First Arts Festival
The last weekend in April
Every year, the Boston College Arts Festival brings the Boston College and surrounding communities together to celebrate the arts. In 2019, the 21st annual Arts Festival once again invited the community to experience the variety of arts at Boston College. A talented group of more than 1,900 student and faculty artists presented music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, sculpture, and more.
With over 16,000 visitors from Boston College and the surrounding community coming in attendance, the Arts Festival never fails to be one of the most vibrant and exciting events at Boston College. Students have the added bonus of relieving end-of-semester stress, while members of the surrounding communities are given the opportunity to delight in all forms of art, from the laugh-out-loud humor offered by comedy groups, to the transcendent beauty of the many dance ensembles, to the boldness of the studio art students' work.
Highlighted at the spring's festival are the "BC's Best" competition, BC Cultural Night, and Dancing with bOp!. Other annual features include children's activities, literary readings, alumni events, student art work for sale, multi-cultural dance performances, and expanded hours at the McMullen Museum. Special guests at the festival have included Tracey Wigfield '05, Nick Scandalios '89, Chris Doyle '81, Anne Garefino '81, Robert Polito '73, Chuck Hogan '89 and Amy Poehler '93.
Arts Fest at a Glance
In the News
Arts Festival reimagined, virtually
The 22nd annual celebration of the arts will be held online April 23-25.
Celebrating the arts
BC Arts Festival highlights creative work from across campus; award-winning alumni poet C. Dale Young is this year's guest honoree.
'The Human Element'
New film by noted environmental photographer James Balog '74 explores the impact of humans on nature.
'Art matters deeply'
Professor of Art History Jeffery Howe reflects on four decades of arts evolution at the Heights.
Individually and together
A Q&A with BC's inaugural Calderwood Professors in Islamic and Asian Art, retiring this year.
Arts Fest 2018
The Boston College Arts Festival marks its 20th year with campus-wide events April 26-28.
Celebrating the BC arts scene
Every year in April, the Boston College Arts Festival celebrates our rich campus arts scene.
Alumni, Faculty & Student Recognition
Each year, the Boston College Arts Council recognizes an alumnus, a faculty member, and several students for their accomplishments and contributions to the arts in various disciplines. Alumni and faculty award recipients serve as role models, inspiring and guiding developing young artists in the Boston College community. The award recipients participate in programming at our annual campus-wide Arts Festival and interact in small-group settings with students in their fields. Student award recipients in sophomore, junior or senior years are recognized for their creativity and accomplishments, as well as for specific projects.
Arts 'n' Crafts
Kids love these hands-on activities facilitated by BC volunteers. Activities vary each year, but have included making tambourines, decorating masks and bookmarks, making pipecleaner 'monsters', sidewalk chalk, and decorating a pot to plant a seed in. We also have face painting and cookie decorating every year.
Boston College theatre classes and other campus ensembles have presented live performances for children to enjoy. Pervious performances have included The Little Mermaid, "From Film to Broadway–The Songs of Disney," Shrek! The Musical, Peter and the Wolf, Nick of Time, The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, and more.
Various student groups that perform at Arts Fest have lead 20-30 minute activities to engage kids in what they are passionate about. Children have been able to participate in mini-sessions on dance, singing, and improvisation. Every year the chlidren and parents have loved being introduced to new styles of performance and art.
Instrument Petting Zoo
Boston College Band's take over green spaces and give children an opportunity to touch, feel, and play the brass instruments - trumpet, trombone, French horn, and tuba. This experince sparkes kids of all ages interest in music and band.
Chamber Music Children's Concert
Boston College's Chamber Music Society performs beloved children's music and theater.