Events & Traditions

There is always an opportunity to start a new tradition at Sarah Lawrence. Here is a look at some of the College’s longstanding and most loved annual events.

Student Organization Fair

The annual Student Organization Fair gives students an opportunity to learn about the various student groups on campus, meet student leaders, ask questions, and join groups. There are two organization fairs during the year: one during orientation, and one during the Winter Carnival.

Fall Formal

Often held during Halloween weekend, this annual dance party brings out a mixture of elaborate costumes and semi-formal attire. Students dance the night away under a large tent on Westlands Lawn. The Fall Formal is sponsored by SLAC and the Student Engagement Fund.

Homecoming

Homecoming is a campus-wide event that builds community while cheering on the Gryphons during various sporting events; many alumni return to campus for the occasion. The proceeds from Homecoming events support the Students for Students Scholarship Fund (SSSF).

Midnight Breakfast

Each semester, to kick off the last week of classes, the Sarah Lawrence Activities Council (SLAC) and AVI Fresh team up for Midnight Breakfast—a huge, late-night buffet in Bates designed to fuel students up for those late-semester all nighters.

Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival typically includes inflatable games, free food, novelties, and a student organization fair. The event is hosted by SLAC and the Department of Physical Education and Athletics

The Students for Students Scholarship Fund (SSSF) Auction

Each spring, the SSSF hosts a fundraising auction that is completely student run—from soliciting donations to creating advertising. The goal is to organize an event that is a memorable experience for all who participate, while raising money for student scholarships in the process.

Spelling Bee

A new tradition at Sarah Lawrence, the annual Spelling Bee is a fun competition between students, faculty, and staff.

Poetry Festival

The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival is the largest free poetry festival in New York. It showcases work from current undergraduate and graduate students alongside established poets.

Folk Festival

This daylong celebration of folk music, coordinated by the SLC Folk Club, presents some of the most exciting people making folk music today. Added bonus: free baklava that’s so delicious it’s legendary.

Spring Formal

Similar to its counterpart in the fall, Spring Formal is a much-anticipated annual event. At Sarah Lawrence, the word “formal” is often redefined, creating an eclectic mixture of casual and formal atmosphere. The Spring Formal is sponsored by SLAC and the Student Engagement Fund.

Relaxation Stations

The Relaxation Stations pop up around campus each semester during the final week of classes to provide an opportunity for students to get out of the library and relax. Sponsored by SLAC, these stations often include arts and craft projects, free food and drinks, prizes, and chair massages.

Bacchanalia

An annual outdoor music festival hosted by the senior class, Bacchanalia closes the spring semester with a full day of music, food, and fun. The festival includes more than six hours of live music performances, covering a broad range of genres, as well as a host of other outdoor activities.

Mayfair

Mayfair is a community outreach event and outdoor carnival involving crafts, games, and inflatables. Mayfair takes place in early May and is SSSF-sponsored.