Aidan Largey ’21
This weekend is a busy one on the Hill! The Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host their annual Spring Weekend festivities, which include the Spring Concert, CAB Carnival, and the Outdoor Edge.
The weekend kicks off at Freshman Field with the Spring Concert, featuring Jay Sean and Loud Luxury, with opening act SCONE, the Holy Cross student band and winner of Battle of the Bands a few weeks ago. The gates open at 5:00 p.m., and there will be giveaways and food trucks, as well as plenty of opportunities to capture the perfect picture. A food truck will also be at the Hoval at 9 p.m. after the show.
On Saturday, the day begins with the HCTwist Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Hoval. There will be a petting zoo with baby goats, piglets, bunnies, hens, and ducklings, as well as free fried dough, snow cones, cotton candy, mocktails, face painting, and music. Following this, the Carnival on Kimball Quad will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., where there will be games, free food, giveaways, and a DJ. In the evening, fireworks start at 8:45 p.m., and they should be visible from most places on campus. To close out the weekend, the Outdoor Edge will be at Kimball Quad from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. In addition, according to CAB’s Instagram page, the DESI Holi Festival will be at 4 p.m. in the Stein Quad, the Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting a Pig Roast from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Chapel Plaza, and for students over 21, the Res Life Beer Garden will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Figge Lawn.
Spring Weekend is CAB’s biggest event of the year, so the planning process begins months in advance.
“There are many stages to the Spring Weekend planning process,” said Tara Deehan ‘19, Co-Chair of CAB. “Our concert committee starts the process of picking an artist at the very beginning of the school year by sending out a survey to gauge the campus climate and get some ideas of who the students would like to see perform. Once we get the results, we talk to our agents. It takes months to finalize. Once everything is approved (artist, staging, lights, etc.), we try to keep our choice of artist a secret while planning how to promote the event, organize food trucks, and order giveaways. All of our sub-committees have different planning responsibilities. Our publicity committee is in charge of all our advertising on campus and on social media. Our special events committee works on the planning and execution of the carnival and fireworks, and organizes the lobby tables with all of our promotional giveaways for the weekend. Our entertainment, social, and music committees plan for our Outdoor Edge by hiring sound engineers, a DJ, giveaways, and food. We try to create the best experience possible each year. We have worked hard all year to plan these events, and we just hope the students enjoy all that the weekend has to offer!”