IN A FLASH: Celebrate Our 'Unofficial' Mascot!

The annual Black Squirrel Festival is back for its 41st year. Planned and organized by the student-staffed Flashes Activities Board, the festival takes place from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, on Risman Plaza and the Student Green.

Student hugging someone in a black squirrel costume

The festival  attracts more than 3,000 people to the Kent Campus annually and this year, it's part of Kent State’s Parents and Families Appreciation Weekend.

2023 Black Squirrel Festival logo design.

It's a huge, campus event that offers something for everyone. Click here to see what's happening this year. 

Black squirrel eating an acorn

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POSTED: Friday, September 29, 2023 08:07 AM
Updated: Friday, September 29, 2023 02:56 PM
Phil B. Soencksen