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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is registration required for the weekend?

A. Yes, we would love to know that you are coming! This will help us prepare for your arrival on campus. Online registration is available now!

Q. Do I need to pay to attend Fall Fest Weekend?

A. Registration is free! However, some events, such as Shabbat Dinner, the comedy show, and the off-campus trips on Friday and Saturday have ticket fees. The Undergraduate Theater Collective performances throughout the weekend also have modest ticket fees.

Q. Do I have to register to participate in off-campus programs?

A. Yes, please purchase tickets in advance through Brandeis Tickets to participate in off-campus programs. We will have more information soon for off-campus programs.

Q. I want to attend the Shabbat Dinner, how should I purchase tickets?

A. Visit Brandeis Tickets to purchase your ticket(s) to the Shabbat Dinner (coming soon). Each member of your family will need a ticket. Please call Brandeis Tickets at 781-736-3400 to purchase tickets for children under 12. Brandeis students pay for the Shabbat dinner using their meal plan.

Q. Can I register later?

A. Yes, you can register  when you arrive on campus for Fall Fest. Just go to the registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. However, if you plan on participating in any off-campus programs, we recommend you purchase tickets in advance because most programs sell out before Fall Fest weekend.

Q. Can I pay online?

A. Yes, please visit Brandeis Tickets to purchase your tickets.


Q. Are there overnight accommodations on campus?

A. Unfortunately, we do not have on-campus housing facilities available for families during the weekend. Click here for options in the Waltham area. 

Q. What is the closest hotel to campus?

A. Newton Marriott is the closest hotel option. It is approximately a mile and a half walk from campus. Within the Fall Fest program, we do offer guided walks from campus back to the hotel on Friday night. 

Q. Where can we eat in the Waltham Area?

A. Waltham has many nice restaurants. Most are located along Main Street and Moody Street downtown. A partial listing is available here.
Q. Does Brandeis provide transportation to and from campus?

A. No, however there are many options listed below for you and your family.

And please refer to MBTA official website for more up-to-date schedule information.

Q. When does everything start and end?

A.  Fall Fest Weekend begins on Thursday, October 22 and runs though Monday, October 26. A majority of the events take place on Friday and Saturday.