Buff and Bloom Week 2023

Buff and Bloom Week; April 10-15th, 2023


Buff and Bloom Week is the newest campus tradition for all things spring, cherry blossoms, and GW! Get ready for a week jam-packed with numerous events, programs, spectacular activities, and PINK!

Featured Events

Yellow mic on a cream background

Lantern Lounge

Come join us for a night filled with music, comedy, and lanterns! There will also be a pop-up thrift shop by POP! Thrift for you to browse and purchase items from to get in style for the week.

Pink duck on a cream background


Duckstravaganza is a fan favorite event, find a duck in the University Student Center and return it to the 3rd floor lobby for a prize!

George Washington singing into a mic on a cream background

Blossom Bash

Blossom Bash is an all day festival. The day begins at 2 PM with Kick-Off featuring inflatables, food trucks, and a fashion show! The day will also feature Put Me On Fest at 4 PM and Spring Fling at 6:30 PM. You do not want to miss this!

Buff and Bloom Week 2023 - Schedule

April 10 - 15

Spring into Buff and Bloom Events are added all the time, so bookmark this page and check back often to see what events we're adding to the schedule. Be sure to follow @StudentLifeatGW on Instagram and Tik Tok to get connected to the GW community, and for all the latest event updates.

Monday, April 10th


POP! Pop up

7:30 PM | University Student Center, Columbian Square (1st floor, in front of Panera)
POP! Thrift kicks off Buff and Bloom week in STYLE! Come check out POP! Thrift's pop-up shop.

Open Mic Night at the Lantern Lounge

7:30 PM | University Student Center, Columbian Square (1st floor, in front of Panera)
Come join us for a night filled with music, comedy, and lanterns! All talents and skill levels are welcome to attend and join in on the fun. RSVP on Engage!

Tuesday, April 11th


Red Cross Blood Drive

10 AM | University Student Center, 309
GWU Red Cross is hosting a blood drive! Join us in USC 309 and donate blood to save a life.

GW Competition Cheer

4:30 PM | District Dance Studio
Competition Cheer Clinic! GW Competition Cheer will teach very basic cheerleading skills such as simple stunting, jumping, tumbling, and motions.

GW Balance Dance Class

7 PM | Continental Ballroom
GW Balance Dance Class is hosting an open-level dance class for you! Come join us.

Wednesday, April 12th


Free Doughnuts with GW Spoon University!

11 AM | University Student Center
Come to the University Student Center on April 12th and grab a FREE Astro doughnut!

Madewell Pop Up

12 PM | Potomac Square
Madewell is a community-driven clothing destination for men and women that champions creativity, inclusivity, and self-expression and they're coming to GW! Join us on Potomac Square to learn about Madewell's sustainable practices, participate in their jean donations program, and receive some merch! 

Vlossom on the Vern

1 PM | Mount Vernon Campus, Quad
A picnic, craft day on the MVC Quad. Design your own t-shirts with stencils and/or make a flower crown - perfect preparation for Blossom Bash.


1 PM | Columbian Square, University Student Center
Grad-itude celebrates seniors on their years of hard work to reach graduation! Everyone has a different graduation story and timeline, but we aim to celebrate them all! We will be passing out cupcakes, alumni bag-tags, and flowers for seniors to come grab during the two hour long event.

Foreign Film Society Screening

4 PM | University Student Center, 1st Floor Presentation Space
Foreign Film Society will be showing a screening of Sweet Bean, a Japanese drama film about the heartwarming relationship between a dorayaki shop owner, an elderly woman, and young girl. Come and join us!

Title IX Screening: Love and Basketball 

6 PM | University Student Center, Amphitheatre
Watch love blossom at the Title IX Office’s showing of Love and Basketball. Join us for a movie, popcorn, and a follow-up discussion on how to cultivate healthy relationships! 

Thursday, April 13th



11 AM | University Student Center, 3rd Floor Lobby
Duckstravaganza is BACK and better than ever! Come to the USC on Thursday, April 13th and look for a hidden rubber duck and turn it in at the Great Hall for a chance to win a prize. There will also be lots of carnival games and prizes to choose from so join us and get lookin'! 

Pups and Pastries 

11 AM | Elliott Building Basement
The Elliot School of International Affairs has something relaxing planned for you! Come to Pups and Pastries in the Elliot Basement!

POSTPONED: Mural Reveal and Reception

6 PM | University Student Center, 4th Floor
Join us at the University Student Center fourth floor as the student organization Art N' Soul reveals a mural showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of student life at GW,  along with the green spaces that can get overlooked on an urban campus. This program will conclude with a reception and light refreshments for attendees provided by Student Involvement and Leadership.


7 PM | Potomac Square 
Whether you want to feast from a food truck, relax by a fire pit, tie-dye a t-shirt, play yard games, or just hangout under the twinkling lights, Chalk-In is your one-stop shop for some much deserved R&R. Be sure to RSVP on Engage for all the updates!

Shakespeare in the Park

8 PM | Square 80
Come see Shakespeare in the Park! There will be multiple shows happening throughout Buff and Bloom Week so don't miss out!

Friday, April 14th


Growing Resilience with Title IX

2 PM | Kogan Plaza 
Drop by Title IX's table in Kogan Plaza anytime between 2 PM and 4 PM to decorate air plant holders, grab a free air plant, and chat with Title IX staff about growing resilience and self-care habits! Rain site: University Student Center’s H Street Covered Entrance by Panera.

GW First Gen Picnic

3 PM | G Street Park behind GW Deli
Picnic by the cherry blossoms with GW First Gen at the G Street Green Space! For all the latest updates, RSVP on Engage!

Corito Sano

6 PM | University Student Center, 3rd Floor Terrace
Join ALIANZA for Corito Sano! The purpose of Corito Sano is to create a space for both our Latinx and Black communities alike where we can share and talk about our various cultures and come together as a community. We will also have performances and provide food!

Shakespeare in the Park

7 PM | Square 80
Come see Shakespeare in the Park! There will be multiple shows happening throughout Buff and Bloom Week so don't miss out!

District K

8 PM | University Student Center, 5th Floor Activity Space
District K will be hosting a Cherry Blossom themed K Pop dance workshop for those who love to dance or interested in K-pop! Open to all levels. Come and dance with us and don't forget to RSVP on Engage!

Pole Pressure

8 PM | University Student Center, Continental Ballroom
GW Late Night is back with a  night to remember! Come to Continental Ballroom and learn how to chair dance with DC Pole Pressure. This program will have three sessions starting at 8 PM, then session 2 at 9 PM, and the last session at 10 PM. See you there!

GW Anime Society

9 PM | University Student Center, Amphitheater
Come join GW Anime Society for a showing of the Anime film, Millennium Actress!

Shakespeare in the Park

10 PM | Square 80
Come see Shakespeare in the Park! There will be multiple shows happening throughout Buff and Bloom Week so don't miss out!

Saturday, April 15th


Blossom Bash

2 PM | University Yard
Blossom Bash is an all day festival closing out Buff and Bloom Week! Featuring events such as Spring Fling, an annual concert brought to you by Program Board. This event is free and only open to current GW students. Bags or water bottles are NOT permitted.

Blossom Bash also features GW Women's Lacrosse game which will be giving out FREE pink headbands!

Full Schedule

  • 1 PM | GW Women's Lacrosse vs. Richmond | GW Lacrosse Field at MVC 
  • 2 PM | Official Blossom Bash Kick-Off | University Yard
  • 3 PM | Exclusive POP! Thrift Fashion Show | University Yard
  • 4 PM |  Put Me On Fest | Potomac Square
  • 6:30 PM | Spring Fling | Potomac Square
  • 7 PM | Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet | Square 80 
  • 7 PM | Spring Awakening | Vern Blackbox
  • 10 PM | Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet | Square 80 
  • 10 PM | Spring Awakening | Vern Blackbox