Bearfest

Bearfest is one of the oldest events on campus. Each year the committee of students who plan Bearfest meet weekly starting in the Fall semester. To stay connected with Bearfest and hear about updates throughout the year such as meeting dates, applications, and contests, follow the Bearfest at Kutztown University facebook page or Instagram (KutztownBearfest).

Bearfest 43 will be April 27-30th, 2022.

Wednesday, April 27th 5:00 - 9:00 pm, DMZ
“Let the Games Begin”

  • 4:30 - 8:00 pm, Aramark Picnic (Bring your KU ID)
  • 5:00 - 7:30 pm, Live Band: Ben Ginder Group
  • 5:00 - 9:00 pm, Sky Fall Stunt Jump, Inflatables, and Yard Games

Thursday, April 28th 4:00 - 8:00 pm, DMZ
“Ready Player 43”

  • 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Laser Tag, Inflatables, Airbrush Tattoos, Board Games, VR Simulators, and Yard Games
  • Board games will be raffled off at the end of the night

Friday, April 29th 6:00 - 10:00 pm, SDH 1
“Earn Your High Score at Bearfest”

  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Casino Games, Slot Machines, Arcade Games, and Mario Kart
  • 9:00 - 10:00 pm, “Cash Out” and Basket Winners Announced

Saturday, April 30th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, DMZ (rain location O’Pake Fieldhouse)
“Take Me Out to Bearfest”

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Inflatables, activity and craft booths, photo booth, and music
  • 12:00 - 3:00 pm, Food trucks with food available for purchase
  • 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Trampoline performances

Ways students can get involved with Bearfest:

  • Join the Committee

    Bearfest meetings are typically every Wednesday from 6-7pm in the Dixon Conference Room starting in November. (Fall meetings will not occur during Thanksgiving week or Finals week.)

  • Submit a Logo

    Once the theme is announced in December, a competition begins for the Bearfest logo. Information will be posted on the Bearfest social media platforms listed above. Students will have until the beginning of the Spring semester to submit their designs. The Bearfest committee will vote on all submissions to pick the logo that will be used for Bearfest.

    Design winners will receive the Bearfest giveaway items as well as a volunteer shirt with their logo on it.

  • Volunteer at Bearfest

    Such a large event takes a lot of people to make it successful. In addition to the committee members, Bearfest also uses volunteers to help with a variety tasks. Students who volunteer for a predetermined minimum number of hours will receive a free t-shirt with the logo and Bearfest sponsors.

    Volunteer sign ups will be accepted in April.

  • Student Organization Booth/Participation

    While each year the Bearfest committee determines which events and activities will happen during Bearfest, there are always opportunities for student organizations to get involved, such as hosting a booth on Saturday, Bearfest Community Carnival day.

    Sign ups and more information will be available in April, however organizations interested in playing a larger role can contact Bearfest Advisor Stacey Green with questions or ideas.

Foam Slide

Thursday of Bearfest has included a slide of some sort for many years. In recent years, it has been a foam slide.

Tie Dye

Bearfest always strives to include a variety of activities for students to enjoy. A popular activity that you may see at Bearfest is t-shirt tie dying.

Human Whack a Mole

Activities range from individual activities to group activities, some are crafts, while others are more active, so there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Stunt Jump

Jump into the fun at Bearfest!

Casino Night

Casino Night is one of Bearfest's longest traditions, and one of its most popular, too! It is completely free to play, but there are so many prizes to win from!

Nice catch!

You'll often see students enjoying the environment at Bearfest, adding their own activities by tossing around a football or frisbee.

So sweet!

No matter your taste, you'll find something you enjoy at Bearfest!

Don't stress!

Bearfest is a great opportunity for students to de-stress a bit before the semester ends.

Go for the jackpot!

Test your luck at Casino Night!

students in the foam slide at Bearfest
student tie dying a t-shirt
students getting ready to play human whack a mole
student jumping off of a platform into a giant cushion on the "stunt jump"
students playing roulette at casino night
student catching a football on the DMZ
students sitting on a curb eating cotton candy
students playing jenga on the DMZ
students playing on the slot machines at casino night