A preview of Mason Day 2018

Food trucks, an obstacle course and singer Daniel Caesar are coming to the 53rd annual campus celebration

By Tisha Herrera, Staff Writer

The 53rd annual Mason Day celebration is coming up on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The main attraction at this year’s event is a concert by musical guest Daniel Caesar, a two-time Grammy-nominated R&B singer. The celebration will also feature carnival rides, activities, games and a selection of food trucks providing guests a variety of dining options.

“Student Involvement really wants to make sure the diversity is going to be represented at Mason Day this year,” said Lauren Long, executive director for Student Involvement.

The annual event is hosted by the Mason Office of Student Involvement, where the organizing is divided between staff and members of the Patriot Activities Council and the planning process begins months in advance.

“We have this one big event that everybody works collectively on to end the year, so we start planning back in the fall,” said Long. “It takes almost a year to just get [everything] settled.”

The celebrations for Mason Day have continued to grow every year, and new attractions for 2018 will include a Ferris wheel, mechanical bull and a mobile obstacle course similar to the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to challenge students and other guests.

“I love the things our staff does through Student Involvement, but there is just something about 6-7,000 of our community members coming together with Mason spirit, to have a fantastic time at the end of the year,” explained Long. “I love when we can make our students’ day, and this is a place where faculty, staff, Mason students, family members, and community members come together to just have a great experience.”

Mason Day 2018 will go from 2-8 p.m., and will be located in Lot L. The first group to get early admission will also receive a free snack, although other food items will be available for purchase with tickets or from the food trucks directly.

The event is free to all Mason students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID. Admission costs $20 for the general public, and will be available for purchase at the event with cash only.

Photos Courtesy of Mason Creative Services