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CU students dance to the music during WelcomeFest. This year’s free concert begins at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Business Field.
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CU students dance to the music during WelcomeFest. This year’s free concert begins at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Business Field.

For more than 60 years, Program Council has been doing its best to cultivate good times on the CU campus.

In one iteration or another, this group has brought all sorts of entertainment to campus, through live music, major motion pictures, comedians and more. Since its start, folks with the Program Council have drawn big names to Boulder, from Elvis Costello to the Grateful Dead. More recently, Wyclef Jean, Kygo, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have come to town.

There’s a little something for everyone, and that doesn’t even count annual events like the WelcomeFest Concert, which is happening at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Business Field outside the Koelbel Building. Electronic duo Zeds Ded is headlining this year, supported by MadeinTYO, Souly Had and Half the Animal, with local artists Low Hanging Fruit and Yoko. Tickets are free to all students who provide their BuffOne card at entry.

Keep an eye on Program Council’s calendar for fall music shows in Club 156, Program Council’s very own concert venue in the University Memorial Center. And you’ll find more than just music coming up. Free film screenings (and the always-appreciated complimentary popcorn) pop up regularly, held just a short walk away on campus in Chem 140.

For the financially strapped student population, Program Council’s planners are always looking for a way to keep things exciting on the cheap.

Get involved

Love what the Program Council’s doing? There are all sorts of opportunities to get involved. Their Street Team, for example, is a group of student volunteers who spread the word on all the fun goings-on. They market across campus to make sure you know about the next movie or live music event. Every Wednesday evening, they meet in the Program Council Office at the UMC. Check it out and see if you’d like to join.

You can also go gold. From their website,, just follow the link for Gold List VIP Membership. You radiant few will score discounts on concert tickets, get free entry into some of the Club 156 shows, and chances to win things like autographed posters and meet ’n’ greets with the big names coming to campus. Not too shabby — especially for $10.

You’ll also want to go all social media on this. Whether you’re logging on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, folks at Program Council want to connect with you. It’ll make it that much easier to find out about sweet events coming up. All the better to plan your procrastination around.

If you go

What: WelcomeFest 2019

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Business Field, outside the Koelbel Building on the CU campus

Cost: Free to students with BuffOne card

More info: Go to for more information on event policies and how to pre-register for tickets. Learn more at