SPEC Special Events brings a variety of unique events to Penn’s campus. The committee is well-known for providing free cookies, crafts, and other treats to students during several Fests held in Houston Hall. FrightFest, WinterFest, LoveFest and BeachFest give the Penn community a fun and varied break from the rigors of academia.

Special Events has organized a FREE trip to the Terror Behind the Walls haunted house at the Eastern State Penitentiary on Thursday, October 24th! Our bus will depart from campus at 7:30 PM and return to campus at 10:30 PM.

Sign ups are at the front desk of the Office of Student Affairs on the second floor of Houston Hall. The trip is completely FREE, but we do require that you hand in a $5 deposit to reserve your spot; the money will be returned to you the day of the trip. Please sign up and hand in your deposit by Monday, Oct. 14th.

The trip is open to all students but spaces are limited, so sign up with friends and secure your spots before it’s too late!



Join SPEC Special Events as we THROWBACK TO THE 90′s with FREE shutter shades, food, and old-school candy. Get jiggy with The Bachelor Boys, a local cover band that knows how to keep the crowd rocking. Activities will include Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, an inflatable Twister, a green screen photo booth, and 90s Trivia! Take part in the fun and you can get a fresh SPEC tank top. And you don’t want to miss the chance of winning the giveaway of 2 floor passes to the Spring Fling Concert!

*If it rains, the event will be moved inside to Houston Hall Bistro located on the first floor.

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Join SPEC Special Events on Wednesday, February 13th from 6pm – 8pm as we celebrate all things pink and heart shaped at LoveFest! Free food and tons of candy, performances by Onda Latina, Penn Dischords, and Disney A Capella, and tons of giveaways. Enter to win a Spring Break trip to Miami for four with the Zipcar representatives in tuxedos and take pictures with your loved ones at the LoveFest Photobooth!


When: Friday, March 23

Where: College Green

Jump into Spring on our trampoline! Enjoy “Sugar Philly” macarons and dirt & worms desserts! Don’t miss the chance to win 2 Fling Floor Concert Passes by grabbing a chocolate bar and seeing if you have the golden ticket

RSVP to the Facebook event here


Come join SPEC Special Events at LOVEFEST 2012! Enjoy s’mores and enter in a raffle to WIN a $200 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO ANY STEVEN STARR RESTAURANT! Simply guess the correct number of candies in the bowl and the person with the closest number wins! See you all there!

*The gift certificate is redeemable at any of these restaurants. NOMNOM!

RSVP to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/368702829807043/

Missed Special Events this semester? Check out highlights from Fall 2011 below and sign up for special events on GoPenn in the new year.

Happy Holidays!



SPEC Special Events Presents…WINTERFEST 2011!
When: Wednesday from 6-8pm
Where: Claudia Cohen Terrace Room
What: SPEC has pulled out all the stops to welcome in the wintery season!
- 2 chocolate fondue fountains with pretzels, bananas, graham crackers, marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats, Oreos, and more
- 1 grill for s’mores
- 300 cards to decorate with holiday cheer to give to the Ronald McDonald House
- 400 fresh waffles with 9 gallons of vanilla, chocolate, and mint chocolate chip ice cream, and M&Ms, peanut better cups, chocolate-covered cookie dough, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, gummy bears, and more
- 300 stress balls to giveaway
- 1 photo booth to take holiday pictures with your friends
- tons of wintery decorations and holiday music videos
We will have three student groups joining us:
- Onyx will be giving out macaroni
- Club Colombia will be giving out aguapenela (a sweet Colombian drink)
- Jewish Renaissance Project will be giving out Sufganiot aka jelly donuts
How: Check out the Facebook event here


SPEC Jazz and Grooves Presents…Baths w/ Anamanaguchi + Ki:Theory
When: Wednesday from 8pm-11pm
Where: The Arch (36th and Locust)
WhatBaths – “Animals” http://bit.ly/vTYsjU, “Lovely Bloodflow” http://bit.ly/seFgfb, “Maximalist” - http://bit.ly/uhEZIs
Anamanguchi – “Airbrushed” http://bit.ly/sryFgr, “Helix Nebula” http://bit.ly/vPr9Xi
How: Check out the Facebook event here


SPEC Concerts Presents…The Penn Music Collective
When: Thursday from 8pm-11pm
Where: St. Mary’s Church (3916 Locust Walk)
What: Come hear some of Penn’s most famous bands for free, and network with fellow musicians. The PMC is a group of independent student musicians devoted to fostering a more open and connected community of Penn students interested in music and the arts.
How: Check out the Facebook event here

Come join SPEC Special Events welcome in the winter season at WINTERFEST 2011! There will be tons of free food including make-your-own-waffles, s’mores, and chocolate fondue! Take some awesome holiday pictures in our photo booth and decorate cards to spread the holiday spirit to children in the Ronald McDonald House. Hope to see you all there…come hungry!

Click here to sign up for the lottery

Want to impress your parents when you go home for Spring Break? Learn how to make pasta from scratch as well many other delicious Italian appetizers. The class is free and spaces are limited. Bring your friends and come explore another great opportunity Philadelphia has to offer!

Wednesday, February 23

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

La Cucina at Reading Terminal Market