Columbia Weekend is one of the most anticipated events of the school year. Whether you are a parent, family member, or just a good friend, this weekend is just for you to come visit your favorite student at Columbia. While there are several different events going on, it all kicks off with the WAC Crawl.
For students who may not know, WAC stands for the Wabash Arts Corridor, which features large art instillations year-round. From now until the Crawl itself on October 20th, five new murals will be installed in the Corridor, but that is far from everything. All along Wabash Avenue from Roosevelt to Van Buren, the WAC Crawl will feature exhibitions and live performances for the public to see and interact with. The WAC Crawl goes from 4-9 pm on Friday, October 20th.
Both on Friday and Saturday, a wide variety of performances and programs will be happening all around Columbia’s campus. You and your family can explore different buildings on campus and see what other students are producing, you can the creative community of the South Loop, and even attend the President’s Reception to socialize with faculty and administration. Though many parts of Columbia Weekend are open to the public, you need to register online for these Columbia specific events here.
Columbia Weekend concludes with the Arts in the Dark Parade. Columbia College Chicago will participate in a night-time parade featuring art institutions from around the city, including the Field Museum, The Art Institute, and even the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Students and families are invited to participate by meeting up with our parade leaders at 5:30 pm at 618 S. Michigan. The parade itself is 6-8 pm all along Columbus Drive near Lake Michigan.