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Top 8 ASU Welcome Week Events for Fall 2021 — Downtown campus

ASU Welcome Week 2021 is full of fun and excitement, and on the Downtown Phoenix campus, there are many exciting events to explore. Here are the top 8 you must see this year, Sun Devils!


1. Taylor Fest

Start your first year off with a bang on Aug. 15! Taylor Fest is a great opportunity to meet new people, find new clubs and organizations and snag some free merchandise!

Taylor Fest is a collaborative effort between ASU student organizations, ASU campus partners and local businesses.

This is an opportunity to connect first-time and returning ASU students to the Downtown Phoenix community by specifically highlighting local businesses, community partners and campus resources.

This block party features a DJ, giveaways and much more, so don’t miss out!

2. Welcome Back Pool Party

Cool off from those hot Phoenix temperatures on Aug. 13 for the Downtown Phoenix Sun Devil Fitness/Wellness — Downtown Welcome Back Pool Party! ⛱

Grab your bathing suit and towel and join your peers at the rooftop pool for panoramic views of the gorgeous Arizona sunset.

It’s the perfect opportunity to make some new friends while escaping the heat!

3. Sparky’s Day of Service

Want to get more involved on campus early? Every year, Changemaker Central introduces service to our new students during our Sparky’s Day of Service event.

Changemaker is all about creating social change through civic engagement, entrepreneurship, sustainability and of course, service! Join us on Aug. 16 to participate in a service project to benefit the community!

4. Sparky’s Carnival

Everyone loves some yummy carnival food and fun rides! Come meet organizations on campus and enjoy rides, food and fun on Aug. 18!

It’s the perfect place to bring new friends from your floor and explore the surrounding Downtown Phoenix area while enjoying fun activities, free food and fun ASU merchandise. This is definitely something you can’t miss out on!

5. First Day of Class Photos

Photos never go out of style, and you’ll definitely want to remember your first day of class!

Come get your photos taken on Taylor Mall on Aug. 19 before your first class to commemorate the big day. Plus, you might get some free stuff while you’re there!

Campus-Wide Events For ALL Sun Devils!

6. Sun Devil Welcome


Start time has changed:

Gates open: 6:30 p.m.
Sun Devil Welcome: 7:30 p.m.
InfernoFest: 8:30 p.m.

Sun Devil Welcome is one of ASU’s most popular, fun traditions for students. Taking place this year on Aug. 17, get ready to experience all of the school spirit and pride ASU has to offer!

Surrounded by your peers, join ASU President Michael Crow, Sparky, and ASU Athletics to celebrate the commencement of the school year. This is definitely something you can’t miss — plus, it’s the perfect time to rock your favorite Sun Devil gold merchandise! This event is open to first-year students only.

Bonus: InfernoFest!

Excited for Infernofest? Infernofest will begin after a brief break after Sun Devil Welcome, so you will be right where you need to be at 9:30pm when that event begins. The concert is free for ASU students with a valid Sun Card.

Go, Devils! ASU traditions every Sun Devil should know

7. Summerset Fest

Want to start the year off on a high note? Join your friends and the rest of the Sun Devil community for Summerset Fest on Aug. 16 for one of the most fun annual traditions at ASU!

This event is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow Sun Devils and have an amazing time enjoying music, attractions and get cool merchandise! It’s a night full of music, lights, and fun you’ll never forget.

Get to Know Your Home

Taylor Place at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

8. First-time incoming student on-campus floor meetings

Your first time living in a residence hall can be crazy! But meeting with your Community Assistant and everyone else on your floor will help you navigate what the next year will look like.

Join the fellow members of your residential community for your mandatory first floor meeting as you learn more about ASU Welcome, your residential community and ways to be successful while at ASU. This will take place on the day your floor moves into your residence hall. There will be floor meetings for both first-year students and upper-division students. See your CA, GLVA or Fellow for more details on the time and location of this meeting.

Get that swag: Download the Sun Devil Rewards app from the App Store or from Google Play and start earning Pitchforks to redeem for free ASU gear, tickets and VIP experiences.

Always remember to attend your college’s Fall Welcome events! These normally happen before Sun Devil Welcome, and they’re always fun and important for meeting friends and learning about your college and major.

To learn more about all the other events you can attend (and trust us, there’s a lot), go check out the full list for all the events you won’t want to miss and remember to download the ASU Mobile App in the App Store or Google Play to customize your #ASUWelcome event plans in the palm of your hand!

Welcome to your first year, Sun Devil!



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