Photo By: Brock University Students’ Union

BadgerFest is an annual tradition at Brock. The Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) has put together a lineup of events ranging from paint nights to block parties to dirty bingo, all of which are free of charge for Brock undergraduate students. 

Unlike in previous years, the BadgerFest will take place throughout the month of September instead of being a one-week event. Starting on Sept. 6 and running until Sept. 30, undergraduate students will be able to meet fellow Badgers and attend events organized by BUSU, both online and in-person all throughout its nearly four week running time.

All events will follow Brock’s COVID-19 guidelines. These guidelines include adhering to the university’s vaccination mandate, wearing masks, and physical distancing where possible. Students planning to attend in-person events must RSVP ahead of time.

To get started, on Sept. 6 and 7, all undergraduate students are welcomed to the Weather Station Field, located by the campus store from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. for a do-it-yourself tie dye event. Shirts and bandanas will be provided at the event.

For those looking for something to do in the evenings, the party moves on over to the patio at Isaac’s for roller skating, with skates provided by BUSU. This event will run every day from Sept. 6 until Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The online community fair is where students can meet various clubs that they might want to join and see what handy businesses and services are on campus and in the surrounding area. It will run on both Sept. 7 and 8 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Students will be able to join the event on GatherTown to meet Brock’s clubs.

Bingohhh! will be hosted by Vanity a la Mode on Sept. 7 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The event will promote sexual health and prizes will be up for grabs. This event will be in person for students who live in residence and online for all others through GatherTown. 

Remember to wear pink on Wednesday, Sept. 8. There will be two screenings of Mean Girls both online as an Amazon Prime watch party for off-campus students and at the Weather Station Field for students living in residence. The first screening will start at 7 p.m. and the second at 9:30 p.m. Be sure to register for this event.

“We are collaborating with residence services for the first movie night,” said Faten Darbaj, Vice President of Student Services at BUSU, “we are having a movie night every week in September, the last three weeks will be open to all students.”

On Sept. 9 students will have a chance to show off their artistic skills. Paint night will take place at the Weather Station Field, and students can register to attend anytime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Canvases and paintbrushes will be provided by BUSU.

To finish off the week, BUSU will host the first-ever block party on campus. There will be four stations with a time limit. Starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., students will find a headphone disco, karaoke, hypnotist performances, and a DJ at the BUSU lounge. It will also be the last day to skate at Isaac’s patio.

“We’ve worked our hardest on this to make it as fun as possible while being safe,” said Darbaj, “the block party is the closest possible thing to a big event [we can have] while following COVID-19 restrictions.”

There is more to come for BadgerFest. Next week, students can expect some magic, and another movie night, this time with an undercover duo.

For more information on the event lineup throughout the rest of Badgerfest, you can click here.