Top 10 ASU Welcome Week Events — Downtown Phoenix campus

Welcome Week at ASU is full of fun and excitement, and at Downtown Phoenix campus, there are a ton of exciting events. Here are the top 10 you can’t miss!

1. 8th Annual Taylor Fest
Taylor Fest will bring student organizations, local vendors and much more to Taylor Street on Aug. 12 for students to learn more about downtown Phoenix and the many ways to get connected and involved during their time at ASU.

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2. Sparky’s Arcade
Get your game on! Come enjoy food and arcade games with your fellow Sun Devils on Aug. 13.

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3. Taylor Place Takeover
Taylor Place Takeover on Aug. 14 will have activities, food and giveaways on every floor. It’s a great way to meet your fellow new freshmen and make new friends!

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4. Sparky’s Carnival

Enjoy carnival-themed food and giveaways and learn how to get involved on campus with student clubs and organizations. This event happens on Aug. 18 right at the beautiful Civic Space Park!

Interested in finding a job while you’re here at ASU? Make sure to attend the Downtown Phoenix campus job fair.

5. ASU Night at the D-Backs

Make your way to Chase Field on Aug. 21 as the Arizona Diamondbacks welcome the ASU freshman class and community as they take on the Los Angeles Angels. Tickets are $1 and can be claimed the day of the event via your smartphone. Text “STUDENT” to 76925 to join the D-Backs Student Pass program and ASU Night at the D-Backs.

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6. Sun Devil Welcome

Sun Devil Welcome is the biggest and possibly the best event of Welcome Week! All freshmen head to Tempe campus and Wells Fargo Arena on Aug. 14 to learn what it means to be a Sun Devil and experience ASU tradition and pride. This is an awesome chance to get a free t-shirt and hear directly from ASU President Michael Crow! There will be shuttles to Tempe from all campuses.

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7. Culture Fest
Following Sun Devil Welcome is Culture Fest, which is equally as fun. Celebrate ASU’s culture of inclusion with music, international food, activities, (t-shirts) and performances.

8. Passport to ASU
Passport to ASU is the easiest way to explore all the ways to get involved around campus. All the ASU clubs get together on Aug. 15 around the Memorial Union, Sun Devil Fitness Complex and Student Pavilion to showcase what their clubs are about. You can get information from their booths and check out their meetings to see what clubs you might want to join!

9. Sparky’s Day of Service

Each year, Sun Devils demonstrate commitment to service through large-scale events and everyday service. Make service a part of your Sun Devil experience by volunteering along with more than 2,000 students during Sparky’s Day of Service! Opportunities are available at every campus; dates, times and locations vary.

10. Whitewash the ‘A’

Whitewashing the ‘A’ on ‘A’ Mountain — also known as Hayden Butte — is the wrap-up event of Welcome Week, and every freshman is invited! Painting the A only happens twice a year, and Aug. 18 will be one of those special occasions. It’s one of the longest-standing traditions at ASU, having signaled a fresh new start to the school year since the 1930s. There will be shuttles for this event as well!

There are so many fun Welcome Week events, so go check out the full list for all the events you won’t want to miss and download the Devils on Campus App in the App Store or Google Play to customize your Welcome event plans in the palm of your hand!

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