Events & Activities

Looking for the best art and entertainment on campus? Don’t want to pay full price? In this section you will find the biggest and best yearly events around campus and ways to get exclusive discounts – just for students!

Events & Activities Contact

Robin Wander
University Communications

Annual Events

 Want to transform your college experience into the Stanford experience you’ve been dreaming about? Attend (or better yet - help plan) one of these annual events – many of which have been campus traditions for decades. Make your mark on the arts!

Arts Hackathons

Challenge your creativity and dive into opportunities to imagine new opportunities in the arts--no coding experience required! Past challenges have included the 72 Hour Musical Project, interactive tools for the Anderson Collection, and new concepts for consuming and distribution art.


Gaieties is an annual, student-written musical extravaganza dating back to 1911. Performed the week before the Big Game against Cal, Gaieties is the ultimate celebration of how proud, ridiculous, and clever we are as Stanford students. It's a Stanford tradition not to be missed!

Frost Music & Arts Festival

This outdoor concert in Frost Amphitheater occurs annually in mid-May. It is presented by the Stanford Concert Network (a student organization) in association the Stanford Activities and Leadership Office and University Events.


Blackfest is the annual music and entertainment festival hosted by the Black Family Gathering Committee. The early spring event includes a headline concert with opening acts, poetry, and dancing.

Party on the Edge

The Cantor Arts Center's annual block party for students now includes the Anderson Collection. The museums opens their doors to feature student art, student performances, and lots of free food! This event occurs on the first Thursday of October, 9 PM to midnight.


The Stanford Powwow is hosted by the Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Stanford Powwow Planning Committee. It is the largest student-run Powwow in the country. The annual event takes place during Mother’s Day weekend.

Spring Musical

Ram’s Head Theatrical Society, Stanford's oldest and largest student theatrical organization, presents a major spring musical each year. The group provides acting, directing, designing, and writing opportunities to 120 students, and its productions are attended by more than 6,000.

Viennese Ball

Viennese Ball is an exciting 38-year Stanford tradition held off campus with social dancing, live music, performances, and live contests.


This section includes the major arts organizations on campus. They plan hundreds of events every year – many of them just for students. Explore what they have to offer and see the special memberships and benefits – exclusively for you!

Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. Come see a wide range of changing exhibitions and take advantage of classes, social events, internships, and more. Explore, participate, and visit often.

Student Membership: Joint FREE membership with the Anderson Collection at Stanford.

Anderson Collection

Stanford University is home to the core of the Anderson Collection, an outstanding collection of modern and contemporary American art. The museum holds 121 works of art by 85 artists, as well as rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Monthly programming offers the opportunity to see films, hear music, attend artist talks, and experience something extraordinary.

Student Membership: Joint FREE membership with the Cantor Arts Center.

Stanford Live

Stanford Live presents a wide range of the finest performances from around the world fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts.  With its home at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live is simultaneously a public square, a sanctuary, and a lab, drawing on the breadth and depth of Stanford University to connect performance to the significant issues, ideas, and discoveries of our time.

Student Discounts: Students can purchase tickets for often as low as $15! All student tickets are discounted at least 50%.

Cardinal Nights

Cardinal Nights presents free and deeply discounted events and activities designed to create more options for alcohol-free socializing. These events often include off-campus entertainment including – free movie tickets and transportation and theater performances in San Francisco.

Department Events/Discounts

Think academic departments and programs are just for courses? Think again! These arts departments have a rotating schedule of activity from student gallery exhibitions to theatrical performances to major concerts. Explore the listings below to see the special discounts (often free) available to students.

DoM Performances

The Department of Music presents a diverse range of musical performances each year. Performances range from Taiko to the Stanford Symphonic Orchestra to student recitals. Students are provided with free tickets to these performances.

Visit the department website for more information.

TAPS Performances

The Department of Theater and Performance Studies offers discounted tickets for students to department productions. Past productions have included Evita!, Hamlet, and Dead Man's Cell Phone.

Visit the department website for more information.

A&AH Gallery Exhibitions

The Department of Art & Art History presents quarterly student, faculty and visiting artist exhibitions in the Stanford Art Gallery and in the new McMurtry Building. All exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to all.

Visit the department website for more information

IDA Events

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts involves students in the study of culture, identity, and diversity through artistic expression. Throughout the year they host leading artists, dynamic workshops, and arts leadership programs.

Visit the website for more information