10 can’t-miss ASU campus events this fall

June 13, 2019

Whether you’re a new student or a returning Sun Devil, you have so much to look forward to at ASU in the coming year. It’s not too early to get excited about the top events of the fall semester.

Save the date now for these don’t-miss events across ASU.

1. Sun Devil Tuesday and Culture FestStudents celebrating at ASU Welcome event 2018 Wells Fargo Arena

Sun Devil Tuesday will be the unforgettable first gathering of the class of 2023. First-year students from across ASU will come together at Wells Fargo Arena to represent their colleges and celebrate the start of their ASU adventure. Sun Devils will hear from their colleges and meet up with their peers to experience the welcome ceremony together. The excitement begins at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Right after Welcome, head over to Sun Devil Stadium to celebrate the rich diversity of the ASU community at Culture Fest as the Sun Devil Tuesday excitement continues. You’ll experience all that Culture@ASU and the student-led Council of Coalitions have to offer: the food, live entertainment and resources representative of cultures from around the globe.

2. Passport to ASUStudents at the Passport to ASU involvement fair

Passport to ASU is the involvement fair to end all involvement fairs. Connect with some of the 1,000+ registered student organizations at ASU, including sport clubs, fraternities and sororities, service and arts organizations and much more.

The event is the night before classes start, Aug. 21 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union, the Student Pavilion and the Sun Devil Fitness complex on ASU’s Tempe campus.

3. The first home football gameStudents wear gold in the Inferno student section at Sun Devil Stadium for a football game

Your Sun Devils face Kent State in the first home game of the season on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Help #IgnitetheInferno by downloading your free student ticket on the ASU mobile app, don your favorite gold gear and be part of the excitement of the Inferno, ASU’s lively student section.

Read up on the clear-bag policy and check out the football traditions if you’re new to the Inferno. #Forksup!

4. Heritage and cultural celebrationsASU student does a traditional Native American dance

ASU fall heritage months and weeks celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic, Native American and LGBTQ+ communities. Learn about a culture different than your own these vibrant programs and events.   

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15–Oct. 15 with the Low Rider Car Show at ASU’s West campus as well as political talks, film screenings, dancing and other student-led events.

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November, when the Native American Heritage Festival and Pow Wow will be held at the ASU West campus, in addition to lectures, art and the Showdown on the Rez women’s basketball game.

LGBTQ+ focused student groups at ASU host a wide range of resource events and celebrations during fall Pride Week, Oct. 7–11, and Trans Awareness Week, Nov. 13–20.

Celebrations for Pride usually include National Coming Out Day, a pool party, a drag show and more.

Trans Awareness Week often includes a display for Transgender Day of Remembrance, along with panels, film screenings and other events.

5. ASU’s Got TalentStudent playing guitar at ASU's Got Talent

Student performers will wow the crowd with their dancing, singing, rapping, comedy and more at the annual ASU’s Got Talent, a live show to take place the evening of Nov. 7 at the Student Pavilion. The audience votes on the winners, who get to showcase their talent to an enthusiastic Sun Devil audience.

Keep an eye out for details on how to register for ASU’s Got Talent.

6. Family WeekendASU Family Weekend Gold Rush 2018

After you’ve settled into the semester, show off your Sun Devil life to your family! Family Weekend is Nov. 8–10.

Celebrate traditions like the Devils on Mill block party, the “A” Mountain spirit hike or the Gold Rush obstacle course. Be sure to cheer on Sun Devil football against USC! This is a black out game, so wear black!

7. International NightDance performance at ASU International Night

The largest festival on campus is International Night, which is hosted by the Coalition of International Students and features dozens of student groups to celebrate world cultures through food, dance, music and education.

The November event on ASU’s Tempe campus is an unforgettable way to go around the world in one night and celebrate another great semester. The date is still being finalized, so stay tuned about the exact day and time.

8. HomecomingASU Homecoming Parade Tempe Arizona

Homecoming celebrations are a community affair at ASU. Whether it’s the Sparky’s Challenge race and Carnival at the West campus, the Devil’s Royale Casino Night at the Polytechnic campus, the Homecoming Dance at the Downtown Phoenix campus or the Lantern Walk and parade at the Tempe campus, Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition is front and center. Keep an eye out for details about event locations.

Homecoming is Nov. 17–23, including the football game against Oregon on Nov. 23. Wear maroon to be part of the Maroon Monsoon!

9. Territorial Cup2018 Sun Devils win the Territorial Cup against U of A Wildcats

Did you know one of the longest-standing college football rivalries in the United States is the one between Arizona State University and the University of Arizona?

The Territorial Cup tradition started 120 years ago when the Normal School (ASU’s original name) defeated U of A to take home the original cup. Now every year we face off to be custodians of the cup for the year. The Sun Devils won last year 41-40, so we get to host the big game on Nov. 30 at Sun Devil Stadium.

We’ll have no pity for the kitty as we #IgnitetheInferno for the final game of the season. Wear gold! Let’s keep the cup!

10. Finals BreakfastASU Finals Breakfast Tempe

It’s admittedly too early to worry about finals, but you’ll be glad you saved the date for Finals Breakfast when you’re in that final crunch of the semester.

The Wednesday before Finals Week, ASU faculty and staff serve a late-night breakfast feast to students at dining halls across all ASU campuses. Finals Breakfast is a tradition that marks the end of each semester and provides students a chance to refuel before finals.

Keep an eye out for the announcement of the exact timing and locations for this Dec. 4 event.