Fall events for UNT students

There’s no time like fall in North Texas; as the temperature cools off and campus bursts back to life, there’s no shortage of fun things for students to do at UNT and around Denton all semester long. When you’re ready to take a break from classes and studying, you’ll find plenty of options to keep you entertained below, or check the UNT Calendar.

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  • College of Music PerformancesThe College of Music offers a wide array of performances throughout the fall semester. From musicals, to jazz and opera performances, there’s something for everyone.
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  • Mean Green Move-in weekend Aug. 17-18: Get settled into life on campus with help from fellow UNT students as you unpack in your new home away from home.
  • Distinguished Lecture Series presents Marque Richardson Aug. 19: Marque Richardson is a high energy, multi-faceted actor, writer, and producer. Moreover, he is a citizen of the world, who uses his art as activism. Richardson answered the call of TV and film at an early age. A stronger call guides his vision as both a person and a performer – the call of community and service. Richardson portrays Reggie Green on Netflix Original Series "Dear White People". Based on the film of the same name, the show offers a mirror of post “post-racial” America.
  • Mean Green Fling Aug. 21: Find a place to get involved by attending this fun-filled student organization fest where you can win free prizes and meet your Mean Green family.
  • Fall Classes Begin Aug. 26: After First Flight Week Aug. 18-25, the fall semester officially kicks off with the first day of classes.
  • Athletics in August: There are numerous opportunities to cheer on the Mean Green as the fall semester begins. The women’s soccer and volleyball teams will have three home games each in late August to start their respective seasons, while the football team will kick off the season at Apogee Stadium on Aug. 31.


  • Labor Day Sept. 2: The university will be closed so the entire campus community can enjoy this holiday at the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Fine Arts Series presents Roxane Gay Sept. 5: Author and renowned culture critic Roxane Gay will be paying a visit to UNT to discuss her award-winning books and articles, including her time as the first black woman to ever write for Marvel.
  • Founder’s Day Sept. 13: UNT will be turning 129 this year! Celebrate the founding of our university with a free picnic on the Union south lawn. There will be food, fun and a message from the President.
  • Eagle Camp  Sept. 20-21: Not to be confused with Freshman Orientation, Eagle Camp is the next step in a smooth transition to UNT and the Denton community. Eagle Camp is a great opportunity for you to make new friends, learn UNT traditions, and enter into your first year of college with confidence and feeling like a part of the UNT family! You will also meet student leaders who will help you feel ready as you start college as part of the Mean Green family!
  • UNT Family WeekendFamily Weekend Sept. 27-29 Join UNT in celebrating friends and family weekend. A variety of activities including a pep rally, 5k Fun Run, breakfast with the President and tailgating make this weekend a special time for students and their families.
  • Athletics in September: As the Mean Green football season gets in full swing, there will be two home games in September, including the Sept. 21 game against UTSA and an exciting matchup against Houston Sept. 28. The volleyball team will host the North Texas Challenge from Sept. 19-21, and the soccer team will end the month with home matches against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 26 and Middle Tennessee on Sept. 29.


  • Registration for Spring 2020 Oct. 7: Get a head start on securing your classes for the Spring semester.
  • Applications due for Alternative Service Breaks Oct. 9: Apply to spend your winter and spring breaks giving back through the Center for Leadership and Service’s Alternative Service Breaks program. This year’s trips will focus on a variety of different initiatives.
  • Fine Arts Series presents Vernon Fisher’s Words and Pictures Oct. 8: Art enthusiasts won’t want to miss this exhibit of paintings and sculptures from the 1980s to the present. The exhibit, Words and Pictures, is created by UNT’s very own Regents Professor of Art, Emeritus Vernon Fisher. It will serve to celebrate the grand opening of the expanded and integrated college of Visual Arts and Design building.
  • Distinguished Lecture Series presents Common Oct. 16: Hip hop artist and actor Common is one Tony Award away from becoming an EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony—winner. And that’s not counting his Golden Globe or any of the other numerous awards he’s won. Throughout his career he has used his art as a platform to change people’s perspectives, promote more diverse narratives, and encourage people to movement.
  • Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival Oct. 26: This is Denton’s annual fall celebration of the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos and all things Halloween. The event is free and includes coffin races, a parade, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more.
  • Make a Difference Day Oct. 26: Every fall, Project VolUNTeer hosts this nationally recognized day of service. Volunteers contribute over 6,000 hours of service in several different local cities. The event is celebrated by the UNT community and volunteers can participate as individuals or with their student organization.
  • Fine Arts Series presents Tyshawn Sorey [BS4] Oct. 28: Take a break from your fall courses and enjoy the sounds of critically-acclaimed musician Tyshawn Sorey. With pieces recognized as boundless, immersive and thrilling, this is a concert not to be missed.
  • UNT Homecoming BonfireAthletics in October: The football team will take on Middle Tennessee on Oct. 19 in the only October home game this year. The volleyball team will host three home games Oct. 13, 25 and 27, while the soccer team will have their final home game of the season against Marshall on Oct. 20.


  • Homecoming Oct. 28-Nov. 2: The time of year to show off your Mean Green spirit more than any other. Traditional events like the spirit march, bonfire, parade and football game will all be part of the week’s festivities.
  • Thanksgiving Break Nov. 28-29: The University will be closed starting Thursday so the campus community can enjoy this time with friends and family.
  • Athletics in November: As the fall season winds down, Mean Green fans can catch the football team’s final home against UAB Nov. 30. Volleyball will wrap up its season with the last home game against UTSA on Nov. 16, while men’s and women’s basketball season start in mid-November.


  • Denton Tree LightingLast Class Day Dec. 5: The semester comes to a close with the last day of classes.
  • Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Dec. 6: Celebrate the holiday season with a night on the square. There will be live music, food and family fun at this free community event. Donations will also be taken for a toy drive benefiting Elves Shelves.
  • Finals Week Dec. 7-13: You’ve almost made it to the end of the semester. Don’t stress, you’ve got this!
  • Fall Commencement Dec. 12-14: This is the moment every college student is working toward. All those years of group projects, late night cram sessions and stress-inducing exams will be totally worth the feeling you get when you cross that stage.
  • Winter Break Dec. 23-Jan. 1: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season has finally arrived, and the university will be closed.
  • Athletics in December: Basketball season continues for both the men’s and women’s teams. There is also potential postseason play for footballsoccer and volleyball to keep an eye out for.