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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 ActivitiesStay In the Know




Friday, October 23

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

9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Open Classes
Various Locations

Want to see how academic is like at Brandeis? Attend a class from a list of available courses and experience what it is like to be a Brandeisian! Click here for the class list. *Please note that this is not the complete list. It would continue to update as more classes become available.

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Living in Sri Lanka: A Sorenson Fellow Reflects on "Anil's Ghost"
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Drawing on her time living in Sri Lanka (2003-2004) working for a Sri Lankan law firm, one of the original Sorensen Fellows, Ariele Cohen '99, reflects on the themes and issues of the book "Anil's Ghost" by Michael Ondaatje over a light breakfast. More info on Ariele's residency

11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Farmers Market
In front of Spingold Theater

The Farmers Club is hosting a farmers market that will feature products from local vendors such as tea, bread, baked sweet treats, and other great goodies. The market will also feature fresh produce straight from the rooftop farm here at Brandeis on the top of the Gerstenzang Science Complex. It is definitely an event not to miss with great food and awesome performances by your favorite Brandeis a capella groups!

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Office Hours with Attorney Ariele Cohen '99
Atrium (outside the theater), Shapiro Campus Center 

Sign up to meet Ariele Cohen ’99, a financial lawyer with AIG in NYC who advises “Wall Street's elite” and does pro bono work with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and special education litigation in the U.S. Ariele will answer your questions and offer advice based on her experience. To sign up, please contact Hiatt Career Center. More info on Ariele's residency

3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center

Come join us, faculty and staff, at this campus-wide welcoming event! You will get to meet our two mascots: the Judge and Ollie the Owl. Take this opportunity to take pictures and mingle with other families! Food and light refreshments would be provided.

4 p.m.–9 p.m.
Brandeis Goes Blue!
Off Campus Trip:  Boston featuring the Blue Man Group
Board bus at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Spingold Theater

Looking to enjoy a little Broadway in Boston? Travel with us into the city to enjoy the smash hit show Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse! This award-winning show combines comedy, music, and technology to create a night that appeals to people of all ages! The Blue Man Group is an innovative and energetic show has been well renowned for keeping crowds wildly entertained and astounded. Come and see what the global hype is all about this fall!  

Bus should arrive in Boston before 5 p.m. When we arrive, families can choose what they want to do before the show. We recommend finding local dining as food is not served at the show. The doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles Playhouse in Boston's Theatre District.

Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets: $80/person.  Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center. 

11 a.m.–midnight

Game Room Open for Siblings and Others
Lower level, Usdan Student Center

Visit the Usdan Game Room 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.

5:30 p.m.
Shabbat Services
Various Locations

Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center(Upper Sherman)
Conservative/Egalitarian, International Lounge, Usdan Student Center
Reform, Pearlman Lounge.
Traditional/Egalitarian, 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. 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 register for FREE 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.)

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

Please come back to visit to learn more about the guest at this year's Oneg Shabbat program.

8 p.m.
Hold Thy Peace present As You Like It
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Come see HTP's As You Like It! Set in modern-day Boston, this comedy has it all: Romance! Betrayal! Exploration of gender expression! After her uncle forcefully takes over the family business, Rosalind escapes to Western Mass disguised as a man. Can she test Orlando's love for her and reunite with her father?

8:30 p.m.
Comedy Show featuring Hari Kondabolu
Mainstage Theater, Spingold 

Come see Hari Kondabolu perform live at Brandeis! Hari is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has appeared on late night talk shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He had his own television special air on Comedy Central and has performed at HBO’s Comedy Festival. The New York Times has called Hari “one of the most exciting political comics in Stand-up today” and he is bringing his talents to Brandeis. Opening for Hari will be Brandeis' own Boris' Kitchen! A very funny group of students who write and perform their own original sketches.

Tickets available NOW through Brandeis Tickets.  General public: $10; Brandeis family members and Brandeis faculty & staff: $5; Brandeis students: $3.  (If buying tickets online, add the number of tickets you'd like to your cart and then select the appropriate discount from the dropdown box.) All 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.
Hotel Walk Back

Leaving from Usdan Student Center

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