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11 Aug Can’t Miss Cardinal Events

Every year there’s a roster of can’t-miss events that define the UofL collegiate experience. These are the things you and your new friends will go to, have fun at and talk about for years (maybe even decades).

  • August

  • Welcome Week

    Don’t mistake Welcome Week as a freshman-only event. Even with 50 events in five days, it’s a great way for upperclassmen to celebrate their return to get ready to take on a new year. Check out the social outings, workshops, and did we mention free food?

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  • September

  • Canoe Regatta

    This canoe race, sponsored by Intramurals, has gone now for more than 30 years. They won’t send you up McNeely Lake without a paddle.

  • October

  • NPHC Step Show

    Each fall, NPHC fraternities and sororities battle in the annual Step Show at Memorial Auditorium. Groups perform choreographed routines in an effort to be the best for the coming year.

  • November

  • Turkey Trot

    Thanksgiving is all about the grub. But in the weeks before, students are prepping for the Turkey Trot, the oldest road race in Kentucky. Held a few days before Thanksgiving, students compete in a race through campus, usually while class is going on. Register to run or just watch.

  • December

  • Finals Fest

    Finals can be tough, but take a few minutes to relax and have fun during Finals Fest from First Year Initiatives. Be on the lookout for free food and hot cocoa. Oh, and puppies.

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  • January

  • International Fashion Show

    Students take to the runway with their best Kate Upton faces and strut in front of a capacity crowd. This event, which has been held for 13 years, showcases students dressed in attire from all over the world, rocking the runway.

  • February

  • raiseRED

    Could you dance non-stop for 18 hours? Hundreds of student dancers come together to raise thousands for charity. So get your shoes on, start working out and get ready. Last year’s total was an all-time best at  $322,412.85 and students are ready to raise even more this year.

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    Fryberger Annual Greek Sing

    The sororities and fraternities on campus sing their hearts out for bragging rights and to raise money for scholarships. Fryberger has been held annually for more than 75 years. In the beginning, it took place out on the oval in front of Grawemeyer Hall. Now, it’s held before a sell-out crowd at The Louisville Palace Theater.

  • March

  • PINK! Drag Fashion Show

    Guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve seen before. This annual drag show stars students, faculty and staff. This event has been going on for 16 years and is sponsored by the LGBT Center on campus. As a fundraiser for scholarships, one faculty or staff member dresses in drag and performs.

    Alternative Spring Break

    Instead of partying all spring break, use your spring break for helping others. You still get to travel—and get to do some good for others.

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  • April

  • Relay for Life

    Join the fight against cancer by staying up all night and walking! Relay also had a date auction to benefit the organization. Last year, some of the men’s basketball team shaved their beards to support the cause. They raised $5,000 by picking up a razor.

    Crawfish Boil

    Let the good times boil! This annual Student Activities Board—and Red Barn Alumni Association—sponsored event takes place in the Red Barn. Hundreds of pounds of crawfish are eaten by hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and staff who stop in. Typically held the day before Thunder Over Louisville, it’s an unofficial way to kick off Derby.

    Spring Football Game

    Free admission makes everything better. Pack Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to support Coach Bobby Petrino’s team as squads play one another in a public scrimmage. It’s the first glimpse of the Cards we get in advance of fall football.