Annual Student Events

B.O.B. performing at Fall Fest

Catch a campus concert, try to stay afloat in canoe battleship or hear a fascinating lecture from a celebrity newsmaker.

With events happening every night of the week, you'll never run out of things to do. Many of these can't-miss events are hosted by Campus Activities & Programs; others are put on by Bucknell's many student groups and organizations.

Below, we've collected some of our favorites.

Fall Fest

Sojka Lawn (rain location: Gerhard Fieldhouse)

Fall Fest welcomes incoming first-year students to Bucknell and returning students back with a fun-filled evening with carnival rides, picnic food, student performers and giveaways, culminating in a performance by a major recording artist. Recent performers include B.o.B. and Plain White T's.

Christy’s A Cappella Concert


Students from all of Bucknell's cappella groups share the stage during this long-running annual concert, held during Family Weekend each fall.p

Center Stage


Student opening acts set the stage for A-list comedy artists at this annual stand-up showcase. Recent headliners include Adam DeVine, Nick Offerman and Wanda Sykes.

Common Ground


Common Ground is a five-day, student-led retreat dedicated to exploring topics relating to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender in order to build acceptance in the Bucknell community.

Explore Common Ground

Student Lecture

Fall and spring

Student Lectures bring nationally and internationally recognized speakers, selected by Bucknell students, to campus. Recent guests include comedian and activist Chelsea Handler and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman. 

Student Concert Committee Concert

Fall or spring

Major recording artists, chosen by students, perform on campus each year. Recent concerts include Migos, Lil' Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Steve Aoki.

Wine and Beer Tastings

This event occurs throughout the academic year

Students can sample wines and beers — many produced here in Central Pennsylvania — and learn about brewing and winemaking at free tastings. Tastings are usually held on campus or at local breweries and wineries. 

For students 21 and over only.

Canoe Battleship


Teams of four to five board canoes armed with buckets, water guns and shields and try to sink their opponents' boats in this fun-filled annual event held in Kinney Natatorium. 

Bison Sound


Bucknell's spring music and arts festival features concerts by a slate of up-and-coming artists and free food for students and the entire Bucknell community. Typically held in conjunction with the Admitted Student Open House.

Contact Details

Campus Activities & Programs


47 Langone Center