GatorFest! 2023 || All Gators Are Welcome!

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Every year, GatorFest! celebrates the return of the start of the academic year at SF State. All students are welcome! GatorFest! is an opportunity to start strong, make new connections, join clubs & organizations, learn more about the University's resources and services, explore San Francisco, and celebrate being a Gator! 

See more details below! 



The 2023 GatorFest! Schedule!

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Spotlight Events!

Skating Gators

Location: Student Life Events Center - Annex 1

Date: September 21, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Description: Glide and groove at Skating Gators, a neon-lit roller skating event at the Student Life Events Center - Annex 1. With a dazzling setup and vibrant atmosphere, it's the perfect opportunity to showcase your skating skills and have a blast with friends.

SARA | Sexual Violence Education

Location: TBD

Date: September 23, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am + 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description: Join us for an important session on Sexual Violence Awareness. This educational event aims to raise awareness, foster dialogue, and empower our community to combat sexual violence. Note that two sessions will be held, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Are You Ready!?

Each week the GatorFest! Schedule is updated leading up to Move-In Weekend!

Welcome to the Entering Class of 2023. We have amazing programs and events celebrating your arrival.

Check back to this webpage for the latest GatorFest! & Week of Welcome (WOW) schedule.



IMPORTANT: Sign the GatorFest! Waiver

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Spotlight Events!

Back to School Beach Bonfire

Location: Ocean Beach

Date: September 26, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Description: Get ready to unwind and have beachside fun at our Back to School Beach Bonfire! We'll provide snacks, beach games, and good company as you enjoy the bonfire's warm glow and the waves' soothing sound. There is nothing like the Northern Coast of California. RSVP for more details about where to meet!

Wags for Wellness #1

Location: Quad

Date: September 27, 2023

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Description: Hosted by Health Promotion & Wellness, the Wags for Wellness Program aims to build community through stress relief activities and raise awareness of mental health and wellness resources on campus. Studies show animals can help relieve anxiety, and just petting a dog or cat can lower your blood pressure. We hope you will come out to pet one of our visiting therapy animals! Therapy Animals are certified assisted therapy animals from the SF SPCA. For more information and updates, please visit: HPW - Wags for Wellness.

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Student Life Events

New Gator Family Reception

ChompFest! 2023

Entering Year Pinning Ceremony & Entering Class Photo 

Board Game Nights

The Student Life Carnival

Drag Queen Bingo

Greek Block Party

Rec the Night!

City Tours with Residential Life

Beach Bonfire

Academic Events

Starting Strong: Orientation Refresher

Twas the Night Before Classes

Know Your Syllabus

Emailing Your Professor

Building Your Semester Calendar (Important Dates & Deadlines!)



Skating Gators Roller Rink Event


Screen on the Green (Movie Nights) 

Comedy Shows

Silent Disco

eSports Watch Parties

Gators Go See the Giants (Baseball)