p.m. ​ ​Discovery Learning Center, Room 1B70
Prepare for upcoming career and internship fairs by attending this workshop. You will discuss how to shape up your resume, prepping for the fair and networking tips. 

DIY Nights

Oct. 4, 21  ​5–7 p.m.   ​UMC
Tap into your creativity with DIY Nights, hosted by the Center for Student Involvement. DIY Nights are a great way to relax and engage with peers. Registration is limited, so sign up soon! 

  • Oct. 4: Slime Night
  • Oct. 21: Pumpkin Painting

Pre-Law Tuesday Talks

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25  ​5:30 p.m. Virtual
Calling all pre-law students! Pre-Law Tuesday Talks give students an opportunity to hear from lawyers, law schools and judges across the country. 

Inclusive Rec events

Oct. 1, 4, 9, 13  ​Times vary Rec Center
Enjoy a safe and welcoming environment at the Rec. Inclusive Rec events are free to the CU community. Don’t forget your Buff OneCard! 

  • Oct. 1: Pride Ride Cycle Class
  • Oct. 4: Goal Ball
  • Oct. 4: Wheelchair Basketball
  • Oct. 9: BIPOC Bouldering
  • Oct. 13: How to build your own program at the Rec: Adaptive Training
  • Oct. 13: LGBTQ+ and Allies Skate

Health Huts

Every Tuesday  ​2–4 p.m.  ​Locations vary
Hosted by Health Promotion, Health Huts events value the health and wellness of CU students. Learn some tips on self-care by participating. 

  • Oct. 4: Feeling Hangry? Fuel-Up with Nutrition Trivia
  • Oct. 11: Overdose Prevention and Response Trivia
  • Oct. 18, 25: Continuum of Use: Where Do You Land?

Live Music with CU Jam Society

Oct. 4, 11, 18  ​7–9 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
Who doesn’t love live music? Every Tuesday, the CU Jam Society is supporting young musicians looking to make friends and expand their musical abilities. 

Workforce Recruitment Program info session

Oct. 4  ​1–3 p.m.  Virtual
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRC) is holding a virtual info session for CU students, alumni and families. They connect federal and select private-sector employers with CU students and graduates.

Getting Career Ready in Your First Year at CU

Oct. 4, 11  ​3–4 p.m.  Virtual
Do you want to kickstart your future? Make the most of your first year by becoming marketable and learning the skills employers want you to have.

Graduate Student & Postdoc Career Services workshops

Oct. 4, 10, 12  ​Times vary  ​Locations vary
Get noticed during the fall career fair season! Cat Diebel-Wilson from Career Services is providing information about resumes, cover letters and networking strategies.

A&S Buffs Interview Buffs

Oct. 5, 26  ​Times vary  Virtual
What happens after graduation? Interview A&S alumni to hear how they got started and gain valuable advice. 

Bethe1to: Ask the Question

Oct. 5  ​3:30–4:30 p.m.  ​Wardenburg, west solarium
Health Promotion is hosting a conversation about suicide. Students will learn tips and signs and gain connections with other CU students.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Elote!

Oct. 5  ​3–5 p.m.  ​UMC 457
Join the Dennis Small Cultural Center to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a cup of elote preparado, a classic street food. The DSCC works to be safe space for students and provide cultural and social justice-oriented events and programs.

Video Game Tournaments

Oct. 5, 12, 19  ​5–10 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
CU Gaming and The Connection are hosting video game tournaments! Sign-up starts at 4 p.m. by the front desk. 

Wellness Wednesdays

Every Wednesday  ​2–4 p.m.  ​Location vary
Wellness Wednesdays focus on self-care and mindfulness. Learn some new techniques during October by attending any of these activities. 

  • Oct. 5: Build a Mindfulness Practice
  • Oct. 12: Pumpkins and Paint Brushes
  • Oct. 19: Sleeping for Self-care
  • Oct. 26: Planning Ahead: A Safe Night Out

How to Find an Internship

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27  ​1:30–2:30 p.m.  Virtual
Internships help students get their foot in the door. Career Services is offering guidance to students about finding, applying for and getting internships. 

Science of Sci-Fi: Armageddon 101

Oct. 6  ​7 p.m.  Fiske Planetarium
Hollywood loves a disaster, and few disasters rival the explosive nature of an asteroid or comet hitting the Earth. But how close are sci-fi movies to the truth? The potential threat of an asteroid or comet hitting the Earth is very real—if the time comes, can humanity save the world? Join PhD candidate Kya Sorli to explore these topics. Students are admitted free with a Buff OneCard.

Poker Tournaments

Oct. 6, 20  ​7–9 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
All skill levels are welcome at The Connection for a  free Texas Hold’em poker tournament. Sign-up starts at 6 pm at The Connection front desk.

Planting for Overwinter at SEEC

Oct. 6  ​4–6 p.m.  ​SEEC garden
Help garden with the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC). Find the garden on the Foothills Parkway side of the complex, near the loading dock.

Buffalo Nites

Oct. 6, 13  Times vary  UMC
Buffalo Nites offer fun, entertaining and engaging events for students! 

  • Oct. 6: Salsa Dancing
  • Oct. 13: Game On! at The Connection

Engineering Graduate Student Career Seminar Series

Oct. 7  ​Noon–1 p.m.  Virtual
This seminar shows engineering graduate students technology tools helpful for developing to the skills necessary to be successful in applying to internships and jobs.

Program Council Friday Night Film Series

Most Fridays ​8 p.m.  ​CHEM 140
This October, join the program council for free Halloween-themed films and popcorn. 

  • Oct. 7: Halloween (2018)
  • Oct. 21: X
  • Oct. 28: Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

Climate Justice Workshop: Healing and Action

Oct. 8  ​9 a.m.–3 p.m.  ​Fleming, Idea Forge
This workshop tackles pressing issues of climate change and resource management. Be a part of the solution by learning the best ways to take action. 

Wind Symphony at the Rayback Collective

Oct. 8  ​12:30 p.m.  ​Rayback Collective
Grab a beer, some food truck grub and enjoy an afternoon of chamber music at Rayback Collective! The CU Wind Symphony will perform works by Émile Bernard, Hirokazu Fukushima, Joseph Bologne, Kevin Day and more.

Mental Health First Aid

Oct. 10  ​10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.  ​TBD
Learn how to assist someone in a mental health crisis with a five-step strategy. 

Chemical and Biological Engineering Career Fair

Oct. 10  ​1–5 p.m.  ​Biotech Building, main atrium
Are you looking for a job or internship? Meet possible employers recruiting from a wide variety of chemical and biological engineering fields.

Trivia Nights: Halloween

Oct. 10  ​7–9 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
Halloween trivia is here! Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Prizes for top finishers.

De-stressing the Career Path: A Skills for Success Workshop

Oct. 11, 25  ​2 p.m.  ​C4C S350
Prepare for a meaningful life after graduation by attending this workshop.

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

Oct. 11, 25  ​12:30–1 p.m.  Virtual
How do you stand out from the crowd? Jump-start your career search with these information sessions. 

Queers and Cakes

Oct. 11  ​2–3 p.m.  ​C4C N320
Chat about LGBTQ+ culture while enjoying a slice of cake from a local bakery. 

Health & Wellness Summit: Power of Play

Oct. 11–14  Times vary ​Locations vary
Join Health and Wellness Services to explore the power of play and learn how fun can improve your health, creativity and relationships as an adult. The hybrid summit is free and open to CU faculty, staff and students. Register here. 

Faculty Tuesdays: Franz Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’

Oct. 11  7:30 p.m. ​Imig Music, Grusin Music Hall
Mutsumi Moteki, long-time vocal coach and pianist in the College of Music, and Michael Hoffman, award-winning tenor and CU graduate, are excited to present Winterreise. Experience a heartbroken young man’s journey through a winter landscape in this monumental song cycle by Franz Schubert—24 exquisite, passionate and poignant songs set to poems by Romantic poet Wilhelm Müeller.

Interview Preparation

Oct. 11, 12  ​5–6 p.m.  ​Engineering Center, Engineering Success Hub
Brush up on your interview skills with this interactive workshop. 

Billiards Tournament

Oct. 11  ​7–9 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
Visit The Connection for 8-ball or 9-ball billiards. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. by the front desk. 

Mobile Food Pantry

Oct. 11  ​2–4 p.m.  ​UMC south terrace plaza
The mobile food pantry is free and open to CU Boulder students, faculty and staff as well as community members of Boulder and Broomfield counties. Attendees will receive up to 30 pounds of food on a first-come, first-served basis. Reusable bags needed. 

Garden Upkeep at Boulder Public Library

Oct. 11  ​4–5:30 p.m.  ​Boulder Public Library
Make a difference in the Boulder community by assisting with garden upkeep.

All Industries Virtual Career & Internship Fair

Oct. 12  ​11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Virtual
Career Services is helping CU students and alumni grow their network! Learn about job and internship opportunities during the fair. 

Re-defining Self-Care

Oct. 12  ​3:30–4:30 p.m.  ​Wardenburg, west solarium
Redefine self-care with learning and discussion. Tips and tools to take care of yourself while leading others can help you avoid and manage stress. 

October Community Gathering

Oct. 12  ​6–7 p.m.  ​C4C Abrams Lounge
Meet new friends and connect with your community during the October Community Gathering. Graduate students, undergraduates, staff and faculty are welcome. 

DIY Activism with the DSCC

Oct. 12  ​3–5 p.m.  ​UMC 457
If you have a passion for activism and a knack for creativity, this event is for you! Make your voice heard by painting a wood cutout and getting voter resources. 

Ralphie’s Cooking Basics: Pico de gallo

Oct. 12  ​5:30–6:30 p.m.  ​Village Center Dining, demonstration kitchen
Do you know how to cook? Pico de gallo is on the menu! Learn basic cooking techniques with fellow Buffs. Sign-up is required; all materials provided. 

Karaoke Nights

Oct. 13  ​7–9 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
Do you want to be a rockstar for a night? Show off your singing skills with Karaoke Nights! 

CU in the Community: Milk and Honey farm

Oct. 14  ​Noon–4:30 p.m.  ​UMC south terrace
This one-time service opportunity allows students to garden, harvest and learn! During breaks, volunteers are allowed to spend time with the goats and chickens on the farm. 

Take Care Street Fair

Oct. 14  ​1–3 p.m.  ​Visual Arts Complex
Join this interactive fair, a signature Health & Wellness Summit event open to students, staff, faculty and families visiting for Family Weekend. Activities will include: acupuncture and massage, trivia and games, healthy eating kits, crafts and more.

CU in the Community: Ralphie’s Green Stampede

Oct. 15  ​Noon–4 p.m.  ​Folsom Field
Join Ralphie’s Green Stampede! This one-time service opportunity makes a difference by drastically reducing landfill waste and creating a zero-waste stadium. 

National Transfer Student Week

Oct. 17–23  ​Times vary ​Locations vary 
Calling all transfer students! Transfer Student Week is filled with events that will allow you to meet other transfer Buffs, experience campus and have fun!

  • Oct. 17: Education Abroad info session
  • Oct. 18: Taco Tuesday & Photobooth
  • Oct. 20: Skills for Success
  • Oct. 20: Transfer Advocate Training
  • Oct. 21: Coffee & Breakfast Burritos

Housing Fair

Oct. 17  ​10 a.m.–3 p.m.  ​UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
The search for housing can be overwhelming. Student Affairs is here to help! The CU Off-Campus Housing Fair connects students with landlords, property managers and other campus affiliates. All students are welcome. 

STEM Industries Career & Internship Fair

Oct. 18  ​11 a.m.–4 p.m.  ​UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
Learn about opportunities during the STEM Industries Career & Internship Fair. Employers will be recruiting for computer science, robotics, math, statistics, technology and all engineering fields.

Culture Crawl

Oct. 19  ​10 a.m.–8 p.m.  ​Locations across campus
Join University Libraries for the second annual Culture Crawl. This campus-wide event will feature activities, performances, games and shows across 14 different cultural heritage sites and groups. Students will have the opportunity to enter to win a prize package consisting of swag from each of the locations and CU Boulder faculty and staff can stamp their Employee Passport by participating.

Computing and Software Career & Internship Fair

Oct. 19  ​11 a.m.–4 p.m.  ​UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
Learn about opportunities during the Computing and Software Career & Internship Fair. Employers will be recruiting for all levels of computer science, software development and engineering.

Aerospace and Defense Career & Internship Fair

Oct. 19  ​11 a.m.–4 p.m.  ​UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
Learn about opportunities during the Aerospace and Defense Career & Internship Fair. Employers will be recruiting various majors including engineering, physics, information science, math, astronomy and more.

Intercultural Dialogue: Interdependence & Mutuality

Oct. 19  ​5:30–7 p.m.  ​C4C N320
This event allows students to talk about interdependence and mutuality while exploring dialogue skills.

Winterize the Garden at SEEC

Oct. 19  ​5:30–6:30 p.m.  ​SEEC garden
Help get the SEEC garden ready for winter! Find the garden on the Foothills Parkway side of the complex, near the loading dock.

Journey Leader Meet & Greets and Pumpkin Painting

Oct. 19, 25  ​5:30–7 p.m.  ​C4C S350
Are you interested in becoming a Journey Leader? Learn more about the position while enjoying snacks and pumpkin painting. 

Tea at Three

Oct. 20  ​3–4 p.m.  ​C4C N320
Tea at Three is an opportunity for Buffs to relax with some free refreshments, hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Social Change.

Buffs Hire Buffs: STEM

Oct. 20  ​5–7 p.m.  ​CASE Chancellor’s Lounge
Check out what CU Boulder’s top alumni are up to. The event allows STEM Buffs to learn about open positions and network.

DJ at Club 156

Oct. 21  ​7–10 p.m.  ​UMC, The Connection
Practice your dance moves and listen to a live DJ at Club 156. 

What Do You Do When the Earth Shakes? Children, Adults, and Generational Gaps in Protective Action Behavior

Oct. 22  ​1–2:30 p.m.  ​CASE Fourth Floor Auditorium
This CU on the Weekend lecture will highlight the immediate behavioral responses of children and adults during disasters.

Drag King and Queen Bingo

Oct. 22  ​7–10 p.m.  ​UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
It's time for Drag Bingo! Enjoy a night of fun and cool prizes with friends. 

Awkward Family Photos at Club 156

Oct. 22–31  ​1–10 p.m.  ​ UMC, The Connection
Grab your friends and take an awkward family photo at The Connection! 

Physics and Quantum Career & Internship Fair

Oct. 25  ​4–6 p.m.  ​Duane Physics and Astrophysics, G126
The Department of Physics, in collaboration with JILA and CUbit, is hosting a career and internship fair.

Kitchen Table

Oct. 26  ​6–7:30 p.m.  ​C4C N320
Kitchen Table is a monthly gathering that offers leadership and career-building opportunities to students who identify as women of color. 

Think, Innovate and Create Your CMCI Resume

Oct. 26  ​2–3 p.m.  ​CASE E351
Resumes are critical to success. Prepare for the CMCI Career Fair with this workshop hosted by Career Services. 

Guided Paint Class

Oct. 27  ​7–9 p.m.  ​UMC south terrace tent
Create a work of art you can be proud of in this guided paint class, perfect for beginners. The Center for Student Involvement is partnering with local studio Tracy’s Traveling Art to guide students through the process. Supplies included. 

Halloween Glow Games

Oct. 29  ​7–10 p.m.  ​UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
The Center for Student Involvement is hosting Halloween Glow Games! This includes mini golf, pingpong, foosball, labyrinth and shuffleboard. Costumes are encouraged.

Fall Festival of Choirs

Oct. 30  ​7:30 p.m.  ​Macky Auditorium
The CU Choirs present a sampling of their fall repertoire at Macky Auditorium. Join in person or via livestream.

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