A variety of programs targeted to first-year students during their first two weeks of the academic year, but open to all students. Events are designed to help students make new friends and acclimate to life at Lafayette.
Welcome Back Festival
Usually held on the first weekend of school, the Welcome Back Festival is an exciting nighttime event with music, food, carnival games, and novelties. It is a great time to hang out with friends, both new and old.
An annual showcase of all of the campus organizations that offer a multitude of opportunities for students to get involved at Lafayette. The event is held outside on the Quad and also features a barbeque dinner.
Each fall, LAF (The Lafayette Activities Forum) hosts their annual Fall Fest on the Quad. There are many traditions that students look forward to at this event including music, candy apples, pumpkin painting, carnival games, and life-size hamster balls.
Family Weekend is planned by the Family Weekend Committee with support from Student Leadership and Involvement and the Office of Parent Relations. The weekend occurs during the fall semester and programming begins on Friday evening and continues through Sunday morning.
1000 Nights is a dance for the first-year class that celebrates 1000 nights left before graduation. This formal dance is presented by Student Leadership and Involvement and features music, photo booths, food, and an opportunity to celebrate with new friends.
Homecoming occurs during the fall semester and is a time for friends, family, and alumni of Lafayette to reunite for a home football game and a variety of activities and events.
Rivalry Week is a week of Lafayette spirited programs and events leading up to the annual Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry football game. There are many small pop-up events throughout the week in addition to larger events including a comedian, the Student Movement Against Cancer’s SMACk the Lehigh car, and Midnight Breakfast.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
This is a week of programming showcasing the root causes of hunger and homelessness and how everyone can relate to these issues. Events include film screenings, discussions, and food drives.
Make a Difference Day
Organized by the Landis Community Outreach Center, Make a Difference Day is Lafayette’s fall day of service. Faculty, staff, and students can participate in projects that benefit the larger Easton and Lehigh Valley communities.
Presented by the Landis Community Outreach Center, Holiday Helpers provides items to the women and children of the Easton area for the holidays. During the kick-off event participants can select a tag from the tag tree and gifts are delivered back to the Landis office a few weeks later.
Block pARTy occurs before the first home football game of the season and is a celebration of creativity and school spirit. The event includes live performances, free arts-related activities, artwork, food, giveaways, and more.
Sex week is presented by the Office of Gender and Sexuality Programs alongside the Association of Lafayette Feminists (ALF), Quest- Lafayette’s LGBTQ awareness organization, and a variety of other offices and organizations, focusing on sexual celebration and education.
LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month occurs in October and programming is presented by the Office of Gender and Sexuality Programs. There are small passive events throughout the month that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, lectures that bring awareness to the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and a keynote speaker in celebration of National Coming Out Day.
The Sisters of Gamma Mu host the Delta House of Pancakes (DHOP) each Fall Semester in order to raise money for the Tri Delta National Philanthropy, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sisters make and sell pancakes to the Lafayette College campus community on a weekend evening usually in early November.
Dance Marathon is an event held by the sisters of Pi Beta Phi and the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi. It is a talent show bringing together individual and group acts for a night of fun and showcasing student talent at Lafayette College. All proceeds from the event go to helping the Easton Area Community Center.
Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala
The Red Dress Gala is one of Alpha Phi’s biggest philanthropy events of the year. Friends and family are invited to a dinner where all proceeds go towards the Alpha Phi Foundation for women’s cardiac health.
Presented by Phi Kappa Psi and Delta Gamma the annual haunted house takes place in the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity house on March Field. There is a new theme announced every year and the proceeds go to the Delta Gamma Foundation Service for Sight and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Grown & Sexy
The Association of Black Collegians (ABC) hosts this annual semi-formal event featuring food, dancing, music, and is open to all students!
Sincerely Seniors Appreciation Brunch
This event allows senior students to invite a faculty or staff member who has impacted their college career to a thank you brunch. The event is sponsored by the Senior Year Experience Committee.