Student with a UCI tattoo on their cheek
Celebrate UCI, one of the campus's oldest traditions, is expected to draw thousands to Aldrich Park on Saturday. New to the event are a solar-powered entertainment stage and a sustainability carnival with “green” prizes such as seeds and organic lollipops. Courtesy of Office of the Dean of Students

UC Irvine will welcome visitors of all ages Saturday, April 17, for “Celebrate UCI,” the campus’s 32nd annual open house. Thousands of alumni, students, staff and faculty members are expected to attend events, including the Wayzgoose Medieval Faire and the Car Show on the Green. Tours and information sessions will give prospective students a glimpse into their future at UCI.

“Celebrate UCI offers something for everyone: alumni returning to campus, future ‘Anteaters’ checking out programs and housing, and community members wanting to see what UCI is all about,” says Jill Halvaks, director of new student programs in the Office of the Dean of Students. “These are all great reasons to join the festivities.”

Admission and parking for Celebrate UCI are free. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, including last-minute changes, visit:

Wayzgoose Medieval Faire (10 a.m.-6 p.m., Aldrich Park and Ring Mall)
UCI’s festival in the park, established in 1972 by the Associated Students of UCI, will feature multiple stages presenting live music, student performances and kid-friendly entertainers. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Arts and Music”; and more than 120 student organizations will operate booths offering multicultural foods, games, displays and crafts. Also located throughout Aldrich Park will be carnival rides and UCI Alumni Association’s Beer Garden.

UCI Car Show on the Green (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aldrich Park)
For the 12th year, the UCI Police Department will sponsor a display of about 100 classic, antique, hot rods and imported vehicles in Aldrich Park. Among the exhibit’s highlights will be a 1942 Dodge ¾ Command Car – transported to Europe during World War II and recently returned to the U.S. – and a 1912 Buick Model 36 Roadster, one of only four such cars still in existence, organizers say.

Theater and the Arts
The Claire Trevor School of the Arts hosts performances and exhibits from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The school’s costume shop, art gallery, computing lab and digital arts exhibit will be open for visitors. A free performance of “Midnight Dancer” by Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble, featuring choreography by Bare Bones Dance Theatre, is offered at noon in Room 1100 of the Performance Studio. For a complete list of arts events, visit the Celebrate UCI Web site.

Academic information sessions
General information sessions for freshmen, transfers and their families are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in various locations. Academic counselors will discuss UCI undergraduate programs. Representatives from the School of Law, Graduate School of Management and School of Medicine will host information booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Ring Mall, next to Langson Library. Specific times and locations for sessions are available on the Celebrate UCI Web site.

Campus tours
Beginning outside Aldrich Hall, tram tours of the campus will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and walking tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, tours of the Student Center, Anteater Recreation Center, and student housing will be offered. Specific times and locations are available on the Celebrate UCI Web site.