10 UB Events to Check Out This Winter 2016

City Guide, Event


Written by Arianna Lang

Published on January 6, 2016


Cool things to do at UB This Winter

Although the months of January and February bring biting cold weather, they also bring more than a handful of opportunities to enjoy events sponsored by the University at Buffalo.  Tempting as it may be to stay bundled up indoors, UB’s clubs and organizations strive to coax you out of your blanket-cave.  From hiking, to yoga, to Romeo and Juliet, below is a list of ten out of the many exciting events sponsored by UB this winter. AKA a list of ten reasons to actually leave your house.


UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.

DATE: Thursday, 2/11/16 @ 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Alumni Arena, UB North Campus

PRICE: $16-$34 (One free ticket for UB Student)

In the fall, UB brought us acclaimed celebrities and scholars like John Legend and Laverne Cox; and this winter, UB brings us more impressive intellects — beginning with theorist, Charles J, Ogletree, author and current professor at Harvard Law School.  Ogletree founded the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice and accordingly speaks and writes on those topics (and more!).  Get more information about this event and tickets here. This event is open to the public.


Infinity Dance Project

DATE: Sunday, 1/17/16 @ 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Mainstage Theatre, UB Center for the Arts

PRICE: $16.50

If you’re like me — athletically challenged — but still appreciative of the art of dance, Infinity Dance Project will perform at the Center for the Arts this winter.  The dancers, ranging from age 13 to 18, characterize their group as a “performance outlet,” not a school.  Watch as these young talents entertain with their graceful performance!  Get more info about this event hereThis event is open to the public.


Romeo and Juliet from Aquila Theatre on Vimeo.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet presented by Aquila Theatre

DATE: Thursday, 3/10/16 @ 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Mainstage Theatre, UB Center for the Arts

PRICE: $10.00

What more can there be said about Romeo and Juliet that hasn’t been said already? Except, you know that it’s coming to UB and if you like Theatre at all you should go.  For more than 400 years, William Shakespeare has inspired countless theaters to perform and reinvent his harrowing and romantic classic.  This winter, UB brings Romeo and Juliet as presented by Aquila Theatre — a company touring out of NYC —  running about 2 and a half hours long. Check out the details for this event here. Heads up, they’re performing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Rochester a few days later! This event is open to the public.


Cinderella by Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet

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Sleeping Beauty presented by Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet

DATE: Friday, 3/18/16 @ 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Mainstage Theatre at UB Center for the Arts

PRICE: $7.00

Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet will perform one of the most fundamental fairytales of all time this winter: Sleeping Beauty.  A conglomerate of magic, wickedness, romance, and ballet, this performance of Sleeping Beauty is sure to be as beautiful as Princess Aurora herself whether you’re going for yourself or sharing the magical experience with someone (wife, girlfriend, kiddos, mom, nieces and nephews, grammy). And for only $7.00, this show is a steal!  For more information about this event, visit here. This event is open to the public.


ice skating at Canalside

Ice at Canalside / Step Out Buffalo

Canalside Skating by UBThisWinter

DATE: Saturday, 1/23/16 @ 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Canalside Buffalo

PRICE: FREE for any UB Student; UB Faculty/Staff/Families: $4 per person with skates; UB

Faculty/Staff/Families: $7 per person without skates.

Despite the unexpectedly late snowfall in Buffalo this winter, UB has all your ice-skating needs covered.  Sponsored by UBThisWinter, UB students, faculty, staff, and family alike can all ice skate at a discounted rate at Canalside Buffalo on January 23rd.  Make sure you register online for skates before you attend the event!  Find more information and register online for this event here. This event is open to the public.


Building Snow Shelters

DATE:  Thursday, 1/28/16 @ 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

LOCATION: UB North Campus Ice Skating Rink (across from the Student Union)

PRICE: Free!

Are you a true outdoors-person and a lover of all things DIY?  If so, UB brings you the opportunity to polish your survival skills by providing a snow shelter workshop right on UB North Campus! We’re talking quinzee huts, igloos, and debris huts. How cool is that? (See what we did there?) Thank you UB for the chance to make our childhood creams come true. For more information about this event, visit here. This event is for UB students only.


Winterfest 2016

DATE: Saturday, 2/6/16 @ Noon – 10 p.m.

LOCATION: Student Union, UB North Campus

PRICE: Free to all UB Students!

Festivals — whether in sun or snow — are ceaselessly entertaining.  Given the unpredictable status of the weather, Winterfest is prepared to go on, rain or shine.  The UB Winterfest packs in ice skating, ice bowling, horse drawn sleigh rides, and more — all free for UB Students!  While this one sounds like it may be great fod kids, it’s really more for students (AKA grown up kids). For more information about this event, visit here. This event is for UB students only.


UB Men’s Basketball Game

DATE: Saturday, 2/6/16 @ 2:30 p.m. for pregame; 3:30 for tipoff.

LOCATION: Alumni Arena at UB North Campus

PRICE: $20 for pregame reception –inclusive of ticket, food, and drinks.

*Register for event by Thursday, February 4th.

Like any sports event at UB, basketball is a high-energy and adrenaline pumping game, both to watch and play.  This winter, the School of Public Health and Health Professions offers a pre-gaming event right in the Alumni Arena before UB plays Eastern Michigan.  Both a great networking event for those interested in physical therapy and exercise and family-friendly, the pregame includes food, drink, and of course: rallying! Not to mention the main event afterwards. Find more information and register online for this event here. This event is open to the public.


Gentle Hatha Yoga presented by UB Life and Learning Workshops

DATE:  Wednesday, 2/10/16 @ 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

LOCATION: 10th floor of Goodyear, UB South Campus

PRICE: Free!

Stress levels are often at their highest mid-week for students and workers alike.  What better way to destress than an hour long yoga class?  Not only relaxing, yoga reaps exceptional benefits for your mental and physical health — and the group setting offers up a chance for you to meet your peers and make some new friends!  For more information, visit here. This event is for UB students only.


Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge, WNY Fall Bucket List, Step Out Buffalo

Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge / Step Out Buffalo

Eternal Hike presented by UB Life and Learning Workshops

DATE: Thursday, 2/11/16 @ 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Meet at 142 Student Union, UB North Campus

PRICE: Bring $2.00 for gas!

UB Life and Learning Workshops brings this free hiking expedition to “Eternal Flame,” an undisclosed location, this winter.  Because it’s a workshop, it will not only be fun, but, it will also be informative for those who are looking to learn more about hiking!  Find more information and register online for this event here. This event is for UB students only.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Arianna Lang</a>

Written by Arianna Lang

Arianna is an English and Art History student at the University at Buffalo. Currently, she is working on her senior thesis in addition to a poetry collection. Her interests lie in theory, film, art, and literature; she hopes to someday pursue a doctorate in contemporary literature.
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