The spring season at Tufts typically brings a welcome sight: students spread across the President’s Lawn, embracing the abrupt yet pleasant change from snow and sleds to sun and sandals. Nearby Davis Square comes alive, and the cherry blossoms emerge as the semester comes to a close. Sound serene? It sure is, but spring on the Hill also means the return of a not-so-quiet tradition: Spring Fling. What’s Spring Fling, you ask? Let’s define it.
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1. An annual student-organized Tufts-sponsored concert on the President’s Lawn the weekend before the spring semester’s final exam period.
2. To listen to live music, have fun with friends, and celebrate the Tufts community at the closing of the academic year.
Spring Fling is not just a concert; it also functions as a reunion and celebration. The tradition has brought alumni back to the Hill since its inception in 1980. Clubs, residence hall floors, teams, and other groups create their annual Spring Fling tank to wear the day of the concert. Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC) runs the show at the bottom of the hill and hosts a pizza tent at the top for hungry concert-goers.
Curious about the Spring Fling organizers? Get to know TUSC here. And though we can’t bring you to Spring Fling just yet, let us bring Spring Fling to you with this video from the 2017 show. Recent Spring Fling headliners have included A$ap Ferg, TY Dolla Sign, Tinashe, Kesha, and Childish Gambino. Check out this playlist curated by our senior interns featuring past performers—you won’t regret adding this to your social distance music rotation.