Bennington College Fall Weekend October 16-19

Fall Weekend is traditionally a wonderful opportunity for parents, families, and friends to enjoy the Bennington experience. This year we will be focused on supporting students by providing a weekend of events that provide a respite and recharging opportunities, not to mention fun! 

While Fall Weekend is traditionally scheduled for the end of September, it has been moved to coincide with Long Weekend (October 16-18, 2020). 


Contact or call 802-440-4330.

bike parked in a pile of fall leaves three trees that have turned bright red because of fall folliage students walk to class down a path covered in fall leaves

Friday, October 16

Kick Off Message from President Laura Walker
Virtual Event | Watch via Youtube
Welcome to Bennington’s first Virtual Fall Weekend. Join President Laura Walker as she welcomes families, friends, and students to the weekend’s events.

Farm to Table Dinner
Chef Steve has provided recipes for the dinner tonight that will be happening on campus. We hope all will join together in your kitchens/living rooms/dining hall/outside to enjoy a relaxing meal as a community. Students on campus, we encourage you to bring your family members to dinner via phone, Facetime, Zoom, google, etc. Can't attend? Cook along with us using the menu and recipes provided by our awesome dining team. 

PAC Presents Trivia Night
9:00 pm ET | Attend via Zoom | Meeting ID: 966 0436 7582
Come one come all to Trivia Night! This is a regular event on campus enjoyed by many. Come join us virtually for this year’s Fall Weekend Trivia Night.

Saturday, October 17

Morning Yoga
**Please note that, due to weather, this event will be taking place remotely, rather than in person as planned**
9:00 am ET | Virtually via Zoom | Meeting ID: 975 5439 3410 | Passcode: 027522
Start this morning with virtual-only gentle yoga. No yoga experience needed—all levels welcome. Teaching style and lineage is an integration of Kripalu (Brahmani and Jashoda), Jaguar (Ray and Nina Crist), and Energy Medicine Yoga (Lauren Walker). Please email Kat Daley to express your interest, reserve your spot, and if you have any questions.

Dodgeball Livestream
2:00 pm | Commons Lawn
2:00 pm | Virtual Event—Watch on Youtube

Come watch dodgeball on Commons Lawn! Not on campus? Don’t worry, you can join others watching the livestream. Note: if you are attending in person, please make sure to wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols.

PAC Presents: Virtual Performance
9:00 pm ET | Virtually via Zoom | Meeting ID: 858 9439 3503
PAC presents a live virtual performance from Caroline Rose, an eclectic and exciting American singer/songwriter who has spanned many genres including but not limited to folk, rock, and indie pop throughout her career. Her most recent album “Superstar” was released in March of this year and has been met with numerous acclaim reviews concerning her clever songwriting and ability to create interesting characters. Caroline will perform a private and personal concert for the Bennington Community. 

Sunday, October 18

Student Art Studio Share
Many students created artwork during the first seven weeks of term. Showcase your work by posting it to the College's Instagram @atbennington, and visit the Instagram to see your peers' work. For students on campus, we encourage you to visit your studios and take pictures or videos to share with families and friends.

Purple Carrot Farm Work Day
2:00-4:00 pm ET | Purple Carrot Farm
The Purple Carrot Farm at Bennington College is a place where students come to practice the art of growing plants! All on campus are welcome to join us for a work day. We will be prepping the farm for winter and planting some fall bulbs. Please come ready to get dirty and do some physical labor. Masks are required. Questions? Email Tatiana Abatemarco (Food Studies Faculty). 

Game Night
8:00 pm ET | Virtual and/or In Person
Grab your friends and family for a game night—either in person, or online. If you are on campus, a wide variety of games are available in your houses or to check out from Crossett Library. If you are looking to start a game night from afar, invite friends to to play together. In the mood for something different? Join the Bennington Esports Discord to connect with other Bennington students who enjoy playing and talking about online gaming and video games. Esports games include League of Legends, Dota, Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., StarCraft, online Catan and Minecraft, and more.

Monday, October 19

Meditation Monday
10:00 am | Attend via Zoom | Meeting ID: 978 1439 0046 | Passcode: 188021
Start of the week with morning meditation. Join Dr. Randy Anselmo virtually through a Guided Meditation practice.

Conversation with the Deans
1:00-2:00 pm | Attend via Zoom 
Join Dean of Students, Natalie Basil, and Dean of Studies, Laurie Kobik for casual conversation about Fall Weekend and the Fall 2020 term. 

Throughout the weekend 

Image Scavenger Hunt
Take a look around this beautiful campus and find where the following objects are.Take a photo of the larger object (or a written description of where it is) and submit all of them via email to Submissions must be received by 10:00 pm ET on Sunday, October 18 and the winner will be announced on Monday. All students who submit at least 10 correct answers will be put into a drawing for a $20 gift certificate to the Bennington College Bookstore!

Rock Hunt
Throughout the past month, faculty and staff have been painting rocks with messages of connection and support to students and those have been scattered randomly on campus. Now is your chance to find the messages and post them as you would like on instagram @atBennington

Chalk Mural
Head to the sidewalk stretching from Crossett Library to the Student Center and claim your space to create your masterpiece. Chalk is provided along the walkway, please leave in place for others to use as well. Make sure to share your creation on instagram @atBennington. Studying Remotely? Create your chalk mural and share on instagram @atBennington.