Sometimes spring semester feels monotonous. There are no football games or tailgates to look forward to on the weekends and the weather is cold and dreary. In order for students to enjoy the spring semester, some schools around the country have planned large events for students to take pleasure in. From one-time events to annual music festivals, these events would make anyone wish they were still in college.
University of Georgia – Jason Aldean
Athens, Georgia is known as the home of the Georgia Bulldogs and a great music scene. The small southern town has produced bands such as Widespread Panic, REM, and Futurebirds, so you can guess that major artists dream of playing at UGA. Jason Aldean, a Georgia native, toured the country playing in college football stadiums. The concert brought students, alumni, and fans to the city of Athens to enjoy a potential once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s not every day that your favorite country music star performs at the home of your beloved football team.
Indiana University – Little 500
Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the U.S. When “Little Five” started in 1951, it raised more than $6,000 for student scholarships. Half a century later, more than 25,000 attend the weeklong event held every spring. “Little Five” is put on and run by the Indiana University Student Foundation. The organization sponsors campus events that build enthusiasm and leadership, raises scholarship money for working students, and works to forge an everlasting bond between students and the University. In the past, the event has hosted big acts such as Lil’ Wayne. Check back to their website to see who is performing this year.
Vanderbilt University – Rites of Spring
The event started in the early 70’s when students, faculty, and administrators went to great lengths to integrate the University with the Nashville community. Nashville is well known for having a great music scene. With an “open-campus” policy, Nashville residents and students come together each year in the spring for a two-day music festival. According to the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University, Rites of Spring’s mission is to offer a fun and celebratory environment as well as cultivating a sense of school pride that extends past the classroom. This years major headlines include Steve Aoki and Two Chainz as well as many other great artists.
Auburn University – Auburn Airwaves
The University Program Council is a student-led programming board. UPC brings speakers and comedians, films and musical acts to campus for students as well as the public to enjoy. Auburn Airwaves is the major concert with high profit artists held every spring. This year, Auburn students are looking forward to welcoming The Neighbourhood, B.o.B., and The Avett Brothers to campus. Every year, Auburn announced who is headlining the concert through social media sites.
These events are able to be so successful because they are marketed to students through social media outlets. Even though these events are huge and most are annual, social media is a great tool to get the information out. The student run organizations start promoting the events through social media in early spring semester to get students and residents excited about the upcoming events.