Contact Us

Questions or concerns about Fall Fest may be directed to Student Activities at 781-736-5065 or

Operating Hours

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fall Fest Advisors

Stephanie Grimes
Assistant Dean of Students/
Director of Student Activities

Steve Pagios
Associate Director of Student Activities

Student Profile


Name: Jake Hurwitz '16
Major: Economics
Involvement on campus: Admissions Chatter and Host, Top Score Percussionist, SSSP Tutor
What is your favorite part of Fall Fest? When the entire extended Brandeis community comes to campus during Fall Fest, it reminds me that Brandeis is not just a school that we attend for four years - it's a worldwide community, and we are all lifelong members. This sense of fellowship with all other Brandeisians that I feel is, by far, my favorite part of Fall Fest.
How has this involvement impacted your time at Brandeis? As the Academic Programming Coordinator, I've had the rare opportunity to work with the entire Brandeis Faculty, giving me a new appreciation of everything that this incredible accomplished and hardworking group of people contributes to our community.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time working on Fall Fest? So far, my favorite memory has been getting to know the rest of the Core Committee, but I'm looking forward to creating even more memories as we continue to plan Fall Fest!

Stay In the Know




Friday, October 24

9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Fall Fest Welcome and Registration Area
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Open Classes
Various Locations

3 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Location TBA

Visit with faculty and staff at this campus wide function.  Mix and mingle with other families and get to know who is here for the weekend!

4 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe and Sheer Madness
Bus meets at Spingold Theater Center at 3:45 pm
Board bus at 10 pm; return to campus around 10:45 p.m

Take a break from Waltham to enjoy dinner at one of the most well-known restaurants in Boston: the Hard Rock Cafe Boston. After dinner, friends and families will walk over to Shear Madness and enjoy a night of an unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.  The walk from the restaurant to the theater is approximately one mile. This comedy show will have you laughing until your stomach hurts!


  • Cheeseburger or Bacon Cheeseburger: with Seasoned Fries
  • Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich: with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Jack Cheese with Seasoned Fries & Coleslaw
  • Bar-B-Que Pork Sandwich: with Seasoned Fries, Coleslaw & BBQ Baked Beans
  • Classic Chicken Caesar Salad: w/Garlic Croutons
  • Fire Roasted Tomato Pasta: served with Garlic Toast
  • Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Beverages: Coffee / Tea / Soft Drinks

Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets: $70/person

5:30 p.m.
Shabbat Services
Various Locations

Services will include Orthodox (Sherman Function Hall in Hassenfeld Conference Center), Conservative/Egalitarian (International Lounge in Usdan Student Center), and Reform (Berlin Chapel).

7 p.m.
Hillel’s Shabbat Dinner and Oneg Shabbat
Dinner in Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center; Oneg Shabbat in International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Dinner tickets are required for all family members, including children over 12, and can be purchased through Brandeis Tickets. 
Regular: $36; children 12 and under: $18. For children 12 and under, please call Brandeis Tickets at 781-736-3400.
Current Brandeis students can reserve and pay for their meal using their meal plan

Please complete your Shabbat meals sign up by by Thursday, October 23 at 2:00pm

Hillel's Oneg Shabbat Program (beginning time is approximately 8:45 p.m.) is free and open to all members of the Brandeis Family!

The speaker this year is Andrew M. Luger P16, US Attorney for Minnesota. The topic about which he will be speaking will be available shortly.

8 p.m.
Brandeis Players presents Angels in America, Part One:Millennium Approaches
Carl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center

An abridged version of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize winning play

New York City, 1985: the fates of two vastly different but equally troubled couples become intertwined within questionable realms of reality.  Louis, a neurotic gay Jew, learns that his partner, former-drag-queen Prior, has contracted AIDS, and as Prior's sickness progresses, Louis's ability to cope deteriorates. Meanwhile, closeted homosexual Mormon Republican  Joe Pitt is offered a major promotion by his mentor, a bigoted lawyer named Roy Cohn. For Joe, the potential move and his troubles with his sexuality throw a wrench in his marriage with his valium-addicted, agoraphobic wife, Harper, who lives in a world of hallucinations. As these two worlds collide with flashes of humor, raw honesty, and theatrical magic, Angels confronts the struggles of human nature, identity, and relationships in a turbulent era of American politics while forcing us to question our relationship with time. 

Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium or online. Regular: $5; Brandeis students: $3.

8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Shabbat Walk

Leaving from Main Gate

Brandeis students will be available to walk families staying at the Newton Marriott back to the hotel.

8 p.m.
Comedy Show featuring Dave Coulier
Location TBA

Dave Coulier

Dave is perhaps best known as “Joey” from the hit ABC television series, Full House, which aired for eight seasons (1987-1995, with 192 episodes produced) and can now be seen on the Nickelodeon and ABC Family network lineups. Additionally, the show is currently in worldwide syndication in over 100 countries. Dave followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, America's Funniest People, which ran on ABC for four seasons.    Dave also hosted ABC's World's Funniest Videos and his own series, Out of Control for Nickelodeon. Dave hosted Animal Kidding on the Animal Planet Network. Recenlty, Dave guest starred on How I Met Your Mother on CBS and was a guest on The Ricki Lake Show.  

Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets:
Regular: $15; Brandeis student: $5
Limit one student ticket per Brandeis ID, must be purchased in person.