The Weekender

Students sit on blankets outdoors

The Weekender highlights free(ish) student-focused social events happening on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and evenings. All students are welcome.

This listing will be updated continually as events are announced.

Want your event to be considered for The Weekender? Add it to the UNL Events Calendar for us to curate into this list. RSOs can post their events on NVolveU.

ONGOING

Free Bowling
  • Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Husker Bowling Center, inside the Nebraska East Union

UNL students enjoy free bowling + shoe rental w/ their NCard. Reserve a lane for you and your friends.

hosted by Nebraska Unions

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Tea Time Fridays

Visit the third floor reading room for a variety of different teas and snacks.

hosted by Kawasaki Reading Room

OCTOBER 7, 8, 9

LIFE IN LINCOLN: First Friday Artwalk
  • October 7, 2022
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • meet the group in Nebraska Union's The Crib. Group will walk together to the final destination(s).

This evening the group will join Lincoln’s monthly art event and visit art galleries in the downtown area. This lively walking tour will drop into several galleries to enjoy an eclectic array of art - sculpture, painting, photography, weaving, and more - by emerging and local artisans.

LIFE IN LINCOLN is a weekly series every Friday evening for UNL students to gather and enjoy a nearby activity or tour to sample and learn about the local Lincoln culture, neighborhoods, and people.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO)

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First Friday at Sheldon Museum of Art

SHELDON is open until 7 p.m. for the monthly First Friday event. Explore the fall semester exhibitions, socialize, and participate in creative activities. Admission is free.

hosted by Sheldon Mueseum of Art

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Bingo Night

Play for free to win amazing prize packages at a huge one-night game. It’s not video bingo, virtual bingo, or even paper-and-dauber-style bingo…this is gonna be CLASSIC BINGO w/ the sliding-window bingo cards you might have played at a family reunion, church picnic, the local VFW hall or community center.

There’s space and cards for HUNDREDS of Huskers to play in this town hall auditorium. Bring friends and snacks and get ready to listen for your numbers to be called, anticipating the moment the silence might be broken by someone yelling BINGO!

ADDED BONUS: Husker Football is playing at Rutgers this night. The televised game will be shown on a big screen while everyone plays Bingo.

PRIZES: Throughout the evening, three (3) large gift baskets with assorted prize items will be awarded to attendees - Husker Swag Basket; Movie Night Basket; and Game Night Basket. GRAND PRIZE: Nintendo Switch. Winners of the individual BINGO games will be entered into a drawing for this prize. The more games you win, the more chances you have to win the grand prize.

This event is FREE for UNL students with Event Pass.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; Campus Nightlife

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Women's Soccer Club vs. Creighton
  • October 7, 2022
  • 7 p.m.
  • Vine Street Fields (17th & Vine)

The sport club is hosting a home match against their in-state counterpart from Omaha's Creighton University. Free for all to attend the game.

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Harvest Wacipi (Powwow)

Wacipi—or powwow—is a traditional Native American gathering. It is a time for renewing friendships and making new ones, dancing, singing, and celebrating the season of harvest. Free and open to the public.

hosted by UNL Native American Coalition; Office of Diveristy and Inclusion

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Husker Softball Big Red Fall Classic

Six games will be played on Saturday & Sunday between the Huskers, Colorado State, and UNO. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Children of the Corn Ultimate Tournament
  • October 8 & 9, 2022
  • Various Times
  • Two locations: Vine Street Fields (17th & Vine) and Fleming Fields (31st & Leighton Ave)

Men's Ultimate sport club has invited numerous teams from the Midwest to their annual fall "Children of the Corn" weekend tournament. Women's division games will play at Vine Street Fields; the Open division will play at Fleming Fields. Free for all to attend the game.

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Husker Soccer vs. Ohio State
  • October 8, 2022
  • 1:05 p.m.
  • Hibner Stadium (2400 N2400 N Antelope Valley Pky)

Watch the Huskers in an afternoon match against this Big Ten team. Claim your free mobile ticket for UNL students.

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Men's Soccer Club vs. Creighton
  • October 9, 2022
  • 12 p.m.
  • Vine Street Fields (17th & Vine)

The sport club is hosting a home match against their in-state counterpart from Omaha's Creighton University. Free for all to attend the game.

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Women's Soccer Club vs. Wichita State
  • October 9, 2022
  • 2 p.m.
  • Vine Street Fields (17th & Vine)

The club is hosting a home match against the Wichita State University club team. Free for all to attend the game.

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Country Swing Mini-Lesson + PlaMor Night

UNL Ballroom Dance Club is giving lessons and then taking you on the road! First, meet the the club at the Nebraska Union Ballroom for a FREE country swing dance lesson. Later, join the club for an evening of dancing at the PlaMor Ballroom, a favorite country swing spot. Entry fee to the PlaMor is $6 per person; photo ID is required.

hosted by Ballroom Dance Club

OCTOBER 14, 15, 16 (Fall Break)

LIFE IN LINCOLN: ShakesFear
  • October 14, 2022
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • meet the group in Nebraska Union's The Crib. Group will walk together to the final destination(s).

Wade into the spirit of Halloween with an immersive theatrical experience at ShakesFear, presented by Nebraska Repertory Theatre. The LIL group will walk together from the Nebraska Union to the Temple Building and enter the demented mind of William Shakespeare. Go on a harrowing journey to recover one of Shakespeare’s lost plays. To escape a spell cast by the Weird Sisters, you’ll have to confront a murderous king, meddling fairies, ghastly ghosts and a bloody butcher with an appetite for blood. This experience is not recommended for the faint of heart. Prepare to be terrified!

This LIFE IN LINCOLN event is limited to 25 students. RSVP now to reserve your ticket.

LIFE IN LINCOLN is a weekly series every Friday evening for UNL students to gather and enjoy a nearby activity or tour to sample and learn about the local Lincoln culture, neighborhoods, and people.

hosted by Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement; International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO)

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Fast Pitch Softball Club vs. Kansas State
  • October 15, 2022
  • 3 games: 10 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 2 p.m.
  • Fleming Fields softball fields (enter from 33rd & Huntington Ave.)

The sport club is hosting three back-to-back games against the club team from Kansas State University. Free for all to attend the game.

OCTOBER 21, 22, 23

OCTOBER 28, 29, 30

NOVEMBER 4, 5, 6 (Daylight Saving Time)

NOVEMBER 11, 12, 13

NOVEMBER 17, 18, 19

NOVEMBER 25, 26, 27 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

No events this weekend. Enjoy the holiday break.

DECEMBER 2, 3, 4 (start of 15th Week)

DECEMBER 9, 10, 11 (start of Final Exams)

DECEMBER 16, 17, 18 (Commencement Weekend)

End of the fall semester. Enjoy the Winter Break and Winterim Session.