Guide to UCLA Events

ARTS

Museums

Hammer Museum
Contemporary and historical exhibitions of the visual arts.  Events include readings, lectures, music and more.  Admission is free for everyone on Thursdays. 

Fowler Museum at UCLA
Exhibitions on global arts and cultures, past and present.  Events include lectures, art workshops, film screenings, and music programs.  Admission is free for everyone. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.  

Films

UCLA Film & Television Archive Screenings
UCLA has the world’s largest university moving-image archive.  The screenings feature classic and contemporary cinema from around the world in the newly opened Billy Wilder Theater.  Tickets are available online or at the box office 1 hour before the screening.

Free Movie Sneaks
An advantage of being at UCLA is having the best of world-class entertainment come to you.  Students, faculty & staff have the opportunity to see sneak previews of films not yet in theaters.  Arrive at Ackerman Grand Ballroom at least 1 hour early - 2 hours for a very popular movie.  Seating is limited; a pass does not guarantee admission. 

Melnitz Movies 
Ever see a movie and wonder how the actor played the role, or why a director chose a certain approach?  Every Tuesday & Thursday during the academic year, UCLA students, faculty, staff and guests can see free screenings that are often followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.  Tickets are available 1 hour before show time at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall. 

Performances

UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television
Explore the diverse talents of UCLA students, faculty and entertainment professionals through plays and musicals.  Many events are free; most are held in Freud Playhouse or MacGowan Hall. 

UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
Exhibitions, concerts and dance performances by students and faculty, and other leading artists, designers, dancer and musicians.  Events are held in Glorya Kaufman Hall, Perloff Hall, Schoenberg Hall and the Broad Art Center.  Many events are free. 

UCLA Live
World-class music, theater, dance and spoken word performances at Royce Hall and other campus venues featuring today’s leading international artists.  

Geffen Playhouse
Theatrical productions feature world-renowned playwrights and A-list actors.

Gardens

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
A 7-acre garden that maintains one of America’s largest collections of tropical and sub-tropical plants.  Open 7 days a week – docent-led tours are offered on the first Sunday of every month.  Admission is free. 

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
UCLA’s 5-acre garden, the largest in the West, features more than 70 sculptures of figural and abstract works.

LECTURES

From noon pizza talks to evening lectures, UCLA offers a wealth of opportunities to hear from Nobel laureates, world leaders, Oscar winners and acclaimed researchers (to name a few) on the subjects of world politics, science & technology, pop culture, health and wellness, the arts, humanities, etc. 

SPORTS

Did you know that UCLA leads all colleges in NCAA team championships with 99 of them?  All 99 have been won since 1950.   And since the 1976 Olympics, UCLA has produced more Olympians and Olympic Medals than any other university. 

Baseball

Playing upwards of 60 games per season, the UCLA baseball team endures a grueling schedule. 

Basketball

UCLA basketball continues to excel well after John Wooden’s legendary tenure, adding an 11th Championship banner in 1995 and reaching the Championship game in 2006. 

Cross Country

While preparing for the season is extremely intense, the UCLA cross country team enjoys training in more than 5 beautiful locations throughout the year. 

Football

The drive to Pasadena is well worth it to cheer on the UCLA football team in one of the nation’s most famous college football stadiums -- The Rose Bowl. 

Golf
Only minutes away from its beautiful home course at the Bel-Air Country Club, the UCLA golf team has produced many great golfers, including several currently on the PGA Tour.  Web Site

Gymnastics
Gracefully maintaining UCLA’s winning tradition, UCLA gymnastics has dominated the Pacific 10 Conference and has won 5 NCAA Championships in the last ten years.  Web Site

Rowing
Calling Marina del Rey their home, the UCLA Rowing team competes in both the Fall and Spring.  Web Site

Soccer
Every game at Drake Stadium features a potential Major League star, as
UCLA Soccer had a league high of 22 former players on MLS rosters in 2006.  

Softball
Having won 11 National Championships, it is no surprise that more than 30 UCLA softball players have participated in the US National Team Program, including three Gold Medal winning Olympic teams.  Web Site

Swimming & Diving
Competing throughout the winter months, UCLA Swimming and Diving takes full advantage of the gorgeous Southern California weather. 

Tennis
In the sport of tennis, UCLA has been one of the two most dominant collegiate programs, winning numerous team and individual titles. 

Track & Field
The UCLA Track & Field team has featured many world renowned athletes, including the likes of Jackie Joyner Kersey and Rafer Johnson. Both the men’s and women’s teams continue to add to their storied programs.  

Volleyball
Leading all other athletic teams with 22 national championships, volleyball continues to excite the fans in Pauley Pavilion.  

Water Polo
Consistently ranking within the top 10 nationally, UCLA Men's and Women's Water Polo electrify the pool at the Sunset Recreation Center. 

The UCLA Campus Calendar and Happenings

For a comprehensive listing of all the events on campus on any given day, visit the UCLA Campus Calendar. And if you need some help making choices, check out the Top Picks on the Happenings Web site. See Related Information.

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