Spring Fair 2021 – Celebrating 50 Years!

Thanks to all the students who came out or logged in to Spring Fair this year – we hope that you had fun, made new connections, and snagged some free swag and good food! Shout out to the Spring Fair Planning Committee, including some of our student leaders, on helping to execute the programs with community safety in mind. We appreciated your support of Spring Fair in the COVID environment and we look forward to resuming our larger scale community tradition in 2022! Go Hop!

2021 Spring Fair poster

What to Expect in 2021

We are following public health guidance to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend of events. The things mentioned below and the schedule are all subject to change at any given time based on needs, directives, or challenges presented. Our primary audience for this year’s Spring Fair is JHU students rather than the larger JHU and Baltimore community. We look forward to Spring Fair 2022 getting ‘back to normal’ but this year, we want to find some appropriate ways to give our students an opportunity to gather and make some memories as this challenging academic year approaches its end.

For more updates please continue to check this website and visit our frequently asked questions page.

RSVP Process for Participating

To participate in any element of Spring Fair, JHU students will need to plan ahead to ensure a smooth entry to the different areas and events. An RSVP/registration to Spring Fair 2021 on Hopkins Groups is required to any participation in the events and offerings, as it includes a waiver and acknowledgement of policies and protocols.

  1. Register on Hopkins Groups for the main “Spring Fair 2021” Event (you only have to do this once and it covers the whole weekend).
    If participating virtually, peruse the events posted within the Spring Fair event page to RSVP to the virtual events and you will receive links and instructions as needed.
  2. Ensure your Prodensity pass is green before coming on campus for any Spring Fair offerings. Be prepared to show staff your pass each day.
  3. Upon arriving to Spring Fair, you will need a wristband from either the Info Tents (locations on most quads) or from staff managing the lines/activity areas. Please expect to be approached by staff if you do not have one and they will assist! They will ask to see your Prodensity and your RSVP for Spring Fair 2021 (see step 1). If you return on another day, you will be asked again to see both.
  • Lawn games, inflatables, giveaway pickup, and the food areas DO NOT require any additional RSVPs but staff will communicate any necessary time limits depending on density at any given time.
  • DIY Arts/Crafts, Photobooth, and any Watch Parties DO require additional RSVPs.
    • Find those on the Spring Fair event page on Hopkins Groups and register accordingly.
    • Watch Parties (first 25 to RSVP) for the Drag Show, CultureShow, Friday Night Movies, Men’s LAX game, Speed Painter, and Spring Fair Concert open to RSVPs starting on Wed. April 21 at noon.
    • When arriving at the scheduled time, be prepared to show staff both your Prodensity and your event RSVP as well as your wristband having confirmed you checked in with staff.

Games & Activities

Spring Fair has always been a celebration of the season, spending the majority of it outdoors, and this year will be no exception. Campus green spaces will be filled with designated areas for inflatables and lawn games on Sunday, April 25 from 11am-5pm.* No RSVPs required, however timed play will be limited to 20-25 minutes per group of students that enter. We will also have a number of virtual/online gaming and activities as well! Check the schedule below and on Hopkins Groups for those opportunities.

*All areas will be monitored for appropriate gathering numbers and physical distancing as well as have sanitizer available and cleaning protocols in place. Face coverings are required at all times.

Arts & Crafts

Instead of hosting the typical local vendor fair in the form of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ quad, the Freshman Quad Annex tent will be home to our Arts & Crafts offerings as well as a Photobooth sponsored by the HOP! Small DIY projects to do on site, take home, and create collaboratively will be available inside the Annex on all three days of Spring Fair. Participants will use Hopkins Groups and Prodensity to access the space via timed reservation entries.



Each year, the food selection is one of the most popular and diverse aspects of Spring Fair. This year, while the number of selections (and guests) may be fewer*, we are working hard to ensure that some of the Hopkins favorites are still present in the form of some small tents and a selection of food trucks on Sunday. There will not be a Beer Garden or any alcohol sales this year based on public health concerns as well as our aim to have all elements of Spring Fair be open to all students, regardless of age — since we have all been so looking forward to connecting with one another!

Vendors will only be present on Sunday, April 25 from 10am-6pm on the Hopkins Club Parking Deck.
Students may only eat/drink within the marked designated areas.

*We will be managing the capacities at a specific entrance and exit point of the Hopkins Club location to ensure we still hold to the outdoor gathering limits. Further, there will be noted and designated areas in which students can enjoy their food/drink, seated with physical distancing in mind.

Spring Fair Concert

Good tunes, good vibes. Music is a huge part of Spring Fair! This year, we still plan to host a VIRTUAL headlining concert (with an on-campus watch party outdoors) on Saturday night, sponsored by The HOP. Recent headliners have included J. Cole, Nelly, The Chainsmokers, A$AP Ferg, Steve Aoki, and Cash Cash. This year’s concert will be streaming on the Hopkins Group homepage – allowing for everyone to view from the comfort of their home, apartment, residence hall, etc. There will also be an outdoor, on-campus screening of the concert on an LED screen on Keyser Quad for the first 25 lucky students to RSVP. The opening and headlining artists were announced via The HOP’s Instagram on April 14 (@jhuhop):

Poster for musical acts Hunny and Giveon

JHU Alumni Weekend

This year’s Alumni Weekend, albeit virtual, is the same weekend as Spring Fair so we are highlighting some of their events open to current students as well.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Friday and Saturday will focus primarily on virtual program offerings (with small, in-person watch parties and grab & go event offerings). Sunday will be the main day for in-person offerings and only day where food vendors/trucks will be present. All times and listings below are subject to change. Majority of offerings will require a RSVP/timed entry for students to participate.

**Ahead of Spring Fair beginning, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting Addressing Hate During COVID-19—a listening and reflection session for members of our Hopkins community on the impact of national incidents of hate and violence. The event is a universitywide conversation and facilitated by Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Katrina Caldwell and colleagues from across our divisions. This gathering, the first in our newly created Bearing Witness series, will offer a space for participants to reflect and engage with one another.
Begins on Friday, April 23 at 11:00am EST and registration details can be found here.

Friday, April 23

12:00pm – 8:00pm: DIY Arts & Crafts, Freshman Quad Annex Tent (timed entry RSVP required)
12:00pm – 7:00pm: Gaming with JohnCon on Gathertown
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Solo Circus: The Great Duboisstreaming on Hopkins Groups homepage and an on-campus watch party (LED screen on Keyser Quad)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Drag Show hosted by Astala Vistastreaming on Hopkins Groups homepage and an on-campus watch party (LED screen on Keyser Quad)
5:00pm – 8:00pm: JHU TASA Night Market — virtual event, register here.
6:00pm – 7:30pm: CultureShow Connecting from Afar — virtual/streaming (register on Hopkins Groups here) and an on-campus watch party (LED screen on Keyser Quad)
8:00pm – 12:00am: Friday Night Movies — Tenet & The Spongebob Movie; streaming online and an on-campus watch party for an 8pm screening of Tenet (LED screen on Keyser Quad)

Saturday, April 24

10:00am – 7:00pm: DIY Arts & Crafts and Photobooth sponsored by the HOP, Freshman Quad Annex Tent (timed entry RSVP required)
10:00am – 7:00pm: Keyser Quad Giveaway — get your Spring Fair t-shirt and a swag bag of treats and giveaways (no additional RSVP required – first come, first served but we have plenty!)
12:00pm – 8:00pm: Gaming with JohnCon on Gathertown
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Virtual Alumni Multicultural Gathering (Alumni Weekend Event, open to current students). Registration and info here.
2:00pm – 4:00pm: JHU vs. Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Game — streamed online and an on-campus watch party (LED screen on Keyser Quad)
6:30pm: Speed Painter Evan Struckstreaming on Hopkins Groups homepage and an on-campus watch party (LED screen on Keyser Quad)
7:00pm with music starting at 7:30pm: Spring Fair Concert featuring Hunny and Giveon with a live post-show Q&A sponsored by The HOP; streaming on Hopkins Groups homepage and an on-campus watch party (LED screen on Keyser Quad)

Sunday, April 25

10:00am – 6:00pm: Food vendors open for service (see Food Section above and FAQs for more info about food this year) — Hopkins Club Parking Deck & designated eating areas near Latrobe/Ames/Mudd
10:00am – 5:00pm: Gaming with JohnCon on Gathertown
10:00am – 5:00pm: Remainder of tshirt giveaway on Keyser Quad (no additional RSVP required – first come, first served or until gone)
11:00am – 5:00pm: Outdoor Games on Freshman Quad and Wyman Quad — cornhole, kanjam, spikeball, jenga, minigolf, variety of inflatables (no additional RSVP required, but play limited to 20-25 min)
11:00am – 5:00pm: DJ Booth streaming music on various quads
12:00pm – 5:00pm: DIY Arts & Crafts and Photobooth sponsored by the HOP, Freshman Quad Annex Tent (timed entry RSVP required)
12:00pm – 1:30pm: 7th Annual LGBTQ Pride Brunch (Alumni Weekend Event, open to current students). Registration and info here.
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Speed Painter replay — streaming on Hopkins Groups homepage
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Smith Island Cake Demonstration (Alumni Weekend Event, open to current students). Registration and info here.
5:00pm – Spring Fair events/activities close.
6:00pm — Food service on Hopkins Club Parking Deck ends.


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