37th Annual Black Squirrel Festival Features Student Organizations, Vendors, Food and Freebies

A Kent State University tradition for 37 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 7, from noon-5 p.m. on the Student Green and Risman Plaza. The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by the Flash Activities Board, attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community. 

The Black Squirrel Festival offers students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. Many of the more than 400 student organizations will be set up at the event to recruit new members and encourage students to get involved. 


The first 1,000 students to visit 10 organization tables will receive a Black Squirrel Festival T-shirt. Stop by the blue and gold tent to get your punch card.

This is the event of the year in terms of free stuff. In addition to the T-shirts, many of the student organizations and vendors offer freebies for stopping by their table. Local vendors will have everything from coupons to clothing and jewelry and, of course, more free stuff.

Food and Entertainment

Kent State’s food truck, Fork in the Road, will be serving up some festival favorites. A disc jockey from Black Squirrel Radio will spin music favorites throughout the event. 

The Black Squirrel Festival is a must-attend event this year, particularly for those who missed out on the opportunity to meet with student organizations at Blastoff. Black Squirrel Festival is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the Kent community as a whole! 

Real Late Reels

Flash Activities Board’s popular late-night movie program, Real Late Reels, will be showing Disney’s “Coco” at 10 p.m. The movie will be projected drive-in movie style on the Student Green.



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POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 10:46am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:55pm
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