Posted by Isabella Cavallo on March 7, 2022
The best season of the year is spring, IMHO. The freezing cold weather warms up with sunny days, the leaves return to the trees and the flowers line the sidewalks. While lounging outside or throwing a Frisbee on campus is great fun, make the most of Springhamton with these nine exciting events.
Eat tons of delicious fried food and ride one of the many crazy rides – maybe not in that order – at the Spring Fling. This annual event returns for the first time since 2019 and it will be awesome. Show off your skills by playing carnival games, win prizes and chat with club members who drop off campus. After fun in the sun all day, dance to live music with a famous musical guest and the winner of Binghamton University’s Battle of the Bands. Musical guest has yet to be announced, but past performers have included Mac Miller, Drake, Playboi Carti and Walk the Moon.
Ropes course and zip line open doors
Get the best view of the budding leaves ziplining through the campus trees. Climb 35 feet into a tree to the launch pad, then strap in for a 225-foot zipline. If you’re up to it, climb onto the cargo net and travel through three elements to reach the zipline. There’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than venturing outdoors like Tarzan.
ballroom dance revolution
Put on your dancing shoes and join the Binghamton Ballroom Association for their annual spring competition. The Ballroom Dance Revolution is open to all skill levels, so don’t be afraid to step in, even if you have two left feet.
I love trying new dishes, but I also have a student budget. Biannual Binghamton Restaurant Week will take place this spring from March 28 to April 7. Devour three-course meals for a special price at restaurants downtown, such as Lost Dog, 205 Dry and Craft.
casino in the woods
One of College in the Woods’ oldest traditions, Casino in the Woods is a charity event where students can win real money. The CIW Dining Hall is turned into a state-licensed casino with all proceeds going to charity. Attend one of the Poker Club meetings to hone your card skills before playing if you’re like me and only know how to play Go Fish!
Earth Day Festival
Celebrate Mother Nature this Earth Day on the Hinman Quad. There will be live music and speeches at the Earth Day Festival. Whether you have a zero waste lifestyle or are new to the environment, the festival will have something for you.
Binghamton Baseball Games
“Take me to the ball game, take me with the crowd!” We may be a long way from Citi Field (sorry, I’m a Mets fan), but the new on-campus ballpark is the next best thing. Cheer on the Bearcats baseball team at a game and check out the brand new field with your friends. Binghamton is also home to the Rumble Ponies, a professional Minor League Baseball team. Check the team’s schedule to buy tickets for their upcoming home games.
She Kills Monsters of the Drama Department
Binghamton University’s Theater Department puts on some amazing productions, and this spring they’ll be presenting She Kills Monsters. The dramatic and comedic play follows the life of Agnes Evans, who leaves her childhood home after the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. Acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen references 90s pop culture as Agnes is embarked on an adventurous journey after finding Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook.
Want to dance the night away to original and new music? If your answer is yes, the campus radio station has you covered. WHRW will host Moefest on April 22 at the Peace Quad. Moefest is an annual music festival where DJs and live artists from WHRW perform for students.
Isabella Cavallo graduated in literature and rhetoric from Binghamton University. She writes articles for Pipe Dream, Her Campus, and the University’s blog and news page. When she’s not writing, Bella is usually saving money, playing the piano, painting, or getting her friends to play chess.