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Welcome to Campus Programming at Johns Hopkins University

Campus Programming works closely with student organizations and administrative departments to coordinate campus-wide programs for Hopkins students.  Annual events, such as First Night, Fall Fest, Lighting of the Quad, and Spring Fair, bring the entire campus together with the help of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  In addition to these signature Hopkins events, there is always something to do on campus! From open mic nights to video game tournaments, a capella performances to comedy shows, our 300 student organizations are constantly providing events that enhance the overall student experience.    

Nolan's on 33rd Student Lounge

Since August of 2009, the University has made it a priority to turn Nolan’s on 33rd into a fun, inviting space on campus. Improvements have been made to the physical space, technology and A/V have been upgraded, funding has been allocated, menus have been altered, and staff support has been dedicated to this goal. Nolan’s has gained great traction with the student body over the past few years and we hope to continue to make Nolan’s the place to hang out at Hopkins.

Although Nolan’s on 33rd is a dining hall located in Charles Commons, a dormitory primarily for sophomore students, students of all classes (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) are encouraged to participate in programming opportunities. To assist in this effort, new for this year, we have renamed the Nolan’s student activities program to be “Nolan’s Student Union.” Our hope is that Nolan’s will serve as your campus living room, a place for students to hang out complete with fun activities and events for all to enjoy.

For more information follow us on facebook at: or call the Dining Office at 410-516-3383.


Celebrate the beginning of the fall semester with Fall Fest!  This annual event features live music, fun activities and free food.Fall Fest 2010 kicked off on Friday, October 1 with a sold out concert featuring Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean (sponsored by the HOP).  The following night included a free outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus, a haunted house, and a game of Laser Tag.  Then students enjoyed a hot breakfast at midnight. To end the weekend, students, faculty, staff, and alumni were welcomed to participate in the 2nd annual, non-competitive Presidential Fun Run.

 First Night

First Night provides an opportunity for the upperclassmen to officially welcome and induct the freshmen class into the Hopkins student body. This brief 15-minute candlelight ceremony takes place on the first night of class. It includes speaking points from the SGA president and the class council presidents. Candles are lit ceremoniously, the Gilman tower bell rings, and the freshman class is officially inducted into the Hopkins student body!
Afterward, the campus comes alive with individual class parties, involving free food and good music.

HOP- Hopkins Organization for Programming

The HOP is the official student-run campus programming board, providing quality entertainment for Hopkins students by Hopkins students.  The group routinely sponsors and co-sponsors campus activities such as concerts, comedy shows, and movie nights.  In past years, the HOP brought musical artists like Lupe Fiasco with Big Sean, Boys Like Girls, and Cute is What We Aim For, and comedians, such as Steve Bryne, Julian McCullough, and Jordan Carlos.

Visit their website for upcoming HOP events!  Add them on Facebook!/jhuhop!

Lighting of the Quad

To celebrate the holiday season, lampposts on the campus quadrangles are wrapped in white lights.  Every year in December, the Hopkins community gathers on the steps of the MSE Library to participate in the lighting ceremony, known as Lighting of the Quads.  Students enjoy holiday musical performances along with free hot cider and cookies as they wait for the ceremonial switch to be flipped, illuminating the campus. 

Commemoration Day

On February 22, 1876, The Johns Hopkins University opened with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman.  Every year, this anniversary is celebrated by enjoying free birthday cake and other historical activities.  Past years have featured a theatrical reenactment of President Gilman’s inaugural address and a special exhibit of photographs and old Glee Club songs.

Spring Fair

Spring Fair, a non-profit student run event, is a highly anticipated Hopkins tradition.  This past spring, Johns Hopkins hosted its annual Spring Fair from April 15 through 17th.  The sights, sounds, and smells of Fair transformed the University into a fun-filled atmosphere for all.  Spring Fair 2011 featured arts & crafts, games & contests, food, beer, and live music, including a nighttime concert starring Chiddy Bang.  Spring Fair 2013 will be held from April 12 through 14nd