An autumn day in Providence | October 22, 2022

Foliage, football, & (Water)Fire! Once again experience the excitement and exhilaration of a fun-filled fall day in your old stomping grounds.

Could you use a boost of that remarkable campus energy? Come back to Brown on October 22 to stroll in the crisp air, catch up with friends, cheer on the Brown Bears, and take in a world-class art experience!

Your first stop: Brown vs. Cornell at Brown Stadium

crowd cheering at Brown football gameThe Brown Bears take on the Cornell Big Red for their 6th game of the season. Cheer them on to victory alongside your friends, family, and fellow Brunonians. Plus, enjoy new Stadium enhancements such as the Narragansett Beer Garden, which is owned by alum Mark Hellendrung '90. (Open to fans 21 years and older.)  

This game coincides with the team's annual Bench Press for Cancer, which raises money for research and cancer survivorship programs at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. Pink cookies will be for sale at the concessions with 100% of the proceeds supporting cancer research.

Tickets: $10-15 ea. Time: The Beer Garden will open at 11:00 a.m. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m.

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Take a stroll through campus or stop by Thayer Street and see what’s changed.

Current Brown parents and families will also be on campus for Family Weekend, so it is sure to be a bustling and vibrant time on College Hill. Spend some time after the game hopping between art exhibits and activities—such as “Solidarity: Imagining Social Justice” at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America or the Community Archeology Day at the Joukowsky Institute-—or stroll some of your favorite old campus haunts. What a great opportunity to share with your friends and family all that you love about Brown.

And if you’re hungry, try out a new Thayer Street restaurant or stick to the classics like Bagel Gourmet, Antonio’s Pizza, and Louie’s Family Restaurant as you recollect your days pursuing the 5am challenge

Then, head over to Brown-sponsored WaterFire.

WaterFire torches at nightSunset – 10:00 p.m. 

At the foot of College Hill, floating bonfires will set the night sky aglow as you're immersed in music and live performances. Stroll throughout Waterplace Park — and alongside Brunonians in town for Family Weekend — as you enjoy the city’s beauty by firelight at this spectacular installation created by artist Barnaby Evans ’75.

About the Oct 22 WaterFire

Where to stay

It’s a popular weekend in Providence, so accommodations will go fast! See Brown’s list of visitor accommodations or expand your search on sites like AirBnb, VRBO, Hotels.com, and Expedia, which can provide affordable options.

Can’t make it in person? 

  • Watch the football game from home on ESPN Plus.
  • There’s more than one way to reconnect with your Brown roots this fall. Visit the alumni events calendar to see what Brown happenings are popping up in your neck of the woods, and check out the new Alumni & Friends digital downloads page for a few fun ways you can share your #BrownAlumni pride with your world this fall (did someone say “pumpkin stencils”?).