Summer Soiree Series

Weekly events to bring grad students together for fun and healthy activities. Free and open to all Notre Dame grad students, postdocs, families, and guests. If you have one, please wear a Grad School or Grad Life t-shirt so we can easily find each other at all events.

Jazz at the Snite
Thursday, June 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Snite Museum of Art

Join us at the Snite for their Summer Jazz Series, featuring live music, access to the galleries, free popcorn, and a cash bar. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for lounging in the courtyard. Grad Life will provide some picnic favorites to snack on. RSVP now.

Tours of Notre Dame Stadium
Thursday, June 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame Stadium

Join us at the Rockne Gate of Notre Dame Stadium for a chance to walk down the tunnel onto the field, and get your photo with the Play Like a Champion Today sign! RSVP now.

First Friday Latin Dance Night
Friday, July 5, 8:30-11:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza, Downtown South Bend (map)

It’s First Friday and we’re heading to the monthly Latin Dance Party at Studebaker Plaza. Grad Life will pay the $5 cover for the first 50 grad students and guests wanting to learn to salsa & merengue. Learn more about South Bend Latin Dance or about First Fridays, then RSVP so we know you're coming!

POUND! Free Fitness Class
Monday, July 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Smith Center Studio 4

Never heard of Pound? Imagine a high-energy workout with drumsticks to pound on things! It’s fitness that truly ROCKS! Join us for a free class, and bang out all your stress. Whether you’re a gym rat, couch potato, or something in between—ALL are welcome. RSVP now.

Bootcamp on the Field
Thursday, July 18, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Ricci Family Fields

Enjoy the summer weather with a free fitness class with RecSports! RSVP now.

GSU Movie Night
Wednesday, July 24, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fischer Community Center

GSU will take a break from its Stranger Things marathon for a movie night at Fischer Grad. Snacks and popcorn provided, naturally! RSVP now.

First Friday at CJs Pub
Friday, August 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
CJs Pub in Downtown South Bend (map)

Every First Friday of the month is a celebration in Downtown South Bend. We’ll kick off the night together at CJs pub—Grad Life will buy the appetizers and you can cover your beverage of choice. Afterwards, take in all the sights and sounds downtown with all your grad buddies. RSVP now.

Cookout & Canoeing
Friday, August 9, 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Potato Creek State Park (map)

Come join us at Potato Creek State Park for an evening of boating, picnicking, and beach time. We'll cover your entrance fee and canoe rental and we'll grill the food; you enjoy the great outdoors with great friends! ALL graduate students, postdocs, and their guests (spouses, children, friends) are welcome. Register online now! 

Here are links to the official park map and to a map marked with our event locations. All participants must complete and submit a signed  Liability Waiver (2019) (and/or a Minor Liability Waiver (2019) for children attending with parents.)

Cupcakes & Coffee in the Lounge
Wednesday, August 14, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Lounge

Come enjoy a sweet treat and a caffeine jolt with your fellow grad students! RSVP now.

Riverlights Dessert Reception
Tuesday, August 20, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Century Center in Downtown South Bend (map)

Join us for an evening reception concluding our Graduate Student Orientation. We'll enjoy some delicious desserts while overlooking the River Lights exhibit, and learn about all our fair city has to offer. Although this is an event for Graduate Orientation, ALL graduate students, postdocs, and their guests (spouses, friends) are welcome.  A cash bar will be available for those of legal drinking age, so please bring ID if you plan to imbibe. Free parking is available at the Century Center. Please RSVP by August 12.


The Summer Soiree Series is hosted by the Graduate School and Graduate Student Life in partnership with the Graduate Student Union.