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.

See events in: All Semester | August | September | October | November | December

All Semester

  • College of Music Performances: The 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.
  • Distinguished Lecture Series: The Distinguished Lecture Series brings a variety of speakers to campus each year to provide the UNT community with different perspectives and discussion topics. Speakers range from political figures to businessmen and even celebrities.
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  • Fall Classes Begin Aug. 27: After Mean Green Move-in weekend Aug. 18-19 and First Flight Week Aug. 19-26, 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.


  • Labor Day Sept. 3: The university will be closed so the entire campus community can enjoy this holiday at the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Founder’s Day Sept. 14: UNT will be turning 128 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.
  • Fine Arts Series presents Jad Abumrad Sept. 17: Radiolab creator and co-host Jad Abumrad will be paying a visit to UNT. Abumrad will discuss how he finds and develops stories along with creating new, original work.
  • UNT Family WeekendFamily Weekend Sept. 28-30: 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 gears up for football season, there will be a total of three home games in September, including the Sept. 1 season opener against SMU. The volleyball team will host the North Texas Challenge from Sept. 13-15, and the soccer team will bookend the month with home matches against Pittsburgh on Sept. 2 and UTSA on Sept. 30.


  • Registration for Spring 2019 Oct. 1: Get a head start on securing your classes for the Spring semester.
  • Applications due for Winter Alternative Service Breaks Oct. 3: Apply to spend your winter break giving back through the Center for Leadership and Service’s Alternative Winter Break program. This year’s trips will focus on a variety of different initiatives.
  • Zombie Apocalypse Oct. 19: Put your survival skills to the test in this race against the end of the world that will take place all over campus. Mankind is depending on it.
  • UNT Homecoming BonfireHomecoming Oct. 22-27: The perfect time of year to show off your Mean Green spirit more than ever. Traditional events like the spirit march, bonfire, parade and football game will all be part of the week’s festivities.
  • Fine Arts Series presents Wayne White Oct. 23: If you’re interested in the arts – specifically puppetry – then you won’t want to miss this event. Students will be working with American artist and puppeteer Wayne White to create a giant puppet for the Homecoming parade.
  • Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival Oct. 27: 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.
  • Athletics in October: The football team will take on Southern Miss on Oct. 13 in the only other October home game besides homecoming on Oct. 27. The volleyball team will have a three game home stand between Oct. 5-12, while the soccer team will wrap up their season by hosting Rice on Oct. 26.


  • Applications due for Spring Alternative Service Breaks Nov. 2: If you didn’t get a chance to apply for the winter trips, then spring will be your perfect chance to give 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 JunNk Nov. 6: Take a break from your fall courses and enjoy the sounds of an award-winning performance group. JunNk isn’t your everyday music group, they transform common junkyard items such as bottles, flip flops and PVC tubes into instruments to create an exciting and original musical experience.
  • I Gelosi Nov. 8-11: Spend a night at the theatre and enjoy UNT Dance and Theatre’s production about Italy’s first great traveling theatre troupe. The story takes the audience on a journey through the troupe’s highs and lows during the late 16th century. 
  • Denton Tree LightingMake a Difference Day Nov. 10: 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.
  • Thanksgiving Break Nov. 22-25: The University will be closed starting Thursday so the campus community can enjoy this time with friends and family.
  • Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Nov. 30: 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.
  • Athletics in November: As the fall season winds down, Mean Green fans can catch the football team’s final home game as they host Florida Atlantic Nov. 15 in a rematch of last year’s Conference USA Championship. Volleyball will wrap up their season with the last home game against Southern Miss on Nov. 10 while basketball season starts in mid-November.


  • Last Class Day Dec. 6: The semester is finally coming to a close with the last day of classes.
  • UNT CommencementFinals Week Dec. 8-14: You’ve almost made it to the end of the semester. Don’t stress, you’ve got this!
  • Fall Commencement Dec. 14-15: This is the moment every college student is tirelessly 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. 24-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 football, soccer and volleyball to keep an eye out for.