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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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Sunday, October 26

9 a.m.–noon
Chabad 5K Race

Shapiro Campus Center Great Lawn

The Chabad House at Waltham and Chabad Student Club are delighted to invite you to its second annual Ufaratzta 5K Run. 

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Ufaratzta (Hebrew) means to break out of your limitations and inhibitions. Through Chabad at Brandeis, students from different religious and cultural backgrounds are given the opportunity to come together, become involved in a welcoming community and grow as individuals. Here students are always encouraged to take on leadership roles, learn from others and explore. Whether you've done a 5k before or this is your first, everyone is encouraged to partake in this experience! Students, relatives, and friends are all invited to join us in walking or running the Chabad 5k and supporting a great cause. This fun filled event will be followed by a brunch on the Great Lawn for all participants!

Advance registration through Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium or online:
Regular: $25; Brandeis students: $15 ; children (under 12): $10.
Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m.  Race begins at 10 am.
Registration at the door: $30; Brandeis students: $20

We will run rain or shine. Registration fees are non-refundable.

All runners will need to complete the waiver (pdf) in order to participate in the race.  Waivers can be sent prior to the race to Lauren Buckman at

10 a.m.
Catholic Mass
Bethlehem Chapel

Join us for a special service open to family and friends, with a continental breakfast following.

11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Academic/Faculty Presentations

Luria, Levine-Ross Conference Rooms, and Feldberg Conference Rooms, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Looking for the edge you need to finally win at Trivial Pursuit? Come hear members of the Brandeis faculty deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics!

Here's for a list of presentations for Sunday (PDF):

Noon –4 p.m 
Carnival on the Great Lawn

Shapiro Campus Center Great Lawn

Come one, come all to the spectacular Brandeis Carnival! Enjoy delicious food, exciting games, an adorable petting zoo, a photo booth, an inflatable obstacle course, and much more! All the while, you’ll be spending time with Brandeis’ departments and many student clubs on the beautiful Great Lawn! (Petting Zoo from 12:30pm - 4 pm)

Lunch Break

Feldberg Communications Center

An informal “meet and greet” with Brandeis Faculty and Roosevelt Fellows where students and families are welcome to learn more about classes, majors, and any other academic point of interest.

2 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; students: $3. Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

6 p.m–9 p.m.
TSA Night Market
Fellows Garden

TSA Nightmarket is the Taiwanese Student Association's biggest event of the year in which we recreate the atmosphere of the famous nightmarkets in Taiwan. Lanterns will decorate and light the streets as TSA and collaborating Intercultural Center clubs fill the night with their own food and games, bringing that adrenaline-pumping street feel to Brandeis’s campus. 

7:30 p.m.
Catholic Mass
Bethlehem Chapel

Join us for a special service open to family and friends.