WinterFest: Some Call it the Best Fest


2017 is in full swing. Excitement is high and temperatures are low, and the desire to hit the slopes is already getting in the way of your class schedule. Ladies and gents, WinterFest is upon us here at UVM. For those of you unfamiliar with WinterFest, we’re here to give you the low-down on what’s what, and let’s be real, where to get the free food.

WinterFest is basically a week full of awesome shows, fairs, films, food, raffles and more, happening all over campus to get you back in the UVM spirit after being away for so long over winter break (a month too long, to be exact). From free coffee to indoor ice skating (yes, it’s happening), there is an event for anyone and everyone, and we’re pumped about it.



FREE COFFE: All week long, University Program Board (UPB) will be giving away FREE (yes, free) coffee and hot chocolate from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Davis Center Atrium. You may even be able to snag a free limited edition Winterfest mug, given away on the hour. Check it out HERE.

BEN AND JERRY’S POWER HOUR: I love it, you love it, we all love it. It’s Ben and Jerry’s POWER HOUR. Swing through their Davis Center location on January 24th between 2:00 and 3:00 for your free scoop! But don’t forget to bring your UVM ID!

CANDY BUFFET: Colleges Against Cancer is at it again! Purchase a ticket for $1 to take part in their Candy Buffet to support funds to help the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society. Thursday between 10:00 and 2:00 outside the Bailey-Howe library!

WICKED WEDNESDAYS: If you haven’t experienced it yet, now’s your chance to head over to Brennan’s for Wicked Wednesdays, where trivia and food specials (umm did someone say $1 fries and $3 milkshakes?) happen from 9:00 – 11:00 pm. And yes, this deal happens every Wednesday!



CRAFTS AND SNACKS: Do It Yourself. Take a break from your day and get crafty in the Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom with UPB for Crafts and Snacks: Make Your Own Journal and Planner. Be there Monday, January 23rd from 7:00-9:00 pm. Don’t forget your UVM ID!

DIY LAVENDER BAGS: Living Well (one of my personal favorite spots on campus) is always available for your de-stress needs, and the week of Winterfest is no different. Stop by Living Well on the first floor of the Davis Center on Tuesday, January 24th from 12:00-2:00 pm for DIY Lavender Rice Bags.



AFTERNOON ACOUSTIC: The only thing better than a coffee house is pop-up coffee house in the middle of the week! Check out some of UVM’s finest in the Burack Fireplace Lounge in the Davis Center on Tuesday, January 24th between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: This year’s Keynote speaker will be Sheyann Webb-Christburg. A nationally known author of the book “Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days,” was referred to by Martin Luther King Jr. as the “Smallest Freedom Fighter.” Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to hear this badass lady speak on Tuesday, January 24th at 4:00.

LAST TRACKS FREE SCREENING: On Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00 pm in the Davis Center Livak Ballroom, check out this FREE film screening of Last Tracks, a documentary produced by Powe Snowboards, which will be followed by a discussion about how to get started in the industry!



WINTER INVOLVEMENT FAIR: It’s one of the best ways to get involved on campus, and of course to grab some free food and swag! The Winter Involvement Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 25th between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Davis Center.

WRUV TABLING: UVM’s radio station, WRUV will be tabling in the Davis Center on Thursday, January 26th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm where you can hear what their DJs are cooking up and the chance to win a prize in a raffle!

BOWLING AND LASER TAG: Let’s BOWL! (and for cheap, too). On Thursday, January 26th, UPB is bringing you a Discount Bowling and Laser Tag Night at Spare Time in Colchester. Just 6 bucks gets you a round of bowling and laser tag, and this continues throughout the semester every Thursday night!

RAIL JAM: It wouldn’t be wintertime at UVM without the annual Rail Jam brought to you by UPB and the UVM Ski and Snowboard Club! Check it out at UVM’s trinity campus on Friday night starting at 6:00 pm.

ROCK CLIMBING: When was the last time you went rock climbing? Whether the answer is yesterday or 12 years ago, you can still sign up for Friday night’s trip to MetroRock for UPB’s Rock Climbing Night!

UVM WINTER BALL: Dancing, a photo booth, snacks and a cash bar: get your ticket for the UVM Winter Ball brought to you by the UVM Alumni Association. Get your tickets now!

OPEN MIC: Join UVM’s Folk Music Club on Friday night to hear (or participate!) in music, poetry and story telling, happening in the Living and Learning Fireplace Lounge from 8:00 – 10:00 pm. Check it out here

UVM WINTER CARNIVAL: And last but certainly not least, there is the UVM Winter Carnival featuring DJ Monty! Head to the Davis Center on Saturday around 6:00 pm for indoor ice skating (yes, you read that right), games, prizes, food and more! The night will end with a killer show by DJ Monty. See you there, CATS!