19 July, 11am-3pm
Concrete Lawn / Union Lawn
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The BIG one! Our opening event for WinterFest and the official welcome back to campus for new and returning students. Say hello in style with giveaways, games, live entertainment, chill spaces and much more. We’re turning Concrete Lawn into a winter wonderland of cosy vibes, free stuff and tasty food.
Carnival runs from 11AM to 3PM, but time’s gonna fly once you see it all; get your free food, see the live entertainment and grab those great giveaways.
If you’re a new student, get the most out of your day by tagging along with one of our Host Program campus tours so you can enjoy the day with a bunch of new friends! Most importantly, get a tour of the University from the people who know it best – our fellow students.
So what’s actually going down at Carnival?
Short answer: a hell of a lot, so make sure you allocate a big chunk of time on this day to fit everything in.
By this we mean to see what’s going on and get acquainted with all the awesome UMSU services that exist. Visit their stalls and have a chat to the friendly department representatives!
When lunchtime comes don’t worry, you’re not going to go hungry amongst the feast of free food that’ll be available on the day! Take your pick: picnics, popcorn, hot soup, fairy floss, herbal tea – and so on and so on. Also get your hands on those awesome giveaways and freebies!
If you’re looking for something more low-key there’s also a smorgasbord of chill spaces to check out: the Rowden White Library pop-up will give you a taste of Melbourne’s coolest pop culture library (located right here in Union House!), the Queer and PoC departments are hosting colouring and badge-making stations, Disabilities are setting up a relaxing chillout space and Enviro will be serving up hot vegan soup!
If you want to sign up for UMSU International’s foodie, snowy or Aussie adventures – make sure you visit their stall to sign up! (Look for the big blue hands)
Why not get to know new friends over a game of giant jenga or connect four? Or else head to the Media marquee to score a cheeky tote and some Farrago magazines.
We’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy amongst all this fun!