Good Times & Great Events

Welcome Back, Gators!

You’re a Gator, and it’s a BIG deal. The Great Gator Welcome is your official kick-off to the spring semester. From January 9-13, 2023, campus departments and student organizations will host events with opportunities for you to meet new people, get connected to the Gator student experience, explore campus, and just have fun!

GatorDays Balloon Bayou

Shaping the Swamp
Date: Monday, January 9
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Reitz Union Student Engagement Portal, 2nd Floor

GatorDays is hosting an interactive exhibit of a swamp made entirely of balloons! Join the balloon artists for an interactive demonstration and tutorial on how to construct the balloon exhibit.


Wetlands Walkthrough 
Dates: Tuesday, January 10 – Thursday, January 12
Time: Various
Location: Reitz Union Student Engagement Portal, 2nd Floor

Tour the Balloon Bayou and see a balloon creation of the natural scenes of the swamp including animals, greenery and more.

  • Tuesday, January 10: 11 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday, January 11: 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Thursday, January 12: 9 AM – 12 PM

Stop, Drop & Pop 
Date: Thursday, January 12
Time: 2 PM – 4 PM
Location: Reitz Union Student Engagement Portal, 2nd Floor

Pop what you are doing; join GatorDays for the popping of the Balloon Bayou and some poppin’ snacks!

Student Organization Fair

Date: Wednesday, January 11
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
Location: Reitz Union Terrace  and North Lawn

Get familiar to your new ‘home’ and join us on January 11th from 10am-2pm as we host multiple ways for you to engage in sustainable and environmental preservation and contribute to the UF’s core value of Stewardship within the Gator Nation.

GatorNights: Gator Spirit

Date: Friday, January 13
Time: 7 PM – 10 PM
Location: Reitz Union 

Get ready for the spring semester and show your love for the Gator Nation! There will be a mechanical gator, gator slide, stuff-a-gator, custom tote bags, glowing gator message boards, and more.