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With so many events on and off campus, there's an Colonials Weekend event for everyone to enjoy.

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Signature Events

Please note that Signature Events incur an additional cost. These events are included in the Colonials Weekend Premium Pass or can be purchased individually a la carte with the Campus Pass. 
 

Friday, October 20

Colonials Weekend Kickoff Party
7–9pm
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets NW
Connect with fellow alumni, students, and parents at a reception on University Yard with games, live music, and food and beverages.
Included in Premium Pass. $30 a la carte with Campus Pass.
 

Saturday, October 21

Taste of GW
1–3pm
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets NW
Enjoy this classic GW food festival with food and drink provided by GW-owned and managed restaurants.
Included in Premium Pass. $20 a la carte with Campus Pass.
 

Sunday, October 22

Colonials Weekend Jazz Brunch
9–11am
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets NW
Join us for live jazz and great food, hosted by GW’s own radio station, WRGW, and featuring performances by GW students and faculty members. Buffet menu will have brunch items to enjoy while you listen to great music.
Included in Premium Pass. $20 a la carte with Campus Pass.

Affinity Events

Friday, October 20

Military Community Center Open House
5–7pm
2035 F Street NW
Connect with members of GW's military and veteran community and tour GW's Military Community Center.

UV Days Cocktail Party
5–7pm
Location TBA
A fundraiser for the Sigma Kappa Foundation for Sigma Kappa sisters and their families.

Presidential Administrative Fellow Alumni Reception
5:30–7pm
Location TBA
A reception for Presidential Administrative Fellow (PAF) alumni and their guests to mix and mingle with each other and current PAFs while hearing updates on the program. RSVP and questions to paf@gwu.edu.

GW Hillel
6:30–9:30pm
714 21st Street, NW (2nd Floor)
Please join GW Hillel for a myriad of events to welcome you into our GW Hillel family. Come explore the spiritual heart of GW Hillel. Cost: Free/GW students, $18/non-students. Tickets can be purchased at GW Hillel.
 

Saturday, October 21

Masonic Temple Tour & Ritual Demonstration
10am
1733 16th Street NW
Please join the brethren of The Colonial Lodge #1821 for a tour of the House of the Temple and a public-facing ritual demonstration over brunch.

Student Affairs/SASS Former Student Staff Reception
3–4pm
District House, B1 Level
2121 H Street NW​
​​​​​​Whether you were a Resident Advisor/House Staff, Residence Director, Summer/Academic Year Housing staff, Colonial Cabinet member, CI staffer, Career Ambassador, Colonial Health Center/CADE Peer Educator, University Hearing Board Justice, Academic Integrity Council member, TRAiLS Guide, Graduate Fellow, student office assistant/coordinator, or worked for a DSA/SASS office in another capacity, stop by to say hi to @GWPeterK and other staff members, learn about the current work of Student Affairs, and reunite with former coworkers.  Family members who are interested in supporting the work of Student Affairs are also welcome to attend!

LGBTQIA+ Resource Center Open House
3–4:30pm
MSSC 2127 G St NW
Join Timothy Kane, Associate Director for Inclusion Initiatives and alumni of the Out and Allied Alumni Network for an open house. This is an opportunity to learn more about the student support and resources the center offers. Light refreshments will be offered.

Inaugural Legacy Family Induction
3:30–5pm
Alumni House, 1918 F Street NW
Legacy Families, please join us during Colonials Weekend for our official welcome into the GW Legacy community. Legacy students will be recognized during the event as well. The university recognizes legacy families as students and alumni whose family – including parents, grandparents, and/or siblings – attended or currently attend GW.

GW Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Alumni Reunion
4–5pm
Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW
A reception for alumni of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Delta Tau Delta - Gamma Eta Open House BBQ
4–6pm
526 22nd Street NW
Stop by the Gamma Eta shelter to mix and mingle with Delta Tau Delta alumni and parents. Tours of the facility will be conducted by the current membership.

All-Athletic Alumni Reception
4:30–6:30pm
Colonials Club, Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow athletic alumni at this reception.

GW Black Alumni Association IMPACT Awards
5–7pm
The Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
800 21st Street NW
Celebrate the contributions that this year’s recipients have made to their alma mater, local communities, and/or society at large at this reception and awards program.

La Fiestasa
8pm–1am
Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
800 21st Street NW
Come celebrate the Latino culture at this diverse event filled with performances, delicious food, and Latin music that’ll make you want to shake your hips. Don’t miss out on this amazing event and the chance to explore something new! Sponsored by the Organization of Latino American Students (OLAS).
 

Sunday, October 22

Educational Foundation for Gamma Eta Annual Meeting
10am–1pm
526 22nd Street NW
Delta Tau Delta Alumni are encouraged to attend the House Corporation Annual Meeting.

 

Family-friendly Events


Friday, October 20

GW Hillel
6:30–9:30pm
2101 F Street, NW
Experience Shabbat, GW Hillel style – join us for noshing and schmoozing at our townhouse. Suggested donation for alumni and parents: $18; RSVP to Carly at cschildhaus@gwu.edu.

Men's Water Polo: GWU vs. Johns Hopkins
7pm
Charles E. Smith Center Pool
600 22nd Street NW

Colonials Madness
9–10:30pm
Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd Street NW
Join the GW men's and women's basketball teams as the Colonials officially kick-off the 2017–18 basketball season with Colonial Madness. The night will be filled with performances, giveaways, a dunk contest and skills competition, and more.
 

Saturday, October 21

Elliott School Family Reception with Dean Reuben Brigety
8–9:30am
City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the Elliott School.

SEAS Family Reception with Dean David Dolling
8–9:30am
Science and Engineering Hall, Lower Level
800 22nd Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science.

"What is Public Health?" Open-House Breakfast
8–9:30am
Science and Engineering Hall, 7th Floor
800 22nd Street NW
Come with your questions about public health, what it is like to be a student at Milken Institute School of Public Health, how to transfer into the school, the career paths for public health majors, and more! Dean Goldman, along with student ambassadors, and representatives from career services and undergraduate programs, will be on hand to answer your questions throughout this delicious open-house breakfast set among our state-of-the-art laboratories on the seventh floor of SEH.

GW School of Business Family Reception with Dean Vivek Choudhury
8–10am
Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Lobby
2201 G Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the GW School of Business.

CCAS Family Reception with Associate Dean Elizabeth Chako
10–11:00am
Phillips Hall, 411
801 22nd Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Men's Water Polo: GWU vs. Navy
10am
Charles E. Smith Center Pool
600 22nd Street NW

Masonic Temple Tour & Ritual Demonstration
10am
1733 16th Street NW
Please join the brethren of The Colonial Lodge #1821 for a tour of the House of the Temple and a public-facing ritual demonstration over brunch.

Touch a Truck
12–4pm
Parking Lot
H Street NW & 20th Street NW
At this family-friendly event, tour emergency vehicles (police, fire, EMS) and learn about Safety and Security services in the District of Columbia and at GW.

United States Naval Academy Tour, Annapolis, MD
12–6pm (Meet in Marvin Center 301 at 11:15am)
800 21st Street, NW
Join us for a guided walking historical tour (co-sponsored by GW Valor), that highlights life at the U.S. Naval Academy, past and present. Tour includes Lejeune Hall, Bancroft Hall, Tecumseh Court, Herndon Monument, Main Chapel (when open), and the Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War Hero. Cost: $40/per person. Includes transportation and entry fee. Pre-payment required.

National Harbor
12–6pm (Meet in Marvin Center 302 at 11:15am)
800 21st Street, NW
Come and experience the DC Waterfront at the National Harbor. Enjoy shopping, restaurants and attractions as you navigate your way through downtown National Harbor, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Tanger Outlets, and MGM National Harbor. Cost: $30/per person. Includes transportation only. Pre-payment required.

Taste of GW
Signature Event
1–3pm
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets NW
Enjoy this classic GW food festival with food and drink provided by GW-owned and managed restaurants.

George Washington’s World: An Afternoon at the Mount Vernon Estate
1:00pm–5:30pm (Meet in Marvin Center 307 at 12:15pm)
800 21st Street NW
This event will give guests the opportunity to visit the Mount Vernon Estate to experience a similar opportunity that is offered to students throughout the year at events such as the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at Washington’s Tomb in February. A pre-tour discussion will provide guests with more insight about George Washington. Cost: $40/per person. Includes transportation and entry fee. Pre-payment required.

Vern Harvest
2–5pm
Mount Vernon Quad
Join us for fun on the Vern! Vern Harvest features fall-themes games, pumpkin painting, crafts, and other activities. This event is family-friendly and fun for all ages.

Men's Soccer: GWU vs. Duquesne
2pm
Mount Vernon Athletic Complex
2100 Foxhall Road NW

What’s the Buzz All About?: GW’s Honeybees
3–4:30pm
Bell Hall, Room 205
2029 G Street NW
Learn how GWBuzz manages 12 honeybee colonies on GW's campus. This is an interactive event, so be prepared to get up close to the bees! Proper gear will be provided.

The Wind Ensemble and The Symphonic Band Present “Dance”
3:30–5pm
Lisner Auditorium
Featuring the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Professor Robert Birch, performing “Dance” and a surprise medley of contemporary and familiar selections. Donations recommended.

Acapellapalooza
8–10pm
Lisner Auditorium
Enjoy the annual Colonials Weekend high-energy concert featuring all of GW’s a cappella groups in their first joint appearance of the year. Donations recommended.

La Fiestasa
8pm–1am
Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
800 21st Street NW
Come celebrate the Latino culture at this diverse event filled with performances, delicious food, and Latin music that’ll make you want to shake your hips. Don’t miss out on this amazing event and the chance to explore something new! Sponsored by the Organization of Latino American Students (OLAS).
   

Sunday, October 30

Colonials Weekend Jazz Brunch
Signature Event
9–11am
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets NWJoin us for live jazz and great food, hosted by GW’s own radio station, WRGW, and featuring performances by GW students and faculty members. Cost: $20/adults, $12/kids 12 and under. *Note: seating is limited and subject to availability.

Sunday Brunch at Pelham Commons
10:30am–3:30pm
Mount Vernon Campus

Women's Soccer: GWU vs. Duquesne
1pm
Mount Vernon Athletic Complex
2100 Foxhall Road NW

Athletics Events

Friday, October 20

Men's Water Polo: GWU vs. Johns Hopkins
7pm
Charles E. Smith Center Pool
600 22nd Street NW

Colonials Madness
8:30–10pm
Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd Street NW
Join the GW men's and women's basketball teams as the Colonials officially kick-off the 2017-18 basketball season with Colonial Madness. The night will be filled with performances, giveaways, a dunk contest and skills competition, and more.
 

Saturday, October 21

Sunrise Yoga
7:15–7:45am
Washington Circle, across from Milken Institute School of Public Health
Before a full day of programs, take 30 minutes to align your mind and spirit. The first 15 attendees will receive a special Milken Institute School of Public Health yoga mat.

Men's Water Polo: GWU vs. Navy
10am
Charles E. Smith Center Pool
600 22nd Street NW

Men's Soccer: GWU vs. Duquesne
2pm
Mount Vernon Athletic Complex
2100 Foxhall Road NW

All-Athletic Alumni Reception
4:30–6:30pm
Colonials Club, Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow athletic alumni at this reception.
 

Sunday, October 22

Women's Soccer: GWU vs. Duquesne
1pm
Mount Vernon Athletic Complex
2100 Foxhall Road NW
 

Excursions

Saturday, October 21

United States Naval Academy Tour, Annapolis, MD
12–6pm (Meet in Marvin Center 301 at 11:15am)
800 21st Street, NW
Join us for a guided walking historical tour (co-sponsored by GW Valor), that highlights life at the U.S. Naval Academy, past and present.  Tour includes Lejeune Hall, Bancroft Hall, Tecumseh Court, Herndon Monument, Main Chapel (when open), and the Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War Hero. Cost: $40/per person. Includes transportation and entry fee. Pre-payment required.

National Harbor 
12–6pm (Meet in Marvin Center 302 at 11:15am)
800 21st Street, NW
Come and experience the DC Waterfront at the National Harbor.  Enjoy shopping, restaurants and attractions as you navigate your way through downtown National Harbor, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Tanger Outlets, and MGM National Harbor. Cost: $30/per person. Includes transportation only. Pre-payment required.

George Washington’s World: An Afternoon at the Mount Vernon Estate
1:00pm–5:30pm (Meet in Marvin Center 307 at 12:15pm)
800 21st Street NW
This event will give guests the opportunity to visit the Mount Vernon Estate to experience a similar opportunity that is offered to students throughout the year at events such as the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at Washington’s Tomb in February. A pre-tour discussion will provide guests with more insight about George Washington. Cost: $40/per person. Includes transportation and entry fee. Pre-payment required.

Tours

Friday, October 20

Exhibition Tour: "Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse"
1:30pm
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street NW
"Scraps" presents the work of three designers who have pioneered creative approaches to recycling textiles: Luisa Cevese of Riedizioni in Milan; Christina Kim of Dosa in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo of Nuno in Tokyo. This exhibition is organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
 

Saturday, October 21

Exhibition Tour: "The Box Project: Uncommon Threads"
1:30pm
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street NW
Collector Lloyd Cotsen challenged thirty-seven leading fiber artists worldwide to create a three-dimensional work to fit inside a standard box. "The Box Project" showcases the dynamic results. This exhibition is organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research with the Racine Art Museum.

Washingtoniana Exhibition Tour
2:45pm
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street NW
A docent will introduce you to the historical maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. The collection documents the formation, development, and history of our nation's capital from the eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
 

Sunday, October 22

Exhibition Tour: "Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse"
1:30pm
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street NW
"Scraps" presents the work of three designers who have pioneered creative approaches to recycling textiles: Luisa Cevese of Riedizioni in Milan; Christina Kim of Dosa in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo of Nuno in Tokyo. This exhibition is organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Washingtoniana Exhibition Tour
2:45pm
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street NW
A docent will introduce you to the historical maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. The collection documents the formation, development, and history of our nation's capital from the eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

 

 

School Events

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Friday, October 20

Psychology Department Reception and Expo
3–4:30pm
2125 G St. NW, First Floor
Drop in to chat with faculty and see examples of student research. Light refreshments will be available.

Columbian College Alumni Reception with Dean Ben Vinson
5:30–7pm
Science and Engineering Hall
800 22nd Street NW the
Mix and mingle with fellow alumni, and hear an update on the Columbian College.
 

Saturday, October 21

CCAS Family Reception with Associate Dean Elizabeth Chako
10–11:00am
Phillips Hall, 411
801 22nd Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Physics Department Open House
11am–2pm
Staughton Hall
707 22nd St NW

Elliott School of International Affairs

Friday, October 20

Elliott School Alumni Reception with Dean Reuben Brigety
5:30–7:30pm
City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow alumni, and hear an update on the Elliott School.
 

Saturday, October 21

Elliott School Family Reception with Dean Reuben Brigety
8–9:30am
City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the Elliott School.

Graduate School of Education & Human Development

Graduate School of Education and Human Development Alumni Brunch with Dean Michael Feuer
10am–12pm
MPA Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow alumni, and hear an update on the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Graduate School of Political Management

Friday, October 20

CPS/GSPM Welcome Reception with CPS Dean Ali Eskandarian and GSPM Director Lara Brown
5:30–7pm
MPA Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow alumni and students, and hear an update on the College of Professional Studies and the Graduate School of Political Management.

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Friday, October 20

Healthy DC: Our Commitment Locally, Our Impact Globally
4–5pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health, Classroom 101
950 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Join public health leaders for a conversation moderated by Dean Lynn Goldman about how research being conducted by Milken Institute School of Public Health faculty is improving public health in DC and around the world.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Colonials Weekend Reception and 950 Awards Presentation
6–9pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health, Convening Center
950 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Join Dean Lynn Goldman and Milken Institute School of Public Health alumni, faculty, students, parents and friends as we celebrate the School's 20th Anniversary with the presentation of the inaugural 950 Awards, honoring alumni achievement.

Saturday, October 21

Sunrise Yoga
7:15–7:45am
Washington Circle, across from Milken Institute School of Public Health
Before a full day of programs, take 30 minutes to align your mind and spirit. The first 15 attendees will receive a special Milken Institute School of Public Health yoga mat.

"What is Public Health?" Open-House Breakfast
8–9:30am
Science and Engineering Hall, 7th Floor
800 22nd Street NW
Come with your questions about public health, what it is like to be a student at Milken Institute School of Public Health, how to transfer into the school, the career paths for public health majors, and more! Dean Goldman, along with student ambassadors, and representatives from career services and undergraduate programs, will be on hand to answer your questions throughout this delicious open-house breakfast set among our state-of-the-art laboratories on the seventh floor of SEH.

Recent Alumni Panel: My Public Health Career
9:30–10:15am
Science and Engineering Hall, 7th Floor
800 22nd Street NW
Milken Institute School of Public Health recent alumni will share what they have been up to since graduation, how their studies at GW influenced their career paths, and what advice they have for interested in studying and pursuing careers in public health.​​​​​​​

School of Business

Friday, October 20

GW School of Business Alumni Reception with Interim Dean Vivek Choudhury
5:30–7pm
Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Lobby
2201 G Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow alumni, and hear an update on the GW School of Business.
 

Saturday, October 21

GW School of Business Family Reception with Dean Vivek Choudhury
8–10am
Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Lobby
2201 G Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the GW School of Business.

2018 GW Alumni Founders Panel    
11am–2pm   
GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall Room M06
725 23rd St NW
The Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship will host a panel discussion of successful GW alumni startup founders to talk about their startup business journeys after graduation. Come and hear their stories about how they went from idea to market!

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Saturday, October 21

SEAS Family Reception with Dean David Dolling
8–9:30am
Science and Engineering Hall, Lower Level
800 22nd Street NW
Mix and mingle with fellow families and students, and hear an update on the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science.

SEAS Lecture featuring Dr. Mario Livio, Noted Astrophysicist
and Alumni Reception with Dean David Dolling

11am–1pm
Science and Engineering Hall
800 22nd Street NW
The School of Engineering and Applied Science is excited to announce that internationally renowned astrophysicist and best-selling author Mario Livio will return to SEAS to discuss his latest book, WHY?: What Makes Us Curious. Dr Livio has published more than 400 scientific papers and is the author of six popular science books, including national bestseller, Brilliant Blunders. Dr. Livio has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and NPR, to name a few. In addition to the lecture, the event includes a book signing and reception; books will be available for sale.