Must-see on-campus attractions during Colonials Weekend

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Families can head to the annual Vern Harvest on Oct. 15. The event is a Colonials Weekend favorite.

Your weekend plans will probably be a little different than usual if your parents are coming for Colonials Weekend. Instead of the clubbing at Eden or partying at a fraternity house with your family, test out these three organized on-campus weekend events.

“Speech and Debate”
With a performance every night, the cast of “Speech and Debate,” written by Stephen Karam, shows the darker side of comedies. The play, directed by theater professor Elizabeth Kitsos-Kang, tells the tale of a trio of misfits who discover that a sex scandal links them together. Through the speech and debate club, the three become closer and seek to expose the truth behind the secrets and let their voices be heard.

“It addresses adolescents who are searching for a chance to figure out who they are by longing and looking for connections and an opportunity to be seen,” Kitsos-Kang said.

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. $10.

The Vern Harvest
Just a 15-minute Vern Express trip away, the Vern Harvest kicks off fall with pumpkin carvings, dorm decoration arts and crafts, a sac race, yard games, caricaturists and music. Chix and Sticks, Crepe Love and BBQ Bus food trucks will line the quad for an array of lunch options. Student groups will perform at the outdoor event, as well.

Families can escape the concrete jungle of Foggy Bottom and experience GW’s other campus frequented by undergraduate students. In the event of rain, the Harvest will be moved to West Hall.

Mount Vernon, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW. Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Free.

Scales, falsettos and harmonies will bounce off the walls in Lisner Auditorium during a joint appearance of seven of GW’s a capella troupes: Sons of Pitch, the MotherFunkers, the Troubadours, the GW Vibes, the GW Pitches, the Sirens and the Voice Gospel Choir.

Acapellapalooza has been a tradition on campus for six years.

“[This] is one of our favorite events to perform every year because the energy is always infectious and it really reveals the true aca-fans of the University,” Billy Pappas, the MotherFunkers music director, said.

The annual show allows 15-minute slots for each group to showcase the troupe’s tone for the year. Donations help raise money for Miriam’s Kitchen, a charity organization whose mission is to end chronic homelessness in D.C.

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Free, donations encouraged.

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