All Hall-O-Ween (AHOW) is an annual event put on by RHA in October to celebrate the spirit of Halloween in a fun and community oriented way. This event began in 2001 with the hope of providing a safe alternative for youth in the Berkeley, Richmond, and Oakland areas during the Halloween season. For this event, RHA invites students from local elementary schools and Berkeley’s own Family Housing to come trick-or-treat in the residence halls. The children are bused over to the residence halls where residents are welcome to pass out candy provided by Cal Dining, act as tour guides for the children, decorate their halls and lounges for a possible decoration contest and dress up in their best Halloween attire. One other fun way residents can get involved and interact with the children is by working with their hall associations and unit communities to organize a fun “after trick-or-treating” event or “Sweet Stop” for the kids. Past events have included: Kiddie-Carnivals, Arts and Crafts Corners, Haunted Houses and more. Don’t miss out on this awesome way to connect with the Berkeley community this Halloween. More information will be available from your RHA reps and through posters at a Residence Hall near you. Sign ups for tour guides and candy givers start soon!
Bearfest is an annual event put on by RHA in November to celebrate the rich history of People's Park. Beginning in 1996, this event was known as the Scare Crow Festival, it then became Harvest Day for the next two years and eventually the name changed to what it is now, Bearfest. Bearfest consists of a variety of fun and engaging activities for residents. Inflatable obstacle courses, the famous twisty balloon man, a rock wall, raffles, various contests and free food are only a few of the things that make Bearfest an exciting day. In celebrating the park's history, RHA also invites local bands to play at the event and hall associations to maintain carnival booths. Past booths have included henna tattoo, bowling, creating Cal paraphernalia, tie-dying clothing, Sterninator, cupcake decorating, Angry Bird Toss, and more. Often the most interesting and important part of the event is the chance to reflect on the park's history, which is made possible by the large panels of pictures and information provided by previous activists. It is a free carnival that you won't want to miss, so look out for more information in your residence halls this coming fall!
Spring Advocacy Program
Each Spring between February and March, RHA puts on a Spring Program. This event is not annual and is decided upon with resident interest and RHA staff and representative input in mind. Past Spring Programs have been: ResHall Feud, Hall Olympics, Cal Idol, Around the World Awareness, Bear Talent and more. For further descriptions of past events, please refer to the below information. If you would like to see a particular type of event take place this year, please feel free to give us your suggestions by emailing the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year in April RHA invites residents and guests to conclude the year with a night on the San Francisco Belle, a 3-decker marvelous boat. There will be complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and desserts are served along with multiple floors for dancing while the boat is cruising around the beautiful San Francisco Bay. This semi-formal spring dance began as RHA's House Party in 1999 at Pauley Ballroom. It then moved to a boat setting in San Francisco. At first, each unit held its own boat dance, but as the program grew more popular, it became a single large-scale event put on by RHA. Past Sail Away themes have included: Moulin Rouge, Casino Royal, Paris Je t'aime, Midnight Masquerade and more. This is the only event put on by RHA that has a limitation on the number of residents and guests who can participate and requires payment. You won't want to miss out, so look out for more information this coming spring!
In order to participate in the event, you will need to fill out an order form to turn into an RHA rep for a ticket as well as turn in a waiver form on the day of the event. Both forms are available from RHA representatives and are downloadable on the website.