Colonel Fest Schedule

Check out our print copy of our 2019 Colonel Fest calendar of events!

Huddle Up! on the 50 – 5k Run/Walk & Tailgate Cook-Off
John L. Guidry Stadium | 8:00 a.m.
“HUDDLE UP! on the 50” is an annual fundraising event that celebrates the beginning of the fall sports season at Nicholls State University. This family friendly event on Fan Day features a Cook-off Competition that begins at 8:00 AM, Kids Fun Run at 4:00 PM, 5K Run/Walk at 5:00 PM, followed by a spirited Colonels football scrimmage to end the day.
Books & Brews
Bookstore | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Avoid lines by picking up your pre-placed book orders early. Enjoy a coffee bar and complimentary cookies. For those that pre-ordered be sure to bring in your pickup confirmation email.
Gleaux Colonels
Student Union Cotillion Ballroom | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Have you ever been to a giant glow party? Join us for a variety of glow-themed activities, giveaways, and more!
Colonel Jazz Brunch
Vernon F. Galliano Dining Hall | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join us for the Colonel Jazz Brunch in the dining hall featuring your breakfast favorites, beignets, faux mimosas and more! Free for students with residential meal plans. Cost is $7.45 plus tax for those without a meal plan.
Colonel Traditions Night
John L. Guidry Stadium | 6:00 p.m.
Attention Freshman students! Join our Athletics Department for a spirited lesson on Colonel pride! Come see where to sit, learn your school cheers, and meet the fall semester Athletic teams!
Colonel Traditions Tailgate
John L. Guidry Stadium | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Following Traditions Night join us for a preview of your gameday experience with games, giveaways, inflatables, music, and snacks.
Welcome Back Mass Followed by Ice Cream Social
St. Thomas Church | 9:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate Mass to kick off the new year and ask God’s blessings on the campus. After Mass, enjoy some ice cream, meet new people, and see what other opportunities there are to grow in your faith!
Welcome Back Biscuits
St. Thomas Church | 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Stop by St. Thomas to get a FREE hot breakfast (and coffee of course!) to kick off the first day of classes!
Back to School Giveaway
Ellender Memorial Library Front | 10:00 a.m.
Who’s ready for the semester to start? SPA sure is! Stop by and grab a few of our FREE favorite school supplies goodies.
Nacho Ordinary 1st Day of School
Quad | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Nicholls Student Alumni Association and the Nicholls Alumni Federation will be giving away FREE nachos!
TBA | 7:00 p.m.
Hand pick a coffee mug and meet new people, all while enjoying free coffee, ice cream, milk, cereal, and hot chocolate.
Welcome Back Concert
St. Thomas Church | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music at St. Thomas with a FREE concert by Kerry Thibodaux as well as a good homemade dinner! The evening with end with Night Prayer.
Italian Ice Giveaway
Quad | 11:00 AM
Need a quick cool down between classes? Stop in the Quad for a FREE cool treat with your Student Union staff and SPA members!
Grocery Store Bingo
Peltier Auditorium | 7:00 p.m.
You won’t want to miss one of the best Colonel Fest events! Come join the fun and play bingo to win prizes and baskets of groceries. The grand prize winner will take home a FREE, Coca-Cola sponsored bicycle!
Adoremus and Confessions
St. Thomas Church | 6:30 p.m.
ADOREMUS is a night of Eucharistic adoration praising God and asking Him to enter more deeply into our lives. The sacrament of Confession will also be offered. Start of the semester right with God!
Welcome Back Day
Student Union Ballroom | 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join the university community for a campground themed festival of FREE food, activities, giveaways, a pep-rally, and a chance to meet new students, faculty, staff, local businesses, and on-campus organizations.
Mass on the Grass
St. Thomas Church | 8:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate Mass on the field between St. Thomas and the BCM, praising God for His beautiful creation!
Back On The
Yard With BSU

Front of Student Union | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Come mix and mingle with the Black Student Union during
their first block party of the semester!
Share a Coke with a Colonel
Front of the Student Union | 11:00 AM
Stop by the front of the Student Union for a delicious coke float compliments of Nicholls Dining and Coca Cola.
Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center | 6:00 p.m.
Come to the Rec Center and Experience our Group Fitness classes, Fitness Challenges, Table Tennis and Cornhole Tournament and much more.
Ultimate Frisbee
St. Thomas Church | 6:30 p.m.
Get your Ultimate on with a game of Frisbee in the field near St. Thomas! FREE BBQ will be served after the game, and we will end the evening with Night Prayer.
Red Tank Giveaway
Surprise Locations | 11:00 AM
On Fridays we wear red! Follow SPA on social media @nicholls_spa to find out where you can pick up your FREE red tank top.
Rec-A-Palooza Water Edition
Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center | 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an outdoor water party! Come enjoy water slides, outdoor games, kiddie pool kickball, food, and prizes.
Not on Bread Alone
St. Thomas Church | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come get a good home-cooked meal at St. Thomas on Monday (and every Monday!) for just $1! Meet new people and get some good food at the same time!
SGA Scantron Giveaway
Quad | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pick up a free scantron from SGA!
Verso L’Alto (Athlete Outreach)
Veterans Lounge of Shaver Gym | 8:00 p.m.
Join us for the first Verso L’Alto of the semester in the Veterans Lounge of Shaver Gym! Verso L’Alto is a weekly athlete community night. Each week athletes come together to share a meal and talk about their faith and sport.
Ultimate Frisbee
St. Thomas Church | 6:30 p.m.
Get your Ultimate on with a game of Frisbee in the field near St. Thomas! FREE food will be served after the game, and we will end the evening with Night Prayer.
Getting to know University Police
Calecas Hall Green Space | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join us for a meet and greet of our University Police!
Part-Time Job Fair
Student Union Cotillion Ballroom | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Looking for a part-time job? Local businesses will be on hand to recruit.
Wednesday’s on the Wood
Student Union Deck Area | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Come chill in front of the Student Union and listen to to some DJ beats.
Colonel Karaoke and Waffle Night
Student Union Cotillion Ballroom | 7:00 PM -9:00 PM
Who doesn’t love a good night of entertainment and free food? Join us for a waffle bar and karaoke sponsored by the Student Union.
Jersday ThursdayAttention Nicholls Greeks! Be sure to follow Nicholls State University Greek Life on social media and wear your Greek letters for a chance to take home some surprise prizes!
Library Open House
Ellender Memorial Library | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Swing by the library for free food, games, and prizes while learning what we have to offer you.
TBA | 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wellness-focused event! Follow the clues to get to Tillou. The first 50 students to complete the challenge will receive a swag bag. The top team will compete in a “What Do You Meme” type competition to find the #1 champion, for the ultimate prize.
Football Viewing Party
Student Union Cotillion Ballroom | 6:00 p.m.
Can’t make it to the Nicholls versus Kansas game? No worries! SPA has you covered! Join us for a live stream of the game. Entry is FREE and wear red and come support our Colonels!