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!

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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

Experience Brandeis academia up close and personal by attending a class! Classes include Dirt, Disgust, and Contagion: The Anthropology of Pollution, Hipsters on Trial: Irony, Mearning, and Style in the Digital Age, Beginning Japanese, and so much more!

Here's for a list of open classes for Friday (PDF):

11 a.m.–midnight

Gameroom Open for Siblings and Others
Lower level of Usdan Student Center

Visit the Usdan Gameroom for a great place to hang out and watch the hottest sporting event or challenge your friends in one of the variety of arcade and video games.

Beginning at 1 p.m.
Muslim Prayers
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Noon–5 p.m.

Visit the Rose Art Museum
Rose Art Museum

Visit the Rose Art Museum on campus, and enjoy the finest of modern and contemporary art! The Rose collects more than 8,000 objects, including works by Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol.

3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Main Dining Room, Faculty Club

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.
Shear Madness and Hard Rock Cafe
Bus meets at Spingold Theater Center at 3:45 p.m.
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. Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

5:30 p.m.
Shabbat Services
Various Locations

Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center/Upper Sherman
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel
Sephardi, International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

For the complete Fall Fest Shabbat Schedule, please visit:

6 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Namaskar and The Interfaith Chaplaincy Presents: Diwali, the Festival of Lights
Ridgewood A Commons

Diwali, or the festival of lights, is an annual community celebration originating from India. It primarily celebrates the good and light within everyone, and is a very joyful occasion for family and friends. This celebration is open to everyone and includes food, music, crafts, and cultural/religious activities.

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. All pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

Current Brandeis students can reserve and pay for their Friday meal using their meal plan at  (All Saturday meal reservations - for Family Members and Brandeis Students - must be made via the online Shabbat meals form or at the Cashier in Sherman Dining Hall.) Please complete your Shabbat meals sign up by by Thursday, October 23 at 2 p.m.

Hillel's Oneg Shabbat Program (beginning time is approximately 8:45 p.m..) is free and open to all members of the Brandeis Family! Andrew M. Luger P16, US Attorney for Minnesota will be speaking on "A Prosecutor Discusses How His Jewish Values Inform the Pursuit of Justice".

7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.

Bento Box Night
Intercultural Center Swig Lounge

Come join the Japanese Student Associationfor a fun night at our Bento Box event and enjoy free traditional Japanese food. Everyone is welcome and JSA will try to make it a night to remember!

7:30 p.m.–9:35 p.m.
Student Events Film Series: Guardians of the Galaxy
Mandel G03

In the summer blockbuster featuring Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Batista, watch a group of space criminals work together to stom a fanatic from destroying the galaxy in Guardians of the Galexy! (Rated PG-13)

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. (Rated PG-13)

Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium or online. Regular: $5; Brandeis students: $3.  Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

8 p.m.
Comedian: Dave Coulier
Shapiro Gym, Gosman Sport and Convocation Center

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.    Coulier 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.  

Opening for Dave Coulier is Prashanth Venkataramanujam. This stand-up comedian is originally from Chicago, and began his career at the age of 16. He has been performing at world renowned comedy clubs even before he was able to get into them.

Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets:
Regular: $15; Brandeis student: $5
Limit one student ticket per Brandeis ID, must be purchased in person.
Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

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

Leaving from Usdan Student Center

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