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Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union at night (Photo: Jim Brady) Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union at night (Photo: Jim Brady)

Fall 2021: Everything You Need to Know About Campus Events at SDSU

Love the nightlife? Aztec Nights is just for you.
By SDSU News Team

Aztec Nights, a celebration of the new academic year with music, carnival rides and a dance, opens a fall season of events as students return to the San Diego State University campus.

The late-night festivities, sponsored by Associated Students (AS) and the divisions of Student Affairs and Business and Financial Affairs, have been an SDSU welcome (and welcome back) tradition since 2008. Most events start at 10 p.m. and run until 2 a.m. All are free and participants must have a valid SDSU RedID and observe all facial covering requirements.

The series kicks off with a four-hour First Night Fest, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, with a SDSU swag bag for participants. Live DJs, food trucks and inflatable games are scheduled along with presentations from student leaders and organizations.

A Moonlight Maskerade Welcome Back Dance begins at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, along Campanile Walkway, with prizes and a professional DJ.

This year’s end-of-summer movie screening is the 1985 teen classic “The Breakfast Club,” with trivia, giveaways and snacks, beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

The following week brings a country-themed Barnyard Bash (Aug. 26) and a two-night campus carnival with rides, game booths, music and food (Aug. 27-28). Additional information and policies can be found at the Aztec Nights website.

Aztecs Nights events continue in September with Jokers Are Wild: Casino, Magic & Mayhem (Sept. 3), Dragstravaganza, The Festival (Sept. 4) and the movie “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Sept. 5).

Wanderlust, a healthy food and wellness festival, takes place Sept. 10 and Rollin’ Into Fall, a roller rink, is scheduled Sept. 11. Aztec Nights continues Sept. 17 with a community block party at the student union.

In addition to Aztec Nights, new students can sample from a variety of daytime Welcome Weeks activities to learn about student organizations, resource centers, and services. The first weeks of the semester also bring a slew of additional welcoming and orientation events for all students. Here’s a look by interest:


Student Ability Success Center Meet and Greet, 1-2 p.m., Aug. 24, Calpulli Center, 4th floor conference room 1 and 2.

Learn how to use Student Ability Success Center (SAC) Connect, 2-3 p.m. Sept. 1, Calpulli Center, 4th Floor, Conference Room 1 and 2.

Career Services Backyard Bash, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 1, lawn outside Student Service East 1200.

SDSU Entrepreneurship experience; Meet SDSU entrepreneurs and learn about the ZIP Launchpad startup incubator. Noon-1 p.m., Sept. 1, Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex 103.

Global Education Office Open House, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 2, Global Education Office, International Affairs Complex.


One SDSU Community Kickoff, 2-4 p.m., Aug. 22, Montezuma Hall.

Women’s Resource Center Welcome Mixer, noon-1:30 p.m., Aug. 23.

Center for Intercultural Relations Open House, noon-2 p.m., Aug. 24, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, 2nd floor.

Out-of-State Welcome Mixer, 4-5 p.m., Aug. 24, Tula Community Center.

Pride Welcome Mixer, noon-2 p.m., Aug. 25, Pride Center.

DREAMer and Mixed Immigration Status Welcome, noon-1 p.m., Aug. 25, PSFA 101C

Hillel’s Welcome Back BBQ, 5-7 p.m., Aug. 25, Melvin Garb Hillel Center.

Office of Education Opportunity Programs & Ethnic Affairs Welcome Back, noon-2 p.m., Aug. 26, Student Services East 2109.

Black Resource Center Welcome Back Mixer, 3-6 p.m., Aug. 27.

APIDA Welcome Back Open House, 2-4 p.m., Sept. 3, APIDA Center, 2nd floor student union.


Meet the ECRT (Economic Crisis Response Team, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 23, top of Campanile Walkway.

Burritos and Budget: Plan out a more financially successful school year, noon-12:50 p.m., Aug. 24, Park Boulevard Suite, student union.


Student Involvement Expo: Student organizations from across SDSU will have information booths on campus walkways from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 24.

Union Expo & A.S. Block Party, 10 a.m-2 p.m., Aug. 25, Lee & Frank Goldberg Courtyard, student union.

Student Involvement Expo: Fraternity and Sorority Life, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 31, walkways across campus and Goldberg Courtyard.


ARC ‘til DARK, 5-7 p.m., Aug. 22, ENS 700 Field, provides information on 21 Sport Club teams, the facilities at the newly renovated and expanded Aztec Recreation Center, Intramural Sport leagues, Aztec Adventure outdoor programs and more.

Sport Club Expo, with information on 21 competitive sport club teams, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 31-Sept. 2, North Library Walkway.

Fitness Jam, 7-10 p.m., Sept. 2, Aztec Recreation Center. Cardio, strength, and yoga classes led by Aztec Recreation group fitness instructors.

The Aztecs open the 2021 football season against New Mexico State at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. This will be the first home game since 2019 with fans in attendance the stadium. Aztec replica jerseys will be given away to the first 10,000 fans.


Additional AS-sponsored events can be found on a calendar here.

Events@State maintains a calendar for events during the entire academic year.