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Community Events

On any given week during the academic school year, Bethel College offers a sampling of entertaining and educational events that are open to the community. For the latest lineup of the following events, see the event calendar.


Athletics are an integral part of campus life at Bethel, and the public is invited to share in the excitement of the college’s year-round spectator sports, including football, soccer and volleyball in the fall; basketball in the winter; and golf, tennis and track in the spring. View the latest schedules and stats of the Thresher teams at

Fall Festival

For more than 35 years, Bethel has celebrated education, diverse cultural traditions, special foods, fine arts, crafts and friendship at its annual Fall Festival, held each year on an extended weekend in late September or early October. More than 5,000 people come to Newton and the Bethel campus to enjoy an array of activities.

Robert W. Regier Gallery

The Robert W. Regier Gallery (located in the Luyken Fine Arts Center) on campus features rotating exhibitions in all media from regional and national artists. Each spring two exhibits are dedicated to showcasing Bethel’s art students.

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series

Since 1998, Bethel has teamed up with Hesston (Kan.) College to bring internationally renowned performers to the area through the HBPA series. The 2009–10 lineup included Turtle Island Quartet, David Adam Moore, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli de Veracruz and Calmus. Visit the HBPA website for the complete schedule and details on obtaining tickets.


Bethel hosts a number of free lectures throughout the year, including the Menno Simons, Staley and Bible lectures. These series have brought to campus distinguished authors, professors, performers, theologians and artists.

Music and Theater

Jazz ensembles, vocal performances, operas, dramas and musicals are just some of Bethel’s fine arts events. Better yet, a number of these events are free and open to the public, such as the professional-grade recitals offered by students and faculty in the music department. Plan ahead by checking the event calendar and then head back to the News & Events page for details on each of the events. Obtain tickets to events by contacting the Thresher Shop in person or at 316-284-5205.

Summer Camps

Bethel’s renowned summer camps are designed for pre-college students of all ages, and offer unique opportunities in science, crafts and athletics.

URICA Symposium

Designed as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the many forms of in-depth, individual research and creative endeavor college-wide, this annual forum includes senior thesis presentations across the curriculum, along with culminating recitals and art shows, or lecture-performances with digital recordings or images. The symposium showcases the hard and creative work done by Bethel students.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.