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Winterfest 2020 Event Schedule

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2022


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Summer Fair
Hirst Lounge | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Whether you’re spending summer in Rochester or abroad – come explore summer job, research, internship opportunities, classes, and grab a corn dog too!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Club Rochester
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons | 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
table decorated with various vegetables and foods with a sign that reads "EAT"Join the UR community at Club Rochester to meet, eat, and relax with students, faculty, and staff at the end of the week!  Enjoy delicious free appetizers, low cost beverages, and music by WRUR at our campus happy hour as we celebrate the beginning of Winterfest Weekend with a tailgate theme.  All attendees will have the opportunity to win UR tumblers.  Hosted by the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections.  Sponsored by Wilson Commons Student Activities, Students’ Association Government, and Dining Services.

Knives Out Movie Screening
Hoyt Auditorium | 6:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., and 12 a.m.
Join us for a movie screening! There are three show times to ensure you don't miss it!

One Community Dialogue: Chinese International Students' Identities
Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, Douglass Commons 305 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Why do so many Chinese students choose to study abroad? How do they perceive American Higher Education? What are the assumptions or stereotypes surrounding Chinese international students? On Friday, January 31 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Burgett Intercultural Center, please join us for one community dialogue to hear and learn more from your peers. Free bubble teas and snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Candlelight Yoga & Meditation Session
May Room, Wilson Commons | 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Take a moment to unwind and release tension, breath by breath, while surrounded by soft candlelight. This yoga flow is open to all levels. Sponsored by Mindful University Project.

Free Popcorn, Board Games, and Pool
Rocky’s Sub Shop & Lounge | 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Enjoy free popcorn, an assortment of board games, and a game of pool.

Friday Night Live
Starbucks, Wilson Commons | 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Enjoy a relaxing evening with great comedy, coffee, pastries, and good company. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Jerk, Jambalaya, & Jollof Cooking Event
Community Kitchen, Douglass Commons 406 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
All three dishes have important significance in Caribbean, Black American, and West African cultures. These dishes are staples in their community and many people can recount great times spent with family and friends while eating these dishes. We hope to give students a little taste of home away from home through building community bonds amongst black cultures in this event. Presented by the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center.

Family and Student Ice Skating Party
Genesee Valley Sports Complex | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
two people in winter clothes in Hirst loungeCome out to the Genesee Valley Ice Arena for the 11th annual Community Skating Party! In cooperation with the 19th Ward Community Association, APO, WRUR, Rotary Club of Southwest Rochester, Rotaract, Office of ResLife and Housing Services, Wilson Commons Student Association, Dean of First–year students, Rochester Center for Community Leaders, and featuring the Men's Hockey team, the event is a great place for students and community members to interact and have fun over Winterfest!

  • Free Admission and Skate Rental –– Free Food and Drinks –– Free Games and prizes
  • UR Shuttle Service will be provided from ITS to the rink between 12:45 and 4:15 for the event.

Winter Wonderland
The Campus Center and Wilson Quad | 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
display of multicolored stuffed animalsThis year, activities will take place in various locations around the Campus Center like the Wilson Commons Porch, Hirst Lounge, May Room, and Feldman Ballroom There will be free s'mores, fun winter carnival activities, build–a–buddy, cookie decorating, music, and a live ice carving demonstration. Sponsored by Class Councils, Student Programming Board, Pepsi, Dining Services, and Wilson Commons Student Activities.

Food Tasting Stations
Various Campus Center Locations | 4 p.m.
Delicious samples of poutine and nachos will be available for $2 each. Tickets can only be purchased at the flex tables near Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons.

Winterfest Giveaway
Wilson Quad | 4 p.m.
Get in line early on Wilson Quad for a favorite tradition of Winterfest Weekend – the giveaway! You can keep this item for years to come to remember all the fun that you had this weekend as well as at the University of Rochester!

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Winterfest Dinner
Douglass Dining | 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Come enjoy a hearty meal! The menu will feature ingredients from several local farms and vendors. Regular dining rates apply.

Free Pool and Board Games
Rocky’s Sub Shop & Lounge | 9 p.m. – 1 am.
Enjoy an assortment of board games and a free game of pool.

Comedian
Strong Auditorium | 9 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for University of Rochester undergraduate students; $10 for University faculty, staff, and graduate students; and $15 for the general public. UR undergraduate student tickets will be available at the Common Market and online at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, January 21 and can be purchased at the Common Market in Wilson Commons or online. Sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Late Night Bingo
May Room, Wilson Commons | 11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
A night of bingo and fun prizes! Sponsored by Wilson Commons Student Activities and UR Late Night.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 

The Big Game
Wilson Commons | 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we watch the Big Football Game! Pizza will be served. Sponsored by Wilson Commons Student Activities and 2023 Class Council.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Not UR Average Mondays – Terrariums and Groundhog Donuts
Hirst Lounge | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The event will feature an activity and free food. Sponsored by the Student Programming Board.

Spirit Week Begins
A week full of fun events, delicious food, and free giveaways. Spirit Week will continue through February 8, 2020. Sponsored by 2023 Class Council.