Cancelled: The Boston College Arts Festival
Thursday, April 23–Saturday, April 25, 2020

In line with the University's decision to transition to virtual instruction, the Arts Council is suspending all events planned for the Spring 2020 academic semester, including the annual Arts Festival.

The Arts Council remains committed to recognizing the artistic accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff. We are grateful for your ongoing support of our creative community, and we will continue to find ways of supporting our community through this time of transition. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tatiana Flis, Arts Festival Director and Arts Council Program Administrator at

Please visit Boston College’s COVID-19 website for updates and to learn more about how BC is responding.

The last weekend in April

arts festival

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


First Arts Festival


Artist Participation






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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.