The most challenging stretch of the semester has arrived, and with it the need to focus and grind to complete the remaining tests, assignments and projects. Amidst this chaos, it’s essential to take a breather. Here are some events to help you de-stress, take your mind off finals and enjoy the last moments of the semester with friends!

Block Party

This Friday, April 26, University Union’s Block Party will feature artists Lil Yachty, Teezo Touchdown, ISOxo, KARRAHBOOO and student group FEEM! Show out for the biggest spring concert, taking place in the JMA Wireless Dome. Students can choose between sitting in the seated section or floor tickets, and tickets are available for purchase by your friends at other universities as well! For more information, visit University Union’s Instagram.

Block Darty

Get hyped up and ready for Block Party at University Union’s pre-show on the Quad, Block Darty! There will be free food trucks, brand collaborations, giveaways and a free concert. The Block Darty lineup will include artists Dreamer Isioma, renforshort and DWLLRS. Block Darty will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy is always an exciting offer to try out at the Barnes Center at The Arch! Decompress with furry friends in the Walters Pet Therapy Room, which offers time with the dogs Tuesdays through Fridays. Check out the University Events Calendar to see when you can spend some time with the dogs before their last session of the school year on Friday, May 3!

Late Night Ice

Head over to the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion on weekend nights for skating on both rinks, a fun, moody atmosphere and hit music! Admission and skate rental is always free for students. Late Night Ice is hosted Thursdays through Sundays at Tennity during the academic year.

Tree Planting Event

Student Association is collaborating with the ESF Earth Week Committee to plant trees on South Campus! On Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m., a trolley will pick up participating students from College Place and Centennial Hall before heading to 640 Skytop Road, the site of the tree planting. This event will conclude at 3 p.m.

Orange After Dark: Adults and Crafts Night

Unwind and de-stress with Orange After Dark at Adults and Crafts Night on Saturday, April 27. Art supplies and refreshments will be provided! No ticket is required, but a valid Syracuse University I.D. is needed, and you need to RSVP for the event on ’Cuse Activities.

Target Grocery Run

Stock up on needed groceries or your favorite snacks as you study and complete your final assignments and exams. On Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., a trolley sponsored by Student Association will continuously shuttle students back and forth from College Place to Target.

Orange After Dark: Syrup-Cuse Midnight Pancake Breakfast

Forget breakfast for dinner, how about breakfast as a midnight snack? Bust your finals stress at the last Orange After Dark event of the school year. Taking place in the Goldstein Auditorium at Schine Student Center, there will be live pancake artists, entertainment and tabletop games. The event is Monday, April 29, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Be sure to RSVP on ’Cuse Activities!

Written By Esteban Quiñones ’24, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications