Free things to do in September | CU Boulder Today

Wondering what’s happening this month? There are tons of free activities to help you get involved and find opportunities on campus. September brings movie nights, professional advice, DIY fun, block parties and more. 

Sept. 1  8:30–11 p.m.  Benson Lawn 
Join Program Council for a movie screening under the stars. “Booksmart” follows two high school seniors, who have only focused on academics, as they try to make up for it by packing all four years of high school fun into one night. 

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25  6–8 p.m.  2560 Table Mesa Drive
Did you know CU has a Farm and Garden Club? Check out their community garden at Table Mesa and lend a helping hand. Volunteer gardeners will help weed, plant, harvest, clean up and more. 

Sept. 5  5–7 p.m.  UMC 235 
The Center for Student Involvement is inviting students to an evening of friendship and bracelet making. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. 

Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26  2–3 p.m.  Virtual
This virtual, multi-day seminar happens once a semester and is meant to provide professional guidance for graduate students and postdocs. The sessions include a presentation, resources and a Q&A session. 

Pre-Law Tuesday Talks

 5:30 p.m.  ​Virtual
Are you a pre-law student? Learn from some of the best experts in our field by attending a Pre-Law Tuesday Talk. This month, hear from two Boulder criminal defense attorneys and law school admissions personnel from various schools across the country.  

Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26  12:30–1 p.m.  ​Virtual 
Handshake and Quinncia are two of the university’s best career platforms. Handshake is great for finding opportunities, and Quinncia is good for resume building. This virtual event will help you learn how to navigate both tools. 

Sept. 5  5:30–6:30 p.m.  Discovery Learning Center, Room 1B70 
Are you amidst a job or internship search? Learn some essential tips about networking and application materials during this workshop. 

Sept. 5  11 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Partying can be fun if done responsibly. But no need to worry, Health and Wellness Services and Student Affairs are here to help. Attend this event to learn about the correct portion sizes for different types of alcohol and test your knowledge with the chance to win a prize. 

Sept. 5, 19  2–3 p.m.  C4C N215 
Skill-building is an important part of your college career. Career Services is teaching students how to work on a skill-building plan and resume strategy to help you get hired after graduation. 

Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27    Center for Community, ISSS office lobby
International students and their friends, family members or other people of choosing are welcome to attend a weekly walk at the farmer’s market. International Student and Scholar Services recommends you bring a reusable bag for any goodies you may come across. 

Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27  4:30–7 p.m.  Williams Village North, Room 107 
Will Vill Wednesdays, hosted by the Pride Office, is for residents of Williams Village. Come and connect with queer and trans residents while playing games and crafting.

Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27  5–10 p.m.  The Connection 
Smash Bros players are coming together for various tournaments at The Connection this month. Sign-up starts at 4 p.m. at The Connection front desk. 

Sept. 6  2–4:30 p.m.  UMC South Terrace Tent 
Are you looking for an on-campus job? The Student Job Fair is a great place to start. Both hourly and work-study positions are currently available for undergrad and grad students.

Sept. 6, 20  12:30–1:30 p.m.  UMC 411 
Stop by the UMC for free acupuncture treatment from Health and Wellness Services and Student Affairs. Also known as acudetox, the treatment can help with depression, pain, addiction, PTSD and trauma.

Sept. 7  4–5:30 p.m.  UMC 425 
Home cooked meals aren’t always accessible. Meal prepping can help you prepare for the moment hunger strikes. The Basic Needs Center is here to help you build a thoughtful and healthy weekly meal plan. 

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28  1:30–3:30 p.m.  C4C N320 
This semester, the Pride Office is hosting Queer Cheer, a weekly event. Relax and enjoy some chill activities such as crafting or making art. 

Sept. 7  5–7 p.m.  ​Virtual 
Startups are young companies with the possibility of growth. During this virtual event, hear different startup companies pitch their ideas and discuss open positions. Afterward, you will be able to get in contact with them and find out how to get involved. 

Sept. 7  7–10 p.m.  The Connection 
Take some time off and enjoy live music at The Connection. The event is presented by Program Council. 

Sept. 7  5–8 p.m.  1142 13th St.
University Hill residents (and prospective-residents) are invited to a block party. This is a great way to get to know the neighbors, explore the businesses and just check out the area! 

Sept. 7  7–9 p.m.  UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom 
Learn more about the “big O” with the Center for Student Involvement. 

 5–6 p.m.  Rec Center 
Free Friday Power Hour is a free fitness class each week! Feel free to drop in, as no registration is required. 

  • Sept. 8 Shred Ready: Stability for Skiers 
  • Sept. 15 Functional Movement 
  • Sept. 22 Cycle 
  • Sept. 29 Hip-Hop Power Yoga 

Sept. 8  8 p.m.  CHEM 140
Check out a screening of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin. The 1989 comedy follows the journey of two high schoolers traveling through time for a history presentation. 

Sept. 8  5–8 p.m.  Emma Gomez Martinez Park, 2035 Canyon Blvd. 
Goss Grove is a neighborhood located in downtown Boulder. Considering a future home here? Get to know the area and community with a free block party, featuring fun games and food.

Sept. 9  8 a.m.–2 p.m.  Folsom Field 
Help support sustainability with Ralphie’s Green Stampede. Volunteers will gain skills in event operations, zero waste and sustainable leadership.

Huddle up and stand together, shoulder to shoulder. Join this tailgating tradition before most home games for free food, giveaways, games, music and a chance to meet Ralphie the buffalo. The first 200 students to show up at the Sept. 16 and Sept. 30 games will receive a free T-shirt. 

  • Sept. 9 home opener   10 a.m.  Farrand Field
  • Sept. 16 Rocky Mountain Showdown  8 p.m.  The Quad
  • Sept. 30  TBD  The Quad 

Sept. 11  2 p.m.  UMC north dining room 
Stop by the UMC for a free bagel and a chance to learn about upcoming events from the Center for Student Involvement. 

Sept. 11, 25  7–9 p.m.  The Connection 
Every other Monday is Trivia Night at The Connection. Top finishers will receive prizes. 

Sept. 11  5–6 p.m.  UMC 457 
This event is geared toward student organizations wanting to hold marches, protests or demonstrations throughout the year. Food and beverages will be provided by the Center for Student Involvement. 

Sept. 11  12:30–2:30 p.m. 
Peer wellness coaches are here to offer advice for you to help meet your wellness and academic goals. This event is held by Health and Wellness Services and Student Affairs. 

Sept. 11  Noon–2 p.m.  CASE lobby & Room 352 
Are you interested in the communications world? Learn from TEGNA/KUSA, an American broadcast, digital media and marketing services company. Recruiters will discuss what they’re looking for in applicants at this CMCI-tailored event. 

Sept. 12  5–7 p.m.  UMC 235 
Tap into your creativity by making pom-pom rugs! Come hang with peers and make a new decoration for your space. 

Sept. 12, 13  5:30–6:30 p.m.  Discovery Learning Center, Room 1B70 
Are you prepared for the Career Fair? Not to worry, Career Services is here to help. Attend this event to learn more about networking and resume tweaking. 

Sept. 12, 26  Noon–1 p.m.  C4C N320 
This coffee hour, held by the Pride Office, is for CU graduate students who are LGBTQ+ or allied. 

Sept. 12  Noon–4 p.m.  C4C S440 
Career Services is inviting you to an open house. Take a headshot, meet the team, enjoy free food and more. 

Sept. 12  11 a.m.  C4C S440 
LinkedIn is a tool you will likely use at some point in your career. Learn the basics with Career Services. 

Sept. 12, 26  7–9 p.m.  The Connection 
Put your pingpong skills to the test with single- or double-knock-out pingpong. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. 

Sept. 12  11 a.m.–1 p.m.  TBDS
exual health is important. Learn more and quiz yourself in a safe environment. Attendees will receive free at-home STI testing and sexual health supplies. 

Sept. 13  6–7 :30 p.m.  C4C N320 
Enjoy a game of Lotería, free street tacos and an opportunity to make new friends at the September Community Gathering. 

Sept. 13–14  UMC 
This year marks the sixth annual Health and Wellness Summit. The two-day event will teach attendees how to enhance their health, wellbeing and relationships with others. 

Sept. 13  2–4 p.m.  Rec Center 
Everyone’s different, so it’s important to find a wellness routine that works for you. Visit the Rec in comfy clothes for fun activities. 

Sept. 13  2–3 p.m.  Rec Center, Mind Body Studio 
Get in some healthy movement with a free yoga class at the Rec. All skill levels are welcome to attend. 

Sept. 14  2 p.m.  UMC south terrace  
The Mobile Food Pantry helps support those who may need food by providing up to 30 pounds of it in multiple boxes. Volunteer opportunities are available for those looking to help. 

Sept. 14  5–8 p.m.  Arrowwood Park, 3185 Arrowwood Lane
If you live in or are considering a future home in the East Aurora neighborhood, join a free block party at this quaint tucked away park. There will be free food, games, crafts, mingling and more.

Sept. 14  8–10 p.m.  UMC 235
Get your groove on and learn how to salsa dance with the Center for Student Involvement. 

Sept. 15  8 p.m.  CHEM 140 
“Submarine” is a 2010 film following teen Oliver Tate—determined to lose his virginity before his 16th birthday and to save his parents’ failing marriage.

Sept. 15  5–8 p.m.  Martin Park, 36th Street and Eastman Avenue
Those currently living in or considering a future home in the Martin Acres neighborhood are invited to a free block party at Martin Park! Come mingle with neighbors and enjoy free food, games and more.

Sept. 15  8–10 p.m.  Rec Center Buff Pool   
Take a dip in the famous buffalo pool while enjoying a good movie (TBD).

Sept. 16  Noon–2 p.m.  Pearl Street courthouse   
Calling all transfer Buffs! It’s time for a scavenger hunt at Pearl Street. This is a fun way of getting to know the historic area of downtown Boulder.

Sept. 18  2 p.m.  UMC north dining room 
Stop by the UMC for a free root beer float. 

Sept. 18  7–9 p.m.  The Connection  
How’s your poker face? Test your luck and skills during casino night. 

Sept. 18–22 
Suicide is the leading cause of death among college students. Suicide Prevention Week helps spread awareness on this important issue. 

Sept. 19  5–7 p.m.  UMC 235 
Open craft night is a great way to let your creativity run wild! Various crafting supplies will be provided, so let your imagination soar. 

Sept. 19  2:30–3:30 p.m.  C4C N320 
Enjoy some cake while discussing LGBTQ+ life and culture. 

Sept. 19  7–9 p.m.  The Connection 

All skill levels are welcome at this free Texas Hold’em poker tournament. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Prizes for top finishers!

Sept. 19  10 a.m.–2 p.m.  Discovery Learning Center, Room 1B70 
Engineering students are invited to get their resume critiqued by some employers. This is a great way to see the impression your resume has on employers in your field. 

Sept. 19  11 a.m.–1 p.m.  Wardenburg Student Health Center
The Bandana Project is a campaign for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Learn how to support yourself and others during suicide prevention week. 

Sept.19–20 Varying times and locations
The Culture Crawl is a two-day event celebrating CU’s arts and culture. During this time, you can check out 15 arts and culture events around campus. There will be a scavenger hunt, button crafting and more. 

Sept. 20  10:30 a.m.–noon  C4C Abrams Lounge 
Latinx community members are invited to a chisme session with free coffee and pastries. 

Sept. 20  2–4 p.m.  UMC 457 
Latinx Heritage Month lasts from Sept.15 to Oct.15. Celebrate with a cup of elote preparado at the Dennis Small Cultural Center. 

Sept. 20   TBD  Visual Arts Complex loggia
De-stress with pups from the Lifeline Puppy Rescue. Attendees will also learn some information about supporting fellow Buffs for Suicide Prevention Week. 

Sept. 21  6–7:30 p.m.  C4C N320 
Kitchen Table is a monthly event for people identifying as women of color at CU. The dinner teaches both leadership and community-building skills. 

Sept. 21  8–10 p.m.  Rec Center pool
Float in the pool while enjoying a movie (TBD) and free food! 

Sept. 22  12:30–2 p.m.  C4C Abrams Lounge 
Celebrate bisexuality at CU and decorate your very own bi-cookie.

Sept. 22  8 p.m.  CHEM 140 
Starring Margot Robbie, the “Barbie” movie tackles varying themes of patriarchy, equality, independence and more. Follow the story of Barbie as she begins to question her existence in her world. 

Sept. 23  8–10 p.m.  Kittredge Central multipurpose rooms 
It’s Trivia Night, but this time after dark. You’ll also have a chance to win a prize and enjoy free food. 

Sept. 25  2 p.m.  UMC north dining room 
Grab a free plate of pasta for lunch this Monday. 

Sept. 25  11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.  UMC 245 
Sometimes it helps to have a fresh set of eyes take a look at your work. Get your resume reviewed by a Career Services staff member at this drop-in event. Don’t forget your laptop so you can make new changes to your document. 

Sept. 25  12:30–2:30 p.m. 
College is an opportunity to find yourself and your community. During this sidewalk talk, students will learn about how to find and grow their social community.

Sept. 26–28  Various dining locations 
Swipe It Forward is a program that helps fight food insecurity on campus. If you have a meal plan, you can donate up to three meal swipes, at the rate of one per day, to a Buff in need. 

Sept. 26  5–7 p.m.  UMC south terrace tent 
Get in touch with nature by creating a craft out of natural materials. Crafters will use moss, pebbles and other materials to create their artwork. 

Sept. 26  4–5 p.m.  UMC 415–17 
Budgeting and saving are important life skills. During this presentation, the city of Boulder and Elevations Credit Union will teach students how to create a budget that aligns with their income. 

Sept. 26  11 a.m.–1 p.m.   TBD
Hazing is a harmful practice, unfortunately experienced at many universities. During this Health Hut, students will learn how to recognize signs of hazing and what to do about it.  

Sept. 27  2–4 p.m   TBD
Adding plants to your space can make it feel more like home. Attend this week’s Wellness Wednesday session for succulent planting and information about on-campus resources. 

Sept. 27  5:30–7 p.m.  C4C N320 
Join this story circle to discuss stories of joy. The talk, hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Social Change, is inspired by “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” 

Sept. 27  Noon–1 p.m.  ​Virtual 
Cat Diebel-Wilson from Career Services provides expert career advice and guidance to CU’s graduate student population. During this workshop, she will prepare students for career fairs with this workshop on resumes and networking. 

Sept. 28  8–10 p.m.  Kittredge Central multipurpose rooms 
Spend your evening painting with fellow Buffs. All art supplies will be provided. 

Sept. 29  8 p.m.  CHEM 140 
In this 2023 movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, her character is hired to help bring a 19-year-old boy out of his shell. 

Sept. 29  10 a.m.–6 p.m.  5761 Ute Highway, Longmont
During this volunteer session, help out Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center prepare for the busy season. Volunteers will clean animal condos, set-up enrichment and complete other yard work. 

Sept. 29  5–9 p.m.  Rec Center ice rink 
The Rec is having a free cross-ice sled hockey tournament. All equipment is provided. Buff OneCard required. 

All month  CU Museum of Natural History
Fleshimals is an art installation by Dover Horesh, a museum studies student, that addresses the way humans try to replicate the benefits of endangered species with technology. 

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