Spring Fair, a Johns Hopkins tradition since 1971, kicked off Thursday night with a fireworks display and DJ competition and will continue through Sunday with carnival rides, games and contests, musical performances, and craft and food vendors spread across the university's Homewood campus. The free festival is open to the public, and organizers have scheduled a variety of activities, including kid-friendly attractions for families with small children.
"Many of us look forward to this weekend as an opportunity to celebrate a year of hard work, and we invite the larger Baltimore community onto our campus for food, festivities, and fun," wrote Smita Ruzicka, dean of students, in a welcome message on the Spring Fair website. "Spring Fair is one our treasured traditions, and a chance for us to showcase our school and our students."
During the kick-off event Thursday night, local and student DJs competed for the chance to perform as the opener for pop and electronic dance trio Cash Cash, who headline the Spring Fair concert Saturday at Rams Head Live.
Can't make it to the headliner concert? Don't worry, festival-goers can hear talented local and indie musicians perform throughout the weekend at two concert stages on campus. For a preview, check out the Spotify playlist Spring Fair organizers created featuring the daytime performers below:
The full concert schedule is available on the Spring Fair website.
Below, find a list of a few of the special events, games, and contests that will take place this weekend.
General hours: 12-8 p.m.
Take part in all-day activities like a dunk tank, an adult-sized inflatable wipeout game, and kids' quad activities including a bounce house, slides, and an obstacle course. From noon to 3 p.m., make a splash during the water balloon catapult contest or help support a campus sorority with the "Pie a Pi Phi" fundraiser. After 3 p.m., get some snuggles in with barnyard animals at the petting zoo or check out a custom-built putt-putt course designed by Hopkins engineering students on the Latrobe Hall patio. When night falls, take part in the Silent Disco in Levering Courtyard at 9:30 p.m.
General hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On the kids' quad, find all day petting zoos and musical performances by guitarist Ray Owen. Feeling hungry? Food vendors and trucks will be stationed on the Freshman Quad and along Charles Street near the Beach; there's also a donut-eating contest at 1 p.m. Nighttime events end at 7 p.m., and the headliner concert at Rams Head Live begins at 7:30 p.m. with an after-party hosted by DJ Allure. A free shuttle will transport concert-goers to and from the venue beginning at 6:30 p.m. and running until 11:45 p.m.
General hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wind down your Spring Fair weekend with a tie-dye activity at 2:30 p.m. on the Beach followed by a game of Bubble Soccer on Shriver Quad at 3 p.m. Or relax and take in the musical performances on the Beach and in the Beer Garden. With the variety and volume of activities, there's no shortage of options.