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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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Saturday, October 24

9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fall Fest Welcome and Registration Area
Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center

Beginning at 9 a.m.
Shabbat Services 

Services include: 
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel

9:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m
State of the University Address featuring Interim President Lisa M. Lynch
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Join our president, Lisa M. Lynch, to learn more about the where the University is, its future in regards to the Presidential search, and vision for the future of the University. Food and light refreshments will be provided.

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Off Campus Trip:  Boston featuring Boston Duck Tours
Board bus at 10:45 am in front of Usdan Student Center

Take a break from Waltham to enjoy a day out in Boston! Friends and family will have the opportunity to explore the city on their own and enjoy numerous sites within walking distance, such as the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. At 1 p.m. and 1:20 p.m., a ConDUCKtor of a Boston Duck Tour bus will be waiting to send you off cruising through a narrated tour of our beloved historical city. Enjoy riding past sites such as the Museum of Science, Boston Common, the State House, and the Old North Church. With a big splash of excitement, our ConDUCKtor will drive the Duck bus right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. This is an introDUCKtion to Boston you won’t want to miss!

Tickets available NOW through Brandeis Tickets. Adult: $48 Adults; Brandeis Student: $46; Children 3-12: $42. (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.

 *Lunch will not be provided.

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Academic/Faculty Presentations
Olin Sang 101, Mandel G3, Golding Judaic Center Auditorium

Academic presentations allow faculty, staff, and departments the chance to deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics based on your interests. So if you are you looking for a fun and engaging experience, make sure to attend one or all of our academic presentations!  Click here for Presentation topics.

11:30 a.m.–Midnight
Open Game Room for Siblings and Others
Usdan Student Center 

4 p.m.–5 p.m.
Brandeis Alumni Achievement Awards
Main Dining Room, Faculty Club 

Human rights and social justice activist Roy DeBerry ’70, MA’78, PhD’79, and Susan Weidman Schneider ’65, a founding mother of the pioneering Jewish feminist magazine Lilith, will receive Alumni Achievement Awards during a campus celebration with Interim President Lisa Lynch. The award represents the highest form of university recognition bestowed exclusively on alumni. Read more  about Roy and Susan. List of past winners can be found here. Reception to follow. 

Beginning at 5:05 p.m.
Shabbat Services

Services include Orthodox (Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center), Conservative (Berlin Chapel), and Reform (Pearlman Lounge, Pearlman Hall). Kiddush/3rd Meal will take place in Hassenfeld Lobby and Hall.

8 p.m.
Hold Thy Peace presents As You Like It
Carl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center

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 p.m.
Annual Fall Fest Variety Show
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center 

Come see some of our very own showcase their talents at the Annual Fall Fest Variety Show! This year, join us for an amazing experience, featuring acts from Brandeis students such as Kaos Kids, Starving Artists, Adagio, and other exciting and impressive performing groups! Come enjoy all that Brandeis' most talented have to offer!
* Click here for online streaming.