University Prepares for Colonials Weekend

Activities will include a concert featuring the Fray, academic lectures, Colonials Invasion and more.

The Fray
The Fray will perform at the Charles E. Smith Center on Oct. 19.
October 16, 2013

Colonials Weekend kicks off this Friday with a variety of activities designed to bring the George Washington University community closer. Parents, students and other members of the GW community are invited to celebrate the university during Colonials Invasion on Friday, a concert featuring the Fray on Saturday, a neighborhood block party on Sunday and much more.

Colonials Weekend is sponsored by the Office of Parent Services in the Division of Student Affairs. The office coordinated with many other departments and divisions to plan three days filled with events. The weekend includes sessions on what parents need to know about GW and 15 “GW’s Best” academic lectures that will cover topics ranging from politics to modern architecture. As part of this series, Senior Vice Provost Forrest Maltzman will lead a class on decision-making in the U.S. Supreme Court and Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs and former Ambassador Edward W. “Skip” Gnehm will discuss turmoil in the Middle East.

Colonials Invasion on Friday will feature contests and giveaways, performances by student organizations and introductions to GW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. Guests can enjoy free food and fall activities like pumpkin carving at Saturday’s Octoberfest on the Mount Vernon Campus. During Sunday’s block party, parents and students can browse more than 100 booths from local business, restaurants and institutions.

“I'm excited to see parents rejoin their students back on campus for GW's Colonials Weekend,” said Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski. “It's been an exciting fall in Washington, and this weekend is a terrific time for the entire GW family to connect and celebrate at events on campus and across the city.”

For the full Colonials Weekend schedule, visit